39 Unique and Memorable Gifts for the Mother of the Bride

Looking for a special mother of the bride gift that’s as unique as she is? We searched far and wide so you don’t have to.
by Jaime Buerger

For as long as you’ve been dreaming of your wedding day, there’s a good chance your mom has been dreaming of it too. After all, it’s not every day she gets to see her daughter walk down the aisle. Thank her for her guidance, support and love with a gift that rises to the occasion. We’ve rounded up nearly three dozen mother of the bride gift ideas that range from the sweet and sentimental to the unique but practical.

  1. Weekender Bag

    Canvas weekender travel bag

    If your mom played a integral in helping you plan your wedding, encourage her to take a much-needed postnuptial vacation with a roomy canvas bag, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

    The Knot Shop off we go weekend bag, from $50, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  2. Cozy Robe

    Grey cloth lounge robe

    Is there a more perfect way to say, “Thanks for all you do—now go relax!”? We think not.

    The Knot Shop saturday hooded lounge robe, $50, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  3. Beauty Compact

    Heart shaped compact mirror

    Pair this sweet little purse accessory with her favorite lipstick or nail polish for a thoughtful beauty gift she'll be using for years to come. (Hey, she'll want to look good for the wedding too!)

    The Knot Shop silver plated classic heart compact mirror, $14, TheKnotShop.com

  4. Personalized Handkerchief

    Mother of the bride handkerchief

    On your wedding day, waterworks are practically guaranteed—especially from your mother. Give her a pretty crocheted hankie and, for maximum sentimentality, have it customized with embroidered names, dates or a monogram.

    The Knot Shop plain handkerchief with crocheted border, from $17, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  5. Wine Caddy

    Two bottle wine caddy

    If kicking back with a glass of wine is your mom's thing, give her this chic two-bottle caddy and accessorize it with her favorite vintage. Nothing says "thank you" like wine, and nothing says "I love you" like two bottles of wine.

    The Knot Shop two section wine carry bag, from $26, TheKnotShop.com

  6. Spa Experience

    spa week gift card

    With more than 30,000 partner spas nationwide, there’s almost certainly one near your mom.

    Spa Week gift card, from $25, SpaWeek.com

  7. Locket

    antique gold locket

    Tuck in a little note or vintage photos of loved ones for a sentimental gift she’ll treasure forever.

    The Knot Shop love locket in antique gold, from $30, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  8. Heart Necklace

    heart necklace

    A sleek heart necklace in sterling silver or 14k gold is both classy and classic, and the message of love it sends couldn’t be any clearer.

    Maya Brenner heart necklace, from $180, BaubleBar.com

  9. Passport Case

    passport case

    Have passport, will travel! If your mom is the jet-setting type, a personalized calfskin passport holder is just the ticket. 

    Graphic Image personalized passport case, $68, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  10. Custom Illustration

    custom mother daughter illustration

    Memorialize your special mom-daughter bond with a custom illustration of your likenesses.

    Ssasa Designs personalized art print, from $40, Etsy.com

  11. Memory Box

    wood memory box daughter mother

    This hand-carved, hand-painted wooden box is the epitome of sweet sentiment. Pack more of a punch by tucking in earrings or another small token.

    Demdaco willow tree mother-daughter memory box, $24, Amazon.com

  12. Scent Diffuser

    scent diffuser

    Let Mom know you’ll always love coming home to visit—especially when her house smells positively heavenly.

    Jo Malone london red roses scent surround diffuser, $95, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  13. Metal Art Print

    tree metal art print

    With a delightful illustration and touching message, there’s not a mom on the planet who wouldn’t love to receive this customizable print.

    Lucky Tusk Co. metal print, $89, Amazon.com

  14. Plush Blanket

    plush fleece blanket

    With a subtle herringbone pattern, this cozy fleece blanket is stylish on its own, but it can also be customized with a favorite quote or photo if you want to make it personal.

    Shutterfly natural herringbone fleece photo blanket, from $70, Shutterfly.com

  15. Fancy French Press

    copper french press

    Got a coffee lover on your hands? Present Mom with this oh-so-pretty French press, and make all her Parisian café dreams come true.

    Bodum 8-cup French press, $50, Shop.Nordstrom.com

  16. Mother-Daughter Necklace

    mother of the bride necklace

    The interlocking circles represent the unbreakable bond between a mother and her daughter. 

    Dear Ava Jewelry mother-of-the-bride gift necklace, $24, Etsy.com

  17. Commemorative Platter

    custom platter

    Yes, it’s your wedding, but you wouldn’t be here without your parents’ union. Mark it as such with a handmade earthenware serving platter, complete with your mom and dad’s own wedding date.

    Susabellas personalized platters, $144 for set of 2, Etsy.com

  18. Wine of the Month Club

    wine of the month club

    Oenophiles will love a monthly selection of the finest wines California has to offer, delivered right to her doorstep. Monthly packages include 2 bottles of award-winning wines complete with the informative publication The Wine Press. 

    Gold Medal Wine Club wine-of-the-month club, from $117 for 3 months, GoldMedalWineClub.com

  19. Cookware

    red cast iron dutch/french oven

    For many people—newlyweds and more established couples alike—Le Creuset is the holy grail of cookware. It can be pricey, but it lasts a lifetime. No home cook worth her salt should command a kitchen that lacks at least one item from the popular-for-a-good-reason line of cast-iron pots and pans.

    Le Creuset Signature 9-qt round enamel cast-iron French/Dutch oven, $420, Shop.Nordstrom.com

  20. Set of Vases

    ceramic table vase

    Flowers are a traditional gift. Up the ante by arranging them yourself in this striking set of ceramic vases, featuring uber-modern black, white and gold zigzag patterns.

    CecMode cylindrical table vases, $60 for set of 2, Jet.com

  21. House Plant

    indoor palm floor plant

    If Mom has a green thumb, she’ll certainly welcome a new addition to her house plant lineup.

    Costa Farms majesty palm plant with 10-inch pot, $49, Amazon.com

  22. Decorative Tile

    family ceramic tile

    Sentimental and long-lasting, this decorative tile can be designed with retro photos of you and your mom when you were still her baby (cue the waterworks!).

    Shutterfly textured forever family ceramic tile with wrought-iron stand, from $35, Shutterfly.com

  23. Foldable Flats

    foldable flats pocket shoes

    After a long day of running around, posing for pictures and cutting loose on the dance floor, everyone deserves to give their barking dogs a rest—Mom included.

    The Knot Shop foldable ballet flats with pouch, from $20, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  24. Leather-Bound Journal

    leather wedding parents journal

    This handmade leather-bound journal includes writing prompts to get your mother’s creative juices flowing.

    Cherish Us leather wedding journal, $39, Etsy.com

  25. Custom House Portrait Art

    custom house portrait art

    Memorialize your childhood home: Simply upload a photo of the house you grew up in (or other meaningful structure), and the in-house artists at Minted will create a customized line drawing. Sentimental and stylish for the win.

    Minted custom house letterpress portrait wall art, from $32, Minted.com

  26. Perfume Gift Set

    nirvana rose gift set

    If Mom is a perfume lover, chances are she reveres light, floral scents. This gift box from Elizabeth and James contains three rose-scented essential beauty products.

    Elizabeth and James nirvana rose gift set, $85, Sephora.com

  27. Serving Board

    wood servivng board

    If your mom’s a gastronome, a wooden serving board is both practical and personal, thanks to the included customization. Make it part of a larger foodie-lover’s gift with a selection of fine cheeses and crackers.

    The Knot Shop teak wood serving board with etching $37, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  28. Tote Bag

    purple satin mini tote

    No doubt your mom will be busy the day-of. Help her stay organized—and on-palette—with a chic satin tote that can be customized in literally dozens of shades.

    The Dessy Group fashion tote bag in matte satin, $36, Dessy.com

  29. Chocolate Subscription

    godiva three month subscription

    A monthly subscription of gourmet chocolates is something that most people wouldn’t splurge on for themselves, which is why this makes such a great gift for your chocoholic mom.

    Godiva chocolate subscription, from $110 for 3 months, Godiva.com

  30. Keepsake Box

    keepsake box

    This glass and rose-gold-framed box is the height of elegance. Have your mom’s name etched in an elegant script, and slip a sentimental note or special trinket inside before presenting it to her.

    The Knot Shop large glass jewelry box, $36, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  31. Crystal Bowl

    crystal heart bowl

    The ultimate symbol of love? A heart. Make it a crystal heart, and you have yourself a worthy sentimental gift.

    Orrefors heart-shaped large bowl, $125, LordandTaylor.com

  32. Photo Collage

    photo collage

    Curating a slideshow of your childhood for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception? Keep your eye out for images featuring you and your mom, and then send them to Minted to design a heart-shaped collage.

    Minted filter snapshot mix photo wall art print, from $29, Minted.com

  33. Wooden Photo Calendar

    wooden photo calendar

    Elevate the office staple with a carefully curated selection of your favorite mother-daughter photos taken over the years, packaged as a handsome handcrafted clipboard calendar.

    Artifact Uprising wood photo calendar, from $20, ArtifactUprising.com

  34. Compact Mirror

    compact mirror

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most badass of them all? Your mother, obvi. Pair this on-trend geometric compact with a grab-bag of some of her favorite makeup and beauty products.

    The Knot Shop designer compact mirror in gemstone print, $22, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  35. Beauty Gift Set

    beauty gift set

    This spa kit delivers the ultimate in the three Rs: rest, relax, repeat.

    Little Flower Soap Co. spa gift box, $28, Etsy.com

  36. Novelty Mug

    mother of the bride calm novelty mug

    Okay, we’re not suggesting an inexpensive mug be the only thing you get for your mother. But bonus points for humor: Treat her to this little token the morning of your wedding, poured to the brim with gourmet coffee, and then present her with a more meaningful gift post-nuptials.

    Will Call You 11-ounce coffee mug, $12, Amazon.com

  37. Monogrammed Clutch

    monogrammed leather clutch

    Versatile, chic and timeless, this envelope clutch can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

    The Knot Shop vegan leather clutch, from $23, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  38. Satin Pajamas

    satin pajamas

    A monogrammed satin nightshirt is the epitome of luxe loungewear.

    Cathy’s Concepts personalized satin nightshirt, $53, LordandTaylor.com

  39. Bubble Bath

    bubble bath

    If there’s one thing that never changes, Mom needs some R&R. Help her achieve bliss with a spa-like bubble bath with calming scents of honeysuckle, white tea and bergamot.

    Lollia Dream bubble bath, $50 for 24 oz., Jet.com

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