27 Mother-of-the-Bride Gifts That'll Earn You a Big Hug
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 that she gets to see her child walk down the aisle. Giving her a thoughtful mother-of-the-bride gift is one of the best ways to make this special moment even more memorable and thank her for all her love and guidance over the years. Not sure how to choose a present for such an important family member? To help you out, we've rounded up the best mother-of-the-bride gift ideas, ranging from sweet and sentimental tokens of appreciation to unique but practical picks.
We're also sharing our expert tips on when to hand over your gift (because she can't give you a proper thank-you hug while you're getting your makeup done) and what exactly makes a good wedding gift for parents. Keep scrolling to check out our favorite gifts for the mother of the bride that show your unconditional love and support—because this special lady deserves a little treat.
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Mother-of-the-Bride Gift Etiquette
We get it—MOB gifting can be confusing, so it's totally normal if you're feeling a little lost. To help you figure out the dos and don'ts, we're breaking down the most-asked questions about shopping for mother-of-the-bride gifts. Read on for our advice.
Should you give the mother of the bride a gift?
In a word, yes. When it comes to who gets gifts on the wedding day, it's customary for the couple to buy presents for the wedding party and all of their parents, including the mother of the bride. Many brides give their mom a personal, sentimental gift at some point before or after the ceremony as a token of their appreciation. All in all, it's a nice way to thank her for everything she's done for your special day—financially, emotionally or otherwise.
When's the best time to give your mom a gift?
In most cases, when to give your mother-of-the-bride gift depends on the present itself. If it's something she'll need for the wedding day—like a pair of earrings or a personalized hankie—the rehearsal dinner or wedding morning are the perfect moments to hand over your gift. Just be sure you can find some time when you aren't multitasking or in the middle of getting ready so you can focus on her. Otherwise, you can give your gift sometime shortly after the wedding. This makes sense for commemorative mother-of-the-bride presents, like a framed photo from the big day.
What's a great gift for the mother of the bride?
A great gift for the mother of the bride can be something she wears on the wedding day, like a gorgeous piece of jewelry or a luxurious robe for when she's getting ready. Alternatively, you can't go wrong with a personalized option if you're looking for a more unique mother-of-the-bride gift (think: an etched wine glass with a cute MOB-related saying or a chic monogrammed accessory). Practical gifts are worthwhile options, too. Look for something she'll actually use, like a wellness gift encouraging her to take some much-needed R&R in the lead-up (or after) the big day. Remember, you know your mom best, and she'll appreciate the thought behind this gift more than anything else.
Our Favorite Mother-of-the-Bride Gifts
To celebrate Mom—your rock throughout the planning process and your number-one supporter—we've gathered a range of thoughtful and practical mother-of-the-bride gifts that'll put a smile on her face.
1. Custom-Etched Wine Bottle
Encourage your mom to sit back and relax with a glass of red wine with this custom-engraved bottle of cabernet sauvignon from California. Create a short message, like: "I love you Mom, on my wedding day and forever." Then, let the rose-gold floral frame seal the deal with bringing the "ooh"s and "ahh"s. Cheers!
2. Mother and Daughter Letter Book
If you're thinking of writing a wedding letter to your mom, this one-of-a-kind gift is a creative way to present your sweet wishes. It's a journal, letter exchange and scrapbook all in one, designed to help mothers and daughters bond through prompts, photos and inspirational quotes. We can't think of a more lovely way to connect with your mom and create a meaningful family keepsake you'll both treasure forever.
3. Luxurious Pajama Set
Silk pajamas are the epitome of luxe loungewear. This lavish set—made from a washable silk fabric—is one of our top-rated wedding gifts for the mother of the bride. She'll look forward to lounging in these fancy pajamas during your wedding weekend and long after. (A gift from us to you: Grab this set or any others from Lunya's Bridal Edit for 15% off with the code FOR-TK).
4. Fancy Candle
We love candles so much as mother-of-the-bride gifts that we've included two on our list. This first one from Anthropologie smells as good as it looks. Between the shimmery white capiz shell exterior (reminiscent of a bridal gown) and the fruity fragrance, it's sure to be a winner. Did we mention the distinctive scent smells just like an Anthro store? Consider us sold.
5. Personalized MOB Mug
Treat her to this essential MOB gift—a mug printed with her special title alongside a floral motif—on the morning of your wedding. It comes in an array of styles, from all glass (our favorite) to white ceramic, and is a subtle way to remind her to stay hydrated before the festivities kick off. Just make sure it's filled to the brim with her favorite iced coffee blend or a steamy tea.
6. Herbal Warming Slippers
These cozy faux fur slippers have a hidden surprise inside that'll take your mom's chill-out time to the next level. The memory foam insoles are filled with dried French lavender for a gorgeous, soothing scent—but that's not all. They can also be warmed in the microwave for toasty toes or thrown in the fridge to cool down her feet. How's that for a heavenly gift for mom on the wedding day from the bride?
7. Luxury Hand Cream
If you're going to overspend on anything for your wedding, we think it's nice to splurge on extra-fancy presents for your parents, since they probably played a big part in planning your wedding. Enter: the most decadent hand cream from luxury beauty brand La Mer. It's velvety soft and features nourishing emollient, so your mom can rest assured her hands will be baby-soft for all her mother-of-the-bride duties, like hugging loved ones or shaking hands.
8. Cashmere Wrap
When it comes to shopping for mom-of-the-bride gifts, it's hard to beat something wearable. If she's got a great sense of style, she'll be excited to rock this cozy wrap at the rehearsal dinner or even on the wedding day. It's made from responsibly sourced cashmere and comes in a variety of classic hues that'll never go out of fashion. It's an especially great present if you're having an outdoor wedding or just want to ensure she doesn't get chilly throughout the day.
9. Heart-Shaped Ring Dish
Keep the mother of the bride's rings safe and sound with this cute floral ring dish. The heart-shaped piece features her birth flower preserved in clear resin for a beautiful keepsake that'll remind her of you every time she uses it. Plus, the flowers are real blossoms that are hand-picked from Colombian gardens, making this MOB gift even more special.
10. Sentimental Picture Frame
For a truly sentimental gift for the mother of the bride, this customized frame with a photo of you and your mom from your wedding day is a real tear-jerker. Choose your preferred size and color before adding two lines of customized text dedicated to her. It's a sweet and thoughtful photo gift she'll gladly display in her home.
11. Fragrant Flowers
Nothing will put a smile on a mom's face quite like a bursting bouquet of fresh blooms. These blushing peonies are so lovely, with different pink tones that subtly evoke a romantic air. Schedule the delivery for a few days after your nuptials to surprise your mom and thank her for being so amazing.
12. Cozy Cotton Robe
If your mom has been by your side throughout the wedding planning process, she probably deserves a little break. Encourage her to sit back and relax with this luxurious waffle bathrobe. Paired with a warm bubble bath, this cozy mother-of-the-bride gift will ensure she gets to unwind after (or before) the wedding. It's made from 100% organic cotton and comes in a variety of earthy colors, so you're sure to find one to suit her tastes.
13. Elegant Tennis Bracelet
For a gift to your mom from the bride, jewelry will always be a hit. This crystal tennis bracelet from Swarovski will add just the right amount of bling to her wedding day outfit and any other ensemble after that. Choose from six different colors (we love the simplicity of the clear white gemstones) for a chic accessory that's as sophisticated and sparkling as she is. Use the Theknot10 code to get 10% off your purchase.
14. Mother-of-the-Bride Candle
This unique mother-of-the-bride gift will give her flashbacks to your wedding day whenever she gets a whiff. The fragranced flame comes in an array of nostalgic wedding scents, including Magnolia & Peony, Ocean Breeze and Wedding Cake. The best part? The candle displays a heartwarming message that'll always remind her of your love and appreciation.
15. Self-Care Subscription
When shopping for gifts for the mother of the bride, look for something that will give her an excuse to prioritize self-care. This monthly subscription will ensure she makes time for herself in the run-up to the wedding (or even afterward, when all the excitement has died down). Every month, she'll be sent luxurious goodies, like crystal bath fizzers and lavender body spray, to help her unplug from her busy schedule. Choose from three or six months for a thoughtful MOB gift that keeps on giving.
16. Cute Necklace
Fancy baubles to wear on the big day aren't the only jewelry gifts worthy of the mother of the bride. We love how cute and whimsical this gold-filled necklace is—and we think your mom will too. The simple round disc is hand-stamped with the word "Mama," for a seriously sweet tribute to the woman who raised you. Stylish and sentimental, it's an accessory she can wear with her wedding wardrobe and everyday outfits alike.
17. Leather Tote Bag
For a practical mother-of-the-bride gift, consider this stylish handbag made from Saffiano leather. She'll appreciate having a roomy tote to carry while running her daily errands, going shopping or meeting friends for lunch. It has plenty of space for essentials, like a planner or water bottle, along with an interior zip pocket to keep valuables like her phone and wallet safe. Choose from a variety of colors (including rose pink, light blue and dark green) to suit her preferences.
18. Travel Jewelry Case
Here's a pretty (and practical) present for Mom on the wedding day: A travel-sized jewelry case to stash all her treasured trinkets. Available in black or beige, it's made from grain leather and features six slots for earrings and four necklace hooks to keep her gems from getting tangled. Have it monogrammed with her initials (or simply "Mom") for a more personal touch.
19. Embroidered Handkerchief
On your wedding day, waterworks are practically guaranteed—especially from your mother—so it's always best to be prepared for a few teary moments. Give her a pretty wedding hankie embroidered with your wedding details and a touching message for a sentimental keepsake that'll make her feel special (and a little more composed) when emotions run high.
20. Celebration Cookies
Gourmet cookies are a great wedding gift for a mom with a sweet tooth. Instead of opting for the usual assortment, here's a celebratory batch in honor of your wedding. This particular box is filled with 12 wedding-cake flavored cookies and 12 heart-shaped vanilla cookies—each of which is individually wrapped (so she won't have to eat them all at once!).
21. Monogrammed Suitcase
Whether you're having a destination wedding or planning to travel to your venue before the big day, we've got just the MOB gift for the occasion. This monogrammed suitcase from Mark & Graham will make your mom feel like a VIP, both on the wedding day and after. With luxurious leather detailing, 360-degree wheels and a TSA-approved lock, it's a stylish (and practical) mother-of-the-bride gift she'll be delighted to take on any trip.
22. Engraved Compact Mirror
Great mother-of-the-bride gifts from the bride don't always require a major splurge. It really is the thought that counts, so don't panic if you're shopping on a budget. This elegant compact mirror is a sweet way to pay tribute to your mom (without breaking the bank) and will help her keep her mascara in check when she sees you walk down the aisle. Have it engraved with a sweet message or a meaningful quote to express your gratitude.
23. Custom Photo Clutch
This lace-covered clutch is one of the best mother-of-the-bride gifts out there, as it's equal parts practical and personal. While it may look just like an ordinary purse, it has a sweet hidden element—when your mom unzips it, she'll be greeted with a gorgeous photo of the two of you inside. Now, she'll think of you whenever she needs to touch up her lipstick or reach for tissues.
24. Pearl Drop Earrings
How pretty would these pearl drop earrings be for your mom to wear on the big day? Crafted from sterling silver and freshwater cultured pearls, they'll make a great mother wedding gift that she can wear on the day itself or anytime after. Classic yet versatile, they look great worn with hair styled up or down, so they'll enhance whatever 'do she goes for.
25. Cozy Throw Blanket
How about giving a practical gift to Mom from the bride? With this super cozy blanket, she can look forward to snuggling on the sofa for hours. It's made from plush faux fur and comes in an array of fashionable colors (the hot pink gets our vote), so you can choose a shade that fits her aesthetic. If you still need convincing, it has over 500 five-star reviews from satisfied customers.
26. Funny Wine Glass
Wedding gifts for a mom from her daughter don't always have to be steeped in sentimentality to be a hit. If she has a great sense of humor, she'll appreciate the wit behind this "Because I'm the mother of the bride" wine glass. It's a perfect present to give at the rehearsal dinner (so she can show it off to the rest of the wedding party!). Pair it with her favorite bottle of vino for an extra thoughtful touch.
27. Custom Wedding Illustration
Personalized mother-of-the-bride gifts are the way to go for brides seeking a heartfelt way to say thank you. Memorialize your special bond with a custom illustration that depicts you both on your special day. Simply add your personalization details (like hairstyle, skin color and outfit) and choose from several framing options for the perfect finishing touch. Trust us, she'll want to hang this on the living room wall right away.