30 Thoughtful Mother of the Groom Gifts She'll Love

Looking for a unique mother of the groom gift to help her commemorate the wedding day? Check out our favorite gift ideas.
Moments of joy between the groom and his mother
The Knot
Updated May 26, 2020
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It's customary for the bride and groom to give gifts to all the members of the bridal party on or around the wedding day (the rehearsal dinner is a good time to do this). This includes the couple's parents, especially if they've helped with planning or with paying for any of the wedding festivities.

Of course, mothers of grooms can be tricky to buy for. (After all, if she's your soon-to-be mother-in-law, you may just be getting to know each other!) Besides, weddings can feel bittersweet to moms, especially if they feel slightly less involved in all the planning. That said, a thoughtful mother of the groom gift can really show this special woman how important she is to you, and to this monumental occasion.

Keep the mother of the groom's personality and taste in mind when picking out her gift. Is she the sentimental type? Does she love wearing jewelry? To help you get inspired, we've rounded up a variety of unique mother of the groom gift ideas—we think she'll love receiving any of these. Whether you're her son, the love of her son's life or the couple shopping together, there's something on this list that we know will impress her.

1. Charm Bracelet

Mother of the Groom Charm Bangle

Shopping for your future MIL? We're sure she'll be touched when she sees the charm on this mother of the groom bracelet that says, "My other mother."

Alex and Ani mother of the groom bangle bracelet, from $17, Amazon.com

2. Gift Box

wooden mom keepsake box

Fill a pretty box with a few of the mother of the groom's favorite things—like different flavors and makings for tea—and have it etched with a sweet or clever message. How about, "Mom, you're tea-rrific!"?

The Knot Shop wooden keepsake box with glass lid in Mom, $20, TheKnotShop.com

3. Mother of the Groom Gift Mug

Mother of the Groom Gift Mug

Thank her for raising the man of your dreams with a mug she can use every day.

Lovable Gift Co Thank You for Raising the Man of My Dreams mother of the groom gift mug, $16, Amazon.com

4. Interlocking Circles Necklace

mother of the groom necklace

The interlocking circles on this mother of the groom necklace are meant to represent the joining of the two families. That design plus the sweet card make this an extra-touching mother of the groom gift idea.

Dear Ava Gifts mother of the groom gift necklace, $37, Etsy.com

5. Handwritten Card

To My Mother On My Wedding Day Card

Any mother of the groom gift from her son will surely be appreciated when accompanied by a handwritten thank-you note.

Coco Press Design To My Mother On My Wedding Day card, $4, Zazzle.com

6. Personalized Vase

Mother of the groom glass vase

A bouquet of gorgeous flowers is a no-fail mother of the groom gift from her son. But to take it up a notch, place the blooms in a vase etched with a meaningful message so she can treasure it always.

Monogram Selection personalized sentimental poem vase, $31, Etsy.com

7. Cozy Robe

navy fleece robe

Give the mother of the groom a gift that shows she deserves some pampering: a warm and soft robe embroidered with her initials.

The Knot Shop women's personalized embroidered fleece robe with pockets, $30, TheKnotShop.com

8. Mom Ring Dish

mom ring dish

A ring dish is a thoughtful gift for the MIL who has everything—except for a place to stash it all.

Kate Charlton Ceramics mother of the groom ring dish gift, $23, Etsy.com

9. Mother of the Groom Gift Hanger

mother of groom hanger

Moms tend to get excited about dress shopping. Gift the mother of the groom with a fancy hanger she can use to hang the special dress she's carefully selected to wear on the wedding day.

Kiona Hangers Mother of Groom hanger, $18, Etsy.com

10. Musical Jewelry Box

luxury pearl music box mom

A jewelry box is a classic gift—this one even plays Pachelbel's "Canon in D"—but with a little modern design, it gets a bit of a contemporary twist.

The Knot Shop large personalized luxury pearl music box in Rose Pink Mom Foil Print, $40, TheKnotShop.com

11. Framed Quote

minted mother art print

Abraham Lincoln said it: "No man is poor who has a godly mother." For a unique mother of the groom gift, give her a framed print of the quote to hang in her home.

Natalie Groves Mother art print, from $21, Minted.com

12. Pretty Pashmina

pashmina shawl

A pashmina is the ultimate fashion multitasker—it's a scarf, a shawl, a travel blanket—and this one is made extra-special with the addition of the mother of the groom's initials.

Southern Touch Monograms and Gifts monogrammed pashmina scarf, from $23, Etsy.com

13. Gardening Starter Kit

Bonsai Tree Growing Kit

Nod to how she helped you grow with this fun growing set. The premium bonsai tree kit is a quirky alternative to conventional gardening sets and makes for a unique gift to the mother of the groom.

Planter's Choice bonsai starter kit, $30, Amazon.com

14. Family Tree Necklace

family tree necklace

On such a meaningful day for the family, a family tree necklace is another wonderful (and symbolic) mother of the groom gift idea.

Necklace Dream World Tree Of Life custom family necklace, from $33, Etsy.com

15. Sentimental Suncatcher

dear mom suncatcher

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." We're welling up just a little bit.

Bed Bath & Beyond Dear Mom suncatcher, $15, BedBathandBeyond.com

16. Initials Tote Bag

black and white custom canvas bag

Moms are notorious for always being prepared, which is why we're pretty sure any mother of the groom could use a cute tote for stylishly hauling her stuff.

The Knot Shop personalized extra-large color block cotton canvas zippered tote bag, $28, TheKnotShop.com

17. Embroidered Handkerchief

white handkerchief

For the traditional mother of the groom, gift something sweetly sentimental. An embroidered hankie with an antique-style crocheted border gets right to it and gives thanks.

The Knot Shop personalized embroidered white pocket handkerchief in Crochet, $16, TheKnotShop.com

18. Spa Gift Card

spa week gift card

There are a lot of events leading up to the wedding day, which is why a relaxing massage, a skin-brightening facial or a nice manicure and pedicure would be a welcome gift for the mother of the groom.

Spa Week gift card, amount of your choice from $10 to $500, SpaWeek.com

19. Ceramic Keepsake Charm

mother of groom ceramic keepsake

For a pretty wedding gift for the mother of the groom, a ceramic charm can be tied lovingly to her bouquet or corsage. After the wedding day, she'll be able to keep it tucked in a drawer or even hang it as a holiday ornament.

The Clay Tag Company mother of the groom clay keepsake, $6, Etsy.com

20. Stemless Wine Glass

best mom ever stemless wine glass

So the mother of the groom is the best mom ever? Raise a glass to that! And maybe pair it with a bottle of her favorite vino.

Little Things by Nicky Best Mom Ever custom wine glass, $10, Etsy.com

21. Mother-Son Frame

The love between a mother and son photo frame

She'll want a place to display a photo from the wedding, of course, and this frame carries a thoughtful message.

KATE POSH Mother & Son engraved leather picture frame, from $20, Amazon.com

22. Trinket Box

Mother of the groom trinket box

An engraved silver trinket box is a simple, heartfelt idea for a mother of the groom gift from her son.

Bed Bath & Beyond To My Mother engraved keepsake box in Silver, $20, BedBathandBeyond.com

23. Posh Perfume

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

If the mother of the groom is really into fragrances, get her a bottle of perfume that not only smells delicious, but looks stunning displayed on her vanity. We love this scent but we know everyone has different taste, so when in doubt, replace a bottle she already has that she's running out of.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune eau de toilette, $130, Sephora.com

24. Luxe Cuff

monogrammed silver or gold cuffs

This pretty cuff can be engraved with her name on the outside and one of two thoughtful messages on the inside: For a mother of the groom gift from her son, "all that I am I owe to you" sets the perfect tone, while "thanks for making the best one" is a beautiful gift to a mother of the groom from her son's future spouse.

Mark & Graham Ciela cuff in Mother of the Bride/Groom, $179, MarkandGraham.com

25. Flower Subscription

bloomsy box subscription

Give the gift of flowers, not just once, but once per month with a bouquet subscription.

BloomsyBox bouquet subscription, from $40 per month, BloomsyBox.com

26. Engraved Cutting Board

personalized cutting board

The mother-in-law who loves to cook and entertain family and friends will get plenty of use out of her very own engraved cutting board.

Copper Fox Company personalized cutting board, from $43, Etsy.com

27. Soy Candle

mother of the groom candle

This pretty soy candle is a budget-friendly mother of the groom present, and it says it all. Select the scent she'd like best.

Unchained Bride Best Mother of the Groom...Ever candle, from $8, Etsy.com

28. Personalized Planner

Personalized planner

For the mother-in-law who's a social butterfly, a personalized planner is a perfect idea. Pencil in a few dinners with her (after the wedding, of course) so she knows she'll get to spend some time with you after the festivities.

Paper Source personalized stone perpetual planner, $40, PaperSource.com

29. Mother of the Groom Gift Tee

mother of the groom t-shirt

If you want a whimsical gift for the mother of the groom, how about a T-shirt that lets her wear her role proudly? This one is best given early in the engagement, so she can sport it at the bachelorette party, while dress shopping and perhaps to other pre-wedding outings.

Shirtastic Studio Mother of the Groom wedding day shirt, from $12, Etsy.com

30. Women's Watch

michael kors leather strap watch

A watch is a traditional gift for commemorating a big life moment, and so it's a fitting wedding gift for the mother of the groom from her son and new child-in-law.

Michael Kors women's Pyper blush leather strap watch 38mm, $150, Macys.com

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