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.
by Elena Donovan Mauer

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, you may just be getting to know each other, and weddings can feel bittersweet to moms, especially if they feel slightly less involved in planning than the mother of the bride is. That said, a thoughtful mother-of-the-groom gift can really show your future MIL how important she is to you and her son, and to this monumental occasion.

It's important to keep your MIL's personality and taste in mind when picking out her gift, which is why we've rounded up a variety of unique mother of the groom gift ideas—we think she'll love receiving any of these.

  1. 1. Charm Bracelet

    Alex And Ani Mother of the Groom Charm Bangle

    We're sure she'll be touched when she sees the charm on this bracelet that says, "My other mother."

    Alex and Ani mother of the groom charm bangle, $40, Jet.com

  2. 2. Gift Box

    wooden keepsake box the knot shop

    Fill a pretty box with a few of your MIL's favorite things—like different flavors and makings for tea, if that's her thing—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, $15, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  3. 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 mother of the groom 15 oz. mug, $18, Amazon.com

  4. 4. Interlocking Circles Necklace

    mother of the groom necklace

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

    DearAvaJewelry mother of the groom gift necklace, $24, Etsy.com

  5. 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.

    CocoPress to my mother on my wedding day card, $4, Zazzle.com

  6. 6. Personalized Vase

    personalized friend 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.

    Shutterfly forever my friend glass vase, $60, Shutterfly.com

  7. 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 personalized navy blue fleece ladies bathrobe, $40, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  8. 8. 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.

    David's Bridal mom ring dish, $17, DavidsBridal.com

  9. 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.

    OriginalBridalHanger mother of the groom gift hanger, $36, Etsy.com

  10. 10. Musical Jewelry Box

    luxury pearl music box mom the knot shop

    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 luxury pearl music box, $50, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  11. 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.

    Minted mother art print, $48 for 8x10 in classic frame, Minted.com

  12. 12. Pretty Pashmina

    pashmina shawl david's bridal

    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.

    David's Bridal personalized pashmina shawl, $30, DavidsBridal.com

  13. 13. Garden Tool Set

    Agrarian Tool Basket

    For the mother of the groom who has a green thumb, a snazzy new set of gardening tools will be a welcome surprise.

    UncommonGoods classic gardener tool kit, $60, UncommonGoods.com

  14. 14. Family Tree Necklace

    family tree necklace

    On such a meaningful day for the family, a family tree necklace is a wonderful mother of the groom gift idea.

    Tyrahandmadejewelry2 mother of the groom family tree necklace, $40 for large gold tree, Etsy.com

  15. 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 and Beyond dear mom suncatcher, $20, BedBathandBeyond.com

  16. 16. Pretty 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 large black & white canvas tote bag, $35, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  17. 17. Embroidered Handkerchief

    white handkerchief

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

    The Knot Shop classic wedding handkerchief with delicate crocheted border, $17, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  18. 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. 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.

    RusticWeddingsGB mother of the groom ceramic keepsake, $5, Etsy.com

  20. 20. 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.

    World Market best mom ever stemless wine glass, $8, WorldMarket.com

  21. 21. Mother-Son Frame

    forever your son photo frame

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

    Pavilion Gift Company forever your son photo frame, $21, Amazon.com

  22. 22. Trinket Box

    An engraved silver trinket box is a simple, heartfelt idea for a mother of the groom gift from her son.  Bed Bath and Beyond to my mother engraved keepsake box in silver, $28, BedBathandBeyond.com

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

    Bed Bath and Beyond to my mother engraved keepsake box in silver, $28, BedBathandBeyond.com

  23. 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.

    Guerlain aqua allegoria pamplelune, $95, Sephora.com

  24. 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: "All That I Am I Owe to You" or "Thanks For Making the Best One."

    Mark & Graham ciela cuff for mother of the groom, $179, MarkandGraham.com

  25. 25. Flower Subscription

    bloomsy box subscription

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

    BloomsyBox medium bouquet subscription, $44 per month, BloomsyBox.com

  26. 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.

    Shutterfly my kitchen cutting board, $50, Shutterfly.com

  27. 27. Soy Candle

    wedding candles in mason jar

    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.

    DawnCandleWorx, mother of the groom 8 oz. soy candle, $10, Etsy.com

  28. 28. Monthly Planner

    floral monthly planner

    For the mother-in-law who's a social butterfly, a monthly 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.

    The Knot Shop lively floral 17 month planner, $45, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  29. 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, dress shopping and perhaps other pre-wedding outings.

    Inktastic mother of the groom bridal party t-shirt, $22, Jet.com

  30. 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 daughter-in-law.

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


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