29 Happy-Tears-Worthy Gifts for the Mother of the Groom

Because she loves her son more than anything.
Moment of joy between the groom and his mother
emily rumsey the knot editor
Emily Rumsey
emily rumsey the knot editor
Emily Rumsey
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Updated Jun 29, 2023
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As you're planning your wedding, don't forget about thank-you gifts for your parents. A thoughtful present is a great way to acknowledge all of their encouragement and support, especially if they've helped organize or finance any of the wedding festivities. When it comes to mother-of-the-groom gifts, you'll want to choose something that shows her how important she is to you—before, during and after this special occasion. That's why we've rounded up the best gift ideas for the mother of the groom to make her feel appreciated and loved. But first, who should buy a gift for the mother of the groom? And what exactly is the perfect gift?

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Who buys the mother of the groom a gift?

It's common for the groom to buy a gift for his mother to present to her on or near the wedding day—one that's sentimental and special to their unique relationship. That said, the groom's partner may also feel inclined to give the MOG a present to thank her for raising the man they adore. Alternatively, the groom and his future spouse can give a gift of thanks together. There's no set etiquette when it comes to if parents get wedding thank-you gifts as a couple, but giving a little thank-you trinket to each individual parent is a super sweet gesture no matter what.

What to Gift the Mother of the Groom

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 to accessorize? Common mother-of-the-groom presents include photo gifts, jewelry and cute wedding day essentials, since the best time to give your thank-you gifts is often at the rehearsal dinner on the evening before your nuptials. You can also think outside the box and give her something practical that celebrates one of her hobbies. To help you get inspired, we've rounded up a variety of unique mother-of-the-groom gift ideas. Whether you're her son, the love of her son's life or a couple shopping together, there's something on this list that we know will impress her.

Our Favorite Mother-of-the-Groom Gifts

1. Mother-of-Pearl Picture Frame

Pearl picture frame for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Bergdorf Goodman

Photo gifts are timeless mother-of-the-groom wedding gifts and this mother-of-pearl frame couldn't be more fitting. Fill it with your favorite mom and son photo, perhaps one from your childhood, to spark happy tears. Plus, it's wedding-appropriate white.

2. Silk Pajama Set

Pajama set for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Lunya

There's nothing more luxurious than a silk pajama set. Made from a washable silk fabric, this classic mother-of-the-groom gift will serve her well while she's getting ready for the big day and beyond. Plus, new Lunya customers can earn $20 off their first order of $100 or more with the code FOR-TK20.

3. Handwritten Mother-of-the-Groom Card

To My Mother On My Wedding Day card mother of the groom gift
Photo: Zazzle

There's no doubt you've both been waiting for this big day for a long time. If a gift alone can't convey all your love and appreciation, pair it with a handwritten card. This one—which reads: "To my mother on my wedding day"—has plenty of room for your personal message. It's a simple, but supremely meaningful gesture.

4. Handblown Stemless Wine Glass

Stemless wine glass for mom from groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This handblown stemless wine glass was specifically made for mothers. Benjamin Giguere's functional art celebrates all female role models with special glasses in their honor. This speckled red and white design is meant for moms. So, raise a glass to the mother of the groom!

5. Herbal Warming Slippers

Herbal slippers for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

How sweet are these cozy slippers? They feature removable insoles filled with flax seeds, which are known for holding temperatures, so they can go in the fridge or microwave to warm or cool her toes. The best part: They smell like lavender.

6. Italian Herringbone Throw

Italian herringbone throw with monogram mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Mark & Graham

This super-soft throw is the ultimate multitasker. It's not just a travel blanket—it's also a scarf and shawl. Talk about a chic and practical mother-of-the-groom gift for a cold-weather wedding. Add her embroidered initials to make the gift extra special.

7. Mother-of-the-Groom Mug

Custom glass mug for mother of the groom gift
Photo: lolaandcompany

Planning a breakfast for your VIPs on the wedding day? Present the mother of the groom with this cute glass mug to thank her for all she's done. It features her name and a pretty floral illustration.

8. Custom Wedding Illustration

Custom wedding illustration for mother of the groom gift
Photo: SimplyLoveCreations

We're completely obsessed with custom illustrations and your mother will be too. A portrait of you two in your wedding-day best will be a sweet way to remember the moment. Cue the happy tears.

9. Self-Watering Sunflower Kit

Self-watering sunflower kit mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your mom always referred to you as "her sunshine," she'll love this unique gift idea. This indoor sunflower grow kit requires no green thumb thanks to its hydroponic (aka soil-free) planter. In no time, she'll have beautiful blooms that'll remind her of you.

10. Personalized Letter Vase

Personalized letter vase for mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: RememberWhenCeramics

Here's a gift that'll certainly bring a tear to her eye. This white ceramic vase is printed with your own personalized, handwritten letter. Pair the gift with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers for a fail-safe mother-of-the-groom present.

11. Etched Wine Bottle

etched wine bottle
Photo: Mano's Wine

Show her how thankful you are for all of her help with this etched wine bottle. Filled with a California cabernet sauvignon, it features a toast-worthy phrase. Because you should be celebrating having her as a mom.

12. What I Love About Mom Book

Fill-in-the-blank What I Love About Mom book mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a sentimental and affordable mother-of-the-groom gift. It's a fill-in-the-blank prompt book that helps you verbalize all the reasons you love your mom. She'll definitely wrap you in the biggest hug after opening this.

13. Thank-You-Mom Candle

Mother-of-the-groom soy candle with Thank You, Mom label
Photo: Homesick

With top notes of bergamot, lavender and sage, this candle not only smells amazing, but clearly expresses your gratitude. The label puts it simply: "Thank you, Mom." It's a long-lasting gift for the mother of the groom. Plus, there's a spot for a handwritten note on the back of the box.

14. Handmade Ring Dish

Personalized birth flower ring dish mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: GardenofGraces

A ring dish is a small, useful gift for the mother of the groom. She can use it to lay out her jewelry on the big day and then display it on her vanity every day after. This ceramic trinket is stamped with her birth flower for a personalized touch. It can also include a name, date, monogram or word.

15. Interlocking Heart Necklace

Gold chain with double heart clasp mother-of-the-groom necklace
Photo: Gorjana

Shopping for something a little more subtle? This mother-of-the-groom necklace features interlocking double hearts to represent the special connection between a mom and son. It's made from 18K gold-plated brass and one of the hearts is the clasp.

16. Home Spa Set

Spa set for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

You can't go wrong with an at-home spa gift set. This one includes body oil, a shower steamer and a soap bar infused with lavender essential oils for a fragrant and calming spa experience. It also comes with soothing lip balm and a soy candle. It's a great gift to pamper the MOG before or after the wedding.

17. Mother-of-the-Groom Cuff Bracelet

Monogrammed silver or gold cuff mother-of-the-groom bracelets
Photo: Mark & Graham

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

18. Mother-of-the-Groom Hanger

Mother of the groom hanger
Photo: HanginByAMoment

If you're searching for getting-ready gifts for the mother of the groom, how about a fancy clothes hanger? This wooden hanger spells "mother of the groom" in wire and it's finished with a pretty ribbon. She'll take extra care to hang up her wedding day outfit.

19. Digital Picture Frame

Digital frame for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Amazon

From a first look at your professional wedding photos, to selfies from the honeymoon, to all of life's moments to come, this digital photo frame will always keep your mom in the loop. She'll love to have up-to-date photos of you in the house, especially if you don't live close by to visit often. It's a mother-of-the-groom gift she'll use—and get great joy from—for many years.

20. Personalized Stationery

Custom stationery for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Papier

How lovely are these stationery sets? Each card features a colored border along with her name and address. Such an elegant, personalized mother-of-the-groom gift.

21. Preserved Rose Bouquet

Preserved roses for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Venus ET Fleur

Show your mom you'll adore her forever with this bouquet of everlasting roses. Choose from a slew of gorgeous shades and she'll receive 13 to 15 individual blooms, each flash frozen so they'll last for years—no water required. She'll think of your special bond everytime she sees them.

22. Custom Photo Lining Clutch

Custom image lining clutch for mother of the groom gift
Photo: CoryRenee

This groom's gift for his mother is unbearably sweet. Before the wedding, give your mom this fashionable lace clutch. The inside lining is a photo of the two of you. She'll not only have a stylish place to keep her things on the big day, but also a lifelong keepsake.

23. Monogrammed Jewelry Box

Silver metal monogram jewelry box mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: The Knot Shop

If your mom or mother-in-law already has a lot of jewelry, consider gifting a charming organizer for her accessories instead. This silver jewelry box is embossed with a vintage-inspired floral and vine design while the top is engraved with Mom's initials. It's a beautiful wedding gift that she'll surely put to use.

24. Embroidered Mom Handkerchief

White handkerchief embroidered with Mom, Thank You For Everything mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: The Knot Shop

For the traditional mother of the groom, gift something simple, yet still sentimental. This embroidered wedding handkerchief, with an antique-style crochet border, gets right to it. It reads: "Mom, thank you for everything."

25. Leather Carry-All Tote

Leather tote bag for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Madewell

Looking for a tried-and-true gift for the groom's mother? A chic tote bag is a go-to idea for any woman in your life. This leather option is sleek, spacious and goes with everything.

26. Fancy Tea Sampler

Tea sampler for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Magic Hour

How lovely is this set of six loose-leaf teas from woman-owned tea brand Magic Hour? Here are the flavors: Almond Matcha, Bohemian Breakfast, Child's Pose, Goddess Green, Lucid Dreams and Raspberry Earl Black. Bonus: It comes with a strainer and mini tea pot.

27. Pearly Floral Earrings

Pearly floral earrings for mother of the groom gift
Photo: Kate Spade

Wedding day earrings make a great gift for the mother of the groom. These floral earrings from Kate Spade feature mother-of-pearl accents. They're perfect for formal occasions, but can also be dressed down to flaunt every day.

28. "Heart of the Home" Cutting Board

Personalized The Heart Of The Home cutting board mother-of-the-groom gift
Photo: CustomizeFastGifts

The mom who loves to cook and entertain will get plenty of use out of her very own engraved cutting board. This wooden cutting board is personalized with her name and reads, "the heart of the home." It's a practical and sincere mother-of-the-groom gift.

29. Mother-of-the-Groom T-Shirt

Mother-of-the-groom shirt in coral red
Photo: UniqueTrendDesign

If you want a fun and celebratory 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 all the prewedding events. It comes in lots of fun colors, including Crimson, Seafoam Green and Golden Yellow.

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