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Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas with this list of Unique Gift Ideas for Mom. You won’t find the same old typical presents in this gift guide! Treat your mom to something special and creative, and maybe even homemade this year.

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This will not look like your typical list of gift ideas for mom. I don’t give two craps about fashion. I would rather be stabbed in the eye with a spork than shop for purses. And a DIY at-home spa gift set makes no sense when I can’t fold my 6-foot self into our little bathtub.

One year I bought myself a clothesline, and to this day I still consider it the best Mother’s Day gift I have ever received. From myself.

And since you can’t put silence, not being touched/sneezed on, or just being alone for six hours on a gift guide, I present these unique gift ideas for mom.

Unique Gift Ideas For Mom - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Find the perfect Mother's Day gift ideas with this list of Unique Gift Ideas for Mom. You won't find the same old typical presents in this gift guide! Treat your mom to something special, creative, and even homemade this year.

What is the best gift you have ever given or received for Mother’s Day?


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  1. My best Mother’s Day gift was my daughter. I went in to labor on Mother’s Day and had her the following Tuesday. 

  2. Hi Sarah, I am interested in the bitchin trunk organizer, but the link is broke. Could you please take a look at it?

    1. Argh, what fresh hell is this? I just checked that link last night and it was active. Argh! Fixed now, thanks Jean.

  3. The breasts comment made me laugh out loud, seriously!

    I’m curious when your birthday is/what’s your sign?! 

    Practical presents are my thing too. Or chocolate.. but like good chocolate, not Hershey’s.

    1. October 5th – Libra!

      Mmmmm, practical chocolate. I agree; Hershey’s is terrible. Jack thinks it’s sooooo good and won’t listen to me when I try to say otherwise.

  4. You always come up with great round-ups at gift-giving times! And the advice. One year my husband gave me a toaster oven for Christmas. And promptly had it thrown at his head.

  5. We are parents of adult children and at this stage of our lives we just don’t need more stuff. If there is some bigger ticket item I desire I “try” to wait until a bday, holiday, etc and tell the kids so they can go in together.  Usually $25 or less for each of our 4 kids.  But I let them know that we really prefer consumables or experiences.  They got us concert tickets for Christmas one year.  The show was months later so it extended the gift.  We rarely go out to eat because we no longer feel the need to run away from home because the kids are making us crazy but a gift certificate to our favorite restaurant is always welcome.  Gets us out of the house.  But one thing they all know…don’t get me anything that I will need to dust!

  6. It’s funny what people regard as being acceptable as a gift, isn’t it? I poured scorn on my aunt purchasing an ironing board cover for my mother as a birthday present one year! In my book, if it’s household equipment it’s not a gift, it’ something the family needs! Why should it be on my list? I did make an exception with my all singing and dancing icecream maker.

    My daughter’s friend was questioning why his g/f wanted a day out for her birthday. His idea of a treat would be to stop home by himself, in his pants (This is the UK, so that’s ‘underwear’) playing on his playstation.

    My daughter and son are taking my hub out for a Gin experience of some description for his ‘special’ birthday. Son was musing what they would do for me when it’s my turn. Daughter’s observation was that I would like to be home on my own with the phone off!

    1. When we were super broke, “splurges” like a clothesline felt like a great way to get what I wanted/needed and allow the boys to feel like they were getting me a gift. But also I really like practical stuff because those are the things that make me happy. But…I would not like an ironing board cover!

      At home by yourself without a phone sounds like heaven.

  7. These are some great ideas. However, ThredUp doesn’t offer gift cards. Under their FAQ section: Does thredUP offer gift cards?
    Currently, gift cards and gift certificates are not available on thredUP. But, by referring friends and family, you can receive shopping credit!

    I know because I was going to ask for a gift card for my birthday.

    1. Well fart. I guess I should have researched that better. A few of my favorite tops are from ThredUp and I was so excited that I put it on there. I’ll need to edit. Thanks for catching that Tiffany.

    2. Maybe you could have a subscription in her name and have it shipped to her house instead of your own ????????‍♀️ This would work if you know your mom’s style and sizes.