Not Another Mug: 5 Out-of-the-Box Gifts For Mom

For us in the UK, Mother’s Day is creeping up on Sunday 15th March and across the pond it is in May, so you have time to prepare. People have different relationships with their parents. My mom is one of the greatest people I know, she’s an 18 year-old party animal in her head, and an endlessly giving person in her heart. She’s my mom and I love her.

A mother is always more than just a mother. It’s easy to say this as a feminist statement but it isn’t always as easy to remember when thinking about our own mothers. It’s nice to get them gifts that appreciate their role as mother, but I think it’s also important to buy gifts that acknowledge that they are more than just that. Say no to ‘best mom’ mugs!

If, like me, you’re a bit bored of the usual Mother’s Day gifts and you think your old ma can take something funnier, more alternative, or just plain weird for Mother’s Day, here are some ideas that we hope can inspire you to give your mom a gift she will remember.

If she’s a music fiend


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There’s a lot of cool music related gifts out there. Get a ticket to see her favorite old band with her (or new band) even if you hate them. So many golden oldies have got back together recently so this is more doable than ever! If a concert ticket is a little out of your price range, you could get her favorite song printed in Soundwave form as a piece of art like this, or track down her favourite vinyl and frame it.

If she’s an old romantic

If she’s single and interested in the dating game you could go for the risky date idea. There’s a dating site called Datemy where you can sign them up and go through potential dates. You could compile a list of potential date ideas and spend Mother’s Day drinking wine and showing her your fully vetted list. Don’t worry though, her profile won’t go live unless she wants to subscribe so it’s not a totally creepy thing to do! If she has a partner, why not arrange to send them away for a weekend or send them out on a dinner date.

If she’s super sentimental

Okay, so this one is a ‘momsy’ Mother’s Day gift, but bear with me. Take a road trip (or the bus for us non-drivers) down memory lane. Visit places you have good memories from with your mom, and if you have siblings, get everyone involved. Remembering the good times will let her know she’s appreciated, and if she’s anything like my mom, she’ll totally cry. Tears are a good thing in my book, maybe I’m sadistic, but a happy cry gives me the warm fuzzies. Essential tool: tissues (and… booze).

If she’s an insatiable animal lover

Get arty and collage, draw, or paint a portrait of her beloved pet. Home gifts are fun and thoughtful. However, if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, there are some handy alternatives available. Etsy has lots of people offering up pet portraits for a modest price. One of my favorites is Design by Matea which mixes a nice combo of sentimental pet loving with fun pattern design.

So, remember, mom’s are just as multi-faceted as the rest of us! But if you do fancy getting her a mug why not try one of these…


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