The 15 Best Mother of the Bride Gifts for All Budgets and Styles

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It’s almost time for the big day, and by now you are elbow deep in cakes, seating arrangements, dresses, and makeup. But, while you’ve been hard at work, your mom has been with you every step of the way making things happen so your day goes off without a hitch. In true mom fashion, she’s always been by your side with unwavering support, thoughtful guidance, and unconditional love. From the ultimate highs and the lowest of lows, it's safe to say that she's seen it all. So, take a step back to remember that your wedding day is not only a day to celebrate your new-found love, but to also take pride in the person you've become. It's likely that your mom has largely contributed to the person you are today—and that's something to be thankful for. A meaningful gift personalized for her doesn't just say "thank you for helping me plan my wedding," but "thank you for being my mom."

Your big day might be the perfect opportunity to give her something she would never indulge in on her own, like that expensive perfume she’s had her eye on, a classic piece of jewelry she can wear daily, or a sumptuous throw to wrap up in. Or, go with something that will encourage her to relax post-wedding, like a journal to record her thoughts in or an e-reader with a few favorite books. If your mom never "wants" anything or is just simply hard to buy for—don't sweat it. Some moms just aren't the materialistic type—and we love them for it! Instead of purchasing her a new set of glassware, that bottle of perfume, or a designer handbag, opt for a gift that creates an experience for her (or the two of you!) to enjoy. Schedule a day at the spa, a trip to the theater, or a fun activity you've always wanted to try. It'll give you something to look forward to after the wedding—and allow for some always-needed bonding time.

Everyone knows you’re spinning a lot of plates right now, but don’t forget to show your mom how much she means to you. Whether it's something she's always wanted, an experience she can look forward to, or a hand-made sentimental gift, your mom will simply love your thoughtfulness—and the fact that it came from you. If you’re not sure where to start, we rounded up our favorite products that are sure to make her feel super special. 

Read on for the best mother-of-the-bride gifts.

Most Personalized

The Polka Dotted Bee Personalized Handkerchief

Etsy The Polka Dotted Bee Personalized Handkerchief

Courtesy of Etsy

Materials: Cotton | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return Policy: Final Sale

You know your mom will be hard-pressed to keep a dry eye on your wedding day. Show her how special she is and give her something to wipe her tears of joy with—like this beautiful personalized handkerchief.

Price at time of publish: $18 for Scallop with no custom message

Best for the Bling-Lover

Kendra Scott Ott Bracelet

Kendra Scott Ott Bracelet

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Materials: 14K gold, 14K rose gold, or rhodium | Shipping: Two Day Shipping Available | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

The timeless design of this bracelet will make a gorgeous addition to your mom’s jewelry collection. And, coming from you on your wedding day, it might secretly be her favorite. Choose from gold, rhodium, or rose gold to match her other pieces.

Price at time of publish: $70

Best for the Traveler

Mark and Graham Vegan Leather Weekender

Mark and Graham Vegan Leather Weekender

Courtesy of Mark and Graham

Materials: Vegan Leather | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Accepted Within 30 Days of Delivery With Receipt (monogrammed items excluded)

Your mom might need a relaxing getaway after all the excitement is over. Help her do it in style with this chic, vegan leather overnight bag. It’s roomy enough for a weekend retreat—and you can monogram it for an extra-special touch!

Price at time of publish: $169

Best for Keepsakes

Michael Aram Butterfly Ginkgo Round Trinket Box

Michael Aram Butterfly Ginkgo Round Trinket Box

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Materials: Acid-Etched Solid Bronze and Stainless Steel | Shipping: Two Day Shipping Available | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

Inspired by nature, this butterfly ginkgo box is the perfect spot for your mom to store her trinkets and keepsakes. The beautiful design will no doubt grab the top spot on her vanity, too.

Price at time of publish: $100

Most Sentimental

Willow Tree Chrysalis Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure

Willow Tree Chrysalis Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure

Courtesy of Amazon

Materials: Resin | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

Representing the bond between mother and daughter, the sculpture will make a lovely gift for your mom on your wedding day. Hand-carved and hand-painted, there's no better way to say, "I love you."

Best Photo Art

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

Minted

Materials: Hand-Crafted Wood Frame, Plexiglass, and Photo Board | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Returns Accepted Case by Case

If your favorite moments with your mom are captured on film, what better way to share them with her than through this heart-shaped memorabilia on your wedding day? Pick 30 of your favorite photos to create a beautiful keepsake collage that she’ll treasure forever.

Price at time of publish: $50

Best Personalized Jewelry

Mark & Graham Sarah Chloe Double Elle Bangle

Mark & Graham Sarah Chloe Double Elle Bangle

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

Materials: Plated Gold or Silver | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Final Sale

The clean, simple style of this monogrammed bangle bracelet makes it the perfect accessory for your big day and something she’ll treasure for years to come. Choose between one and three-letter monograms and gold or silver finishes.

Price at time of publish: $168

Best for the Entertainer

Real Life Living Acacia Wood Charcuterie Board

For the Entertainer: Real Life Living Charcuterie Board Set

Courtesy of Amazon

Materials: Plated Gold or Silver | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

Give your mom a sophisticated way to serve up her favorite cheeses, fruits, and spreads with this well-equipped charcuterie board. This deluxe 19-piece gift set is made from acacia wood and includes everything she needs for both casual and formal entertaining.

Price at time of publish: $75

Best for R&R

Bamfan Bamboo Bath Caddy

Bamfan Bamboo Bath Caddy

Courtesy of Amazon

Materials: Bamboo | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

Encourage her to take a well-deserved break with this bamboo bath caddy. With a spot for all her essentials—a good book and a glass of wine—everything she needs will be within reach for some relaxing downtime.

Price at time of publish: $43

For the Coffee Addict

Espro Coffee French Press P7

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Espresso Coffee French Press P7

Courtesy of Amazon

Materials: Stainless Steel | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

Is your mom powered by coffee? Then this french press may be the perfect gift for her next pick me up. With elegant stainless steel styling, there's no doubt she’ll want to show it off on her countertops for years to come. 

Price at time of publish: $150

Best Home Accent

NEST Fragrances Linen Reed Diffuser

NEST Fragrances Linen Reed Diffuser

Courtesy of Amazon

Materials: 5.9 Fl Oz Glass Bottle and Fragrances | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

For a home fragrance that lasts, gift your mom this elegant diffuser. The stylish, frosted bottle will look beautifully accent any space, and notes of apple blossom, white orchid, and crisp linen will leave any room smelling fresh and clean.

Price at time of publish: $58

For the Bookworm

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon

Materials: Electrophoretic Display | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted

If your mom is an avid reader, put an entire library in the palm of her hands with the Kindle Paperwhite. The glare-free display reads like real paper, and the waterproof design makes it worry-free. 

Price at time of publish: $140

Best Necklace

Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Single Diamond Pendant

Diamonds by the Yard Single Diamond Pendant

Tiffany & Co

Materials: Diamond and 18K Yellow Gold | Shipping: Complimentary Domestic Shipping Only | Return Policy: Free Returns Accepted In Store Only

There's nothing quite like the striking simplicity of a pendant necklace to make the gift of a lifetime. With an array of lengths and carat weights to choose from, your mom will love to have this classic diamond as a constant reminder of your special bond.

Price at time of publish: $1,550

Best Spa-Like Robe

Mark and Graham Women's Lightweight Cotton Robe

Mark and Graham Women's Lightweight Cotton Robe

Courtesy of Mark and Graham

Materials: Turkish cotton | Shipping: Shipping Rates Vary | Return Policy: Accepted Within 30 Days of Delivery With Receipt (monogrammed items excluded)

When the party is over, your mom will love to slip into this crisp cotton robe and as she unwinds for the evening. White robes with woven detailing are a timeless classic that will remind her of a luxe spa experience. Plus, you can monogram the robe for a personalized touch.

Price at time of publish: $109

Best Self Care Kit

Roam Homegrown Self Care Box

Etsy Roam Homegrown Self Care Box

Courtesy of Etsy

Materials: Vary Depending On Kit Selected | Shipping: Complimentary Shipping | Return Policy: Free Returns Within 30 Days

Your mom will need a little TLC after a night on the dance floor and will definitely appreciate this self care kit. With bath salts, scented candles, face masks, and lip treatments, she'll be ready for an at-home spa evening.

Price at time of publish: $34 for Lavender Spa Day Gift Box

What to Look for in a Mother of the Bride Gift

So, you're stuck? We know, we know, it may seem like a daunting task. But, don't panic! The fact that you care so much about gifting one or two of the most important women in your life something of value shows your genuine intentions—it's the thought that counts! Start by considering the kind of person you're buying for as well as the kind of hobbies she enjoys or the lifestyle she lives. Is she a jewelry wearer? Does she like to decorate her home? Does she travel often? Does she love to entertain guests? Or, is she into any sports or leisurely activities?

Selecting a present that directly correlates with her passions will not only ensure that she actually uses her gift, but it reflects the fact that you value and pay attention to her interests. If she loves wine, treat her to a tasting at a local vineyard or a new set of glassware for entertaining. Book a spa appointment or reserve a table at her favorite restaurant—she'll appreciate the thoughtful gesture! Still can't think of anything? You can never go wrong with something deeply personal like a framed photo or a hand-written letter.

FAQ
  • When should I give my mom her mother-of-the-bride gift?

    It's a great idea to treat your mother throughout the wedding-planning process, but a special, custom gift can be given a few days or weeks before the wedding itself. The big day of will be busy for both of you, so schedule a fun date for just the two of you ahead of time.


    Or, if you want to give a small gift like a piece of jewelry on the day of the wedding, make sure to do it at a quiet moment before the festivities begin—you'll want to make sure she keeps the gift in a safe place once the party gets started!

  • Should I give a gift to my mother-in-law?

    Yes! A token of appreciation to your future mother-in-law is never the wrong choice. Plus, it will go a long way in building your relationship. She'll appreciate your effort and recognition in raising your future spouse! It's also a good idea to gift your father-in-law something special, or splurge on a joint gift that both your in-laws will enjoy.

  • How much should I spend on my mother-of-the-bride gift?

    How much you spend on a gift for your mother or mother-in-law is completely personal to you—and only you! First, consider your own financial situation and set a budget for not only your mom's gift, but all of the important people in your life that you want to purchase a token of appreciation for.


    It's no secret that weddings are expensive–setting a budget can help you stay within your means and allow you to distribute it among all the meaningful aspects of your special day. Next, take time to reflect upon your relationship. If the two of you are extremely close and she's invested a significant amount of time and effort into your wedding (and life!), it's best to invest even more effort into a quality gift.

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Sharon Brandwein is a freelance writer with over two years of experience covering parenting, lifestyle, and content marketing. She excels at finding the perfect gift for friends, family—and especially—mothers.

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