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.
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."
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.
Michael Aram Butterfly Ginkgo Round Trinket Box
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
The Polka Dotted Bee Personalized Handkerchief
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
Mark and Graham Women's Lightweight Cotton Robe
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
Kendra Scott Ott Bracelet
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
Mark and Graham Vegan Leather Weekender
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
Hope Love Shine Mother of the Bride Necklace
There's nothing quite like the striking simplicity of a pendant necklace to make the gift of a lifetime. We love the symbolic message of unity and love of the interlocking circles. The hammered texture makes them glimmer gorgeously in the sun. Made from either 14K gold vermeil or sterling silver, the necklace will resist tarnishing or scuffs, so she can wear it daily.
Price at time of publish: $36
Meshka Design Personalized Photo Lining Purse
If your mother still needs a clutch for the wedding, get her this one. On the outside is a beautiful beaded design made from suede adorned with French lace and sequins. On the inside is a print of a photo and custom message of your choosing, giving her a reminder of your love every time she looks inside. The purse measures 11 x 7.9 inches and stands open on its own. With 10 gorgeous shades, she can easily match it to her mother of the bride outfit. She will treasure it for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $59
Irys Illustrations Personalized Bride Mom Grandmother Portrait Art
If both your mother and grandmother will be attending the wedding, why not get a gift to honor both of them? This portrait will warm their hearts as it features both of them standing right next to you during life's special moments. While there are many personalized portraits on Etsy, this artist stands out with how much customization they offer. You can choose the dress and shoe type for your mother and grandmother, your wedding gown, veil, and bouquets as well as other accessories. There's also multiple skin tones, hair colors, lengths, and textures to choose from. Customizing the portrait will be half the fun.
Because it's a digital print, you'll receive a download that you can print and frame yourself.
Price at time of publish: $19
Love Georgie Wedding A Reflection Of You Pocket Mirror
Your mother will certainly want to have a pocket mirror for mid-day touchups during your wedding, so why not gift her one with a sweet message? The 2.5 inch mirror is engraved with the sentiment, "Mom I am who I am today as a reflection of you (heart) name." Inside you'll find two mirrors, one being magnified. The metallic design is timeless and you can choose between stainless steel, rose gold plated, or yellow gold plated stainless steel.
Price at time of publish: $38
Garden of Graces Jewelry Dish
These handmade jewelry dishes are both practical and sentimental. Everyone could use a little dish to hold knick knacks on their nightstand, and this design comes personalized with your wedding date, name, and a sweet message to mom. Choose from different message options or write your own custom message.
Price at time of publish: $25
Espro P7 French Press
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
Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art
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
Chic Mama Jewelry Cuff Bracelet
The clean, simple style of this cuff bracelet makes it the perfect accessory for your big day and something she’ll treasure for years to come. The outside is simple, but on the inside she'll find a sincere message from you. You can also customize it with your own handwriting for an extra personal touch. Choose between 14K gold filled or sterling silver and know that the bracelet is nickel and lead free.
Price at time of publish: $69
Lola and Company Mother of the Bride Mug
This isn't your average mug. Not only is the glass design a pretty way to display her drink, but you can customize it with her birth flower, name, title, and wedding date. Even if she doesn't drink coffee or tea, this mug makes for a pretty keepsake that can hold makeup brushes or pens. If you really love the design, consider ordering more for the Mother of the Groom, Maid of Honor, and even your bridesmaids. The seller offers a discount for bulk orders.
Price at time of publish: $23+
Boss I Made Mother of the Bride Tote Bag
Nope, you can't have too many reusable shopping bags. This is a gift your mom can use during the wedding festivities and way beyond. Made from 100 percent cotton, it's durable and the 15x16 inch size is spacious. Fill it with smaller gifts like the candle and MOB shirt below for a fun goody bag for your mother.
Price at time of publish: $10
Softy Pinky Mother of the Bride Shirt
We love the idea of gifting your mom a T-shirt or sweatshirt that she can wear while lounging at the hotel before the wedding. Not only will she feel special but any guests will know who she is. Softy Pinky makes both soft sweatshirts and T-shirts in a wide selection of colors and designs.
Price at time of publish: $11+
Ariabella Candles Mother of the Bride Definition Candle
For the candle lover in your life, this soy candle will stand out from the rest of her collection. Don't be surprised if the definition of the mother of the bride brings her to tears. Though you can't customize the message, you can pick from more than 10 different scents to best fit her personality. Plus, if you buy the matching Mother of the Groom Candle, you'll get free shipping.
Price at time of publish: $24
Real Life Living Acacia Wood Charcuterie Board
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
NEST Fragrances Linen Reed Diffuser
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
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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
Roam Homegrown Self Care Box
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
iSunjoy Mother of Bride Wind Chime
If your mom is working on turning her backyard or patio into a private oasis, she'll appreciate this one of a kind wind chime. The 28 inch wind chime combines six tubes with a wooden pendant and durable nylon braided rope. The wooden pendant comes with a sweet note for your mother. Every time she hears this chime, she'll think of you.
Price at time of publish: $32
Willow Tree Chrysalis Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure
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."
Price at time of publish: $50
Bamfan Bamboo Bath Caddy
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
What to Look for in a Mother of the Bride Gift
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 entertaining, get her a proper Charcuterie Board Gift Set. If she loves to travel, a monogramed weekender bag like this one from Mark & Graham will be well appreciated.
With a little personalization, everything from a candle to a tote bag will feel more special and fit for the occasion. We especially like personalizing items she will likely need for the wedding, like a compact mirror or clutch. You can never go wrong with personalized piece of jewelry like Chic Mama Jewelry Cuff Bracelet.
If your mom never "wants" anything or is just simply hard to buy for—don't sweat 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.
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.
Yet as a our list shows, you can find meaningful gifts at all price ranges. For instance, you can create a Custom 3 Generations Portrait for less than $20.
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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.