For a mother of the bride, this upcoming Mother's Day can be a great opportunity to let your mom shine and honor her in a special way. By giving an extra-special gift to your mother, you can show your thoughtfulness and appreciation not only for being your mom but also for her support and love she's given you throughout the wedding-planning process. Check out these mother-of-the-bride gift ideas that are perfect for this upcoming holiday.
All moms can use a little bit of pampering and TLC—especially mothers of the bride. Perhaps you'd like to present her with a massage or a gift certificate to her favorite salon for a luxurious day of beauty and relaxation. Or, more practically, maybe you'd like to cover the costs for her hair and makeup on the big day! Gift cards to services such as Spa Finder Wellness 365 can be used at thousands of spas nationwide, and they can be delivered via email, printing, or regular ol' snail mail for extra convenience and ease. Pair the gift card with lush and relaxing slippers or sleep masks, such as Uncommon Goods's Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers, which will help her to kick back, relax, and indulge in relaxing aromas and comforting heat beyond her session at the spa. (Ballerina herbal warming slippers, $48, Uncommon Goods)
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Remember back in kindergarten when you'd make handmade crafts and collages for your mom? Channel your inner creativity once more and put your DIY skills to the test as you take Mom down memory lane. Compile a sentimental photo album or scrapbook for your mother that highlights the most special times, and then purposely leave a few pages blank so you can add wedding photos and more. Or, opt to tackle this with the help of digital services such as Minted or SmileBox, which will help you make high-quality and -resolution photo collages or books that Mom is certain to cherish. ("Heart Snapshot Mix" photo collage, starting at $57, Minted)
It's no secret things can get pretty hectic and exhausting while wedding planning, but that doesn't mean you should skip out on Mother's Day festivities. Instead of getting dolled up and heading out for a fancy brunch or lunch, consider staying in to celebrate instead. Surprise Mom with Harry and David's Mother's Day brunch kit, guaranteed to make mouths water. Including English muffins, cinnamon-toffee Bundt cake, maple-syrup butter, sliced Canadian-style bacon, and triple-cheese and caramelized onion quiche, all you have to do is add mimosas and cheers! (Mother's Day brunch gift, $69.99, Harry & David)
You may have covered all your bases by getting your bridesmaids and MOH matching comfy robes, pajamas, or T-shirts for the morning of your wedding, but what about Mom? Mothers of brides would love to be included with a custom shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants, or PJs that are not only practical but also proclaim their special title to the world. Etsy has an abundance of shirts and apparel tailored for the mother of the bride; think cheeky slogans such as "I can't keep calm, my daughter is getting married." (Mother-of-the-bride robe, starting at $19.99, Lily Rose Wedding; available on Etsy. Mother-of-the-bride zip-up hoodie, $30, JMTboutique; available on Etsy.)
A Heartfelt Message
Most moms know they're loved, but putting the feeling into words is sometimes a rare—but always special—way of communicating exactly what you mean. In the digital age of short texts and quick messages, the art of letter-writing can be forgotten at times. Consider honoring the time-old tradition and write your mom a heartfelt letter or series of notes. You may want to let her know of special moments that have meant the most or what parts of her you hope to emulate as a wife, mother, or friend. For a truly unique gift, Personalization Mall enables you to submit your words for custom engraving on a sparkling Lucite heart. And for the bookworm in all moms, check out Letters to My Mom: Write Now. Ready Later. Treasure Forever or the mad-lib-style Letters to Mom from Paper Source, which can help ensure you get out every important word and will reserve a special spot in her bookcase.
(Personalized heart sculpture, $26.29, Personalization Mall. "Letters to My Mom: Write Now. Ready Later. Treasure Forever," $13.02, Chronicle Books; available on Amazon. Letters to Mom stationery, $18.95, Paper Source.)