31 Unique Mother's Day Gifts That Will Surprise and Delight

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Shopping for the maternal figure in your life — the person who claims to not need anything — can be tough, especially when Mother's Day rolls around and suddenly everything you thought you knew about them escapes you. To help, we've rounded up unique, off-the-beaten-path gifts that are perfect, whether they love to bake, garden, workout, host, or simply relax. Here, 31 amazing gifts anyone would love.


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1. Kikkerland Mini Ikebana Kit, $20

If they have taken the wabi-sabi trend to heart, it may be time to introduce them to Ikebana — and this easy-to-use kit has everything needed to get started with the classic Japanese art of flower arranging.

2. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, $27

This universally adored hand balm is nourishing without being greasy and smells amazing without being overwhelming. (Half of Hunker's editorial team even swears by it.)

3. Reclaimed Wood House Tea Bag Caddy, $30

Tea-hoarders know: A little dispenser to corral your favorite steeps is essential. This one, made from reclaimed wood, has a very Scandi-by-way-of-farmhouse vibe.

4. Menu Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe, $79.99

Wine connoisseurs will love this elegant carafe — with every pour, they'll taste wine with 10 times the oxygen. Plus, it doubles as stunning decor on her bar cart.


5. Leeway Home "The Drinks Way" Set, $60

This curated drinkware set offers one of each in a smattering of glassware styles that the cocktail-savvy will love. (Just the encouragement they need to be a party of one, anytime.)

6. Evermill Complete In-Drawer Spice Rack, $209

This "why didn't we think of that?"-level genius magnetic spice rack system will give some serious professional edge to a signature dish ... and the brand offers low-packaging refills shipped direct to her house, so it's an eco-chic gift that keeps on giving.

7. Literary Witches: A Celebration Of Magical Woman Writers​, $13

This unique perspective on some of the book world's most cherished authors — think Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, Octavia Butler — is the perfect chill read for enjoying on a rainy Sunday.

8. Cadence Magnetic Leakproof Travel Containers, $70

Not only are these magnetic travel containers completely leakproof, easy-to-fill, and labeled, but they're also made from recycled plastic — and their magnetic, molecule-inspired format means they'll never lose another lid.


9. Yamazaki Home 3-Tiered Serving Stand, $25.49

This tiered stand can be used to hold baked goods and fresh fruit or to display jewelry on a bedroom vanity.

10. SMEG Citrus Juicer, $180

Fresh-squeezed orange juice (Champagne optional) has been a Mother's Day standby since ... we don't even know when. Take the tradition to the next level with one of these SMEG juicers, in swoon-worthy colors.

11. Garden Glory Swedish Lightweight Watering Can, $69

Let them know they're a gem with this faceted, jewel-shaped watering can from Sweden — it's ultra-lightweight, rust-proof, and pretty enough to keep around for kitchen decor next to her prized Pothos.

12. LOMI Countertop Composter, $379

Composting can be intimidating ... but LOMI takes all the guesswork out. This modern, sleek countertop composter can turn kitchen scraps into soil in as little as four hours ... so even aspiring green queens can get the most out of their leftovers. (Gifting note: Currently it's in its funding stage and won't ship until later this year ... but we think all will agree it's worth the wait.)


13. Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser, $119

This sleek porcelain diffuser elevates any space with its cozy yet modern design and looks just as at home on a nightstand as it does on a living room shelf.

14. Kin Objects Karst Terrarium Backflow Incense Burner, $89

If incense is her home scent agent of choice, this artful holder-meets-terrarium will surprise and delight. The unique design pulls the smoke into the vessel, which gathers around the sculptural "mountains" like clouds. A conversation piece, for sure.

15. Caroline Wetterling Grow Mini Greenhouse, $74.75

Whether your maternal figure is a total plant parent or just enjoys having fresh flowers in the house, they'll love this planter that provides greenhouse-like benefits, while also doubling as a gorg decorative object.

16. Society6 Yoga Mat, $39

Yogis will love this art deco-inspired yoga mat. They can use it to practice vinyasa on a patio or backyard until studios are up and running.


17. Prospect New York x Judy Chicago A Goddess Glow Candle, $81

Kick it way back with some primordial mama vibes. This oversized, sculptural candle (10 inches tall!) pays homage to early feminine symbols and was created in collaboration with Judy Chicago — making it perfect for MOMA lovers.

18. SuperYaki A Film By Nora Ephron Shirt, $25

If you've ever cozied up to watch ​You've Got Mail​ or ​Julie & Julia​ with them on a weekend, this one's for you (and, more importantly, for them).

19. Ember Temperature-Control Mug, $99.95

Not your average coffee cup, this ceramic mug allows you to set your precise drinking temperature and maintain it for an hour, so your breakfast beverage stays piping hot until the last drop.

20. Modern Sprout Garden Jar Herb Kit, starting at $22

For those who love to cook, these fun, self-watering herb jars — basil, parsley, oregano, mint, and cilantro — make it so that they have all the fresh ingredients they need readily at hand.


21. The Nordic Baking Book, $42.55

This book, from Swedish Michelin-starred chef Magnus Nilsson, is the ultimate gift for those who love to bake. It contains 450 sweet and savory recipes for home bakers — from bread to pastries to cakes to holiday treats — and looks just as nice on a coffee table when not in use.

22. The Company Store Tie-Dyed Cotton Summer Throw, $109

This fun 100% cotton throw comes in four summery palettes and is perfect for cozying up in warmer months.

23. Food52 Five Two Wooden Spoons, starting at $25

These beautiful, sustainable teak spoons are almost too pretty to use — almost. Choose one or gift the entire five-piece set, which includes the Mix Master, two-in-one, Big Dipper, Corn Getter, and Flip and Scrape.

24. Bloomist Copper Watering Can, $108

A rustic yet chic gift for the gardening fiend, this polished copper watering can will add charm to any greenhouse or sun porch.


25. CB2 Large Black Marble Box, $29.95

This marble box is perfect for keeping delicate jewelry safe and sound and is an elegant touch to any vanity or bathroom counter.

26. Pottery Barn Chateau Handcrafted Wood Lazy Susan, $99

We love a good Lazy Susan, and this chic iteration is perfect for housing condiments during dinner and holding a perfect charcuterie board during happy hour.

27. Salt by Hendrix Soak Infusion Bath Salts, $25

Bath time transitions into a spa-like experience with these lavish salts, made with Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, lavender, and hibiscus petals to soothe dry, dull skin.

28. Heathcote & Ivory Bathing Flowers, $30

Or, for a departure from the traditional salt soak, treat them to a glamorous (and Instagrammable) bath strewn with these gorgeous "flowers", whose pear blossom-scented soap petals dissolve in the tub.


29. Gold Dainty Line Mama Necklace, $35.57

This delicate necklace is the perfect gift for someone who loves subtle sentimentality.

30. Nora Kogan MAMA Signet Ring, $325

If their style is a little edgier, this unique signet ring will become a treasured piece of everyday adornment. (And yes, you can choose your own enamel color to match their favorite hue.)

31. Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $250

Your music-loving mom will be obsessed with this antique-inspired Bluetooth speaker from Marshall. She can control the music from her phone and move it from the living room to the kitchen, porch, and even to the garden or by the pool (it's water-resistant!).


Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.