With Mother’s Day just a little over a week away, I thought it might be fun to do a round-up of gift ideas from Amazon again a la my Christmas guides from the last two years (you can find them here, here, here, and here, and MOST of the items from those lists are still available and would also make great Mother’s Day gifts).

While a lot of these items are practical, I always find myself drawn to the colorful, the quirky, and the unique, so if you’re anything like me, but your mom’s not, then you can just buy yourself a Mother’s Day present. (I won’t tell anybody).

Of course, these would also make great graduation or end-of-year teacher gifts, so your recipient demographic is pretty varied, I’d say.

ANYhoo, without further ado, here are my picks for Mother’s Day gifts.



I’m a big fan of cutting boards. Now, mine aren’t very pretty, mind you, but I still use them all. the. time. This bamboo set is a top-rated, best-selling item on Amazon and looks like the perfect surface for cutting or even as a cheeseboard.


Honestly, these knives are a little bit funky, even for me, but they would definitely make dinner prep more fun.


On the completely opposite end of the chopping spectrum, this is a decently priced, well-reviewed, very neutral knife set.


A good friend gave me this book, and I love how Lisa Jo Baker (whom I’ve met in real life) conveys her mothering experiences with humor and empathy.


These candles are amazing. Yes, they’re kind of pricey, but the pretty packaging + yummy scents + a decently long burn time definitely make them stand out.


These little woodland creature thank you cards are SO stinkin’ cute. I love the pastel colors and chic pattern combos.


This light, quilted throw is so bright and cheerful that it makes me want to wrap up in it with a mug of hot tea, even if the forecast for the weekend is 85 degrees and sunny.


I love Tocca perfume. I wear Florence, and it hits all the right notes of sweetness, musk, and spice. I’ve had my mini-bottle for over a year now, and even though I use it often, a little goes a long way, and I have lots left. I’ve sampled several other scents and liked them all.


This tea towel just makes me happy. Actually pretty much everything by Sarah Watts does. Her designs are so pretty and whimsical.


I’ll be honest, these timers don’t have the greatest reviews, but they are so adorable that I might be okay if they didn’t always work perfectly.


This one’s another Sarah Watts design and would be a great gift if you’ve got a sewing-lover in your life.


This tea set is pretty and has multiple color options, so if you like the look but don’t love the color of this one, be sure to check out the others.


I don’t know too many women who don’t love good nail polish, and the following three sets all have great colors for any skin tone at reeeeeally good prices. It would be super-easy to buy a set and split it up among multiple teachers/grads/mamas as a fun add-on to a larger gift.


I wouldn’t normally recommend a $40 recipe box, but then again, I’ve never seen such a beautiful recipe box. Honestly, I love pretty much everything Rifle Paper Co. makes, and this is no exception.


I know I’ve recommended this necklace several times, but I really do love it. Mine has an “M” on it for “Mama,” which would be an appropriate gift for any mother, in my humble opinion. But you could also just choose the initial of whomever you’re gifting it to, or even her children’s initials if you want to add multiple discs.

Disclosure: these are affiliate links and, should you purchase any of these items, I will receive a small percentage of the cost at no extra expense to you.


  1. I love these round-ups! I have no idea how you find such cool things on Amazon. I get bogged down when I’m shopping there. But it doesn’t stop me, LOL!
    I’m eyeing some of those things for myself. Wish my mom & MIL liked more “typical” mom stuff, but I’m totally loving all your colorful & quirky finds for myself. May have to send the link to hubby :))

  2. Upon your previous recommendation, I bought the tiny gold filled custom initial necklace for myself. I love it and wear it all the time! I have since purchased one as a birthday gift for a friend.

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