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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:59:00 PM in Gift Ideas
Tags: mother s day,  women,  photo book,  gift ideas

50 Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life: Perfect for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is just over two weeks away already--how did that happen?!  I am still getting used to writing "2013" on my checks (not kidding)!!!  If you are suddenly realizing that you need to come up with some gifts soon, then I hope this post will be just what you're looking for!  I scoured some of my favorite sites for hours to put together this list.  I hope the legwork I already did is helpful to each of you and makes your quest for the perfect gift that much easier!  Even after Mother's Day passes, I thought this list might be handy to refer to when you're searching for a gift for those great ladies in your life, no matter what the occasion!  (And nobody says a girl can't pass this list on to her own family!  Sometimes those guys, in particular, need a little guidance... am I right, ladies?)  :)

While you're in "gift mode", you may also want to check out this post where I compiled a list of gift ideas for the one you love--great for Valentine's Day or your anniversary!

Vases

Personalized Photo Vase Find this vase at the site below ($34.95 & up). (You will land on the site's homepage: look for "custom ceramic photo vase" and you should find it.) * I have ordered this--it's so cute in person!!

Via - exposuresonline.com

Glass Block Photo Vase (4x6) Find this vase below (on sale for $12.99 at the time of this post). (When you land on the homepage of the site, search for "glass block" and it should pop up.)

Via - exposuresonline.com

Mom Vase Find these mom vases below ($20 & up). There is also a grandma version. (The link will take you to the homepage of the site, and then search for "mom vase" and you will see it.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Journals & Books

"Funniest Thing" Journal Never forget those memorable moments with this personalized "Funniest Thing" journal ($16). Find it below--more styles available.

Via - minted.com

Grandparents' Journal Find this grandparents' journal below ($32). I love the idea of having grandparents fill this out! These are memories and details you don't want to lose! (You will land on the site's homepage and then search for "grandparent journal" and you should see it.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Greeting Card Organizer Find this greeting card organizer below ($20). I love to buy cards in advance when I find the perfect one while browsing (because you'll never find it again!), and then you can have it ready to go in this handy binder. (You will land on the site's homepage, and then search for "greeting card organizer" and you should see it.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Little Bits of Wisdom Find this book below ($11.42): * I have this book, and I've given it as a gift many times. Filled with lots of nice ideas and great mommy tips!

Via - barnesandnoble.com

Create a Photo Book Make your own photo book at the site below. I'm a huge fan of making books like these! You could also collect family recipes and create a cookbook! * Prices will vary.

Via - shutterfly.com

MORE PHOTO BOOKS:

I have also used Blurb, a great site for making photo books, as I illustrated in this post where I show how I made a special baby book for my daughter's first birthday.  

 

Serving Pieces

Personalized Mom and Grandma Platters Find these personalized Mom and Grandma platters below ($115). (You will land on the homepage, and then search for "mom platter" and they should pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Small Beaded Pedestal Find this pedestal (perfect for cookies, treats, a small cake, etc.) below ($17):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Memory Photo Tray Find this large memory tray (20" square) where you can insert your own photos, postcards, etc. below ($79.95). You will land on the homepage, so then search for "memory tray" and it will pop up.

Via - exposuresonline.com

Custom Photo Cookie Jar Find this custom photo cookie jar below (on sale for $29.99 at the time of this post). (You will land on the homepage, and then search for "cookie jar" and you will see it.)

Via - exposuresonline.com

Monogrammed Lucite Tray Find this beautiful tray below--many styles available ($78):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Home & Decor

Personalized Family Tandem Bike Art Find this personalized art below ($110 & up). (You will land on the site's homepage. Search for "tandem bike art" and you will see it.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Tocca Beauty Candle Find this candle (they are awesome!) below ($38):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Custom Photo Canvas (any size!) Find these amazing canvases below (prices vary). I just discovered this company, and I recently ordered an entire wall gallery of canvases of all different sizes. The quality is outstanding!!! I have ordered canvases from various places, and these are the nicest for sure!! You can choose the exact size you want. What a special gift! I highly recommend this company. They also seem to offer discounts pretty regularly, so keep a lookout! I was able to simply "like" them on Facebook and I got 50% off my order for that day only!! Needless to say, I ordered a bunch at once to take advantage of the offer!

Via - canvasondemand.com

Click here to view the wall gallery of canvases I hung in our entryway.  I also share with you a fool-proof method to hang everything perfectly the first time around without having to move any nails!

A Grandma is Born Tile Find this personalized "A Grandma is Born" tile below ($60). (You will land on the site's homepage. Type in "grandma tile" and it should pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Custom Photo Pillow Find this unique pillow and more like it below:

Via - shutterfly.com

Custom Family Pillow Find this custom family pillow below ($150). They also carry some other neat pillows. (You will land on the site's homepage. Search for "custom family pillow" and it should pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Custom Photo Plaques (No Frame Needed!) Find this plaque and more like it below (the 5x7 was on sale for $15.99 at the time of this post):

Via - shutterfly.com

"You Have My Whole Heart For My Whole Life" Frame Find this cute frame below ($36):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Photo Coasters Find these coasters below (on sale for $15.99 at the time of this post):

Via - shutterfly.com

Jewelry

Page with Tiny Photo Necklace Find this precious necklace below ($170):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Links of Love Necklace (also comes as a bracelet) Find this unique necklace below ($52). (You will land on the site's homepage. Just type in "links of love" and the necklace and bracelet will pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Drops of Gold Juniper Earrings Find these beautiful earrings below ($48): * This site has some awesome earrings!! I loved so many, it was hard to choose which image to share!

Via - laylagrayce.com

Mother & Daughter Necklaces (set of 2) Find these "Mother & Daughter" necklaces below ($25 & up for a set of 2). (You will land on the site's homepage and then type in "mother daughter necklace" and it will pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

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Pearly Personalized Photo Bracelet Find this stunning bracelet below ($160 & up):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Mother Nestling Birds Necklaces Find these mother nestling birds necklaces below ($70 & up). (You will land on the site's homepage. Type in "mother necklace" and it should pop up.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Nest Egg Necklaces Find these nest egg necklaces below ($68 & up). (You will land on the homepage of the site. Type in "nest egg necklace" and you will see it.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

For the Kitchen

Monogrammed Cutting Board Find this cutting board (more choices available) below (on sale for $34 at the time of this post):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Personalized Photo Rise and Shine Mug Find this mug and more like it below ($15.99):

Via - tinyprints.com

Personalized Photo Mug Find this mug and more like it below ($15.99)

Via - tinyprints.com

Set of 4 Small Mugs Find this set of 4 mugs and more like it below ($35):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Vintage-Inspired Waterproof Apron Find this great apron (just wipe away splatters!) below ($34):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Daily Boutique Deals

Tipsy Wine Glasses Find these fun wine glasses below ($25 for a set of 2). (You will land on the site's homepage. Type in "tipsy wine glasses" and you will see them.)

Via - uncommongoods.com

Decorative Chalkboard Decal Find this decorative chalkboard decal below (great for non-magnetic refrigerators or a wall in your kitchen or mudroom! $36):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Accessories

Petunia Pickle Bottom Wallet Find this beautiful wallet below--more styles available ($54):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Custom Photo Makeup Bag Find this custom photo makeup bag below ($19.95). You will land on the site's homepage, and then search for "makeup bag" and you will see it.

Via - exposuresonline.com

Stephanie Johnson Riviera Laura Large Cosmetic Bag Find this super cute cosmetic bag below ($40):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Custom Shopping Bags Find this shopping bag and more like it below (on sale for $9.89 at the time of this post):

Via - shutterfly.com

Petunia Pickle Bottom Laptop Sleeve Find this cute laptop sleeve and more like it below ($52 for this one; prices vary):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Pewter Photo Key Ring Find this photo key ring below ($19.99): * I was ordering one of these for a gift once, and I went ahead and got myself one with a picture of my four girls, too! (It arrives with the picture already inside.) I love mine--it's really well made, and it's held up well with keys banging against it.

Via - shutterfly.com

Stationery (Stationary), personalized napkins, address labels, invitations, moving and birth announcement, stick figure stationary and more.

For the Desk

Personalized Stationery Find these cards and more like it below ($20.90 & up):

Via - tinyprints.com

Self-Inking Stamp or Embosser Find this personalized self-inking stamp below--many styles available (on sale for $30 at the time of this post):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Photo Desk Organizer Find this fun organizer below ($29.99): * I gave one of these to each of my parents one year. The kids held up signs in the photo... the gifts were a big hit!

Via - shutterfly.com

Odds & Ends

Cotton Wrap Kimono Find this beautiful cotton wrap kimono below ($83):

Via - laylagrayce.com

The Bra-llelujah! (My friends and I call it the "No Back Fat Bra"--it's amazing!!!) Find this super-flattering (!) bra at the site below ($62). Honestly, I think every woman needs this bra--you will not believe how it will change how you look in your clothes, especially across your back!! I have the regular one and the racerback style, and without exaggeration, I wear one of them EVERY SINGLE DAY--they are so comfortable that except for when I have a sports bra on when working out, I can't even wear any other type of bra anymore. It's well worth the money in my opinion. You will have that cost-to-wear ratio down in a hurry! :) I have given this bra many times as a gift, and everyone has loved it--they all wear theirs everyday, too! Seriously, they don't call it the "Bra-llelujah!" for nothin'!

Via - herroom.com

Personalized Manicure Kit Find this personalized manicure kit below ($59). You will land on the site's homepage--just type in "manicure kit" and you will see it.

Via - exposuresonline.com

New Bugaboo Colors

Personalized Luggage Tags Find these personalized luggage tags below--many styles available ($17):

Via - laylagrayce.com

Photo Playing Cards Find these cards below--perfect for the card-playing ladies in your life! ($19.99):

Via - shutterfly.com

I tried to come up with different ideas across various price points, so I hope you discovered an idea or two that might be the perfect gift!  

To all the ladies... have a wonderful Mother's Day!  I hope you have a special day and that you celebrate the awesomeness of being a woman on May 12!  (As I discuss in this post, we girls need to stick together!!)  

What gift ideas can you add to this list?

Until next time, my friends... thanks for reading!

HH

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Comments

  • thank you for this useful post, any suggestions for me? I am having my first wedding anniversary in June ?

    So exciting--my anniversary is in June, too! :) I wrote this post below around Valentine's Day, and it's perfect for an anniversary, too--tons of gift ideas for the one you love! I hope it helps give you some ideas!

    http://www.harvardhomemaker.com/gift-ideas-for-the-one-you-love/

    Also, if you like to follow tradition, the first anniversary is "paper"--perhaps you could get tickets (paper) for an event or concert or have your wedding invitation (paper) framed maybe?

    Congratulations! So much more to look forward to for you! :) Take care, and thanks for the quick note!

  • These are awesome ideas. I usually just buy my own Mother's Day gift because my son is still kinda of young. Maybe one day God will send someone to take him shopping or they will buy me something. Not complaining very blessed mom with a great kid. Thanks for your awesome blog.

    I love your outlook on life... :) I have an idea for you that could be something your son could "give" you. You could type up some questions and then ask him for answers and write them in. Things like "What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?" "What is Mom's favorite food?" "What is special about Mommy?" etc., etc.! Anything you can think of... it will surely be something you can keep forever! :) You could even have him draw a picture to go with it. I have no doubt that you will love what he has to say--I'm sure you will laugh and maybe even be surprised by some little things you do that mean so much to him... My daughter did something similar at preschool for me for Mother's Day one year, and her favorite time of day was "when Mommy reads to me at night..." It melted my heart. That, along with some other answers she gave, made me look at some things I do in a new way--and it made me realize how much kids cherish the small moments... we adults probably need to do a little more of that at times! Happy Mother's Day to you!! :)

  • Have you heard of Paparazzi Accessories? It's Jewelry and Hair Accessories and everything is only $5!

    Hi Jennifer! I have never heard of Paparazzi! Sounds like something I need to know about! :) Thanks for the tip! Have a great day!

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