20 Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts She'll Keep Forever

Go straight for the feels and shop these sweet and sentimental gifts that are guaranteed to make Mom melt.

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May 06, 2019

Typeface Tray

Here's a trinket tray that's guaranteed to get Mom all teary-eyed. She'll feel so touched when she reads the typeface, which states, "If I didn't have you as a mom, I'd choose you as my best friend." You might even deliver this pretty dish with a pair of earrings.

Buy It: Paper Source, $12.95

Family Tree Frame

Grab this gilded frame and turn her family tree into a focal point. Start by placing a photo of her grandparents in the far left frame, followed by one of her parents, then her spouse and so on until you get to the grandkids. (And yes, pets totally count!)

Buy It: Anthropologie, $188.00

Carved Wood Bath Caddy

Ensure that the lady of the hour enjoys her evening soak and gift her this carved wood bath caddy. We love how the golden handles and lotus leaf designs make the piece look utterly elegant while encouraging your mom to enjoy a little more "me time."

Buy It: Anthropologie, $168.00

Monogram Necklace Charm

Your mom already carries you close to her heart, but now she can share her pride and joy with the whole world. Purchase a dainty gold disc that represents you (and your siblings, if you have them) and add the charms to her favorite necklace. Each is gold-plated and contains cubic zirconia.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $12 (Chain sold separately)

Heartfelt "Home" Pillow

A statement like this is pretty much music to a mother's ears. Snag this cream-colored "Home Is Where Your Mom Is" pillow for her loveseat or sectional, where she'll read the script and be reminded of your love on a daily basis.

Buy It: Paper Source, $15.95

Blossoming Lunch Box

As pretty as a bouquet but meant to last longer than a day, this lunch box is the perfect gift for working mothers. The piece was designed in collaboration with artist Jackie Diadem and features bright yellow roses and clusters of blue wildflowers. You can bet that she'll tote it to work or take it along on her next trip.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $36.00

Guided Journal

Give your mother a few minutes of peace and quiet and hand her a copy of Calm the Chaos. This gold-foil, guided journal is filled with all kinds of prompts that will help her practice self-care, kindness and gratitude.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $14.95

Affirmation Station

Grab this touching turquoise box for the woman whose love language is words of affirmation. Inside, she'll find a pen, plus 25 notecards that list out all the reasons why you admire her.

Buy It: Paper Source, $15.95

Baby Handprint Kit

We can't think of anything more perfect for a new mom than a frame that forever preserves the shape of her baby's tiny hands and feet. When you shop the keepsake kit, you'll receive the frame and three packs of non-toxic clay, which Mom will happily fill and showcase.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.95

Glass-and-Gold Jewelry Box

Give your mother a special place to stow her necklaces, rings and things, and swap her old jewelry box with something a bit more personal. For a small fee, you can get this gold-trimmed container monogrammed with your mother's initials or even a date close to her heart, like this Mother's Day or an anniversary.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $55 - $90

Motivational Mug

Though simple, this ceramic mug makes a statement that your mom will love. Don't forget to pair your gift with a bag of her favorite coffee beans or a box of tea, so she'll be fueled for whatever missions come her way.

Buy It: Target, $4.99

Mother Letters Book

Consider this the gift that Mom didn't know she needed. A hardcover collection of "wise, honest and sometimes hilarious" letters written by women from around the world, Mother Letters offers words of advice, support and encouragement for those in the thick of motherhood. It's about as close as she'll get to a parenting manual.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.94 (Originally $14.99)

Nest-Defined Decor

With its definition of the word "Nest," this darling wood plaque was clearly made for Mama Birds. We love how the farmhouse-style sign exudes coziness and comfort and have no doubt that your mother will want to hang this in her house.

Buy It: Kirkland's, $25.99

Handwriting Bracelet

What could be more precious than a bracelet in the style of her little ones' signatures? Simply send in a scan of their names (or scribbles), then receive a sterling silver bracelet that Mom will never want to take off.

Buy It: Etsy, $27.75

Stackable Tea Set

When your mother has this stackable set, sharing a cup of tea with her children will feel like a special occasion. The colorful collection is made from stoneware and contains a dishwasher-safe teapot and two cups decorated with flowers.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $38.00

Little Leather Key Ring

It's hard being away from your littles all day. Luckily, this hand-stamped leather key ring keeps her kiddos close, with a brass button-snap that opens to reveal a family photo. You can even personalize the piece with the word "Mama" or her initials.

Buy It: Paper Source, $35.12

'You, Me & the Sea' Striped Towel

Let Mom know that there are beachy days ahead with this adorable "You, Me & the Sea" towel. She can stash the striped linen in her favorite tote and think of you whenever she's at the lake, beach or pool.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $46.40 (Originally $58)

Darling Ducks Cheese Board

Mom will just love being reminded of her baby birds every time she breaks out this cheese board. Made of brass, marble and Acacia wood, the body comes with three built-in cheese knives shaped like ducklings.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $98.00

Personalized Star Map Plank

Shed some light on how much you love Mom and gift her this thoughtful, customized print with star maps for each of her children. The wood plank comes ready to hang and will look perfect on the mantel or her bedside table.

Buy It: Etsy, $29.71 and up

Sweet Entry Bench

If you ask us, a bench like this would make the sweetest addition to Mom's space. We love how the simplicity of the natural wood plank ensures that the white script spelling "Family" really stands out.

Buy It: Kirkland's, $53.99 (Originally $89.99)