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11 Unique Mother's Day 2017 Gifts That Show Creativity & Thought

As you get older, it gets more difficult to buy your mom a gift for Mother's Day that's different from those of past holidays. Getting the same gift for every occasion, whether it's because people know that you love to cook or because getting you a new book is easy kind of takes some of the fun out of gift-getting. So this year, why not try taking a risk and stepping away from the typical Mother's Day gift guide. Instead, comb through some unique Mother's Day gifts before resorting to a gift card for a facial. Your mom deserves more effort than that, and you know it.

Shopping for Mother's Day gifts can also be difficult because moms love to do that whole "Oh, no, there's nothing I need" thing when you ask them for gift suggestions. But that's the whole point of the holiday — to buy them something they want or something that means something special. I mean, even if she did want a vacuum, that's not a fun gift to give. Unique Mother's Day gifts that your mom will actually want (and love to receive) aren't as difficult to find as you might think. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

1Agate Cheese Board

Slate cheeseboards are a dime a dozen. Gift your mom this beautiful agate cheese board ($78) and she'll not only be in awe, but she'll probably put out more cheese plates. Talk about a win-win.

2Morse Code Necklace

Let's face it: your mom won't regularly wear a necklace that says "Mom." This mother morse code necklace ($50), however, is more subtle and it's simple and beautiful enough for her to wear daily.

3The Best Mom Ever Gift Set

Moms are busy. That's not really news to anyone. Give her the gift of relaxation this Mother's Day with The Best Mom Ever gift set ($128) from Teak & Twine. You can also work with the Teak & Twine team to create a custom gift that's tailor-made for your mama.

4Pastel Tea Spoons

These pastel tea spoons ($32) will brighten up any dreary morning or mid-afternoon caffeine break. They're sure to stand out in the drawer among her other flatware, as well.

5Antiqued Zinc Latika Tabletop Lantern

If your mom loves her outdoor space, she'll love these antiqued zinc latika tabletop lanterns ($10 to $20), which will turn her backyard into a dreamy summer escape. When the weather turns cold, she can either store them or use them for decor inside.

6Handwritten Recipe Towel

Does your mom or grandmother have a signature recipe? Turn it into a handwritten recipe towel ($20) and she'll always have the recipe right at her fingertips. It's a keepsake the whole family can enjoy.

7Calligraphy Starter Kit

Calligraphy and fancy hand lettering is enjoying a bit of a resurgence in popularity as of late. Give Mom the gift of a brand-new hobby in the form of this calligraphy starter kit ($80). Pick the contents of the kit and if your mom is left-handed or right-handed and then you're good to go.

8Cutting Board

Good-quality bamboo cutting boards are always a nice gift, but they're not all that unique. Personalize this cutting board ($33) for Mother's Day with a sweet saying or choose to add your last initial, a design, or something else that represents you mom.

9Herbal Tea Seed Starter Set

If your mom is a tea-drinker, this might be the most perfect gift ever. This herbal tea seed starter kit ($20) is affordable, unique, and interactive — she gets to grow her own tea. I'm swooning over here.

10Modular Magnetic Walnut Spice Rack With Spices

Spices are notoriously difficult to organize well (that's universal, right?). This modular magnetic walnut spice rack with spices ($42 to $134) turns your organizational issues into wall art. Bonus points for picking out all of your mom's favorite spices to fill the rack.

11Family Tree

This personalized family tree ($19) is customizable and can even contain the names of beloved family pets. It might seem like just a small token, but Mom is sure to love it.