Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, and smart shoppers are already on the hunt for the perfect tokens of affection while there's still plenty of time. (I just hit the Dollar Tree for craft supplies for my pre-K class; that stuff sells out fast.) Tops on the shopping list for many of us are our mothers, who deserve all the love we can give. Happily, there are unique Valentine's Day gifts for moms that go beyond the typical drugstore-shelf finds.
Not that there's anything wrong with gifting Mom a bouquet of flowers or a box of Godiva. (Chocolate is almost never the wrong answer to anything.) But going with something different from the norm can make the holiday more meaningful for both of you, particularly if your relationship has recently been tested or strengthened. Maybe you've weathered a difficult time together (an illness, a divorce) or celebrated something special (your wedding, a baby), and want to show your appreciation in a special way this year. Or perhaps you just want to give her a keepsake that will last longer than the average rosebud.
One of the Valentine's ideas below might be just the thing you're looking for, or maybe it'll give you inspiration for a different gift. Either way, you know your mother will be pleased with whatever you give her. (She probably still has your macaroni necklace from kindergarten.)
1. Love Bracelet
2. Easy Indoor Gardening
Why give Mom a bunch of flowers that will wilt by February 17 when she can grow her own flowers year-round? With this hydroponic kit, all she has to do is fill the Mason jar with water, add the pod, and watch the blooms sprout — either English daisies, zinnias, or pansies. The flowers will continue to grow for months, and afterwards, the grow medium can be used again with new seeds.
3. Heart Sweater
4. Personalized Pad
5. Sentimental Keepsake
Mom will think of you every time she reaches for her favorite earrings in the morning and reads the poem you chose for her (you can either pick from a selection of poems or write your own sentiment; either way, you can add your own title and closing signature).
6. For Heart-y Meals
If your mom loves to make soups and casseroles that warm the heart as well as the stomach, this is the pot for her. Designed especially for Macy's, its red hue and heart on the lid make it appropriate for Valentine's Day, but it's meant to be used year-round.
7. Chocolate Luxury
This year, how about giving your mom a different kind of chocolate? Handmade and all-natural, this set gets its scent from actual cocoa powder; its moisturizing properties come from shea and cocoa butters as well as olive, coconut, and sweet almond oils to keep her skin soft all winter long.
8. Treasured Memories
For a gift that keeps giving, this journal is a must. Mom can write down facts about her own parents and grandparents, share childhood memories and anecdotes about her children (including you!), and more, then pass the book down to the grandkids. Users on Amazon rave about the graphics and questions, and wish their own grandparents had been able to share their life stories this way.
9. Statement Key Chain
10. Signature Scarf
11. Mother-Specific Wine Glass
12. Family Garden Cutting Board
A grandma's pride can't be "beet"! Mom will think of her family every time she does dinner prep, thanks to this cute and practical cutting board. You can add up to 12 family-member veggies and customize the personal title (Mom, Nana, Meemaw, Abuela, Bubbe, Yiayia...) to make it uniquely hers.
13. Personal Print
Did you dedicate a special dance to your mom at your wedding? Or is there a song that resonates with the two of you ("In My Daughter's Eyes," maybe?) The Etsy shop AJ Canvas Prints will take the lyrics of a song of your choice and put it on canvas, along with your custom message. Available in a variety of sizes (price shown is for 8X10) and designs, you're sure to find the ideal combination.
14. Sweet Creams
Every mom's hands are constantly busy: washing dishes, painting, cleaning, going to the gym, or just getting exposed to the elements. Your mother will appreciate these luxe French-made creams, all made with fresh floral and spice essences. Choose from bergamot, daylily, gardenia, honeysuckle, peony, and vanilla — and at this price, why not pick up two or three?
15. Thank You Sign
16. Love Notes
17. Mother-Daughter Mementos
Remember the friendship bracelets you and your bestie wore back in the day? This pair of bracelets from LemonArtStudio works similarly: As you and your mom put on these matching string bracelets, you each make a wish. Wear them until the cord breaks, and the wish will supposedly come true. (But having a loving relationship with your mother is a wish-come-true of its own.)