Mother’s Day is coming up quickly! It’s the one day out of the year we set aside for honoring the hard work of moms everywhere. Take a moment to think about the mothers in your life and give them all a mental high five for their patience, kindness, toughness, and kick-ass ability to love unconditionally.

Longtime readers of this blog know that we believe gifts ought to be Interactive, Fun, and potentially Thematic. Mostly, they ought to be from the heart. We believe in making things by hand, creating memorable experiences, offering up items that are as useful as they are beautiful, and using gifts to tell a personal story. We distinctly do not believe in filling people’s homes with things they will neither use nor appreciate aesthetically.

If that seems like a tall order, never fear! We’ve put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you give props to your favorite mamas.

Art! Moms are people, and people love art. We don’t know what kind of art your mom likes, but perhaps she’d be into one of these.

For cake-loving moms.

For cake-loving moms.

For vintage-loving moms

For vintage-loving moms

For artsy moms

For artsy moms

For penguin-loving moms

For penguin-loving moms

Or consider this personalized art idea—a visual representation of your heartfelt spoken message. It’s cute, meaningful, and one-of-a-kind.

Your voice, visualized.

Your voice, visualized.

Track down a hard-to-find copy of a book she read to you as a child. Get ready for the waterworks as she unwraps this bit of nostalgia.

Did anyone else read this one as a child?

Did anyone else read this one as a child?

Culinary-minded moms will appreciate a great cookbook. Not sure which one to purchase? Amazon has helpfully created a map of the best cookbooks for different regional cuisines in the U.S.

This one from the Pacific Northwest section seems appropriate.

This one from the Pacific Northwest section seems appropriate.

For play-loving moms, consider adding to the family game closet. A new tabletop game is an investment in future fun. 

A new family favorite

A new family favorite

Help a mom learn something new. What fits best with her particular interests and available time? A three-hour cooking class? A “How to Program” book? A wine tasting? An art appreciation tour at her favorite museum? Perhaps software to learn a foreign language? Help her explore her passions and develop new skills!

Tell her you love her in any language

Tell her you love her in any language

To help a great mom get a bit of perspective, how about a hot air balloon ride? It’ll create a lasting memory and is guaranteed to amp up her sense of adventure.

This awesome photo was taken by one of my favorite moms, my friend Maddie

This awesome photo was taken by one of my favorite moms, my friend Maddie

No fail gift idea: homemade cookies. It’s easy, fun, delicious, and we swear, you can taste the love.

How about these oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies from Smitten Kitchen?

How about these oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies from Smitten Kitchen?


How about these oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies from Smitten Kitchen?

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