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The 2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

We're so excited to present our annual Mother's Day gift guide packed with awesome Mother's Day gift ideas. Find cool, creative gifts for new moms, not-so-new moms, homemade Mother's Day gifts, gifts for mom from the kids, gifts for grandmas, gifts for your mother-in-law, and even Mother's Day gifts for moms who need a little break from being a mom. (It's okay, we get it.) We've got you covered in every price range, with lots of indie picks to support smaller businesses and artists, plus of course, discount codes galore. (Yay!) And psst...be sure to click the ads of our generous sponsors. They stock some pretty swell gifts too if we do say so.

Congrats to reader Kellie O’Shields who won a gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff Cupid bag and a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0!




Keepsake jewelry for a mom worth keeping

We think personalized jewelry for mom can be one of the best Mother's Day gifts there is, whether it's got her name on it, a nickname, or that funny thing the baby calls her.

keepsake bracelet for mother's day on cool mom picks

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thank you mom bracelet

$48 at lisa leonard
nest egg keepsake necklace for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$
nest egg necklace

$68+ at uncommon goods
personalized name necklace for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$$
personalized name necklace

$104 at anna bee jewelry
anna bee jewelry - 20% off with code "COOLBEE"




Gorgeous photo gifts, on the outside chance she's proud of her kids

Unique photo gifts are always a smart call, considering the number of photos we've all got jamming up our smartphones and computers these days. Here are just a few easy ideas that she'll treasure, whatever the price. (And psst, they're each just a little more interesting than the standard "picture in a frame" idea)

personalized photo gift for mother's day on cool mom picks

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personalized mother�s day photo card

$2.45+ at treat.com
photo brag book for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$
accordion brag book filled with photos

$24.99 at pinhole press
custom photo gift for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$$
custom decoupage trinket or pencil tray

$94 at ben�s garden
pinhole press - 10% off with "CMPMD13" through 5/12/13




Unique personalized gifts to make a mom go "awwww...."

A truly special gift for mom? Something personalized or customized to reflect the family she loves. They don't even have to be expensive.

custom collage for mother's day on cool mom picks

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custom textile collage of the kids

$35 at cara carmina
custom mom pillow for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$
custom mom throw pillow from the family

$49.95 at red envelope
custom family portrait for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$$
custom family portrait

$160 (varies) at henry james paper goods
henry james paper goods - 15% off with "Coolmom"
cara carmina - 15% off with "LOVEMOM15" through 5/15/13




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Gifts that give back to women + children in need

For the mom who's a giver herself, you can always offer up a charity gift card or a donation in her name to a favorite org. But we like these gift ideas which support other families, and will remind her of the kindness every time she takes it out.

soapbox soap for mother's day on cool mom picks

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soapbox soaps

3/$17.95 with 3 donated to children in need
one moms scarf for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$
fashionABLE scarf

$65 at fashionABLE with 100% supporting the women who make them
sterling locket for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$$
sterling locket

$295 from monica rich kosann with 25% of proceeds to women in need




Sweet treats made just for Mother's Day

Of course you can always make your own homemade Mother's Day cakes and cookies, but we also love these bits of deliciousness, where the work (and shipping!) is done for you. Don't feel guilty if you can't whip up your own petit-fours!

mother's day petit fours on cool mom picks

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mothers day petit fours

$40 at dean & deluca
sweet gift tote for mother's day on cool mom picks

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sublimely sweet gift tote

$75 at dean & deluca
custom cookies for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$$
custom cookies from child�s artwork

$120/24 (varies) at rolling pin productions




Memory books that become family heirlooms

We find the best memory books are the ones that you spend time on together. Hand these to Mom and make sure you set aside time to help her through the writing prompts. You'll end up with a treasured heirloom for generations.

my mom: her stories, her words book on cool mom picks

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my mom: her stories, her words

$6.28 on amazon
mother daughter letter book on cool mom picks

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mother daughter letter book

$38 at uncommon goods
leather photo album on cool mom picks

$$$
archival quality leather album: just add photos.

$173 kate�s paperie




Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas from the most thoughtful kids

Gifts from the kids for Mother's Day don't have to come from a store. Kids love getting involved, getting messy, and you know...any excuse to get out the glitter glue. Aside from crafting a handmade card out of construction paper, here are a few DIY gift ideas that even the littlest kids can make for mom or grandma--well, maybe with your help.

diy heart sandwich cookies on cool mom picks

diy heart sandwich cookies

recipe at martha stewart
diy mother�s day handprint art on cool mom picks

diy mother�s day handprint art

tutorial at hello bee
homemade mother's day embroidery card on cool mom picks

diy embroidery card

$20/kit at curious doodles
diy mother's day wooden necklaces on cool mom picks

diy wooden necklaces

tutorial at martha stewart
diy mother�s day gift jar on cool mom picks

diy mother�s day gift jar

tutorial at bhg.com
diy embroidered brooch on cool mom picks

diy embroidered brooch

$12.50/kit at curious doodles
homemade handprint giftwrap on cool mom picks

handprint giftwrap

tutorial at kiwi crate
mother's day tissue paper flower card on cool mom picks

tissue paper flower card

tutorial at martha stewart
easy handmade treasure box on cool mom picks

easy handmade treasure box

tutorial at let's lasso the moon




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For the mom who cooks with style

We admit it, we can't resist gorgeous kitchen gifts on Mother's Day--provided we're not the ones doing the cooking and cleaning that day. There's always time on Monday.

cooking gifts for mother's day on cool mom picks

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chevron oven mitt

$16 at pasqueflower
steak knives for mother's day on cool mom picks

$$
laguiole steak knives

$78/6 at anthropologie
antique rose casserole on Cool Mom Picks

$$$
le creuset antique rose casserole

$169.95 at broadway panhandler
pasqueflower - 15% off $10+ purchase with "COOLMOM15"




The prettiest paper goods for the sentimental mom

Consider getting mom a gorgeous Mother's Day card or original piece of artwork that she can frame and admire forever. All you need is the frame or a shadow box for a gift that's just a little more thoughtful.

papercut mother's day card on cool mom picks

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frame-able papercut mother�s day card

$7.07 from sarah louise matthews
custom papier-mache heart on Cool Mom Picks

$$
custom papier-mache heart

$28 at paloma�s nest
original mother�s day papercuts on cool mom picks

$$$
original mother�s day papercuts

$75 at magicpaper




Gifts for moms who'd rather cry with laughter

Are all moms sentimental? Well, yes, but not all of us will admit it. If you've got a mom who loves to laugh, these 3 gift ideas will be right up her alley. (And psst...call your mother anyway. Yes, you.)

if mama ain�t happy tea towel on cool mom picks

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if mama ain�t happy tea towel

£15 at twisted twee
liquid freud bath trio on cool mom picks

$$
liquid freud bath trio

$49 at not soap radio
call your mother pillow on cool mom picks

$$$
call your mother pillow

$98.85 at red envelope
not soap radio - 20% off with "coolmom" through 5/15/13




Mother's Day breakfast in bed recipes - practically a requirement

We've pared down some of the very best breakfast in bed ideas for mom based on, well . . . what we'd like to eat. Any one of them would be delicious even if you're eating it at the dining room table, and she'll love the effort, no matter how burnt those pancakes are on the bottom. Make sure to let the kids help!

mother's day breakfast in bed recipes on cool mom picks

maple bacon biscuits

via la times
mother's day eggs benedict recipe on cool mom picks

eggs benedict

via martha stewart
coco banana pancakes recipe on cool mom picks

coco banana pancakes

via one hungry mama
bananas foster french toast recipe on cool mom picks

bananas foster french toast

via steamy kitchen
spring fritatta mother's day breakfast recipe on cool mom picks

spring fritata with bacon, leeks, gruyere

via food 52
savory bread pudding recipe on cool mom picks

savory bread pudding

via spoon fork bacon




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Perfectly practical tech gifts

With moms (and grandmas!) using tech as much as anyone, we're far past the days that she'll want someone to get her VCR to stop flashing 12:00. These super cool tech gifts for mom can embrace her practical side, without even implying that she should be doing more housework. (Although the headphones do make those stacks of dishes in the sink disappear faster.)

coloud over-ear headphones on cool mom picks

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coloud over-ear headphones

$39.99 at target
hipkey key finder on cool mom picks

$$
hipkey key finder

$89.95 at the apple store
roomba vaccum 790 on cool mom picks

$$$
samsung galaxy note 8.0

$400 at samsung




The flowers for Mother's Day that last

Flowers are so classic for Mother's Day, but we also love these floral gifts that will last long past any petals and stems.

botanical journal on cool mom picks

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botanical journal

$15 at rifle paper co
peony bath salts on cool mom picks

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peony bath salts

$25 at k hall designs
oversized floral scarf on cool mom picks

$$$
oversized floral scarf

$350 at barney�s




The flowers for Mother's Day that don't last (but will be beloved while they're here)

Here are three great gift ideas for mom regardless of what you want to spend. Or hey, grab a beautiful vase and go to town in your own flower garden too, if you have one. It really is the thought that still counts.

heirloom lavender seed packets on cool mom picks

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pretty pot filled with heirloom lavender seed packets

$2.35/packet at nimble nitecap seed co
mother's day flower subscription on cool mom picks

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monthly flower subscription

$40-60/month from the bouqs
peony bouquet in silver julep cup on cool mom picks

$$$
peony bouquet in silver julep cup

$129.95 at calyx flowers
nimble nitecap seed co - 15% off with "coolmompicks"
the bouqs - 15% off with "COOLMOMS"




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For the mother who needs to put her feet up. Which is uh, all of us.

Pampering Mother's Day gifts? Check, check and check. Frankly, we think she should get one a day for the rest of her life, but we'll settle for a few times a year.

handmade oatmeal, milk + honey soaps on cool mom picks

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handmade oatmeal, milk + honey soaps

$4.50 each at theme fragrance
korres japanese rose shower gel on cool mom picks

$$
korres japanese rose shower gel

$19.50 at sephora
fresh sake and seaberry spa gift set on cool mom picks

$$$
fresh sake and seaberry spa gift set

$75 at sephora
theme fragrance - 15% off $15+ with "CoolMom4Ever"




Chocolate, mamas? As if you have to ask

Moms and chocolate go together like moms and...well, cleaning up chocolate off of sticky faces and hands. Skip the sampler boxes in the drugstore and instead find a chocolate gift that's just a little more thoughtful and a lot more mouth-watering.

mother's day chocolate squares on cool mom picks

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spring chocolate squares

$8 at lake champlain chocolates
mother�s day spring chocolates on cool mom picks

$$
mother�s day spring chocolates

$42 at john and kira�s
ny mouth chocolate gift box on cool mom picks

$$$
ny mouth chocolate gift box

$90 at ny mouth
ny mouth - 15% off with "COOLMOMSDAY" through 5/12/13




Beautiful home gifts for mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law and stepmothers

For the mom who's hard to shop for, something special and beautiful for the home is always thoughtful. Especially when it's supporting a small artist or fair-trade artisan.

gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: handmade sachets

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handmade sachets

$20+ at gardenmis
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: frosted doily dessert trays

$$
frosted doily dessert trays

$72/3 at anthropologie
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: fair trade cotton/chenille throws

$$$
fair trade cotton/chenille throws

$234+ at branch home




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Thinking pink

A stylish gift for the mom who still keeps up with Vogue and InStyle? Oh yes. Emerald green may be hot--this year--but we don't know a woman who doesn't look fabulous in pink. We'd happily wear any of these gifts ourselves and that's saying something.

gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: custom cross-stitch heart necklace

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custom cross-stitch heart necklace

$50 at zelma rose
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: fallon double wrap bracelet

$$
fallon double wrap bracelet

$150 at charm and chain
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: tory burch envelope clutch

$$$
tory burch envelope clutch

$295 at saks
zelma rose - 15% off with "LOVEMOM" through 5/15/13




For the mom who needs to get away (No offense)

Travel gifts are one of the most generous, thoughtful ideas there is, whether it's an afternoon drive by herself, a long weekend at a b+b or a whole week away, with or without the kids. Hopefully these ideas will jar some of your own creative ideas. And don't forget to offer babysitting coverage, should she need it!

gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: leather jewelry roll

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leather jewelry roll

$40 at give simple
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: stylish dlsr camera bag

$$
stylish dslr camera bag

$199 at kelly moore
gift for mother's day on Cool Mom Picks: 1 week vacation rental in st croix

$$$
1 week vacation rental in st croix

starts at $264/night for 5 nights at home away
kelly moore - 15% off with "Coolmom" through 5/15/13




For more Mothers Day Gifts, check out our 2012 Guide!

All picks are entirely determined by our editorial staff;
there has been no compensation in exchange for reviews.

Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon affiliate.