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Mother’s Day Gifts That Are (Almost) as Good as a Hug

by Aravis Moore

Apr 29, 2020

From thoughtful custom jewelry to unique cards, these personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas will make mom’s day extra meaningful.

Personalized leather keychain and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts
Photo by: Create Gift Love

We turned to Etsy buyers for extra-meaningful Mother’s Day gift ideas sure to warm mom’s heart on her special day. Read on for their personalized picks.


Whether you’re celebrating together or apart this year, you can still make Mom feel like the most important person on Earth with a carefully chosen keepsake made just for her. From a one-of-a-kind necklace engraved with her initials (or her grandkids’ birth flowers) to a pet portrait to honor the furry companion who’s doing their devoted best to keep her spirits high until you can squeeze her yourself, a meaningful Mother’s Day gift can go a long way to making you feel closer together.


To help you get on the right track, we combed through loads of buyer reviews for some extra-special, ultra-personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas that real moms (and the people who shop for them) loved. Which one speaks to you?


A thoughtful piece of jewelry


Floral pendant necklaces and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Birth flower necklace from GLDN by Layered + Long, $43 and up

Why we love it:


More than merely a pretty pendant (and something shiny to show off at her next video meetup with friends), a birth flower necklace is a subtly sentimental reminder of the moment you came into her life.


Why shoppers do, too:


“I got a necklace for each of my children’s birth month flowers and I love them so much. They are delicate and simple, exactly the kind of jewelry I love. I’ll wear them every day! Would definitely buy from this shop again.” — RM


A personalized pampering kit


Custom spa sets and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Made-to-order spa set from La Marcotterie, $54

Why we love it:


You may not be able to massage her sore shoulders, but mix and match these all-natural scents for her precise preferred blend of earthy and floral aromas, and you’ll transform her bathroom into a spa for the day.


Why shoppers do, too:


“Recently sent this as a gift to my mom and she loved it! She has sensitive skin and found the products to be perfect (not irritating and scent not overwhelming). Fantastic products and customer service!” — LB


A display-worthy pet portrait


Personalized pet portrait magnets and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Custom pet portrait magnet from Kit Atlas, $22

Why we love it:


These affordable pet portraits are the personalized Mother’s Day gift that’s made possible by the artist’s robust library of more than 250 illustrated templates, which she carefully adapts according to each pet’s unique coloring—doggy freckles and all.


Why shoppers do, too:


“Wow. These are AMAZING. They look just like my sweet boys and I will cherish these magnets forever. Ordering was super easy and the shop owner was very kind. Probably will order more in the future for friends who love the furry pals just as much.” — DP


A custom conversation piece


Engraved bookends and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Personalized bookend from MijMoj, $45

Why we love it:


The ultimate meaningful Mother’s Day gift for your bibliophile mom? This clever bookend, which features a customizable inscription on one side and a built-in bud vase on the other, so she can display her treasured tomes right next to her favorite blooms.


Why shoppers do, too:


“Absolutely LOVED this. My mother cried, put it up right away and already has flowers in it. It made THE perfect gift! Well packaged, quick shipping, 100% thumbs up…thank you guys!” — KH


A charming keychain


Custom leather keychains and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Leather keychain from Mesa Dreams, $38

Why we love it:


Moms who wear their heart on their sleeve will love to hang this personalized Mother’s Day gift on their keychain. Each leather key fob is hand-stamped and hand-painted, for a colorful and one-of-a-kind token of your love.


Why shoppers do, too:


“It is absolutely perfect! I love it! My mom had a larger leather heart on her keychain for over 40 something years and lost it a few months ago! The love and beauty that went into this will surely make her smile! Can’t wait to give it to her. Thank you, it’s beautiful!” — KB


A card she'll keep


Personalized wood greeting card and other meaningful Mother's Day gifts from Etsy
SHOP: Customizable wood card from Hereafter, $15 and up

Why we love it:


The mothers who file away their faded cards from years past will love this keepsake version, crafted from certified sustainable American alder wood. Write your own message, or have the card engraved with a heartfelt note that will last a lifetime.


Why shoppers do, too:


“I bought this for my 88-year-old mother as a gift for someone who has everything and she loved it. Quite unique and special. Thank you for a wonderful gift idea for an equally wonderful mother.” — KJ


Top image: Personalized photo keyring from Create Gift Love, from $33


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Aravis Moore

Aravis is the food program lead in the Brooklyn office. She's also a home pie baker and a newly minted jigsaw-puzzle aficionado.