Unexpected Gifts for Mother's Day

A unique assortment of gifts—new and classic—WE’D love to get for Mother’s Day

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Not Your Average Flowers

If your mom is no average mom, than certainly no mundane flowers will do. Boutique florist Ovando offers beautifully crafted, floral designs that don’t just say “I love you”, but give a nod to your mother’s sophisticated sense of style. These elegant arrangements play with color and shape to make for a gift that is unique.

$95-$350, OvandoNYFloralDesign.com


Retro Photo Viewer

Remember these? A quintessential vintage toy makes a comeback this mother’s day as a creative keepsake for the nostalgic mom. Simply send in your own photos and Image 3D will create a memory reel just for you.    


$29.95 for one set (includes 1 viewer, 1 box and 1 reel); Image3d.com


Image 3D

Digital Polaroid Camera

Gone are the days of the clunky camera you needed two hands to hold; The newest Polaroid model looks just like a digital camera—compact and sleek—but gives you prints in an instant. Give this gift to the mother who likes to treasure the moment in the moment.


$179.99; Skymall.com


SpeakSake Audio Card

What’s sweeter than a hand-written Mother’s Day card? How about a personalized audio message? Thanks to SpeakSake, daughters, sons and significant others can celebrate mom by recording their “I love you’s” or recounting cherished memories. Just call the telephone number provided, leave a heartfelt message, and SpeakSake will put together an audio card she can listen to time and again. It will be music to any mother's ears!


$39.99; SpeakSake.com


Birchbox Subscription

Sign Mom up for a Birchbox subscription, and she will get a small box filled with high-end beauty samples each month. Choose from a 3-, 6- or 12-month package guaranteed to make her smile. Samples are customized based on a survey she fills out. Each time she reviews her order online or orders a full-size version of her favorite products, she’ll earn points that can be used towards future purchases.


$10/month; birchbox.com


MORE Uncorked

Is Mom a wine aficionada? Sign her up for MORE Uncorked, our very own wine club. Every four months, four, six or twelve award-winning bottles of wine—you choose!—will be shipped right to her door from artisan women winemakers and women-owned wineries of California. Each delivery includes a newsletter with information about the vintner’s, tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and special bonus gifts from our sponsors. 


Prices vary; moreuncorked.com



This is not your kid’s candy! Sugarfina imports imaginative takes on well-known favorites—like gumdrops and malted milk balls—but ups the flavor ante. There are Chocolate Bacon Pretzels, Sweet Chili Ginger Hearts and Champagne Gummy Bears. The packaging is stunning and they deliver to her door.


Prices vary; sugarfina.com


A Year of Orchids

Why buy your mom one bouquet when you could get her a whole year of flowers? With this gift, Pottery Barn will deliver a beautiful tall-stemmed orchid for each of the four seasons. Ever-known to symbolize love and beauty, it’s the perfect way to show your mom you care—all year long. Available in white or an array of colors.  

$195.00; PotteryBarn.com


Maiden Nation Bracelet

On MaidenNation.com, “new design is the law.” The design company, founded by Willa Shalit, Elizabeth Brown, and Juliana Um, features items that are ethically sourced and reinvests profits into women’s entrepreneurship projects. Until May 13, they’re offering 15% off with code: MAIDENMOM. Shop handmade bracelets and more like this green onyx bracelet by Mia Lara.


$85; maidennation.com

Maiden Nation

Diptyque Candle in "Mimosa"

Inviting, romantic, and bursting with fruit, like brunch on a summer afternoon. Gift mom this long-lasting (50-hour burn time!) candle in Diptyque's chic signature glass, then snag one for yourself.


$60; diptyqueparis.com


Ralph Lauren & Essie Gift Set

Serve your sporty mom with a limited-edition set from Ralph Lauren and Essie! A preppy pouch comes with one of four Big Pony fragrances, an aerosol body mist, and a color-matched Essie nail polish.


$45; macys.com



Does mom cherish a local shop? Surprise her with a personalized gift card—Yiftee is a new app that lets you send a virtual gift card through your phone. Yiftee works for small businesses and vendors that might not offer their own gift card (perfect for the locavore who prefers the town coffee haunt over Starbucks!)


Your choice; download Yiftee on your phone at the App store

Young Startups

Antioxidant Mask

For the natural-loving mom in your life, this organic cacao mask detoxifies and delivers a rosy, bright complexion. The apothecary jar it comes in is quaint, but the proven antiagers like Coenzyme Q10 and flavanols are up-to-date.


$60; joshrosebrook.com

Josh Rosebrook

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Set

A beautiful gift box houses four iterations of the iconic Flowerbomb fragrance: an eau de parfum spray and convenient rollerball, plus travel-sized shower gel and body cream. A perfect gift for the mother who loves to layer.


$140; nordstrom.com


Aerin Lauder Summer Style Palette

Everything needed to create a flattering warm-weather look. Aerin Lauder designed a palette of nude-pink blush, bronze and gold iridescent shadows, and four sheer glosses. The discreet gold compact is worthy of any vanity, and fits cozily into a summer clutch.


$70; esteelauder.com

Estee Lauder

La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex

Serums are more potent antiagers than creams—and this one contains the famed La Prairie Caviar complex. Pamper your mom with the luxe packaging and the promise of dewy, almost lineless eyes.


$135, shoplaprairie.com

La Prairie

Waldorf Spa Package

Don’t you think your mother deserves a little pampering? The Waldorf Astoria certainly does! The luxurious hotel is offering up a lavish package for your prima donna momma this Mother's Day. The “Celebrate Her” special includes an “As You Wish” massage, a Guerlain makeover, and your choice of a plush robe or $50 boutique shopping credit. Ooh la luxe!
$199; waldorfnewyork.com


See others like this at The Roosevelt, New Orleans and The Conrad, Miami.

Waldorf Astoria

Paper Fancy Cutting Board

For the mom that loves to spend time in the kitchen, jazz up her workspace with this ultra-chic monogrammed cutting board. The tempered glass is completely customizable with fonts and colors, to suit the style of the head chef. She’ll think of you every time she gets cookin’. 


$38-$58; PaperFancy.com

Paper Fancy

Monogrammed Robe

Bring the spa home to Mom this Mother’s Day with a plush bathrobe from Monogrammed Bathrobes. Each time the classic waffle design—found in top hotels and spas worldwide—touches her skin, she’ll be instantly reminded of her favorite vacation destination. The lightweight texture is great for the warm-weather months ahead.


$50; monogrammedbathrobes.com

Monogrammed Bathrobes

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