From wedding dress shopping to menu planning to figuring out the best seating charts to keep your fighting family members apart, you have enough on your plate planning the most important day of your life. But from your engagement announcement to the nuptials, your mom has been with you the whole way, helping get every detail absolutely perfect.
Express your heartfelt gratitude for everything she’s done with a thoughtful mother of the bride gift. We’ve scoured the internet for the best gifts to show your mom how much she means to you, from special jewelry to sentimental keepsakes. Regardless of your budget, you can find a meaningful gift for moms with tastes ranging from traditional to unique.
45 Unique Mother of the Bride Gift Ideas
Show your mom that she raised you right with a thoughtful mother of the bride gift from this curated list of the best options.
Embroidered Handkerchief - Keep Your Shit Together!
Many women get extremely emotional watching their daughters walk down the aisle. This funny handkerchief could be a lighthearted way to put a smile back on the Mother of the bride’s face. After all, weddings are celebrations! But if she can’t get her shit together, at least she’ll have something classier than kleenex to wipe her tears with.
Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin
Wedding planning can be undoubtedly stressful, even when you’re not the one getting married. The whole wedding party, especially the mother of the bride, could definitely benefit from a bit of pampering. This set would make an excellent mother of the bride gift for some pre or post-wedding at-home spa treatments.
Tote Bag with Makeup Bag
Whether it’s far-flung destination weddings or close-to-home locations, wedding preparation can require a significant amount of supplies. Additionally, some mothers of the bride choose to get ready with the wedding party. This matching tote and makeup bag are a great way to ensure no one “accidentally” borrows her high heels or Mac lipstick on the big day. All eyes may be on the bride, but mama has to look her best, too!
A Dozen Reasons I Love You, Mom
If you’re a bride looking for a mother of the bride gift, you might be interested in taking this sentimental route. Moms play a massive role in raising and shaping their daughters into the incredible women they become. Highlight your special relationship with this personalized, unique gift. You can choose from 50 different reasons why you love your mom, printed on cute wooden hearts for a special keepsake she’ll cherish for years to come.
Mother of The Bride Gift Picture Frame
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a picture next to some sentimental expressions is gold to moms. This elegant wooden frame holds a four-by-six-inch photo next to the thoughtfully printed script. This frame would be an excellent mother of the bride gift to thank her for all her hard work helping organize and plan your big day!
A Little Pampering Gift Set
When you think of pampering spa gift sets, most people imagine sinking into a soothing bubble bath. But, what about all the strictly shower people in the world? Do they not deserve a relaxing spa experience just because they don’t want to sit in their own “dirty” water? This spa set is designed with shower people in mind!
The handmade components include a shower steamer, lip balm, soap bar, body oil, and soy candle, available in citrus or lavender scents.
Personalized Inspirational Jewelry Mantra Cuff Bangle
A sleek silver cuff bracelet is a classy compliment to almost any outfit. At least, that is what you can tell your mom when she unwraps this sweet gift. Oh, the inscription on the inside? That’s just the sentimental cherry on top of a fabulous accessory. Okay, maybe it’s the entire reason you want to buy the bracelet in the first place; we’ll leave that up to how hardcore of a bangles fan you are.
The Alphabet Vase
One thing is sure, after the upcoming nuptials, there will probably be an overwhelming amount of leftover flowers. Unless you want your house to look like you robbed a florist, you might want to give some of those flowers to loved ones, such as the mother of the bride. Prepare her for the incoming deluge of florals with these unique vases. Choose any combinations of letters you like for decor that are both functional and creative!
Mother of the Bride Survival Kit Wine Bottle Bags
We’ve mentioned before that being the bride’s mother can be a low-key but stressful role, especially depending on how bridezilla her daughter gets. If the mother of the bride needs an excuse to whine and wine, then this could be a fantastic gift. Just add a bottle of her favorite mom juice, and you’re good to go!
Wine Gummies Trio
Sadly, these gummies don’t actually contain any alcohol in them— although you could potentially pull a college sorority girl and soak them in alcohol overnight— but they do have all of the flavors of her favorite wines. These gummies would be an awesome mother of the bride gift for a woman that loves the taste of wine but doesn’t want to get too tipsy on the big day.
SassyCups Mother of the Bride Cup
From the wedding shower to the pre-wedding hair appointment, don’t be surprised when the mother of the bride is toting this travel mug around everywhere. Oh— you want to know what she’s drinking at 8 am? Definitely…probably… possibly coffee. Thankfully the cup isn’t transparent; some parental secrets are better kept under a closed lid.
2 Piece Mother of Bride Wedding Cosmetic Bags
Figuring out how to navigate the world of mom and mother-in-law can be a bit tricky. Of course, your mom is your mom, but you also don’t want to make the groom’s mother feel neglected. Prevent any rivalries before they start by getting your mom and the mother of the groom coordinating gifts! These makeup bags are not only incredibly cute, but they’re also a pretty cheap deal. Both your moms are sure to appreciate these lovely pouches.
Herbal Fizzies Bath Set
Someone set off a bomb in your mom’s bathroom—a bath bomb, that is! If you’re looking for a mother of the bride gift that will encourage the MOB to relax and unwind, these herbal bath bombs could be a great choice. This set includes six homemade clay bath bombs blended with a unique combination of soothing herbs and botanicals. An excellent gift for any mom that’s feeling a bit tense.
Mother Daughter Necklace
This necklace is an absolutely classic design that would be perfect for any woman’s jewelry collection. The dainty sterling silver chain hosts a beautiful pendant that symbolizes the special relationship between you and your mom. And if the symbolism isn’t enough, there is a sentimental poem inside the box to explain exactly how you feel.
Do you (vaguely) recall popping multiple bottles of champagne and stumbling out of a cafe arm in arm with your giggly mom? When you crave avocado toast and adult orange juice, do you know your mom will answer your text faster than any of your friends will? This sassy candle is an awesome gift for a mom that loves bubbly champagne almost as much as she loves you.
My Daughter, My Pride, A Beautiful Bride Porcelain Figurine
This thoughtful figurine will make a lovely mother of the bride gift to express your heartfelt gratitude. These porcelain figurines from Precious Moments rose in popularity back in the 1980s, and some women still have incredible collections of these sweet figures. If your mom is always searching for her next Precious Moments collectible, then this is obviously the perfect mother of the bride gift.
Wine Soaps - Set of 4
Your mom doesn’t need to wait for brunch or dinner to enjoy some wine. All she needs is a bar…of soap? Yes, you read that correctly. Give your mom the gift of handcrafted, wine-inspired soaps! These soaps would make an excellent addition to a thank you gift basket, along with her favorite bottle of vino, of course.
Custom Handwriting Necklace
In your own writing and words, say exactly what you mean, thanks to this beautiful personalized necklace. The modern design lets your personalized message shine, a sentiment your mom is sure to cherish for your wedding day and beyond.
Rose Gold Compact Makeup Mirror Gifts For Mom
On your wedding day, your mom will probably give the most waterproof eye makeup a run for their money. These rose gold mirrors are a sentimental gift and an easy way for her to check the status of her mascara while remembering how much you love her. Gifts that are thoughtful and functional are a winner!
Face & Body Massaging Wand
From your shoulders to your forehead, people can hold tension in various spots all over their bodies. Getting traditional massages daily isn’t exactly feasible, but you could give your mom the gift of handheld massages. Help her relax after all the stresses of wedding planning with a massage tool that can fit in her purse!
SWAROVSKI Women's Infinity Crystal Jewelry Collections
How long will you love your mom? To infinity and beyond! Sorry, Mr. Lightyear, but we had to steal your buzz to tell the people about this gorgeous bracelet. This dainty and elegant double band design toes the line between modern and classic, while the collection of Swarovski crystals just says glamour. It is one of our favorite mother of the bride gift ideas for moms that love a little bling.
Unwind Lavender Gift Set
Lavender is often praised for its calming properties, and this gift set elevates the soothing scent to the level of a bedtime ritual. It not only includes a chic candle, calming pillow mist, and eye mask, but it also comes with lavender seeds and a pot! Now that the mother of the bride is done with the rollercoaster that is wedding planning, she can direct her energy towards self-care and plant care.
Mother of The Bride Gifts Ceramic Trinket Dish
Your mom probably spent years washing all of your dishes, so maybe it’s time to give her a dish not covered in dinosaur chicken nugget crumbs. This ceramic trinket dish is printed with a heartfelt message to convey your gratitude and is guaranteed to make your mom smile every time she uses it.
Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder
If you’re looking for mother of the bride gift ideas for moms that love to relax and unwind in a luxurious bubble bath with a generous glass of vino, then this wine holder is one part of an awesome gift basket. Pair it with her favorite bottle of wine (or a bottle you know she absolutely has to try), an at-home spa gift set, or both, and you’ve got the perfect gift!
Step-Mother of The Bride Necklace Gift
While most of this list was directed towards mothers, step-moms can also play an important role in the bride’s life. Honor the commitment your step-mom has made to help support, love, and care for you with this thoughtful necklace. Plus, it comes already intricately gift wrapped, giving you one less thing to worry about!
Tired Eyes Eye Care Kit
Bags on your shoulder? Totally chic. Bags under your eyes? It’s time for an eye care kit. Your mom was probably bawling her eyes out watching you walk down the aisle in your jaw-dropping dress, seeing you finally say “I do,” and watching you share your first dance with your groom (or co-bride or non-binary bae). Help give her eyes some much-needed relief with this tired eyes care kit, which can help relieve puffiness, reduce redness, hydrate, and more.
Mother of The Bride Shirt
Who is that woman over there? Oh, obviously she’s the mother of the bride— just look at her cute t-shirt! Pop this tee in one of the cute mother of the bride tote bags on this list, add in a bottle of her favorite adult beverage, and you’ve created a wonderfully thoughtful mother of the bride gift basket. We can already picture her wearing it to every girl’s brunch leading up to your big day and chatting with her besties about the to die for caterer you found.
Essential Oil Roller Necklace
From lavender to peppermint, your mom could bring aromatherapy with her on the go with this chic essential oil roller necklace. The unique, hand-drawn designs evoke beautiful natural motifs, while the user can fill the inner glass roller tube with their favorite essential oil. The chain measures 27 inches for a long necklace that can be layered with others for a boho feel. If Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac is your mom’s style icon, then this is the perfect necklace for her.
Kate Aspen Floral Wedding Survival Kit
From frayed hems to fallen up-dos, this wedding survival kit has everything the mother of the bride needs to deal with all the mini-emergencies that are sure to pop up. Also, it’s super freaking cutely organized, and the color combinations are adorable. Let’s be honest here, if something goes wrong on your big day, you know your mom will be able to make it all better. So you may as well give her all the supplies she’ll need beforehand!
Head-to-Toe Home Spa Gift Set
This gift set would be a thoughtful gift to give your mother, or future mother in law, leading up to the big day. With how much time, effort, and (possibly) money she’s put into planning the wedding, she’ll likely need a reminder that it’s okay to relax and unwind a bit! This kit includes everything she needs to turn her bathroom into a five-star spa, from face masks to foot scrubs!
Sterling Silver Twisted Eternity Ring with Pearl Wedding Necklace
This gorgeous necklace would make a timeless addition to any mom’s jewelry collection. The unique pendant is designed to complement a variety of necklines and outfits. It is an understated choice with a sentimental message to match, along with beautiful gift wrapping that elevates the entire present.
Artisan Made Hand Painted Wine Glass
We’re going to go ahead and order at least a million of these absolutely beautiful wine glasses for all of our friends to give their moms when they get married. Seriously, these cups are beautiful, fun and come with a unique “Mother of the Bride” cocktail recipe painted on the bottom of the glass! Fancy ladies deserve handmade fancy cups, and we can’t think of a more deserving woman than the mother of the bride.
Ceramic Jewelry Holder Ring Dish
Did you like the idea of a ring dish, but the inscription on the other one didn’t entirely summarize your feelings? Here is an equally cute alternative that might hit the mark on your mother-daughter relationship a bit better.
Foot Sole Massage
From the engagement party to the bridal shower, to the rehearsal dinner, and of course, the wedding, your mom has probably been rocking some pretty fancy footwear recently. Give her little piggies some much-needed relief with this foot massager that she is guaranteed to use anytime her tired toes demand it.
Jessica Simpson Women's Comfy Faux Fur House Slipper
Speaking of tired feet, if your mom is anything like ours, she will probably be counting the minutes until she can return to some comfy footwear. So why not give her some extra comfy footwear to slip into? These fuzzy slippers look so comfortable; she may never take them off again. Pair these slippers with one of the spa sets on this list or the foot massager above, and you have all the components of a very thoughtful mother of the bride gift basket!
Heart U Ring Holder
You might have been the one receiving a fancy new ring, but you can still give your mom a sentimental place to store her rings! Show her you love her with a useful and unique keepsake that will lovingly store her precious jewelry.
Mother of The Bride Gold Lettering Canvas Tote Bag
We put another mother of the bride tote bag on this list, but this one is significantly more sparkly, so we thought it deserved its own spotlight. Some people like more understated styles, but some mamas love the bling. And as we mentioned before, getting ready for weddings can require a fair bit of supplies, so a cute tote to carry everything in could be a thoughtful mother of the bride gift.
Phenomenal Woman Glasses - Set of 2
Phenomenal women surround us every day, from our friends, coworkers, heroes, and of course, our mothers— oh wait, we already said heroes. Raise a glass to phenomenal women with an exceptional woman, thanks to this set of two beautiful stemless wine glasses. They feature a beautiful design with the full text of Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman” printed repeatedly. This is one of our favorite mother of the bride gift ideas for women with a literary side.
Sterling Silver Small CZ Interlocking Circles Necklace
You and your mom are two brilliant women, lovingly entwined for life by your strong mother-daughter relationship. Give her a gift that symbolizes that sentiment with this classy and elegant necklace. This delicate necklace is an excellent mother of the bride gift for a mom that prefers simple and understated jewelry choices.
Sangria Spice Blend
Your mom might have already indulged in a few bottles of wine throughout the whole wedding planning process, but what’s one more to celebrate your successful nuptials? This sangria spice blend could be just the right mix to shake up her usual Trader Joe’s bottle and can help produce up to three whole gallons of her favorite mom juice.
Robes with Gold Glitter for Wedding Party
As more and more professional photographers make their way into the bridal party prep rooms, classy robes are rising in bridal world popularity. Get the mother of the bride in on the bridal party action with one of these fun robes! They would make a great mother of the bride gift for a mom that is just as much of the girl gang as your maid of honor.
Pink Rough Diamond Hoop Earrings
You don’t have to jump through hoops to find the best mother of the bride gift ideas. Just check out these super unique gold hoop earrings! They feature an array of beautiful raw cut pink diamonds that create a cascading effect along the hoop. They’ll add the perfect amount of glamour to everyday outfits or her mother of the bride dress.
Alex and Ani Color Infusion Mother of The Bride Bangle
Alex and Ani bracelets rose in popularity in the early 2010s due to their simple, stackable designs and elegant charms. And in the world of trendy jewelry, their bracelets are relatively cheap and affordable. This one, in particular, lets your mom show off her mother of the bride pride thoughtfully and tastefully and could be a great complement to any outfit.
Personalized Hand-Written Letter Blanket
As you depart on your tropical vacation honeymoon, your mom can wrap herself up in your thoughtful words and sentiments. No, not figuratively; she can literally wrap herself up in your words with this personalized handwritten letter blanket. You might also want to give her a box of tissues before the blanket turns into a glorified handkerchief.
I Can’t Keep Calm Funny Coffee Mug
Are the flowers wilting, and it’s not even noon yet? Are two of the guests complaining that their meals aren’t keto-friendly? Did the venue stock up on the wrong kind of champagne? For all the last-minute problems the world throws at your big day, your mom is there to help sort out the solutions. But don’t tell her to calm down when the top tier of the cake is crumbling! She can’t keep calm… she’s the mother of the bride!
Mother of the Bride Gift FAQs
Are the Parents of the Bride Supposed to Give a Gift?
Traditionally, the bride’s parents play a significant (if not exclusive) role in paying for the wedding itself. After such a big financial commitment, not to mention all the time and emotions involved, wedding etiquette does not require them to buy a gift for the couple.
However, many modern couples opt to cover the costs of the wedding themselves or play a larger role in paying for their big day. In this case, parents might consider getting the couple a present. There are other options available for parents who want to give a gift but have already spent a large sum on wedding costs. Parents could consider handing down family heirlooms, furniture, creating a photo album of wedding pictures, or another creative (and cheap) route.
Does the Mother of the Groom Give a Gift to the Mother of the Bride?
Tradition and wedding etiquette don’t demand that the groom’s mother give a gift to the mother of the bride. However, a thoughtful gift can go a long way towards creating a warm relationship between the two families. If the mother of the bride is taking a prominent role in planning or paying for the wedding, it could be a nice gesture to acknowledge this work through a small gift. Because it’s not expected, it definitely doesn’t need to be extravagant. Flowers, a gift card for a manicure, or a bottle of wine are all wonderful ways to start your new familial relationship on the right foot.
Should a Mother of the Bride Buy a Gift for the Wedding Shower?
Whether or not the mother of the bride should buy a gift for the wedding shower can depend on various factors. Frequently, the mother of the bride hosts the bridal shower, which can start to rack up a pretty penny on its own. In that case, giving the bride a gift might seem like overkill but could still be very appreciated.
If the mother didn’t host the wedding shower, then a gift could be a sweet gesture. However, there is no specific etiquette or traditional bridal shower gifts from the mother of the bride. And in general, the bride’s family often takes on a significant financial role in the wedding. If your budget is already a bit strapped, don’t feel obligated to shell out for an expensive gift. Consider going for something sentimental instead, like a piece of jewelry or another memento that has been handed down through the family. If your family doesn’t have any heirlooms, this could be an excellent opportunity to start a new tradition!
Does the Mother of the Bride Give the Groom a Gift?
Emily Post doesn’t have much to say on the matter of the mother of the bride giving a gift to the groom. It is likely because the bride’s family traditionally paid for the wedding, often understood as a gift to the couple. These days, more couples are taking the reins on financing their own weddings. In this case, the mother of the bride could give a small gift to the groom to welcome him into the family and extend their blessings on the union. A family heirloom and thoughtful card could be just the ticket to make the groom feel like your new son!