If you’re getting hitched soon, it’s likely that you’ll need a mother of the bride gift. As a token of your appreciation for all your mom has done for you throughout your life (and for your wedding), a mother of the bride gift should be thoughtful and slightly sentimental. So how do you pick the perfect present?
Here are 33 mother of the bride gift ideas for the best gifts your mom will actually like, as well as the answers to all your burning questions about this distinct part of wedding etiquette.
Customized Mother of the Bride Gifts
When you start shopping for a mother of the bride gift, you may find that some of the most popular options are customized, meaningful gifts that reflect your personal relationship with your mom. Here are a few favorites.
What sentimental mom isn’t going to love this gorgeous mother-of-the-bride portrait? Choose your design to reflect your own wedding day look and your mother’s mother-of-the-bride dress and just wait for the waterworks. This is one personalized gift your mother will love displaying in her office or at home.
Give mom a handy place to store her own wedding jewelry with this engraved ring dish that features your name at the end of a thoughtful missive. If she already has a jewelry tray that she likes, she can also use it as a key tray or as a cute receptacle on her desk to store trinkets.
You can either design this photo collage on Minted with photos of the two of you from throughout your lives or you can wait until the wedding photos come in and fill it with photos of the two of you on the big day. Whichever way you go, mom is sure to love this personalized, extra-special collage that’s a reminder of your love for her.
This adorable clutch will go well with her wedding day attire, but it secretly holds a message from you, printed onto the clutch’s inside liner. It’s a stylish way to customize your gift, while keeping things sleek and low-key.
Better yet, you can purchase these clutches for your entire bridal party and customize the note for each recipient. Pick from an array of colors and choose to have the interior message either printed in a standard type font or printed in your own handwriting.
This incredibly adorable book is a scrapbook, a journal and a letter set all in one. The book is filled with pieces you can remove, replace and write on, so you can, together, create one keepsake book that reflects your relationship. It’ll inspire you to swap recipes, share joyful memories and send your mom a fun piece of snail mail on occasion.
This Etsy seller takes your handwriting and your message and creates a beautiful bracelet in silver, gold or rose gold. With its delicate chain and minimalistic appearance, this is one piece of jewelry she can wear on your wedding day and with many more outfits to come.
Useful Mother of the Bride Gifts
But maybe you and your mom don’t have that sentimental relationship. Still, even if that’s the case, don’t forgo a mother of the bride gift completely. You can buy her a useful gift that she’ll enjoy just as much.
You might want to give your mom this gift ahead of time. We’re talking, like… Three months in advance of the wedding. That’s because this three-month self-care subscription box from Uncommon Goods features a range of goodies in each monthly gift set.
It’s designed to help her relax in the midst of all that stress leading up to your wedding day. Each month features something new and fantastically relaxing, from bath bombs and body butter to cotton towels and lip tints.
But what if your mom’s preferred way to relax is more bubbly than bubble baths? If so, you might want to purchase a wine subscription for her leading up to the big day. You can find many different wine subscriptions out there, so you can pick the one that works best for your mom’s wine-o needs, whether she prefers certain varieties every single time or likes to constantly try something new.
What if your mom’s chosen way to destress is sugar instead of chardonnay? Well, we have a great gift for those moms, too. This cupcake set from Baked by Melissa includes 25 sampler cupcakes in various fun flavors, from chocolate chip pancakes to confetti cookie dough to cookie butter bliss.
If she keeps everyone on time during your wedding day, she’ll need a little extra help. This simplistic yet stylish Anne Klein watch will keep everything running like clockwork without her ever needing to pull out her phone.
It’s stylish enough to wear to the wedding, as well as anywhere else, and relatively budget-friendly, too. If you need something that’ll ship fast, Amazon can get this to you within a few short days.
This is one gift that keeps on giving. It’s useful, it’s pretty and it will remind Mom time and time again just how much you appreciate her.
A Bouqs subscription starts at $44 per month. You get to choose the bouquet size and delivery frequency, and then Bouqs will send your mother a seasonal bouquet as often as requested, picked fresh at the farm and shipped straight to her door.
She’s got to keep all those wedding day photos of you somewhere. Help her out with these very suitable Pottery Barn Mother of Pearl frames.
Choose from three different frame sizes to best fit your photos. Take your helpfulness a step further by printing those photos and placing them in the frames. Then, all Mom has to do is take the frame or frames from the gift wrap or bag and set them up in a special spot in her home.
Is Mom having to travel for your special day? Or maybe you think she just deserves a little time away from the stressors of her daily life after all that help she’s given you planning your wedding?
Whichever the case, cover the costs of Mom’s next getaway with an Airbnb gift card (or, similarly, a gift card for her favorite hotel brand or airline).
Budget-Friendly Mother of the Bride Gifts
We all know it. Weddings are costly. If you’re trying to go budget-friendly all the way, consider one of these gifts under $30.
Mom is bound to tear up at some point on your wedding day. Make sure she’s prepared with one of these lovely handkerchiefs. Available in multiple cotton styles, all of which are customizable, these handkerchiefs also feature a poem and your wedding date.
If mom is a wine-o and doesn’t care who knows it, get her a set of these amusing wine glasses that proudly show off her mother of the bride status. The text comes in more than a dozen different colors, so you can pick the one that matches your wedding theme.
This gift may take you a little bit of time, but the result will be a gift that both of you treasure for decades to come. On one side of the journal, prompts allow you to answer questions about you, your mom and your relationship.
On the other side, your mom can comment on what you’ve written and add her own takes. The result is a family keepsake that will make you both laugh, cry and reminisce.
Your mom is likely going to need a lot of coffee to get her through the morning of your big day. Make sure her caffeinated beverage is hot the entire time she runs from the venue to home and back again, keeping tabs on your hair and makeup all the while, with one of these cute tumblers. You can even buy another for the mother of the groom, for a fun matching set.
If your mom plans on getting ready alongside you and all your bridesmaids, make sure she has the perfect gift to keep her stylish and cozy. These robes come in an array of colors with lots of additional options for the text color, so you can pick the right combination to match your wedding palette.
Speaking of keepsake boxes, is your mom the type to always grab every little bit of potential scrapbooking material from every milestone event, vacation or special occasion? Does she hoard museum brochures, ticket stubs and all the rest?
Then you might want to give her a convenient, stylish spot to keep all of her little bits and pieces from your special day. This keepsake box provides a sturdy, pretty spot for her to store her corsage, the reception dinner menu, and her favors.
This pearl and silver infinity necklace comes in a gift box that features a sweet message and, better yet, you can get it customized for either the bride’s or groom’s mother. There are even options for grandmothers, step-moms and multi-packs so that you can give multiple people in your wedding party matching necklaces to wear on the big day.
From extra bottles of water and an entire first aid kit to an extra pair of shoes and a flask, mothers of the brides often carry numerous items on wedding days. If you anticipate the mother of the bride having to haul around a million things on the day of the wedding, then you need to give your mother this mother of the bride tote bag. Made with a zipper and available in multiple colors, it’ll keep everything she needs on the wedding day handy and easy to find!
If you’re whisking your guests and family away for a destination wedding, give your mom this gift that she can use right away and that’s not just customized but also budget-friendly.
Available on Etsy, these passport covers come in your choice of six colors, and you have lots of design options to choose from, too. Pick your text and an image, and it’ll all be engraved before the cover is shipped to your door.
Happy reviewers report using these passport covers for wedding gifts, including for bridal parties, and rave about the quality and super-fast shipping.
Stylish Mother of the Bride Gifts
No one has a style quite like Mom. Give her one of these stylish mother of the bride gifts that she’ll be proud to wear, use or display in her home.
This sweet, delicate interlocking necklace features a simple gold chain and two interlocking large cuffs at the center. It’s simple and stylish enough that she can wear it with anything (including her outfit for the big day). It’s also easily layered with other necklaces and jewelry pieces, in case your mom is into the maximalism jewelry trend.
If your mother is more of a bold and chunky piece of jewelry type but also the type who somehow ends up totally late for everything, make sure she arrives at the wedding venue on time with this super-stylish bracelet watch from Nordstrom.
If you really want to splurge on a stylish gift for the mother of the bride (and why wouldn’t you, especially if she’s footing the bill for the rest of the wedding?), go with this Saint Laurent clutch from Nordstrom.
It’s a gorgeous piece that she’ll be able to use for years after the big event, and it comes in three colors, so you can pick between the classic black, a wedding-appropriate vintage white, or a dark beige.
Back to the delicate jewelry options, these gorgeous earrings from Nordstrom are wedding-appropriate and will look great with most mother of the bride dresses. The 18-karat gold hoops feature freshwater baroque pearls sourced socially and environmentally responsibly.
If you’re holding the wedding or reception out of doors during a season wherein the nighttime temperatures can get a little chilly, help Mom stay warm with this metallic, lightweight wrap from Nordstrom that’s definitely more elegant and stylish than her winter coat. Choose between three neutral colors for something for every mother of the bride outfit.
Mother of the Bride Gifts That She Can Share with Dad
Okay, so it might be more customary to buy the mother of the bride a gift before the wedding, but why leave dad out of all the fun? If you know your parents always prefer a gift they can share or enjoy together, then go with one of these options.
This personalized wedding print is not only gorgeous, but it’s also sure to make anyone who gives it a look and a read a little misty (or maybe a lot misty).
The print features two blue birds flying away from a birch tree where two other bluebirds sit. At the bottom of the print, there’s a quote from Hodding Carter, Jr., that says, “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” Then, it says, “Thank you for giving us both,” and there’s a spot for you to add your and your new spouse’s names, plus your wedding date.
This Sheets & Giggles sheet set, available on Amazon, is just the perfect gift to give your parents a good night of sleep following all the wedding hubbub. They’re vegan, temperature-balancing and moisture-wicking and come in seven sizes and more than 10 colors.
Not only does the 100% eucalyptus feel amazing, but it’s also sustainably sourced. It uses less water and energy than it takes to source cotton or the microplastics needed to make polyester sheets.
While we featured custom mother of the bride portraits above, who said that custom portraits and similar personalized gifts had to be for the ladies only? This custom portrait, available on Etsy, features both mom and dad alongside the bride. It also features a short quote of your choice, plus your wedding date.
In addition to the standard portrait that includes the bride, Mom, and Dad with the skin and hair color, plus clothing options of your choice, you can also upgrade the portrait to add in a pet, customize the clothes further, and more.
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Either the day of the wedding or the day after, treat your parents to a gift pack from Chicago favorite, Stan’s Donuts & Coffee. This pink box of fun comes with six assorted doughnuts (from the classic cinnamon sugar cake doughnut to the more inventive lemon pistachio old-fashioned doughnut), plus a ceramic mug and a bag of Stan’s coffee.
While you’re on your honeymoon in Italy (or wherever else), give the bride’s mom and dad a taste of Italy with this fun couples activity. From Uncommon Goods, this online cooking class is available throughout the year. Over the course of the class, participants learn how to make pasta dough and marinara sauce from scratch.
The class is 90 minutes long and, ahead of the class starting, your parents will get an email detailing all the ingredients they’ll need to source, along with any kitchen gear they might need to have on hand.
This is a great gift that your parents can use to mark family celebrations for years to come.
The wooden calendar features their family name and every month of the year. Beneath each month is a place to hang small wooden tags on which your parents can write family members’ names and the individual days of the month, signifying their birthdays.
As the family grows, the calendar fills up with a sweet visual representation of how a wedding just adds more to the family rather than taking a child away.
How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Gift for Mom (and the Father of the Bride, Too!)
No matter what you end up gifting the mother of the bride (or the father, too), it really is the thought that matters. No matter how much money you spend or whether you go with something a little cheesy or ultra-stylish, if your chosen gift shows that you truly thought about what your parents might love, appreciate and need, they’ll be happy with that gift.
Before you decide on your mother of the bride gift, consider a few things…
Does this gift reflect a special moment between us?
You can’t go wrong with a sentimental gift that brings to memory some special moment. That’s why opting for a nice frame with a photo of the two of you at the wedding, or a portrait that shows the two of you at the wedding, are such easy, sure-win options.
However, you don’t need to necessarily go with a photo or portrait-oriented gift.
You could order in a favorite food or bottle of wine that brings to memory a special trip you took together. You could schedule an activity together that you’ve always loved, since you were little. You could repeat a memorable gift from your childhood, maybe something silly, like a trinket that you purchased for them in grade school, for a Mother’s Day gift or gift for another holiday, but that you know they’ve cherished forever.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your thoughtful gift!
Is this a gift that reflects their needs?
But sometimes the best gift you can give Mom is a little help. After all, she does so much for you and has helped you for so many years (and likely is still helping you, especially with all that wedding planning). Return the favor.
From gifting services that can take something off her plate to opting for devices, tech or gift cards that will just make her life easier, if you know your mom needs help, but isn’t the type to ask for it, then this type of gift will mean a lot.
Is it a meaningful gift that reflects their preferences?
Who is it in the family who always knows what’s under the tree at Christmas? Who’s checking the list and checking it twice? Who knows everyone’s clothing sizes, favorite colors and current obsession?
It’s not Santa. It’s Mom.
Moms spend so much of their lives just remembering what their family members currently love and can’t get enough of. Show her that you pay attention to her likes, dislikes and latest obsessions, too, with a wedding thank you gift that reflects that.
Every part of wedding planning comes with a fair number of questions. Here’s everything you need to know about mother of the bride gifts specifically!
Do You Really Need a Mother of the Bride Wedding Day Gift?
Yes. While it is an extra cost, and weddings are already so expensive as is, a mother of the bride wedding day gift is something you really shouldn’t overlook. The same goes for gifts that you plan to hand out to everyone in your bridal party.
These people are taking time out of their lives and spending money from their own pockets to ensure that your big day goes as planned. As such, these gifts are a thoughtful way of showing that you appreciate everyone involved.
Even if you can’t splurge on gifts for every single member of your wedding party, a mother of the bride gift is one to prioritize. It is for your mom after all!
When Do You Give Out Bridal Party Gifts?
There aren’t really any specific rules about when you have to give out your bridal party gifts, but many people like to do so at the rehearsal dinner or during the morning of the wedding. You may find it appropriate to give your mother her gift whenever you two have a little bit of alone time.
This would make for a more intimate environment where your attention will be entirely undivided and focused on her. That allows for a few tears and words of thanks, which you can view as a bonding moment between the two of you.
Does the Groom Have To Give the Mother of the Bride a Gift?
There aren’t necessarily any strict rules about who needs to give the mother of the bride her gift. However, there is one caveat. You can give her a joint gift as a couple or you and your groom can both give the gift to your mother.
At the same time, you don’t want your groom to be the only one who gives your mom a gift. It’s your mom after all, so if you’re trying to narrow down your options, go with a gift from just you as the bride or a gift from both of you as a couple.
Does the Mother of the Groom Need a Gift?
Yes! The mother of the groom is your future mother-in-law, so you’ll want to treat her to a gift as well. Since she is also considered part of the wedding party, a present is in order for her, too.
How Much Should You Spend on a Mother of the Bride Gift?
You don’t need to necessarily spend a ton of money on your bridal party gifts. Instead, take your wedding budget into consideration and then decide how much you have in your budget to put towards the mother of the bride’s gifts.
Show Mom How Much She Means
Mom means a lot at all times of the year… But on your wedding day, as she’s watching her baby girl walk down the aisle and into the next phase of her life, it’s important to recognize all of the hard work she put in for you in order for you to get to where you are today. A thoughtful mother of the bride wedding gift is just one of many ways to show her that you appreciate her and recognize all that she’s done for you.
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33 Mother of the Bride Gifts:
- Mother of the Bride Portrait
- Engraved Jewelry Tray
- Heart Photo Collage
- Mother of the Bride Clutch
- Mother and Daughter Letter Set Book
- Personalized Bracelet
- Self Care Gift of the Month Subscription
- A Wine Subscription
- Latest and Greatest Cupcake Set from Baked by Melissa
- Anne Klein Women’s Genuine Diamond Dial Bracelet Watch
- A Bouqs Subscription
- Pottery Barn Mother of Pearl Picture Frames
- An Airbnb Gift Card
- Mother of the Bride Wedding Handkerchief
- Mother of the Bride Wine Glasses
- You and Me Mom Journal
- Mother of the Bride Tumblers
- Mother of the Bride Robe
- Mother of the Bride Keepsake Box
- Mother of the Bride Infinity Necklace
- Mother of the Bride Tote
- A Personalized Passport Cover
- Gorjana Rose Interlocking Necklace
- Movado Women’s Swiss Bold Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
- Nordstrom Saint Laurent Uptown Calfskin Leather Envelope Clutch
- Monica Vinader Nura Freshwater Pearl Drop Frontal Hoop Earrings
- Nordstrom Metallic Lightweight Wrap
- Personalized Parent Wedding Print
- Sheets & Giggles 100% Eucalyptus Lyocell Sheet Set
- Custom Parent and the Bride Portrait
- A Donuts and Coffee Lovers Gift Box
- An Uncommon Goods Cooking Class
- Personalized Family Wooden Calendar