What do you get for the woman who gave you life?! Nothing ever feels quite grand enough. But let us remind you: It really is the thought that counts. And a thoughtful gift will make your mom feel loved and appreciated.

MADE WITH LOVE

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Handmade Gifts She’ll Cherish. DIYers will love Martha Stewart’s thoughtful round-up of Gifts That Go Beyond: A Handmade Mother’s Day.  The handmade sachets are our favorite. How cute are they?

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Jewelry with Their Name.  A favorite of the Grandparents Assoc: “Hello Lovely are perfect for displaying the names of children and grandchildren.” These custom name necklaces are sure to make your mother, or the mother in your life, smile. They Visit Hello Lovely’s Etsy shop

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Easy Handprint Project. This is our favorite kind of DIY gift – simple, easy, and sentimental. You can find all the supplies at Michael’s or your local crafts store and just need to get your kiddo to cooperate. Check out Hello Bee’s thorough how-to.

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Make Mom a LEGO gift. These LEGO-inspired ideas are perfect for kids to make mom something she’ll love, cherish, and use everyday.  See our round-up of Kid-made LEGO Gift Ideas.

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Flowers that Last. These embroidered hoop art pieces recommended by Cool Mom Picks made my heart sing! Visit Sue McKees’s Etsy shop for more beautiful creations.

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A New Twist on the Family Portrait.  A custom portrait is a unique gift she’ll surely cherish. This is a digital gift you can email, post on Facebook, print and frame, or use in a Christmas card.  $60 from LittleBlackKatStore.

THE GIFT OF TIME

Spend the Day Together:  Get crafty and make something. It’s super easy with our favorite DIY kits  //  Learn a new skill and sign up for a class – we’re fans of Sur La Table cooking classes  //  The gift she can use year-round: a membership to a museum, botanical garden, etc.  //  Mother Mag has more ideas for the perfect day with mom.

PHOTO GIFTS

Gifts are More Meaningful with Photos:  Melt her heart with a personalized card. Here’s our round-up of the best custom card apps. //  She’ll see smiling faces everywhere she goes with this photo keychain  ($11) //  For her morning coffee, these photo mugs are always a hit ($15)  //  We love the idea of documenting the highlights of every year, and Minted makes it so easy ($24+)

START A TRADITION

Nothing Says “You’re the Best, Mom” like Brunch:  Delish.com rounds up the best recipes:  22 Best-Ever Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas //  Make mom a sunny arrangement that will stay fresh forever  //  Decorations you can re-use every year: Mother’s Day Garland // Make it Insta-worthy –  download and print these FREE printables

FAVORITE PICKS

For the Jet-Setting Mom. My mom travels all the time and practically lives in her Patagonia Nano vest.  We’ve rounded up more travel gift ideas that she’ll love!

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For the Mom who Needs to Relax.  A tried-and-true gift I’d give again and again. I absolutely love my Ugg Blanche Robe. It’s comfy, soft, and perfect in every way. (Nordstrom – $98)

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For the New Mom.  Savor’s Baby Keepsake Library is the ideal gift for any parent to save the mementos that matter most, from their first tooth to favorite teddy.  (BuyBuyBaby – $80)

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For the Homebody.  Candles are so passé.  Bring the zen to her den with this space-saving diffuser.  Amazon reviewer: “As a certified clinical aromatherapist, I’ve owned dozens of diffusers and this is my absolute favorite one…I recommend it to everyone.” (Amazon – $60)

Loved and Found Gift Boxes

Packaged to Perfection. Running out of ideas or time? Loved and Found’s Gift Boxes are thoughtfully curated – each custom gift box tells a story through carefully selected products and wrapping details, and each comes with a handwritten note.  ($52+)

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A Gift She’ll Use Everyday.  The Texture app (available for iOS, Android), the Netflix of magazines, will give her unlimited access to her favorite magazines all in one place. Gift subscriptions start at $30 for 3 months.

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