8 Unconventional Mother's Day Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Really Want

Ad failed to load

When I was little, my dad and I bought my mom a gold necklace. I don't actually remember my mom's reaction, but I recall feeling overwhelmingly happy about doing something particularly special for my "#1 Mom."

Since then, Mother's Day has been a pretty big deal. I haven't always had money to ball out on a gift, but my sister and I make it a point to come together and do something nice for the woman who raised us. Whether it's making it back home in time to attend Sunday morning church service or calling her a million times that day, I always make sure she feels appreciated.

I'm letting my sister handle the sappy Mother's Day card, but I've got the gift situation covered. This year, I'm taking an educated gift guess based on necessity.

Ad failed to load

For instance, my mother's kitchen utensils rattle around in the drawer, so I know she's in desperate need of more organizers. And, while that's like a snooze-worthy gift for anyone under the age of 25, my mom will be over the moon about it.

You can never spoil your mom too much, even though 365 days out of the year are already dedicated to her. Here are some ideas for gifts she'd really appreciate.

1. A Chatbooks account

Ad failed to load

Chatbooks, starting at $14, Chatbooks 

Memories are cherished by all, but especially new moms. Though everything lives in the iCloud, moms still enjoy hard copies of their kid's first steps caught on film. Older moms, like mine, can't even begin to wrap their head around Instagram.

Chatbooks bridges that gap by printing 60 pictures from your Instagram page for just $8. Whether your mom wants tangible memories of your last family vacay or just prefers to keep prints as a backup, Chatbooks is the answer.

Ad failed to load

Pro tip: Tech illiterate moms may need some help downloading and using Instagram, so good luck with that!

2. A monthly Turntable Kitchen subscription

Turntable Kitchen
Ad failed to load

Turntable Kitchen subscription, $25 per month, Turntable Kitchen 

Countless times, I've watched my mother cook while singing and dancing along to Marvin Gaye. Those childhood memories are etched into my brain. Also, good cooking and my mom are pretty synonymous.

Turntable Kitchen taps into both foodie and musical interests by pairing the arts. For $25 per month, she'll get recipes, necessary ingredients and a digital playlist delivered to her front door.

Ad failed to load

The artistic curation could make any mom tear up, especially on Mother's Day.

3. A Deep Seat garden kneeler

Ad failed to load

Deep Seat Garden Kneeler, $50, Gardeners 

I don't like to get my hands dirty, which is something I didn't get from my mom. She's a master gardener who loves being one-on-one with the soil and fresh veggies. Though she has enough outdoor tools to make Martha Stewart jealous, she's missing a comfy seat.

This $50 kneeler can protect any mom with a green thumb from back pain and knee strain. It also doubles as a bench, so your mom can sit back and take inventory of her hard work.

Ad failed to load

4. Diamond jewelry with meaning

Diamonds Unleashed

Yes, diamonds are a girl's BFF. However, a mature woman deserves a sparkly rock with a purpose.

Ad failed to load

My mom spends a large amount of her time giving back to the community through Delta Sigma Theta, her sorority, and other charitable organizations. Because a brand like Diamonds Unleashed celebrates female empowerment and creates educational opportunities for girls, any cut from this collection is the perfect fit for feminist and socially responsible moms.

5. "Work Book" by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan
Ad failed to load

Annie Sloan Work Book, $25, The Purple Painted Lady 

My mom's a creative hoarder of sorts. She enjoys dreaming up big ideas from the smallest moments of inspiration. Every time I go home, I step over piles of sewing, fabric and half-finished home decor projects.

With Sloan's sketchbook, artistic and imaginative moms can jot down their ideas and show off their DIY sides. Also, seeing her ideas come to life might actually help your mom finish her 15 pending projects.

Ad failed to load

6. Wine glasses that don't tip over.


Mighty Wine Glasses, $32, Firebox

Ad failed to load

My mom is famous for knocking over wine glasses, and my apple didn't fall too far from the tree, apparently.

Thankfully, this "unknockoverable" glassware is equipped with Smartgrip technology to keep even the most expressive lush from tipping her glass. To ensure the wine glasses won't fail, you probably should put this sucker to the test before your mom gets hammered on Pinot Noir.

If it works, though, she might just make you her favorite child.

Ad failed to load

7. "Call The F*ck Down" Tea


My mom's a natural-born worrier.

Ad failed to load

My sister and I have been living on our own for some time now, but she still manages to check in and make sure we arrived home safely after a party. It's a universal mom thing, so I get too annoyed by it. However, this herbal tea will serve as the much-needed chill pill she needs on those nights she's freaking out.

8. A pair of SleepPhones

Ad failed to load

SleepPhones, $32, Amazon 

Since my mom's a super light sleeper, sneaking in and out of the house in high school was virtually impossible. As she's gotten older, she cares less about me getting into trouble and more about quality sleep.

That's where SleepPhones come in handy.

Ad failed to load

The bed-friendly headphones will allow light sleepers to block out noise and fall asleep faster. Whether your mom wants to listen to smooth jazz before catching some Zs or play an audiobook, this eco-friendly technology will allow for a more relaxing, audio-assisted snooze.

Isn't a good night's rest all moms really want?

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

The Perfect Festival Look For You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

It's officially spring, but the only season that's really on my radar is festival season. April showers bring May flowers, and it's a good thing because I need all the daisies in the world for oh-so-chic and classic crowns. You've scrolled through th…
By Marisa Casciano

Here’s Everything Coming To Netflix In April

Another month, another batch of new shows and movies to binge on Netflix. The streaming service just released its full list of the iconic favorites and new originals that will be showing up in your Netflix queue in about a week and a half, and it als…
By Dylan Kickham

Why It's Totally OK To Not Have A Game Plan In Your 20s & Just Wing It

One of the worst questions you are faced with in your 20s is: What is your 10-year plan? It's like people expect you to hand over a detailed map of your destiny when you reach a new decade in your life, and want you to be able to elaborate your coord…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

These 10 Dreamy Travel Quotes Are Perfect Tattoos For The Girl With Wanderlust

Travelers are curious, wild, and free. They're always in pursuit of the next big adventure and they never fail to share the value of discovering the unknown. However, sometimes life gets the best of us. Sometimes, our greatest passions get pushed to …
By Ciara Johnson

I Rejected The Idea Of "The One" & Found A Whole New Method Of Self-Care

After my third date with a guy I met by swiping right, I had one question burned into my brain before I agreed to a fourth. Was he the one? Now, before you call me a total stalker, hear me out. In New York City, third dates were rare. I'm talking blo…
By Brittany Leitner

I Tried A Laughter Yoga Class & I Nearly Peed My Pants From Giggling So Hard

There's nothing funny about yoga, except for the fact that, if you look at yourself in the mirror while your body twists like a giant pretzel you'd nibble on at a baseball game, you do look kind of funny. Well, actually, you look a little like you're…
By Jen Glantz

12 Dreamy Travel Goals To Shoot For Before Hitting 30, Because Why Not?

Your 20s is a time to find yourself, try new things, meet new people, and see the world. It's a time when you're still figuring this whole life thing out. Your 20s can be tough, but they can still be whole lot of fun. It seems like you're on a never-…
By Ciara Johnson

Experts Say Doing This One Thing In The Morning Will Make You Way More Productive

I don’t know about you, but I don’t initially wake up in the morning feeling like P-Diddy; that whole “up and at ‘em” mindset takes work on weekdays. I will say, however, that I am a morning person by nature, and fully believe in the benefits of stic…
By Julia Guerra

A Psychic Read My Crystals & Said I'd Die Alone, But Then Everything Changed

I love my girlfriend for many reasons. She's the most amazing person I've ever met. She makes me feel safe. She screams the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen with me when we're riding in her car. But TBH, one of the main reasons I love her so much is th…
By Theresa Massony

This Instagram Star's Famous Lip Art Actually Has An Incredible Emotional Backstory

In a post-Kardashian world, every millennial thinks they have what it takes to go viral, but few consider what that online fame actually looks like in a person's daily life. In Elite Daily's new series, Life Behind The Likes, we speak with the people…
By Lilli Petersen

A New 'This Is Us' Theory Claims It's All Happening Inside Jack's Head & OMG

Ever since This is Us revealed how Jack died in their post-Super Bowl episode (damn you, Crock Pot) fans have been desperate to know where the show is headed — and if there are any other major twists they should be prepared for. The Season 2 finale i…
By Claire Spellberg

If You're Broke In Your 20s, You're Doing Something Right

It can be pretty disheartening when you're broke AF in your 20s. The silver lining in that constant struggle with currency is that you are doing what you want during this time of your life. Money isn't everything, and creatively and memorably using w…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

How You'll Be Proposed To, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Forever and always starts with getting down on one knee. Wedding season is right around the corner, and with it comes a lot of love stories. When you're watching the two do their first dance, or looking through old pictures, you remember where it all…
By Marisa Casciano

Gen Z Yellow Is The New Millennial Pink, So I Tried Wearing It All Over My Face

A few months ago, everything from makeup to clothes and even home appliances simply needed to be Millennial Pink. Being a millennial myself, I totally bought into the color craze, but there's a new hue (one that technically doesn't represent me at al…
By Stephanie Montes

These Theories About What Khloé Kardashian Will Name Her Baby Are So, So Good

The Kardashian family's future is most certainly female. The world was overjoyed when Kim K introduced us to her daughter, Chicago. We cried tears of joy when we found out that Kylie was in fact pregnant all along and had a baby girl named Stormi. An…
By Karen Ruffini

This Pup Is Going Viral Because People Think He Looks Like A Human

We all know our pups at home are beyond special. If you post pictures of your pet on social media in hopes that everyone notices just how cute your furry friend is, you're really not alone. You probably receive a bunch of comments with people gushing…
By Rachel Chapman

This Is What Staring At Screens All Day Could Do To Your Eyes In The Long Run

By now, you’ve probably heard all about how bad the glaring blue light from your smartphone and computer screen is for your sleep cycle. These claims are true, BTW, which means if technology has the power to creep inside your brain and mess with your…
By Julia Guerra

These 3 Zodiac Signs Burn Through Relationships The Fastest

It's hard enough to find love in this dog-eat-dog world. You write the perfect bio for your Tinder profile, dress to impress, go on dates with strangers that your friends set you up with, even fork over thousands of dollars to a professional matchmak…
By Roya Backlund

6 Things No One Tells You About Moving In With Your Partner That You Need To Know

If you’ve reached the point in your relationship where you find yourselves spending most of your time together — either at their place or yours — there’s a pretty big chance you’ve thought about living together. Taking this next step in your relation…
By Tayi Sanusi

How To Plan A Life-Changing Trip That'll Stick With You Long After You Return

When it comes to traveling, it seems like everyone is doing it for the 'Gram these days. As you scroll through your Instagram feed, it may seem like travel is all about getting that perfect shot or jumping from one bucket list destination to another.…
By Ciara Johnson