Chances are your mom isn’t hard to please, but it can be hard to find fresh ways to put a smile on her face year after year. This year, go beyond scented candles and body butter and give Mom something that empowers her to take time for self care, creativity, and even adventure.
If you can’t bear to watch your mom unwrap yet another personalized mug or pair of dangly earrings this holiday season, these gift ideas are for you.
Unique Holiday Gifts Moms Will Love
Whether you’re shopping for your mom, mother-in-law, aunt, or godmother, it’s really no different than shopping for a friend or any other loved one. Think about her interests, her favorite ways to have fun and relax, and how you can help her find more “Me Time.”
To help you get started, we came up with five gift ideas for the creative, expressive, adventurous moms in your life.
Give her a new hobby with an online art class
Busy moms may find it hard to commit to weekly lessons at a studio across town. But online classes let them go at their own pace from the comfort of their own home. Learn what interests her and find a digital class to match. Whether it’s knitting, bookbinding, photography, or animation, there are courses and tutorials available for just about everything. If you don’t want to choose a class for them, you can gift a subscription to an online learning platform like Skillshare, Udemy, or Artsy.
Give daily inspiration with a customized planner
There are an increasingly diverse and creative range of daily planners to choose from nowadays. And with many brands allowing you to choose the colors and contents of your planner, the options are virtually endless. You can custom order a planner to suit her lifestyle, or give her a gift certificate to customize it herself.
If you don’t want to hassle with too many choices, search for an agenda or journal that provides an inspiring quote to brighten her mood every day. Or find a blank journal or minimalist planner and add to it yourself with notes of encouragement, doodles, photos — your imagination is the limit!
Let her express herself with natural fragrances
While perfume may be one of the most common mom gifts of all, this is different. Fragrance layering is an ancient art of creating your own personal scent with 2 or more fragrances. Gift her a set of several basic essential oils or perfumes to play with. For example, a mix of vanilla, rose, orange, and cedar can be combined to create scents that are fresh, floral, or earthy.
Make the gift even better by choosing natural, organic oils and fragrances that are safe for her skin and won’t irritate the senses. When people ask about her new, totally custom scent, she’ll be delighted to say she made it!
Give her the gift of time with home cleaning services
Most moms will be thrilled to have their home cleaned for them while they take time to paint, hike, dance, go to the movies, or just sleep. You really can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to a local cleaning company; just be sure to choose a vetted cleaning service with glowing reviews. Even a one-time cleaning can be a huge relief to an overworked mom. Give her the freedom to schedule the cleaning and arrange the details herself so she can make the most of it.
Give Mom creative freedom with Viviva Colorsheets
Viviva Colorsheets are perfect for the experienced artist and the adult who is exploring art for the first time. Watercolor makes it effortless to create beautiful paintings no matter your skill level. Mom can have fun expressing herself without pressure to be “perfect.”
The supersaturated watercolor sheets make it convenient to paint and sketch from anywhere, so mom can paint in the backyard, on walks on the beach, and even while traveling. Add in a personalized wooden case etched with her name and these vivid watercolor sets make a fail-proof gift for creative moms.
The Best Holiday Gifts for Moms
It may be cliche, but it’s true: the best gifts come from the heart. That doesn’t mean you have to pull out the hot glue gun and make something from scratch. It does mean that your gift should reflect what Mom values most.
Viviva Colorsheets make a meaningful gift for moms, aunts, mentors, and others who value beauty and inspiration. They’re also perfect for any creative person who values sustainable and ethically-made products. Learn more about Viviva’s safe, natural, 100% vegan gift sets (but don’t forget to snag your promo code first!)