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12 Creative Gifts for Mom on Mother's Day

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Wedding album that is a creative gift for mom

A note on the times: We know these times of uncertainty mean that many will celebrate maternal figures from a distance this year — and nothing can replace moments spent together. We navigate what's to come, keeping in mind the many women who taught us strength. May it guide us to brighter days ahead.

Moms. Grandmas. Aunts. Mentors. We mark May 10th to celebrate, honor, and thank the many women whose warm and weathered hands have helped shape the humans we are today. We search high and low for meaningful Mother's Day gift ideas, seeking out small tokens of our endless gratitude, and sharing them with the maternal figures who have given more than we could ever give back.

This tradition, rooted in stories, lessons, and love, is one we hold close to heart, for it is a reminder to do what we often take for granted: a chance to collect those stories, preserve those lessons, and shower her with that same love. Here, we look at 12 creative gifts for mom that do just that, putting her favorite photos front and center for a tears-of-joy reaction.

Idea 01

Tell Your Story Together

Hardcover photo book opened to photos of mom with daughter
Pictured: Hardcover Photo Book

Celebrate photos snapped, stories shared, and love unconditional by joining those many meaningful moments together in a photo book she'll return to often. Include an image for every year with mom, zoom in on a favorite trip together, or celebrate her as a grandmother. With no shortage of photo album ideas to bring to life, you'll have ample opportunity to create a book that honors your unique relationship. (Plus, it's the perfect opportunity to digitize old photos and preserve them for life.)

Idea 02

Kiss the Chef

Custom cookbook opened up to recipe
Pictured: Layflat Photo Album

Let's be honest: Nothing tastes quite like a meal made by mom. Keep the flavors in the family by paying tribute to mom's most-loved dishes in a custom cookbook she can display proudly. As you craft your project, intersperse the directions with little anecdotes or favorite memories of making meals together. Whether it's the fabled sauce explosion of '97 or a little nod to your first bites back home from college, each little aside is sure to bring a smile to her face.

Pro tip: Save your cooking directions as .jpg files, so you can upload them to pages of the photo book in the editor.

Idea 03

A Card for the Keeping

Framed note wrapped in pink bow
Pictured: Metal Tabletop Frame

Use a tabletop frame to combine this year's Mother's day card and gift into a dresser-worthy display fit for a grandmother, partner, aunt, or mom. Whether you write the note yourself or source the sentiments from a little one, the thoughtful words will offer her a daily reminder of the incredible woman she is... and just how much she's appreciated by those she holds close.

Pro tip: Make it personal by writing the note in your own handwriting, scanning it as you would an old photo, and uploading it to the editor as a .jpg file.

Idea 04

Herstory in the Making

Family history book opened to first page
Pictured: Layflat Photo Album

Of these personalized Mother's Day gift ideas, one of our favorites comes from Artifact Uprising team member Erin, who created a personal history book for her mom. Setting out to honor her life up to the day, she encapsulated it all in photo and written word. By including newspaper clippings, hand-written letters, and other accolades, Erin added color to the narrative, connecting the dots to capture and honor the many roles she played in addition to "mom."

Idea 05

Frames From the Family

Series of framed family photos above bed
Pictured: Modern Metal Frames

Give her the gallery wall she's always wanted with a series of Framed Prints that weave a tale of togetherness. Each frame can come from someone different in the family, featuring their favorite photo with mom. While they by no means have to be the same frame style, be sure to coordinate with each other beforehand to choose options that will play well together on the wall.

Idea 06

Add to the Old Album

Wooden ladder repurposed to display photo prints
Pictured: Everyday Photo Prints

Is she more of a classic album mom? Help her add to the pages with a set of 10, 25, or 50 Everyday Prints, available in three different types of photo paper finishes. Source old photos from everyone in the family, fill your set with new photos of the grandchild, or keep it personal with shots of just you and mom. No matter which you choose, the new images will be a welcome continuation of the stories in that age-old album.

Idea 07

Something for Story Time

Grandmother and baby reading baby board book filled with family members
Pictured: Baby Board Book

Whether she's a beaming grandma or a proud aunt, time with the little one is the greatest gift you can give her. Help her make the most of that time with a custom story book filled with people, places, and familiar faces — like family who live near and far. Or, skip the pre-designed themes and create a book that's truly one-of-a-kind. It's the perfect way to jumpstart learning and a lifelong relationship with the many mother figures in a little one's life.

Pro tip: Need a nudge in the right direction? Start with these six baby board book ideas.

Idea 08

The Digital Frame Made Analog

Hands putting new feature photo into Brass & Wood Display Box
Pictured: Brass & Wood Display Box

Does she love the idea of a digital frame, but not the look? Gift her all the personalization of a digital frame, in an elevated analog format that puts her favorite prints in the spotlight (without design taking a backseat). The Brass & Wood Display Box allows her to easily switch out the feature photo, while storing up to 50 more prints in the back — so she can change the image quickly and come back to her favorites often.

Idea 09

A Book for Every Little

Color Series Photo Books with names and photos of children on covers
Pictured: Color Series Photo Book

Every kiddo holds a special place in mom or grandma's heart — and now, they can each have their place on her bookshelf. By creating a small photo album for each kiddo, you can share the kind of series that makes her Mother's Day. Many of our albums, including the Color Series and Everyday Photo Book, are designed with series-friendly intention, for books that fit together cohesively with the whole.

Idea 10

Make Your Best Day Her Best Day

Wedding Layflat album opened to mother and daughter photos
Pictured: Wedding Layflat Photo Album

You're not the only one who wishes they could travel back to your wedding day. Turn your best day into her best Mother's Day with a timeless album that gives meaningful permanence to your wedding photos. Print two birds with one stone by using the occasion as an opportunity to create the book you've been meaning to make for yourself. Already printed a book? Save time by editing what you've already created, changing a few key photos to put a little more "mom" in the story.

Pro tip: Keep these wedding album ideas in mind for a result that both of you will love.

Idea 11

A Year-Round Reminder of What Matters

Photo calendar set to May featuring photo of children
Pictured: Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar

Simple. Beautiful. Impactul. These are the things we strive for in personalized Mother's Day gift ideas. Perfect for mentors, teachers, and other important figures in your life, photo calendars add a personal touch to desktops, nightstands, and beyond. Make it for grandma, filling each month with a different member of the family, or say thanks to a sister with photos of the two of you together. (Bonus points for coordinating the month with the time of year the photo was taken.)

Pro tip: Put a little twist on the traditional photo calendar and trade in the photos for inspiring messages, anecdotes, and inside jokes. (Just remember to save them as .jpg files so you can upload them to your project!)

For That Little Something Extra

Wrap It With a Print

Gift wrapped using photo print as embellishment
Pictured: Square Print Set

It's those thoughtful little extras that make receiving a gift truly meaningful — and using photo prints in your wrapping is one of simplest ways to make it feel special. All you need are prints and a little bit of thread!

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