Mother's Day gifts that say "I love you like a mother"

You can award your mom-in-law with this certificate of AWESOME!
You can award your mom-in-law with this certificate of AWESOME!
Mother's Day is coming up. Now, I really love my future mother-in-law. She and I get along well and I have a few gift ideas in mind. But… do I get her something? And if so, what?

Is there etiquette to this cuz there is no Hallmark Card for it.
-KariAnn

I love this question because it not only applies to future mother-in-laws, but any woman in your life who's become a mother figure to you or your own kids. So what to get that "love you like my mother even though you aren't actually my mother" person on Mother's Day? Here are some of our thoughts…

Show her what a super hero she is to you with this Wonder Woman tote bag.
Show her what a super hero she is to you with this Wonder Woman tote bag.
As Ariel put it: "Nothing says loving like an Anatomical Heart Pillow"
Tribesmaid suggested a handkerchief inscribed with how you feel about her. Like this from Etsy seller Aprettystitch.
Tribesmaid suggested a handkerchief inscribed with how you feel about her. Like this from Etsy seller Aprettystitch.
Give the gift of Stickygrams — custom magnets made from your Instagram photos. Use the code "MOMGRAMS" to get three for the price of two — one for your mom, one for your mom-in-law, one for you!
Reminder she has your heart every time she makes on of delicious meals.
Remind her she has your heart every time she makes on of delicious meals.
Or you could be more literal with your "you are loved" message with this awesome art book.
Anything with a chalkboard becomes an adorable way to say "I love you." This teapot would work, or for coffee-loving mothers there's this guy.
Find a cute photo fixture like this one and make her a gift of photos from your engagement session, or photos of her family (with you included of course).
Find a cute photo fixture like this one and make her a gift of photos from your engagement session, or photos of her family (with you included of course).
Let her know that you and she were mermaid for each other (see what I did there?) with these adorable mermaid bookends.
Let her know that you and she were mermaid for each other (see what I did there?) with these adorable mermaid bookends.

Okay, those are our suggestions. What are you getting your not-exactly-mom person in your life for Mother's Day?

  1. Great round-up of potential gifts, I like the heart shaped wooden spoon!

    I have acknowledged my mother-in-law for Mothers Day since my husband and I were engaged. I just get her a card and sometimes a gift and we both write in it. She does a lot of kind and loving things for us, in the last year she has helped with our wedding, gone to our house to meet trademen when we're at work, bought us gifts, made us dinners and has always been there to talk to. "Mother-in-law" often gets a bad rap, so I like to remind her that she's a great mother-in-law and that she's an important part of our lives.

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  2. This will be my first mother's day without my mom. She passed away a few months ago after a difficult battle with cancer. I plan on sending gifts to my new future mother-in-law as well as my aunts, so thank you! This post is exactly what I needed! <3

  3. I actually saw a card at the grocery store today that was for exactly this. I didn't read it to see whether it was as trite as all the other cards in the "Mother's Day" section, though…

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  4. I don't have a mother-in-law of my own yet, but my parents have good relationships with both sets of in-laws and usually get joint gifts that are from our whole family to both of my grandmothers for Mother's Day (and to the grandfathers on Father's Day)

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  5. We all just got back from a destination wedding (my husband's brother's) the day before Mother's Day. The newlyweds are on their honeymoon, so his brother couldn't be there for Mother's Day. He is an excellent cook, and usually makes something spectacular for her, like stuffed french toast made with homemade bread. At the wedding he joked that since he couldn't be there, my husband would make a lovely brunch consisting of Poptarts and Kraft Dinner (obviously he is not the greatest chef in the family). I love my mother-in-law and so decided to be a surrogate for my missing brother-in-law. I made her vanilla crepes with nutella and bananas. She loved it! It was a really great day for both of us.

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