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Unique Mother's Day Gifts

A young woman giving a gift and bouquet of flowers to her mom

As Mother’s Day draws closer and closer, you will be faced with an interesting conundrum: will you play it safe and get mom a gift that she’ll appreciate, but forget about in a matter of hours, or will you think outside of the box and go for a gift that will be the envy of all your neighbors in the downtown Los Angeles apartments? We’re firm believers in shooting for the latter, and to help ensure you don’t faceplant while attempting this audacious move, we’ve compiled a list of unique ideas that will spark your creativity and get you thinking about inventive gifts for mom this 2019.

Replace the Ordinary With Something Extraordinary

You’ve been through enough Mother’s Days to have a grasp of what the “ordinary” gift category contains: flowers, chocolates, cards, etc. It’s all sweet, but ultimately, these are low-effort gifts that are indistinguishable from something purchased at the last minute. Mom might appreciate the effort, but to go above and beyond, you’ll want to concentrate on gifts that either speak directly to her interests or that you made with your bare hands (and perhaps a few tools). If you’re able to combine both of these characteristics into one, you’ll be in an even better spot! Here are a few suggestions to get your mind headed in the right direction.

For the Mom Who Likes Tea

Some people really like tea, to the point where it’s no longer fair to call them a mere “fan,” and a term like “expert” would be more applicable. If that sounds like your mother, then you’ll want to impress with a full-on fancy tea kit for them to enjoy. In addition to a variety of their favorite blends, you might want to throw in a nice teapot, some handmade mugs, wooden spoons/utensils, and maybe even a few tea cookies to round it all out?

If you’re looking to add a DIY twist to this kind of gift, you can craft your own blends of tea for mom to enjoy. As it turns out, it’s not a difficult a process as you may have suspected, and a quick tutorial should be more than enough to get you up to speed and comfortable with creating tea mixtures that you’re certain your mother will love.

For the Backyard Garden Mom

If your mom has the touch of Antheia, it’s more than likely she’s got a garden, and probably that she could use some gear to help her out when she’s growing her plants, flowers, and vegetables. Make her dreams come true with some customized (but high-quality) garden tools. Sarah Hearts has the lowdown on how to create stellar, paint-dipped gardening tools, and you can tweak the colors to something suitable for mom.

If you can’t quite pull of the customization process, you can purchase some equally impressive handcrafted tools online, then top it off with a state-of-the-art tool bag for her to carry house her tools in one spot while she’s working the soil. Who knows? If she likes this one, she may actually decide to share a few homegrown tomatoes with you this year!

For Moms Who Love to Cook

So your mom loves the kitchen? While you might be able to get away with some pots, pans, or utensils, you could also challenge yourself (and impress mom) by creating a DIY marble cutting board. It’s easier than it sounds, and after you get the necessary materials/tools (hardwood, marble, plywood, a saw, tape measure, wood glue, sandpaper, wood butter), you can check out this tutorial for the step-by-step process that will help you pull it off without a hitch.

If you really do want to give mom some utensils, be sure to do it the right way. Much like the gardening tool example we provided above, you can color-customize wooden kitchen utensils to add some character, and transform them into a gift that really says that you spent some time.

For the Mom Who Admires the Arts

This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often people overlook the simple fact that giving art to someone who loves collecting it makes for a fantastic gift. For this, all you really need to know is what your mom is into (paintings, sculptures, yarn art, what have you) then find some pieces she doesn’t have (and will definitely love). If you’ve got a bit of an artistic spark yourself, you can whip up something yourself, and even if you aren’t much of an artist yet, there’s always time to take a few lessons and get prepared for the next time Mother’s Day rolls around.

For a Candle Crazy Mom

If you’ve got a candle mom, then you might be worried she already has every kind of candle under the sun. Fear not, for you can always try to impress with a unique, hand-carved candle that will stand out from all the rest. Far more than a run-of-the-mill candlestick, these beauties are intricately designed, much like a wax sculpture, and come in enough color and fragrance combinations to ensure you can hone in on the right option.

For the Meditative Mom

If your mom is all about finding that elusive inner peace, you can aid her in her journey with some cleverly crafted meditation cards. These colorful decks usually include some worthwhile inspirational messages, emblazoned with fun imagery, and will help add a bit of guidance to mom’s meditation sessions whether she’s at home or on the go.

Remember That the Downtown Los Angeles Apartments Are Like a Little Gift to Yourself

As you brainstorm gifts for mom, be sure to do so in a comfortable space that enhances your creativity, a place like Eighth & Grand. Here, among the luxurious residences and amazing conveniences of DTLA, you’ll be primed and ready to let your mind run free with the possibilities. This is far from ordinary living, this is the unadulterated LA experience — perfected for those with discerning tastes. Check out what these stellar apartments have to offer, then get ready to enter a community that few others can match.