Picking the perfect gift for your mother’s birthday can be tricky. Sure, everyone loves getting breakfast in bed and a bouquet, but sometimes Mom wants something a little special for a day that's supposed to celebrate her. Here are some excellent and unique gift ideas every mom out there wishes for their birthday.
1. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy
There's nothing better than a hot bath after a long day — unless you drop your book, tablet or God forbid your wine into the water. Save Mom from all of those tragedies by gifting her a bamboo bathtub tray. It's got a holder for a wine glass, a phone and a tablet or book with three different tilting angles, so it's comfortable no matter how tall Mom is or how small your bathtub is. The bamboo is varnished to be water-resistant, plus the material is more sustainable than oak or other woods. It's also adjustable if your tub is a little wider than standard, so it will be the perfect birthday gift for every mom who loves the occasional bubble bath.
2. Long-Distance Friendship Lamp
These cute little lamps do more than illuminate the space around them. If you've got two of them linked together, you can touch one, and the other one will light up. It's a sweet way to tell someone you're thinking of them without picking up a phone or sending a text. Once you sync the pair, the distance between them doesn't matter. Mom could live across the country or on the other side of the world, and her lamp will still light up if you tap yours.
The connectivity does require an internet connection, so you may have to talk Mom though setting up her home Wi-Fi network, but that gives you an excuse to spend more time on the phone.
3. Children's Photo Book
Who doesn't love a gift of photos of their children or grandchildren for their birthday? Why not put together a photo book for Mom for this holiday? Adorama gives you the ability to pull pictures from your phone library, your social media accounts, Flickr or Amazon Cloud and organize them all seamlessly into the perfect birthday gift with a few taps on your smartphone screen. The site's auto-sort organizes your photos into the ideal order, but you can also reorganize them as you see fit.
4. Handwriting Bracelet
It's not hard to make custom jewelry — nearly every jewelry website gives you the option to pick things like the type of metal, the gems and the design — but most don't allow you to turn a piece of handwriting into a bracelet! This Etsy seller takes your photos of a handwriting sample and turns them into a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime in either sterling silver, gold or rose gold.
5. Fit Self-Rolling Smart Yoga Mat
Is your mom a yogi, or is she just starting to experiment with yoga? Either way, this smart, self-rolling yoga mat makes an excellent birthday gift, because the last thing you want to do after an intense yoga session is bending down again to roll up your mat. It's designed to stay flat during your session. Once you're done, flip it over and click the activator, and the mat rolls itself up and stays rolled so you can store it upright and out of the way when you're not using it.
If Mom wants to grow some fruits and veggies but doesn't want to head outside and ruin her manicure, the AeroGarden is the best birthday gift you can give her. This beginner hydroponics kit has everything you need, from an LED light to help the plants grow to a full set of herb seeds to get you started. It sits on a tabletop, so Mom doesn't have to worry about not having space to garden, and she'll have fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in no time.
Celebrate Mom Every Day
Birthdays only comes once a year, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate your mom every day. Take a look at some of these unique birthday gifts and use one to make this holiday one your mom will remember for years to come. You might end up wanting to pick up one of these things for yourself, too — or hint to your partner that you really want something from this list for your next birthday.