Gift Guides

21 Gift Ideas That Mom Will Love

Contributor: Lauren Nyquist

When it comes to birthdays and Mother’s Days, flowers are fine, sure. But there’s no better way to really show your mom you love her than to give her a thoughtful gift that complements her unique personality and interests! Check out our list for the perfect gift for every kind of mom in your life, and avoid another “Best Mom in the World” mug.

 

For the Mom Who Can’t Get Enough of That Lake Life

Are your mom's favorite memories heading up to the cabin up north for days full of boating and swimming, board games on the porch, roasting marshmallows over the bonfire on the beach, and watching the sunset?  There's nothing better than a day by the lake.

lake

 

If your mom describes her happy place as the lakeshore on a sunny day, she’ll love the Petoskey Stone Book! This guide not only features a fascinating natural history on this famous fossilized coral, but also offers expert advice from the author, Dan R. Lynch, on how to identify and collect petoskey stones. Kick start her collection with our Rock-Hunter Set, which combines this handy guide with a real, hand-picked petoskey stone!

 

petoskey stones

 

Help your momma bring the charm of the outdoors, indoors with our wood magnets!  Made from American maple and backed with a strong magnet, it’s perfect for your fridge, blackboard, or anywhere else you’d like to put up those polaroids from your last hiking trip!

 

 

 

 

Pretty Gifts to Make Her Smile

Some moms just have an appreciation for the finer things in life. If your mom has a taste for the stylish, treat her to a beautiful and durable handmade necklace. Our Stainless Steel Necklaces have a matching 18” chain and clasp, and come in a variety of styles including birds, bears and owls. The bear necklace is especially perfect for the “momma bear” in your life.

 

stainless steel bird necklace 

 

For the proud Yooper moms and fans of Stormy Kromer, our Stormy Kromer Huron Poncho is also an excellent choice. 

 stormy kromer huron poncho

This wool blend poncho is available in several colors and features a fashionable check pattern and two buttons at the neck. Made with the same care and attention to detail as Stormy Kromer’s famous hats, it’ll be sure to keep Mom warm and last her a lifetime.

 

For Your Favorite Chef

Whether you grew up with Mom’s delicious cooking or are noticing a new hobby brewing, cookbooks are a great way to indulge your favorite epicure!

my little michigan kitchen cookbook

The My Little Michigan Kitchen Cookbook features a variety of Michigan-inspired and tasty recipes from “Secret Ingredient” Tart Cherry Pie, to UP North Pasties, to Detroit Deep-Dish Pizza!

 

maple syrup cookbook 

If your mom has a sweet-tooth, the Maple Syrup Cookbook recipes all include maple syrup, from main dishes like Monte Cristo Breakfast Sandwiches to mouth watering desserts like Maple Mousse and Maple-Frosted Pumpkin Muffins.

 

For the Outdoorswoman

From the morel-hunter to the forest-bather to the trail junkie, the outdoorswoman comes in many forms. Luckily, outdoorsy gifts are our forte!

 

petal pusher stormy kromer hat and thermal mi seal shirt

Give your mom something to keep her warm during early morning walks or hikes with the Stormy Kromer Petal Pusher Cap or our 1901 Michigan Seal Long-Sleeved Thermal.

 

mushroom field guide

Avid mushroom foragers will love The Mushroom Knife and Sheath. Add in the Mushrooms Pocket Guide for a gift that’s as informational as it is useful!

 

nalgene waterbottles

 

No matter how your mom enjoys the outdoors, make sure she stays hydrated while she’s at it with our MI State Parks Nalgene Water bottle. Combine it with a matching tote to make it the perfect gift for the trails and out on the town!

 state parks tote

 

 

For the Women’s History Buff

Does your mom always have her nose in a book? Satisfy her inner bookworm with the history of Michigan’s most noteworthy women. Wild Women of Michigan champions Michiganders who worked to better the world like nurse Aleda Lutz, or accomplished extraordinary feats like Niagara Falls barrel-rider, Annie Taylor. Moms who are fans of the more salacious will love Wicked Women of Detroit, which tells the stories of Detroit’s famous femme fiends like “Queen of the Underworld” Sophie Lyons and criminal chameleon Mother Elinor L. Mason.

Wild and Wicked Women Books

Every Momma Deserves to be Pampered

Perhaps the one thing that every mom has in common is that they deserve a big thank-you, and a little (or a lot of) pampering!

candles

Create the perfect spa day for your mom with a fragrant candle. Our Petoskey Stone Candle features a real petoskey stone carved in the shape of the Mitten, and comes in a variety of scents like the warm and woodsy “M-119 Tunnel of Trees”, the sweet and spicy “CinnaMitten Pie” and the crisp pine smell of “Dashing Through the Snow”.

 

state parks coffee mug

If your mom loves to relax with a warm cuppa, give her a fun new mug to enjoy with the MI State Parks Ceramic Mug! Add a little variety to her morning brew selection with our Keweenaw Coffee Borealis blend, which features a medium roast and rich sweetness.

 

tea

Our selection of Retea teas has something for every tea loving momma, from the floral Hibiscus Mint to the smooth and bold Assam Black. Combine it with the mug and our Stainless Steel Tea Infuser for the perfect tea-time kit.

 

Square Michigan Flour Sack Towel around bottle of wine

Try one our Square Michigan Flour Sack Towel as a cute gift wrap for a bottle of your mom’s favorite wine.

 

This year, skip the overrated gifts and get something unique that your mom will love! What’s your mom like? Talented chef? Dedicated outdoorswoman? Tell us what you’ll be getting her with #mipeninsulas!