17 Perfect Gifts for the Creative Mom

Honor mom’s flair for expression with these gifts for artists and creative hobbyists

Alejandra Bennett and Chantal Lamers
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Perfect Packaging

Don’t just surprise mom with flowers—wrap them in Aplat’s reusable denim tote. And during future floral purchases, she’ll be especially grateful that she can forgo the plastic bags.
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For Mom’s Library

From the founders of San Francisco’s General Store, Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter’s new book Abode is an ode to living a meaningful life with less. Through the lens of their Ocean Beach and Topanga Canyon homes, as well as a handful of St. Peter’s design and architectural projects, the couple shares tips for capturing the natural beauty of any home space by emphasizing natural light paired with a carefully curated mix of well-crafted old and new belongings.
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Cleanup with Style

Jenny Pennywood tea towels and napkins are the total package, from the cool, whimsical motifs to the varied neutral and vibrant hues (we prefer to mix and match) and the soft, soft cotton and linen blend. San Francisco-based textile designer (and mother of two girls) Jen Garrido also produces her line locally in small batches to minimize waste.
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Memory Lane

Now mom doesn’t have to scroll through her Instagram to revisit her favorite photographs. It’s simple to create a photo book at Artifact Uprising. This 7-by-7-inch book has a fabric bound cover, custom foil stamp, and archival paper.
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Well Wrapped

We’ve never met a Block Shop pillow we didn’t like and thanks to these chic and modern scarves, now we can wear our love for this beloved Los Angeles-based brand. Our pick, this modern take on Art Deco, features vibrant shades of navy, brown, and geranium.
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Striped to Perfection

It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, but this cloth hardcover journal with gold foil accents and dreamy ocean-hued stripes from Rifle Paper Co. is a hands-down winner.
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The Gift That Gives Back

Clare V. is partnering with Every Mother Counts this Mother’s Day, and proceeds from this double-sided tote go to the organization, which aims to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother around the world.
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Signature Scent

Skip the same-old perfume aisle for a scent from the Los Angeles based Midland. Our favorite? Heartland, a sweet mix of smoke, patchouli, rose, and leather.
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The Coziest Cardi

There’s little that can compare to your child’s hug, but a cozy Ace&Jig cardigan is a close second. The brand has a cult following for its ethically made and zero-waste fabric policies, which include repurposing just about every leftover scrap into napkins, banners, repair patches, and more.
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Knock Her Socks On

These quirky crews from Hansel from Basel pack a graphic and comfy punch, the latter thanks to a whopping 200-needle count. We’re betting they’ll be a wardrobe staple.
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Meditative Craft

Oakland-based wood and cork designer Melanie Abrantes developed this beginner carving set featuring three different tools and two spoon blanks made from Japanese cypress. The complete kit has all the tools and instructions (even a Band-Aid) to learn how to carve and hollow out the bowl of the spoon.
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The Write Stuff

If you’re guilty of stealing mom’s pens (we know who you are) then pay her back big-time with this fantastic set of prism rollerball pens from Anthropologie. Plus, she’ll be all the happier to promptly fill out those field trip permission slips
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Lessons on the Effortless Aesthetic

If throwing together dinner parties paired with DIYs, florals, and easy dishes is mom’s thing, Jenni Kayne’s book Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining will be her new Bible. The California style-maker features West-Coast inspired dishes, cocktails, and desserts paired with coordinating table styling tips and DIY gifts. In the spring, for example, citrus takes center stage at lunch, with a menu featuring a kale and blood orange salad, naked kumquat cake, and citrus bath salts to-go.
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Handmade with Love

Often a mother’s favorite gifts are those funky elementary school handmade bowls, paper flowers, and cards. Now that you’re an adult, give mom the elevated version, like a Luvhaus Ceramics Ametrine bowl, in a matte  lilac pink-purple glaze with light blue speckles.
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Artistic Stride

Moms are always on the go, and that’s why this watercolor sketch box is the perfect gift for artistic mamas this year. With an easy-to-store case and a refillable water brush, she’ll be able to paint anywhere.
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Painted Pretty

Available on Chairish’s Print Shop, this exclusive Giclee print by artist Leslie Weaver is the perfect playful piece to brighten mom’s day (and walls).
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Garden to Table

Give mom the tools to grow her own produce with this unique seed starting kit from Terrain. Consider it a fun family project to plant the seeds and watch as an edible garden of tomato, basil, lettuce, peppers, parsley. and more grows right at home.