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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to think about how you will honor the special women in your life this year. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers are filled with cards and gifts that bear the words “mom” and “mother,” but what about all the women who don’t fit the traditional “mom” label?
These are the incredible ladies who have touched our lives as stepmoms, bonus moms, aunts, grandmas, mothers-in-law, coaches, neighbors, mentors, and trusted confidants. They may have stepped in when our own mothers could not or supported us in ways that have enriched our lives for the better.
Foster mothers take kids into their homes for a temporary period of time, but their impact can last a lifetime. “It’s different to be a foster mom on Mother’s Day because I think sometimes people don’t know how to define your role,” says foster mother Katie Hughes of Portland, Oregon. “But ultimately, foster moms are moms, and we whole-heartedly love our kids and the role we play in their lives.”
Jillana Goble, foster mother and author of the book, No Sugar-Coating: The Coffee Talk You Need about Foster Parenting, tells us, “Though we give them our all while they are in our home and around our table, we know the ultimate hope of foster care is that they will be able to be safe with their parent again. One child in my care acknowledged this by stating in a letter ‘To my favorite foster mom,’ and that felt special to me.”
Although foster moms and all the special non-traditional mothers out there will tell you that they do what they do out of love, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them how much you appreciate them.
A thoughtful note or card is a great place to start, and we’ve put together a list of some other gift ideas to warm their hearts.
Mother’s Day gift ideas for non-traditional moms
Imagine her face as she discovers this beautiful bouquet at her door. This gift includes a lovely arrangement of spring blooms gathered in a timeless white pitcher. She’ll also get a recipe for southern sweet tea, and you can bet she’ll think of you every time she uses the pitcher.
Surprise your “bonus mom” with long-stemmed flowers that satisfy her sweet tooth. This bouquet of 12 buttercream frosted cookies taste as good as they look.
If you’re looking for the “wow” factor in your gift, you can’t go wrong with this vibrant collection of roses. For an added sweet touch, a small box of chocolates can accompany your bouquet.
If you have enjoyed talking with your “other mother” over a cup of tea, you’ll want to gift her with this teapot you can personalize with a special message. It comes with an infuser insert, and we think she’ll love the turquoise color.
This cookie gift box is overflowing with an assortment of flavors that are sure to make her Mother’s Day delicious. Inside are orange citrus, peaches and cream, lemon burst, strawberry sugar, and key lime white chocolate buttercream frosted cookies.
This bundle of sweet treats is a delicious way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to the special mom in your life. In this gift bundle, she’ll find individually wrapped buttercream frosted flower cut-outs, a lavender shortbread cookie, assorted snack size cookies and fudge brownies, and sweet and salty pretzel clusters.
Sweet-tasting fruit and sweet-smelling roses are tucked into this beautiful basket. She’ll enjoy pears, kiwis, papaya, baby bananas, and a mini rose bush she can plant in her garden if she likes.
Perfect for the mom on the go, she’ll get lots of use out of this keepsake gift. This ceramic and cork travel mug with a lid comes with an assortment of individually wrapped buttercream frosted flower-shaped cut-out cookies, frosted chocolate chip cookies, and sweet and salty pretzel clusters.
“Mother’s Day is a chance to recognize that a lot of women do a lot of collective loving and nurturing and making the world go round through offering children stability,” says Jillana. “The responsibilities of motherhood are great and, as any experienced mom knows, can be thankless, so while chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day are not expected, they’re always appreciated.”