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A Unique Mother’s Day Gift that Lasts All Year

This unique Mother’s Day Gift lasts all year and reminds her every day of how much you love her. It can be hard when your mom lives far away!

This post is made possible by Uncommon Goods! All opinions and ideas are my own!

It is no secret how much I love and adore my mommy,

On a totally unrelated note, I never called her Mommy when I was growing up unless I was sick–I called her Mom, Madre, and Madrebamus (if you have taken Latin, you know where that comes from, even though it makes no sense to put that ending on a noun). It wasn’t until I was older that I started to refer to her as My Mommy. 

I wish that my mom lived closer to us, but for the past however many years, we have been celebrating Mother’s Day from afar. This year, I came up with a new idea for making Mother’s Day special and reminding her of my love for her every day.

And, I get a little gift to enjoy as well 😀

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Uncommon Goods!

When Uncommon Goods asked me how I planned to make Mother’s Day special, I was momentarily stumped. I mean, my mom and I have always loved unique, fun gifts that are meant to put a smile on everyone’s face. But how to make a memorable Mother’s Day gift? And how to make it more than “just another” Mother’s Day gift?

As I was browsing the curated catalog of Uncommon Goods’ offerings for Mother’s Day, I found so many potential options. There are so many good options–I really love all the handmade artisan jewelry as well as the upcycled decor (about 1/3 of the collections include upcycled or recycled materials). Best of all, it isn’t hard to find a unique Mother’s Day gift because the focus of Uncommon Goods is on the handmade (nearly half of their offerings). My favorites of their unique Mother’s Day gift ideas:


But my problem was that I saw that each of the gifts that I picked out, though awesome and perfect for someone else’s mom, just weren’t the right gift for my mom and what I wanted to express to here this Mother’s Day. Add to this the fact that my mom lives far away and travels around during the winter… what can I give her that she can enjoy all year round?

The cherry strainer would have been absconded by my dad, who is the master cherry eater. I wanted the Unicorn Mug

Then I saw the answer:

The solar tealights. 

Alex and I got little solar powered LED firefly mason jars when we first moved it, and the ambiance they lend is amazing. My mom is a huge candle person–we are always lighting candles at night, we love lanterns… but lighting everything up is a pain (and a fire hazard). The solar powered lights come on when the light outside dims enough, and then they charge during the day! They would be a fantastic addition to the al fresco evenings that Mom and Dad spend at the lake and in Mexico. But I wasn’t happy with that being the end of the gift. What could make it special?

When she was here for my birthday, I presented her with two lanterns… and then I kept one, while she took one home. 

Remember that song from American Tales, “Somewhere Out There,” where they talk about seeing the same moon and knowing someone is out there that loves them? Same idea (in a non creepy way). 

Now, every night, we can share the lights and think of each other.

If you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift idea, consider going to Uncommon Goods and finding something fun and memorable. Perhaps you might then buy one for yourself as well as your mom so that you can share that connection throughout the year. 

Because love goes across any distance!

This fantastic #MothersDay gift idea from @uncommongoods shows mom love all year! #ad Click To Tweet

How do you celebrate your mom throughout the year?

Do you struggle with these types of gifts?


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  • Reply Patrick @Looney for Food

    I love uncommon goods! I get there catalog and always love looking through it!

    April 30, 2017 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it so much fun?!

      May 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Cara's Kitchen

    Love the Llantern idea! My mom works in LED lighting so its light is literally all she talks about lol. Also anything handmade like dinner. I am glad I came across this cause I might have forgotten Mothers Day was coming up!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then this might be perfect!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Abbey Sharp

    I love these gift ideas! Thanks for sharing 😀 The lanterns are awesome.

    April 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I hope they are helpful!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of Mother Runner

    I also have the hardest time finding a gift for my mom. This is a fun one for sure and love the sentiment behind it!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As long as there is meaning, right?

      May 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I love these gift ideas! My mom is a sucker for knick knacks 😀

    April 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She would love anything from there!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Jamie King

    i love those lanterns, what a sweet and thoughtful gift idea! I am the worst at getting Mother’s Day gift. I always just do flowers (so generic I know) but I never know what to get. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would always be happy with flowers if I was a mom!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Jodi @ Create Kids Club

    Wonderful gift ideas! And you and your mom are adorable!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you. I adore her!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    Great idea with the lanterns! Mother’s Day shopping has always been a struggle for me!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I was really pleased with the idea!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Aww your gift is so sweet! We’ve been gifting my mom Audible credits and subscriptions latelly – thanks for the reminder on the mother’s day gift!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Now that is definitely a gift that keeps giving!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's Mommy, Clare

    This is truly a wonderful idea and you aren’t being unoriginal if you choose this gift. What a wonderful and easy way to just glance over and get an instant hug from far away! Greatest idea in ages!!! For moms and daughters <3 <3 <3

    April 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Emily

    They’re really pretty, and I really love how you wanted to think of something that would be meaningful and last. I want to think of something special now; thank you for reminding us to love our mommies. My mommy is definitely one of my BFFs!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so lucky to have each other!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    What a lovely idea! I will have to check out Uncommon Goods, I have not heard of it before!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Send this post to your girls! ;D

      May 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah Jane

    I have never shopped at Uncommon Goods before – I think I’m missing out! I just checked out their stuff and I’m loving it. PS I remember that song from American Tales, it was one of my favorites! I watched that show so often when I was a kid!!!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a great movie! ANd they have great stuff!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Lindsay Cotter

    OMG! I am obsessed with uncommon goods! So many fun ideas for mom too! I Got her a wine glass there last year–I think it had a straw bahaha

    April 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, I”ve already done that lol!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's Mommy, Clare

    I very carefully packed this wonderful littlelight in my carry on bag back from Chicago and then own to Cabo. When I re-opened the box down here, I was so happy to see it, and I set it up on my little patio. That evening, it winked on and I was filled with the sweet knowledge that I could “see Susie.” This is a very special Mother’s Day gift, and it keeps on giving!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love having you nearby!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply `Suzy

    Awww I love the lantern idea where you each have one to light! <3

    April 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is something really great to have to look at and think of her!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Gigi @ GiGI Eats Celebrities

    My mother is the HARDEST person to shop for, and she doesn’t like STUFF. So I generally don’t get her anything. Also, when she wants something, she will buy it herself before anyone knows she even wants anything, ha! So basically for Mother’s Day… she gets a call! Lol!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, I bet she loves it 😀

      May 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home

    My youngest sister gave me a vintage Chicago Marathon poster from Uncommon Goods. It’s so cool and was really meaningful!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so awesome! I did know they had those!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    What a great idea! I often try to get something edible (healthy if possible) or something that she could use on a daily basis. This place sure has a lot of cute options!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      With all her traveling, there isn’t much food I can send around–so this was the next best option!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Jamie @ The Mom Gene

    I’m obsessed with Uncommon Goods. I’ve already ordered my mom something from there for Mother’s Day (I also get most of Jody’s “dude” gifts from there, too_. And American Tale is golden, magical, untouchable in its innocence. If anybody calls it creepy they need to have their mouths washed out with soap.

    April 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AGREED #whywearefriends

      May 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Leah @Leahs Plate

    These gifts are all so unique! I’ll definitely be getting one for my mom!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which one are you thinking about?!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Christina @

    This is so, so sweet! Love the American Tales reference :). I’m actually going to be with my mom this Mother’s Day, but I’m often not. I love doing photo related gifts for her. I would love to do something homemade, but I’m about the least craft/artistically talented person on the planet!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, me too. I used to think I had some skills, but that is a lie!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile By Mile

    Uncommon Goods has so many fun and unique fits! I love this idea, and thanks for the reminder that I should start looking into getting something for my mom!

    April 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get on it! They have some great things this year!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Allie

    This is so sweet! I absolutely love this idea and the sentiment behind it. I also love how much you love your mom. Since my mom died when I was 17, Mother’s Day is usually a special hell for me because it makes the loss just that much more apparent. But, now that I have kids, it stings a little less. What I really love is seeing people appreciate and love their own moms so much because you just never know… xoxo

    April 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sure you ahve so many mixed feelings. I hope your kids make the day special for you!

      May 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

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