We’re now just a few weeks out from Mother’s Day, and we can assume that since you’re here, you probably have no idea what to get her this year. Flowers and spa gift cards start to feel generic after a while, and honestly, they require very little forethought–so why not surprise your mom (or wife) with something unique that shows you really thought about what she’d enjoy?
If she’s into gaming or some other nerdy aspect of pop culture, feed her obsession with an unconventional gift she’ll actually remember and enjoy long-term this Mother’s Day. From consoles and accessories to apparel, collectibles, and more, we’ve gathered some creative ideas to make the gift search a bit easier for you.
If you think you might want to get her a game, check out our top picks for each console below, and read on for more quirky Mother’s Day gift ideas.
1. PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch
We’ve talked up PowerA’s third-party Nintendo Switch controllers in the past–not only are they $20 cheaper than first-party Switch controllers, which generally sell for $70, but they also feature a variety of stunning Nintendo-inspired designs. This new Zelda design was released just last month and makes a great gift for a Zelda fan, especially if she fell in love with Breath of the Wild.
2. House Stark Frosted Pine-Scented Tin Candle
There are candles–and then there are Game of Thrones candles. If mom is just as hyped about the upcoming Season 8 finale as the rest of the world, she’ll enjoy lighting this little pine-scented candle featuring House Stark’s sigil that’ll leave her home smelling fresh.
3. NES Classic and SNES Classic
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Retro mini consoles are all the rage these days, but the NES Classic and SNES Classic are both worth the hype. The two systems come pre-installed with dozens of the most iconic games of their era, offering hours of entertainment and a fun trip down memory lane for long-time gamers.
4. Critical Hit D20 Waffle Maker
Whether she’s a seasoned DM or plays tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons casually, she’ll get a kick out of this delicious ode to the D20 die. Fact: Fluffy Belgian waffles taste even better when they come in cool shapes.
5. Geek Parenting by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu
This gift is definitely aimed at younger moms who still have little ones in the home. Both humorous and useful, Geek Parenting offers an enlightening look at the deeper lessons that can be gleaned from some of pop culture’s most famous fictional relationships, like Frodo and Bilbo, Carl and Michonne, and even Cersei and Joffrey.
6. Protective Case for Nintendo Switch
A hard-cover case is an absolute must for Nintendo Switch owners who take the console with them on-the-go. This particular brand offers a range of gorgeous designs that she may appreciate, but if you’re looking for a plain black case, this sturdy Orzly case is another favorite of ours (and thousands of Amazon reviewers).
7. Overwatch Glass Water Bottle
What better gift exists than the gift of hydration? If she’s into Overwatch, then this durable glass bottle is not only cool merch but a practical accessory she can take with her everywhere she goes.
8. Star Wars Cookie Cutters
This set of four Star Wars-inspired cookie cutters are perfect for creating themed treats next time she feels like watching the films.
9. Razer Kraken Pro V2
The Razer Kraken Pro V2, which was tested and included in GameSpot’s list of the best gaming headsets, is a reliable, affordable option for PC gamers (last time we checked, it was on sale at Amazon for just $65). Sturdy and comfortable enough for hours of wear, the Kraken Pro V2 has a retractable mic and solid sound quality and will work well if she often plays online with friends.
10. Wonder Woman Sweatshirt
First of all, one can never have too many cozy sweatshirts. Secondly, this striking blue top isn’t just an homage to Wonder Woman; it’s also a way of showing your mom how much you think of her–strong and inspiring, just like DC’s fierce heroine.
11. Undertale Soundtrack Vinyl 2LP
ThinkGeek has a variety of officially licensed collectible vinyl records inspired by games, movies, and TV shows, and each one would make a great gift for someone who’s a fan. Aside from Undertale’s unforgettable 16-bit soundtrack, you can find other options like this vinyl with music from Pokemon Gold and Silver, or this one with tracks from Stranger Things. Even if she doesn’t have a record player, vinyl records can also double as a gorgeous piece of home decor when displayed on a shelf.
12. Hello Kitty Face Masks with Pearl Powder – Set of 7
Korean face masks are the beauty trend that’s not disappearing anytime soon, and they’re the perfect self-care accessory all women should keep around. This seven-piece set contains restorative pearl powder, a natural source of proteins and minerals that can help boost collagen in the skin and leave it looking luminous.
13. Philips Hue White and Color Smart Bulbs
You don’t realize how convenient voice-controlled lights are until you start using them on a daily basis. Not only will she be able to easily control these lights using her voice; she can also choose the color, level of warmth, and more. The voice control works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, and you can also control the lights through the Philips Hue App.
14. Museum of Gudetama Two-Sided Tote Bag
This vibrant bag is for anyone who appreciates Gudetama (Sanrio’s popular “lazy egg” character), breakfast, colorful accessories, and/or art references. The bag features Gudetama posing as Edvard Munch’s The Scream on one side and as Mona Lisa on the other. It’s weird, it’s artsy, it’s a clash of references–and if she’s into that type of thing, this cute tote is the perfect fit for her.
15. Personalized Cutting Board
Cutting boards aren’t just useful–they can also function as a tasteful piece of kitchen decor. You can customize this cutting board’s size, type of wood, and message, which will adjust the pricing.
16. Kindle Paperwhite
The Amazon Kindle has been around for more than 10 years, and many models later, it’s still going strong and serving up digital books to readers. The Kindle Paperwhite is considered one of the best e-readers on the market for its affordability, portable slimness, Bluetooth capability, waterproof protection, and long battery life. If mom loves curling up with a book but can’t always make it to the bookstore, an e-reader is a thoughtful gift she’ll use for years.
17. Star Wars Galactic Necklace
Jewelry is a classic Mother’s Day gift–but this isn’t any old necklace. Featuring Star Wars planets, an X-Wing, a TIE Fighter, an asteroid belt, and even the Death Star, this gorgeous chain contains various gemstones and charms made from stainless steel. This statement necklace adds color to any outfit and is definitely a conversation starter. And if you think she’d prefer a similar necklace without the Star Wars references, consider picking up this regular solar system-themed version instead (it’s on sale!).
18. Pusheen Slippers
Perfect for cat lovers (particularly Pusheen), these cozy slippers will help cushion her feet and keep them warm while she’s at home. The outsoles also provide a bit of traction to keep her from slipping on hard floors.
19. Funko Pop Captain Marvel
This Funko featuring the Avengers’ feisty new heroine would make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection. Of course, there are also countless other Funko characters to choose from–browse more options at Amazon.
20. Potion earrings
There’s no shortage of game-inspired and generally geeky earrings available on Etsy, but we’re particularly fond of this red-and-blue potion earrings set reminiscent of the health and magic potions from The Legend of Zelda. Made with real cork and glass, this stunning little pair adds a pop of color and personality to any outfit. You can also purchase two red or two blue potions together, if desired.