Since the early 20th century, Americans have been celebrating Mother’s Day. The first year that all of the U.S. states recognized Mother’s Day was 1911. By the 1920’s, Hallmark recognized a great opportunity and began selling Mother’s Day cards. This day is dedicated to the appreciation of mothers all over the country. Families celebrate Mother’s Day in many ways, but some common things seem to be breakfast in bed, brunch at a restaurant, and a gift.
Mother’s Day gifts run the gamut of everything imaginable. Small children usually go out of their way to make something special for mom. Mother’s Day gifts from kids without money to spend might be coupons for hugs or chores. Sometimes mom gets the gift of being able to spend the entire day as she chooses. These are easily thought-of gifts that mothers everywhere would appreciate.
But what should you do if you can’t think of anything for Mother’s Day gifts? Some moms are hard to buy for, and some moms just deserve something truly special and unique. Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up a list of retro Mother’s Day gifts that modern moms will love now. These interesting gifts will be sure to let mom know just how loved she is.
1. Retro Apron
This red and white polka dot retro apron makes a perfect retro Mother’s Day gift. Mom will feel like her own mother when she wears it to bake cookies for the school bake sale or a succulent Sunday pot roast.
2. Drink Mixer
This retro stand drink mixer will make mom (and dad!) the life of the party. Mom can use it to whip up frozen daiquiris for the girls on book club night, milkshakes for the kids on Saturday afternoon, and cocktails for two on date night with dad.
Back in the day, Mother’s Day gifts like these cool retro cat eye sunglasses would have been highly valued. Now mom can get the same glamour look with this modern twist on an old favorite. This version features the same rhinestone detail that the original cat eye sunglasses usually had.
Mom will remember charm bracelets from her youth. The idea is that she can add a new charm whenever she has a new adventure. As the bracelet fills up with charms, each one will bring back pleasant memories of the times she spent with her family.
Does mom like to sew? She might enjoy a collection of retro sewing patterns from her favorite fashion decade. If you’re not sure about the sizes, a gift card for retro sewing patterns would work, too.
Don’t worry if mom doesn’t feel like sewing her own dresses. You can still surprise her with this 1950’s era dress a la Lucy. Mom will love the flirty full skirt, and the attractive silhouette of this stunner that will never go out of style.
This retro diner table set will give mom fond memories of sitting in the diner with her beau when she was a teenager. This stainless steel set holds all the condiments that modern families would need during a meal.
Almost every mom would appreciate the beauty of a vintage powder compact. In the past, the process of powdering the nose was almost a status symbol. The woman would pull out a beautiful gold or silver metal compact and use the mirror to delicately freshen up her makeup. If you’re worried that mom won’t be able to use a vintage powder compact, you can direct her to these easy instructions for refilling a pressed powder compact. You can find vintage powder compacts on sites like eBay and Etsy.
I bet you can’t count how many times mom saved you and a runny nose with a never ending supply of tissues when you were a youngster. Why not pay her back in style with this set of fine embroidered cotton women’s handkerchiefs? They’re almost too pretty to use, but they’ll come in handy when mom is taking care of your grandkids someday.
10. Timeless Perfume
Coveted by women around the world, Joy perfume was created in 1930 by French perfumer Jean Patou specifically to elevate the spirits of women during the Great Depression. This rare and special fragrance takes over 10,000 jasmine flowers and roses to make just one precious ounce. Mom will be sure to cherish every drop.
These retro Mother’s Day gifts come in a variety of price points to suit every budget. This year, make Mother’s Day even more special with one or more of these unique gift ideas.