2023 Mother's Day Gift Ideas She'll Love

9 unique mother's day gift ideas

2023 Mother's Day Gift Ideas She'll Love

Mother’s Day is a special day for all moms around the world. It is a day to celebrate the love and care that our mothers give us every day. Are you looking for a first mother's day gift or a gift ideas for the mom who has it all?

Consider a gift that's out of the box. Mother's day gifts that are unique and meaningful, consider African-inspired gifts. Handmade gifts she'll love because they're from the heart and support the local artisans who create them.

I curated a list of 9 African inspired Mother's Day gifts she'll love. From beautifully woven baskets to classic olive wood salad servers this gift guide has it all and mom deserves the best!


9. Queen of This Castle Coffee Mug

queen of this castle white 15 oz coffee mug


For the mother who loves her morning coffee, or evening tea a mug that proclaims her status as the queen of her castle is the perfect gift. We love the Queen of this Castle coffee mug because we know she'll cherish it everyday as it will make any mom feel like royalty.

The large 15 oz size is cool too and can hold whatever she pours easily. No need for constant refills.

These mugs feature African-inspired designs and are both fun and functional. Her mug collection is about to get an upgrade!

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8. Large Mud Cloth PatternTote Bag

black white mud cloth pattern totebag

We love a statement shoulder bag and think your mom will too.

This large black and white mud cloth pattern tote bag gives afrocentric style and function. A convenient inside pocket and flat bottom allows her to toss in a variety of items from towels during her vacation to books while running errands.

The shoulder strap is made thick webbing handles so the straps won't slip off her shoulder. Whatever she throws in this bag it can handle it stylishly.

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 7. African Print Fabric Scrap Bag

ankara fabric remnants scrap bag

What does a fabric lover always want more of? Fabric of course. She's a craft queen so a new addition to her fabric stash is always welcomed. Especially when it's African print fabrics.

Ankara fabric is known for its bright colors, bold prints, and intricate designs. A scrap bag of African fabric is a great gift for the crafty mother who loves to sew or quilt.

These scraps by the pound can be used for a variety of projects, from patchwork quilts to DIY home decor.

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6. Woven Raffia Drink Coasters

black woven african drink coaster set


Handmade woven raffia coasters are a traditional African craft. They are perfect for protecting surfaces from drink rings and make for a great addition to any coffee table or dining room.

Intricately woven in sets of 4 by artisans in Uganda.

For the mom who likes to entertain these will be a great conversation piece at her next at brunch or family gathering. 

We love the variety of colors and organic feel to these coaster sets, making them perfect for any style decor. They'e also made with raffia, a tough and durable natural material so they'll last for years.

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5. Olive wood Spoons

olive wood spoons bead handles


There's something about gifts made with natural materials that make them extra special. Especially when it's hand carved in Africa by artisans in Kenya.

These olive wood spoons would be a unique and beautiful addition to your moms kitchen or table setting.

They add a pop of color and cultural flair to her everyday. Another great idea for get-togethers, entertaining, or serving on a charcuterie board.

Each spoon is hand-carved in Kenya from high-quality African olive wood, making it both durable and sustainable. The natural grain and patterns of the olive wood give each spoon a one-of-a-kind look that is sure to impress her guests.

Not only is this spoon great for serving food, but it's also perfect for stirring her favorite drinks or scooping spices, tea, coffee, or sugar, making it a versatile and useful tool in any kitchen.

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4. Folding African Print Fabric Hand Fan

ankara african fabric folding fabric hand fans

African print fabric is known for its bold colors and intricate designs. A folding hand fan made from African print fabric is a fun and practical gift for the mother who loves to keep cool all year round.

When the temperature goes up, she'll be ready.  We love that these fans are handmade in several vibrant limited edition African print patterns she'll stay fresh while making a statement.

The breeze off these fans is substantial and she'll look cute pairing the gorgeous pattern with her favorite summer outfits from jean shorts or cute dresses.

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 3. Olive Wood Salad Servers

olive wood salad server set


We love a gift that's functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Crafted by skilled artisans in Kenya, olive wood salad server sets are unique and one-of-a-kind. The use of sustainably sourced olive wood ensuring that these servers are not only beautiful, but also eco-friendly.

The bone handles are created using a traditional batik technique, in which hot wax is applied to the bone before it's dipped in dye, creating a stunning and intricate pattern.

The natural oil in the olive wood prevents the wood from absorbing liquids or staining, making these servers perfect for use with dressings or other sauces.

When you give the gift of these olive wood salad servers, you're not only showing your love and appreciation for your mother or mother figure, but you're also supporting the livelihoods of artisans in Kenya. 

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 2. Woven Elephant Grass Wall Fan

woven african hand fans


Bolga elephant grass hand fans make a great Mother's Day gift for several reasons. First, they are made from natural materials, specifically elephant grass, which is sustainable and eco-friendly. This makes them an excellent choice for the mom who cares about the environment and wants to support sustainable products.

Second, these woven elephant grass hand fans are handmade in Ghana, which makes them unique and special. They are crafted by skilled artisans who have been making these fans for generations, and each fan is unique in its design and style.

Third, Bolga elephant grass hand fans are practical and functional. They can be used to keep cool on hot days or to create a gentle breeze while sitting outdoors. They are also great for decoration and can be hung on the wall as a piece of art when not in use.

Bolga elephant grass hand fans make an excellent Mother's Day gift because they are sustainable, unique, functional, and thoughtful. They are a gift that your mother will cherish and appreciate, and one that you can feel good about giving.

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1. Raffia Baskets

colorful african baskets

Hand-woven baskets are our favroite Mother's Day gift idea for many reasons.

Firstly, they are handmade in Uganda by skilled female artisans, which means each basket is unique. This adds a personal touch to the gift, and your mother will appreciate the effort that went into making it.

Secondly, African baskets are known for their vibrant colors and intricate designs. They are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing, which means they can be used as both a practical item and a decorative piece.

Thirdly, the versatility of African baskets makes them an excellent gift choice. Your mother can use them to store a variety of items, such as fruits, vegetables, or even as a bread basket. They can also be used as wall decor, adding a touch of cultural style to any room.

African baskets are our top choice for Mother's Day gifts in 2023. They're a beautiful, thoughtful and unique gift option that your mother is sure to love.

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In conclusion, Mother's Day is one of our favorite holidays because it's special day to celebrate the women who mean the most to us.

Moms are strong, resilient and often overcome many obstacles. They should be celebrated everyday but we love the idea of a special day just for them.

African-inspired Mother's day gifts are the perfect gift because the items are often made by female artisans in Africa so your gift supports local artisans and their families. Women supporting women is the gift that keeps on giving.


Bonus pick!

Set of 3 Raffia Trivets

trivet set of 3 african woven raffia


These woven raffia trivet sets deserved a mention! They are so pretty and are perfect for adding a touch of African style to moms kitchen.

Each trivet is carefully hand-woven from raffia, a natural and sustainable material. This means that each trivet is unique and has its own character and charm.

Trivets are an essential kitchen item that your mom can use to protect her countertops and tables from hot pots, pans, and dishes. The woven raffia design also makes them lightweight and easy to clean.

We love that the the woven raffia design is inspired by traditional African patterns and adds a touch of cultural style to any kitchen. Your mom will appreciate the unique and stylish design of these trivets.

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Have fun exploring the shop for more handmade African inspired gift ideas for mom or yourself. We're just scratching the surface and add new African art, wall fans, mud cloth throws and more to the shop constantly. 

Which items will you be gifting this year? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share this list with your friends and family.

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