Skip the Robe with These 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts in 2021


Looking for unique Mother’s Day gifts this year? Moms are amazing, beautiful, strong, creative, resilient creatures. In short, moms are THE BEST. And you want to find a gift this Mother’s Day that expresses to mom that she’s valued and loved – a gift that is different and special. We’ve got you.

Here are 10 Unique Mother’s Day gifts that will show mom much you appreciate her. These are all locally owned Seacoast area businesses and you can shop online for most items.

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1. Tattoo

More and more moms are sporting ink these days. Why not treat mom to her first tattoo or add to her existing artwork. Check out Lynn at Summer’s End Studio, a local mom-owned tattoo parlor in downtown Durham. She has her MFA in illustration and has been tattooing from her own shop for 9-years. Visit for details. *Mom tested and approved. She’s my tattoo artist!*

2. Concert Tickets

Does your gal love music with a rustic slant? Does a concert in a meadow appeal to your romantic side? Then The Word Barn concert series in Newfields is the place for you. Might I suggest Kat Wright’s show on May 29 or The Midnight Wrens on June 5. Plus, The Word Barn is locally owned and operated by mom & dad duo Sarah and Ben Anderson.

3. Sunset Kayak Tour

Being on the water at sunset in the summer is nothing short of divine. Create a magical evening (without the kiddos) on the water with your lovely wife while Seven Rivers Paddling does all the guiding (you still have to paddle) on their Sunset Paddle. They paddle out of Newmarket and Portsmouth. This local mom and dad owned biz is also family friendly and you can get your children on the water too. I also recommend the Seal Tour with Plum Island Kayak on the Merrimack River in Newburyport.
unique mother's Day gifts - a paddling tour of the Seacoast, pic of a sunset over water
This shot from Seven Rivers Paddling Co makes us want to get on the water ASAP!

4. Goat Yoga

Located in Nottingham, Jenness Farm offers yoga with goats. Still plenty of stretching, balance and relaxation – just with the added cuteness of goats. Visit the farm’s website to buy tickets as well as some lovely homemade soap, made with goat’s milk, of course!

5. Flowers

Yup, I said it. Flowers. And you’re thinking that is too mundane and your partner is worth more than a generic gift of flowers. Well, friend, I am here to tell you that you need to shop better for flowers. Try these local flower shops and you’ll be amazed at their unique and beautiful bouquets.

6. Tea Party

Does your lady enjoy sipping tea while watching Bridgerton or Downton Abbey? May I suggest afternoon tea at Dover’s Silver Fountain Tea Parlor. Sip a variety of teas and devour some lovely treats with Victorian-era inspired décor. is open for in person seating and hosts special events in addition to their restaurant style tea parlor.
Want a cool teapot and tea to wrap up in a present to pair with the tea party gift certificate? Visit White Heron in Portsmouth or South Berwick, Maine for tea contraptions, fun mugs and a large variety of tea products. Oh ya, Portsmouth’s shop has vinyl records, too!

7. Floating in a Pod of Solitude

Relax, recharge and reset is their tagline at Flote in both Portsmouth and Hampton locations. Give mom the ultimate relaxation experience with a gift card to float her stress away in a pool of salt water. The water allows people to float and reduce pressure on sore muscles all while escaping into a pod of solitude; no children, no work, no distractions.  (P.S. Also a good Father’s Day present.)

8. Jewelry Making

For moms who want to unlock their creative side, try a wire wrap jewelry making class. Students will leave class with a finished pair of earrings or necklace and the skills to rule the jewelry world. Located in Portsmouth, this Mom-owned business Rage, Gems and Jewelry owner Kathleen walks students through the entire process.
unique mother's day gifts - iphone case with boob drawings
This shop has so many hilarious cards and beautiful pieces of jewelry. But we can’t get over these boobs! Perfect for a mom, right?

9. Facial

Maybe not unique, but let’s be honest, every mom wants to be pampered. Local mom Colleen Seacrist is an expert esthetician and owner of Trisara Salon in Exeter. She offers facials that will leave mom feeling rejuvenated and glowing. This is a small salon setting where your appointment is 1:1. For a full menu of facial services visit *This mom has done the “Age Summum” facial and loved it!*

10. Cheese Making

Everyone loves cheese and taking a class to learn how to make cheese is super fun. My husband and I took this class together at the HomeBrew Barn in Hampton and laughed a lot (at ourselves) while discovering how to make mozzarella cheese. There is also beer, wine and cider making classes and kits for at-home concoctions. Check out this local dad’s shop at

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Hi, I'm Brinn. I am an imperfect mom who strives to do better every day at caring for the people and pets in my life. Together with my husband, 4 daughters and 2 dogs, I live in Exeter (but have lived all over the Seacoast). I've spent the last 20-years working in the Recreation biz and currently manage of the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center and the Portsmouth Holiday Parade. Before Portsmouth, I worked for Rochester Recreation & Arena...Some of your children might have been taught to skate by me! 25 years ago I started my career in Boston at the New England Aquarium and pretty much love all animals. In my free time I volunteer for the Marine Mammal Rescue Team at the Seacoast Science Center as well as kayak and paddle board. Follow me at @brinnieloohoo on Instagram to learn more about my ever so imperfect attempt at life and motherhood.