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The Best Personalized Gifts for Mother’s Day

Here at the Strategist, the more personal the gift, the better. It’s why we’re partial to a tasteful (even subversive) monogram, which, as writer Molly Young puts it, “elevates an item from ‘fine’ to ‘spectacular.’ It’s special; it’s personal; it’s luxurious.” Below, we’ve rounded up a range of customizable items for Mother’s Day that can be personalized as you choose, whether your mother is the type to prefer a monogrammed clutch or a fancy coupe glass with her initials on it.

Cathy’s Concepts Personalized Faux Leather Clutch
$39 at Nordstrom

A pair of monogrammed clutches that are almost Wes Anderson levels of twee.

L.L. Bean Plush Throw
$30 at L.L. Bean

Just think: a subtle monogram could turn this run-of-the-mill throw into something much more special.

Izola Personalized Gold Flask
$48 at Izola

A genteel gold flask for the lady who aspires to own a flask bracelet, which could be inscribed with any number of Lucille Bluth quotes: We like, “Get me a vodka rocks.”

Lands’ End Women’s Shaped Supima Turtleneck
$18 at Lands’ End

Consider spelling out a simple greeting instead of her initials (it’s what Molly Young would do).

Paper Source Stacked Monogram Stationery
$36 at Paper Source

It’s always nice (and useful) to receive some stationery printed with your name.

J.Crew Leather Card Case
$30 at J.Crew

Earn some extra brownie points by presenting it with a gift card inside.

GRS Jewelry Personalized Russian Ring Necklace
$34 at Etsy

With room enough on the curve of the rings for your full name (the intrepid shopper, and thoughtful child) or hers.

Pottery Barn Hotel Piped Trim Robe
$79 at Pottery Barn

Because we all want the full hotel experience — monogrammed robe, and all.

Cuyana Structured Leather Box
$100 at Cuyana

A luxe leather keepsake box for jewelry or the odd trinket — it would look very nice with some minimal initialing on top.

Monogrammed Silk Sleep Eye Mask
$59 at Neiman Marcus

A pampering gift for the mom who loves to get her beauty rest.

Coach x Keith Haring Tote
$175 at Coach

The ideal tote for an art mom who loves a graphic print or two.

Cathy’s Concept Monogram Champagne Coupes
$47 at Nordstrom

Just consider entertaining with some of these millennial-pink, monogrammed glasses — chic!

Mejuri Signet Ring
$185 at Mejuri

The signet ring: a classic, if we’re talking custom-made gifts.

Kate Spade Ruffle Tee
$58 at Kate Spade

Add her initials (or embroider some of your own).

Pottery Barn Nia Velvet Pillow Cover
$17 at Pottery Barn

There’s something really eccentric about monogramming your living-room pillows, but it has the potential to look fabulous.

Pottery Barn Copper Cocktail Shaker
$40 at Pottery Barn

A custom-carved cocktail shaker for the lady who loves to host cocktail hours.

J.Crew Signet Hobo Bag
$150 at J.Crew

The monogram will ensure that she’ll never have trouble picking hers out at coat check (and incidentally, it would make a great work bag).

Kokoroleather Personalized Hand Stitched Eyeglass Case
$54 at Etsy

This carved leather eyeglass case comes with stitched, instead of printed, messaging on the front — we think it’s a nice touch.

Kate Spade Demi Fine Round Pendant
$148 at Kate Spade

There’s enough room here to spell out something funny or tongue-in-cheek — think “mom in charge” or “tiger mom.”

Cathy’s Concepts Passport Case and Luggage Tag
$73 at Nordstrom

A thoughtful gift for the frequent traveler, with minimal stamped lettering if you want to personalize it.

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The Best Personalized Gifts for Mother’s Day