Acceptable? - husband
Not proud - DIL behaviour
Comeback? - housework
Being mother of the groom can be a surprisingly busy role, one that deserves appreciation no matter the form. While the mother of the bride will often be involved in more wedding decision-making than the mother of the groom, a proper 'thank you' for the latter can still go a long way. So, whether you're after a token gift or something that little bit more special, we've compiled a list of 12 of the best mother of the groom gifts to suit any wedding budget.
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There's nothing quite so special as memories, so a thank you gift featuring a whole host of wonderful moments from your big day is certain to bring a tear or two to the mother of the groom's eye. Do you have a favourite photo from the wedding that you think the she will love? Whatever your choice, a photo gift is sure to go down a treat.
"I'd choose a photo of the family, enlarged and framed or put onto a canvas."
A picture says a thousand words, as they say, so choose one of your favourite wedding photos - perhaps a bride and groom shot, a portrait of the groom's family, or even a photo of the entire wedding party - to put into a beautiful frame. The mantelpiece is sure to be given an instant boost. Engrave the frame to make this gift extra special.
Why not go the whole hog and put together a photo album or photo book featuring your favourite moments from your wedding day? This might also include all the events the mother of the groom was involved in, such as the hen do, wedding outfit shopping or any other pre- or post-wedding celebrations. That way, she'll know how much her involvement in your special day meant to you. This present is a keepsake that she will be able to treasure for years to come.
Personalised doesn't have to mean pricey. A bit of thought really will add an extra dimension to any mother of the groom gift. Not only will it show her just how appreciative you are for her part in your wedding day, it'll hopefully be a really fun present to put together too.
"You can never have enough vases."
What else are you going to do with all those wedding flowers? Brighten up the mother of the groom's home with a beautiful vase or set of vases (how lovely is this set from notonthehighstreet?) featuring a beautiful bouquet. Everyone loves a pretty vase, but a pretty personalised vase is a real winner in our eyes. Add a handmade bow for added effect.
It might be something simple like this family tree rose gold necklace from Etsy, complete with a thoughful note, or an engraved statement piece from a high-end jeweller. Whatever your price range, personalised jewellery really will mark the occasion in a special way. The ideal gift to give before or after the wedding. Whenever she wears it, she'll think of you.
Perhaps one of our favourite gift ideas, all you'll need is a simple frame and a bit of creativity. If you're struggling to find the words, Etsy have done the work for you with an original poem and beautiful illustrations. All you'll need to do is add a small message to appear at the bottom. Trust us, she'll love it.
Buy: Mother of the Groom Print and Poem, £7.50, Etsy.
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Your wedding might have been more expensive than you'd care to acknowledge, and while you might be concerned that you've stretched your budget as far as it will possibly go, there's always one of these options to fall back on. They might be clichéd present, but it's the thought that counts, right?
"Go for a gorgeous-smelling luxury candle from Jo Malone."
Small, simple and smelly (in a good way). Treat the mother of the groom to a luxury scented candle from the likes of Jo Malone as a token gift for her home. Most are inexpensive, but will add a little je ne sais quoi to any bathroom, living room or bedroom.
Treat the mother of the groom to her favourite perfume, beauty products or some toiletries, especially if pampering is her thing. This might not be the most inventive of presents, but it's sure to put a smile on her face, not to mention a delicious scent in the air. The likes of Clarins, Liz Earle (the Liz Earle ultimate hamper is a thing of luxury if you're feeling particularly extravagent) and Look Fabulous Forever offer brilliant beauty gift sets that are ideal for older women.
"How about a specimen plant? If she is indifferent to gardening but does have a garden, a pretty plant that is trouble-free would be highly acceptable."
Hand-pick your own bouquet of flowers to present to the mother of the groom at your wedding or perhaps choose a plant for her garden if she's a keen gardener or plant-lover. Interflora are our go-to for bespoke, affordable bouquets, and, better yet, they can be delivered straight to her home as a lovely surprise. Another inventive idea if you've got surplus wedding flowers to contend with.
Buy: Hand-Tied Flowers, £33, Interflora.
This might not be the most original of mother of the groom gifts, but if your intended recipient is tricky to buy for, a gift voucher is the perfect solution. Choose from a variety of stores or let her choose her own if you're really stuck for ideas.
If you've saved some of your wedding budget for a lavish mother of the groom gift, then do we have some suggestions for you. These gifts might be on the more expensive side, but they will certainly produce a huge smile, and might just allow you to create even more lasting memories.
"My son bought me a day at a spa for two so that I could take a friend. I loved it."
Whether it's a day trip to the seaside, a spa day or even a visit to the local garden centre, much can be said for a fun family day out (when the weather's on your side, that is). Quality time with the ones she loves is sure to put a huge smile on her face...and yours.
Buy: Pamper Day with Four Treatments for Two, £99, Red Letter Days.
Everyone loves a hamper filled with indulgent treats and we're sure the mother of the groom is no exception. We're particularly partial to the popular hampers from the likes of Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer packed full of delicious delicacies. Yum.
Last, but certinaly not least, if you're buying for someone who loves to be wined and dined, a meal at her favourite restaurant might be just the ticket. This gift is the ideal way to involve the whole family too.
Buy: A restaurant gift card for dining out experience.
Prices correct as of 04/05/18
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