Best Mother's Day Gifts for Writers


For some of us, this Mother's Day marks the first time we'll get to safely enjoy the presence of our moms in over a year. While that time spent together is gift enough, if you are also a gift-giving family it's not too late to get that maternal figure in your life something thoughtful.

Our instructors shared their Mother's Day gift recommendations for any writer, even the one who has everything.

Gift Recommendations From Our Team

I love reading and gifting works by moms (there is nothing like seeing a woman succeed in motherhood and a career!), and Rachel Carson is one of my faves. She wrote Silent Spring, which is good, but The Sea Around Us is PHENOMENAL. She started out wanting to be a writer, went on to get a degree in biology, and then ended up writing truly groundbreaking books. She makes science and data and facts sound like poetry, especially in The Sea Around Us.

- Katie Almeida Spencer, Instructor and Course Designer -


My mom always likes "writer-themed" mugs or teacups (like this personalized one). Another idea is a pretty book scarf from her favorite classic. 

- Elisabeth O'Quinn, Instructor -


I love getting books to read over the summer when I have a bit more time to indulge in pleasure reading, but one of the best Mother's Day books I have received is a compendium of poems and quotes on the many blessings bestowed by mothers.

- Janet D'Angelo, Instructor -


little-price-pop-up-bookIf your mom is the type of reader who re-reads favorites, a special edition of a beloved book could be a great gift. One of my favorites is this deluxe pop-up edition of The Little Prince.

- Lisa Nelles, Instructor -


I think a diffuser with a few essential oils is a great gift for moms. Some oils are energizing and help with focus and writing, while others are great for relaxing at the end of the day.

Also, the book Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit is an incredibly poignant yet hilarious feminist masterpiece. I recommend it to all women. 

- Grace Cuddy, Instructor & Coach -


These Fill in the Love Journals are a favorite. And, this lovely Grandmother's Journal.

- Terrance Collins, Instructor -


Other Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas We Love:

A beautiful Mother of Pearl pen to keep mom writing in style.

An office chair cushion for comfort and pain reduction.

A sleek, dimmable reading / writing lamp for the desk or by the bed.

A nice lap desk that can also help with breakfast in bed (*wink wink*).

What gifts are on your wishlist this year? Please share in the comments!

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Mary founded Instructional Solutions in 1998, and is an internationally recognized business writing trainer and executive writing coach with two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals and businesses master the strategic skill of business writing. She excels at designing customized business writing training programs to maximize productivity, advance business objectives, and convey complex information. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island, an M.A. in English Literature from Boston College, and a C.A.G.S. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of New Hampshire.

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