21 Best Gifts for a Friend Who Lost their Mother

Most people deal with the loss of a parent in their lifetime, but that doesn’t make the experience any easier. Below, you’ll find gifts for a friend who lost their mother. 

Best Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

Always with You Blanket

Always With You Softly Said Memorial Blanket- Thoughtful Sympathy Gift to Remember Lost Loved Ones

You can give the gift of comfort with this blanket. The Always with You Blanket is 50″ x 60″. It’s incredibly soft and the perfect size for them to wrap around their shoulders when they are missing mom. 

At the bottom of this blanket, a 5″ x 5″ leather patch has the words, “Always With You”, along with a beautiful poem. This also comes ready to give as a gift. The blanket is wrapped with a gray ribbon and has a message card where you can personally express your condolences. 

Those We Love… Bracelet

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This Those We Love… Bracelet is a great way to express to a grieving friend that you care. It’s fully adjustable, so you don’t have to worry about sizing. The bracelet is also made using 316L stainless steel, so it will not rust or become tarnished over time. Your friend will be able to wear this any time they are missing their mom. 

On the inside of the bracelet, there’s a poem written in a beautiful font. The cuff bracelet also has two hearts on one side and two wings on the other. 

Memorial Butterfly Wind Chime

Memorial Butterfly Wind Chimes for Loss of Father Mother Wife Bereavement Sympathy Gift of Love One Mom Dad Daughter Outdoor Large Chimes for Patio Garden Porch Yard Black

This Memorial Wind Chime makes a beautiful, unique bereavement gift for a friend. The large wind chimes are 30″ from S-hook to the pendant and make a beautiful decoration for a garden, porch, or windowsill. They have a deep, rich tone and can even be adjusted to make different sounds. 

The top of this wind chime says, “Listen to the wind and know that I am near.” There is also a beautiful poem printed on the butterfly. You can buy this as is, or even have it personalized. Since this is made from durable, corrosion-resistant materials, it’s a gift that they can enjoy indoors or out whenever they are missing their mother. 

Glass Remembrance Gift

Sympathy Gifts Memorial Bereavement Gifts Acrylic Heart Condolence Remembrance Gifts for Loss of Loved One Father Mother(Modern Style, 4 x 4 x 0.4 Inch)

This Glass Remembrance Gift is something that can help comfort someone who has lost their mother. It’s made from 1″ thick, durable glass and stands 6″ tall. Though the memorial sits flat, it’s in the shape of a heart. The glass has the words, “Because someone we love is in Heaven, there is a little bit of Heaven in our home. In loving memory.”

While flowers are more temporary, this is a sympathy gift that they can keep for years. It even comes ready to give as a gift in packaging with the words, “In loving memory.” 

Memorial Garden Stone

Pavilion 'Stars in The Sky' 19058 - Polyresin Memorial Garden Stone with Engraved Decorative Quote and Weather-Resistance, for Gardens, Walkways, and Memorial Sites - 10 Inches

This 10-inch Memorial Garden Stone by the Pavilion Gift Company is a meaningful gift for bereavement. The garden stone has a beautiful quote about stars being openings where loved ones shine down. It’s made from polyresin stone, which makes it weatherproof and incredibly durable. This memorial stone can be placed somewhere your friend can go to feel close to their mother.

Even if your friend doesn’t have a garden, the beautiful design would be great for keeping on a shelf in the house. If they do have a garden, it might be nice to pair this with wildflower seeds for the garden. Growing flowers can bring about beauty in a time that is otherwise dark. 

Sympathy Angel

Pavilion Gift Company Elements 9-Inch Sympathy Angel Holding Star, Stars in The Sky - Gray

This 9-inch Sympathy Angel has a beautiful quote about stars and their loved ones being happy. It’s meant to send a soothing message and the angle is holding the stars in the sky. 

This angel is made from durable resin that has been hand-painted with attention to detail. It even comes in a beautiful gift box that is ready to give to your loved one. 

Best Sentimental Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

Dear Mom Grief Journal

Dear Mom, here’s what I wish I could tell you: A Grief Journal to Write Letters to Mom, for young kids, teens & adult children healing from a mother's ... or best friend (Condolence and Sympathy Gift)

The loss of a parent is a journey, particularly for someone who was close to their mother. The Dear Mom Grief Journal gives them a chance to write letters to their mom and keep talking, even though she’s no longer with them. 

People who are close to their mothers tell her a lot. This gift helps ease a little bit of the pain of not being able to share with her any longer. It’s also a reminder that even though their mother may not physically be with them, she’s always listening. 

Scrapbook Album

potricher Large Photo Album Self Adhesive 3x5 4x6 5x7 8x10 Pictures Linen Cover 40 Blank Pages Magnetic DIY Scrapbook Album with A Metallic Pen (White)

This Self-Adhesive Scrapbook Album is a great gift for a friend who wants a way to remember their mother. It has 40 pages and even comes with a metallic white pen for writing in the scrapbook. Each of the pages is 10.8″ wide and 8.6″ long, so this holds as many as 120 pictures. 

It’s easy to use the self-sticking design as they fill in pages with pictures of their mother. It’s also a great place to write down those special memories that they never want to forget. This album has a beautiful appearance, with a linen-wrapped hardcover that can be personalized with a photo of mom on the front. It’s the perfect way to personalize the book. 

Mother’s Love Candle Holder

Pavilion Gift Company 19091 Mother's Love Terra Cotta Candle Holder, 4-Inch, White

This Terra Cotta Candle Holder stands 4 inches tall and is a reminder of a mother’s love. It’s made from beautiful terra cotta with a beautiful phrase on the front. It also has a decorative metal lid. 

The candle holder is designed to hold a regular tealight candle, so they can use this as often as they’d like. It also comes in neutral colors, so it will fit into any decor. This would pair great with some relaxing tealight candles! 

Merry Christmas from Heaven Ornament

Merry Christmas from Heaven ® Pewter Finish Keepsake Memorial Ornament with Poem in Gift Box

The holidays can be hard for someone who lost a mother. This Merry Christmas from Heaven Ornament comes with a reminder from Heaven that their mother is still spiritually there. The middle of the ornament has a poem, while the outside of it reads, “Merry Christmas from Heaven”. 

Your friend will love this gentle reminder that Mom is still with them on the holidays. The memorial ornament is 2.5″ tall and has a smooth backside that can be engraved. It’s made from lead-free jeweler’s metal and a pewter finish, so it has an antiqued appearance. The durable ornament will be around for many holidays to come. 

Photo Collage Frame

HANTAJANSS Clip Photo Holder, Photo Collage Frame, Large Picture Display Frame with 12 Wood Clothespin Clips for Hanging Home Decoration 20 ×20 inches Grey

This unique Photo Collage Frame is perfect for creating a memorial board for a lost one. The board is 20″ x 20″, so there’s plenty of room to hang some favorite memories.  It comes with twine and 12 “clothespin” clips, which match the wooden theme. 

The inside is made from a linen fabric surface and a sturdy wooden frame. As an added benefit, the linen has a “wood” print and is waterproof! It is easy to hang and comes with pre-drilled holes in the back to be displayed as soon as it’s full of photos. Your friend will appreciate this opportunity to remember their mom. 

Wooden Sympathy Frame

OakiWay Memorial Gifts - Wood Picture Frame Sympathy Gift, 4x6 Photo Frame In Memory of Loved One, with Hand-Woven Heart Shape Guardian Angel - Bereavement, Remembrance Gifts

This Memorial Frame by OakiWay Memorial Gifts makes a beautiful keepsake. It holds a 4″ x 6″ picture of their choice next to a hand-woven heart and the words, “In loving memory of my angel”. This can be set on a shelf or hung from a wall. It comes with a leg on the back and with a 20″ string for wall hanging. 

You can give this gift as is or you can personalize the gift for them. If you know they have a favorite photo or you can find one on social media, it’s easy to personalize this for someone that you’re close to. 

More Gifts for Someone Who Lost Their Mother

Wooden Recipe Box

Fresh & Lucky Wooden Recipe Box Organizer with 100 Recipe Cards and Dividers - 4x6 Floral Gold Border Recipe Cards and Box Set for Kitchen,Wedding, Bridal Shower and Any Occasions

This gift is perfect for the friend who will miss their mother’s food. This 4″ x 6″ Wooden Recipe Box comes with 100 beautiful recipe cards and dividers for organizing the recipes. It holds over 250 when completely full, so there’s plenty of space to add more cards. 

The beautiful cards have a floral print backing and a golden border on the front. These are stored inside a beautiful pinewood box with strong hinges that won’t break over time. As an added benefit, there’s a slit in the lid that holds the recipe upright while cooking. This makes it easy to clean and keeps it out of harm’s way in the kitchen! 

Mini Succulent Garden

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Nurturing a plant is something that reminds a grieving friend that they can still find beauty in life. This 6-inch Succulent Garden by Costa Farms comes with several succulents in a beautiful gray and white ceramic planter. It will match anyone’s decor and makes a perfect desk ornament as well. 

A succulent makes a great gift for when someone is grieving. They may have trouble remembering to take care of a houseplant, but these succulents only require a little sunlight and occasional watering. 

Tea Set for Two

Kitchen Kite Glass Teapot Set with 4 Double Wall Teacups & Removable Stainless Steel Infuser - Microwave Dishwasher Safe Clear Blooming Loose Leaf Teas, Tea Maker Gift

This Tea Set for Two is more than just a teapot and cups. It’s an invitation for your friend to open up to you whenever they need to. By writing a personalized note and offering your ear, or even just your company, this becomes an incredibly sweet gift that someone who is grieving will appreciate. This is especially true for people close to their mothers, as moms are one of the first people we talk to about everything. As an added benefit, it’s microwave safe so it’s super easy to brew a pot of tea. 

To get the most out of this gift, we really recommend pairing it with a Relaxing Tea Set. This tea combines light floral notes with relaxing ingredients like chamomile and valerian. It even comes with nighttime tea that will help them get a good night of rest. 

Peace Lily

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If your friend doesn’t have a garden or somewhere to grow flowers outdoors, this Peace Lily makes a great plant gift. The indoor plant comes with low foliage that grows in 2-3 weeks after delivery in a 6″ pot. They grow to 10″ when in full bloom. 

Not only is the Peace Lily beautiful, but it is also beneficial to your loved one’s health. The Peace Lily purifies and cleans the air by removing toxins. It’s also easy to care for, so it won’t be overwhelming for your friend to help it grow. 


When a child loses a parent, it’s not uncommon for them to host relatives from out of town. Something you can do to help is to hire a housekeeper for a few hours. It’s best that this gift doesn’t come with a surprise. Talk to your friend about what you want to do so they can give you a time that will work. 

If you don’t have money to spend on a housekeeper, you could also offer to pitch in yourself. You’d be surprised what two friends can accomplish in a few hours with some good music. Plus, then there isn’t any pressure on them to talk if they aren’t ready to talk about it yet. 


Finding a way to feed your friend is another way to show you care. If you work together or have a large group of friends, you can all pool money together on gift cards for a food delivery service. Alternatively, you could make something for the family to eat and drop it off. If your friend isn’t up to the company, you can even leave the food on their porch. 

Deluxe Sympathy Basket

Broadway Basketeers Condolences Gourmet Gift Basket, Kosher Sympathy Food Gift Baskets for Delivery, Perfect Care Package Box or Assorted Snack Gifts for Bereavement, Loss, Funeral, or Shiva

While gift baskets aren’t always the most healthy, they are a good way to give your loved one the comfort of food when they are having a hard time. Additionally, there’s all kinds of gift baskets to fit different needs. For example, this Deluxe Sympathy Basket by Broadway Basketeers is full of pastries, chocolates, nuts, and other goodies. Your loved one can eat it or choose to set it out during the calling hours. 

Hickory Farms Gift Box

Hickory Farms Meat & Cheese Large Gift Box - Charcuterie | Father's Day Gift | Gourmet Food Gift Basket Perfect For Family, Birthday, Sympathy, Congratulations Gifts, Retirement, Thinking of You

This Meat and Cheese Gift Box by Hickory Farms makes another good sympathy gift. Even if they don’t eat these themselves, they are great for entertaining and make a good snack for the calling hours. It comes with 3 summer sausages, a variety of cheeses, and some crackers. 

Dried Fruit Gift Basket

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Finally, for a healthier snack, this Dried Fruit Gift Basket is a great choice. Dried fruit makes a great snack at home or the calling hours. As an added bonus, the basket that this comes in collapses into a tray. It’s two gifts in one and a gift that your friend can eat and keep for later! 

How We Selected Gifts for a Friend Who Lost a Mother


Sentimental gifts are something that will be appreciated years after your friend has lost their mother. Often, they are keepsakes, memorials, or even plants that can be appreciated in their mother’s memory. 


Sometimes, the best gift might be something useful. This could include inviting the friend to a spa day, on a golf outing, or to something else that might help them relax. Other useful gifts include helping out where you can. You might be able to offer to watch their kids if they have younger children or bring them a meal. A useful physical gift is a photo album or scrapbook they can use to organize old family photos or things they find of their mothers that they want to hold on to. Simply being there for them is also a useful gift. 


Often, even the simplest of gestures means a lot when someone is grieving. We included sympathy gifts for every budget, whether you have less than $20 to spend or you want to buy a more expensive gift to express that you care. 

FAQs – Gifts for Friend Who Lost Mother

How do you comfort someone who lost their mother? 

The best way to comfort someone who lost their mother is to be there for them, whatever that may mean. Some people might want to reminisce about their mother, while others might not know what to say. Don’t be afraid to sit in the same room with them in silence. Sometimes, it’s just nice that someone is physically there to be with them. 

What can you do for someone who lost their mother?  

There are many things that you can do for someone who lost their mother. In addition to being present and there for them, you can go the traditional route of giving them a gift or sending flowers. However, there are also several unique ways to be there for someone who lost their mother. You can cook for them or help set up the memorial. Offering your time for different tasks they might need (even something simple like mowing the lawn for them or washing dishes when you notice the sink is full) can also help. 

Samantha Davis

Samantha has been writing for 7 1/2 years, giving her the freedom to spend time with her fiance and two sons. She is also a parent to three fur babies- two dogs and a cat!