Giving your mom a new book for Mother's Day might seem like a no-brainer, especially if she's an avid reader like mine. The problem is when that no-brainer becomes a predictable routine. If you have given Mom a brand new novel or nonfiction title for the last few years, consider shaking this up this year by giving her one of these 11 literary Mother's Day gifts that aren't books. No matter whether you can afford to buy her a $200 gift that will last a lifetime, or a $15 candle to get her through her next few home-spa days, there's something on the list below that will be perfect for your mother — and your budget.
If you're thinking that you couldn't possibly give Mom anything other than a book for Mother's Day, but you still feel the need to change up your gift-giving habits, consider making another book-adjacent activity part of her present. Starting a mother-daughter book club is a great way to connect with Mom, whether she's two blocks or two states away, and it's basically like giving her a book per month for the rest of your lives.
Of course, starting your own book club isn't the only bookish activity you can engage in with Mom. You and your mother would probably enjoy going to one of these bookish vacation locations, or staying at one of these literary Airbnbs, just as much as you would a book club.