African Inspired Mother’s Day Gift Guide

“I’ll always love my mama, she’s my favorite girl, I’ll always love my mama, She brought me in this world” sing it with me ya’ll! This classic song by the Intruders sums up how we feel about our Mothers especially around Mother’s Day. So I’ve curated a list of 15 African inspired Mother’s day gift ideas she’ll love. No cookie cutter, cliche gifts here I’m talking striking patterns, ancestral meaning and of course African print fabrics.

Let me know in the comments which one(s) you’re thinking of giving your favorite girl. I’ve got my eyes on 2, 4 and 9!

African Inspired Mother’s Day Gift Guide

15. Peace Images Jewelry – Ancestral Chain

Our ancestors are always with us and guide how we and our mothers live this life. Think of her grandmother or great mother for example. Gift your mom a reminder of their greatness with this beautiful necklace by Peace Images jewelry.  Handmade with gold vermeil and brown enamel this grand but petite necklace represents so much of who we are and where we’ve come from.  Follow on IG: @peaceimagesjewelry

14. Three Little Birds – Mom The Legend Tee

Three Little Birds must know your mom. She’s not a myth, she is a legend and queen of your family. What I love about this tshirt besides the message is how versatile it is. She can rock it with her power suit at work, your little cousins game or an art exhibit opening. Your mom is dope af! Show her how much with this cool tee. Follow on IG: @threelittlebirdtees

13. Ivory B. – Naya Mud Cloth Bag

Your mom is one of a kind and deserves a bag equally unique. Ivory B. has modernized mud cloth fabric by creating this stunning cross body bag with tassels. Who doesn’t love a hands free cross body bag especially one this gorgeous. Imagine the look on her face when she opens her gift. That’s if you decide to give it away cuz I’d be tempted to keep it for myself just saying. Lol Follow on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ivoryb.bag/

12. Reflektion Design – Lavender Sachets

Lavender filled sachets are an indulgence worth gifting. The relaxing scent of lavender paired with the vibrant yet soft African print fabric makes these ideal for days when your mom needs a heavenly escape from the day to day or while traveling. What I love about these lavender sachets is they can be used for a variety of things from headache relief to stiff joints and more. Oh and the covers are removable, huge plus. Follow in IG: @reflektiondesign

11. Diem B. – Hand Painted Jewelry Box

The Zane Art Kollector Box by Diem B is hand painted in African print fabric motif designs. The right gift for the creative mom or mother figure loves unique gifts!  This beauty would even look amazing on a coffee table or the showpiece in the entryway. For a new mom, fill the box with notes of encouragement from family and friends. Those words will fuel her journey as a new, uncertain mom.   Follow on IG: @diembjewelry

10. Black Pepper Paperie – Clay Earrings

Created by graphic artist Hadiya Williams, the Black Pepper Paperie line of ceramic jewelry and hair accessories are everything! The earrings pictured are made with a warm and vibrant red clay. Just right when mom’s fashion aesthetic leans towards clean lines and simple shapes. She lets her jewelry and bag game shine with the boldness that only African inspired graphics can bring.

Follow on IG: @blackpepperpaperieco 

9. Printed Pattern People – Jumo Pouch Set 

This pouch set is perfect for the always organized but chic mom.  Handmade with two striking complimentary African print fabrics these pouches can work solo as a clutch for a night out with dad or brunch with her girlfriends. Keeping the set attached with its brass key ring makes it easy for mom to transfer them from her purse, tote or luggage. All of her essentials from cosmetics to cell phone charger are kept fabulous and organized just like your mom. Follow on IG @printedpatternpeople

8. Reflektion Design – Kente Pattern Napkins

Is your mom the hostess with the mostess? Always ready to entertain at a moment’s notice? Then these Kente cloth inspired Ankara fabric dinner napkins are the perfect gift. Sold in a variety of patterns and colors these African inspired napkins will wow dinner guests or add something special to her own meals.  Create an amazing gift set, pair with our olive wood salad servers and placemats. Follow on IG:@reflektiondesign 

7. MelandMin – Ankara Fabric Ankle Bracelet

Your mother loves a good pedicure with poppin colors add to it with this beautiful gold and white Ankara fabric ankle bracelet. Thanks to MelandMin your mother can have the right amount of gold bling to compliment her favorite open toed sandals and sundress. This African inspired anklet is soft and flexible, perfect for the cruise, festivals, or wherever mom finds herself this summer. It is the perfect, delicate detail your mom or even nana will love to receive on her special day! 

6. Cloth and Cord – Bib Necklace

She’s vibrant and bold with a hint of sass, this African print fabric bib necklace checks all the boxes for your mom. Made from layered Ankara fabrics in red, yellow, black, green, and blue this jewelry piece commands attention. For a unique gift set, the earrings are an additional option. Either way, this necklace is like wearing a regal crown around your neck. It is the punctuation mark to her power suit in the boardroom or her favorite casual weekend outfit. Follow on IG: @clothandcord 

5. Crystal Bijoux – Queens Brooch

Everyone calls you by your mom’s name. The resemblance is that strong, like identical twins. And you don’t mind one bit! This striking brooch is the epitome of both you and your mom. It’s like you commissioned an artist to create this accessory just for the two of you. Handmade with crystals, sequins and felt this beautiful pin is a forever keepsake she’s going to love. Follow on IG: @krystal_bijoux 

4. Reflektion Design – Ankara Fabric Tote Bags

You want to find the perfect tote bag. After all we’re talking about “the tote” for your mom who never leaves home without one. She has a work tote, her book club tote and her going green when grocery shopping tote. This African print fabric reversible tote bag is a great alternative to that weathered plain Jane bag she has and the matching passport cover (sold separately) is an added bonus for when she travels. The pattern and colors are so modern and fun wherever she goes she’ll go in style. Follow on IG: @reflektiondesign 

3. Sassy Jones Boutique – Cassey Sunglasses

Only your mama can rock these black sunglasses with studded cat eye detail. She would be giving us catwoman vibes for days. I love the chic look that can be worn with jeans or a dress. Your mom is going to turn heads in whatever room she walks into or street she strolls down. Follow on IG: @shopsassyjones

2. Bespoke Benny – Ankara Apron Set 

Your mom is a celebrity chef without the restaurant or TV show. So let’s make her look as good as one of her signature dishes. How cute would your mom look in this vibrant, handmade African print fabric apron at the next cookout or holiday dinner.  Follow on IG: @bespokebinny

1. Reflektion Design – Woven Hand Fans

For church, festivals or while strolling at the park, mom needs a fan worthy of her royal status. These woven African fans with leather handles are functional pieces of art – keep you cool then hang on the wall when not in use.  Available in a variety of beautiful and often one of a kind colors they’ll keep mom cool festivals, picnics, lounging at the beach or at home. Grab a bundle so you can give one to your mom, Nana, God Mom and aunties! Follow on IG: @reflektiondesign

I hope our African inspired Mother’s Day gift guide inspired you to grab something special for the special women in your life. Whether given to your mother, aunt, mother figure or mentor these fabulous gifts are as special as the woman who will receive them.

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