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12 Mother’s Day Gifts Your Intellectual Mom Will Adore

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Whether your mom is a real professor or just a voracious reader, we know she’ll love these smart gifts. After all, she taught you everything you know—so pay it forward with an intellectual Mother’s Day gift we know she’ll be proud to put on her desk. 


Note Cube and Mini Pen, $16, available at Vera Bradley

We love this adorable note cube—and your mom will appreciate having a space to jot down ideas in the kitchen, a nightstand or desk. 


Terry Beach Reader, $25, available at Echo Design

Don’t let beach plans get in the way of your mom’s reading habit. Keep her iPad or Kindle safe in this terry cloth pouch.


The Literary Collection Loose Leaf Tea Blends, $15, available at Brika

If your mom loves nothing more than a hot cup of tea and a classic novel, this is the gift for her.

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Banned Books Mug, $12, available at Out of Print Clothing

This mug is heat-reactive, so when you fill it the black will melt away, revealing names of famous banned books. Pair with the tea above for the perfect bookworm gift.

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Mini Journals, $24, available at West Elm

For the mom who’s working on her next novel, these dainty mini journals are perfect in her bag or on a nightstand.


Turn Lock Wallet, $49, available at Vera Bradley

This wallet is the perfect companion for your mom’s purse with its high-style look and silver hardware. 

36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada 2nd Edition

36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the US and Canada, $40, available at the New York Times

Fulfill your mom’s sense of wanderlust with this expertly-curated guide to planning 150 amazing weekends in the US and Canada.

Book Scarf, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

If your mom is always getting wrapped up in a good book…now she can do so literally.

Upcycled Mind Your Grammar Tea Pot White Porcelain Hand Painted

Mind Your Grammar Tea Pot, $35, available at Etsy

Way before elementary school, your smartie mom has been teaching you the ins and outs of grammar. 

Library Embosser, $26, available at Horchow

If your mom has always wanted to have her own home library, she’ll die over this personalized library embosser.

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Brass Dog Bookends, $60, available at Loyal Supply Co.

These brass bookends are serious #deskgoals for the elegant reader.

BookBook Rutledge Edition for Macbook — 12”

BookBook for MacBook Air, $99.99, available at Twelve South

Your scholarly mother will love this laptop case. She’ll never go back to that plain neoprene.

Katie was the former Senior Associate Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, where she studied Writing Seminars, psychology, and women's studies. Prior to joining the full-time staff, Katie was a national contributing writer and Health Editor for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Katie interned at Cleveland Magazine, EMILY's List, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Katie is also an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta. In her spare time, Katie enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with cats, eating vegan cupcakes, and advocating for women's rights.