Forget Flowers: Veteran-Made Gift Options for Mother’s Day

April 28, 2023Lauren Warner
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Combat Correspondent Lance Cpl. Megan Sindelar with I Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) sends Mother's Day wishes to her mother, Kendra, in New Bremen, Ohio. US Marine Corps photo by Photo by Sgt. Heidi Agostini.

Moms don’t need (or want) flowers from the grocery store that were picked up as an afterthought with a Hallmark card. You’ve got plenty of time before Mother’s Day, so put a little extra thought into it this year. After all, your mom gave you life, and the mother of your children is raising the next generation of knuckle-draggers; she deserves something that won’t end up in the trash by Tuesday.

There are a ton of great veteran- and military spouse-owned businesses offering products that will show your mom or baby mama how much you appreciate them. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Black Rifle Coffee Company is dropping brand-new additions to its women’s collection just in time to place orders for Mother’s Day. It’s a sign.

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Skelly Mac Racerback tank with BRCCxYeti Reticle Badge Rambler 18 oz. with Hotshot lid. Black Rifle Coffee Company photo.

BRCC Women’s Skelly Mac Racerback

Price: $23.99

If Mom never left her punk phase (we know, it’s a lifestyle) and gets a little aggressive before her first cup of coffee, the Skelly tank is a perfect fit. Grab one of these killer tank tops before the rest of the non-basic biches get a hold of ’em.

While you’re at it, help Mom transport her coffee to the range or on the trails with BRCC’s Yeti collection, particularly the BRCC Yeti Reticle Badge Rambler 18 oz. Hotshot Bottle. This 18-ounce Yeti thermos comes in the perfect size for portability, and it’s extra insulated to keep hot coffee piping hot while working a double or cold brew ice-cold during her extra-long commute.

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Bon AppéSweet's "Better Than Milk Chocolate" bar will be a hit with mothers everywhere. Photo courtesy of Bon AppéSweet.

Bon AppéSweet Chocolate Sampler

Price: $41.25

US Navy veteran Thereasa Black runs Bon AppéSweet, a dessert company that swaps sugar for dates. The chocolate bars are the only thing you can ship across the country, but if you want to add a more personal (or last-minute) touch, use their store locator and grab some gelato and chocolate to bring home for Mom.

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Black Rifle Coffee Company's Exclusive Coffee Subscription is the gift that keeps giving. Photo by Ryan Galbraith/BRCC.

BRCC ECS Subscription

Price: $27/month

But first, coffee. You know Mom can never have too much. It keeps life running smoothly and makes everyone less ... murder-y. Give her the gift that keeps giving with BRCC’s Exclusive Coffee Subscription, which features a unique, premium roast each month. If that’s too much commitment, choose one of BRCC’s roast bundles: light, medium, dark, new roast bundle, or Complete Mission Fuel Kit.

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Branche Basu's milk & honey gift basket gives mom all the tools to relax. Photo courtesy of Branche Basu Boutique.

Branche Basu Boutique Gift Basket

Price: $59.95

If Mom needs a break but is terrible at taking them, give her all the tools to relax. This self-care basket from Branche Basu Boutique is created by veterans and military spouses. It comes in three scents and includes soap, body lotion, body scrub, and a variety of other items, from face masks to wickless candles (each scent comes with a different bundle).

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BRCC's Skelly mug isn't for basic bitches. Black Rifle Coffee Company photo.

BRCC Skelly Tall Ass Mug

Price: $19.99

Nothing pairs better with veteran-roasted coffee than coffee mugs made in the USA. If you think Mom would dig this design on a tank top (highlighted above), BRCC put it on a coffee mug, too. For the mornings when you’re brewing at home and want Mom to look extra cool in her Zoom meetings, this is the mug to get.

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This flower-etched charcuterie board by Saguaro Bloom Designs is almost too pretty to use. Photo courtesy of Saguaro Bloom Designs.

Saguaro Bloom Designs Engraved Charcuterie Board

Price $40-$50

Charcuterie isn't going out of style anytime soon. You don’t need to have people over for an excuse to eat off of a fancy board, and this one is handcrafted by the Air Force military spouse who runs Saguaro Bloom Designs, which is even better. Check out the one-of-a-kind boards and grab one for Mom before they sell out.

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Does Mom love you more than coffee? It's probably best not to ask. Black Rifle Coffee Company photo.

BRCC Women’s Coffee Bliss T-Shirt

Price: $26.99

If Mom prefers a tee, then we have just the thing. There are plenty of Black Rifle Coffee shirts celebrating patriotism, our military and its history, and the Second Amendment — this one celebrates our love of coffee.

It takes incredible care, nurturing, and attention to detail to bring each unique roast to life — just like the care and nurturing it takes to raise a family.

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A sampling of the cookies available through Grove Cookie Company: chocolate chip, sprinke, Oreo, M&M, double chocolate, and Andes mint. Photo courtesy of Grove Cookie Company.

Grove Cookie Company’s Baker’s Choice Box (18 ct.)

Price: $33

What better to serve on that handcrafted charcuterie board than cookies? This woman-veteran-owned cookie operation offers a baker’s half, baker’s dozen, and baker’s choice of 18 cookies, which includes at least three of the current cookie flavors. If you know specifically what you want, you can also order by flavor. These cookies ship nationwide, but if you happen to live in Oregon, you can also pick them up at their storefront.

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If Mom can't get to the mountains, bring the mountains to her with BRCC's Coffee Shop Racerback and Mountain Mug. Black Rifle Coffee Company photo.

BRCC Women’s Coffee Shop Racerback

Price: $23.99

The Coffee Shop Racerback tank looks like something you’d pick up at a coffee house off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere off I-70 in the Rockies. Available in an antique denim colorway, it brings vintage Americana vibes whether you’re hitting the trail, hitting the gym, or just hanging out.

This design is also available in a T-shirt if that’s more Mom’s style.

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K-9 Salute paw print bath bombs make taking a bath better, whether you have two legs or four. Photo courtesy of K-9 Salute.

K9 Salute Bath Bombs

Price: $6

Let’s face it, the dog will always be Mom's favorite, even if they chew up her favorite pumps or pee in her gym bag. So if you're aiming for bonus points, include Fido in the Mother’s Day gift with these pawprint bath bombs from K9 Salute. With summer on the way, it might be a good idea to grab an extra one for puppy baths in the kiddie pool.

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It doesn't matter how old her kids are; moms always need a bag that can carry, well, pretty much everything. This sturdy duffle from R.Riveter x Jeep is available in black and green canvas. Photo courtesy of R.Riveter.


Price: $248

This bag is for the Mom who needs adventures to find out where she truly belongs —⁠ or maybe she just needs a big-ass bag to throw her clothes in for the weekend. No judgment.

Designed with a casual and roomy style to stay organized while on the go, this mid-volume duffle blends timeless, signature details with practical new additions. ⁠

⁠Owned and operated by military spouses that killed it on Shark Tank in 2016, R.Riveter employs military spouses across the country. If you have a uniform you don’t know what to do with, the company has an heirloom collection to help preserve it in the form of a handbag. Pretty cool for those wanting to impress Mom with an extra touch of thoughtfulness.

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You don't have to be a mom to do wonderful things, but moms absolutely do wonderful things every day. Show her that you notice and appreciate her with the Women Who Do Wonders stackable bracelet. Image courtesy of CharlieMadison Originals.

Women Who Do Wonders Bracelet

Price: $44

Who doesn’t need another stackable bracelet? This beautiful collaboration between Charliemadison Originals and Women Who Do Wonders International is a mix of strawberry quartz, rose quartz, and peach jade gemstones, hand-crafted by a military family in Maryland.

Bonus: 5% of all sales go to organizations that support military families.

Read Next: Mother, Nurse, Vietnam War Veteran: How Service Shaped Grace Moore’s Life

Lauren Warner
Lauren Warner

Lauren Warner is the managing editor of the BRCC Blog. She's only slightly connected to the military community, growing up as an Army brat before serving in the Army herself as a public affairs specialist, then becoming an Army spouse and caregiver. With degrees in English, journalism, and a master's in marketing, to say that she enjoys reading and writing might be an understatement. She spends her free time drinking too much coffee and going on adventures with her husband and three dogs (yes, they're all rescues).

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