Early morning light comes through the plants near the Bell Museum's pond

Mother’s Day Gift Idea Guide

Browse the Bell Museum's Curiosity Shop for bee-utiful Mother's Day gifts!


For all the curious, out-of-this-world, shining-gem, mother birds in your life—we’ve got you covered this Mother’s Day. Explore our handy gift guide for ideas on themed gifts for mom—from bees to minerals to mushrooms! There’s always something to discover at the Bell’s Curiosity Shop.

To see what we have in store and shop gifts for mom, stop by the Curiosity Shop!

Bee-themed gifts

Let mom know that she’s the bee’s knees! With these bee-themed gifts, you’ll be saying, “yas, queen bee!”

An arrangement of bee themed gifts including a puzzle, notebooks, socks, earrings, and a pin

  • Vintage Bee Puzzle

    Nostalgic and sweet, completing this 1,000 piece puzzle is a great way to spend an afternoon with mom. 

  • YAS QUEEN! Bee Socks

    Perfect for the queen bee in your life! 

  • Bee Pin

    A detailed, fair-trade, and hand-beaded pin on felt.

  • Larissa Loden Bee Earrings

    Hand-made in Minneapolis, each piece sold supports a woman and artist-owned business.

  • Bee Notebooks

    Set of three honey bee notebooks.

  • Adam Turman Cards

    Beautifully illustrated by Minnesota artist Adam Turman, these fold-a-note cards are the bee’s knees. Sold in a package of 8 with 4 different styles. 

Mineral-themed gifts

Give the gems in your life one of these mineral-themed treasures!

An arrangement of mineral-themed gifts, including bookends, earrings, a pin, and puzzle

  • Agate Bookends

    Eye-catching and unique, these agate bookends make a perfect addition to any collection of curiosities. 

  • Crystal Earrings

    The Curiosity Shop is a great place to find unique and thoughtful jewelry, such as these crystal earrings!

  • Larissa Loden Gem Pin

    Hand-made in Minneapolis, each pin sold supports a woman and artist-owned business.

  • Vintage Mineral Puzzle

    Spend an afternoon with mom, putting together this 1,000 piece puzzle and learning about minerals!

Mushroom-themed gifts

Mother’s Day is traditionally the middle of the morel mushroom hunting season in the driftless region of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin. Check out these mushroom-themed gifts for your favorite fun-gal!

An arrangement of mushroom-themed gifts, including a book, an embroidery kit, a tool, and a scarf

  • Start Mushrooming Book

    Since 1993, Start Mushrooming has been the trusted guide for beginners. This second edition introduces seven of the most common, edible wild mushrooms in North America.

  • Mushroom Embroidery Kit

    Create your own mushroom embroidery with this easy kit!

  • Mushroom Bandana

    Not to get mushy, but mom will love this mushroom bandana! It’s from a small, women-owned business and there are other floral styles available.

  • Mushroom Tool Keychain

    This handy mushroom tool comes with a folding knife and brush for easy harvesting on the go.

Mother’s Day Cards

Last, but certainly not least!

  • Small Artist-Made Card

  • Laser Cut Window Cards