The last thing any mom wants is a fistful of last-minute carnations shoved in her face on Mother’s Day, so you should consider the holiday with more than 24 hours of prep. And if you’re a mom, you know how it is. It’s straight annoying to wake up to the sound of the fire alarm early on a Sunday! Sorry, not sorry: Moms can burn their own toast any day. So, even if you anticipate being given a bad gift from your kids on Mother’s Day, you should still bite it and give the woman who raised you something she’ll like.
The good news? We have (actually) cool Mother’s Day gift ideas picked out for every type of budget, whether you’re buying something for your mom or your entire #momsquad. If she’s into tech, girly sh*t, cooking, gardening, starting a business, or being on the receiving end of something sentimental (gulp!), we’ve rounded up the best gifts and ideas that will get you in her good graces on Mother’s Day. Yeah, you’re welcome.
One pro tip: Do not forget a card on Mother’s Day unless you want your mom to write you out of her will. Seriously. Oh, and we won’t tell if you shop for yourself, too. Take a sip, get in the spirit of giving, and read on for real Mother’s Day gift ideas and inspiration:
BEST FOR THE MAMA WHO NEEDS TO CHILL
What mom doesn’t want an excuse to treat her tootsies like they’re more important than her own children? She’ll appreciate your splurge and the ability to slip her toes into a toasty foot massager that can restore and relax a burnt-out mama. It’s a powerful deep-kneading massager, but it’s quiet enough for her to use while getting a full dose of her favorite reality television show. There are three different kneading preferences as well as three different air pressure levels that can easily be personalized. According to New York Magazine, reviewers credit the included remote control to making the experience deeply relaxing. Ain’t nobody got time to bend over and adjust settings manually!
BEST FOR THE EMOTIONAL MOM
Bring some tissues with you to Mother’s Day brunch, because this fill-in-the-blank book is designed to trigger your mom’s waterworks. Honestly, seeing how much it means to her will make you feel emotional, too. Oh, and consider yourself warned: Moms get so proud about what’s written in the book that they often read the sentiments aloud. Simple prompts like, “When we are apart, it makes me happy to think about ____” and “I love your taste in ____” make it easy-breezy to jot things down. This is a Mother’s Day gift idea that shouldn’t be ignored!
BEST FOR THE FAMILY TREE ENTHUSIAST
This gift might seem a little impersonal at first, but honestly, it’s the opposite. 23andMe’s DNA testing kit reveals not only information about ancestry, but also provides accurate insight on health issues, too. All your mom has to do is send in a saliva sample and wait for her results. Usually, the results that come back are remarkable and informative. This gift will show your mom that you not only want to know more about where she (and where you!) came from, but it will also remind her that you care about her health and encourage the preventative approach to her overall wellness. You can also just go for the kit from 23andMe that’s available at a lower price point without the health analysis.
BEST FOR THE SKIN-SAVVY MOM
You’ll earn serious brownie points by gifting her this smart mask treatment device by Foreo. Turning a 20-minute treatment into a 90-second one, this luxe device offers spa-like results from home that moms just can’t refuse. It features cyro, thermo, and LED light technology along with T-sonic pulsations that will make your ma feel like the pampered goddess she is. If you’re not feeling the splurge this year, you can still give the gift of Foreo and go with a classic facial cleansing brush, instead!
BEST FOR THE LOUNGE-AROUND-THE-HOUSE MOM
These insanely adorable sheepskin slippers feature a comfy strap in the back and rubber soles so your mom won’t slip and slide while she’s shuffling around the house. The slippers are ideal for lounging around, but she’ll be tempted to wear them out of the house, too. Once you see how much she loves them you’ll probably end up snagging a pair for yourself.
BEST FOR THE KITCHEN-CRAZED MOTHER
Freshen up your mom’s arsenal of kitchen appliances with this pink mixer by KitchenAid that delivers on quality and design. There are 16 different color options, so if your mom isn’t into pink, you’ll be able to find the best option for her. The mixer features a variety of settings and a convenient beater ejector button for when the job’s done. It will bring a smile to her face (and remind her of you!) every time she makes a new batch of cookies, which means she might share them with you. Score.
BEST FOR THE MOMMY WITH A GREEN THUMB
This indoor herb garden kit is the gift that will make the mama with a green thumb super excited. She’ll get a kick out of this kit that makes it possible to grow basil, thyme, sage, cilantro, and parsley without stepping foot outdoors. The best part? If you care (please care), the kit includes 100% organic seeds. The brand also features a 100% grow guarantee, too, which means if your mom can’t sprout her seeds she can trade it in for a new kit and try again.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO IS INTO ADULT COLORING
Know someone who dabbles in adult coloring? This book will be a game-changer. For the mom who loves to shut out the world and go into her zone, this snarky adult coloring book will bring lots of laughter and entertainment her way. Plus, by gifting it to her, you’re letting her know that you see motherhood isn’t always a cheery walk in the park, and that acknowledgement can improve your entire relationship.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO GROOVES
While this mini speaker might look vintage in style, its capabilities are completely modern. This affordable (adorable) gift will excite the mom who loves nothing more than to turn up the volume and groove, whether she’s cooking up dinner or hosting a solo dance party in her living room. To take this Mother’s Day gift idea to the next level, gift it along with tickets to a weekend getaway that the two of you can share together. The size of this speaker makes it the perfect toy to take along on a vacation. The speaker can be charged with a USB and holds battery life for up to three hours. The best part? Since the speaker is Bluetooth-enabled, there’s also a voice microphone so your mama can answer incoming calls without lifting a finger.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO = #GOALS
This genius pool float ensures your mom can get her queening on as she jets into the sun (or shade!) and glides over to her poolside ‘rita. It’s super easy to inflate, and the joystick controls make steering a breeze. Plus, it’s just one of those wacky gifts that will crack her up yet you know she’ll actually love it. Even though this is one of the most quirky Mother’s Day gift ideas on the list, you know if you had one, you’d use one.
BEST FOR THE FIT MOM
Yas! Your mom knows a thing or two about yoga, cardio, and everything in between. Gift her the latest fitness tracker by Fitbit, so she can stay on top of her progress and feel proud when she notices personal improvements. This sleek watch will track her progress through daily activities, workouts, sleep, and more. She can play around with settings to track all of her fitness achievements, whether that means getting more REM, losing five pounds, or attaining a better resting heart rate.
BEST FOR THE MOM WITH SILKY SKIN
This potion will leave your mom’s skin feeling soft, smooth, and silky sans slick layer. This virgin marula face oil by Drunk Elephant is a hot item and it will quickly become her new go-to for applications in the morning and at night. Untouched by chemicals or fragrances, the virgin marula oil is loaded with nourishing flavonoids and fatty acids that work in tandem to rejuvenate and reset skin.
13. Tile Pro
BEST FOR THE HOT-MESS (SORRY) MOM
Your mom is amazing, but there are times when you seriously question how she makes it through the day. If she’s the type to hunt down the house for her glasses while sporting them on her head, her life will actually change for the better with a Tile. You can gift her one, or five! All your mom has to do is attach it to something she doesn’t want to lose (like her keys or the remote) and then use her phone to check in and see where she left the item last. Freaking genius.
BEST FOR THE MOM WITH A CHIC HOME
Your mama can dazzle her favorite room in the house with this coaster set. This gift includes four dark palm coasters and a holder. The coasters are super absorbent and easy to clean, too! The floral and botanical decor trend is a thing in 2019, and the natural style is impossible for anyone not to love.
BEST FOR THE MEDITATING MOM
A Himalayan salt lamp will add a soft glow and an earthy vibe to any room in your mom’s home. Offering total tranquility, this lamp is the perfect excuse to bring her stress levels all the way down. The lamp releases negative ions into the air which may improve cognitive performance, according to some studies.
BEST FOR THE LEFTOVERS LADY
This storage set is a perfect, punchy gift for the mom who has leftovers to store stylishly on the regular. The set includes three different sizes of enamel-on-steel containers that will keep salads, leftovers, and cooked meals fresh in the freezer or the refrigerator.
BEST FOR THE ALWAYS-FRESH MA
You can’t go wrong with gifting this perfume to a mama who appreciates smelling fresh on the daily. Daisy by Marc Jacobs is a crowd-favorite for a reason, so if you can’t remember exactly what perfume your mama loves, chances are she’ll be excited to test this one out if she hasn’t already. It’s fun, fresh, and feminine, thanks to notes of strawberry, violet, ruby red grapefruit, gardenia, jasmine, musk, vanilla, and white wood.
18. Ninja Coffee Bar
BEST FOR THE CAFFEINE QUEEN
This thing is amazing. The Ninja coffee bar is perfect for single-serve situations, like when she’s the (only adult) running out of the door in the morning, but it can also be used to brew enough coffee to fill a carafe. Plus, it has a built-in milk-frother that is incredibly easy to use and can make anyone look like an expert barista. Your mom can make her coffee as plain or as fancy as she’d like.
BEST FOR THE GOLDEN GIRL
This snazzy face mask will glisten on your mum’s skin until she feels like a brand new woman. If she’s a seasoned face mask junkie, she’ll appreciate this one that’s made in the USA and made of literal gold and vitamin E. It’s the perfect excuse to have a mother-daughter spa day, too. 24K magic!
20. iRobot Roomba
BEST FOR THE MODERN MOM
There’s a new member of the family and his name is Roomba. This robot vacuum is sensitive enough to avoid slamming into walls, and robust enough to loosen, lift, and suck up particles and dirt. The coolest part? Mom can turn it on from her phone or via Alexa. This Mother’s Day gift idea is one she’ll get use out of on a (hopefully) regular basis.
BEST FOR THE ON-THE-GO MOM
For the mom who is always between different commitments outside of the home, she’ll need a dependable portable charger to rely on. This way, when she’s field-side, she can still juice up her phone and post endlessly to social media. This portable charger doubles as a compact makeup mirror, which means she can keep her face from running out of battery life, too.
BEST FOR THE MOVIE MOMMY
This is one of the coolest gifts she’ll receive! This microwave-safe popcorn popper will let your mom invent new flavors and enjoy the taste of stove-popped popcorn without the fuss. Pack the popper with kernels, seasonings, and of course, movie tickets. There’s nothing like an experience gift!
BEST FOR THE FASHIONISTA
She’ll be squealing as she unwraps this designer tote by Michael Kors on Mother’s Day. It’s available in 19 different styles, so you can easily pick the one that best suits her taste. The interior features one zippered pocket and four slip pockets so she can stay easily organized.
BEST FOR THE AROMA-ADORING MOM
Does your mom stop to smell the roses, literally? She’ll feel like she won the lotto when she opens up this sleek diffuser. She can turn on the Hathaspace diffuser for one, three, or six hours depending on what she’s up to. The design of this diffuser is ultra calming and the neutral tone will blend in, in just about any room.
BEST FOR THE NETFLIX-BINGING MOTHER
Spark her joy with an Amazon Fire TV stick that she can use to navigate her television with ease. Whether she wants to flip on daytime television or binge out on Netflix, she’ll find herself distracted by the thousands of channels she can stream, in addition to website (like YouTube) and other apps.
BEST FOR THE PANTRY PERFECTIONIST
This mason jar set by Sparrow Decor includes three bright storage containers that make it easy to keep sugar, herbs, flour, tea, and coffee dry and fresh. The vintage-style jars feature a modern silicone seal to lock in the contents of the jar and prevent them from getting icky or stale.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO CHOPS
If your mother scares you a little every time she picks up her chef knife, this cutting board will offer her a safe place to strike. You might just soften her up enough so she loosens her grip in general. The wooden board features a sweet saying: “So much of me is made from what I learned from you. You’ll always be with me like a handprint on my heart.” That’s actually pretty darn cute.
BEST FOR THE NEW AGE MAMA
This healing crystal set can be placed on a nightstand, vanity, bathroom sink, office desk, and just about anywhere else frequented on a daily basis. Even though there aren’t enough crystals in the world to heal the insanity moms deal with all the time, this trio will promote feelings of love, inspiration, and intuition.
BEST FOR THE BATHING BEAUTY
Moms love to soak, and chill, and refill the tub with hot water and repeat the cycle until the kids (or grandkids) attempt to knock the door down. This bamboo bath caddy makes it easy to keep a book, candle, bath bomb, wine glass, or bag of potato chips (you never know) dry until it’s time to indulge. She’ll never take a bath again without it. P.S. For moms with little munchkins, this bath caddy can be shared with the little ones to keep toys close, too!
BEST FOR THE FEMININE MATRIARCH
This Natori robe in royal blue features a floral print for a regal yet fresh vibe that any mama will appreciate after a long day, or bubble bath! The robe features a belt closure and the best part is it’s machine-washable despite the delicate fabric it’s made of.
BEST FOR THE BOOKWORM
Is your mom a reader? Open her up to a whole new world with an e-reader that will expose her to a fresh library of titles to choose from. She can use it to read at home, in a waiting room, on vacation, and just about anywhere else she doesn’t feel like engaging with her surroundings. Plus, the adjustable front lights make it possible to read wherever, whenever! She’ll appreciate that a single battery charge will last her weeks, not hours.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO GETS HEATED
This portable (but powerful!) little fan will cool down even the most heated mama. Perfect for the mom who can’t stand the summer heat, this fan can be easily charged up with a USB so she can stay chill while she’s at the computer. It’s also available in white and aqua.
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO DRINKS HER FEELINGS
This curvy wine rack is perfect to tuck away in a modern kitchen to keep wine bottles safe and secure. If your mom likes to collect bottles of wine before she gets to drink them all, this is the perfect way for her to stay organized. If she’s a faster drinker than she is a collector, she might benefit more from this suction wine glass she can keep close when she’s in the shower!
BEST FOR THE JEWELRY HOARDER
This jewelry organizer stand is the perfect addition to a (hopefully ever-growing!) collection. It’s a minimalist way for your mom to keep the pieces she wears most frequently close by. If you really feel like spoiling her, hang a necklace on it before you wrap it up! The three bars at different heights provide a tangle-free solution while making all of her favorite pieces completely visible. Gift the organizer along with a smaller jewelry catchall, like this metallic best mom trinket dish, so she has a special spot to keep her rings and earrings, too.
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