You’ve found it: The ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide for moms, grandmas, spouses, mothers-in-law, even hard-to-buy-for moms who have you stumped. After all, the whole purpose of the day is to show that you care, and different moms prefer to be appreciated in different ways. There are gifts for the sentimental mom who holds memories dear or the practical mom who’d take function over clutter any day. There’s Grandma, who plays a maternal role for both you and your kids, expecting moms with a bun in the oven, and there are other moms in your life — sisters, friends, even doting dog moms — who you’d like to recognize, even if it’s just in a small way. From the best Mother’s Day gifts on Amazon to unique picks from luxe retailers, we’ve got the goods, and then some. And BTW, this list was curated by moms, meaning it’s the stuff we actually want, so the mom in your life will, too.
Since we’re all about moms here at Scary Mommy (obvi), we’ve also got Mother’s Day round-ups for the best gifts for sending (including virtual gifts), the best mom jewelry, the best monthly delivery boxes, and the most thoughtful presents to snag in a hurry. But first, a few answers to your burning questions…
When is Mother’s Day 2021?
Mother’s Day this year is Sunday, May 9. Mark it in your calendar, or else.
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated on different dates?
The exact date of Mother’s Day varies each year. Here in the US (and in many other countries) it’s always on the second Sunday in May. Fun fact: In some countries, like the UK, they celebrate Mothering Sunday, which always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is a Christian-based holiday that dates back to the middle ages.
What is the origin of Mother’s Day?
Did you know Mother’s Day as we know it is a relatively recent holiday? While celebrations of mom can be traced back for centuries, the official holiday as we know it was established in 1914 by Anna Jarvis, according to History.com. The founder wanted to honor her late mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. However, she was later so disappointed with the commercialization of the holiday, she tried to have it removed from American culture.
You learn something new every day, eh? So without further ado, scroll on for our extensive list of Mother’s Day gifts for every Mama, Grandma, and belvoed mother figure in your life.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the hundreds of influencer skincare routines we’ve watched on Instagram, it’s that rolling your face every morning is #necessary. Especially for moms, who deal with more stress, anxiety, and wrinkle-inducing antics than most of us. So chances are she’ll love this jade face roller. Handcrafted with real natural jade, it’s dual-sided (one larger and one smaller) so she can get into all the nooks and crannies of her face and neck to boost collagen production and improve elasticity.
Nothing feels quite as luxurious as slipping into satin sheets (so we’ve been told). And while an entire set of said sheets can be pretty pricey (and pretty impractical for a mama with little ones tracking juice and snacks into her bed), you can at least treat her to a silk pillowcase. After all, the trendy shams have been touted for preventing both bad hair days (no more frizz or knots!) and facial wrinkles (we’re sold!). This one—which comes in 27 gorgeous colors from royal navy to blush pink—is made of 100 percent Mulberry silk, which is hypoallergenic and breathable. According to its nearly 6,000 reviewers, the pillowcase is incredibly soft and smooth and looks as sumptuous as it feels.
Alright: It may be a little awkward to gift this to *your* mom (or maybe not?) but your “Mommy juice”-drinking sister or your kid-toting BFF (who swears she won’t have another) will get a kick out of ‘em. And yes, Wine Condoms are good for more than just a laugh. They’re wine stoppers that provide an airtight seal and prevent spillage, too. While corks can shed pieces and traditional stoppers add height, these thin rubber shields allow you to effectively keep out oxygen and store bottles upright in the fridge. Plus, they are stretchy enough to fit over different-sized bottle openings. This set comes with six reusable Wine Condoms so your favorite wino can keep the party going long after Mother’s Day is over.
So you found the perfect present … now it’s time for the perfect card! Say how much you appreciate her while you say it like it is with this tastefully-illustrated “Thanks For Wiping My Butt” card. After all, she, you know, did.
Splurge and get the mom in your life some really nice soap. We love the bars made by Brooklyn Candle Studio (they also make some divine candles!) because they’re made with nourishing ingredients like oatmeal, and jojoba oil, and the scents are lovely (they’ll subtly perfume the bathroom and your guests will never want to leave). These soaps are free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances, and they leave your skin smooth, hydrated, and clean.
She likely already has 10,000 pairs of joggers and sweatpants. But she might not have any nice joggers/sweatpants. It’s just one of those things you can’t bring yourself to buy because they’re meant to worn at home. But it’s one of those things she definitely wants. We personally can vouch for how soft and luxurious M.M. LaFleur’s Keely Jogger is. When we wear these, it feels like we’re wearing a cloud. Heaven!
Every mom (really, every person) needs a good pair of house shoes. Even though the world is opening back up, there’s nothing like taking your shoes off, putting on some PJs, and shuffling into your favorite, cozy house shoes (that are also perfect for walking the dog, getting the mail, and other chores you don’t feel like doing, but need to eventually). We love Reef’s Cushion Sage Patches for the comfort and the cuteness (those rainbows!). You could wear these all day long, and your feet will never, ever hurt.
If you’ve got a Mama giftee that keeps up with literally everything in the celeb cooking world, they probably already know about Hexclad. Some of their favs like Cameron Diaz and Halle Berry use this Michelin star chef-approved brand. Wondering what makes it so great? Nothing you cook (not even blackened proteins!) will phase this cookware. Its patented design uses a layer of magnetic stainless steel so that it works seamlessly on all stovetops (electric and gas, as well as newer magnetic induction cooktops). There’s also a special layer of aluminum which provides even heat. In short: it’s 100% mom-approved!
Best Sentimental Mother’s Day Gifts
Preserve a piece of family history with this personalized recipe hand towel. Here’s how it works: You scan a beloved recipe card and email it to Texas-based maker ByCuddles (click the “contact” button on their virtual storefront). Then, they’ll have it printed on a machine-washable towel where it can be proudly displayed (and referenced, if needed!). This is a unique and thoughtful way to honor a legendary recipe that’s been passed down for generations, and seeing it in a loved one’s handwriting makes it even more special. Online marketplace goimagine donates its profits to charity, and this year, it’s Horizons for Homeless Children. Might as well get a copy for all the moms in your family!
If you’re looking for a dainty necklace that showcases a simple initial (maybe her kid’s or partner’s), we love Isabelle Grace’s collection of personalized jewelry. It’s extremely high-quality with a price that won’t break the bank. Each piece of jewelry is made by hand, so make sure you order now.
Turn your family’s prized recipes into a beautifully bound book complete with photos. Easy to create with predetermined layouts and text plus the ability to group by category, the only thing hard about this will be deciphering the recipes off those yellowed and worn-out index cards. If by some miracle these treasured family secrets are digital (aka Ina Garten or The Pioneer Woman’s secrets), then copy and paste is also an option. This is a one and done: Create it one time and gift it to each mom in the fam.
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Symbolic of the unbreakable bond of a mother and child, Merci Maman’s Intertwined Bracelet features interlocking circles that are hand-engraved for a personal touch. (Fun fact: “Merci Maman” means “Thank you, Mummy” in French.) Whether you choose your family’s names, a special date, or a heartfelt message, this piece is definitely one she’ll cherish. It’s available in 18 karat gold or rose gold plating or 925 sterling silver — there’s a necklace version, too. BTW, this brand has personalized pieces for Kate Middleton and Charlotte Tilbury, so yeah, it’s a good one.
Kids of all ages will have a grand time filling out this precious “What I Love About Mom” journal from Knock Knock. While we already know that mom is the bomb dot com, odds are, we don’t express our love enough. From hilarious to honest and heartfelt, this book includes 50 fill-in-the-blank prompts that will serve as a keepsake for years to come. FYI: Some of the prompts (like this one: “If you were a scent, you’d be…”) are funny. Remember, moms always need a good laugh! For the little ones, you may want to give them a separate piece of paper to jot down their initial responses and then transfer their final thoughts to the book. Voilà! When it’s all done, this journal deserves a spot on the coffee table (or mom can tuck it away for safekeeping). As far as gifts go, this one is priceless. Now, be sure to grab the tissues, ‘cuz you know moms.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts From Husbands to Wives
There is no mom (repeat after me-NO MOM) who wouldn’t love a beautiful, tasteful, colorful arrangement of flowers for Mother’s Day or any day. UrbanStems has curated so many beautiful choices that even we had a hard time choosing our faves. Special call out to a few including The Firecracker (featured here), The Luna, and The Maia (we love any arrangement with a spring peony). If your bestie likes something a little more posh—choose from the Vogue Collection. Flowers too short lived for your giftee? Wait until you see the orchid plants (ooh…the Chickadee) and the Cairo (towering snake plant leaves). Decisions are hard, and moms don’t have time to spend on big decisions, so know that whichever you pick for the special mama will be a success.
The only thing better than these beautiful 14-karat solid gold hoops is their story: They’re handmade by in Oregon and each purchase helps support a small business. Even better, the online marketplace goimagine donates its profits to charity, and this year, it’s Horizons for Homeless Children. Fashion never felt so good!
For the wife who always says you’re a pain in the neck … we kid, we kid, but this heated neck wrap is wonderful for soothing aches and pains. Whether it’s from craning over a computer, bending over to tidy toys, or picking up your toddler (or possibly all three), Ostrichpillow’s newest product is a must-have for any mom. It’s filled with weighted clay beads that can provide hot or cold relief (just zap in the microwave or keep in the freezer), plus it stays comfortably in place when draped across the shoulders. She’ll definitely welcome this addition to her self-care stash.
When it comes to gifting your wife with a personal, beautiful piece of jewelry, birthstone necklaces are always a great choice. This pick from Gorjana is equal parts classic and trendy, featuring luxe 18 karat gold plating and a coin pendant set with a genuine stone. Whether you choose her birthstone, your birthstone, or the birthstone of your child, it’s a meaningful piece that’ll become a favorite in her jewelry collection. (P.S. Gorjana even has a gift wrap option so it’ll arrive ready to give!)
Trust us: Your wife wants cute PJs, and (speaking from experience), these are the cutest. But beyond that, Stare & Stripe pajamas are ridiculously comfy, thanks to a buttery-soft modal blend that feels nothing short of luxurious. This shorts set is perfect for warmer weather and will make your SO feel extra pretty as she gets her beauty sleep. Yes, she appreciates your old T-shirts, but she deserves to sleep in some jammies of her own once in a while.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts From Sons
We hope we’re not being too forward, but the fact is, moms deserve the best sh*t. This trio of candles, straight from the Scary Mommy Shop, definitely fits the bill. In addition to flickering ambiance, Mama will get candles that say “This Mom Is Lit,” “I Can’t Talk Right Now. I’m Doin’ Shit,” and the “S.O.S Candle (Straight Outta Shits).” They feature fragrances like flowers (my second favorite F word), mimosa & chill, and sage against the machine to really suit Mom’s many (very colorful) moods.
Ah, the days when we could sit and have a nice, refreshing cocktail in quiet. While you may not be able to give your Momma giftee peace and quiet this Mother’s Day (but OMG please, please try) — you can gift her an easy and delicious cocktail from Haus. In this Sampler Kit, you’ll have your choice between seven different spirits. There are blends like Grapefruit Jalapeño for our tequila drinkers, Bitter Clove for those who love whiskey, or Rose Rosé for those who like something sweet. And before you ask, YES they’re alcoholic (18-20% ABV to be exact) and they taste like they came straight from a pro mixologist! The great thing about Haus is that you can drink it solo on the rocks, or do your own thing and create a brand new cocktail. Mama needs her juice and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
In this digital day and age, Mom still knows the importance of a handwritten note. But why scribble on a scrap of paper? Instead, a gorgeous stack of notecards from Papier is much more suitable for penning her heartfelt sentiments. This set includes 20 notecards plus envelopes as well as a matching hardcover notebook that’s pretty enough to keep on her desk in her home office. Both the notecards and notebook can even be customized with her name or even a special title or message that’s meant just for her.
If your ultimate goal is to make your favorite mom’s life easier, the iRobot Roomba is definitely worth the splurge (ps. you can often find special offers). Checking vacuuming off her to-do list will save hours of her precious time, especially if she has kids and/or pets to pick up after. Though pricey, the Roomba 675 is on the more affordable end of the Roomba lineup, but it still offers some impressive features. It glides over both hardwood and carpeted floors, navigates itself around and under furniture, returns to its dock when it’s low on power, and can be controlled with the iRobot HOME app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. While higher-priced models come with more bells and whistles (optional keep-out zones, scheduled room cleanings, anti-allergen systems, etc.), this automatic vacuum will still get the job done. And if you’re still trying to justify the price, think of it this way: It’s cheaper than hiring a housekeeper in the long run.
Looking to switch up your typical bouquet of flowers routine? If Mom loves the smell of roses, Prim’s Flor Oscura Perfume Oil captures that romantic scent in a mini rollerball bottle. The best part about this fragrance, though, is that it’s clean and cruelty-free, meaning it’s made without harmful chemicals, which you’d never want your mama to put on her skin. While the bottle is small (.17 oz), she can easily toss it in her purse, and trust us — a little goes a long way. P.S. Coming straight from a rose scent lover, I tested this perfume and it smells wonderful.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts From Daughters
The perfect trinket to gift with a shiny new piece of jewelry (found elsewhere on this list … hint, hint), this dish keeps gems safe and provides a sweet daily reminder that Mom is loved. It’s made with ceramic and trimmed with gold paint for an extra special touch.
Your partner has for sure seen the viral social media images of what this does to your face — and it’s impressive! Get her one of these for Mother’s Day and maybe she’ll let you do a mask, too!
When mom can’t make it to the spa, she can have a luxury face mask right at home with the S C R U B Face Mask from Linné Botanicals. The exfoliating mask will leave her skin feeling smooth and leave her feeling as relaxed as she’s ever been thanks to ingredients like bamboo silica, bilberry extract, and chamomile and turmeric essential oils. Sounds soothing, right?
One reviewer said it perfectly: “I’m so happy I tried this! I use it once a week and it just makes you look a sexy movie star. It’s also so gentle – the particles are perfectly rounded and do not scrape at the skin. It also caused no tingling for me. I was taught to stay away from products containing citrus extracts but this product is formulated so well that you end up really getting solely the benefits of these natural and powerful ingredients!”
There’s a reason so many moms are fans of the messy bun or the no-fuss bob—there’s just no time in the morning to mess with their hair. Or at least there wasn’t until now. Meet the cult-favorite Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush. It has almost 40,000 (!!) glowing reviews on Amazon, with busy women everywhere gushing over how effective—and efficient—it is at styling their hair. “My hair looks like I just walked out of the salon and spent $100 every time,” one woman said of the tool, which dries hair while adding volume at the same time. With three different heat and speed settings and detangling bristles, the brush also has an ION generator to give Mom the shiny, silky hair she hasn’t seen since her pre-kid days.
“Nourish Mantra Exotic Black Turmeric Mud Mask is formulated with a rare herb Black Turmeric, this Mud Mask adheres to the skin and effectively delivers skin plumping. The moisturizing actives improve the skin’s elasticity and restore youthful luster.” Yes, please.
Her morning coffee will taste even better in a gorgeous hand-decorated mug made just for her. Gray marbling with gold accents look endlessly chic, and Etsy seller HandLetteringLaura assures that the design won’t fade, crack, or peel. This particular style is even microwave and dishwasher safe. Think Mom would prefer a different style or sentiment? Check out the designer’s other products, which come in various colors, shapes, and have customizable options.
Best Unique Mother’s Day Gifts
For the mom who wants nothing more than a little peace and quiet, you can give it to her …. along with this 3-pack of door hangers that humorously tell everyone to buzz off. Yes, they’re funny, but the sentiment is serious: Leave her alone.
Got a crafty mom? The Cricut Joy Machine is the perfect DIY tool that replaces your label maker (and it also happens to be Zooey Deschanel-approved!). It lets you create designs for mugs, glasses, laptops, and more.
This Gallery of Five Puzzle from Shutterfly is genius. This personalized photo puzzle, consisting of your most cherished photos (you can choose one special family portrait or up to nine individual photos), comes straight from the heart. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it even comes in a matching photo box to display on your coffee table. While we’re always up for a good challenge, you have the option to downsize to a 60-piece puzzle (recommended for ages 6+). Cue the awws.
For the woman still very into the puzzle craze of the last year, this brand is the best. Every puzzle directly supports an artist, a charity they’ve chosen, and our small business.
Sometimes, there is truly nothing better than roasting marshmallows over the fire pit on an almost-summer night. (Glasses of wine, optional.) This is a little unconventional, but we truly believe in whimsical gifts and combining the experential with the delicious. XO Marshmallow makes the fluffiest, most delicious mallows (egg-, high fructose corn syrup- and gluten-free!), and this kit includes everything you need to make four (huge!) S’mores.
Does your mom/wife/grandma/friend love the smell of freshly brewed, sweet sweet coffee? Does she also love candles? The two naturally go hand-in-hand, which is why DW Home created their new line of coffee candles that smell exactly like artfully brewed coffee and look like it too! DW has several scents in this new collection, including Caramel Macchiato, Matcha Green Tea Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, and Chai Latte. Seriously, heavenly.
Best First Mother’s Day Gifts
This wearable mantra is suited for any strong mama (read: all mamas), but it’s an especially sweet gift for new moms in their first year of parenthood. There’s a lot of excitement as well as unknowns, but one thing’s for sure: She’s a strong mother and she’s got this!
Moms seriously NEED SLEEP. Honestly, if we could ask for sleep, we would (and often times, we do, but most times it’s just not an option). The next best thing? A silky-soft sleeping mask that blocks out all light and feels like a cloud on our eyes. We tested this out for two weeks and found that we actually slept better and longer. Made with silk that has 18 amino acids and tightly woven fibers, this mask is especially soft and won’t cause any irritation.
A new mom will be especially touched by a stunning piece of jewelry that represents her LO. And trust me when I say that the bestselling Mini Mini Jewels Dog Tag Necklace is gorgeous because, well, I have one, myself. Perfect for ladies who love dainty jewelry, this charm can be customized with the initial and birthstone of your choice for a piece that’s truly special. Mini Mini Jewels are made of solid 14 karat gold and come in yellow, white, or rose gold finishes, and your choice of a dozen birthstone accents. Note that the chain is sold separately on the Mini Mini Jewel site, or you can buy the pendant on the chain at Amazon (which is super convenient), or Nordstrom.
If your fave crafty mom collects memories like stray binkies around the house, she’ll love preserving some of her favorite motherhood moments in this beautiful book. This hardcover from Artifact Uprising comes in 7 different fabric/font color combinations and features fill-in-the-blank pages to record special milestones, month by month. Further, each book purchase includes a gift card for a set of high-quality Everyday Prints that Mama can order at her convenience to get started on her memory book-making.
A stroller? For Mother’s Day? Hear us out: For active mamas who like to jog or speed walk, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 is their ticket to freedom. Speaking from experience: As a work-from-home jogging mama, myself — with very opportunities to hit the pavement (alone) — this stroller is a game-changer. Now, even when I’m home with the babe, I can (finally) get my workout back on. This stroller maneuvers effortlessly across weathered pavement and keeps Baby snug and secure. It even comes with a car seat adaptor if she wants to make it her main stroller for daily walks (PSA: Newborns and younger babies should not be jostled around, so ask your pediatrician when it’s safe to take BB on a jog.) So if the mama in your life loves spending time outside with her LO in tow, gift her this splurge she won’t get for herself so she can get the heck out of the house.
As if mamas didn’t love sweatshirts enough, all this time at home essentially makes them her uniform for work, chores, and everything else. But she still has standards (obvi), so cute sweatshirts are where it’s at. This “Strong women raise strong women” sweatshirt is suited for any fierce girl-mom in your life, but any new mom will love receiving it on her very first Mother’s Day. It’s made with a cotton/poly blend that’s super soft and easy to wear at home or on the go. It’s available in sizes small through 2x.
A new mama has no time to pick out an outfit, and having something cute and comfy to throw on — while offering easy breastfeeding access — is ideal. This lightweight cotton wonder is super soft and thin enough that she can run around in it with full mobility — and even better, it’s available in a whole bunch of trendy colors and patterns. There are pockets, too, and you know she’ll use ’em to keep snacks on hand to fulfill her ravenous postpartum appetite. And even if she already has a robe, it’s always a good idea to have a backup for *when* the new baby spits up all over her.
It doesn’t take long for new moms to realize that their petite little purses are a thing of the past (at least for now). Go anywhere with Baby, and you practically need a suitcase for all the stuff you need. Enter the backpack, which offers a roomy, hands-free solution to schlepping the whole family’s needs. We love The Pro Backpack Tote from Holly & Tanager because it’s super chic, plus it gives Mom what she really wants: Options! With convertible clip-on straps, this bag can transform from a backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag and more. That means it’s great for hauling things for Baby, but she can also use it as a travel carry-on or for stashing her laptop and work gear once the office (or coffee shops) re-open. It’s available in 6 colors to suit any mama’s style.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Grandma
Homemade bread is experiencing a resurgence right now. Anyone who has tried to make their own bread knows that when the loaf deflates as it cools, so does our ego. The secret to perfect crusty sourdough that stays risen is Bread Bosses Banneton. The setup is so simple that it works with any recipe and makes the perfect gift idea for bakers. The Banneton wicks moisture away from the surface of the bread to make for a crisper round loaf more than common bread baking methods. Even if the baking mom hasn’t delved into homemade bread yet, this should provide all the necessary inspiration. The Bread Bosses Banneton comes with a linen liner which can be used to create smooth, perfectly round bread. Or utilize the handmade craftsmanship of the basket without the liner, which creates a ring pattern on the final bread product worthy of a boulangerie in Paris all while in the comfort of our own kitchen.
For many of us, being away from our moms can be challenging—and vice versa. The good news: They’re always just a FaceTime away. Beyond a pretty bouquet of blooms and boxed chocolate, this Mother’s Day calls for some serious DIY magic. Akola’s newly launched bead kit is best enjoyed in good company… even if you’re miles apart. Send one of the kits to yourself, and one to your mom, so that you can have an epic Mother’s Day bracelet-making Zoom party. What could be more fun? Each build-your-own-bracelet-kit contains all the supplies you’ll need (hand-rolled Karatasi beads, raffia tassels, and stretch cord) to make two bracelets. Don’t fret if you’re not a self-proclaimed craft queen. Easy as 1-2-3, the step-by-step instructions will make following along a cinch. Bonus: With every Akola purchase, 100% of profits are reinvested back into the women they employ.
This Mother’s Day, give the gift of health. In a time when a tiny throat tickle can throw anyone into a panic, any mom will appreciate having a stockpile of Beekeeper’s Naturals on hand. These are natural, bee product-based immunity boosters (that taste delicious!) that soothe symptoms and help prevent sickness. Even better, they’re made with powerful, clean ingredients. She’ll love adding the B. Powered Superfood Honey (with propolis, royal jelly, and bee pollen — yes, the real good stuff) to her tea and spritzing some B. Immune Throat Spray in her throat every time it feels sore, scratchy, or irritated. The B. Smart Brain Fuel vials contain a super-potent blend that’ll give her an extra boost if she’s feeling sluggish or under the weather.
When it comes to gifting a digital photo frame, ease of use is key, and with the Aura smart digital frame, the recipient doesn’t need to be tech-savvy to enjoy it. That’s because photos can be added by you via the Aura app and an unlimited number of people can be invited to share. In sum: You can gift this frame to Grandma, and you and your siblings can send pictures to it right from your phones — she doesn’t even need to know what an app is. That said, this frame is also Alexa-compatible, so if Gran already has an Alexa device, she can choose to add voice control. But don’t just take our word for it — the Aura frame has over 1,500 reviews and a near-perfect rating on Amazon.
Upgrade Grandma’s candle collection with this chic pick from CandaScent Labs. These botanically-based candles have subtle, natural scents (aka, they’re not cloying and perfumey) that even smell-sensitive people can enjoy. For example, the Unwind candle smells just like fresh lavender with subtle notes of thyme to promote instant relaxation. They’re made in California with USDA-certified organic essential oils and nothing artificial. The finishing touch is the sleek black jar, which comes with a sealing wooden lid and can be reused once the wax burns down.
Help brighten her rainy day with a gorgeous umbrella from Rifle Paper Co. The newly-launched line features four styles (including one with a wooden ducky handle) so she can beam sunshine wherever she goes, even on the drizzliest of days.
Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Hard-To-Buy-For Moms
No matter how picky the mom you’re gifting is (ahem, your mother-in-law, ahem) there is no way she can not like an insulated, shatterproof wine glass — especially one this cute. Leave it to Rifle Paper Co. to design the perfect floral cup to keep her vino cool and classy. If you want to go for a themed gift, grab the matching wine canteen, too. Want her beverage needs covered all day? There’s also a portable coffee mug and tumbler in the springy Hydrangea Collection.
Trust us when we say: Every mom will appreciate a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. She has to listen to a lot of racket all day long. Especially these days, when we’re taking our meetings from home, it helps to have high-quality, high-functioning headphones to drown out the noise and listen to what we need to listen to, loud and clear. Which is why we’re recommending the best of the best: Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones. Using Dual Noise Sensor technology and Edge-AI, it’s hard to beat this kind of sound quality. The 30-hour battery life is great for all-day calls and work playlists, as it is for continental flights (remember those?!). Plus, they’re extremely comfortable (Scary Mommy editors tested them out for an entire day, and they forgot they were wearing them by nighttime).
She does the grocery shopping, sends you homemade treats, and hosts Christmas dinner every year. Basically, moms are guilty of spending all their time and money on everyone else. But they deserve something special for themselves, too. Treat the mama in your life to this trio of mists from beloved beauty brand Mario Bandescu. The set will take her from morning to night with a green tea and cucumber facial spray (for when she wakes up), an herb and rosewater spray (for freshening up throughout the day), and a chamomile and lavender spray (for before bed). Each mist also contains aloe for extra hydration and, according to reviewers, is just what Mom needs to wake up her face and feel more refreshed. Bonus: The mists are great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
When it comes to gifting someone who already has everything, a set of luxe sheets are always a good idea. Even if she already has a favorite set (or two, or three), it’s always handy to have another. And, we bet she doesn’t already have an airy set of linen sheets in her collection. Enter, RiLEY’s linen sheet set made from 100% euroflax Belgian linen for a smooth, buttery feel and impeccable breathability. She’ll enjoy slipping under these breezy sheets on balmy summer nights, but really, they’re comfy enough for year-round use. (And BTW, we can tell you from experience they are ah-mazing.) The standard sheet set comes with a fitted sheet and 2 pillowcases — you can choose to add on a top sheet, too. Get them in grey, heathered sand, heathered navy, or classic white to go with literally any decor style (yes, even your ridiculously picky mother-in-law’s). Crisis averted!
Adding to the list of gifts you can’t go wrong giving is a set of nice bath towels, and when it comes to nice bath towels, Brooklinen’s are guaranteed to please. Their new waffle knit towels have a luxe texture and are light, absorbent, and quick-drying, which is perfect for the warm days ahead. The Waffle Bath Towel Bundle includes 2 towels, 2 hand towels, and a bath mat and comes in 4 neutral colors. If you’re unsure which hue Mom would prefer, stick with fresh, classic white.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Practical Moms
Any mom can make drinks more exciting for herself and her family with the SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker. This handy little device can add carbonated pizzazz to plain old water, plus the whole crew can create their own concoctions with flavorings, too!
The Fizzi is manually-operated (each push of a button adds a burst of CO2), so those with limited counter space will appreciate not getting tangled up in chords. But for busy mamas who prefer as little effort as possible, the electric-powdered Fizzi One Touch may be the better option.
This bundle is the perfect set for beginner bubble makers and includes two BPA-free bottles, two CO2 canisters, two bottles of zero calorie fruit drops (orange and lime), and of course, the SodaStream machine. In addition to providing a healthy and fun way to keep the whole fam hydrated, moms can feel good about reducing the consumption of single-use bottles and cans. Now, that’s cause for celebration; sparkling cocktails, anyone?
The name suits this dinnerware from KINN perfectly. The Anything Bowl is great for daily use (from salads to rice bowls) to fancy dinners (like tortellini or salmon). Your mama giftee will absolutely love having these well made, versatile bowls in the kitchen. Colors include this cool slate gray, a gorgeous guava pink, parchment, and more! You can buy them solo (for only $26!) or in a set of 4. And if you know they need a kitchen revamp, make sure to check out the matching dinner plates and breakfast bowls too!
For the mom who believes essential oils are the answer to everything (from migraines to insomnia to temper tantrums), a new diffuser makes the perfect gift. This one is a best-seller on Amazon because it has two different misting modes (continuous or intermittent) to choose from based on your preferences and such a large capacity that it can run non-stop overnight (and yes, there’s an auto-off safety feature). Another thing that sets this diffuser apart from the others? It has a color-changing light that rotates through eight soft hues for added ambiance. “This diffuser is amazing—it’s a gift from God himself,” one of the 24,000+ reviewers writes, adding that it’s “easy to control the color/water output, small and compact, easy to clean, and outright beautiful.”
Make dinner duty infinitely easier for Mom with the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot Duo isn’t just a pressure cooker (and steamer… and saute-er… etc.), it’s also a slow cooker—and a good one, at that. Equipped with a 6-quart stainless steel pot that’s both durable and dishwasher-safe, the Duo also uses a high-tech microprocessor to monitor the temperature, time, and heat and adjusts accordingly as your food cooks. I.e. you don’t have to worry about checking your food every 20 minutes to make sure it’s actually on track for your 6 p.m. dinnertime.
The mom in our life with lots of little mouths to feed will benefit from a baking stone for years to come. This simple yet classic must-have item is often overlooked when developing our kitchen arsenal. Why does the busy mom in your life need the Unicook Heavy Duty Baking Stone? Bake sale cookies and homemade pizza to start. Make mom the envy of every bakesale Betty Crocker out there. Baking cookies on stoneware allows for heat retention while baking and allows for moisture to be drawn away from the cookie leaving them crisp on the bottom (aka perfect, not burned) every time. Stoneware is one of those kitchen gems that improve with age. The more we use it, the darker and more seasoned it gets, yielding better and better results over time. The best part? This heavy-duty stoneware can also be used on the outside grill, meaning our grill master spouse can take a turn as well!
If Mom has to wear a face mask, it might as well be a cute one, right? Enro’s new In Bloom face masks — seen on the likes of Katherine Schwarzenegger and Emma Roberts — will do the trick. This mask is breathable, lightweight, and contains a PM0.1 filter. Plus, it’ll add a bright floral pop to Mom’s outfit, just in time for spring! In addition to coming in small, medium, and large sizes, it features an adjustable nose bridge and ear loops for an impeccable fit.
Best Mother’s Day Plant Gifts
There is something about the smell of fresh basil that really perks up the senses. One the most versatile and aromatic of herbs, it is a staple in so many classic recipes. For the versatile city chef or the not so green thumbed mama, we’re loving the easy to use AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360 herb garden. Designed to grow without soil, this makes the perfect gift for moms who lack outdoor garden space or the green thumb to match. Bonus— this makes for a super fun science project for the kids! Hydroponics is the way of our food future, growing herbs and veggies in water, not soil. Up to 6 plants grow up to 12” in the compact, counter space saving, base. The easy to use control panels provide reminders for food and water, while the automatic timer regulates the light to just the right amount. The only question left is which recipe are we going to make with our first bounty? Even homemade pizza wins here.
A few low-maintenance plants for the low-maintenance mama. Turns out, you don’t have to have a green thumb to add some natural greenery to your indoor space. This trio includes two Sansevieria varieties and a Ponytail Palm, all of which thrive in indirect light so she can enjoy their natural beauty just about anywhere in her home.
Whether she’s already an avid gardener or doesn’t want to set foot in a grocery store this year, she’ll love trying her hand at Lettuce Grow, an indoor/outdoor all-in-one container farmstand system started by mama and actor Zooey Deschanel. Imagine having a 40-square-foot farm in her backyard—all in the footprint of a 4-square-foot vessel? Help her choose from more than 200 varieties of leafy greens, veggies and herbs, with only a 5-minute commitment per day—the Lettuce Grow Farmstand is self-watering and self-fertilizing, meaning she’ll barely have to lift a finger (really!). Hydroponic technology means growing without soil (i.e. no weeding), and increased yields and faster growing. It’s a bit of a splurge, price-wise, but consider that in just three weeks, she’ll have a bona fide bounty to share with the fam.