Mother's Day

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25 Awesome Mother's Day Gifts For All The Moms On Your List

Unless you can gift her with some sleep, in which case do that.

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Whether it’s your mom, sister, best friend, or a mom-like figure, you know how important it is to make her feel seen and appreciated, especially on Mother’s Day. As the holiday approaches and you’re doing some shopping, remember that the best Mother’s Day gifts are the ones that she doesn’t have to share with anyone else. After all of the time, energy, and love she’s given to everyone else, she deserves a little something that’s just for her.

This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 8, so if you haven’t started shopping for the best Mother’s Day gift already, it’s time to get on it. Don’t stress over it too much, though, because it’s less about what you get and more about showing her that she’s loved and that all of her hard work does not go unnoticed. That being said, if you can get her something that will make her smile, help her relax, or just make her world a little brighter in general, that certainly doesn’t hurt.

To find the best Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life, think about the things she enjoys most, and then find a way to tie some of them into her gift. It doesn’t need to be over the top (unless you want it to be, of course), just as long as it’s meaningful in some way. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

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A silky pajama set that’s super soft

Sure, her leggings and favorite faded t-shirt are definitely cozy, but there’s nothing quite as wonderful as going to sleep in a set of matching luxurious pajamas. There is no shortage of fantastic sets out there, like the Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set from Summersalt. They’re available in more than 10 colors and patterns and range in size from XS to 2X. Each piece is made from super soft and lightweight fabric that’s actually safe for the washer and dryer (which is always a plus). The pants feature an elastic waist and pockets and the coordinating top has a button front and a pocket on the chest.


Gourmet edibles to chill out with at the end of the day

Look, being a mom is stressful, and everyone has their own way of unwinding after a long day of chasing little kids and/or running back and forth between school, work, and sports practice. If the mom in your life enjoys ending her day with an edible, then the best Mother’s Day gift is a box of three gourmet macaron edibles from Hervé. They’re available in flavors including salted caramel, raspberry buttercream, chocolate ganache, and birthday cake. As if tasting good and being effective isn’t enough, these little macarons also happen to be gluten free and absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and they can be frozen for up to a year without losing any effectiveness or flavor.


A stylish bracelet that’s much more

As much as we don’t like to think of it, there’s always the potential for danger, and if you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for a mom who spends her days listening to true crime podcasts and reading thriller novels, chances are high she’s always on alert. To make her feel a little more safe, gift her with a Flare safety cuff, which looks like a bracelet but has the ability to notify loved ones of your location via GPS, prompt a pre-recorded call to use as an excuse to get out of an uncomfortable situation, or even call 911 in the event of an emergency. Honestly, this is the kind of jewelry everyone needs on their wrists.


A night of indulgence and self-care at home

A day of getting pampered at the spa is always a good gift for a mom, but those days are usually really expensive and hard to get scheduled (especially around Mother’s Day). Instead, give her the gift of a spa day (or, night) at home with the Patchology Night In Self-Care Skincare Kit. It includes everything necessary for mom to have a nice, relaxing night at home including a sheet mask, lip gels, two packs of eye gels, a hand and cuticle mask, and an intensive foot peel treatment. This gift alone is enough to get her happy and relaxed, but if you want to go a step further, pair it with a eucalyptus and spearmint scented candle to really create a chill atmosphere for her.


A super cute and personalized ring

If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more personalized, this Double Initial Ring from Dana Rebecca Designs is an excellent contender. It’s available in white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold finishes and features two letters of choice with pavé diamonds in each. If she’s a mom of one, the letters could represent her baby’s first and middle names, or if she has two kids, each letter could represent their first names. Or, maybe the letters have nothing to do with her kids and it’s just a pretty ring that she more than deserves for all of her hard work. Either way, this is definitely a gift she’d be excited to open on Mother’s Day.


A pretty planner to help keep her life in order

Typically, you wouldn’t think to get someone a planner in the middle of the year, but with the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley, you have the option to buy either a traditional year (Jan. through Dec.) or an academic year (Aug. through July) format, so it’s not too late to buy one. The daily planner is the best Mother’s Day gift for someone who has a lot going on every day that they need to keep track of, while the weekly planner is better for moms who only have one or two appointments to worry about in a given day (so they don’t need as much writing space). Regardless of which format you choose, they’re both super clean, organized, and helpful for anyone who likes to have a physical planner to keep them on track.


A perky bouquet of flowers to brighten up her day

You can never go wrong with a bouquet of flowers on Mother’s Day — it’s a classic for a reason. If you want to keep it traditional, go with something springy like peonies or some bright pink roses. For the moms who like a little something different, go for something bold like the Umbrella Drink bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers, which features palm leaves and colors you’d find on a tropical vacation. There are plenty of online flower shops that offer delivery nationwide, but don’t be afraid to pop in and chat with a local florist to get some help coming up with the perfect arrangement for the mom in your life.


A beautiful hat to keep the sun out of her eyes

As we get closer to summer, the sun is only going to get hotter and more damaging, so if mom likes to spend her days outside, then she needs a good hat to help protect her from harmful rays. Finding the right hat for her may require a bit of thought, especially if she’s very particular about her style. For something basic that will work with just about any outfit, consider this ZAZHADU Handwoven Raffia Sun Hat. It features a traditional wide brim that’s flexible and just the right amount of floppy for shading your face no matter where the sun is positioned in the sky.


A cookbook for the very best kind of meal

Getting a cookbook for an exhausted mom on Mother’s Day can be a little bit of a risky game, but if she’s someone who genuinely enjoys cooking, then it’s fair game. To help you decide what type of cookbook to get her, think about what it is she likes to make or eat the most. For example, the Lazy Day Brunches cookbook is full of yummy dishes from sweet to savory, to a mix of both that will all pair well with a mimosa (okay, it doesn’t say that specifically, but it’s safe to assume because what is brunch without mimosas?).


These superversatile shoes that she’ll want to wear every day

Everyone can use a good pair of sneakers, but especially moms who spend their weekends at the t-ball diamond, running around the park, or walking for miles across the zoo. Athletic sneakers are always a good option, but if she wants something with a little more style, go for something like the Roadrunner from Birdies. They’re available in several colors including Terrain which features a little bit of animal print and some metallic touches to add just the right amount of character to the otherwise pretty neutral sneakers. They come in a range of sizes from 5 to 12 and are made with high-quality materials, including a memory foam footbed for extra comfort.


A pair of lounge pants so she can feel extra comfy

You can never go wrong with a good pair of lounge pants for mom. While leggings are always an excellent option, it’s also nice to have something that’s sole purpose is to provide coziness and comfort. The Leisure pt. 2 Bottom from Babes is a perfect example. They’re made from a super soft blend of fabrics including jersey knit and spandex, so they’re light and have just the right amount of stretch. The pants alone are an amazing gift, but if you want to go a little further with your Mother’s Day present, feel free to add the coordinating top to your order to make it a complete set.


Some sunglasses to add a little fun to summer

Since it’s spring and the sun is shining, mom could probably use a new pair of sunglasses. When shopping for something like this, think about her style and whether or not she tends to take care of accessories like this (personally, I can’t buy high-end sunglasses because I’d inevitably destroy them by tossing them into my purse without thinking). For something fun, consider the High Key Mini style from Quay. They have an aviator look but feature colorful lenses that make them stand out from standard sunglasses — and there’s nothing that says “sunny day” like a pop of bright color, right?


Art to bring color and style to her walls

For moms who love all things home decor, opt for something she can add to her favorite spaces. Wall art is a fantastic option because not only will it enhance her overall aesthetic, but it will remind her of you every time she sees it. When shopping for wall art, make sure you consider her decor style and what kinds of colors she likes to decorate with. If she’s into greens and grays, consider this canvas print called Watering Plants. It’s so much fun and has just the right amount of color to make an impact. If she’s not into green, that’s okay, because LovelyEarthlings has plenty of other beautiful pieces of wall art to check out.


A set of pretty polishes that’s gentle on her nails

If she always has her nails painted, then you can never go wrong with a gift set of nail polishes. There are tons of brands out there to choose from, from super high-end to under $5. Personally, I love Ella + Mila, and I use their polish almost exclusively because it’s gentle on my nails and they have a huge selection of gorgeous colors. If you want to get a gift pack, the Pure Summer Set is a really fun option and includes the polishes Summer Rom-Ance, Pure Love, and On Thin Ice. Not her color style? No worries, because there are plenty of other gift sets available, or you can always buy single polishes to create your own set for mom.


A box of delicious treats just for her

Who doesn’t like a good treat now and then? For moms who enjoy indulging in some yummy desserts try something like this Neopolitan Assorted Alfajor Gift Box from DulceArte on Etsy. It comes with 15 alfajores, five Dulce de Leche Chocolate flavored, five traditional dulce De Leche flavored, and five Pink Chocolate flavored. Each box is made to order with high-quality (and delicious) ingredients. They even arrive in a pretty dessert box, so you don’t even have to wrap them up if you don’t want to. Just make sure that when you give them to mom, you let her know she’s not obligated to share them with anyone.


A bottle of sparkling vino she’ll always appreciate

There’s nothing like a delightful glass of wine at the end of the day to help you relax. If the mom in your life is a fan of vino, then gift her with a bottle of one of her favorites for Mother’s Day. If you’re not sure what she likes exactly, then go for something basic like rose, prosecco, or another sparkling wine. If you happen to live near a Target, then pick up a bottle of the Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut White Wine which is the perfect blend of fruity and oaky (plus, who doesn’t love bubbles?). Pro tip: give it to her cold so that she can pour up a glass right away if she wants to.


A moisturizing hair mask to revitalize her tresses

Similar to face masks, a hair mask is a small thing mom can do to pamper herself without having to go to a spa to do it. A good hair mask can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and will leave the hair looking shiny and healthy. To find the absolute best face mask for the mom in your life, look for something that’s formulated to work with her specific hair type and concerns, such as wavy and dry. If you’re not exactly sure what she’d need, then go for something more universal like the amika Soulfood Noursing Hair Mask that’s made to work with most hair types, from fine and straight to thick and coily.


A pretty new mat for yoga

Whether she’s a regular at her local yoga studio, or she just needs a spot to practice savasana, a new yoga mat is an excellent gift choice. You can find a yoga mat at pretty much any store that carries basic workout gear, but they’re not all created the same. For someone who is really into her practice or who likes hot yoga, then lululemon’s The Mat is worth the splurge. It measures just a little longer and wider than most mats (giving her some extra room for her poses) and it’s also thicker to provide more comfort. The best part, though, is that the bottom won’t slide around during practice and the top layer is designed to absorb moisture (ie: sweat) so she won’t slip when she’s trying to hold downward dog in a 100-degree hot yoga class.


An all-purpose bag to carry everything she needs

When you become a mom, you suddenly require a bag like the one Mary Poppins carries that’s big enough to hold a floor lamp. Unfortunately, unless you possess some of Mary’s “practically perfect in every way” magic, you can’t gift mom with one of those bags, but this Backpack/Travel Bag by CanopyVerde is a good alternative. It can be worn as either a backpack or a tote bag with a shoulder strap, and it’s equipped with internal and external pockets, so there’s plenty of space for just about everything mom needs to carry, whether it’s hers or her kids’ stuff.


A piece of jewelry that’s just for mom

For anyone looking for a more classic Mother’s Day gift, opt for a piece of jewelry that says “mom.” There are all kinds of options out there; whether you want something standard or personalized, you can definitely find a beautiful piece for her. This Mom Pendant Necklace from Kendra Scott is an excellent example. It’s simple, but the small heart detail helps set it apart from a lot of other similar styles. It’s available in either gold or silver and comes on a 17” chain with a lobster claw clasp. It’s pretty on its own, but is also a good pick for a mom who likes the layered necklace look since it has such a minimalist look.


A hair dryer that just might be a “miracle”

Can you find a hair dryer at a big box store for under $50? Sure. Does it create miracles like the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer? Probably not. While it’s definitely pricey, this hair dryer is absolutely amazing because it has temperature control to avoid damaging the hair with too much heat and it comes with a variety of different attachments so that it’s perfect for just about every hair type there is. Not to mention, it also dries hair faster than pretty much any other hair dryer out there and it basically delivers a salon-quality blow out at home, so mom won’t even have to style her hair more after it’s dried if she doesn’t want to.


A set of bath bombs for relaxing times

For moms who love a nice, relaxing bath, you can’t go wrong with some bath bombs. If you want to make it easy on yourself, go with a pre-made gift set, like Mom’s Bathtime Favorites from Lush which includes eight high-quality bombs with vaious shapes and scents and that all act a little differently when they’re dopped into the tub. For a more personal touch, look through Lush’s individual bath bomb collection and create your own collection with bombs you think she’d really like, such as Twilight for a relaxing evening bath, Butterball for a super moisturizing soak, or Goddess because, well, she’s a goddess, right?


The gift of super-hydrated skin

Now that winter’s over, mom’s skin could probably use a little extra hydration before it’s time to wear shorts and tank tops this summer. Thick lotions made with shea butter are great for deeply moisturizing the skin, and while there are a lot of options out there, the Whipped Body Butter from Buttah is one of the best. It’s super clean and packed with vitamins A, B, and E, which are great for the skin any time of year, but especially when it needs a little extra hydration. It’s also not greasy or so thick that it’s difficult to blend in. Basically, the formula is “just right” in every way, and mom is sure to love it.


This top that’s just for cozy mamas

There’s nothing better than a sweatshirt that is both comfortable and stylish. These can be surprisingly tough to find (trust me, I’m always on the lookout for them), but the Mama (Re)sourced Cotton Cloudberry Sweatshirt from Madewell is one of the few out there. It’s full length with a relaxed fit and three-quarter length sleeves. What makes it so perfect for moms is that on the chest, you’ll see the word “mama” embroidered on with white thread. It’s super subtle but it adds just enough to make this sweatshirt stand out (plus, it proudly displays a mom’s very prestigious title). The sweatshirt is made from super soft cotton (38% of which is recycled) and it’s available in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL.


A set of nice journals that’ll make her want to take notes

If she loves to write and/or keep a journal, then consider getting her this Five Year Keepsake Journal Set from Rifle Paper Co. The set includes five separate journals, each in a beautiful color with a gorgeous number printed across the front and the spine, that all fit neatly into a box so that they can be stored away together and in chronological order. Inside each journal are pages where mom can write about her days, record where she travels throughout the year, and share the goals she’s working towards. After five years, she will have a nice little collection of memories that she can return to whenever she could use a good smile (so, it’s basically the Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving).

Truth be told, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bottle of wine, some new PJs, or a brunch cookbook, the best Mother’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Does the mom in your life deserve to be pampered? Yes. But, will she appreciate something as simple as a card with a personal note that makes her tear up? Also yes. So, seriously, no pressure on finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift (but, if nothing else, breakfast in bed is always a good idea).

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