They birth us, feed us, nurture us, love us unconditionally….these are only a few of the (many) reasons why moms are so deserving of an extra special gift come Mother’s Day. And FYI, that applies no matter whether she’s your biological mom, your mother-in-law, a mom-like figure in your life, a dog mom—you get the picture. Point being, moms of all kinds deserve to be celebrated, and a thoughtful present is a great way to do so. Top tip: While there’s certainly nothing wrong with falling back on the classic M-day gifting categories—a cozy robe, a personalized piece of jewelry, flowers—it’s also a good idea to think outside of the gifting box. Consider picking up something that the special mom in your life wouldn’t necessarily buy for herself….after all, isn’t that the whole point of a gift?
Sure, buying someone a fragrance can be a little bit risky, but this cult-classic is pretty much guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Why? The intoxicating scent is multi-faceted, combining woody, gourmand, and floral notes in a unique and balanced way, and offering a little something to appeal to everyone’s scent preferences. It’s pricey, yes, but that’s part of the reason why it’s such a great gift for mom. When we tested this, we noticed that the push-pull of its sweet and savory notes give this fragrance an alluring tension that’s sensual and incredibly sophisticated.
Price at time of publish: $325
An ordinary face wash? Definitely not giftworthy. This luxe version, which both effectively cleanses and is packed with good-for-your skin ingredients? 100% giftable. Like the creams and serums in this line, it relies on the brand’s proprietary TFC8, an ingredient that improves your skin’s natural ability to regenerate. Not to mention that it removes dirt and makeup beautifully, too. When we tested this, we noticed that not only did this cleanser remove waterproof mascara with one swipe, it took out any red blotches, leaving skin even and glowing.
Price at time of publish: $70
For any mom who loves a good high-tech facial—but may not necessarily have the time to hit the spa regularly—this offers the perfect alternative. The tiny (it’s about the same size as a razor) device combines red light therapy, microcurrent, facial massage, and also delivers a pleasant warming sensation, to help decrease puffiness, increase glow, and even help minimize fine lines and redness. Plus, you only need to use it for five minutes. Fun fact: Celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Megan Fox are fans. When we tested this, we noticed that this tool decreased puffiness and redness around the eyes instantly, and that skin appeared tighter after just one pass.
Price at time of publish: $169
There’s certainly no shortage of different types of black leggings out there (that may be the understatement of the century, actually), but there’s good reason why moms everywhere sing the praises of this pair in particular. The weightless fabric is next-level soft and great for low-impact workouts, lounging, and day-to-day life. They’re also super stretchy, great for pregnancy and post-partum.
Price at time of publish: $98
Pizza night just got a whole lot more fun. This compact, outdoor pizza oven makes it easy to whip up homemade pies; there’s even a wood-burning or propane option. Pair it with the brand’s pizza box, which comes with all the ingredients you need to make a delicious pepperoni ‘za.
Price at time of publish: $440
Waterproof, breathable, quick-drying, and perfectly packable, this checks all of the boxes for qualities you want in a raincoat, and then some. All of the fabrics are sustainably-sourced and are chemical-free, not to mention that the oversized style and seven color ways are super cute, too.
Price at time of publish: $155
A perfect pick for the mom with a green thumb, this cute design works equally well as a vase or a planter. Pair it with flowers or a plant if you want to make it feel that much more special.
Price at time of publish: $20
Inspired by celebrity esthetician Shani Darden’s go-to treatment for her celeb clients, this two-step peel makes pores look smaller, brightens, and boosts your overall glow. Yes yes and yes.
Price at time of publish: $125
While this is ideal for moms-to-be and new moms, it’s truly great for anyone. Silky soft and incredibly lightweight, it comes with extra deep pockets (a must), ¾ length sleeves that don’t get in the way, and is equally comfortable for sleeping or lounging.
Price at time of publish: $40
Sure, you can give her jewelry…or you can give her this complete line-up of everything she needs to keep all of her jewelry extra clean and sparkly. There’s a wash, polisher, and highly convenient cleaning wipes. Make sure to tell her that Oprah is a fan of the brand, too.
Price at time of publish: $75
Not only are all of the wines from this wine club delicious, they’re also all 100% organically grown and come from small family farms, the perfect option for anyone looking for cleaner, more natural wine. This gift box comes with a mix of six different varietals; there are also monthly membership options available.
Price at time of publish: $183 for 6
A tennis bracelet, but make it dainty diamonds. This single row prong set contains F color and VS1 clarity diamonds, for a total of 2.50 carats. Each diamond is contained in a 4 prong setting and made with 14 karat rose gold. The 78 round brilliant diamonds are AGI certified, and give lustrous sparkle. Yes, this is an extravagant gift, but the superior quality of the craftsmanship and diamonds of the highest caliber and standards makes this an heirloom piece. We love the rose gold option for mom, but it also comes in yellow, white, and black gold.
Price at time of publish: $1,699
If only we had a dollar for everytime we’ve said that candles make for foolproof gifts…In all seriousness, this is one of our current favorite brands. We’re loving everything from the gorgeous packaging (because reminder, this is a gift) to the amazing scent pairings (this green and herbaceous one is a fave) to the fact that they’re all handmade with phthalate-free oils, soy wax, and lead-free wicks. When we tested this, we loved the amazing scent throw and how chic and minimalistic the neutral vessel is.
Price at time of publish: $38
Any new mom is sure to appreciate this one-stop-shop of everything she needs to take care of her newborn’s super-delicate skin. It comes with five essentials, ranging from cleaning gel to lotion, and, best of all, she can use everything, too.
Price at time of publish: $36
Busy mom Scarlett Johansen created this line of sustainable, eco-friendly, and scientifically backed skincare that’s designed to deliver dewy, healthy skin, no matter your age. We love that this three-step routine that makes it easy for mom to pamper her complexion with products that have an inherent synergy and work together to drive visible results. This set contains a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer, each fortified with the brand’s own Hyaluroset™ Complex, a botanical alternative to hyaluronic acid that gives an immediate plumping effect to parched skin. Three of the brand’s bestselling products are bundled at a special value price, making this gift-worthy set an even sweeter steal.
Price at time of publish: $105
If she’s always down for a good puzzling sesh, she’s sure to appreciate this unique puzzle; every piece is hand-cut and totally different from the others. (And they’re all made from paper that comes from sustainable forests.)
Price at time of publish: $38
No matter whether she loves coffee, travel, or both, she’s sure to appreciate this gift set. You get 16 bags of coffee (choose from whole bean or ground), all sourced from around the world and boasting an array of different notes and flavor profiles.
Price at time of publish: $94
Pajamas may fall under the category of a more “expected” type of Mother’s Day gift, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not a great gift idea. Especially when it’s this set, made of buttery-soft Peruvian Pima cotton and boasting a comfy yet flattering cut. Not to mention that it comes in over a dozen colors and sizes ranging from XS-3X.
Price at time of publish: $150
For roses that last, we love Rose Box NYC, the preserved flower company that boasts gorgeous boxes. We’re big fans of this brand in particular because they last over two years and still look fresh in our homes. The roses come in 19 colors and boxes are lined with velvet and available in four colors. We also love that compared with other brands on the market, Rose Box NYC offers an incredible value for superior quality.
Price at time of publish: $109
The scent of this salt-based scrub takes its cue from, you guessed it, that beloved pink white. A mix of citrusy lemon and grapefruit is balanced with floral geranium, while added shea butter in the mix ensures it’s nice and hydrating. Rosé all day indeed.
Price at time of publish: $17
Why just give her tea when you could give her this gorgeous tea kettle instead? It’s the perfect mix of sleek and vintage and comes in seven colors, though we’re partial to this classic white and copper pairing.
Price at time of publish: $75
Here’s an easy, actionable way to ensure that mom prioritizes herself and her own self-care every day. True to the name, this journal is filled with prompts and writing cues that help cultivate gratitude, positivity, motivation and more. What mom wouldn’t want that?
Price at time of publish: $23
A cute way for her to wear her hair on her sleeve (or neck, as it were), get her this initial pendant with your initial. It comes in white or yellow gold, and boasts 18 real diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $290
Upgrade her hair washing routine with this set of shampoo and conditioner created by celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak. Ideal for all hair types, the formulas are clean and gentle, yet super effective—not to mention look pretty enough to be a gift.
Price at time of publish: $72
It may be the brand’s magic cream for face that’s a cult-classic, but this newbie is poised to give it a run for its money. Not only does it hydrate, it also smooths, firms, lifts, tightens, and evens skin. Magic indeed.
Price at time of publish: $30
With dedicated compartments for rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more, this is the perfect way to keep jewelry neat and organized (and not a jumbled mess) while traveling. And the velvet exterior and built-in mirror make it feel way more expensive than its under $20 price tag.
Price at time of publish: $16
Major props for this brand for finally coming out with a hot tool that addresses the unique needs of curly hair. It both detangles and styles, and has a unique product warming feature that will heat up your creams or gels to help them better penetrate.
Price at time of publish: $250
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer created this brand of fragrance and personal-care products…which just happens to have the first fine fragrance that’s so clean and non-toxic that it’s certified by the Environmental Working Group. All of their scents are amazing, complex yet not too heavy. Here, you get a line-up of seven, all housed in a gift-ready box.
Price at time of publish: $235
This showerhead can transform even the quickest of showers into a spa-like experience. Pop in one of the aromatherapy capsules (they look like little Keurig cups) into the back of the (easy to install) showerhead; the scent gently diffuses with the water.
Price at time of publish: $75
Is there anything better than a head massage? We think not. Slip on this wrap-around massager and enjoy the gentle massaging sensation as it inflates and deflates, coupled with oh-so soothing warmth.
Price at time of publish: $65
With dedicated spots for everything from your shoes to your laptop to your lunch, this bag keeps all of your daily and/or travel essentials perfectly organized. Available in three colors, it’s great for any mom who’s always on-the-go.
Price at time of publish: $225
We’re still not quite sure how, but this compact system of resistance bands can be used to perform over 350 different exercises across all disciplines, including Pilates, strength training, cardio, and more. It’s insanely portable and takes up no space; the equipment also comes with a three-month app subscription where you can stream live and on-demand classes. It’s a top choice for any mom who wants a quick and easy way to prioritize her fitness.
Price at time of publish: $199
Named after the founder’s mother, this candle celebrates the beauty of pregnancy in a completely realistic way, stretch marks and all. Plus, part of the proceeds from the sale of each of these candles will go toward an organization working to reduce the Black childbirth mortality rate.
Price at time of publish: $32
As any mom will tell you, a good monitor is invaluable for peace of mind. Not only does this one act as a great camera option (with the ability to pan 360 degrees and work with WiFi or without), it also doubles as both a night light and sound machine, with light and sound settings that are great for babies and toddlers alike.
Price at time of publish: $300
If your mother loves to pamper herself midweek, pick up this SkinCeuticals mask. The cooling ingredients in this calming facial mask comfort skin sensitivity, and restore natural radiance and smoothness. It’s made for all skin types and contains natural ingredients like cucumber, thyme, and olive extracts to calm irritation and replenish moisture.
Price at time of purchase: $66
This four-year journal is the perfect place for moms (or grandmas) to jot down all of their favorite memories, creating a beautiful keepsake for generations to come. Fun fact: It was created by a mom of three.
Price at time of publish: $39
Here’s an idea: Use this to serve her breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day (it works equally as well as a bed tray). She can then repurpose it after, using it to hold all of her bathtime essentials—a candle, a book, a glass of wine—during her soaks in the tub.
Price at time of publish: $44
A personalized piece of jewelry is always a great gift, and this necklace is no exception. Add as many initial charms as you like, great for moms with multiple kids. The pearl inlay heart-shaped charm can also be engraved with a variety of different designs.
Price at time of publish: $145
We have yet to meet someone who wouldn’t appreciate a deliciously cozy pair of fuzzy socks, and these truly take the cake. Like the brand’s beloved blanket and robe, they’re made of a fluffy microfiber material that makes it feel like you’re walking on a cloud. When we tested these, we noticed our moods instantly lift.
Price at time of publish: $13
Consider this the perfect alternative to that afternoon iced coffee. B-vitamins help regulate energy and mood (and metabolism), while ginseng helps you stay calm and focused. The yummy mango flavor is just an added bonus.
Price at time of publish: $42
Make it easier than ever for mom to whip up her daily smoothie with this blender to end all blenders. A variety of speed controls and a built-in timer help create the perfect consistency; this model also comes with a food processor attachment that’s great for soups, sauces, and more, and will help save space in her kitchen cabinets.
Price at time of publish: $650
If you’re on the hunt for a smaller, more affordable option, we suggest this trio of lavender bath bombs. They’re clean and pH-balanced, but smell amazing and are the perfect way to make a bedtime bath all the more relaxing.
Price at time of publish: $13
Give any new mom the gift of a sleeping baby and you’re guaranteed to be her new favorite person. Unlike any other bassinet, this pediatrician-created sleeper mimics womb-like movement and sounds to help babies sleep more; one to two hours more per night, according to the brand. It’s crazy expensive, yes, but well-worth it for a sleep-deprived mom. (FYI, you can also rent it for $159 per month.)
Price at time of publish: $1695
Available in three different scents, these are the perfect way to upgrade your time under the spray, and leave skin silky smooth. Bonus points for the fact that they come from a BIPOC-, female-owned small business.
Price at time of publish: $15
Here’s a special, meaningful way for mom to hold onto all of her baby’s clothing. Simply choose the size quilt you’d like and receive a prepaid shipping label; send in the allotted number of baby clothing pieces, and this brand creates a customized baby quilt that will be a beautiful keepsake for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $150
The hard truth of the matter is that mom’s rarely get to drink their hot beverage while it’s still hot. Enter this insulated coffee mug, which will keep any drink hot for 4 hours, cold for up to 24, and touts special leakproof technology so there’s no need to stress about spills.
Price at time of publish: $30
Mother’s Day is all about gift sets, are we right? This one is packed with bestsellers from Bobbi Brown’s line—and they work well on mature skin. Add in a mother-daughter makeup tutorial, and you’ll be her favorite child, for sure. Help mom achieve a dewy, sun-kissed look by applying a small amount of Miracle Balm to the bridge of her nose. Teach her how to make her eyes stand out with mascara and how to hide her under-eye circles with moisturizing “Face Pencils.”
Price at time of purchase: $97
This comfy boyfriend tee comes in three colors, is extra soft, and is a great way for her to show off her favorite title. Check out the matching baby tees, too, perfect if you’re looking for a mommy and me gift.
Price at time of publish: $38
With their subtle cat-eye shape and tortoise shell finish, these sunnies are the epitome of ‘cool mom.’ Also nice: You can customize the lenses with any prescription needed.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $369
It may not necessarily be the first beauty gift that comes to mind, but trust us, sunscreen tops the list when it comes to practical presents. And this one in particular feels special enough to be a gift, a lightweight mineral formula that soaks into skin lightening fast and doesn’t leave behind any tell-tale white residue, no matter your skin tone.
Price at time of publish: $28
A must-have accessory for any devoted iPad user, use this to sketch, take notes, mark-up documents and more. Plus it attaches magnetically to said iPad so you never have to worry about losing it.
Price at time of publish: $89
Busy moms will appreciate this hack—a screen-free activity that keeps kids engaged so they can enjoy some “me-time.” The water- and spill-resistant Keke bag comes with 4 pouches designed to foster social/emotional, fine motor, pre-academic, and creative skills. The pouch subscription bag is an additional $40 and is delivered every 3 months to your door. Activities are targeted to developmental milestones and ages. We love the quality of this multi-purpose bag and the thoughtfully designed activities in each pouch, which make it ideal for gifting.
Price at time of publish: $65 + additional $40 for pouch subscription
She’s cooked for you your whole life—why not return the favor with a prepped meal delivery? This sustainably-sourced meal kit delivery service offers a range of meal kit boxes to gift mom including paleo, plant-based, whole 30, diabetes friendly, and Mediterranean options, among others. You can also select pre- and postpartum options especially designed with the nutritional needs of new moms in mind. We love that convenient, prepared food can also be healthy.
Price at time of publish: Varies
Surprise your astrology-loving mother with a necklace from Kendra Scott that speaks to both her individuality and the month she was born in. The small size and convenient lobster clasp make this gold-plated necklace suitable for daily use. Whether her birthday is in the joyous month of December or the flowering month of May, the emerald, rose quartz, or cobalt catseye is the perfect gift.
Price at time of purchase: $55
Cuff bracelets are a classic accessory that can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets to create an entirely new look. This one-of-a-kind David Yurman bracelet comes in sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold and has a twisted cable design. Whether she’s dressed up or down, this bracelet will help her stand out.
Price at time of purchase: $395
Monica Vinader’s best-selling Alta Textured Necklace is a hit thanks to its classic chain links. It has a matte finish and tiny facets for a subtle twinkle in the light thanks to its shape, which is formed from long oval links; mom can wear it on its own or stack it with charms.
Price at time of purchase: $160
The revolutionary nature of this home laser removal device is immediately apparent from the product name. With 600,000 flashes, enough for 40 years of full-body treatments, you can rest assured that this device will last for the long haul. This device is so versatile that it can be used to remove hair from the bikini line, underarms, legs, and even the face, saving your mother a trip to the waxing salon. In just a few weeks, she’ll notice a difference, and in a few more, she’ll be completely hair-free.
Price at time of purchase: $189
This necklace by Monica Vinader is perfect for the mother who gives her all to her children and their dreams. This heart-shaped pebble on an adjustable chain is the perfect token to express your gratitude for her help, wisdom, and unwavering love. P.S. A beautiful locket, perfect for preserving the memory of your love, is included.
Price at time of purchase: $135