Let's get this out of the way: Your mom deserves to be showered with love 24/7, 365. But when Mother's Day comes around, it's the time to go all-out with festive meals, fun family activities and gifts galore. That being said, it may feel next-to-impossible to find a gift for your mom that fully expresses just how much she means to you as her daughter, son, husband or another member of her family. Need some pointers? Browse through these unique Mother's Day gifts, ranging from cheap to luxe, to find something that's sure to melt her heart.
Here, we've rounded up ideas for every kind of mom, whether she's looking for a helping hand in the kitchen, needs guidance on her beauty routine or a first-timer seeking some well-deserved R&R. As you work your way through this list, think about what she's been eyeing (or ya know, dropping not-so-subtle hints about) since the holidays — a cute purse or new garden tool, for example — and take it from there. But if nothing special comes to mind, then take the more meaningful route by giving her personalized jewelry, photo gifts or something sentimental that captures what's in your heart.
Since Mother's Day is about celebrating moms of all kinds, keep the other women in your life top of mind since many of these gifts also work for grandmas, mother-in-laws, stepmoms and godmothers, too.
Her life changed the day that you — okay, and your siblings — came into this world. Round up everyone's birthdays (grandkids too!) and send them to this Etsy maker to receive a personalized print, available in 8" x 10" or 11" x 14", that she'll cherish forever.
Each page in this fill-in-the-blank book prompts you to write down everything that makes your mom who she is — her sense of humor, love of adventure, ability to keep her cool and so much more.
Take one of her favorite recipes — whether one of her own or something that's been passed down from generation to generation — and have it engraved onto a maple, hickory, cherry or walnut cutting board.
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She brings sunshine to your life — all day, every day. When she cranks the handle on this tiny wooden music box, she'll be reminded of exactly that.
Delight two senses at once — sight and smell — with these hand-poured soy candles, which are made to look and smell just like cacti and poppy flowers.
Mount this adorable wooden cottage in a garden or hang it from a tree to give feathery friends a pretty place to perch.
If she prefers a no-fuss makeup routine, then give her this tinted lip trio — a peachy nude, rosy pink and vibrant red — for an effortless wash of color. It's not just about looks, though: The balms are made with avocado oil and acai extras to nourish dry, cracked lips.
When diffused properly, essential oils can target different pain points — lavender brings a sense of calm, for example. When she needs her fix, she can add two to three drops of her favorite essential oil on the pad of this bracelet and breathe in a sweet sigh of relief (or whatever else she's after).
Turn any handwritten phrase — "Best mom ever" is a solid option — into a heart-filled bracelet that she'll wear daily. Just be sure to pick a metal that suits her everyday jewels: silver, gold or rose gold.
Not only will this book brighten up any coffee table, but it'll also teach her how to care for fresh blooms every step of the way. Inside, she'll find a detailed guide on soil types, list of seasonal varieties, instructions on how to arrange a beautiful bouquet and more.
A serious tea drinker like her deserves the best — and this app-controlled kettle is as good as it gets. Without even stepping foot in the kitchen, she can schedule future boils, set her ideal temperature and turn on the warming function to keep water at the same temperature for up to an hour.
On the days when she's doing the most (school runs, errands, playground visits, to name a few), she needs a bag that'll hold all of her essentials while keeping her hands free. This belt bag can be worn around the waist or thrown over the shoulder — but either way, it'll keep everything close when she's on the move.
It's true: home is where the heart is. But still, the place you live plays a major role in your family's life. Celebrate your family in full with this colorful print, personalized with your last name and a range of drawings inspired by your home state.
Another recommendation: Give her something as sweet as your love. This box is jam-packed (get it?) with 10 mini jars of Bonne Maman preserves in a range of flavors including apricot, raspberry and wild blueberry.
Create a bejeweled family tree that she'll proudly show off to anyone who asks. After choosing between a silver or gold chain, customize the necklace with leaves detailed with the first initials and birthstones of her children.
This heart-shaped collage from Minted commemorates the best moments of her life, from birthday celebrations to candid laughs. Select the framed option, since you know that mom will want to hang it up right away.
Every month, Brooklyn Candle Co. will send one of their most coveted candles right to her door. Each shipment is tied to the season, guaranteeing that she'll never burn the same scent twice.
Stamp this gold-filled or silver band with your name or all of your sibling's initials, so she can always keep her kids within reach — figuratively speaking. You can only add six characters, so if your name is too long, go ahead and add your birthday instead.
With GH Stitch Club's expert tips and step-by-step instructions, she'll be able to stitch her very own reusable bag to use during her weekly grocery or farmer's market trips. You can keep everything as-is or switch out the yarn colors to better suit her style.
When she's only going away for a day or two, she can pack all of her clothes, shoes and toiletries in this durable canvas tote, available in black, beige and grey. There's even a zippered bottom compartment for her to stash her shoes, hair dryer or anything else that she wants to keep separate.
She's still a firm believer in snail mail — and with stationery as pretty as this, it's pretty easy to see why. Customize hers with her full name, so the recipient knows exactly who the message is from with just a glance.
Like the name implies, she'll be reaching for this pan every chance she gets. The nonstick surface is perfect for just about anything, ranging from sunny-side up eggs to seared steaks.
Framed photos are great, but this portrait print is the only way to ensure that every single family member (pets included) looks their best. Add any text — everyone's names, the family's last name or the establishment date.
When she sticks one of these six fizzies into her shower, she'll mistake her morning or evening wash for a spa-worthy experience. Each steamer is scented with a different essential oil, including lavender, peppermint and vanilla.
The next time she jet sets, she can store all of her trinkets and treasures in this compact carrying case. Available in seven gorgeous hues, this synthetic leather case comes with enough divided compartments to store her most-worn jewelry while still giving her some extra room to pack a few vacation-only pieces.
No truer words have ever been spoken, at least that's what your mom would say. But be prepared: When she puts on these fuzzy socks after a long day's work, she'll expect you to serve her a glass of wine.
Ideal for any and all seasons, this lightweight shawl easily dresses up a casual shirt and jeans combo. Or if she catches a chill in the warmer months, it can be draped over her shoulders for added warmth.
If she's prone to cold feet, plop this sherpa-lined, machine-washable foot warmer under her desk or next to the sofa and listen as she sings its tootsie-heating praises.
After a rainstorm or morning dew, the crystal mixture left behind in the puddler's glass well attracts butterflies, making her garden even more beautiful than it was before.
Proof that comfort can also be chic. These pants, which several Amazon reviewers call "the perfect pant," have a drawstring for all-day comfort, but also look put-together enough to wear for travel days and work meetings.