The 61 Best Mother's Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
Mother's Day is one of those holidays that immediately causes a brain white-out: So many loved ones to appreciate! So many gifts and keepsakes to choose from! Our tips: If you're able, share some extra-special activities on that day (Sunday, May 9), including embracing all the wry feels. (And if you’re a new mom, we wish you a warm welcome to the club!) Just remember—don't turn up to see Mom, or Nana, or your mother-in-law—empty handed: bring something for their relaxation, or a nice piece of jewelry or even something practical, like a gadget to inspire someone else to do the dishes. Here’s our list of loot to get and to drop hints for yourself, Mom.
1. Vegamour Gro Revitalizing Scalp Massager
For the Beauty Enthusiast
This little device has become an internet sensation, relaxing women who want to de-stress, delighting people who want to grow thicker hair and, quite frankly, obsessing our reviewer. We recommend gifting with the brand's scalp detoxifying serum or hair growth serum to refresh locks that might be a bit dull or thinning due to stress, hormonal changes and environmental damage.
2. Mejuri Solo Diamond Bracelet
For the Minimalist Jewelry Wearer
Every time she looks at her wrist, she’ll see a glint of diamond on a fine 14K chain, smile and remember that you love her.
3. Dermelect Overnight Beauty Trio
For the Bedtime Ritual Lover
Your mom is going to love the self-care moment these three products give her right before bed—as well as the benefits she'll notice in the morning. It's fast, too—she'll only need apply a swipe of lash volumizer for lusher lashes, a pat of serum that targets fine lines and discoloration and a bit of lip mask to quench lips. Mmm, beauty sleep.
4. Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Sheets
Best for Hot Sleepers
We’re converts to this new fabric which blends five-percent cashmere into an otherwise all-cotton weave to make a sheet that is buttery soft and somehow warm without causing that middle-of-the-night overheated wake-up. And we appreciate Brooklinen’s “short” and “long” labels on fitted sheets, so there’s none of that bed-making frustration.
5. The Sill Pink Anthurium
For the Lady with the Green Thumb
These blooms last up to eight weeks, and new ones keep popping up throughout the year. And the pale pink pot is so chic.
6. Murad Age-Balancing Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30
For SPF Forgetters
It's her new daily one-and-done: Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB light while phytoestrogens help improve skin elasticity and shea butter replenishes dull, dry skin.
7. Winc Wine Subscription
Best for Wine Drinkers
Send her a gift card to let her choose her own bottles—most are less than $20 per bottle—based on a quick taste test recommendation, and she’ll toast to you all month long.
8. Olive & June The Spring Box
Best for the Well-Manicured Woman
Not only does this box include a happy rainbow of colors in the warm range (with a fun pop of ice blue thrown in), but it also comes with manicure essentials including Olive & June's innovative "Poppy," a rounded handle that fits on top of nail polish caps to make brushing on polish smoother and more precise than she's ever done freehand. (Extra points if you give your mom a manicure with her favorite hue.)
9. Misfits Market Subscription
Best for Organic Food Lovers
Now it's your turn to make sure Mom is getting all her fruits and vegetables by sending her an every-other-week shipment of seasonal produce that's been ix-nayed from grocer shelves because it's a bit oddly shaped, has outdated packaging or otherwise doesn't fit the supermarket standards of beauty. This eliminates food waste and keeps her on her toes, nutrition-wise.
10. Sunday Morning Naya Striped Linen Pajama Set
Best for Weekend House Putterers
Loose-fitting, machine-washable French linen will be hard to get her to change out of since it’s so comfortable and stylish.
11. Pluto Pillow
Best for the Insomniac
In the brilliant idea department: A direct-to-consumer customized pillow. Your giftee just answers a quick questionnaire about their body stats, how she sleeps and what she likes in a pillow, then an algorithm creates an order that can be one of 35 variations. (The sleepy suspense alone makes this gift a win.)
13. Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10” Touch Screen Display
Best for Any Grandma (Seriously)
Our reviewer said this is a welcome advance in clear family communication—after her family sent this to their grandmother, they found that the subsequent intergenerational video calls were clearer than when they used Zoom and Facetime. Have your giftee set it up in her kitchen and you can visit for a quick video call during morning coffee.
14. Lekue Quick Pasta Cooker
For the Woman Who Hates Doing Dishes
This silicone cookwarel lets you cook pasta in the microwave in a snap. Create penne alla vodka and lemon spaghetti, sauce and all, in the same vessel.
15. Koamask Weighted Sleep Mask
For the Migraine Sufferer
Like a weighted blanket for your eyes, this helps lessen everything from puffy eyes to headaches and can be heated or cooled for whatever feels better on her aching face.
16. Bean Box World Coffee Tour
For the Coffee Drinker
This set of 16 freshly roasted gourmet coffees from the world’s microlots comes with a guide so she’ll know her chocolately Latin American roasts from her fruit-forward African blends.
17. Tile Sticker (2-Pack)
For the Absent-Minded
No more roaming around for her keys: These adhesive-backed, Bluetooth enabled trackers will ring if her lost item (say, a glasses case, or wallet, or whatever they’re stuck to) is within 150 feet. Farther away than that, and a pop-up map shows the location.
19. Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket V3
Best for Detoxification Enthusiasts
This is the home version of the celebrity favorite infrared sauna craze. You lie down. You wrap a burrito of a heated blanket around you. You sweat a lot. And shockingly, you feel really clean and relaxed afterwards, thanks to the layers of charcoal, clay and amethyst and tourmaline crystals that (allegedly) draw impurities out along with your sweat.
20. Bala Bangles
For the Long Walk Taker
These one-pound weights look so cute, she won’t even notice she’s building up her arm or leg muscles when she puts them on before her walkabout.
21. You Go Natural T-Shirt Bun Wrap
This jersey-knit turban has a pre-tied knot and is lined with satin so Mom can just throw it on and go, with no damage to her hair and lots of style.
22. Gwynnie Bee Subscription Box
Best for Plus-Size Fashionistas
From $49 to $199 per month, based on the number of items you choose to receive, you get smart workwear to casual weekend attire that you can borrow or buy in sizes 10 to 32. And there’s a 30-day free trial period, so no commitment is necessary.
23. Rachel Comey Adams Sandal
For the Sightseer
Not only are Rachel Comey ugly-chic sandals an entire fashion mood, they are incredibly comfortable, from the sturdy lug sole to the stamped leather uppers. These shoes are a promise that, post-pandemic, Mom will one day trek across Florence and take in the Duomo.
24. Brightland Artists Capsule Oils
For the Foodie
What’s better—bragging rights that she’s got a pantry full of acclaimed, California-made blended olive oils with hints of lemon and basil? Or these Instagram-ready bottles with artist-designed labels and UV-coated glass to protect the delicate oils? Gift with a fresh baguette and let her be the judge.
25. Dreamcutflowers Premium Roses Subscription Box
For the Rose Lover
Sure, anyone can send their mom roses on Mother’s Day. But what if you sent her roses every month? That’s easy with this subscription service that lets you choose between garden style, premium or tinted rose varieties, with no commitment. (Bonus: The first box is 30 percent off.)
26. The Comfy
For the Woman Who’s Just…Done
Let’s say your gift recipient is comfort-first, comfort-last and comfort-always. Show her that you see her and love her just the way she is by gifting this wearable tunic our reviewer summed up as a “Frankenstein monster of a hybrid blanket/sweatshirt” that she hasn’t taken off since the first hard freeze of ’20.
27. Possession by Katie Lowe
For the True Crime Aficianada
This novel tells the story of a woman who may or may not have murdered her husband and gotten away with it for a decade—until a popular podcast reopens the case. Our reviewer said it "fits snugly among the ranks of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Attica Locke."
28. Objecto H3 Hybrid Humidifier
For the Temperature-Regulated Home Dweller
She likes her home super-warm, say, or blasts the air on high all summer. That’s going to take a toll on the skin, sinuses and overall feeling of comfort. This attractive gadget looks like an art object, but it’s really a humidifier with aromatherapy function that has a two- and four-hour shut-off button.
29. Six Gldn On the Glow Mini Collection
For the Natural Beauty Fan
This new skincare system was formulated by a doctor of Chinese medicine to gently restore users’ complexions to a radiant glow. (And how skin looks after using the nourishing face oil is a game-changer.)
31. Kreafunk toCharge Mini
For the Gadabout
Weighing just 2.3 ounces, this little phone charger ensures she’ll never have to be without enough juice to call you. You know, just to chat.
32. Tempo Studio
For the Home Workout Buff
This all-in-one home workout tower includes a gym’s worth of weights, a heart-rate monitor and most innovatively, a large screen that not only has clear coaching sessions from 15 to 60 minutes—it uses artificial intelligence to read your body positioning and alert you to when you need to modify your form.
33. Bloomscape Bloom Kit
Best for Patio Gardeners
Gift the mom on your list everything she needs to put together a sleek planter with colorful flora and lush greenery, following along with a video tutorial if she has any questions. Also, no pressure—there’s a 30-day guarantee to replace any plants that wither.
34. No, Thank You A Cream For Relief
Best for Muscle Ache Sufferers
Does Mom have a bad back (or a HIIT routine she's always overdoing)? This cream blends the minty freshness of menthol, skin-soothing moisturizing of aloe and other botanicals with a potent concentration of CBD extract that eases pain, right where you apply it.
35. Sugarbreak Bundle
Best for Nutrition Buffs
This innovative supplement line-up is designed to curb your sugar cravings with a capsule to eat before carb-heavy meals and a set of “resist” dissolvable strips that you pop before you binge on sugar—it blocks the sweet taste, so suddenly that cupcake tastes all meh, not mmm. Eventually sugar cravings subside, post-meal glucose stabilizes and you’re able to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
36. Neom Organics Tranquility Intensive Skin Treatment Candle
Best for Home Spa Enthusiasts
This elegant candle is lightly scented with botanicals including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood, and the wax is infused with oils so that you burn it a while, then pour it over your dry skin. PureWow reviewed it and raved.
37. Connoisseurs 1050 Diamond Dazzle Stick
For the Glitzy Grandma
This twist-to-dispense fine jewelry cleaning tool is a great add-on to the diamonds you’re giving her. She'll also love using it to sparkle up the fine jewelry she already has.
38. The Always Pan
For the Coordinated Cook
Do you know a mom that’s not only a home cook, but also likes everything to look perfect and matchy-matchy? Get her this cookware that sells out as soon as a new color becomes available—there are six shades as of this writing—and see why our reviewer raves it hits the sweet spot in “aesthetics, quality and versatility.”
39. Lookoptic Blue-Light Casper Glasses
For the Nighttime iPad Reader
The blue light emitted from digital devices has been linked to headaches, sleeplessness and at the very least, eye fatigue. These blue-light frames have a classic design and a smooth matte finish, and they are available in multiple magnification strengths.
40. Madewell Tie-Dye Broadway Cardigan Sweater
Best for the Always Chilly
We all know that woman who always needs a sweater nearby—in the car, on the back of her desk chair—because she’s shivering. This simple cotton sweater is just thick enough to keep her cozy (and the gentle tie-dye pattern is so summer ’21).
41. Hedley & Bennet The Smock
For the Home Chef
No more constricting waist ties to come untied or feel restrictive—this cross-back smock design just pops over your head (and has big pockets for whatever you need to stash).
42. Baby Foot Original Foot Peel Exfoliator
For the Woman Who Misses Her Salon Experience
You put these little plastic booties on overnight, then a week later, all the callouses and dead skin on your heels and toes magically sloughs off. (Overall, way less ticklish than using a pumice stone.)
43. Vuori Daily Joggers
For the Athleisure Ninja
These high-waisted, lightweight joggers with an airbrushed finish will convince her to set aside those bulky cotton sweatpants she’s been living in.
44. Lasko LP 200 Desktop Air Purifier
For the Work-from-Home Staffer
Give her a breath of fresh air with this quiet, timer-enabled device which screens out virus-sized particles, mold, pet dander, pollen, dust mites and other allergens—all down to 0.3 microns.
45. Hemp Bath Bomb
For the Tub Taker
These handmade bath bombs with essential oils and hemp extract come in pretty pastel hues, and we’re imagining one grey (sleep-inducing), blue (relaxing), purple (muscle-soothing) and orange (uplifting) in a set will let mom pick her mood adventure each time she soaks.
46. Hatch Restore Sound Machine, Smart Light, Personal Sleep Routine Alarm Clock
For the Sleep Disordered
Help her gently wake to a custom glowing sunrise light designed to support healthy cortisol levels. It also includes a soft reading light without eye-straining blue hues.
47. Alo Yoga Warrior Mat
For the Home Practice Yogi
This heavy-duty mat feels extra padded, but you can still feel the floor to really grip. Made with ethically sourced rubber, no PVC or formaldehyde, it’s anti-odor, too. We love the smoky quartz color because it’s a pretty pink that’s not going to show footprints when her pet trots over it.
48. Fit King Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine
Best for the Mom of a Big Family
Heated compression. A rolling motion under your toes. Pressure point kneading all over your arch. Overall, 44 massage heads from toes to heel. Gift this, and you might even get tears of joy, because odds are, her dogs are barking.
50. SKG F5 Portable Massage Gun with Heat
Best for Massage Lovers
This genius design includes a handle that has a heated base to rub against your sore muscle, then a vibrating gun with three interchangeable heads that you can work into said muscle. Also, the compact size makes this easy to wield, unlike competitors’ larger massage guns.
51. MADEWELL OVERSIZED SHOPPER BAG
Best for the Fan of '70s Era Fashion
Maybe your mom was stylin’ in the 1970s, or she is just eternally groovy. Either way, this classic bag is a throwback accessories bullseye, with its supple leather roominess, magnet closure and a small inner pocket to keep your phone from getting lost.
52. Link UV + Ozone Phone Sterilizer
For the Sanitation Minded
You just shut your phone inside this stylish Korean-made phone sterilizer and enjoy a germ-free handheld in six minutes and 30 seconds.
53. Food 52 Over-the-Sink Drying Rack
Best for Neatniks
Our reviewer was surprised at how sleek and chic an over-sink drying rack could be, but this retractable, silicone-coated device is unlike any other kitchen helper you’ve experienced. Not only that, but the rack can be used for rinsing veggies and as a trivet.
54. Saatchi Art Eeny, Meeny, Miny Sculpture by Brian Thomas Jones
Best for the Museum Goer
For the woman who made you the discerning aesthete you are today, gift a one-of-a-kind wall triptych that she can arrange and rearrange as the mood strikes her. Note: The artists featured on Saatchi Art are vetted as being up-and-comers, so your gift may even appreciate in value.
55. Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit
Best for Low-Maintenance Beauties
Our reviewer said her mom swears by the results of this at-home hair color system that determines which formula will work for you by analyzing a quick online survey. (We recommend springing for the extra pro boost, for extra shine.) Try it once, and you’ll think twice before you spend all that time and money in the stylist’s chair.
56. HBO Max
Best for Entertainment Buffs
Seriously, your mom has to see Nicole Kidman in The Undoing. Or the 80s in It’s a Sin. For one monthly amount, she can now understand all your pop culture obsessions and possibly turn you on to some new ones.
57. Lord Jones The Mother's Day Gift Box
For the Who Craves Relaxation
She can relax, recharge and hydrate with this collection of yummy gumdrops, moisturizer and lip balm, all formulated with CBD.
58. Kodak Printomatic Instant Camera Gift Bundle
This instant camera prints directly onto the photo paper that comes with it. There’s also a scrapbook, sticker boarder frames, edged scissors and markers, so she can go wild with 2-D creativity.
59. Cariuma OCA Low Sneaker
Best for Vintage Lovers
The throwback style of these Cariuma sneakers, which come in eight rainbow hues, will delight the woman who likes the look of classic tennis shoes. And she will appreciate the increased sustainability in their production (two trees planted for every pair sold) as well as the amped-up comfort thanks to the cushy cork footbed.
For the Fragrance Aficianado
Scentbird delivers popular perfumes for $15 each month, with sleek refillable cases that hold roughly 140 sprays—until your giftee selects her next scent from the company's extensive catalog.
61. Little Laughter Films
For the Grandmom Across the Miles
Perhaps your kids do the cutest things...but always just after you're hung up on your weekly Zoom call with your parents. Prove that your spawn actually are charming by sending video clips you've shot to Little Laughter Films, a husband-and-wife production team that will create an entertaining two-minute clip out of 75 or more snippets. You can send the result to Gram as a digital download, or for an extra $45, via a charming thumb drive with decorative etching.