Mother’s Day Gift Basket Ideas
For the Sentimental Mom
A stylish file box to keep everything organized on her desk.
- Elegant stamp holder. Since she still sends a hand-written note, she’ll need to keep her roll of stamps easily accessible.
- Personalized rubber stamp. Upgrade her correspondence with a custom return address stamp.
- Address book. To keep all her contacts organized and up to date.
- Interview journal. Have her fill in this thought-provoking journal and see your mother in a whole new light.
- Monogrammed stationery. Whether for thank you notes, sympathy cards, or just-because, you can’t go wrong with a personalized set.
For the Mom Who Loves to Entertain
A festive ice bucket perfect for chilling that bottle of bubbly or keeping at hand while mixing drinks.
For the Mom Who Loves to Garden
A patterned watering can, so everything can come up roses.
- Gardening tools. Get her flowerbeds off to a good start with the right tools.
- Seed Packets. If you’re unsure of her favorite bloom, a wildflower mix is always sure to please.
- Gardening gloves and hand cream. Protect her hands while digging in the soil and after she’s done.
For the Mom Who Deserves a Getaway
A chic straw tote for carrying all of her beach or pool-side essentials.
- Bright flip flops. You can’t go wrong with a classic sandal in the color of the season.
- Plush beach towel. Perfect for lounging about and drying off, bigger is better when it comes to beach towels.
- Stylish sunglasses. The right pair can add a certain je ne sais quoi to her beach ensemble.
- Lightweight scarf. As the sun goes down, she’ll need something to wrap up in.
For the Movie-Loving Mom
A ceramic popcorn bowl. Holds a supersize amount of popcorn.
- Movie-theater gift certificates. Treat your mom to a flick even if you live far away. Available at your local theater.
- Her favorite DVD. Pick classic films that aren't yet a part of her collection.
- Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide. A must for any closet critic. Contains more than 19,000 movie reviews, from smash hits to sleepers, plus an index of leading actors.
- A pocket pack of tissues. For when she watches Lassie Come Home, Bambi, or Terms of Endearment.
For the Mom Who Bakes
A jumbo measuring cup; she can measure and mix the dough in the same spot.
- Alphabet cookie cutters. She’ll be able to spell out anything: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Take Out the Trash.”
- Wooden spoon. The essential and inexpensive kitchen tool.
- Flexible spatula. Supple enough to wiggle under soft dough.
- An apron.
- Sweet smelling body scrub.
- Real Simple’s Sugar-Cookies recipe.
For the Mom Who Indulges
A pink plastic trash can. Flirtatious yet functional―perfect in a boudoir.
- Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann. The 1960s trash classic about three bombshells who fail to make it big in the Big Apple, begin popping pills, and bottom out.
- Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. The Queen of the Banned. Nabokov's erotic, rhapsodic story about wanting what you shouldn't.
- Good in Bed: A Novel, by Jennifer Weiner. A fast-paced modern fairy tale about a woman whose intimate secrets are outed in a magazine by an ex-boyfriend.
- Pen Pals, by Olivia Goldsmith. From the author of The First Wives Club, a revenge novel about a Wall Street woman who takes the fall for her boss.
- Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray. The renowned Victorian social satire about two status-hungry heroines.
- Note cards. So Mom can write to you about all the dirty details.
For the Mom Who Likes to Relax
A magazine rack. So she can clear the coffee table and really put her feet up.
- The New York Times Daily Crossword Puzzles book. Because one puzzle per Sunday is never enough.
- Slippers. For cushioned padding around the house.
- Bundle of pencils. For solving puzzles and making lists of the things she didn't do on Sunday.
- Teapot and loose tea.
- Journals. To record loving thoughts about you, or observations on the birds she spotted out the window, or the number of times your father interrupted her.