47 Great Mother’s Day Gifts
There's a lot of pressure on us all when it comes to Mother's Day gift ideas. You want to find something she’ll use all the time, but it can’t be strictly utilitarian. It should also have a sentimental spin. But overthinking it only makes the whole process harder. So don't! We've done the thinking for you: Our editors have cherry-picked dozens of unique items that appeal to all sorts of moms. Some are just right for gardeners or readers, others are just right for those techies out there, and even more are simply sweet and could suit just about anyone. Our recommendation? Put your favorites in your shopping cart, wait for the gifts to show up on your doorstep, wrap them in a pretty bow, and watch as Mom opens with awe. (You can thank us later.)
Blue Wall Book Bin
This bright shelf holds her favorite books and adds a pop of color to her reading nook.
To buy: $59, crateandbarrel.com.
Liberty Fabrics Wiltshire Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This S’well water bottle keeps beverages hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. With this classic Liberty of London print, she'll want to carry it everywhere.
To buy: $42, nordstrom.com.
This necklace is like three in one, all wrapped up in a pretty package. The double-stranded bauble comes apart, so she can wear the crystal and the pendant together or she can wear each strand alone.
To buy: $38, realsimplestyle.com.
The Happiness Planner
Mom spends so much time thinking about everyone else. This year, give her something that puts the focus back on her. This planner includes daily and weekly exercises to help her set goals, practice gratitude, and focus on the positive. The book comes with a rose gold pen and pretty paper clips, too.
To buy: $57, thehappinessplanner.com.
Ice Mold/Wine Bottle Chiller
Fill this clever mold with water and flowers, citrus slices, or herbs to create a gorgeous frozen beverage chiller. It's sure to impress the next time she hosts book club.
To buy: $40, crateandbarrel.com.
Dominica Cosmetics Case
This zippered bag is perfect for corralling tiny bits and baubles—coins, jewelry, makeup—within a large bag, but it also works as a standalone clutch. The trendy tropical print makes everything look brighter—just like she does.
To buy: $24, nordstrom.com.
Cheers Y’All Wine Glass
From Draper James’ collaboration with Crate & Barrel, this stemless wine glass steeped in southern charm is a great way to cheers to Mother’s Day—no matter where Mom hails from. Unfortunately, her drink of choice is sold separately (though it’d make a nice companion gift!).
To buy: $9, draperjames.com.
Las Bayadas El Rafel Market Bag
Made in Mexico, this boldly striped tote is sturdy enough to handle groceries, but pretty enough to go to brunch or the beach. It’s also machine washable—just put in the gentle cycle and air dry.
To buy: $69, amazon.com.
According To A Source by Abby Stern
If Mom is up on all the Hollywood gossip, she'll love According To A Source, written by celeb insider Abby Stern. This story may or may not be based on some of the crazy things the author has seen behind the scenes at A-list events. (Yeah, you're going to want to borrow it when she's finished.)
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
This journal provides just one line a day to record five years worth of beautiful memories. Perfect for the sentimental mom who likes to treasure every little moment with gratitude.
To buy: $18, anthropologie.com.
Himalayan Salt Lamp & Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
What mom doesn’t need more relaxation? This Himalayan salt lamp and oil diffuser combo neutralizes those energy-sucking ions emitted from electronic devices—to help boost her mood and increase energy. Add a few drops of essential oil to the diffuser and let Mom breathe into calm.
To buy: $80, pureenrichment.com.
L’Occitane Beautiful Hands Hand Cream Trio
Rather than splurge on one item for her beauty routine, try this trio of enriching hand creams. She can keep one at home, one in the office, and one in her purse. In three beautiful—but not overpowering—scents (cherry blossom, shea butter, and almond), these paraben- and sulfate-free formulas work to lightly soften hands.
To buy: $29, sephora.com.
Small Lacquer Box
Give her a pretty box to stash her treasures. This one is painted with a multi-colored tropical scene and then lacquered for a bit of shine. Inside, there’s a message we’re sure she’ll agree with: Too much is never enough! (Also available in a blue and green print.)
To buy: $36, lillypulitzer.com.
Ring It Up Ring Holder
Mom has so many beautiful pieces of jewelry—it’s hard for her to wear everything at once. Practical, but pretty, this turquoise enamel bowl isn’t just for rings—but it’s also for necklaces, bracelets and other kinds of jewelry.
To buy: $36, katespade.com.
Sundae Best Taster
If you can’t be home to cook something special for mom on her big day, give her the next best thing: a fully stocked sundae kit. She’ll receive salted caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, drunken money banana rum jam, peanut brittle squares, espresso cookies, and cocktail cherries—basically everything she needs to create the ultimate ice cream treat.
To buy: $85.50, mouth.com.
Mom Fuel Wine Glass
Yes, she’s a total rock star, but every mom needs to put her feet up every once in a while. Give her a gift that she can relax with at the end of those very long days.
To buy: $23, papersource.com.
OMG Mom Tea Towel
It’s her day, so go ahead and give Mom a little ego boost by validating all that wise advice she’s given you over the years. This graphic tea towel is black and white, so it will match her kitchen, no matter the color scheme.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Justina Blakeney Selva Tray
The easiest way to make her Mother’s Day breakfast in bed extra-special? Serve those eggs and pancakes on the real present—a modern woven wood tray. Generously sized and easy to clean—Mom might even start asking you to treat her more often.
To buy: $74, luluandgeorgia.com.
Anemone Custom Journal
Whether it houses her to-do list or notes from all those meetings, this pretty hardcover notebook will make it all that much more enjoyable. Choose between blank, lined, graph, or dot pages, and four calendar variations, and personalize it with her name in your choice of more than a dozen fonts.
To buy: From $15; papersource.com.
Mini Trough Succulents
Help the woman who loves to garden bring a little bit of that pretty greenery indoors. This modern but rustic trough is made of reclaimed wood and contains five different types of succulent plants. Easy to maintain, this gift makes a decorative and natural addition to any home or office.
To buy: $50, 1800flowers.com.
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers
Whether Mom is serving her famous lemonade or sangria, this pineapple pitcher lets her do it in style. The ivory and gold finishes compliment any décor and make the tabletop look extra celebratory.
To buy: $15, luluandgeorgia.com.
Copper French Press
For the woman who never starts her day without a freshly brewed cup of joe, give an accessory that will make her mornings more special (and feel more bearable). Worried about her storage space? This gorgeous copper press—also available in stainless steel—is attractive enough to find a permanent home on her countertop.
To buy: $50, crateandbarrel.com.
Shoulda Woulda Coulda Calendar
Is Mom the type who calls to say she’s just around the corner, only to show up 15 minutes later? This quirky calendar is just right for her. With the words “shoulda, woulda, coulda” in bold letters at the top, this desktop calendar acknowledges the fact that everything on this busy woman’s calendar is subject to change.
To buy: $16, farewellpaperie.com/
Lemongrass Tea Wooden Wick Candle
So much prettier than your average jar candle, this striking cobalt version houses an unusual and supremely delicious scent, too. The pretty tabletop accessory, which also comes in grapefruit mandarin, bamboo melon, and lavender fields, burns for up to 30 hours.
To buy: $32, typelites.etsy.com.
Modern Manners by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler
Watermelon Tumbler Set
Take her brunch table to the next level with these whimsical summer-inspired tumblers. The acrylic vessels, which hold 12 ounces, are perfect for lemonade, sparkling water, or something a little stronger, like a wine spritzer or a margarita. The glasses nestle neatly inside the 2-liter pitcher for easy storage, too.
To buy: $48 for four glasses and a pitcher, draperjames.com.
Sailor’s Knot Studs
Nautical-inspired rose gold studs for the captain of your family. Also available in gold and silver.
To buy: $48, shop.nordstrom.com.
Scoops of Flower Measuring Spoons
Cooking tools so pretty they deserve a permanent spot on her countertop. The standard-size measuring spoons (¼ teaspoon to one tablespoon) sit upright in a cheery blue and white striped “planter,” so they’re always within reach—no matter how deep into a recipe she already is. Like her favorite flowers, these “blooms” require a little TLC and should be washed by hand.
To buy: $29, modcloth.com.
Flower Power Plant Hanger
Crafty moms will love this macrame kit, which includes a pattern and enough yarn to create a multi-colored plant hanger. For an extra-thoughtful touch, pick up her favorite plant, too. She’ll love the extra motivation to get the project done.
To buy: $35, woolandthegang.com.
Personal Embosser With Stand
Get her seal of approval on stationery, recipe cards, gift tags, and more with a customizable embosser. Available in seven designs.
To buy: $40 for embosser, maple stand, and personalized embosser plate, williams-sonoma.com.
Wine Pairing Towel Set
Part kitchen helper, part wine manual, this gift is an aspiring oenophile’s dream come true. These 100-percent organic cotton tea towels demystify a host of food and wine pairings. Each features 68 popular wines and 56 different foods, giving the lowdown—from “excellent” to “best avoided”—on 3,808 possible pairings.
To buy: $28 for two, uncommongoods.com.
Match Book Set
The gift puts the “book” in “matchbook” with a tiny library of matchboxes replicating banned fiction. (No, Stephen King’s Firestarter is not included.) Each “book” is printed with the real-life tome’s original cover on one side and the reason it was banned on the other. Bonus: Every time you buy a set, the company will donate a book to a community in need.
To buy: $23, amazon.com.
Two Handle Teak Serving Board
Made of rustic and natural teak wood, this two-handled paddle serving board is for moms with great taste—in more ways than one. Available in circular or rectangular shapes too, the board is food safe—great for cheese and crackers—but looks just as good on display. (Hang it by the hole on one end.)
To buy: From $48, shopterrain.com.
Stacked Apothecary Jars
Striking, stackable glass containers—think traditional with a twist—are perfect for displaying baked goods on the counter or organizing bathroom beauty supplies in a tight space.
To buy: $36, amazon.com.
Alex Earrings in Magenta
If Mom loves making a fashion statement that’s both bold and tasteful, these magenta drop earrings (made of magnesite and gold plate) will attract plenty of attention without being, well, loud. (They’re not too pricey, either.) Don’t love the bright pink hue? Choose from more than 25 alternative colors.
To buy: $55, bloomingdales.com.
Bed Wedge Reading Pillow
When the only thing Mom likes better than breakfast in bed is reading a book under the covers, gift her this pillow designed specifically for reading. It nestles between the mattress and the headboard for the ideal angle.
To buy: $40, amazon.com.
Heirloom Seed Art Packets
This assortment offers everything a novice green thumb needs to start a backyard garden: 10 types of seeds (spinach, beets, golden tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, scallions, basil, parsley, and thyme) in gift-worthy, artfully illustrated packaging. Each packet contains plenty of seeds (between 25 and 500), so feel free to drop hints for her to share.
To buy: $20 for 5; food52.com.
Personalized Calligraphy Name Stamp
If your mom believes in the value of the handwritten notes this personalized name or address stamp will help her make her mark on any envelope. Each rubber stamp features hand-drawn calligraphy by Angelique Phillips. Add an inkpad—available in a rainbow of colors—for an extra $7. To complete the gift, why not buy mom a set of pretty personalized stationery, too?
To buy: starting at $45, paperpastries.com.
Linen Satin Stitched Coasters
Monogrammed in satin with your choice of six vibrant colors, these tan all-linen coasters add casual style to any tabletop or bar. (Cosmopolitans, anyone?) Far from showing wear and tear, the linen becomes softer and more absorbent the more you use it. Matching placemats and dinner napkins are also available.
To buy: $20 for 6; markandgraham.com.
Family Tree Print
If you've exhausted the obvious gifts (flowers, candles, chocolates), branch out with this framed custom family tree, featuring leaves representing different family members. (Available in 38 different colors.) You can even add a quote—a family motto, favorite tradition, or poem—along the bottom to further personalize the print.
To buy: $45, etsy.com.
If she has a long list of books on her reading list, this giftable tea will make curling up in her reading nook even cozier. The tea, which comes in a pretty tins, is available in five different blends each based on a classic novel: The Picture of Earl Grey, War and Peach, Pride and Peppermint, Don QuixoTea, and Matcha Do About Nothing.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Bliss Plush Throw
Whether Mom likes to cuddle up to watch a movie or read a good book, this plush throw makes it all the more cozy. Complement any living space with eleven colors to choose from.
To buy: $40, nordstrom.com.
Paradiso Cooler Bag
Reusable grocery bags are adorable and environmentally friendly, but many of them don't keep food cold enough, long enough—which is why this cooler bag from Bando really stands out. Plus it has a great spring flower print, making it fun for picnics in the park or days at the beach.
To buy: $34, nordstrom.com.
Zippered Clutch Journal
Even her endless to-do list will look cheerful when jotted down in this journal, which also doubles as a chic clutch. With a zip pouch and several slots, there is space to hold essentials such as a pen and credit cards. Available in three colors: white, coral and navy.
To buy: $34, anthropologie.com.
Engraved Rolling Pin
Let the good times (not to mention food) roll with a solid maple wood kitchen tool engraved with a custom message (like the recipient’s name, favorite recipe, or a favorite saying). Made in the USA, it has stainless steel ball bearings, so you know mom is getting a quality product.
To buy: $28, etsy.com.
Hello Sugar, this beautiful pencil set is Just Darling. No matter where mom is from, these bright blue No. 2’s will be number one in her book. Made in Tennessee, this set comes with 12 pencils adorned with cute southern sayings.
To buy: $9, draperjames.com.