Mother’s Day gift guides are always tricky because mothers are so darn particular! One mom’s dream gift might be another mom’s nightmare. So, as we did over the holidays, we rounded up dozens of gifts for as many mom archetypes as we could think of, from the mom who likes yoga, to the mom who just learned what contouring is, to the mom who likes watching her “programs.” (All of which are available to buy on Amazon.)
For the Mom Who Talks to Her House Plants
Haws Nickel Plant Mister
A handsome mister that she can display on a windowsill or a bookcase.
For the Mom Whom You’re Trying to Ween Off of Potpourri
Papier d’Armenie Burning Papers
Introduce her to the joys of French incense papers, which she can either fold, accordion-style, and light in this burner, or stow in her underwear drawer.
For the Mom Who Takes Home Shower Caps From Hotels
Taylor Linens Ditsy Dot Shower Cap
Upgrade her Hilton Garden Inn shower cap with this 100 percent cotton one from Taylor Linens.
For the Mom Who Takes Her Eggs Hard-boiled
Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Mega Egg Cups, 2-Pack
For the Mom Who Just Learned About Contouring
Japonesque Kumadori Contour & Highlighting Brush
A contouring brush with a wisteria-wrapped handle from Japonesque.
For the Mom Who Just Learned About Matcha
Panatea Matcha Green Tea Set
This matcha kit, from New York–based tea company Panatea, comes with a month’s worth of matcha-green-tea powder, a measuring scoop, a bamboo whisk, a double-wall glass bowl, and some easy-to-follow instructions.
For the Mom Who Travels
Verso Skincare Travel Series
Three travel-size tubes of face-care products (a cleanser, a day cream, and a night cream) from culty Swedish skin-care line Verso.
For the Mom Who Got a Real Kick Out of Smorgasburg
We Rub You Gochujang Korean Hot Sauce
If she loved all those “artisanal” wares, get her a bundle of food items from current or former Smorgasburg vendors.
Granola Lab, Elemental Formula
Cocktail Crate Grapefruit Daiquiri Mixer
For the Mom Who Likes Fancy Candles
Cire Trudon Ernesto Candle
No mom is immune to the fancy flame of a Cire Trudon candle.
For the Mom Who Writes Letters
G. Galo Verge De France Laid Finish Stationery Paper
If she’s an Eleanor Roosevelt–style prolific letter writer, she’ll love this French stationery, which happens to be a favorite of illustrator Maira Kalman.
For the Mom Who Overheats
Stadler Form OTTO Fan
Could it be? Really? It is! It’s a fan that isn’t hideous.
For the Mom Who Doesn't Like Germs
Barr-co. Apothecary Hand Sanitizer
It’s like Purell, but fancy: a pocket-size hand sanitizer from Missouri-based beauty line K. Hall Designs.
For the Mom Who Likes Proust
Bellemain 12-Cup Nonstick Madeleine Pan
For the Mom Who Likes Salad
Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists
Julia Sherman’s delightful new cookbook features salad recipes from creative bigwigs like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.
For the Mom Who's Serious About Showering
Bürstenhaus Redecker Long Bath Brush
This culty bath brush from German brand Redecker is made from birchwood and bristles, and is meant to clean hard-to-reach spots, increase blood-flow circulation, and remove dead skin cells. Pair it with this teak bath tray.
For the Mom Who's Serious About Drying Off
Kontex Organic Cotton Towels, Set of Three
These organic towels hail from Imabari, the cotton capital of Japan, and claim to be “as soft and silky as cashmere yet durable enough for everyday use.” (For more bathroom-centric gift ideas, click here.)
For the Mom Who Colors
Coloring Maine by Blue Butterfield
A decidedly non-cheesy coloring book, featuring wood-block prints of various Maine landscapes by local (and delightfully named) artist Blue Butterfield.
For the Mom Who Entertains
Celina Mancurti White Dots Napkins, Set of 2
These hand-screen-printed, linen, polka-dotted napkins will add a little pizzazz to a dinner party.
For the Mom Who Just Got Back From Provence
La Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseilles Soap
This hand soap is perfect for the lavender-loving mom. (Some other lavender things she might enjoy: this pillow and this roll-on.)
For the Mom Who Does Yoga
Manduka PRO Set
If she’s been working on her practice long enough that it’s now time for her to have her own gear: a yoga mat, towel, and carrying strap set from beloved-by-yogis brand Manduka.
For the Mom Who Likes Her "Programs"
AnatolianWoods Sofa Tray Table
This little wooden contraption makes watching Masterpiece Theater while sipping espresso extremely easy (and spill-proof).
For the Mom Who Sails
Sailor’s Rope Coaster Set
A preppy mom’s delight: Four coasters made out of sailor’s rope that come in a stately cherrywood box.
For the Mom Who Loves Her George Foreman
George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill
Bring George outside with this easy-to-use electric grill, featuring the same sloping, fat-collecting base that the traditional Foreman is known for.
For the Mom Who's Over Her George Foreman
June Intelligent Oven
The June Oven, which is basically an Easy-Bake for grown-ups, features a built-in camera and sensors that identify the food you put in it, and knows how to cook it to its exact level of doneness.
For the Mom Who Knows What "Kawaii" Is
Midori Paper Clips
Some adorable strawberry paper clips from Japanese stationery brand Midori.
For the Mom Who Likes Turquoise
Robert Lee Morris Geometric Semiprecious Turquoise Necklace
If she came of age in the ’60s and wears lots of linen, chances are that she loves turquoise jewelry, and will appreciate this statement-y necklace.
For the Mom Who Likes Joan Didion
South and West: From a Notebook, by Joan Didion
Didionophiles will eat up these selections from the author’s notebooks — from a road trip she took with her husband through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and while on assignment from Rolling Stone covering the Patty Hearst trial.
For the Mom Who Really Likes Her Wine
Wine-Trax, Set of 2
If she has a sense of humor about her Cab-guzzling ways: These glasses have subtle, frosted lines measuring 4, 6, and 8 ounces, so she can keep track of her intake.
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