It’s about time to start thinking about mom again — the woman who claims she never needs or wants anything, but actually loves it whenever you show the littlest amount of thought on her account. We’re here to help you do better than that, though, with a list of all the Mother’s Day gift ideas we’ve run recently. Below, all of our suggestions for home-run mom gifts, including things that may not be mom-specific but would surely be highly appreciated, from the alarm clock that will wake her up with a sunrise to the ultimate mom-approved jewelry. We’ll continue to update this page as we get closer to Sunday, May 12.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with our guide to the best Mother’s Day gifts that you can conveniently buy on Amazon, like a snake plant in a mid-century planter, chic French incense papers, or this heated deep-tissue foot massager.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a great gift for mom, as demonstrated by our guide to the best gifts for mom under $25, including surprisingly stylish acrylic earrings, an acupuncture mat for her aches and pains, and a handsome terrazzo tray from Jonathan Adler.
No matter what gift you give your mom, you’ll want to include a Mother’s Day card. We found a bunch of options that aren’t too sickeningly sweet, like this pop-up elephant card. Plus, they’re all available on Amazon.
The best Mother’s Day gifts for new moms are time-savers and little luxuries for sleep-deprived parents, like these supersoft pajamas from Eberjey.
If your mom likes flowers, you can order a Mother’s Day bouquet and have it delivered straight to her door. We like this bouquet from UrbanStems, but if your mom likes a different type of flower, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to order flowers for Mother’s Day.
Writer Liza Corsillo ordered seven different picture frames to find the best online-framing service for every type of gift-giver, and according to her, if you’re looking “for speed and surprising quality at an affordable price, Keepsake is your best bet.” But there are plenty of other options for every price point and level of quality.
We cooked up a guide to the best Mother’s Day gifts for every type of foodie mom — from she whose bake-sale treats are the stuff of legend to the collector of condiments — including this leather-bound copy of Joy of Cooking that’s sure to impress a mom with an extensive cookbook collection.
Writer and illustrator Joana Avillez tipped us off to these Ted Muehling earrings, which she gave to her own mother: “I know my mom’s present was a success because she only removes the earrings for an occasional in-store buffering. Recently, I counted five women in Ted Muehling earrings at an art opening. I commented to my friend John that both our moms were wearing Ted Muehling. ‘Oh, yeah, she loves those. They are her favorite gift to give and receive.’ He actually said that.”
Writer Liz Krieger calls this wake-up-light alarm clock from Philips her “own private sunrise.” It eases her awake in the morning by mimicking the rising sun, “providing a slow, gentle progression from a barely-there golden glow to a bright, everything’s-gonna-be-all-right white light, steadfastly streaming just a few inches away from my head every morning, no matter what’s happening outside my window.”
“It’s not the sexiest or most thrilling gift by any means, but it’s my absolute favorite,” writes Rebecca Ramsey of this two-ply cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus. In fact, she loves this sweater so much, she’s asked for it seven years in a row, as if you needed any more proof that it would make an excellent gift.
We’ve noticed that a lot of moms like things that are soft, so writer Lori Keong polled a dozen tasteful moms on their favorite soft things. Melissa Duren Conner, the managing director at JBC Public Relations, recommends these fuzzy Emu slippers from Amazon, but there are plenty of other options.
We also noticed that moms tend to like things that don’t weigh too much, so we went on a hunt for the nicest, lightest gifts for Mother’s Day, like this practical, lightweight umbrella that folds up to be impossibly small.
We’ve rounded up the best, nicest-smelling things that we’ve written about on the Strategist, many of which would make excellent gifts for Mother’s Day — like this lavender-scented aromatherapy stick.
For the mom with expensive taste, we also found the cheapest, nicest gifts from luxury brands — we think of them as “micro-splurges” — like this Chanel bath soap, which she’d probably never buy for herself.
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