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28 Things on Sale That Would Make Excellent Mother’s Day Gifts

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If you haven’t started shopping yet, this is your friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. We’ve been hard at work curating gift guides for all the moms, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and other mom figures in your life here. But giving a gift that’s meaningful doesn’t have to mean a hefty price tag — so I’ve done some searching in the internet’s sales bins and found some tasteful and thoughtful gifts that will only look like you spent a lot. Most of these will arrive in time thanks to the power of Amazon Prime, but you may have to get expedited shipping at other retailers, depending on when you see this post.

Kodak’s compact printer will let her easily print wallet-size photos directly from her iPhone (though you may have to set it up for her).

If she’d like to display all her photos at once, this smart picture frame is a longtime Strategist favorite because it’s easy to set up with a touchscreen that lets her easily swipe between her favorite photos or adjust the settings right on the screen.

For the mom who can’t function without her beauty sleep, get our best silk pillowcase, which Strategist beauty contributor Rio Viera-Newton says is like sleeping at a “luxurious hotel every night.” It’s an extra 15 percent off with the on-site coupon (but it feels far more expensive).

A six-pack of surprisingly stylish velvet scrunchies for the mom who’s always losing her hair ties.

Upgrade her shower routine with this scalp treatment from Act + Acre, which removes product buildup while cleansing and stimulating the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth. It’s 20 percent off on Amazon when you apply the on-site coupon.

AeroGarden Sprout

If she’s got a green thumb but limited backyard space, get her this half-off smart planter from one of our favorite brands.

If she spends the better part of her morning reheating her cup of coffee in the microwave, get her this temperature-controlled mug from Ember that’s on sale at both Amazon and Target.

JBL Clip 4

Moms who bike, picnic, or enjoy a trip to the beach will love this tiny dust- and sand-proof portable Bluetooth speaker. Its battery lasts up to ten hours, and it comes in a variety of fun colors.


Give her the gift of never losing her keys.

For the mom who lives far away — and doesn’t believe in cut flowers.

UrbanStems The Juliet

If she does love blooms, get her a tried-and-true bouquet from UrbanStems. Our readers get 25 percent off sitewide with our exclusive code THESTRATEGIST.

$51 at UrbanStems
Mercado Global Rosa Tote

A cavernous handcrafted tote she can take on vacation or to the farmers’ market.


If you’re a Shopbop member — it’s free to join — you get early access to the brand’s summer sale this week. At just $3 each, you can gift several of these claw clips and snag a few for yourself, too. (Two-day shipping is free if you’re an Amazon Prime member.)

Halfmoon Yoga Foam Roller

Great for the yogi or runner whose calves need a good stretch.

Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon doesn’t fly without this luxurious sleep mask, which blocks out light even when the window shade is up. It’s $20 off in baby pink.

With any luck, she’ll pass down this trio of heritage-level bakeware from Staub to you.

Pair this puzzle with a yearly MoMA membership to earn “best gift giver” bragging rights for at least a year.

Summer may be around the corner, but if your mom is always cold, she’ll definitely appreciate these fuzzy L.L.Bean moccasins.

I’m a huge fan of Slowtide’s super-absorbent, super-colorful towels. Pair this with a wooden spoon, a bag of coffee, or a set of her favorite tea to complete the gift.

Raawii Strøm Vase
From $47
From $47

Amp up a basic bouquet by delivering it in this eye-catching vase. It’s available in cobalt blue (pictured), forest green, yellow, blush, and electric orange.

And if she already has a lot of purses, this embossed wristlet would be just as nice to give.

We love all of Our Place’s cookware, so I’m very intrigued by this teal baking sheet, which features a one-inch grid pattern to measure dough. This set also includes a challah cover-up from Minna and two natural beeswax candles.

Print a photo of you and your siblings — which should cost 30 cents at your local Walgreens — and frame it for a heartfelt gift she’ll cherish.

Eberjey’s pajamas are a bona fide Strategist favorite, and the “insanely soft” Giseles have a mighty following. Get them monogrammed for an extra $15 for a sweet finishing touch.

If she prefers a slimmer pant leg, this navy blue is even cheaper at Zappos.

A lot of Otherland candles are on sale at the brand’s site, like this seasonally appropriate (and surprisingly trendy) tomato-scented option.

For Mother’s Day, Girlfriend Collective is offering 25 percent off this build-your-own sleepwear bundle. Mix and match one top, one bottom, and one robe for a set that’s uniquely her.

All products at Dermstore are 15 percent off with the code SS15 — like this intensely hydrating skin cream from French pharmacy staple Bioderma.

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28 Excellent Mother’s Day Gifts (That Happen to Be on Sale)