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After a difficult past year for many families, celebrating the mothers in our life during Mother’s Day is as important as ever. Now that fully vaccinated families can responsibly gather in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, there are many opportunities to give your mom a thoughtful gift and celebrate with your family.
Jenny Yip, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and parenting expert at Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, previously told us that when it comes to gift giving, focusing on how the person receiving the gift will be using it could be tantamount — if they even want something they can use. “Does she usually prefer a practical gift? Or does she like something more sentimental? Flowers might be a wonderful gift if you know your mother enjoys them, but if you know she thinks they're wasteful, then go with what you know,” Yip advised. So where should you start? Below, we offer highly rated Mother's Day gift ideas, as well as products from our existing shopping guides whose high quality translates into functional and usable gift options. We compiled gifts for every type of mother and at an array of price points — here's to a happy Mother's Day.
Unique and personalized Mother's Day gifts
This unique gift from Etsy showcases handwriting from you or a loved one engraved on a smooth, matte wood cutting board. Your mom can hang it as a display or use it to cook in the kitchen — the bamboo composite is harder than wood and helps keep out bacteria. To order, send a clear photo of a recipe to the seller and it will be engraved into the wood.
This DIY rope bowl can be used to hold car keys and essentials by the front door or in the kitchen to keep fruit out on the table. The kit comes with 10 yards of cannon and jute rope along with 10 yards of waxed cotton cord. In addition, the pack includes comprehendible instructions so that your mom can create her bowl without hassle.
If you’ve got a mom that loves to craft, you may want to consider getting her a product from the creative tech company Cricut. The Cricut Joy is a smart cutting and writing machine that will allow her to personalize, organize and customize everyday products. It can cut over 50 materials including vinyl, paper and cardstock, and with the Design Space app for Cricut, she can control the device from her phone.
Puzzles picked up in popularity amid quarantine, so consider giving your mom a special one with a personalized photo of your choosing. This 60-piece matte puzzle also comes in a patterned drawstring pouch and hinged box with gold detailing for a beautiful presentation, and includes a reference artwork card that she can follow while building it.
Mother’s Day gifts for different types of moms
Mother's Day gifts for the mother-in-law
Tea is often a great gift choice — and it’s hard to mess up. Sips By delivers four types of tea on a monthly basis, based on your mother-in-law’s preferences and taste. Each shipment should cover about 15 cups of tea (more if she resteeps them) and the $45 gift card will cover three months of subscription. If you want to play it safe, this will be a solid choice.
If you’re looking to impress and have a more tongue-in-cheek relationship with your MIL or even a shared appreciation of hygiene, elevating hers could come off as quite impressive. Like we reported in our guide to the best bidets, they provide better comfort and cleaning than standard toilet paper. They’re also more eco-friendly than toilet paper, notable in the weeks after the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. The Bio Bidet offers some unique features in the bidet space, like temperature and water pressure controls, oscillating and massaging modes and a kid’s wash. Its seat can be heated and it’s offered in both an elongated and round fit.
Mother's Day gifts for the daughter-in-law
Athleta’s ultra soft Elation Capri leggings are made from a breathable and sweat-wicking fabric. The flexible, triple-layer waistband provides support during low-impact activities — from yoga and pilates to at-home chores — and includes a back-drop pocket to hold small essentials. Athleta offers a variety of tank tops and sports bras and you can mix and match colors or opt for a monochromatic look.
Whether she’s working from home or heading back to the office soon, she might be jonesing for a cup of coffee in the morning. Breville’s Precision Brewer automatically adjusts the water temperature and brew times for best results, as we mentioned in our guide to the best coffee makers.
Mother's Day gifts for the sister-in-law
The Wool Lounger from Allbirds is crafted with comfort and function in mind, according to the brand. The shoes have a slip-on design that makes them ideal for someone who’s always on the go, and the temperature-regulating Merino wool means that she can wear them year-round. Allbirds, like some other shoe brands we’ve covered, are eco-friendly. Their laces are crafted from recycled water bottles, the wool is ethically sourced and their packaging is made from 90 percent recycled cardboard.
Like we reported in our guide to waterproof devices, “all Apple Watch models are splash- and water-resistant, though the Series 2 and newer are all submergible up to 50 meters, an upgrade from the earlier models.” A gift both functional and stylish, a smartwatch is an investment into a family member who you’re still building a relationship with and for whom a sizable gift might be fitting.
Mother's Day gifts for the expecting mom
This gift set from Pipette includes new mom essentials like a relaxing body wash, body lotion, belly butter and dry brush. The lotion balances hydration levels in skin with a glycerin base and the shea-derived belly butter can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Each item is crafted to help new mothers restore their skin and every product is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested, according to the brand.
This unique bag company makes some of the most versatile and functional bags around, and its diaper backpack underscores the brand’s consistent delivery of stylish and highly practical bags. Available in seven colors and designed to clip to a stroller, the diaper backpack includes a bevy of built-in pockets, zippers and cords to make transport and logistics slightly easier each day. Buying bags from Dagne Dover right now allows you to donate 10 percent of the purchase to a charity of your choice.
Mother's Day gifts for the wife
Everlane’s soft crewneck sweater is made with 100 percent cotton and is designed to provide layerable warmth. It’s lightweight and has a relaxed fit which makes it ideal for comfortable, everyday wear. The sweaters, along with other Everlane products, are sourced from high quality materials and are manufactured at factories that are held to compliance standards like proper wages and reasonable hours.
Rothy’s uses water bottles to craft shoes through a 3D knitting process. The Point was the brand’s first release and it features a comfortable insole and a contoured silhouette. Thanks to its seamless design, the shoe doesn’t require a long break-in period so she can start wearing them right out of the box.
Mother's Day gifts for the aunt
If your aunt likes to read, consider giving her the Kindle Paperwhite available in Black, Twilight Blue, Plum and Sage. The glare-free display and built-in adjustable light allow for reading almost anywhere and a single charge lasts for weeks, according to Amazon. It’s the thinnest and lightest Paperwhite to date and comes in different storage capacity options, which you can determine by how many audiobooks she might want to download.
Winc’s process involves a short quiz that determines her taste and with each new shipment, it learns slightly more to make more informed decisions and recommendations. If she enjoys a glass of red or white (or otherwise) every once in a while, you can be the source of that (responsible) delicious swig.
Mother's Day gifts for the grandma
The Nikplay 2K Smart Picture Frame will allow you to share photos with the grandmother in your life instantly via an app integration. The frame can either be placed on a countertop or mounted on a wall and it comes in several styles, including wood and metal styles. Within the Nixplay app, you can also invite family and friends to share photos or video playlists so the frame always stays updated with new content, and she can see what you’re up to with highlights you choose.
Featured in our guide to the best sous vides, the Anova Precision Cooker will allow her to cook with much more ease, determining the exact temperature she wants any given pot of water to reach and keeping it there. The sous vide is a great way to save time that would otherwise be spent minding the stove, freeing her up to tell you stories, hear yours or otherwise do all of the grandmotherly things she’d rather be doing than cooking all day (and if that’s what she prefers doing, perhaps the sous vide will free her up to do more of it).
Best self-care and wellness gifts for Mother’s Day
Give the gift of tranquility with the self-care-focused TheraBox. Each box includes a research-inspired therapeutic activity, plus eight self-care wellness products designed to reduce stress. Standout items in past boxes include multivitamins, face masks (the skin care kind), dry brushes, bath salts and more.
A bathrobe and a pair of slippers are included in this bundle from Allswell. The spa duo is made with 100 percent cotton and the waffle-weave texture makes the fabric extra absorbent. The robe is pre-washed to help ensure it will shrink less in the laundry.
The LARQ bottle stays clean with a UV-C LED light that purifies the bottle with the touch of a button. It has a double-insulated design that can keep cold contents chilled for up to 24 hours and hot contents warm for 12 hours. A sleek design and multiple options for style and color allow you to choose the perfect one for the mom who cares about drinking enough water (or coffee!) each day.
Best home and kitchen gifts for Mother’s Day
Air frying can be a simple and quick way to prepare family meals and the Philips TurboStar Air Fryer makes it easier to evenly cook food with little or no oil. It has an easy-to-control dial that allows for simple temperature control and pre-set functions that take the guessing game out of cooking. The 2.75-quart basket means that multiple items can be cooked at once and the dishwasher-safe basket makes for easy clean-up after a meal.
23. SodaStream Fizzi
Your mom can make sparkling water or soda instantly with help from the SodaStream Fizzi. Its cylinder injects carbonation into your water and you can buy additional products to flavor and customize your drink. The starter kit includes a sparkling water maker, a carbonating cylinder and a 1-liter bottle. You can also upgrade to a hydration pack which includes two additional 1-liter bottles and two half-liter bottles.
Best bed and bath gifts for Mother’s Day
An option for any mom looking to get some more relaxation these days, Purple’s pillow is unique in the pillow space. Made of a hypoallergenic Talalay latex core, it’s designed to keep your neck and head supported — and cool — all night. It also comes with a 100-night trial — so if she’s not about a pillow upgrade, she can return it without hassle.
A substantial gift for anyone, this is an investment in the life of someone near and dear to you. This mattress fared well in Consumer Reports’ stability tests and with it, as we previously reported, “your partner shouldn’t jostle you around much in your sleep.”
Best tech gift ideas for Mother’s Day
26. Roku Ultra
Streaming devices are a popular way to watch TV and movies because they are compatible with multiple services like Peacock, HBO, Netflix, Hulu and more. The Roku Ultra provides brilliant picture quality to your screen and is optimized for sharp resolution and vivid colors. The compact design means you can easily plug it into any television with an HDMI without worry that it will take up space.
27. Apple iPad
A tablet is a nice upgrade for anyone’s home web browsing, and Apple’s iPad is “the only tablet worth buying,” according to a tech expert. As a gift, this is something that will last several years, allowing her to stay more up-to-date with helpful apps or video chats. Many games and applications will help keep her busy otherwise.
These headphones are a worthy upgrade for anyone who relies on headphones frequently, whether for fitness or other reasons. They come with IPX7-rated water resistance, meaning they’re water-tight even when immersed in up to 1 meter for as long as 30 minutes. If she tends to sweat a lot, the brand says these are designed to survive long into her use — and if that changes, Jaybird's warranty covers damage from perspiration for up to one year after your purchase.