Moms. They change our diapers. They work tirelessly and still find time to empathize with and support us. They guide us through even the cringiest moments of our teenage self-discovery with the grace of warriors. There’s probably no way we can ever fully thank our mothers for everything they do for us — but there’s no better day of the year to try than Mother’s Day. This year, on May 13, treat her to something truly special. Here are the best Mother’s Day gift ideas for every type of mom.
Classic. Beautiful. Elegant. If these words describe the special woman you’re shopping for this year, gift her something that reflects the same sparkle she brings to your life. With a row of bezel-set diamonds and milgrain detailing, this ring from Brilliant Earth is gorgeous enough to stand alone, subtle enough to stack, and made entirely from ethically sourced materials. Plus, 5 percent of the company’s profits are donated to communities that have been impacted by the jewelry industry, so you can give back while making Mom’s day.
If you want to give mom the gift of pure luxury, wrap up one of these incredible Khimori Travel Robes from Naadam. A mind-bogglingly soft silk-cashmere blend and a chic selection of colors make this robe a consistent best-seller. An included matching travel bag make it a perfect gift for the woman who values comfort and style on the go. And if you order between May 5-7, the company is offering complimentary monogramming for that personal touch.
Spoil her with a unique blend of art and nature. This gorgeous bronze cuff takes its inspiration from beehives, with a honeycomb pattern that is at once rustic and elegant. Equal parts statement piece and homage to Mother Earth, it’s great for the mama who loves both the beauty of nature and the art of style.
An eye-catching, easy-to-carry purse is a must-have for ladies who like to head out on the town. This adorable bag from Neely & Chloe uses stylish details and svelte leather to escalate the look of the classic canteen to a new, fashion-forward level. A braided strap and exquisite range of color choices make this a standout piece to pair with every outfit, while a double zip closure and interior zip pocket keep things practical and secure.
If there’s a green-thumb on your to-gift list, give her something she can use in her favorite garden sanctuary. This tool set has all the practical tools she’ll need to tend to her plants: small and large scissors, a pruner, wooden stakes, and twine (with holder), all packaged in a reusable, handmade pine crate. All the included tools are rust-resistant and designed with a quaint, pastoral aesthetic that make them as fun to admire as they are to use.
Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy, but it can be easy to lose track of how much water you drink every day, especially for busy moms. This smart water bottle uses a built-in sensor to track intake and glows to remind active ladies when it’s time for some H2O. The bottle connects to an app (available for iOs and Android) that calculates daily goals based on age, weight, and height, as well as the temperature, humidity, and altitude of the user’s location. The app can also sync to fitness trackers like Fitbit, Apple Watch, and MyFitnessPal to adjust recommendations based on activity level. It’s also BPA-free and completely dishwasher safe.
Whether she’s working out or lounging around, every woman needs a reliable pair of sweats. These Crane Sweats from Alala are an irresistible blend of form and function, with a super soft feel, drawstring waist, front pockets, and a classic jogger-like silhouette. They’re so comfortable that she may just find herself grabbing an extra pair so she never has to take them off.
Just like those reliable sweats, a cozy pair of sneaks is a must-have for the times when she’s ready to get up and go. These Palestra sneakers from Italian shoemakers M. GEMI offer posh style and detail without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. Cushy rubber soles will have her feeling like she’s floating, while artisan leather and hand-stitching put her inner fashionista on full display.
Essential oils are all the rage right now, offering a powerful home fragrance option that’s free from parabens, phthalate, aerosol, and other chemical ingredients. This lovely little diffuser from scent-experts Oojra uses natural Rattan reeds for a spritz-free fragrance that’s perfect for tucked away areas where she may not want to leave an electric diffuser unattended. The scent, a sweet cherry blossom, is continuously released and lasts for three to four months.
Another emerging trend in the relaxation sphere is matcha, finely-ground green tea powder that is whisked into hot water to create a bright, frothy, soothing drink. Matcha is just as much about the ceremony as it is about the flavor, and this kit from Japanese tea maker Matchaeologist has everything she needs for a truly unique experience. Artisinal matcha, a hand-blown glass bowl, and bamboo whisk and measuring spoon are neatly packaged in an elegant gift box. The tranquil ritual of preparation and the calming energy boost of the final product will have her feeling purely at peace.
For moms who enjoy a bit more potency in their drinks, this set has all the tools she needs to whip up her favorite cocktails. It includes a Mason jar shaker, jigger, and muddler, all tucked neatly inside a refined canvas and leather tote. Tuck a bottle of her favorite liquor in the interior pocket for a well-rounded gift that she can take on her next beach day or afternoon in the hammock.
When she’s ready for some serious downtime, nothing is more inviting than a plush, cozy bed. Parachute is known for high-quality bedding that’s easy to sink into, and the new Malibu Collection gives any boudoir a calming, coastal feel. The quilt’s subtle stripes and cool colors bring the breezy relaxation of the beach indoors and soft linen makes it perfect for layering, so she can enjoy stylish sleep any time of year. Throw in some matching sheets and shams and gift her a full set.
These beautiful mixing bowls from Georgia potter, Mollie Jenkins, are completely hand-spun to add a bespoke, artsy feel to any kitchen. Complete with pour spouts and sturdy handles, the set includes bowls in three versatile sizes, each one sure to put a smile on the face of any mom who loves whipping up good home cooking. The bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe, and since they’re made by hand, each one is completely unique.
Round out a stylish gift for master-chef moms with this lovingly crafted set of must-have tools. The set is designed to cover all the fundamentals, so mom can trade in that miscellany of worn-out utensils for this smart set that is sophisticated and stylish enough to leave on the counter top. The set comes with an 8-inch steel knife, a lightweight 3.5-inch knife, one-handed locking tongs, a classic wooden spoon, a sturdy metal spoon designed to hold exactly one-fourth cup of liquid, and a flexible slotted spatula. Every piece is beautifully crafted with stainless steel and rich wood, and it all comes in a display-worthy modern base complete with magnets for safe, easy knife storage.
Any gift can benefit from the addition of classic chocolate and this lovely box from Maggie Louise Confections is as delightful to look at as it is scrumptious. Each piece is gorgeously designed to mimic some of the South’s most beautiful foliage, including pansies, fern leaves, artichoke buds, and pinecones. Flavors blend milk and white chocolates with additions like mocha crunch, coffee ganache, hazelnut, toasted pecans, creamy caramel, and peanut butter. You can get these tasty treats in boxes of four, nine, or 16 — or you can go big by getting all three in an elegantly stacked set.
If you’re looking for a sweet gift, but chocolates aren’t her thing, delight her with this set of Petits Fours from Los Angeles-based confectionery expert Dean & Deluca. Each bite is made from moist vanilla cake layered with rose and passion fruit ganache and coated in white chocolate. With a soft pink palette and candied rose petals atop each petit four, the whole set has a vibe of subtle elegance that wraps the whole experience in pure, unparalleled indulgence.
Gift boxes have been a staple of giving for practically as long as holidays have existed. When it comes down to shopping for one, though, it can be tough to find something that leaves a lasting impact and delivers the same level of luxury as other options. Bouquet Bar has elevated the gift box by combining gorgeous fresh blooms, luxurious grooming products, and delicious treats into beautiful packages that will make mom feel truly spoiled. Their Mother’s Day sets include everything from succulents and orange spray roses to honey lotion and dark chocolate sea salt caramels. If none of the pre-built boxes strike your fancy, go full bespoke and create a unique arrangement just for her.
Fresh flowers are a classic gift choice, but sometimes a single bouquet can feel a little fleeting. If you’re gifting to a badass lady who loves the softer side of nature, hook her up with a year’s worth of fresh blooms from Farmgirl Flowers. Every bouquet is hand-crafted by a floral artist, so don’t worry about her getting one of those tired, bulk-packaged arrangements that are all-too-common from other companies. Farmgirl Flowers also tosses aside crinkly, overdone cellophane for reused (and reusable) burlap bags they source from local coffee roasters. They source all their flowers from ethical, honest farms that pay living wages, avoid chemicals, and provide medical benefits to their employees, with a preference toward responsible farms right here in the good old U.S.A. Sign your favorite lady up for A Year of Flowers, and she’ll receive a fresh, unique bouquet every single month, complete with a soothing seasonal candle and yummy treat.
For the woman who has everything, including a big heart, a donation in her name to a cause she cares about is a great way to make a difference while letting her know how much her passions matter to you. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest evaluator of charities, with an easy-to-use website that lets you browse over 1.8 million nonprofits and see how they rank when it comes to financial health, accountability, and transparency. This year, they’ve put together a list of highly-rated organizations with programs that specifically benefit women, mothers, and parents. You can use their Giving Basket to donate in your giftee’s name, and she’ll receive an email letting her know which cause or causes you donate to. A great way to warm her heart and spread the love this Mother’s Day.
Whatever her interests, don’t forget to show mom a little extra love this May 13 with one of these fantastic gifts.
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