It’s never too early to start looking for the perfect gift for Mom, especially is she’s the kind of lady who already has everything. While some moms may gush over a crafty coffee mug or lavender-scented body lotion, your mom has seen it all, and picking her Mother’s Day or birthday gift requires a little more thought. No problem!
The best gifts for Mom are the ones that’ll make her feel seen and understood. To get it right, do a little recon and try to determine what would make her life just a little bit better or more enjoyable. You don’t even need to drop a ton of cash—presents as simple as a pair of sneakers if she loves walking, a journal to help her destress, or a puzzle you can do together can show her just how much you care. Getting creative makes all the difference.
Thinking outside the box happens to be our specialty, so even if Mom hasn’t dropped any hints lately, you can still pick up something that’s unique and guaranteed to please. The ideas ahead are packed with cult-favorite products, bestselling items from super-cool brands, and items that you might never knew existed. (Beaded mask chain or coffee straw, anyone?)
And better yet, it all starts at just $6, meaning the perfect gift for your mother, wife, sister, or daughter doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. (Oh, and don’t forget grandma while you’re at it!)
It may not be her birthday, but she’ll still appreciate growing the flowers that symbolize her birth month. She’ll help her blooms grow and thrive, just like she did with you.
Everything—from her iPad to her phone to her keys—has a home in this sleek, tasseled tote bag, thanks to its spacious interior and side pocket. Plus, it comes in dozens of colors to match any mom’s vibe.
Stress is a common reason for back pain, and if Mom tends to have a lot of it, it’s time for a massage. This device mimics a shiatsu massage, getting deep into the muscles to alleviate pressure and tension.
Don’t let the random brand name fool you: These tights are some of the best-rated on Amazon. Since they’re so affordable, go ahead and get Mom a few of the dozens of colors available—why not transform her activewear rotation?
This bracelet, which turns handwriting into a wearable piece of art, is a truly personalized gift. Pick a metal, supply a photo of what you’d like it to say, and prepare yourself for a big ol’ hug.
Mom pours her heart into making her house a home, so order a watercolor portrait of Mom’s home base with its coordinates at the bottom. It’ll remind her of all the good times, even if she moves.
This hotel-quality bathrobe has thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. The white looks fresh from a five-star getaway, but if she prefers a pop of color, there are six pretty shades to shop, too.
Hey, we don’t blame you for believing you’re Mom’s favorite child. Available in scents like chardonnay, laundry day, and lavender tea, this candle will absolutely make her laugh—what better gift is there?
Is this book a little cheesy? Sure. But that’s the point—fill this book with your honest feelings about how much you love your mom and it’s sure to find a special place on her shelf and in her heart.
All the essentials for a killer sangria, including dehydrated fruits and spices, are in this infusion kit. Pair a packet with a bottle or two of her favorite red wine to give her all the summer vibes.
Forget fire pits—Mom can finally have a campfire in the comfort of her own home with this personal, soot-free fireplace. Whether she's making her own s'mores or adding some personality to the living room, she'll want to use this one-of-a-kind gift every day.
Moms of every stripe will love these one-of-a-kind cutting boards that feature her favorite handwritten recipe laser-engraved into them. She’ll use her brand-new heirloom for years to come.
This tiny printer is universally beloved because of its ability to turn smartphone images into Polaroid-style prints. In just 90 seconds, she can turn her favorite digital photos into tangible art—just like her glory days.
These Insta-famous water bottles encourage users to drink an entire gallon of water throughout the day. If Mom’s a big fan of hydration, she’ll love the bottle’s timed, motivational notches.
This sleep mask is worth the extra bucks, since it’s fully adjustable and features super-deep eye pockets that block out all light. If she’s always sneaking upstairs for an afternoon nap, she needs one of these things.
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Made with recycled leather, these modern earrings are a unique spin on everyday jewelry while also being neutral enough to go with everything. They come in other colors, too!
If Mom's the type who loves to accessorize (and who's always on her phone), then she needs this personalized phone case. With dozens of phone models to choose from, all you need to do is pick the right option and wait for her to thank you.
Gift her these tea towels as a sweet reminder of a life-affirming mantra. When she walks by them in the kitchen, she’ll smile—and say a silent “thank you” to you in her head.
These clog slippers have a Nordic charm to them, making them a must-have for moms who are obsessed with IKEA and anything cozy. Memory foam keeps them feeling as good as they look.
Whether she’s a teacher, a doctor, or just someone who likes to stand out in the grocery store, a personalized mask lanyard is just the pandemic-era fashion statement she’s been looking for.
Mom might be vaccinated, but she still has to wear a mask most places. She'll actually enjoy wearing these ones from mom-friendly brand Rifle Paper Co., which fit in with the rest of her wardrobe with their too-cute spring blossoms.
As pretty as her garden, this garden tool set has a beautiful geometric pattern that sets it apart. It comes complete with three stainless-steel hand tools, plus room for the ones she already has.
Did your family portrait session never go as planned? Instead of having to pose for the camera, order Mom an illustrated family portrait that’ll take pride of place on her walls.
No matter her style, she’ll rock a paperclip chain. If she’s a minimalist, it’ll look great with a crisp tee or denim shirt; if she likes a little more oomph, it’ll look just as good layered with her other fave necklaces.
This cheerful bath mat will add a welcome dose of color to even the most drab bathroom. Be honest—are there any moms that wouldn’t love to step onto something so whimsical after their morning shower?
If Mom enjoys the finer things in life—cocktails, mostly—then she needs these sugar cubes, which instantly transform regular champagne into mimosas and bellinis.
Now that it's nearly summer, Mom is getting ready to switch out her normal purse for a warm-weather bag. Do the work for her with this just-right woven clutch, which is lined with perfectly beachy fabric.
A gorgeous, hand-made jewelry holder would look so nice on her dresser. This charming pick “holds” her most precious rings and necklaces in one spot with a personal touch.
Give your mom’s old notebook an upgrade with this top-rated planner, which can keep her organized, on top of her weekly goals, and motivated with a ton of inspirational quotes.
You might not be able to cook Mom a special Mother's Day brunch, but you can still gift her a meal to start her day on the right note. This pack from NYC staple Zucker's Bagels comes with six bagels, three cream cheeses, nova lox, and six cookies—who wouldn’t want that?
With this top-rated stability ball, Mom can stay active even when she’s working from home. Its removable cover can be unzipped and thrown in the wash, and it even comes with its own pump.
These too-cool shades from Warby Parker are chic and subtle, and they look great on any face shape. They're also way nicer than Mom's drugstore sunnies, so she'll love how luxe they feel.
This soothing, loose-leaf tea is ideal for helping Mom stay centered on even the busiest days. Plus, she can even sprinkle some in her bath when she needs extra help relaxing.
Loopy, twisted candles are having a big moment, and we have a feeling that your mom would be a fan. With tons of shapes and colors to choose from, you’ll find the right variety to gift her.
These anti-skid slipper socks keep her feet planted firmly on her mat, helping her stay safe, active, and warm all at the same time. (These yoga mats are a safe bet, too!)
Has Mom been crushing her fitness goals lately? Help her track all her hard work with a Fitbit, which monitors her steps, activity, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep. A little encouragement goes a long way.
If she's a big fan of coffee or tea, gift her this reusable straw, which is designed specifically for hot drinks. It doesn't get hot to the touch and it fits inside standard coffee lids—not to mention protecting her teeth from stains.
If she's always changing up the house decor, gift her the one item she won't want to retire. This pillow is a reminder of just how much she's loved, even when you all are far away.
This spray set features three ultra-refreshing mists: rosewater, cucumber and green tea, and chamomile and lavender. They'll quench her skin's thirst without messing up her makeup or clogging her pores.
This far-out vase is perfect for the Life Is Good crowd—simple, eye-catching, and positive. Pair it with a few flowers for a gift that she'll never want to put away.
Once Mom becomes an empty nester, she'll want to feel more connected to the family than ever. Keeping all her favorites in one place, this pick has a 7-inch LCD screen and a wooden frame.
Spas are dreamy, but moms are busy. Sheet masks are the solution. This one from Sephora, with invigorating green tea, peps up skin in mere minutes. Bonus points if you both wear one and taking selfies together.
Nothing is more annoying than having to get out of bed to charge your phone. Save Mom the grief with the extra-durable Native Union charging cord that's an incredible 10 feet long.
Mom can never have too many puzzles, especially if they're as special as this one. Printed with a psychedelic vision of rabbits, mushrooms, and veggies, it's unlike any she's done before.
This nourishing kit from Burt's Bees has cuticle cream, hand salve, lip balm, hand repair cream, foot cream, and healing ointment—everything she needs to keep her skin happy this year.
While a silk pillowcase has the obvious effect of just feeling luxurious (like staying in a high-end hotel) it actually has real benefits, smoothing Mom's hair and keeping her skin happier.
Perfect for picnics, boat trips, or camping, this insulated tumbler is the ultimate companion for wine-loving mothers. It holds up to 10 ounces of liquid and is so much more durable than a traditional wine.
If your Mom likes her evening tea, she'll adore this electric tea kettle. It'll boil water in seconds, which means she can have her chamomile way quicker than with her stovetop kettle.
You've probably heard her freaking out about wrinkles, so treat her to this luxurious cream, which contains peptides to reduce wrinkles, hyaluronic acid to smooth fines lines, and vitamin B3 to offer extra hydration.
Morrison was a powerhouse of a writer, thinker, and mother. This collection curates her most striking speeches, essays, and thoughts, the kind of gift your mom can turn to again and again.
A good bar cart ties any room together, especially with entertaining on the horizon. This option looks way more expensive than it is, and its old Hollywood charm complements Mom's mixology skills perfectly.
Calling all kin of coffee lovers! These socks will make a great gift for your highly caffeinated matriarch—just be prepared to follow through on bringing Mom that cup of joe.
You know Mom is already dreaming about her next vacation. But one thing she probably hasn't considered? Her worn-out passport holder. Send her off in style with this sleek leather number.