Finding the best Mother's Day gifts can be a challenge — especially if your mom insists that she doesn't need anything because your love is enough. That's a sweet sentiment, but you're inclined to do more because after all, this is the woman who gave you life. How do you possibly follow that up?
For starters you can take a look at our list of 35 unique Mother's Day gift ideas, which we guarantee will yield near-equal returns. (The gift of life is extremely precious, after all!) In compiling our suggestions, we took into account other mothers you'd be inclined to celebrate this Mother's Day — including grandmothers, new moms and soon-to-be moms.
We also talked with several moms about their favorite surprise Mother's Day gifts. They even clued us in on what they really want for Mother's Day this year. (Hint: it's not a vacuum cleaner!)
Does mom have a birthday coming up? Peruse our edits of the best 50th birthday gift ideas or the best 60th birthday gift ideas. Even if she's not celebrating those milestone birthdays, these lists are rife with suggestions across various price points and niches, so you're bound to come across the perfect present for her.
The best Mother's Day gifts
Our edit of the best Mother's Day gifts features a range of items and experiences to suit various stages of motherhood. Whether you're celebrating your mom or a mother figure who means a lot to you, we've included a variety of goods and services your special recipient is sure to appreciate.
If you're on a set budget, our Mother's Day gifts list spans a multitude of price points. It's not totally necessary to spend a substantial amount of money for that perfect present — we've included several remarkable gift ideas for under $50.
Where to find the best Mother's Day gifts
Here are a few merchants worth exploring for the best Mother's Day gift ideas:
- Amazon: No matter what you're seeking, this ubiquitous online retail giant is sure to have it
- Bloomingdale's: Browse here if mom has a taste for finer, designer things
- Cameo: Imagine your mom's face when she views a video greeting from her favorite celeb
- Etsy: Say it with something handmade (even if it's not handmade by you)
- Ulta Beauty: The Best Mother's Day Gifts In Beauty and Grooming
- Uncommon Goods: Perfect for finding extraordinary gifts for extraordinary moms
- Williams Sonoma: The best Mother's Day gifts in home and kitchen
- Spafinder: If mom needs to up her self care game, treat her to a spa day nearby
Unique Mother's Day gifts to buy for mom in 2022
Numi Organic Tea Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea Gift Set
RRP: $26 | Impress mom with this flowering tea set that could also double as a work of art. It comes with five types of hand-sewn flowering leaves plus a clear glass tea pot so she can watch her tea blossom. The benefits of tea are well known and each of these flowering tea blooms can be steeped up to three times, with no bag or strainer required, so mom will get the most out of this gift that keeps on giving.
The Doula Deck for Expecting & New Moms
RRP: $19 | Here's a way for you to remind a new or expectant mom that she needs to take good care of herself, too. Created by a doula with over 20 years of experience, the Doula Deck contains 78 cards with daily meditations, exercises and affirmations to help guide her through the early stages of motherhood.
Wear Felicity Personalized Heart Photo Necklace
RRP: From $30 | From afar, it merely looks like a heart-shaped pendant with a stone set in the middle. But upon closer inspection, you'll find that 'stone' actually houses a photograph. It's a stylish and novel way for mom to keep her loved ones close to her heart, and one of the best personalized jewelry gifts you can surprise her with. Note that orders may be slow to ship due to high demand so we recommend picking this Mother's Day gift up as soon as you can.
Jo Malone Home Candle
RRP: From $70 | Mom can infuse her living space with the smell of her favorite Jo Malone fragrance. Choose from the earthy Wood Sage & Sea Salt, luscious Red Roses, or warm and inviting Orange Blossom — among other signature scents.
UGG Fluff Yeah Shearling Sandal Slippers
RRP: $100 | Yes, it's possible for your momma to lounge around in style, courtesy of these cozy UGG slippers. The best slippers look as good as they feel, and this pair certainly makes a statement. They have rubber outsoles so mom could wear them out while running a quick errand or two, but we feel she'll appreciate them most during a lazy Sunday at home.
Mom Coupon Book
RRP: From $6 | Whether you've dropped the ball on buying a timely gift or have absolutely no clue what to get for your mother, this coupon book is great in a pinch as you'll be able to download and print it yourself. This unique gift comes with 10 coupons that mom can redeem for things such as 'a free morning to yourself' and 'a lunch date at your favorite restaurant.' If you'd like to be more creative than what's on offer, you can request to customize your coupons.
Bathtub Caddy Tray
RRP: From $32 | For the moms who like to soak their cares away, this caddy will add a luxurious, spa-like feel to her home bath. It's adjustable from 29 to 42 inches and contains several compartments to accommodate soaps, shampoos, candles and even a wine glass. There's also a separate holder for a book or e-reader so mom can catch up on her favorite stories.
Hello Fresh Meal Kit Service
RRP: From $24/week | For the new mother who is overwhelmed and living off takeout, gift her home-cooked meals she can easily prepare in under 30 minutes. Hello Fresh includes pre-measured ingredients plus easy-to-read recipe cards with each kit. All mom will have to do is follow the directions and enjoy something that isn't pizza or sandwiches. Vegetarian and pescatarian options are also available.
Bose Sleepbuds II
RRP: $249 | Help mom sleep better at night with the Bose Sleepbuds II, which deliver soothing, relaxing sounds from the Bose Sleep app. The eartips passively seal out surrounding noise and will stay in place through even the most vigorous tossing-and-turning. Mom will be able to catch Zs for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
HoMedics Cordless Shiatsu Massage Pillow
RRP: From $60 | Can't afford a private masseuse? No worries, as this HoMedics massage pillow might be even better. It's portable enough for mom to take anywhere like a travel pillow, and features soothing heat to help loosen up those tight muscles in the shoulders, neck or lumbar region.
Ephemeris Birth Chart Talisman
RRP: $69 | If mom is fascinated by astrology, she'll absolutely love this custom birth chart pendant necklace. All you'll need is her date and time of birth to create a one-of-a-kind talisman that reflects how the stars and planets were aligned the day she was born. Also included are three personalized astrology reports so mom can better understand her astrology birth chart and see what the universe has in store for her in her 2022 horoscope.
Mom's Survival Pack
RRP: $32 | Mom works so hard to take care of everyone else — so make sure she gives herself some TLC, too. This 'survival pack' is loaded with products that'll help her relax and rejuvenate: sugar exfoliant, floral mineral bath salts, belly butter, sleep salve, lavender mist and lip balm.
Viking Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
RRP: $200 | Treat the mother who loves to cook with this sleek pressure cooker from Viking. This multi cooker is more than good looks, however — it's also quite practical since it cuts cooking time in half. With the simple turn of a knob, mom will have family dinners ready to go in no time, with little mess to fuss over afterwards.
Cameo Video Greeting
RRP: From $1 | A personalized Cameo video greeting from your mom or grandmom's favorite celebrity will be a Mother's Day gift that's talked about for years. Choose among A-list film stars, reality TV personalities, singers and entertainers, and all star athletes. Just craft a custom Mother's Day message and your celeb Cameo will deliver it in their signature style.
Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card
RRP: From $50 | A Spafinder gift card will allow mom to retreat to a spa of her choice whenever she's in dire need of a physical and mental recharge. Spafinder gift cards can be redeemed at a wide range of major and independent wellness centers across the USA — including Hand & Stone, Ritz-Carlton Spa, and Bliss Spa.
The Bouqs Company Lady Luck Orchid
RRP: $74 | Flowers are a traditional Mother's Day gift idea, but instead of ordering a bouquet of blooms through a flower delivery service, pick this eye-catching yellow orchid with purple accents instead. According to the language of flowers, orchids bring forth good luck and prosperity — a wonderful sentiment to pass along to the special mom in your life. A lightweight, eco-friendly planter is included and this plant will last way longer than a bouquet if properly cared for.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
RRP: $50 | Perhaps mom typically watches her favorite Netflix shows on her smallish phone or tablet. With the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, she'll be able to enjoy the shows and films she loves on her large-screen TV. What's more, she can use the included remote control to ask Alexa to turn up the volume, pause the action or find a new series to watch.
Harry & David Mother's Day Brunch Gift
RRP: $130 | Mother's Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year — especially for Sunday brunch. If crowds make mom uncomfortable, bring the brunch experience to her with this loaded Harry & David gift set. It comes with waffles, cookies, cheese and crackers, sparkling juice and other tasty treats. You can even upgrade to the Mom-osa Bar Wine Gift Set for a few dollars more.
Custom Digital Family Portrait
RRP: From $20 | If you're not artistically inclined, allow Etsy vendor JayKayArts to assist you in drawing up a one-of-a-kind family portrait. Simply send over the photo you'd like reproduced and it'll be transformed into a digital image you can print and frame to your liking. Portraits can contain up to 14 people — ideal if you have extended family you'd like to include in there, as well.
Rosetta Stone Online Subscription
RRP: From $30 | Whether mom has grand international travel plans or wants to learn a new skill to keep herself sharp, a Rosetta Stone online subscription is a Mother's Day gift she is sure to love. Choose from 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions, as well as lifetime access if you know mom will be in it for the long haul. All courses include a phrasebook, audio lessons, and a TruAccent speech engine that'll give feedback on pronunciation to help mom learn a language online.
Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme
RRP: From $32 | If mom is seeking a new signature fragrance for the season, look no further than Dylan Blue by Versace. This floral fragrance contains notes of blackcurrant, wild blooms and musk. It's a versatile fragrance she can wear at work during the day or while out on the town in the evening. The stunning blue and gold bottle also makes for a captivating display piece.
Tory Birch T Monogram Leather Zip Continental Wallet
RRP: $248 |This exquisite Tory Birch leather wallet is an excellent gift idea for the mom whose wallet has clearly seen better days. A blend of traditional and modern, it features a design inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch quilting along with brass-finished accents. There's enough storage for coins, bills and up to 10 credit cards.
Virgin Experience Gifts Voucher
RRP: From $40 | Some moms care more about experiences than material goods — thus, a Virgin Experience Gifts voucher would make the perfect present. Choose from thousands of activities and excursions across the USA, from wine tastings at sea to horseback riding through scenic trails. Virgin Experience Gifts vouchers never expire so mom can redeem hers at her leisure.
HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Footbath
RRP: $60 | Maybe mom can't make it to the spa as often as she'd like. With this HoMedics footbath, however, she can choose to soak her weary feet at home whenever she pleases. It features a built-in heater plus two pedicure attachments for cleansing and exfoliating.
Brooklyn Brew Shop Italian Fresh Cheese-Making Kit
RRP: $30 | Does the mom in your life love cheese? Buy her this kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop and she can make her own at home. It comes with everything required to produce eight batches of fresh cheese including mozzarella, burrata, ricotta and mascarpone. And you never know, this Mother's Day gift idea might even inspire a new hobby!
The Home Office by Worky
RRP: $150 | Help mom organize her work from home or remote setup with the novel Worky Home Office kit. It transforms any space into a suitable office setup with a power strip, a built-in LED light (for video calls), multiple storage compartments and a dry-erase board — all contained within a convenient carrying case.
W&P Porter Insulated Bottle
RRP: From $24 | Whether mom likes her lattes hot or iced, she can bring her drink anywhere with this chic 12-oz insulated travel mug from W&P. It features a silicone sleeve (so it's easy to grip) plus a wide, ceramic-coated mouth (so it'll feel like she's drinking from her favorite mug). Double-walled insulation will keep drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours.
Custom Pet Paint by Shadows Kit
RRP: $80 | For the pet mom, this custom paint kit will allow her to show her love for Fluffy or Fido in a creative way. Upload a photo of a beloved pet and receive a pair of 12x16-inch canvases featuring a shadow-painting version that mom can paint a'la paint-by-numbers. Also included are three brushes, 24 acrylics and instructions — so no matter mom's artistic abilities (or lack thereof), she'll be ready to serve up a masterpiece.
Baby Shusher Collection Gift Set
RRP: $50 | One of the best gifts you can give a new mom is some peace and quiet. She can easily achieve that with the Baby Shusher, a battery-operated device that produces a rhythmic shhhhh to help ease cranky, overtired babies to sleep (or a state of calmness). This gift set also includes a couple of swaddles, a pair of silicone pacifiers, and two AA batteries for the Baby Shusher itself.
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven
RRP: $250 | Le Creuset is among the best cookware on the planet. Whether this is mom's first piece of Le Creuset cookware or an addition to her growing collection, she'll get plenty of good years out of this 2-qt Dutch oven. It's oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit — suitable for everything from a succulent roast chicken to a delicious apple crisp.
Happy Mother's Day Block Print Wood Card
RRP: From $15 | Remember making your own Mother's Day cards in school? Consider this a grown-up version of that. Instead of a stock greeting card, impress mom with this block print wood card, which you can customize by engraving a heartfelt message inside — either typed or in your own handwriting.
Happy #BestMomEver Gift Card
RRP: From $25 | Want to treat a special mom to a meal? How about a spa day, or that new kitchen appliance she's had her eye on? With this Happy multi-vendor gift card, mom will have her pick among Ulta, Lowe's, Spafinder, GrubHub, Chili's and Top Golf. She can choose to spend it all in one place or distribute the wealth across several merchants.
nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask
RRP: $34 | It's untoward to tell anyone that they look tired. But if your mom does looks tired lately, you can subtly say so with the chic nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask. It can be placed in the freezer for a soothing, de-puffing effect on the eyes. One of the best sleep aids for moms who struggle to sleep well, the individual pods are designed to hit key pressure points along the face for optimal R&R.
iHome Reflect Vanity Speaker
RRP: From $60 | The popularity of convergence tech means we get things like this makeup mirror-cum-Bluetooth speaker from iHome. Mom can do her full beauty routine in front of this 7x9-inch mirror, and use the smaller 10x magnifier mirror for precision when she needs it. Plus, it supports Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free control so mom can make calls or stream her favorite music without diverting her attention too much.
Aura Mason Luxe 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame
RRP: $249 | For the mom who desires to put all of her family photos on display, this Aura digital picture frame could very well make that dream a reality. Available in two frame finishes, the Mason Luxe can hold over 10,000 photos, all of which can be beamed directly from a phone or tablet courtesy of built-in Wi-Fi. Preload it with some of your mom's favorite pictures — which will look stunning on the 9.7-in UHD screen, by the way — and watch her heart swell with joy.
What is the best surprise gift for mom?
We asked several moms about their 'perfect' surprise Mother's Day present, and they unanimously agreed that the best unexpected gift they ever received was someone else taking the lead in making plans — be it their partner, their children or even their best friends. For moms who are constantly asked to arrange meals, weekend outings and chore duties, a reprieve from nonstop decisions is priceless.
Mom-of-one Kelsey Parkin from Philadelphia, USA, puts it best: "I don’t want to make a single decision on Mother’s Day. [My loved ones] know my favorite things to do, meals and everything else in between. I want to wake up and be told what I’m doing. Mother’s Day is the day I get to relinquish control and truly be catered to."
Of course, if you'd like to express your Mother's Day sentiments in a more tangible fashion, you can seldom go wrong with a handmade present — whether you craft it yourself or entrust an Etsy artisan to make it for you. Gift cards are another fine option if you're at a loss for what to get mom but know which stores she frequents.
It also pays to be observant. Does mom lament that she hardly has any time for herself? Make self-care your focus when buying her a Mother's Day gift — think foot baths, face masks or spa getaways. Alternatively, hone in on her interests and hobbies. For instance, if mom fancies herself a gourmet chef, chances are she'd love the latest kitchen gadgets to make her meals truly sing.
But as trite as it may seem, it is the thought that counts. Any mom would likely agree that the feelings of love and joy that stem from thoughtful Mother's Day gifts trump everything else.
Alison Barretta is a freelance writer and editor from Philadelphia, USA who specializes in home and lifestyle, skincare, and tech. For the last 15 years, she has been sharing buying advice and product reviews with curious, cost-conscious shoppers from around the world. Alison's work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Tom's Guide, TechRadar, and Creative Bloq.
When she's not reviewing mattresses or waxing poetic about her favorite face cleansers, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, streaming underrated TV series, trying new recipes, and singing karaoke until her throat is hoarse.
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