It rolls around every year, on the second Sunday of May, as predictable as the sun rising and setting each day: Mother’s Day. And yet, every year, around the same time, many of us have to scramble for the perfect present for the women in our life. Some of them are difficult to shop for. Others already seem to have everything they could possibly need. Others yet pretend to love all the gifts we’ve gotten them so much—from the grade-school ashtray to the sweater in the wrong size and color she hates—that it’s impossible to know what she actually wants. Worry no longer when it comes to finding the best mom gifts. We present to you 12 can’t-miss Mother’s Day gift ideas to impress even the pickiest parent.
- Coolest Mom gifts: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
- Coolest Mother’s Day gifts, runner-up: Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker
- Best first Mother’s Day gifts: Hatch Restore – Sound Machine, Smart Light, Personal Sleep Routine
- Best first Mother’s Day gifts, runner-up: Product BEABA Babycook Neo, Glass Baby Food Maker
- Best personalized Mother’s Day gifts: Gold Lockets, Gold Locket Necklace, 14k Gold Filled Locket Necklace
- Best personalized Mother’s Day gifts, runner-up: Personalized Wooden Books
- Best mom gifts from kids: Canvas Family Picture Frame
- Best Mother’s Day gifts from kids, runner-up: MindWare Paint Your Own Stepping Stone: Butterfly
- Best unique Mother’s Day gifts, runner-up: SURPRISE! Mini Cactus and Mini Handmade Ceramic Planterme
- Best unique Mother’s Day gifts: ProduLuna Bean Deluxe 3D Prints Baby Casting Kit
- Best cheap Mother’s Day gifts: Genteele Sherpa Throw Blanket
- Best cheap Mother’s Day gifts, runner-up: Tabletop 4.5″ M.O.M. Mug Mothers Day Coffee Cup
Cool Mother’s Day gifts for the truly hip mama
If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas for a mom who’s not a regular mom but a cool mom, we’ve got you covered. Gadgets and smart-designed everyday objects are sure to delight even the toughest mothers. The key is to consider whether the mom you’re purchasing for is truly gizmo-friendly and will realistically use your gift. If the answer is no, then save your money and instead invest in something analog that will knock her socks off (like a really comfy pair of socks!). But if the answer is yes, then the world is your high-tech oyster and it’s time to buy some seriously state-of-the-art, cool mom gifts.
Coolest Mother’s Day gift: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
This heated mug and saucer keeps your beverage toasty for up to an hour and a half, perfect for the caffeine fiend in your life. Amazon
Control this cup in multiple ways through an app: Choose the exact temperature you want, set an auto-sleep time and customize your presets so you get the perfect cup every time. The one downside is that it’s hand-wash only—but that gives us another idea for a great Mother’s Day gift: a “coupon” to do the dishes for her.
Cool Mother’s Day gift, runner-up: Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker
Pretty and Smart
This good-lookin’ battery-powered bracelet tracks steps, calories, sleep, and more. Amazon
If the mom in your life loves her FitBit but is searching for an upgrade, or this is her first go-round with a health tracker, this Bluetooth-enabled, water-resistant model can help monitor stress, reproductive health, and much more, all with the look of a cool piece of jewelry. A truly useful gift for mom.
What are the best first Mother’s Day gifts for moms?
So you need Mother’s Day gift ideas for a new mom. Ask any first-time mother what she wants and she’ll probably either tell you that just spending time with her baby is present enough (lie), that she doesn’t need anything (another lie), or that she wants to take a three-month nap (true, but impossible). She probably also doesn’t want as gifts for her first Mother’s Day nipple balm for her sore, cracked nursing boobs, or stretch-mark cream (though those are nice things to get her on any regular day). In terms of first Mother’s Day gifts that will blow a new mom away, there are some options that are almost as good as time off and that make sure the new mama in your life feels loved, appreciated, and supported.
Best first Mother’s Day gifts: Hatch Restore – Sound Machine
The Gift of Sleep
This multitasker is an alarm clock, reading light, and sleep trainer for grownups all in one—perfect to help rest-deprived moms get better rest when they get the chance. Amazon
Babies aren’t the only ones who need sleep training! The most crucial, thoughtful present for a first-time mom is sleep, and this contraption will help her get more of it. This WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled sleep assistant relaxes the mind and body with soothing lights and sounds, so Mom can grab 40 (or 20 or 10) winks next time Baby goes down for a snooze. When it’s time to rise, it has a gentle-wake alarm clock. (Although your new-mom friend won’t need this feature for a while.) Sleep, the best mom gift you can give.
Best first Mother’s Day gifts runner-up: Product BEABA Babycook Neo, Glass Baby Food Maker
Great Splurge for Natural Foodies
If the mom you’re gifting is all about everything natural, organic and homemade, make her life easier with a premium baby-food maker she may not spring for herself. Amazon
First things first: Make sure this is something the mom in your life actually wants (not something you want her to have in order to make your life easier and better). If it is, then the home chef will love the fact that she can steam, blend, defrost and reheat all of Baby’s food with one simple, easy-to-clean machine. (As a corollary gift, we suggest you volunteer to do the cleaning part.)
Unique, personalized Mother’s Day gifts to make her smile
The best Mother’s Day gift ideas are the ones that subtly brag about how awesome you are. For example, you can broadcast the fact that you didn’t buy your present last-minute and/or from the drugstore by personalizing it. (And no, we’re not talking about spelling your mom’s or wife’s name in macaroni, gluing the macaroni to a paper plate, and then painting the whole thing, unless of course, you’re 5.) Nothing says love, care, and forethought like a personalized Mother’s Day gift that’s been specially ordered for one person and one person only.
Best personalized Mother’s Day gift: Gold Locket Necklace
The Gift of You
Mom can keep you close to her heart with this classic, engravable locket, which has room for one or two photos. Etsy
You can either add your own photo to this gold-filled pendant or ask the designer to permanently laser it in (so your mother can’t ever replace your face with your older brother’s). Engrave the front or inside with initials or a message, and don’t worry about finding a chain to match: It comes with an 18-inch rope with a lobster-claw clasp.
Best personalized Mother’s Day gift, runner-up: Personalized Wooden Books
Whether your mother is a bookworm or just likes inspirational decor (if she has any signs that say “Live, Laugh, Love,” this is her!), add these twine-tied wood books to her shelf for a kick of shabby-chic design. Etsy
Black paint on whitewashed wooden “books” can be personalized to say whatever you want, whether that’s your mom’s name, all the members of your family, a private joke, or simply “Best Mom on the Planet.” Note that each purchase is for one book, so if you want to create a 12-word sentence stack, you’ll need to buy a dozen of them!
Our picks for Mother’s Day gifts from kids
Mother’s Day gifts from kids typically fall into two categories: Homemade drawings (which are very sweet, but risk being put in the recycle bin as papers pile up); or homemade clay or Play-Doh creatures that end up cluttering mom’s shelves. Don’t get us wrong, it’s the thought that counts. But, what if there’s a better way to do DIY? We think we’ve found it in these picks for sweet and crafty Mother’s Day gifts from kids.
Best Mother’s Day gift from kids: Canvas Family Picture Frame
Made to Be Displayed
Kiddos get to put their own personal touch on a frame with painted designs, messages, and handprints—basically, anything they can imagine! Amazon
This stretched-canvas frame is the perfect blank slate for your little artiste. Whether they want to say it in crayon, marker, tempera, or watercolor (all sold separately), a personalized picture frame with a shot of their smiling face center stage is a forever keepsake.
Best Mother’s Day gift from kids, runner-up: MindWare Paint Your Own Stepping Stone: Butterfly
Bonding Time Included
Kids and their moms can work on this DIY project together. Just paint it, bake it, then display it! Amazon
You get one stone-mosaic butterfly, 12 paints, a paintbrush, and a painting guide in this kit. (It’s worth having an extra brush on hand so you can both work simultaneously.) Once it’s done, set it out in the garden or on the front steps for a daily reminder of that fun day spent making art together.
Truly unique Mother’s Day gifts for quirky moms
Earth mothers, rock ‘n’ roll mamas, world-traveling wanderlusty moms…. No two maternal figures are the same, and some require gifts as unique as they are. Finding Mother’s Day gift ideas for the eccentric and kooky women in our lives can be really easy (because they’re so overflowing with love that they adore everything) or really difficult (because they’re very particular). If the mother in your life is the mother of all challenges when it comes to gift-giving, bowl her over with presents she’ll never see coming and never forget.
Best unique Mother’s Day gift: SURPRISE! Mini Cactus and Mini Handmade Ceramic Planterme
Delight your mom with a Thumbelina-sized succulent (between .75 to 1.25 inches) in a pretty ceramic planter. You get one hardy mini cactus, pretty white sand, and all the instructions you need to keep this baby thriving. Just water her once a month and you’re set. Zero hassle included.
Best unique Mother’s Day gift, runner-up: ProduLuna Bean Deluxe 3D Prints Baby Casting Kit
Weird and Wonderful
If they broke the mold when they made your mom, why not make her a mold of her own? Create bronze, pearl, or glazed castings of your kiddo’s hands, feet, and even their tush. Amazon
Just dip your baby’s body part into the wiggle-proof, non-allergenic molding powder for 45 seconds, remove, then fill it with casting stone. Voilà: Little baby parts preserved for all eternity. The casts are delightfully weird—and to some, maybe even a little creepy. But they’re also sweet and incredibly unique!
Cheap Mother’s Day gifts that still feel very special
Listen, money doesn’t grow on trees, and maybe your mom is the one who taught you to be frugal and wise with your dough. Maybe for you, the Mother’s Day present is to honor her by not blowing your savings on an extravagant gift and instead investing it in your 401k. Even if you don’t have a fortune to spend, there are plenty of ways to tell your mom that she’s your No. 1 and always will be. After all, the best Mother’s Day gift ideas come from the heart, not deep within your pockets.
Best cheap Mother’s Day gift: Genteele Sherpa Throw Blanket
Soft and Cozy
This microfiber velvet blankie is like a virtual hug from you. The best part is that it’s so affordable, you can maybe buy yourself a matching one. Amazon
This softie comes in multiple sizes and colors and is downy on both sides. Your mom will think of you every time she wraps herself up and takes a hard-earned snooze, and whenever it needs a deep-clean, she can just toss it in the wash.
Best cheap Mother’s Day gift, runner-up: Totally the Best Mom Ever Large Mug
Cute and Useful
This dishwasher- and microwave-safe ceramic mug is perfect for tea, coffee or perhaps something stronger when Mom needs to take a load off. Amazon
OK, yes, coffee mugs are to Mother’s Day as neckties or grill tools are to Father’s Day, but there’s a reason for that: Lots of moms love mugs—and desperately need coffee. This one is colorful and cute, with a sweet message that’ll remind her how much you appreciate her every time she imbibes.
Some more Mother’s Day gift ideas
No two moms are alike, so no one Mother’s Day gift fits all. The most important thing to consider is who your mom is and what she likes. Meaningful gifts are ones that come not only from the heart but from your brain and the treasure trove of memories the two of you share. That doesn’t mean your gift needs to be sentimental or gushy if that’s not that kind of mom she is, and it need not break the bank either. It just means that whether you’re looking for useful gifts for Mom or gobsmacking high-end prezzies, as long as she knows that you gave it loads of thoughtful consideration, she’s going to love it!