Shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gift may not be as easy as shopping for yourself, but it doesn’t have to be wildly complicated either — especially when the mom for which you’re shopping is the type to appreciate the gesture more than the dollar value of your present. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of great gifts that covers budgets from low to high, plus some special high-end picks in case you’ve got serious cash set aside and you’re ready to splash out. After all, nobody deserves it more than mom.
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50
Phone stands are a thing — and she’ll appreciate one as much as anyone. Once she has it, she can open up her favorite workout or yoga app, press start on the live stream or downloaded content, and then prop up her phone with the stand. Holding that 10-second plank count down is much easier when she isn’t straining her neck to see the timer.
S’well Stainless Steel Straw Set
This set of stainless steel straws will not only help her enjoy a smoothie and coffee, but it will also reduce plastic from the environment. The handy straw cleaner prevents stains and keeps the metal free from the taste.
Birchbox Arrow 5 Minute Beauty Kit 2.0
If she’s ever gone straight from a workout to the office, she knows how difficult it can be to change and get rid of that super flushed I-just-worked-out look. Birchbox’s five-minute beauty kit includes mascara, lip balm, serum and cheek tint to help solve that problem.
“Where Cooking Begins” Cookbook
Written by the Food Director at Bon Appétit, Where Cooking Begins is less a collection of recipes than it is a printed thesis on how to cook just about everything.
Anker 50W 5-Port USB Car Charger
Anker products are some of the most ubiquitous mobile products on the market and for good reason — they’re equal parts practicality and smart design — and the Anker five-port USB car charger is certainly no different. Transform your older USB-less center console into a multi-station charge point and bring it into the 21st century.
Five Two Wooden Spoons
New from Food52’s new line of home goods comes a set of seriously enviable spoons. Made with sharper edges than most wood kitchen utensils and out of moisture-resistant teak, this five-piece family of stirrers, flippers and strainers is peak mom.
East Fork Tender Earth Candle
If there were ever a brand that could be fairly described as “cultish,” it’s Alex and Connie Matisse’s (yes, that Matisse) East Fork. Makers of all sorts of gorgeous stoneware from the clay surrounding its Asheville, North Carolina factory, this candle is said to smell like a walk through rainy woods.
HAY Tool Box
You can’t really go wrong with anything by HAY. The Danish design studio sells some of our favorite indoor decor. Take a look at this tool box. It’s elegant, practical and affordable, perfect for any home’s kitchen or living room.
Wyze Cam Pan
This indoor camera is a terrific eye-in-the-sky for most homes. It’s affordable and works with Alexa. Plus, you can rotate the camera (360-degree horizontal view) from within a smartphone app and find your dog if its hiding out of frame.
Le Labo Hand Lotion
This non-greasy hand lotion is formulated with sweet almond, safflower oil and goldenrod. It features a warm Hinoki scent and is paraben-, phthalate- and artificial colorant-free.
Enamel Blue Traveler
Vacuum insulation is now the industry standard for any water bottle worth your time. The S’well Enamel Blue Traveler however goes one step further with a copper wall layer which prevents exterior condensation so it won’t sweat in your hands, on your clothes, or in your laptop bag.
Chan Luu Embelished Gauze Scarf
This embellished scarf from Chan Luu is both recognizable and elevated. It features a traditional bandana-inspired paisley motif on an airy viscose fabric and it is embellished with lightweight coins around the edges.
Apple Watch Sport Loop
For the sporty mom who lives by her Apple Watch, the Sport Loop range offers a lot of options and fun ways to accessorize. Made with quality materials and attractive colors, they are comfortable and appropriate for far more than fitness activities.
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100
Aesop Istros Aromatique Room Spray
When it comes to making a room smell the part, room sprays are decidedly less popular than candles. Aesop’s Istros bottle is subtler, lasts longer and litters the air with less VOCs than any candle. Plus, its peppery, herby scent doesn’t wear on the nose.
Apres Plant-Based Vegan Protein Shake
Ensure she’s getting the proper vitamins, nutrients and protein after a workout. Apres makes it easy with its combination of 14 grams of plant protein, coconut water hydration and organic virgin coconut oil. Choose from four flavors to make it easy for mom to go from workout to the pick-up line without losing her momentum.
Calathea Medallion Plant
The Calathea occupies a niche spot in the plant world: anyone can keep one alive and few people already own one. Its red-bellied leaves are best left in indirect light and survive on just one watering a week.
Home Un Air de diptyque: Car diffuser
You could go the classic pine tree route, but if you’re looking for a little more elegance in both design and scent, the Un Air de diptyque Car Diffuser is the way to go.
Swatch Azulbaya Watch
The wide range of Swatch watches includes many modest but fun gift options. This Azulbaya is affordable and great for Mother’s Day, with a light blue dial and matching strap.
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer
This moisturizer is designed to reduce lines, wrinkles and signs of sun damage while also strengthening the skin. It includes a unique Peptide complex along with Pygmy Water lily stem cell extract and soybean folic acid ferment extract.
A good pair of driving sunglasses should, of course be stylish but not outrageously expensive. They should be affordable enough where you don’t mind leaving them in your car for full-time automotive duty. The Sunski Portola ticks all those boxes and does so with a hint of 1960’s cool.
Made In Carbon Steel Skillet
Carbon steel skillets are lighter, less fussy cast-iron skillets. The down side? Because most are marketed to the commercial kitchen, they’re cheaply made and warp easily. Made In’s version is made from thicker gauge steel plates, meaning it’ll last much longer for not a whole lot more money.
Tait Desk Clock
With a range of distinctive colors and tasteful designs, this desk clock is a gift that’s sure to be used and appreciated daily. Its quartz movement is made in the USA, the body is made of maple wood, and the dials are screen-printed by hand.
Sleepypod Clickit Sport
If your mom loves her dog as much as she loves you, this is for her. The Sleepypod Click-It Dog harness is made from the same ballistic as your seat belt, uses three points of contact and is crash-tested as well.
Byredo Cotton Poplin Candle
Handmade in France, this candle has notes of blue chamomile, linen, white cedarwood and sweet musk. It is housed in a blown-glass vessel and has a burn time of 60 hours.
Under Armour Recovery Sleepwear
The most important part of recovery is sleep— and there are no shortcuts to it. When the kids keep mom up at night, she needs to be sure her rest is as strong as possible, which means every little bit helps — like ultra-comfortable pajamas. These are soft and cozy, plus the infrared pattern on the interior claim to reflect your body’s energy to you, helping active moms recover faster.
Amazon Kindle (2019)
The newest Amazon Kindle is also one of the most affordable. It’s great for indoor and outdoor reading, thanks to a front-lit six-inch e-ink screen (167ppi). It has a battery life that lasts a week. And it has access to Amazon’s near-endless library of books.
Grand Tour Wine Club
The brainchild of the folks behind the tightly curated, ever helpful Verve Wine, a subscription to the Grand Tour Wine Club delivers four bottles of somm-approved wine to the subscriber monthly. You’ll even receive a small discount for shopping at Verve if you’re a subscriber.
Casper Glow Light
The Glow Light produces the opposite of blue light. Instead of keeping you awake, this smart night light gradually dims to help you fall asleep. This is the non-obtrusive sleep aid she’ll learn to love.
Molequin Grained Baby Pink Watch Strap
A new watch strap can make an old watch feel fresh again. This pink strap made from premium leather could be just the right thing to dress up mom’s beloved watch.
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $200
Osprey Tempest 20 Pack
This 20-liter Osprey pack fits everything mom needs for her daily commute as well as for a day hike. Osprey packs are built with women in mind, so the straps, buckles and belts are specific to women’s generally shorter torsos and, thus, comfortable — whether she’s running after the kiddos or climbing Mt. Hood.
Google Home Hub
The Home Hub is a terrific little smart display. It’s cheaper and smaller than Amazon’s Echo Show, and it works seamlessly with Google Assistant, Google Photos and YouTube. She doesn’t want a device watching her? The Home Hub doesn’t even have a camera.
Instrmnt A-Series Wall or Desk Clock
Available in anodised silver or gold options, this minimalist clock is made with high-quality, well finished materials. It’s adaptable to sit on a desk or hang on a wall, and versatile enough for a range of rooms or styles.
Welden 13″ Slim Sleeve for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
A laptop case is pretty self explanatory. It’s portable and adds more protection than the built-in compartment inside your backpack. This one is slim and stylish, and can house a MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Seea Masa Clara One Piece Swimsuit
This one-piece bathing suit is perfect for active (and relaxing) days at the beach. The soft and stretchy suit slides easily over arms and legs, plus won’t chafe during all-day wear. A high neck is flattering and supportive whether she’s swimming laps or logging steps on the volleyball court.
Hermes Un Jardin Sur La Lagune EDT
This perfume effortlessly balances floral and woody notes. Magnolia, Madonna lily and sea breeze conjure images of a vibrant garden on the water.
Dagne Dover 365 Medium Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffel Bag
The unstructured sides of this bag mean you can stuff in enough clothes for a day of running around or a long weekend trip. Neoprene fabric makes everything waterproof and an extra sneaker pouch keeps sweaty kicks away from your laptop.
Ray-Ban Small Aviator Sungalsses
These classic Italian-made aviators are designed for a female face. Smaller than the original, they feature a 55mm lenses, slender temples and adjustable nose pads.
The Elder Statesman Ribbed Cashmere Socks
Made in Los Angeles, these cashmere socks are incredibly soft and very breathable. And while the material is luxe, the dye-job (yellow and green tie dye) is carefree.
Blockshop Textiles Mulholland Robe
This Belgian linen robe is hand block-printed by 5th generation master printers in Jaipur. The weight is perfect for year-round wear and the material is easy to care for: just wash cold and tumble dry low.
Aether Savanah Pant
Whether it’s driving, hiking or riding a bike on a hot day, the Aether Sannah pant is designed to stay comfortable. The Italian cotton-stretch fabric is light, breathable and flexible enough and because it’s Aether, it’s got the right amount of minimalist style and design fit for almost any setting.
The GoTenna Mesh is a travel-friendly device that lets users communicate even without cell service. If your mother is a big hiker or likes to travel in remote areas, this little guy could be a literal lifesaver.
Cartier Panthere Coffee Table Book
Cartier’s watch and jewelry designs are endlessly elegant and worth appreciating in detail. In hardcover, this admittedly large book is full of high-quality photos detailing the well-known Panthere line and forms a classy addition to any library.
Made of dense Canadian wool, this striped, whipstitched wool blanket is one of Coyuchi’s most popular products ever. It’s made in a 140-year-old factory and comes in multiple clean colorways.
Smith The Runaround
We love the single piece of metal across the top of the frames in these new Smith sunnies. Smith is known for its sport-approved glasses that help athletes and weekend warriors see a bit more clearly on sunny, hazy and cloudy days. These 70s-inspired sunglasses still have ChromaPop lenses, Smith’s technology that sharpens and improves the colors you see.
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $500
Mondaine Swiss Railway Wall Clock
The clock found in all Swiss train stations has become a design icon, and Mondaine now produces the official watches and clocks based on it. It is featured in the Museum of Modern Art, and you can even get one straight from the MoMA store.
You could fiddle around with French press, Aeropress or pour-over, or you could get the sleek, time-tested Moccamaster. Technivorm’s very 1960s design was the first coffee pot to earn a stamp of approval from the Specialty Coffee Association.
Vince Full-Sleeve Pullover Sweater
Made from a versatile wool-cashmere blend, this sweater has a relaxed oversized fit and wide ribbed trims. The raglan sleeves ensure a loose shape and the blush color is easy to incorporate into almost any wardrobe.
Lotuff Women’s Leather Wallet
Made in New England, this leather wallet is cut from tumbled, vegetable-tanned leather. It features a leather-lined interior with three full-length compartments and can fit any generation iPhone.
Dyson Pure Cool Me
Dyson’s little air purifier safely and quietly collects all the pollen, allergens and other bacteria that naturally circulates in the air. It’s perfect for small rooms, apartments or even offices.
Red Wing Clara
Taking inspiration from the first women’s riding boots, the Red Wing Clara keeps the classic style but brings much needed updates to the style and construction. An Amber Harness Leather, texon insole and Vibram outsole make the Clara just as all-day tough as it is all-day comfortable.
Apple Watch Series 4
The best smartwatch is also one of the best gifts you can get anybody with an iPhone. It has a bunch of unique fitness and health features, including a FDA-approved ECG app to detect potential cardiac problems.
For the Mother Who Has Everything
Belstaff x McLaren
Belstaff is known for its classic leather and waxed canvas motorcycle jackets, protecting motorcycle riders the world over for decades. So when the old-school British brand teams up with its wildly technologically advanced compatriot McLaren, you should take notice. Lightweight, water repellent with laser-perforated ventilation makes the Belstaff x McLaren is a perfect mid- or outer-layer jacket where you can see the influence of both of the famous marques.
Shinola Runwell Tote
This might be the one tote to rule them all. It’s beautiful, made of beautiful pebbled leather, and has an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s large enough to hold an extra layer or two, too.
Belstaff Classic Tourist Trophy Jacket
It might dabble in modernity every once in a while, but Belstaff’s calling card style is most certainly from the past and the Classic Tourist Trophy Jacket is prime example. But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The old-school four-pocket style, belt cinch and waxed cotton construction is almost an exact replica of Belstaff’s first riding jackets. The Classic Tourist Trophy Jacket looks stylish, for sure, but concealed under the shoulders and elbows is D30 armor, making this a functional motorcycle jacket meant for the road.
iRoboto Roomba i7+ vacuum
The best way to vacuum is to avoid vacuuming altogether, and Roomba’s i7+ robo-vac is, by a large margin, the most advanced of its kind. Not only does it remember the rooms you assign it to clean and get faster at cleaning them over time, it empties its own dustbin in an industry-first home docking system.
Tissot Powermatic 80 Lady Watch
A great value for a luxury watch, the Tissot Powermatic 80 features a 33mm case with a mother-of-pearl dial (all the more appropriate for Mother’s Day), and includes a Swiss automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve all for well under $1,000.
Heroine Racer Knight White Glossy
There are now dozens of vintage-style motorcycle helmets on the market, but few of them carry the elegance of the Hedon Heroine Race Knight helmet. It might look like it’s straight from the ‘60s, but underneath the beautiful anodized brass hardware, cognac leather trim and glossy paint, there’s a modern helmet lurking. The shell is a fiberglass and carbon fiber composite, there’s a three-channel ventilation system, a clear anti-fog double lens shield, Merlin anti-bacterial fabric, sound proofing, and it’s ECE rated.
The Hermes version of the Apple Watch gives the iconic wearable a luxury feel, with straps from the world-famous French fashion house known for its excellent, supple leather. It also includes exclusive Hermes faces not available on other Apple Watch versions.
Liv Amiti E+ 2
Whether mom’s into bike packing trips or zipping around town, the Liv Amiti E+ 2 will make her life easier. This e-bike features a step-through design with a handlebar mounted control, so that she can click it into high gear with the touch of a button.
Chanel J12 Watch
If you want to go all-out for a high-end Mother’s Day watch gift, then this is worth considering. Updated and improved for 2019, the white or black ceramic Chanel J12 includes a beautiful new movement visible through a sapphire crystal display case back.