25 Mother’s Day gifts moms actually want
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to treat the moms in your life—friends, sisters, or the woman who raised you—to a little something special. Whether you’re on a tight budget this year or looking to splurge, we’re here to help you find tried-and-true products. No matter a mom’s interests, we’ve got you covered with 25 gift ideas we’re sure she’ll adore.
1. For the mom who lives in the kitchen: This mega-popular pressure cooker
Is there any kitchen appliance hotter than the Instant Pot right now? Frankly, no, which is why it’s at the top of this list. The Instant Pot Ultra emerged our favorite after testing pressure cookers. The multi-purpose pot cooks food perfectly, whether it’s chili or risotto, and it is intuitive to use and easy to clean.
2. For the mom who inhales books: An e-reader
You don’t have to worry about picking out a book for mom when you get her a Kindle. She can download old favorites and new reads, and have them at the touch of a button. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite won us over with its sleek, waterproof design, and its ability to also play and store Audible audio content.
3. For the mom who knows the importance of hydration: A reliable water bottle
Everyone needs a quality water bottle that they can slip into their work bag or cup holder to stay hydrated on the go—or at least to keep them from getting up and going to the kitchen sink constantly. The Brita Stainless Steel Filtering Water Bottle keeps 20 ounces of water cold for hours, thanks to its stainless steel insulation. It’s slim enough to fit in most car cup holders, has a wide mouth for ice cubes, and the lid locks to prevent spillage. As a bonus, the built-in filter helps reduce impurities that can affect taste.
4. For the mom who cherishes a fresh bouquet: A flower subscription service
Fresh flowers may be a cliché as a Mother’s Day gift, but they’re an instant mood booster, which is why we think mom will gush over floral subscription service Bloomsy Box, which delivers flowers on a regular basis. (And what better way to one-up your siblings than with a gift that keeps on giving?)
On the other hand, if you’re not ready to commit to monthly or weekly flower deliveries, we suggest using 1-800-flowers, which features tons of bouquets for you to choose from, delivered fresh by local florists.
- Order a BloomsyBox monthly plan starting at $39.99
- Shop Mother’s Day flowers and gift delivery on 1-800-Flowers
5. For the mom who gulps down smoothies: A reliable, hard-working blender
A blender versatile enough to blend up fruit and yogurt for smoothies or grind nuts for homemade peanut butter is a kitchen staple. Regardless of what mom is making, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender will impress with its five speeds, intuitive controls, and easy cleanup.
For something smaller but still smoothie-rific, we recommend the Nutri-Ninja Fit Personal Blender, which comes with a drinking lid to sip from.
- Get the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender on Home Depot for $129.99
Get the Nutri-Ninja Fit Personal Blender on Home Depot for $49.99
6. For the multi-tasking mom: A robot vacuum
If your mom has a hefty to-do list (or simply dislikes housework), take one more thing off of her hands by getting her a robot vacuum. The Eufy Robovac 11S is more affordable than many, but has strong suction, great navigation abilities, and a slim design that allows it to vacuum even hard-to-reach places.
7. For the mom who values quality shut-eye: A pillow that molds to her
It may be a stretch to buy your mom a new bed, but you can help her revamp her sleep environment with new pillows. After testing bed pillows, we recommend this one from Xtreme Comforts, which comes purposefully overstuffed with a zipper for access to remove excess, so mom can cater it to her comfort.
8. For the mom who gravitates toward one-pot recipes: A dutch oven
A mom who loves cooking new dishes needs one trusty tool that can make pots of stew, braise meat, sauté vegetables, and more. And in our experience, that tool is a dutch oven. This one from Lodge won the Best Value spot during our testing for being easy to clean, affordable, and, of course, for cooking everything from meat to veggies just right.
Willing to spring for our number-one favorite? We loved the Staub Round Cocotte, which fits even better on the stove and in a pantry, but still has a large base with plenty of room for sautéing.
- Get the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven at Wayfair starting at for $54.90
- Get the Staub Round Cocotte on Sur La Table for $259.96
9. For the crafty mom: A knitting kit
If mom is looking for a new hobby, or already knows she loves needlework but needs supplies and knit-spiration, make the move for her. We Are Knitters knitting, crocheting, and needlepointing kits feature instructions and all necessary materials. With mom’s style and skill level in mind, choose from kits that’ll teach her to make stylish hats, scarves, and sweaters.
10. For the music-obsessed mom: Wireless, noise-canceling headphones
Got a mom who always has Spotify playing in the background? Snag her a pair of Airpods Pro for private listening on the go. The newest wireless earbuds from Apple are more comfortable because of their silicon tips, are easy to set up and sync with devices, and (drum roll) feature active noise cancelling.
11. For the mom who treasures her beauty routine: A lighted makeup mirror
Applying makeup or plucking eyebrows in the dark is asking for a disaster—that’s where lighted makeup mirrors come in. Our favorite is the Glamcor Riki Skinny, which is wireless, has five bright light settings, a large viewing area, and a super-slim packable, portable design.
Alternatively, our Best Value mirror, the DeWeisn Tri-Fold Lighted Mirror, features adjustable lights, three magnification options, and the ability to fold for storage or travel, for a lower price.
- Get the Glamcor Riki Skinny on Nordstrom for $195
- Get the DeWEISN Tri-Fold Mirror on Amazon for $19.98
12. For the mom who needs help with her to-do list: A smart speaker
Every mom deserves a personal assistant and now you can get her one in the form of a smart speaker. The Echo Dot won us over because it has access to all of the standard Alexa features, like voice-activated music controls and weather reports. Plus, it has amazing sound quality as a Bluetooth speaker, all at an affordable price.
13. For the mom who appreciates a zen atmosphere: An essential oil diffuser
An essential oil diffuser is a simple addition to any room but makes a big difference in quality and coziness. We love this one from InnoGear because it is intuitive to use and can run continuously for seven to nine hours before needing a refill. Add a pack of essential oils so mom can choose the scent of the room.
14. For the mom who could use a little pampering: A foot spa
Treat mom to some TLC with a foot bath. Our favorite is the Ivation Foot Spa, which features adjustable heating, massage rollers, water jets, and a programmable timer (not that she’ll want to choose anything other than the longest setting). We can assure you that mom won’t just push this to the back of the closet—it’s that good.
15. For the active mom: A fitness tracker
If mom wants a way to stay on track with her workouts or to be more conscious of her steps, she’ll love our favorite fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 3. It won us over for its good looks, easy-to-navigate device menus and companion app, and detailed activity- and sleep-tracking information. And right now, Fitbit is offering a 90-day free trial of its Premium app, which unlocks features such as workout programs, eating plans, and sleep coaching, so she can take her wellness to the next level.
16. For the mom who feels incomplete without a blowout: A salon-quality hair dryer brush
Give mom the gift of time... and by that we mean the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This contraption can take hair from wet to blowout-level styled in a half hour or less. She’ll thank you for saving her precious time in the morning and for the shiny, bouncy locks.
17. For the mom who’s had a long day: Slippers to sink her feet into
Slippers are often the first thing someone puts on in the morning and last thing they take off before hopping into bed at night. When it comes to finding the right pair for mom, you’ll want ones with a durable bottom and plush inside to keep her feet cozy. Our favorite are the Minnetonka Women's Chesney Slippers, which have plush, thick soles that’ll keep mom’s feet warm, and a suede exertion that’s stylish.
18. For the mom who’s a makeup enthusiast: A beauty subscription box
Whether your mom is a beauty product pro or just enjoys trying some new products, the Play! by Sephora subscription is a great gift for her. The beauty box rose through the ranks for us because of the high-quality samples and attention to detail when it comes to matching products to the subscriber’s preferences and interests.
19. For the mom who needs better rest: A weighted blanket
If you ask us, everyone should own a weighted blanket. These heavy throws claim to help calm the nervous system to alleviate stress, anxiety, and even pain. After searching for the best weighted blanket, the Gravity Blanket came out on top because of its high-quality velvet cover that feels cozy to the touch.
If you want to spend less, we love the YnM, a budget-friendly option that works just as well as the Gravity, but without the cozy exterior.
- Get the Gravity Blanket on Gravity starting at $189
- Get the YnM Weighted Blanket on Amazon starting at $61.90
20. For the mom who loves to lounge: A set of comfy pajamas
If mom wears old t-shirts to bed—not that there’s anything wrong with that—she will appreciate you treating her to a new pair of cozy pajamas. With over 1,000 reviews, the relaxed-fit Moonlight Pajamas from Nordstrom’s lingerie collection are made from soft fabrics, and come in several cute prints to suit her style.
21. For the scent-sensitive mom: A candle that warms up her space
Candles are always a good gift. These popular ones from Anthropologie double as a scent picker-upper and a beautiful piece of home decor. The sweet “volcano” scent has notes of tropical and citrus fruits and the floral “aloha orchid” smells of orchids, jasmine, gardenia, and white blossoms.
22. For the mom who moves and mediates: A great yoga mat
Whether mom practices yoga, mindfulness, or just enjoys a good stretch or at-home workout, she’s sure to appreciate a quality yoga mat. Our favorite, the Lululemon Reversible Mat, feels soft yet tactile under the hands and feet but is firm enough to give support to sensitive joints.
23. For the mom who longs for a green thumb: A plant delivery service
Just because mom’s gardening skills aren’t up to snuff doesn’t mean she wouldn’t want some greenery in her life. Introduce her to The Sill, a plant delivery service, by ordering an attractive (low-maintenance) perennial in your choice of pot, or sign her up for the monthly subscription service to receive an “easy-care” plant that’s hand-potted in a five-inch planter.
24. For the tea-drinking mom: A subscription box of tea
If mom is always offering you a cup of English Breakfast, there’s a great chance she’ll love a stock-up of her brew options. Sips By lets you give mom a gift card for three, six, or 12 months of personalized tea subscription boxes. Each box comes with four teas, catered to her taste.
25. For the mom who welcomes a challenge: A decorative puzzle
Some moms dig a great brainteaser, and what’s better than a puzzle that looks like a piece of art? This 3D sphere puzzle is comprised of 540 colors, all slightly different shades that come together to make a rainbow gradient. It includes a stand for mom to turn her accomplishment into decor.
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