The Best Gift Ideas for Mom

We rounded up 85 unique and thoughtful Mother's Day gifts based on different personalities and interests.

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April 29, 2022

What do you get for the woman who gave you everything, including life itself?! Usually, moms will say, "Just your presence is enough," and they really mean that. But most moms I know, even myself, don't mind receiving a little something as a token of appreciation and affection.

Equally at a loss for what to get your best friend who's been with you for all of life's highs and lows or your sister who knows you better than anyone, or your #WorkWife who always has your back?

If you're totally stumped and in need of inspiration, let this list of Mother's Day gift ideas be your guide. I found tons of unique and thoughtful gifts based on a variety of interests for any woman you want to celebrate. (But, honestly, don't feel limited by the categories – all of these gifts can be mixed and matched!) Just remember, as long as you're the one giving it, Mom or any other important lady in your life will love it.

If She's Sentimental

A custom portrait of her current or childhood home is sure to bring on tears. Set it in an elegant frame to save her the trouble and you've got the perfect gift for a soft-hearted mom. Or, go high-tech with a digital frame that displays personal photos or well-known art, all controlled through an app. A set of coasters featuring a map of a meaningful location or a gorgeous locket she can pass down will tug her tender heartstrings. A monogrammed jewelry tray offers elegant storage for her heirloom and most special pieces.

If She's a Whiz in the Kitchen

The key to a perfect gift is giving an elevated version of an everyday staple, like vinegar or salt. A retro-inspired casserole dish appeals to both nostalgic older moms and aesthetic-obsessed millennials. Artisan bottles of olive oil will inspire her to whip up new dishes that celebrate the bright, fresh flavors of each. Upgrade her heavily used cookware to a beautiful non-toxic set of pots and pans or bakeware for a thoughtfully indulgent gift.

If She Likes to Be Pampered

She's probably tried every type of bath bomb out there, so surprise her with something really different this year like a luxurious silk pillowcase, breezy linen pajamas or an electric towel warmer. Elevate everyday tasks like bathing and pouring a glass of water with a hair-reviving scalp massager or a sleek sparkling water maker. A monogrammed carry-on suitcase keeps all of her travel essentials chicly stowed away.

If She's a New Mom

Since you can't give her the gift of 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep, a piping-hot cup of coffee is the next best thing; this smart mug ensures she never takes a sip of lukewarm coffee again. Include a gift card to Artifact Uprising, a modern photo printing shop, so she can create a unique baby book for her little one or order individual prints to frame. Nursing-friendly PJs in buttery soft cotton are both a practical and thoughtful gift. Treat her to a set of refreshing face maks and a tin of her favorite cookies for an affordable, appreciated token of affection.

If She's a Homebody

Help her get in ultra-relaxation mode with a discreet smart diffuser that plugs into the wall and can be controlled right from her phone. The latest cookbook from her favorite food blogger will get her excited to try new recipes. A sleek electric kettle, a mom-appreciation mug and a record player with crystal clear sound round out the list of staying-in essentials.

If She Loves the Great Outdoors

Allow her to leisurely take it all in with a lightweight portable hammock for two. And she won't get overheated or sunburnt with this lightweight brim hat for hiking. A trusty headlamp can be used on an early morning run, at the campsite or while peddling at dusk. Stylish polarized sunnies and non-chemical bug spray make for perfect small-but-sweet gifts.

If She's Always in the Garden

This beautiful countertop growhouse allows her to keep up her favorite hobby all year long in a small apartment or kitchen corner. A sweet and playful sign lets you know exactly where to find her should you drop by unexpectedly. Appeal to her senses with a verdant, earthy candle that will fill her home with the unmistakable scent of fresh tomatoes. Rich, herbal scented cream will soothe hard-working hands.

If She's the Queen of Entertaining

Every good host knows that drinks and ambiance are essential for a good time. If she plans to take the action outdoors this spring and summer, equip her with everything she needs, including a crowd-pleasing lawn game, seasonal serveware and a vintage-meets-modern lantern with a built-in speaker. Build up her bar cart with a non-alcoholic spirit that she can serve as-is or as part of a boozy cocktail. A gorgeous marble cheese slicer goes from kitchen to table.

If She's a #PetMom

Bowls, toys and other pet accessories are probably front and center in her home. This handmade ceramic food or water bowl will complement her decor nicely, while a handstitched pet portrait is a gift she'll display proudly. She can pay homage to her favorite furry friend, living or deceased, with a personalized ring.

If She's Focused on Fitness

Smart gadgets can really help up her game. A self-cleaning water bottle and an app-connected jump rope make it easier (and prettier) to exercise at home or at the gym. Add a sore muscle-targeting recovery soak and foam roller for thoughtful surprises.

If She's a Craft Connoisseur

Surprise her with a just-for-adults dollhouse kit that takes her back to childhood. She'll love building this adorable tiny greenhouse through the winter months as she anticipates spring. A handy yarn bowl will keep her knitting tools tidy. For the ultimate DIYer, the Cricut Joy makes quick work of label and decal printing without the mess.

If She's Eco-Conscious

Reducing waste is likely top-of-mind for her. A stylish and conveniently sized countertop composter makes it easy to transform food scraps into rich fertilizer. Upgrade her well-loved leggings to a new pair from this eco-friendly clothing brand that recycles plastic water bottles and other waste into comfy activewear. A luxurious solid moisturizer stone can be refilled and comes in minimal, reusable packaging. Expand on her growing collection of reusable food storage containers with a very pretty set from W&P Design that she can use for work lunches or fridge organization.

If She's 'Goopy'

Natural health and wellness solutions are always top-of-mind for fans of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle site, goop, so make sure to include some swag or a GP-approved beauty item. Help her hone her meditation habit with this clever little techy gadget. Or, if she's more interested in physical improvements, an acupressure mat and lymphatic drainage help reduce inflammation while an adaptogenic spritz offers a subtle buzz sans alcohol.

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