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Mother's Day is almost here, and whether you're shopping for a favorite mama in your life, dropping some hints to your partner, or planning on treating yourself (because you deserve it), we've got just the right gift to help you enjoy your special day.
364 days a year you work to make the magic. Manage schedules. Teach all the things. Wipe noses, behinds, and tears. Mother's Day is a day to celebrate and honor that hard work and frankly, every mom deserves a little extra. (In addition to that handmade macaroni necklace, of course.)
From all out splurges to affordable Mother's Day gifts, here are our favorite picks that are sure to put a smile on any mama's face this year.
A super cute sandal that feels like yoga pants for your feet? Sign her up. The Sling ST from the always comfy Sanuk pairs with everything from summer dresses to jeans and tee shirts–which is perfect since she’ll never want to take them off.
Pom Pom at Home• $172
Consider the sophisticated textiles from Pom Pom at Home the “coastal grandma” of housewares. To say we’re obsessed would be an understatement. From the natural fibers to the muted, earthy colors, their oversize throws offer an instant Nancy Meyer’s worthy upgrade to your bedroom or living room. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but we’re partial to the texture and softness of the cotton Arrowhead which is the perfect summer blanket.
If she regularly roams the farmer’s market, this is the gift she’s been waiting for. Organized, stylish and oh-so-efficient, the Caraa Market Tote has a clever place for everything–an insulated zip pocket for cold groceries, four vertical bottle pockets, a roomy inside, a botanical strap and a zipper pocket for her essentials. Time to schedule a picnic, stat!
For the trendsetting mama with an eye for timeless style, Ray-Ban’s classic aviators are a guaranteed slam dunk. They’re perfectly on point for every occasion and let’s be honest–that shape can really work wonders for concealing the fact she’s slept a collective 12 hours all week.
If anyone needs their beauty sleep, it’s a mama. Ultra-pampering, this gift gives from Brooklinen will help her sleep better thanks to the breathable and soft-as-butter mulberry silk eye mask and pillowcase. Bonus: It’s also super gentle on both skin and hair.
By Rosie Jane• $55
Cleanse, hydrate, exfoliate with a sampling of best-sellers from By Rosie Jane. Made with their signature Leila Lou scent–a crisp and springy blend of fresh cut grass, pear and jasmine–the set includes body wash, body oil, candle and body scrubber to make her self care ritual a 10/10 experience. It’s the perfect introduction to one of our favorite brands–but be sure to warn her that she won’t be able to quit those candles. #sorrynotsorry
Motherhood requires two things above all else–patience and comfortable shoes. One of the most comfortable around? Toms. Of course there are tons of styles to choose from, but we’re currently crushing on the classic Alapargata style in this gorg Paper Source floral print that feels oh-so-springy.
Dana Rebecca Designs• $495
Listen, it’s been a YEAR. (Two, actually but who’s counting?) If you really want to give her a gift that lights her up, the stunning initial rings from Dana Rebecca Designs are the sparkle you’re looking for. They’re gorgeous solo or in a stack and even come in a double initial option for mamas of two.
Make sure she’s summer-ready with a sophisticated suit from Andie. Their silky soft swimwear can make even the most bathing suit-averse mamas feel comfortable and sexy with flattering styles and attention to detail. They’re all a slam dunk but we’re currently crushing on the belted Riviera which looks totally smokin’ on every bod.
Oak Essentials• $78
Amp up her post-shower routine and gift her the softest skin ever with our editor’s favorite new body oil. The Dew Body Oil from Oak Essentials is crafted with super nourishing oils like organic safflower seed oil and organic sesame oil to offer non-greasy hydration from neck to toes. Borage oil helps reduce redness and inflammation, and all together it’s the recipe for the silkiest, smoothest legs on the block. (It’s got a light citrusy scent that’s absolutely heavenly!)
If you’ve got a fitness-minded mama on your list, these are the leggings that will totally make her day. They’re lightweight, don’t roll down and don’t creep up in the wrong places, if you know what I mean. But best of all, their targeted compression, in the form of high-tech 3D ridges, gives you a booty that would make Wonder Woman jealous. They come in a bunch of gorgeous solid colors in addition to this fab print, and of course basic black for the traditionalists out there.
Turn her skincare routine into a nourishing, self-love ritual with the ancient practice of gua sha. From reducing puffiness to helping diminish fine lines, a few minutes a day can make a big difference. This absolutely stunning set from Wildling provides her with the tools and serums she needs to nourish, rejuvenate and get her glow on naturally. And if she needs a bit of education, the 21 day facial gua sha challenge is exactly what she needs to learn what all the hype is about.
Upgrade her diaper bag with a chic fanny pack. Perfect for the toddler mama who’s just toting the essentials, the Kibou is small but mighty. According to one fan, hers is currently holding “three diapers, 20 wipes, changing pad, baby hat, one burp rag, extra baby sleeper, two masks, hand sanitizer, my keys, emergency underwear and crayons, 10 Band-Aids, credit card, chapstick, and my phone.” Full-size diaper bag—you get the boot.
Cue the tears—we could all use a hug right now and this heartwarming print is something any mama will love hanging up. We love the artist’s attention to detail and the simple aesthetic. Prices vary based on size.
Cozy Earth• $124
If the past few years have taught us anything it’s that cozy is a 24/7 look—and the oh-so-luxe bamboo pajama sets from Cozy Earth are about to become her summer uniform. The classic style says “I’ll await brunch in my chambers, thank you” and is so incredibly soft she’ll be asking for the matching sheet set ASAP.
The Birth Poster• $65
The Birth Poster allows you to create a series of unique and timeless illustrations that are scaled to represent baby’s length. Simply choose your design and add in your child’s birth details for a gift that’ll last a lifetime.
The Little Market• $14
These hand-carved bowls are perfect for anything from serving snacks to storing jewelry—and each purchase supports the female artisans around the world. Prices vary by size.
D.S. & Durga• $175
From their “Perfume is armchair travel” tag line to their deep and enigmatic scents, New York based D.S. & Durga is easily my favorite perfume house. It’s too hard to pick a standout as they’re all divine in their own ways, but this one is particularly unique and easy to love. It’s dubbed a “fragrance enhancer” that’s meant to be layered with others to create something that’s totally unique. Full disclosure? I love it so much I just wear it solo.
Bossy Pants• $26.99
Want to give her a little pick-me-up once a month? Sign her up for the Secret Scents Club Candle of the Month from Bossy Pants! Their deliciously cheeky candles not only smell divine, but they feature empowering and clever sayings like “I got it from my mama” and “Alexa, clean the house” (a girl can dream, right?) that she’ll love to have hanging around. Each month is a surprise and you can pause or cancel any time.
You know that calm, relaxed feeling you get the second you step into a spa? Sure the promise of a mind-blowing massage is part of it, but it’s also that unmistakable smell. Aera, the first home fragrance “player” (think of it like Sonos for aromatherapy) brings the comfort and therapy of scent into any space with the sleekest wall diffuser we’ve ever seen. The app-enabled unit uses microdroplet technology and high-quality fragrance and essential oils to evenly scent any room in the house. Choose the vibe you’re looking for—sleepy time, energizing, focus, or just cozy comfort, pop in one of the revolutionary scent capsules then set the strength and timing to your preferences. Candles? Never heard of ’em.
Fancy cocktails—hold the alcohol! For mamas who love the taste of bitey drinks like negronis and manhattans but would rather not deal with the hangover, Ghia delivers a delicious alternative. The art-deco-esque packaging and incredible recipe guidance makes it a gorgeous gift that deserves a spot on every summer bar cart.
Pineapple Collaborative• $55
Perfect for the foodie mama, Pineapple Collaborative’s The Olive Oil and The ACV Pantry Set might be the most stylish cooking staples we’ve ever seen. Their organic, California-grown oils and vinegars are made by talented female makers and will seriously change the way you think about dressing up your food. (Honestly, you could straight up drink this ACV—it’s that good.) And because aesthetics are just as important, the OO comes in your choice of three gorgeous colors.
I love trying out new wines but don’t like having to purchase full bottles of vino that I’m not sure I’ll enjoy. Enter: Vinebox, a quarterly wine club that lets you discover 9 wines (by the glass, no wasting!). A booklet allows you to really learn more about what you’re tasting, plus you get credits for full-sized bottles. Perfect for at-home date night. Prices vary per package.
It’s basically impossible to have too many sweatshirts, but after you feel this one, you’ll never really want another. Made from Softwear’s signature fabric, it’s not only the softest one I’ve ever owned, it also miraculously doesn’t wear or fade. Like sending her a hug, only better.
I don’t know about you, but fresh flowers always put a smile on my face. Gift a weekly or monthly delivery of these beautiful arrangements that are ethically sourced from farms around the world. Prices vary based on subscription length.
Is there a better gift for a mama of LEGO obsessed kiddos? The super cool floral arrangements not only last far longer than fresh flowers, but give mom a good excuse to build something for herself. (Instead of sneaking in time with kid sets after they go to sleep!)
We love a good mutlitasker—and so will she. The gorgeous herbal blends from Barbari combine CBD-rich hemp flower with blue lotus, rose petals, and lavender to gift her a bouquet unlike any other. Together, they can be used in rolling papers, as a tea, or even as incense to offer a bit of relaxation at the end of the day.
Is there a better holiday to celebrate the girls than Mother’s Day? We think not. Like the rest of the gorg puzzles from Jiggy, it comes in a reusable glass jar and includes a tube of puzzle glue so she can proudly display her new art once she’s finished.
Saint Holiday• $170
Resortwear > Loungewear. Now that travel is back on the calendar, we’re ready to ditch the sweats for some sophisticated poolside attire. Namely, the Lobby Caftan Mini from Saint Holiday. The gorgeous cotton piece is perfect over a suit but also looks fab with a pair of white denim and sandals. Who doesn’t love options?
Classic and chic, Cuyana accessories are always the perfect gift. (They’re also made in a women-0wned factory!) We love the versatility of this core piece which can be carried on its own when all she needs are the essentials or tucked into a tote when she’s carting the whole shebang. Make it extra special by adding her initials!
This tote is truly a timeless classic. Made from semi vegetable-tanned leather with a softly worn waxed finish that gets better with age, it’s simple + sophisticated in all the right ways and will last mama for years to come. And if she wants to add a bit of flare, the long strap can be swapped with a wide variety of colorful or varied texture options!
Rad Power Bikes• $1999
The perfect intersection of function and fun, electric bikes are fast becoming a family staple. (And make a great case for ditching that second car!) One of the best picks for moms with kiddos in tow? The RadWagon 4. Strong, versatile and super customizable, it can go up to 45+ miles per charge, tackling hills and bumps like a total champ. And with add ons like child seats, heavy-duty panniers and deck pads, everyone and everything can ride with ease.
Plant O Gram• $98.60
Flowers are great but only last so long. With proper care and little extra love, the gorgeous flowering and fruiting trees from Plant O Gram can last a lifetime. They’ve got tons of varieties to choose from, but the hardy koroneiki olive is our fave. It’s easy to grow indoors or out (if climate allows) and can produce fruit within a year! Best of all, it comes perfectly packed right to her doorstep all ready for gifting in a pretty burlap bag and bow.
Artifact Uprising• $57
Every mama loves to show off photos of her family and her little ones—and this brass and wood display box from Artifact Uprising makes it effortless and stylish. We love how it doubles as a storage box and a beautiful frame-like display.
Through their thoughtful guidance and unwavering support, so many mamas are the North Star of their families. We at Motherly partnered with the heirloom jewelry masters at Kinn Studio to craft a necklace that speaks to that strength and resilience. What we came up with is a stunning solid gold pendant inlaid with the sweetest diamond sparkle and “I am my own North Star” inscribed on the back. Good luck topping this one.
Wax Buffalo• $52
For the mama who’s also a maker, this DIY candle kit from Nebraska-based Wax Buffalo is the ultimate gift. After Covid put a pause on their in-house candle classes, they decided to create a way to offer the hands-on experience at home. With just a few simple things from home, she can create two fabulous candles that are extra special. Choose from their divine selection of essential oils and gorgeous vessels to create a kit that’s uniquely them. And don’t stress about wrapping! Everything comes in a super giftable reusable canvas bag that’s perfect for toting lunch!
Affordable Mother's Day gifts
Mother's Day isn't about spending hundreds of dollars on presents. This is the one day out of the year that is dedicated to families appreciating everything their mom or partner does on a daily basis.
Maybe this sounds cliché, but a thoughtful gift is more sentimental than an expensive present. We moms simply want to know that you are thinking of us and didn't forget the day that honors every moment we spend parenting, which is basically every second (and yes, we love it!).
This year, you can surprise your mom or lover with a phenomenal gift that costs less than $25. Remember, it's the thought that counts. Here's our curated selection for different kinds of mothers, because let's be real, there is no one-size-fits-all gift.
Affordable Mother's Day Gifts
These blissful bath salts effortlessly combine pink Himalayan sea salt (which infuses bath water with essential, skin-loving nutrients and vitamins) and ylang-ylang and vanilla aromatherapeutic oils for an overall calming experience. The coarse, pale pink salts create an ultimate luxury bath product that any mom will enjoy.
PopGrip Lips X Burt's Bees• $12
Almost everyone has a PopSocket PopGrip on their cell phone these days, but using one that contains Burt’s Bees lip balm inside is so much cooler. This gift will prop up your mom’s phone and hydrate her lips. This multipurpose product is essentially a two-for-one deal.
This antioxidant-rich whipped body butter nourishes, hydrates and quenches dry skin. The seamless blend of matcha, acai, and vegetable collagen helps minimize the signs of aging, as well as preventing sun damage, dark spots, wrinkles, and dryness. With an organic shea butter base, this body butter is thick and decadent—it also smells pretty amazing.
This prized bath bomb contains a luxurious blend of meadowfoam and sunflower seed oil, 25mg of CBD, along with a variety of aromatherapeutic oils. One mom told me that her bath experience was “like a day at the spa for only $16.” CBD can soothe sore muscles, while the lavender and eucalyptus promote relaxation, helping you remain focused and present in the moment.
Let’s face the facts, menstrual cramps and body aches suck. No one likes feeling like crap during the week leading up to their period. This hassle-free stick contains an artful combo of warming agents and essential oils that can soothe pain and discomfort in the areas you need relief most.
Honey Mama• $24
The sad thing about Honey Mama’s is that it will 100% ruin your enjoyment of any other chocolate treat on the planet. Their decadent truffle bars make any chocolate you’ve ever had pale in comparison and I will tell you right now, if they ever go away I will legit be devastated. Not only are they made from just a few all-natural ingredients, but they satisfy a sweet-tooth in a way that feels nourishing instead of sugary. Every single flavor is a total slam dunk (I was surprised to find I absolutely love tahini tangerine) but if chocolate isn’t their thing, try the brand new “blonde” version, Birthday Cake. It’s delightfully coconutty and flecked with color that makes it as gorgeous as it is delicious. They’re shipped in packs of four, so keep one and spread the love.
Everyday Oil• $14
Body, skin, hair, bath, you name it, this oil can be used on it. It absorbs best when you put it on right out of the shower, but I’m so obsessed with the smell that I use it some mornings even when I’ve skipped the shower. The mainstay blend is a mix of rich cold-pressed plant oils including coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba and castor oil. Its intoxicating and calming scent comes from a mix of palo santo, lavender, geranium and clary sage but is also available fragrance-free.
P.F. Candle Co.• $9
All the time we’ve spent at home these past couple years have us obsessed with home fragrance. Candles are great, but sometimes you want something a little different. One reliable fave? P.F. Candle Co. incense. It has fabulous throw, infusing a sizable space with scent that’s not smoky at all and lingers for just the right amount of time. Los Angeles is a personal fave, but teakwood and tobacco is a close second!
Plum Beauty• $22.99
Bring the spa to her with this ahhhh-inducing facial steamer. Not only does a dose of steam help hydrate skin, it can also help open sinuses and even improve the effectiveness of her skincare routine.
A version of this article was published April 29, 2021. It has been updated.