Prior to having kids, Mother's Day was all about my mom and how I could thank her for all that she had done for me and my sisters. I never really bothered to acknowledge any of the other women in my life who were mothers… because they weren't my mom.
And then I started having kids and Mother's Day took on a whole new meaning.
Now I want to shower all of the mamas in my life with gifts and love and hugs because I know exactly what all of them have gone through. I look at them and I see sleepless nights, constant worrying and 24/7 multitasking. I see laugh lines and gray hairs (because I've got those, too). I see chefs, therapists, nurses and tutors all wrapped into one body.
Point being: Mother's Day isn't just an opportunity to treat yo' mama. It's also a day where you can look at your bestie or your neighbor or your sister and say, "You're doing a great job. Happy Mother's Day."
We've rounded up 20 of our favorite gifts to give the mamas in your life. Some thoughtful, some helpful and some just plain cozy.
1. The 'it' bag
The old adage "she's too hard to buy for" simply doesn't pertain to this here purse. Every mama out there would love Coach's Sutton Bag, with its sweet pea floral pattern, practical crossbody strap, zippered enclosures and brass hardware. We dare her not to fall in love with it.
2. The flowers, Urban Stems
Sure you could send any ol' bouquet, but why do that when you can opt for a high-design one? Urban Stems approaches flowers with a modern and young zest, and we can't get enough of their collab with Vogue.
3. The book, This Is Motherhood
Yes, we're biased, but what can we say? Our hot-off-the-presses collection of essays dubbed This Is Motherhood is the perfect gift to give to a mama you love.
4. The jammies, Soma
Let's face it: Mamas are in their pjs. A lot. It comes with the territory. But let's replace her old college t-shirt and worn-thin sweatpants with some super-cozy (and dare we say slightly sexy) pajamas from Soma. Available in a slew of additional patterns and separates (Shorts! Pants! Nightgowns!), the Cool Nights Sleepwear focuses on keeping you cool at night. We're obsessed with this slinky striped set.
5. The photograph, Artifact Uprising
Got a photo that will make her smile? Or laugh? Or cry? Then it's time to frame it! Or put it in a book or calendar or… just go to Artifact Uprising to see all the beautiful things they can do with your favorite digital memories.
6. The tote, Cuyana
Yes, diaper bags serve a purpose, but they're also a wee bit soul crushing for anyone who used to consider themselves a true "bag person." Answer her prayers with Cuyana's beautiful leather tote she'll use everyday (when she's not lugging bottles and sippy cups) that also has a thoughtful monogram to show her you got it custom just for her.
7. The water bottle, Proof
Every mom's got a purse full of tricks/necessities/snacks... and of course, water. And believe us when we say there are water bottles, and then there is Proof. Comprised of medical-grade steel, Proof bottles can keep your liquids cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 and they can also fit ice cubes. Did we mention they're pretty, too? Woot woot!
8. The digital frame, Aura
If we had to pick one gift to give all the mamas out there this Mother's Day, Aura would be at the top of our list. A sleek digital frame that works right out of the box, Aura is super easy to use (simply link your phone's photo album to the Aura app and upload pics from there) and allows unlimited contributors. So your sister in Alaska, your brother in the Yucatan and you in New Jersey can all share photos to your mom's brand new frame that features a rotating gallery of her family. We're not crying… you're crying!
9. The silk eye mask + pillowcase, Brooklinen
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.
10. The ring, Nordstrom
Whether she's been a mama for decades or hasn't even given birth yet, we don't know any woman who wouldn't love this cutie at first sight. Ya know, just like her kids.
11. The bathrobe, Parachute
Everyone needs a bathrobe that is downy and soft and completely warms you up post-shower, and this one from Parachute gets the job done. Like a furry bear—but not so furry that it doesn't absorb water—this Turkish cotton bathrobe will make her giddy at first sight. (And so will the roomy front pockets that can fit her cell phone, a bottle, her reading glasses and more!)
12. The getaway stay, Airbnb
Tangible gifts are great, but nothing trumps travel, right? Give her an Airbnb gift card and the two of you can immediately start planning your getaway. Bon voyage, ladies! Prices vary.
13. The all-you-need makeup palette, Charlotte Tilbury
After years of momming, when we finally do get a night out, the prospect of glamming ourselves up can be a bit… daunting. Charlotte Tilbury to the rescue! The makeup artist to the stars (she counts Nicole Kidman as a client) has a super-high-quality beauty line and her Instant Look in a Palette makes creating a smoky eye super easy, and also contains a bronzer for sculpting, a shimmery gold for highlighting and two pretty pinks for blushing. Done and done.
14. The vacuum, Dyson V11 Torque
Listen, we realize it's 2019 and not 1950. That said, give Dyson's new cord-free vacuum, the V11 Torque Drive, to any mom and she might just cry real tears right there on the spot. Why? It's the vacuum to top all vacuums. And as every mom knows, we're cleaning up CONSTANTLY.
Its biggest bonus is you only need one cleaner head for rugs and floors. We also love the smart screen that tells you exactly how many minutes of battery you have left (and if something goes wrong, how to fix it!).
15. The kicks, Nordstrom
Sure, we'd all love a pair of Louboutins for Mother's Day, but we'd probably only wear them a few times a year (if we're lucky!). What do we wear ALL YEAR LONG? Sneakers. So amp up your own mom's cool factor or make your sister giddy with these on-tred sneaks from Brazilian brand Veja. More to know: They're a favorite of Meghan Markle, too.
16. The facial roller, Revolve
ICYMI: Gemstone facial rollers are all the rage right now. Why? By rolling them against your face and neck, you're de-puffing, tightening and energizing your skin. Read: This is the beauty product every mom needs! Our favorite is Nurse Jamie's Uplift Massage Roller (also beloved by Hillary Duff, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and others), which is a bright purple hand-held wand that is fun to look at and actually works, too.
17. The necklace, Nordstrom
A sweet necklace that is dainty on its own, Kate Spade's One in a Million Pendant is tops on our list because it will also look fab layered. Whether you opt to gift your loved one's initials or those of her kids, this piece will be treasured.
18. The clothing subscription, Stitch Fix
Have you ever met a mom that has ample time to shop? Nope. This is where you introduce her to Stitch Fix, the Internet's answer to a personal stylist. How does it work? You give her a gift card and she uses it to redeem the personalized styling services—she fills out a user profile and clothes arrive at her door within days, she keeps what she wants and return what she doesn't. Shopping without the pressures of pushy sales girls or bad lighting, she'll get used to that.
19. The artwork, Minted
Part of Minted's Every Mother Counts collaboration, this beautiful print dubbed "mama's arms" by Keely Norton Owendoff is just a lovely piece of art that anyone would want on a shelf or wall in their home. By purchasing the print—which you can buy unframed, framed or on stretched canvas—you're contributing to Christy Turlington's non-profit that aims to make childbirth safer around the world. Yep, literally every mom will be on board with this gift.
20. The slippers, Nordstrom
For better or worse, Uggs are the ubiquitous mom shoe. Yes, there are sleeker footwear options… but have you ever tried on Uggs?! Heaven in a furry boot. For Mother's Day, consider the at-home Ugg, a.k.a. the slipper. With a suede upper, the signature shearling lining and a rubber sole (yes, you can take out the recycling or grab your mail in these puppies). You're about to give the greatest gift ever.
21. The beach bag, Walmart
Is there anything worse that a bag full of sand on a beach day? Well, yes, there are worse things, lol… but it is really annoying! Cure that problem for the mama in your life with a mesh beach bag from Ev1 (Ellen Degeneres' line with Walmart) that is super cute in this bright neon hue and super cheap at this insane price.