17 Mother's Day gifts that are way cooler than jewelry

Because the mom in your life might want a paddleboard instead.

17 Mother's Day gifts that are way cooler than jewelry
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Mother's Day is around the corner (if you are Googling "when is Mother's Day 2021" the answer is Sunday, May 9, you are welcome) and so it's time to start buying that special someone in your life their very much well deserved Mother's Day gift. Now, of course, you've probably been conditioned to think that you either need to get jewelry (because diamonds last forever) or appliances (because... well, actually I don't know why) and I'm here to tell you that you don't need to get either of those things.

In fact, last year my husband got me a paddleboard for Mother's Day, something I've been wanting to have since forever but never found the excuse to buy it for myself. When I shared this with coworkers and friends, everyone always has the same reaction "OMG that's such a cool gift". It's a gift that speaks to me as a person beyond me as a mother. It allows me to have time to myself, doing something I enjoy, reclaiming the person I was (and still am) beyond homework and kids' activities.

Here are some very cool gifts for Mother's Day that are not jewelry:


RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike

RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike Version 4

I want to believe that after years of having a stationary bike at home collecting dust, somehow by the power of osmosis my legs are suddenly in super shape to cart around two kids in a bike around town. However, they are not, and that's where this electric bike by RadWagon comes to play. You can fit two bike seats in the back to carry children wherever you go, safely. You can also use it to run errands or go shopping as you can also switch to a basket carrier instead.

$1699

Dyson airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Styler Volume and Shape

For the mom who wants perfect hair in record time, the Dyson Airwrap is the way to go. Dries hair super fast and is easy to use to style, even for those (like me) who have no idea what they are doing with hair tools 99% of the time. Dyson is also offering a Mother's Day Limited-Edition Set which includes a complimentary travel pouch.

$549.99

Cuyana Double Loop Bag

Double Loop Bag

Cuyana, a sustainability-driven fashion brand, has expanded its collection to include this beautiful and, more importantly, practical double loop bag that fits everything that moms need to carry on a daily basis. The style is versatile and also comfortable, which are two things I as a mom am always looking for, especially since I have my hands full holding little hands while out and about.

$295

Open Spaces entryway rack

Entryway Rack

Open Spaces has been all over my Instagram feed with beautiful images of what we aspire our home to be. Eventually I caved in and got a rack for our guest bathroom to hide the extra toilet rolls and emergency diapers. The design is simple and so beautiful and guess what? It works! It makes you be more organized and any room is more tidy with it. So much so, I got a second one to hold our shoes by our door and now even our toddler makes sure his are properly placed on it.

$138

Isle  Outpost Paddle Board

Outpost Paddle Board Package

This is exactly the board I received last year, and probably my favorite gift to date. It's the perfect gift for someone who's outdoorsy, but also perfect for someone who is starting to explore the world of SUP (like myself). It's also great for family activities, since kids can ride in the front while wearing a proper floatation device.

$945

Coway Bidetmega 200

Coway Bidetmega 200

Hear me out on this one: Bidets are game changers for the whole family. You'll be spending less money on toilet paper and creating far less waste, while also keeping all the butts squeaky clean and happy. As someone who comes from a country where every bathroom in the house comes with a bidet, I was actually kind of shocked when I couldn't find any bidets in any of the apartments I looked at in New York City. Enter the Coway Bidetmega which you can install on any toilet.

$381

Out East Eyewear sunglasses

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Re-entry into the world will be a whole lot easier if you're hiding behind a pair of luxury sunglasses. (If it works for celebs, it works for us.) Not only does Out East offer a wide variety of chic styles, but they also offer an unbeatable replacement program. If you lose or break your initial pair, they'll replace them for just a small fee. Grabby baby hands, no problem!

$195

Anyday cookware set 

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This new line of cookware is everything every parent out there needs. It allows you to cook both in the microwave and oven, which means you can get delicious meals ready for the kids in no time. It's stylish and also dishwasher safe. And if that wasn't enough, a portion of proceeds from online sales will go to benefit The Lee Initiative and Baby2Baby.

$120

Harper Wilde the lounge bralette

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Repeat after me: comfort, comfort, comfort. This new launch from Harper Wilde is everything boobs have been asking for. Soft, but still supportive, with a new and modern look, this bralette is ideal for all the people out there whose boobs need some extra TLC.

$40

The DB method

The DB Method

I haven't done a squat in approximately a century, but when I saw this celebrity-loved workout machine helps with rebuilding core control I was all about it. After carrying twins there are two things I don't have: abs and a butt. This machine helps me solve those two problems with quick 10-15 minute workouts. And, as someone who does not like to workout, this is so simple and straightforward I can do it after the kids have gone to bed.

$229

DJI Mini 2 Drone

DJI Mini 2

Posed family photos are hard to get, someone always is not looking at the camera, kids' attention span is basically 5 seconds and most of the time we settle with okay-ish photos for the Holiday card. Well, what if you gifted this super small drone that will document the adventures your family goes in, or helps you get everyone's attention for a cute family portrait? Especially if you are spending more and more time outside as the days get warmer and warmer.

$449

Great Useful Stuff's outdoor blanket

Outdoor Dining Blanket Set

Once life goes back to normal (whatever normal is at this point) moms everywhere will be back at sitting by the sidelines of sport practices and activities. Also, outdoor dining is a thing that we've all learned how to love and embrace, and even more so, camping season is right around the corner. This outdoor blanket is incredible at keeping you warm and comfortable and it's easy to pack into any tiny bag.

$35

Veer family basecamp

Family Basecamp

Speaking of spending more time outside, Veer just launched their new family basecamp tent that is super easy to set up and you can bring wherever you go. Ideal for family trips to the beach, for mom to relax outside while the kids play, or to use for camping.

$379

Wallpaper by TEA Collection

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Surprise mom with a make over of her favorite room in the house by simply adding some fun and cool looking wallpaper. We recently did exactly that with what is now my home office for the foreseeable future and it made the room so much brighter and friendlier, my mood has followed the same pattern. Even more fun, involve the kids in the process of adding the paper for a family activity.

$58

Rothy's The Lace Up

The Lace Up

Rothy's is one of those brands all moms love. This is their new lace up sneakers that is equally as comfortable as the flats that made them famous, but with a more casual look and feel to them.

$165

Res Day CBD muscle + joint rub 

Muscle + Joint Relief Rub - 200mg CBD

​This CBD rub is perfect for the athlete mom, the chasing around kids all day mom, the sitting on a chair looking at her computer working mom, the mom whose lower back hurts from carrying kids around. The menthol and eucalyptus provide a cooling effect while the CBD melts away any pain or ache.

$36

Me's Way chili sauce

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If you have a mom at home who loves a little spiciness in her food, this is the perfect gift. It's delicious, hot, and a great investment since you only need to use a little bit for it to kick in. The brand was founded by Chau Tonnu, a first-generation Vietnamese American who immigrated to the U.S at the age of seventeen along with her family.

$25.95


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The HATCH Mama collection is everything your pregnant body needs right now

Their oil is the only thing that stopped my belly from itching as it grew bigger.

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Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of moisturizing. I hate being wet and sticky and after applying product to my body, I have to stand around awkwardly until I'm fully air-dried—a practice that is not compatible with having three kids under the age of 3. However, as someone who has carried three children in her body, I also know how much your belly needs hydration as the baby grows.

This was especially true with my second pregnancy. My belly popped way sooner (a thing that happens with subsequent pregnancies) and on top of that, I was carrying twins, which meant I became super pregnant super fast. My belly was itching constantly from the skin stretching (I checked with my doctor to make sure I didn't have Cholestasis) and there was no scratching in the world that could ease my discomfort. My doula recommended the HATCH Mama belly oil and changed my life. The oil is nourishing—but more important to me, quick-drying—so I could apply it all over my planet-sized twin belly and get dressed immediately after without having my clothes ruined nor stuck to my body. Because of how much I loved the oil, I tested other products, and let me tell you, they're all equally amazing.

Curious about the HATCH Mama collection? All of their products are non-toxic and mama-safe, designed to help pregnant people overcome the challenges unique to pregnancy. As their website claims, "from stretch marks to thinning hair, to sleepless nights, we're helping you tackle every prenatal and postnatal beauty issue head-on so you can continue to feel like the best version of you." I'm here for all of this. For the entire Hatch Beauty collection click here.


Here are my favorite products from HATCH Mama:


Belly oil

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Intensely hydrating + fantastic at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, this will be your favorite through pregnancy + beyond.

$58

Belly mask

HATCH COLLECTION  Belly Mask Set

Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of stretch masks + scars during pregnancy + postpartum, but there is a little non-toxic wink (and that's to you, mama.)

$42

Nipple + lip ointment 

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Calming + soothing, this magic sauce is lanolin-free & made of tropical butters and super fruits. I'm not lying when I say you will not want to stop using this, even way after birth.

$28

Belly tattoos

HATCH COLLECTION  Belly Tattoos

A very rock and roll way to honor your bump. And non-toxic + plant-based at that!

$18

This article was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated.

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Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.

Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

All this to say that we get how busy you are—and how hard that might make it to fit in a birth class.

And that's why we created The Motherly Birth Class. The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.


Think you'll want to watch each lesson a few times over? Great!

Due date's next week and you need the option to take a birth class very quickly? No problem!

Like everything at Motherly, we designed this class with you in mind.

Taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Diana Spalding (who also wrote "The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama"), this class is broken into 12 lessons—and you get to control how and when you watch them. We'll teach you about what your (amazing) body is up to in labor, how to decide when it's time to head to the hospital or birth center (or when to call your home birth midwife), what your options are for coping with pain and so much more.

When you sign up for The Motherly Birth Class, you'll get access to a downloadable workbook and meditations. Plus, you'll be invited to join our supportive private online community (where you can chat with the class instructor!)

Oh, one more thing: Your insurance or flexible spending account might even able to able to cover the cost of this class.

Pregnancy is wonderful—but it's a lot. You deserve a birth class that works for you and empowers you to have your best birth. Because vaginal or Cesarean, unmedicated or medication, birth is incredible. And you are the star of it all.

You've got this.

Sign up for The Motherly Birth Class today!

The Motherly Birth Class

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Take our completely digital birth class from the comfort of your living room. We'll help you have your best birth—because you deserve it.

$79

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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Stepping Stones

Stepping-stones

Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$19.95

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$79.99

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

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The ultimate back-to-school shopping list for busy moms

Use this list to prep for the best first day ever!

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After spending a summer reconnecting with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and (hopefully!) making time for vacation, it's time for kids to head back to school. They're ready to learn, grow and get out of your hair again! But they'll need some help to get there. Before the exciting first day of school, you'll need to get all the gear together to make school a success.

As a parent, use this basic but essential school supply list to find everything your little ones need for their classes—even on a budget.

Loose Leaf Paper

Even though there won't be any tests or quizzes when school begins, kids take plenty of notes, complete assignments and do in-class exercises. Every student needs at least a few packets of loose-leaf paper for quick notes and doodles. Check with your child's school to find out if they require college ruled or wide ruled before you fill up your shopping cart — odds are they won't, but it's worth being sure.

$4

Personal Planner

Your child will need a personal planner to kick off the school year and keep up with all of their assignments. It's an opportunity to invest in cute school supplies that motivate your kids every time they open their planners. Plus, planners help kids learn time management and responsible scheduling, which they can carry with them throughout their academic lives and into college and adulthood.

$22

#2 Pencils

Most classes require #2 pencils because they show up easily on test bubble sheets that machines scan and grade. Add them to your child's school supply list before they sell out at local stores. A great deal on a large pack will likely last through the year.

$10.29

Black Ink Pens

Teachers grade in red ink pens so their notes stand out as study tools. Your student should use black ink pens that don't bleed on the paper. Their work will stand out and never smudge if you use a tried-and-true brand that knows how to make a quality pen, like BIC.

$4.47

Highlighters in Different Colors

Highlighters help students study if they outline notes in different colors. Get your child a pack so they have all the help they need for their study materials. If they're stressed about the tougher classwork, don't forget to break the tension with jokes that will put them at ease.

$9.99

Big Pink Erasers

The erasers on the top of pencils won't last long in classes like calculus or trigonometry. Give your kids a backup by buying packs of big pink erasers. They last much longer and often do a better job of wiping mistakes away.

$.99

New Headphones

Headphones are one of the school supplies kids can use to express themselves. They'll wear them while studying in the library or riding the bus so they can focus or relieve stress between classes.

$16.99

Lined Notebooks

Notebooks are cute school supplies that students always need. The spiral-bound pages are easy to flip through and lightweight in a backpack. They even help with virtual classes because each subject can have a different notebook and further organize notes that assist with online tests.

$3.19

Three-Ring Binders

Students collect their loose-leaf notes in three-ring binders because they snap everything shut and keep notes safe. Find back-to-school binders that match your child's personality so they can stack everything safely in their locker without bending or crushing papers.

$16.95

Locker Decorations

Most kids love decorating their lockers when they start middle school or junior high. Add locker decorations to your school supply list so they can personalize their storage unit and feel more at home.

$14.99

New Lunch Box

Spoiled food ruins the first day of school. But a dual-compartment lunch box ensures your child's food stays fresh throughout the day by designating a special section for an ice pack. Your purchase could also start a new tradition of getting a different lunch box when the school year begins, easing your kids' nerves about beginning a new grade.

$12.99

Upgraded Backpack

It's always fun to get a new backpack. Let your kids pick one that matches their size and expresses their personality with characters, colors, or other prints.

$31.96

Colorful Markers

Young kids might need help adjusting to virtual school or having fun during in-person classes. Colorful markers are an easy way for them to relax while doodling, and they'll likely be part of daily assignments for elementary school students.

$3.49

Reusable Water Bottle

Drinking out of water fountains helps spread illnesses. Your kids can avoid flu season by carrying a reusable water bottle in their backpack. Let them pick out whichever one they want and they'll look forward to using it instead of drinking from public fountains.

$29.95

Calculator

Every teenager needs a calculator when they go back to school. A TI-89 model assists with graphing functions and lasts throughout their academic careers. You won't have to buy another one if they keep it in its case between classes.

$130.99
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This viral comic about working motherhood is so true

It's not really an even playing field.

Mothers can be found at the top of many professions, and the current generation of fathers are doing more than the dads that raised them, but we can't pretend that working mothers and working fathers are on the same playing field.

We are jumping over hurdles while the men beside us are sprinting down a clear track. This simple metaphor illustrated by a Peruvian cartoonist at La Republica captures the complex challenges faces by working mothers. Thanks to a tweet by Mumbai-based billionaire Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, the cartoon went viral and has gotten people talking about the hurdles in our lane.


Even now, in 2019, mothers in heterosexual partnerships are often seen as the default parent. We carry a heavier mental load than our male counterparts, work more hours doing unpaid labor, spend more time on childcare and have less time to care for ourselves. Research has actually found that men's leisure time increased after parenthood, while mothers see their workload at home increase.

Mahindra tweeted the image after watching his grandson for a week. "I salute every working woman & acknowledge that their successes have required a much greater amount of effort than their male counterparts," he captioned the comic.

Mahindra is right that we're putting in more effort, but we're certainly not being paid more. When men become fathers they often see their earnings increase, while many mothers get passed over for promotions and report being hit with the "motherhood penalty". And women still make $.80 to a man's dollar in America.

This isn't just bad for moms, but for the men married to us, too. According to a study published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, marriages suffer when women feel they are sacrificing their careers and doing more than their fair share for the family. "Mothers in dual-earner households experience greater parenting inequalities than do similarly-situated fathers," the researchers note.

This breeds resentment, and it can also create a situation where dads don't feel like an equal or capable parent. The solution, according to experts, is simple: We need to divide household responsibilities more evenly between partners. Only then will the playing field be level.

This cartoon didn't go viral because it's funny. It's the opposite. But it is relatable to many mothers. The good news is that we can knock down those hurdles, and investments into childcare and paid parental leave can help us do it. Being a working mother is hard, but we can do it.


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