Though you never need a holiday to show your mom love, there’s something rewarding about finding the best Mother’s Day gifts to brighten her day. And if distance or circumstances keep you apart this May 14, a gift can mean that much more. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your mother, stepmom, grandma, mother-in-law, sister, wife, or any other mother figure in your life, we’ve got unique gift ideas for the pickiest of people.
Luckily, there are many ways to spoil your mama beyond sending a store-bought card. We’ve got you covered for gift ideas for all types of moms, including everyone from foodies to fitness enthusiasts; new moms to matriarchs; and people who prioritize practicality to those who could use pampering. Below, we’ve gathered our top recs from retailers like Amazon, Minted, Etsy, Nordstrom, and more. We recommend ordering sooner rather than later so your gift arrives in time for the big day.
Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
The key to pleasing any parent is making their life a little more relaxed and streamlined—which is why these mom gifts are such standouts. If they never drink their morning coffee quickly enough, a smart mug will keep it at their preferred temperature. A sleek weekender bag can replace their bulky tote bag when they’re traveling, while a SELF-editor favorite weighted sleep mask or heated neck massager will become go-tos at the end of a long day. And the person who always seems to be up and padding around the house could use a pair of best-selling Ugg slippers.
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Best Mother’s Day Gifts on Amazon
Aside from the fact that gifts from Amazon will be delivered right to their door (in little time, if you’re a Prime member), there’s also a diverse range of unique gifts for moms, including a water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite for beach reading, a stone bath mat that dries within seconds, a water bottle that contains a storage compartment for essentials, and a garden bench that converts into a padded kneeler. The avid (or amateur!) birder can check off new species from their home with a window bird feeder, and for extra comfort, why not gift them one of our favorite weighted blankets, which they can drape over themself while they watch?
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Best Gifts for Grandmas for Mother’s Day
When it comes to the best gifts for the OG mother figure of the family, something meaningful is always a great choice. Customize a set of magnets with family photos, present them with a book that contains all of the New York Times front pages on a date that’s special to them, or set up a digital picture frame that you can update via app.
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Best Gifts for Mothers-in-Law for Mother’s Day
It’s never a bad idea to send your MIL a little something to show her you’re thinking of her, too. If they love to cook, consider an indoor garden they can set on their countertop for easy access to fresh herbs—or maybe an all-in-one Always Pan that’s as stylish as it is multifunctional. Add sparkle to their ears with a pair of gorgeous studs, or send a crowd-pleasing gift basket stuffed with cheeses, pears, wine, and cookies. Bonus points if you throw in a pretty picnic blanket.
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Best Gifts for New Moms for Mother’s Day
So many gifts for new moms are actually intended for the baby, but Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to bring the focus back to the parent. Give them something they’ll want to use everyday—like a cozy robe or jumpsuit, a calming aroma diffuser, or a coffee gift subscription that delivers fresh beans to their door (just one less thing to worry about).
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Best Wellness Gifts for Mother’s Day
While many gifts fall under the umbrella of wellness, some of our favorites for moms include ones they might never splurge on themselves. Treat them to a mulberry silk pillowcase and sleep mask that’s soft on skin and hair, or a gift card for a spa day in their zip code. Go the techie route with a SELF award–winning Theragun massage gun or an Apple Watch that tracks sleep, workouts, health stats like blood oxygen and heart rate (and lets them text you from their wrist).
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Best Fitness Gifts for Mother’s Day
Upgrade your mom’s barre classes, hikes, or long walks with a pair of cushy SELF award–winning Hoka sneakers, a water bottle that doubles as a foam roller, a versatile Lululemon belt bag, or a set of stylish resistance weights.
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Most Useful Gifts for Mother’s Day
For the mom who truly has everything, you have to get creative. The most useful gifts are clever in design (like a credit card-sized multitool that packs in scissors, a pen, and a nail file); tackle a need they didn’t know they had (a keychain that ensures their Apple Watch stays charged on the go); or just make life a little easier and enjoyable (which is where a tush-pampering bidet comes in!).
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Best Mother’s Day Subscription Gifts
Not only does a subscription gift make an excellent last-minute Mother’s Day present (because its gift card is usually emailed), but there are also boxes and services for all tastes. You can choose from clothing subscriptions like Stitch Fix, meal kits like Home Chef, and even Japanese snack boxes like Bokksu. If none of these appeal, a flower delivery service such as UrbanStems is a classic choice.
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