Shawn Johnson East Shares the Best Mother's Day Gifts for the Mom That Has Everything
The former Olympic gymnast, Dancing With the Stars champ and mom of one shares her finds exclusively with PEOPLE
Shawn Johnson East's Mother's Day Picks
"This Mother's Day might look a little different than what we're used to, but there are still so many ways to show mamas your appreciation," the Olympic gymnast tells PEOPLE.
For her first-ever Mother's Day — she and her husband, football player Andrew East, welcomed daughter Drew Hazel in October — the gold medalist says she will be celebrating by "snuggling, having waffles in bed, taking a hike and cooking out by our fire to end the day."
The first-time mom has plenty of gift ideas to share for new parents — including products she uses herself — and items she enjoys gifting her own mom.
Custom-Engraved Cutting Board
“My mom has passed down so many family recipes to me and we have some serious family favorites. This is a super cute idea and one I think I’m going to use this year!”
Buy It! Starting at $44, etsy.com
Harry & David Ice Cream Sampler
"Do I even need to justify this one? Everyone loves a good bowl of ice cream, and sending your momma a little assortment of ice creams that say you're thinking of her really is the ice(cream) on the cake.”
Buy It! $90 for 6 pints, harryanddavid.com
CNew Mom Wine Labels
“One of my friends gifted these to me before I had Drew and I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite gifts EVER. It really makes drinking that wine even sweeter when it's saved specifically for a special occasion.”
Buy It! $10, etsy.com
Umbra Bath Caddy
“There is really nothing better than taking a nice relaxing bath after a long day...or a short day…or any day! I’ve been giving my mom little trinkets each year to help make her life a little easier since she worked so hard to give me everything. I have one of these, and it’s a game-changer. Having something to hold a glass of wine and a book while in the bath is a perfect way to show her that she deserves to take some time to relax and unwind.”
Buy It! $40, umbra.com
Lush Floating Flower Bath Bomb
"To go along with the bathtub tray and a good book, a Lush bath bomb really just completes it all. It's the perfect way to encourage your mom to take an evening to enjoy herself."
Buy It! $8, lushusa.com
Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas
“My mom always loves getting something comfy. A new robe, a nice pair of slippers, or a new set of pajamas is perfect. My favorites are the Moonlight pajamas from Nordstrom.”
Buy It! $65, nordstrom.com
Hallmark “Amazing You” Card
“I feel like handwritten notes are a bit of a lost art, and it's one of my favorite things to spoil others with," says the Hallmark brand ambassador. "Something as simple as a card and a note inside makes a world of difference and giving them to my mom is one of my favorite things — regardless of the holiday or occasion.”
Buy It! $4, hallmark.com
A Flowers Delivery
“Even something as simple as flowers can bring a smile to someone's face. It's a way to show them you care and that you love them. I always love to make my mom and my little girl feel special, so getting a bouquet to brighten up a room and their day makes all the difference in the world to me. My personal favorite is FTD Flowers — they are extremely reliable and have the most beautiful arrangements to choose from.”
Buy It! $35 and up, ftd.com
Glamquad Gift Card
“I always love spending quality time with my mom. Even if it's just to get a manicure or pedicure, it's always so special to make her feel loved and shower her with little experiences we can do together. My go-to is the Glamsquad app. It makes it so easy to book appointments.”
Buy It! Any amount; glamsquad.com
Williams Sonoma Personalized Wine Glass
“A cute little 'mom' wine glass is always the perfect way to top off a gift package to your mom. Mine has always been a sucker for having cups, mugs and glasses labeled just for her."
Buy It! $15, williams-sonoma.com
Succulent Gift Box
“Since many of us won't be able to hand-deliver flowers to our moms on their special day, mix it up and send her something unique like a succulent gift box”
Buy It! $38, etsy.com
A Gift That Gives Back
During these challenging times, Johnson East notes that gifters may want to help support other moms who are struggling, if they're able.
For those looking for a place to give, she suggests March of Dimes, a non-profit that works to improve the health of babies and mothers across the country.
"This Mother's Day, we have the downtime to really appreciate our loved ones, especially our mamas! If you want to help other rockstar mamas out there, you can donate to March of Dimes, one of my favorite charities giving back to those in need."
Donate at marchofdimes.org.