The Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas For Every Kind of Mom, According to Our Editors
Our editors share the gifts they love for the moms in their lives
For the Mom Who Loves (or Needs) to Organize
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: Is there a soul left on this earth who hasn’t had their shampoo or favorite moisturizer leak all over their suitcase while traveling? If so, their secret is probably these Cadence Capsules. The sustainably-made, refillable (not to mention très chic) TSA-compliant containers can store anything from serums to vitamins to small jewelry, and are easy to keep track of in even the messiest bag since they’re magnetic. And while we may not be on-the-move at the moment, they’re perfect for getting organized at home in the meantime — and once it’s safe to travel again, I know these will be my mom’s go-to for keeping her products safe.
Buy It! Cadence Capsule, $14 each; keepyourcadence.com
For the Mom on the Go
Andrea Wurzburger, Features Writer: No joke, I’m pretty sure my mom still uses an old-fashion pedometer. I’m looking to bring her into the 21st century this year, and a FitBit Versa Lite feels like a perfect first step. It’s user-friendly, and it’ll help my mom track her steps, sleep and heart rate. If your mom’s like mine, she’s calling you three times a day to tell you that she took another walk while social distancing, so why not encourage her a little? Plus, FitBit’s having a great Mother’s Day sale and their trackers and smart watches are $50 off through 5/9.
Buy It! FitBit Versa Lite, Orig: $159.95, Now: $129.95 thru 5/9
For the Mom Whose Fridge Is Already Covered in Photos
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: My mom has been an absolute hero (and that’s an understatement) throughout the past few months, helping me parent through the pandemic and helping my sister and I as we get ready to each have a kid in the next few weeks. Any thank-you gift I could think to give her would be incredibly inadequate. Luckily, she’s at the “just give me photos of the grandkids” stage, so I’m updating the annual print I get of our best family snaps.
Buy It! Minted “Deckled” wall art print, $35 for 8x10; minted.com
For the Mom Who Loves to Mask
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: Doing face masks together has long been one of my favorite at-home bonding activities with my mom. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is what we refer to as The Nectar of the Gods, and she’s going to be beyond delighted to try out their other best-sellers (the Hydrating Floral Mask, Purifying Mask and Clarifying Mask) in this Multi-Masking Set. Valued at $304, it’s priced at $245 — and right now, you can get 25% off orders over $100 with the code MOTHERSDAY.
Buy It! Multi-Masking Set, $245; tataharperskincare.com
For the New Mom With Places to Go
Andrea Wurzburger, Features Writer: I became an aunt for the second time this year and since I can't see my niece because of social distancing, it is within my rights as the Cool Aunt to spoil her. Sometimes, that means spoiling my sister, too! The Delta Revolve Stroller is stylish, not bulky and gives mom the option of having baby face in towards her or out towards the world. New moms will love it whether it's their first Mother's Day or they've already been around the block.
Buy It! Delta Revolve Stroller, $349.99, DeltaChildren.com
For the Mom Who Likes to Experiment in the Kitchen
Diane J. Cho, Features Editor: I must admit, I’m so tired of cooking and I’m sure my mom is too. I wanted to add some fun back into her routine by gifting her this amazing smart cooker. It’s designed to be pretty intuitive for moms out there who might not be the most tech savvy, and with cooking options like pressure cook, steam, sear/sauté and ferment, she’ll have a lot of fun experimenting with all new recipes.
Buy It! CHEF iQ Smart Cooker, $200; chefiq.com
For the Mom Worth Toasting
Mary Honkus, Food Editorial Assistant:I don’t have the opportunity to go home often, but when I do the first thing my mom and I do together is pop open a bottle of rosé. This year I’ll be surprising my mom with a bottle of Yes Way Rosé.This crisp, classic French-style wine is full of strawberry and citrus notes without being overly sweet, and is my go-to choice once the weather starts to warm up. While we can’t enjoy the springtime weather on the patio of her favorite brasserie, we can pretend to be there while sipping this wine together on her porch.
Buy It! Yes Way Rosé, $13.99; drizzly.com
For the Mom Who's Still Using Pots From Her College Days
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: One way my family and I have been staying in touch while social distancing is by sharing photos of all the food we’ve been making. It turns out my mom’s pots and pans haven’t gotten an upgrade in years, so this trendy and streamlined set from Great Jones is going to give her kitchen a long-overdue facelift. The set includes their best-selling dutch oven (The Dutchess) and a pot/pan (with universal lids!) for just about everything you could ever think of cooking.
Buy It! Great Jones Family Style Set, $395; greatjones.com
For the Mom Who Loves to Relax
Andrea Wurzburger, Features Writer: The question I had to ask myself this Mother's Day was: What do I buy my newly retired mom who is all about serious relaxation lately? The Comfy. She might laugh at you at first for buying her a very large hoodie made out of blanket material, but she won’t be laughing long. These hoodies live up to their name and she’ll be sitting on the couch, sipping some wine in her new favorite accessory in no time. I know that because I 100% “tried my mom’s on” before wrapping it for her.
Buy It! The Comfy, $39.99
For the Mom Who Needs Form & Function
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: Stars including Khloé Kardashian and Joanna Gaines love products carried by this über-chic Scandinavian-inspired baby boutique, which is why I know the moms-to-be in my life will go crazy for this sleek Jem and Bea diaper bag (that doesn’t look like a diaper bag at all). Yes, we’re celebrating her on Mother’s Day, but we’re also celebrating the stylish woman she’s always been … even if her cute clothes now are covered in spit-up.
Buy It! Jem and Bea “Jamie” bag, $184.95; scandiborn.com
For the Mom Who Needs a Nap
Mackenzie Schmidt, Home + Travel Editor: Sometimes the best gift is something mom should buy for herself but never will. Upgrading her basics (bedding, towels, plain white dishes) she’s had for years — or decades — can feel incredibly luxurious. These super-soft sheets are made of eucalyptus and Egyptian cotton, they’re breathable, earth-friendly and even wrinkle resistant.
Buy It! Core Sheet Set (2 pillowcases, one fitted, one flat sheet), $149; https://www.sweavebedding.com/
For the Mom Who Loves Skincare Tools
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: Jillian Dempsey’s famous Gold Sculpting Bar is beloved by her celebrity clients as well as moms everywhere for its magic-wand-like powers. The 24-karat-gold vibrating t-bar is the professional makeup artist’s secret weapon for instantly sculpting and contouring skin: the vibrations and sweeping movements mimic the effects of a facial massage, stimulating muscles to release tension and define the cheekbones or jawline.
Buy It! Gold Sculpting Bar, $195; jilliandempsey.com
For the Nostalgic Mom
Hannah Chubb, Home + Travel Editorial Assistant: Home is where your mom is… that’s how the saying goes, right? Homesick is a company that makes candles with scents inspired by places — whether they be cities, states, countries or “Grandma’s Kitchen” — and they have so many locations to choose from. Not only are these far more unique than your average candle (what’s better than walking down memory lane powered by smell?) they’re also some of the best I’ve ever encountered when it comes to filling a room with fragrance. These bad boys are potent in the best way possible. Canada is my all-time favorite, though I may be a little biased.
Buy It! Homesick Candle, $29.95, homesick.com
For the Mom Who Needs Her Bi-Weekly Blowout
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: Everyone’s hair is going to need a little TLC post-quarantine, and Drybar is here to help. The nationwide chain is offering Blowout Bundle Packs for Mother’s Day, with 2 blowouts for $85 (valued at $100) and 4 blowouts for $160 (valued at $200). Whether mom is someone who tends to get her hair done often or only visits the salon for a special occasion, this is a perfect gift — you’ll be supporting her self-care ritual (once it's safe to go back to salons) and your local Drybar stylists as well.
Buy It! Drybar Gift Card, 2 for $85 or 4 for $160; drybar.com
For the Mom Who Really, Really Misses Your Face
Hannah Chubb, Home + Travel Editorial Assistant: In my mind, when it comes to gifts, the more heartfelt the better. That’s why this year I’ve been going through my old photos to create some personalized gifts for my mom on Shutterfly. Not only are they perfect for the mom that has everything, but they’re also great ways to preserve memories, while still being practical. I’m currently deciding between the adorable tea towels, a photo book, wall art and a mug! (Hope you’re not reading this, Mom.)
Buy It! Personalized Gifts from Shutterfly, starting at $15, shutterfly.com
For the Mom with Too Many Flowers and Nowhere to Put Them
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: Sending flowers is an easy way to remind the maternal figures in your life that you're thinking of them on Mother's Day — and this year, I figure it’s also time to give them a classic white vase to put them in. This West Elm collection (sold individually) feels clean, timeless, and perfectly priced.
Buy It! Pure White Ceramic Vases, $9.60 - $199.20; westelm.com
For the Mom Who Loves a Clean House
Diane J. Cho, Features Editor: Now more than ever, I want to make sure my mom is outfitted with the best products to keep her healthy. This year, I’m gifting her an air purifier to help circulate cleaner air in her N.Y.C. apartment. This particular model reduces up to 99.9 percent of certain viruses, bacteria and mold spores, which will come in handy with spring allergies. The sleek design and quiet operation are added bonuses as she stays at home.
Buy It! Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier For Large Rooms (HPA200), $199.99; honeywellpluggedin.com
For the Mom in Need of a Spa Day
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: With spas closed for the time being, I’m treating my mom to an at-home facial that she can do herself with this beautifully packaged Tammy Fender double-mask kit. The set includes a detailed how-to guide for maximizing your self-care experience as well as their Cleansing Milk, Bulgarian Rose Water, Quintessential Serum, Epi-Peel Mask, Restorative Radiance Mask and Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil. As a bonus, they’re offering free shipping and two deluxe-sized samples on all orders over $85.
Buy It! Tammy FenderRestorative At-Home Facial Treatment Kit, $185; tammyfender.com
For the Mom Who Loves Flowers & Fragrance
Hannah Chubb, Home + Travel Editorial Assistant: Florist Lewis Miller is the man behind the iconic “flower flashes” in New York City — random street art installations made with flowers to surprise locals and tourists alike. Now, Lewis (also known as The Banksy of Flowers) is giving people the chance to flash their own homes with florals using his first ever candle, made to smell like wildflowers with notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Grapefruit Bark. I’m particularly obsessed with this candle because the packaging is so darn cute, and also because a portion of the proceeds go to Crossroads Homeless Shelter at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. A gift for mom that also gives back? Yes please.
Buy It! Flower Flash Candle, $68, lewismillerdesign.com
For the Mom Whose Loungewear Needs an Upgrade
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: For years now, my go-to gift has been a new pajama set for my mom. It's practical, but less pressure than picking out a full outfit for her — although I think she'll love this Lunya set so much that she'll wear it out of the house too! The machine-washable silk makes it a low-maintenace luxury that she'll be living in while working from home. I might even have to spring for a matching pair for myself.
Buy It! Lunya Washable Silk Button Down Pant Set, $258, lunya.com
For the Mom Who Misses Her Local Barista
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: The simple pleasure of a good cup of coffee is a timeless gift, but perhaps more timely now than ever. With much of the country staying at home amid the ongoing global health pandemic, being able to whip up your own latte — or the perfect espresso — from the comfort of your own kitchen has never seemed more appealing. Nespresso's Vertuo Next is a perfect fit for any counter top and makes mornings easy by brewing a range of coffees with the simple touch of a button. Bonus? They're 30% off through May 11.
Buy It! Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium & Aeroccino3 Milk Frother, usually $219, on sale for $153.30; nespresso.com
For the Mom Who Loves to Try New Wines
Sophie Dodd, Editorial Assistant: I've been slowly but surely convincing everyone I know — my mom included — to board the natural wine train for almost a year now. No additives and a lower alcohol content means less time spent nursing hangovers and more time spent enjoying the funky, fermented flavors together. Instead of gifting my mom a bottle of bubbly this year, I'm opting for the Mother's Day box from Mysa Natural Wine — it includes four bottles from various small producers, all farmed sustainably, including some orange (skin-contact) wines that I'm excited to introduce her to.
Buy It! Mysa Natural Wine Mother's Day Box, $114.95, mysa.wine