When searching for the best gift for mom, it's not about how much you spend; rather, it's about finding something that shows just how much you love and appreciate her. For example, buy the coffee-obsessed mom a new roast she's never tried, or the fitness junkie a new class at the boutique gym that just opened in her town.
Consider your mom's interests when shopping, as well as what will be functional and useful in her daily life. You want to ensure your gift gets put to good use or evokes sentimentality or nostalgia, so she'll cherish it forever.
To help with your search, we spent hours searching for the best gift options for every mom, considering sentimentality, usefulness, and value.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Birthstone Wine Glass
For a unique spin on birthstone jewelry, consider these cool, handmade wine glasses. Each glass is crafted from hand-blown glass to represent each month's special stone. Buy a full set to match her birth month, or get one (or more) to match each of her children’s birth months. The unique barware, each of which holds approximately 12 ounces, is sure to become a regular favorite that the whole family can enjoy together.
Price at time of publish: $50
Pottery Barn Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vases
Gift mom a beautiful vase (or four) that will add elegance to her home decor. These vases from Pottery Barn are made from recycled glass for a sustainable gift option and come in five sizes, crafted to fit any budget. The simple glass design complements any decor style your mom prefers. Add in a bouquet of your mom's favorite flowers for a gift for any occasion.
Price at time of publish: $30+
More Birds Purple Glass Nectar Hummingbird Feeder
Add this beautiful hummingbird feeder to mom's outdoor space for serene mornings spent birdwatching. The vintage-inspired amethyst bottle livens up any deck or patio and includes five metal flower-feeding ports in polished red. We love that the feeder assembles and disassembles in three pieces for easy cleaning and filling. Hummingbirds can stop by to eat and rest on the metal perch, delighting kids and adults alike.
Price at time of publish: $21
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote
Every mom needs a big, sturdy tote for beach trips, grocery hauls, or eco-friendly shopping trips. This open-top tote from L.L. Bean comes in four sizes, seven colorways, and two strap-length options to fit her tastes and lifestyle. For instance, opt for a medium option to double as a diaper bag for new or expecting moms. You can even add a monogram for a personalized touch.
Price at time of publish: $35
Drowsy Silk Sleep Mask
Ensure mom gets a good night's sleep every time with this effective sleep mask from Drowsy. With sound-muffling properties, extensive, soft padding, and an adjustable non-slip strap, this mask guarantees mom falls asleep quickly and stays asleep. Plus, the 100 percent mulberry silk construction protects your hair and skin while you sleep so you can wake up feeling and looking refreshed and revived.
Price at time of publish: $79
HAFLINGER Unisex AT Wool Hard Sole Slippers
Make mom feel like the queen she is with a pair of luxurious slippers. These slippers from Haflinger come with arch support and are designed to keep your feet at the right temperature despite the weather, making them perfect for year-long use. We loved that you can wear these slippers indoors or outdoors but noted that it might take a few days to break them in. After that initial period, mom will feel like she's walking on clouds.
Price at time of publish: $80+
Zojirushi 12-Oz. Stainless Steel Mug
Working moms who need a constant source of caffeine will love a stylish and functional travel mug that doesn't break the bank. Perfect for commuters or moms always on the go, the Zojirushi Stainless Mug keeps beverages hot or cold for hours with vacuum-sealed installation. Choose from two sizes and seven colors to fit her busy lifestyle.
Price at time of publish: $29
Allswell Vanilla Tonka Noir Candle
When sticking to a tight budget or running out of ideas, you can never go wrong with a scented candle. This pick from Allswell transports mom to another world with vanilla bean and smoked incense paired with patchouli, vetiver, and creamy notes of Tonka, a species of flowering tree in the pea family. Choose from two sizes to fit your budget and be sure to let mom know that this pick comes with a no-residue label. This way, she can upcycle the packaging after burning all the wax to store crystals, jewelry, or food items (after a good wash).
Price at time of publish: $14
Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
If mom’s house has always been the favored gathering place, give the hostess this show-stopping cheese platter. It’s so pretty that she might just put it on display 24/7, opting to use it as a perch for a small coffee table vignette, complete with candles and greenery. Though white is a timeless choice, Anthropologie offers four other brilliant shades to suit any decor style.
Price at time of publish: $78
Olive & Cocoa Plant of the Month Club
A bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture, but think about how blown away she’ll be when she realizes she’ll get a brand new plant in a terracotta pot every month for the duration of your choosing. Don’t worry if she’s a beginner plant parent: Mom will also get detailed care instructions with every shipment to walk her through the entire process.
Price at time of publish: $64
CaitlynMinimalist Custom Handwriting Bracelet
For a truly unique and custom gift, scrawl a meaningful phrase (or her name) onto a piece of paper and send it to this jewelry maker to support small artisans. Like magic, the Etsy shop CaitlynMinimalist turns it into a personalized bracelet your mom is sure to cherish for many years to come. You can choose from sterling silver, gold, or rose gold in eight sizes to ensure your gift is a perfect fit.
Price at time of publish: $26+
Rosepops Three's a Charm
Rather than gifting mom fresh flowers that last a few days, opt for Rosepop roses which last a full year on mom's desk, coffee table, or countertop. This Three's a Charm set features three real roses that you can customize with a specific box, color, and message. Choose mom's favorite color or match her bedroom decor for a personalized present she can treasure for 365 days.
Price at time of publish: $85
Marpac Yogasleep Dohm Classic The Original White Sound Machine
A white noise sound machine might be the deciding factor in if your mom gets a good night's sleep or not. First-time moms might need a little extra help falling asleep at night, making this a perfect gift for them or their children to ensure the whole family gets the rest they need. This option is highly rated and comes in many colors. Plus, it is adjustable to find the perfect sound for you.
Price at time of publish: $48
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
An Amazon Echo Dot will quickly become any stay-at-home mom's best friend. She can check the weather, set reminders and timers, read the news, play music, and even adjust the thermostat if combined with other smart home devices. Moms can even connect with friends and family who have the Alexa app or Echo device, making this a perfect tech gadget she can use every day.
Price at time of publish: $40
La Maison du Chocolat Flavored Truffle Gift Box 13 Pieces
When in doubt, satisfy mom's sweet tooth with a box of gourmet chocolate truffles. This 13-piece gift box from La Maison du Chocolat features three iconic flavors: plain pure chocolate truffles, toffee caramel truffles with vanilla, and a touch of Guérande salt, plus fruit pulp truffles with blackcurrant pepper.
Price at time of publish: $50
Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
For the mom who has everything, gift her something you can do together. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to challenge yourself and spend time with loved ones. This one from The New York Times stands out because it displays the front page of whatever date you choose, whether it's her birthday, wedding date, or the birthdates of her children.
Price at time of publish: $55+
Carepeutic Back Rest Bed Lounger with Heated Shiatsu Massage
Gift the gift of relaxation with heated massager moms can enjoy from the comfort of her bed. Whether she works from home, stays at home with the kids, or comes home every day looking for ways to unwind, this massager can be set up in your ideal position and includes a helpful reading light for late-night use. This is also a great option for active moms who need extra R&R for tired muscles.
Price at time of publish: $155
Magic Linen Luni Linen Pajama Set
Help mom feel cute and cozy at nighttime with a new pair of pajamas from Magic Linen. The two-piece set features drawstring shorts and an oversized short-sleeve tee. Made from breathable linen, mom stays cool throughout the night. The linen proves super soft on the skin, and the set comes in two neutral and attractive colors. This effortless set looks put together with minimal effort without sacrificing comfort.
Price at time of publish: $87
Smeg 50's Retro Style Electric Hand Mixer
Elevate mom's baking game with a retro hand mixer. Smeg's products have a vintage appeal and come in a wide range of attractive colors. The mixer includes nine speeds and a smooth start to minimize splashing for easily mixing cake batters, cookie dough, and more. This pick comes with six attachments for mixing different consistencies and an accessory bag to keep everything organized.
Price at time of publish: $180
Fitbit Versa 3
For active moms or those looking to get back into health and fitness, a smart tracker may just be the perfect present. The Fitbit Versa 3 keeps track of mom's steps, heart rate, fitness levels, and more. She can even make phone calls and check texts right from her wrists, which is ideal for busy moms on the go. Set alarms, check the weather, and play music from this all-in-one smartwatch.
Price at time of publish: $230
Courant Classics Catch Valet Tray & Wireless Charging Station
Gift a functional and stylish charging station with Courant. The Catch 3 features the brand's single-device wireless technology to charge your phone, watch, or headphones wirelessly. The other half features a catch-all tray for keeping glasses, jewelry, beauty products, and more organized on your bedside table or entryway.
Price at time of publish: $175
Harry & David Waffle Brunch Gift Box
An easy to way to help out or spoil busy moms is to take away one of their many responsibilities for the day. Cover breakfast or lunch one day with this waffle brunch gift box from Harry & David. This gift contains eight waffles in various delicious flavors, two loaf cakes, maple syrup, preserves, and coffee and tea to drink. Simply heat up the waffles for an easy and delicious Sunday brunch.
Price at time of publish: $100
Kate Spade Heart of Gold Idiom Bangle
For the gentlest, kindest woman you know, here's a dainty bangle with a hidden message she’ll hold close. The inside reads: "heart of gold." If you happen to be shopping last minute, this bangle is typically available for same-day pickup and even includes a complimentary gifting service.
Price at time of publish: $38
Maker Celebration Sparkling Wine Pack
For the mom that loves relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine, switch out her normal favorite for a can of sparkling wine from Maker. The woman-owned canned wine company features classic flavors in a nontraditional, but still delicious, way. This celebration pack features three cans each of sparkling rosé and sauvignon blanc, along with two glasses for sharing. This way, mom can try out two classic wines and pour out a little for friends and family too.
Price at time of publish: $55
Uncommon Goods Head-to-Toe Home Spa Gift Set
Though a great and ultra-relaxing gift for any busy mom, this gift set is particularly well-suited for new moms who likely don’t have much time to schedule spa appointments outside of the home. The bundle comes with five all-natural bath and body products, including lavender shea butter cream, lavender body scrub, a clay face mask, eucalyptus foot salts, and eucalyptus foot cream. Spoil your mom with self-care items she will be sure to indulge in for days to come.
Price at time of publish: $54
Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Happy
Cream blush offers a beautiful hue to the cheeks with minimal effort on days when mom feels like wearing makeup or not. This pick from Rare Beauty, founded by Selena Gomez, comes in a universally appealing pink and features a helpful applicator to place your blush on the apples of your cheeks. Simply blend it in with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge on top of foundation.
Price at time of publish: $23
Lucy's Market Rialto Coupe Glass
Spice up mom's bar cart or glassware collection with this colorful collection from Lucy's Market. Inspired by the defining arches that adorn Venice’s most iconic bridge, the Rialto coupe glasses come in four shapes and 14 colors, from serving anything from wine and champagne to water and lemonade. Match mom's kitchen decor or mix and match for a colorful set for a functional gift that mom may not purchase for herself.
Price at time of publish: $37
Dainty Layers Paw Print Necklace
For the pet parent who takes their job just as seriously as any other mom (and for good reason), this one's a sentimental gift that’s sure to please. Have their pet’s paw print engraved on a pendant in one of three metals—silver, rose gold, or gold-filled—in one of nine different lengths. For an extra-special touch, you can also have the back engraved with a name or a short, personalized message.
Price at time of publish: $46+
Coach Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag
If you have a bit more dough to spend, spoil mom with a designer purchase that she can reach for day after day. The adorable Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag from Coach features iconic leather with a snap closure, along with an interior pocket and removable strap for wearing as a crossbody or shoulder bag. We love that the colors really make this bag stand out. From pistachio green to candy pink and bright lime, mom will definitely turn heads with her unique, yet functional, new bag.
Price at time of publish: $395
Rothy’s Mary Jane Flats
Though undoubtedly sweet, this gift is a functional one, too. Crafted from repurposed water bottles, this pretty pair of flats proves ultra-soft and comfortable, molding to her foot for just the right fit. What’s more, they’re fully machine-washable, so all she needs to do when they get dirty is toss them in a cold cycle.
Price at time of publish: $159
The Sculpt Society Subscription
If mom favors at-home workouts, gift her this fan-favorite subscription that promotes positive feelings while moving and exercising. The Sculpt Society features everything from dance cardio to sculpting and full-body workouts. The site features calendars to follow based on your fitness level, no matter if you are a beginner or a professional. It even has programs specifically for pre- and postpartum mamas.
Price at time of publish: $240
Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker
For the moms whose kitchen is their favorite room in the house, gift them a kitchen appliance that does it all. Instant Pots are the perfect gifts for the cooking enthusiast, foodies, or busy moms who need a quick and easy way to prepare their favorite food for the family every night. With an Instant Pot, mom has a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, food warmer, sous vide, and sterilizer all in one for trying out new recipes. Plus, they're easy to clean.
Price at time of publish: $130
Olive & June The Mani System
Gift mom everything she needs to create a beautiful manicure at home without the high cost or trip to the salon. This kit includes a polish of your choice, a poppy polishing tool, a floral pouch, cuticle serum, nail buffer, polish remover, and more. Customize this kit with one color or six to match mom's personal style. Maybe even offer to do mom's nails for her as part of a birthday spa day.
Price at time of publish: $55+
Women Making History
For the woman you admire most, consider an inspiring coffee table book celebrating the brave women who dared to stand for equal rights. The 87-page collection of New York Times articles and photos begins with the Equal Rights Convention in 1866 and ends with the Time's Up movement in 2018.
Price at time of publish: $54
KitchenAid Brushed Stainless Steel Cold Brew Coffee Maker
This appliance is like an at-home brew kit, but much better since it churns out her daily fuel in no time at all. Simply combine coffee concentrate with your favorite milk or just water and ice. She can make her coffee ahead of time and keep up to 38 ounces of coffee fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks for stress-free mornings. The built-in stainless steel tap turns any countertop or fridge into a coffee bar and makes pouring your glass easy and quick.
Price at time of publish: $140
Quince Organic Turkish Waffle Robe
Help mom feel chic in even her most relaxed moments—during a TV binge or a leisurely breakfast—with this sleek but super soft and comfortable robe. Made from 100 percent cotton, it’s breathable, lightweight, and drapes beautifully. Another bonus: we love that the robe's quality and softness were not affected by washing, ensuring mom will enjoy this robe time and time again.
Price at time of publish: $50
Little Words Project Custom Bracelet
Personalize a modern and trendy bracelet for mom this year that she can add to her everyday jewelry collection. This pick from Little Words Project comes in 24 colors and styles and can say anything you want, from "Mama" or "Grandma." We love that there are different size options and you can even add a birthstone charm for an additional cost.
Price at time of publish: $30
Serene House Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Whether she’s all-in on essential oils or hasn’t yet experimented with the all-natural fragrance, she’s bound to love this functional piece of home decor. This essential oil diffuser has a sophisticated, neutral design that will blend in with any range of aesthetics. Best of all, it uses ultrasonic vibrations to emit a cool, fragrant mist that's sure to help her relax after a long day, making it the perfect gift for overworked moms who need a break.
Price at time of publish: $60
Lollia Petite Treats Hand Cream Gift Set
Treat the most hardworking woman you know to something that soothes tired, chapped hands. It’s an especially great gift for any mother who washes her hands frequently—like a nurse or a new mom. The set comes with six nourishing hand creams in sweet scents. And as a bonus, the gorgeous floral packaging looks great on any countertop.
Price at time of publish: $55
Venus Et Fleur Sweet & Spicy Gift Basket
For the mom who can't choose between sweet and spicy, give her the best of both worlds with this gift basket from Venus Et Fleur. Inside, she'll find a Le Mini Round Eternity Rose Arrangement from Venus Et Fleur in the color of her choice, along with rose syrup, rose confit, TRUFF truffle hot sauce, and a 6-piece chocolate bourbon set.
Price at time of publish: $298
Packed with Purpose Relax & Recharge
Certified B Corporation, Packed with Purpose, makes an impact on women's empowerment, sustainability, youth development, and more, thanks to the brand's impact partners. For moms, we love the relax and recharge gift box. It comes with everything mom needs to unwind at home, including an adult coloring book, a batch sachet, an essential oil roll-on, a handcrafted soy candle, and more.
Price at time of publish: $75
Tata Harper Dry Body Bush
Dry brushing is said to unclog pores and increase circulation and lymph drainage in the body. Add this crucial step to mom's body care routine with this dual massage and dry brush from Tata Harper. Use it to exfoliate in the shower, massage tired muscles, or decrease the appearance of cellulite through massage. Mom can personalize her experience with the dual-sided brush to target exactly what her skin needs, leaving her with smooth and glowing skin.
Price at time of publish: $20
Other Great Gift Ideas
Some nontraditional gifting ideas we love for mom include a DIY at-home spa day complete with handmade face masks and manicures. If you have a high budget, consider setting mom up with a new luggage set. If you're really open when it comes to budget, add on a plane ticket to a destination she's always wanted to visit. Remember, it doesn't take a lot of money to show you care. A handwritten message is always a great option, as is spending some quality time together.
Tips on Choosing a Gift for Mom
Consider what types of interests your mom has. She may have something she's passionate about or has spoken about wanting to pursue. Taking the time to think about what she enjoys and spends her time investing in can give some strong indicators of what kind of gift to buy her. Whether it's a long-held interest or something she's been excited to try, getting her a gift based on her interests shows you listen and care. For example, if mom loves gardening or taking care of new plants, consider a plant subscription from Olive & Cocoa.
Price can play a significant factor here, and keeping in mind your budget will likely determine what kind of gift you will purchase. However, a gift's price doesn't necessarily dictate its value or the amount of use your mom will get out of the gift—that will depend on the durability and how the item can be integrated into her life. Both factors should be taken into account before making a final decision.
Choosing gifts for your mom can be challenging at times, but sticking with the same old gift every year can be a bit disappointing. Getting creative with your gift can say a lot about the time and effort you spent. If your mother is sentimental, consider adding personal touches to your present that convey the sentiment you want to send her. For example, customizing something with her initials (think: a custom bracelet from Little Words Project) or adding family photos can go a long way.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce, covering toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more.
Expert advice was provided by Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert, author, and founder of of The Protocol School of Texas.