The 16 Best Mother’s Day Gifts of 2020

Celebrate mom with special presents she’ll adore

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Our Top Picks

Best Beauty: Herbal Bathing Tea at Shaun Leon Bath and Beauty 

"This tea isn’t meant for drinking, but it contains skin-soothing ingredients to compliment any bath time."

Best Zen: Azalea Bonsai at 1800flowers

"Flowers can be a pretty predictable gift, but this bonsai tree is full of greenery and far from predictable."

Best for Wine Lovers: Wine Flight at Vinebox

"A subscription to Vinebox is the gift that keeps on giving and allows someone to try new wines."

Best Book: What My Mother Gave Me at Amazon

"This touching book shares insightful essays on the joys, trials, and ups and downs of motherhood."

Best Camera: Nikon Z 50 at Nikon

"The autofocus, lightweight design, and ability to easily connect to your phone makes this Nikon great for all levels."

Best Kitchen Gadget: George Foreman Smokeless Grill at Walmart

"The grill produces up to 85 percent less smoke and can cook 4-6 servings at once."

Best Fitness: Gaiam Yoga for Beginners at Target

"Gaiam’s kit includes all the yoga essentials, including a mat, block, strap, and hour long workout."

For the Foodie: Life of the Party Cheese Box at Carr Valley Cheese

"Encased in an adorable cow box, this cheese set features delicious cheddars and jacks."

Best Jewelry: Handmade Heart Initial Necklace at Amazon

"This handstamped initial necklace is perfect for the person who appreciates daintier jewelry."

Best Tech: Fire HD 8 Tablet at Amazon

"Mom can enjoy millions of movies, shows, songs, books, apps, and games."

There's truly no present that can thank mom for the gift of life. But if you want to buy her a Mother's Day gift, the options are pretty endless. They range from sweet and sentimental to practical. Even if your budget is limited, you can find the perfect present that's just right for her.

To help you get started, here are the best Mother's Day gifts.

Best Beauty: Herbal Bathing Tea

Shaun Leon Herbal Bathing Tea

Courtesy of Shaun Leon 

Moms take care of everyone else, so a Mother’s Day gift should take care of her. Nothing can feel more relaxing than a soothing bath, and this Shaun Leon Herbal Bathing Tea is the perfect compliment to any self care or pampering session. The mix of sea salts, soothing oatmeal, and chamomile is like bringing a bit of the spa to mom. Buy mom one or a few of these.

Best Zen: Azalea Bonsai

Azalea Bonsai Tree

Courtesy of 1-800-Flowers

The go-to gift of last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers is usually just a bouquet of flowers. It’s the equivalent of getting dad a tie for Father’s Day. Instead of being totally predictable, buy mom something a little different. This azalea bonsai tree is a beautiful addition to any home decor or even mom’s office. The deep green leaves are accented with pink blossoms that bloom twice a year. Choose from a small or large tree and you can even add in a mini wind chime.

Best for Wine Lovers: Vinebox Wine Flight

Vinebox Gift Box

Courtesy of Vinebox

Mom probably loves, and even needs, a glass of wine. Keep her stocked at all times with a subscription to Vinebox. She’ll receive a wine flight delivered to her door (choose a six month or year long subscription) with some of her favorite wines or new-to-her drinks she just might love. Gifts are sent as an e-card, so she can choose when to order the boxes and customize her selection.

Best Book: What My Mother Gave Me

Any woman with a daughter or a mother has experienced the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship. No matter how you came out on the other side, you both know that you have an unbreakable bond. This book explores that bond with essays from best-selling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, and well-known journalists who reflect on gifts their mothers gave them. Some stories are about actual objects from their mothers and others are about sacrifices their moms made and lessons they handed down about life. This book is relatable to any mom in your life. She can read it to think about the gifts she’s given her own children and the ones she can credit back to her mom.

Best Camera: Nikon Z 50

Nikon Z50 camera

Courtesy of Nikon 

Whether mom’s photography skills could use a bit of work or if she wants a new hobby, Nikon’s Z 50 is a perfect place for her to start. Unlike a lot of bulky, heavy DSLR’s, this 14 ounce camera is more compact, but without sacrificing quality photos or video. Also, it’s easy to connect the camera to a phone and share pics between the camera and a mobile device. The camera also comes with built-in filters to add special effects. Don’t be jealous when mom's photos and social media feed start to look better than yours.

Best Kitchen Gadget: George Foreman Smokeless Grill

George Foreman smokeless grill

Courtesy of Walmart

Kitchen counters can get really cluttered with bulky, sometimes unattractive, appliances. This George Foreman Contact Smokeless grill is sleek and fairly compact. It produces less smoke (great for smaller kitchens) and is suitable for 4-6 servings. The non-stick coating also means you can cook any meat or veggies without dousing them in oil or spray.

Best Fitness: Gaiam Yoga for Beginners

Gaiam Yoga for Beginners

Courtesy of Target 

Staying fit and active is usually on everyone’s list and yoga can be a great way to get the body moving. This Gaiam yoga kit is for beginners, but anyone can truly benefit from it. The kit includes a 4mm thick latex-free yoga mat, foam block, and a strap. There’s also a 60-minute workout and meditation practice.

For the Foodie: Life of the Party Cheese Box

Life of the Party cheese box

Courtesy of Carr Valley Cheese

For moms who love to entertain, or moms who just love cheese, she’ll absolutely love this option from Wisconsin’s Carr Valley Cheese. The Life of the Party set includes six masterfully created (and yummy!) Wisconsin cheeses, like hot pepper jack, medium cheddar, and sharp 1 year cheddar. Mom can enjoy this with the family or whip this out for a wine and cheese party. Also, it comes in an adorable cow box.

Best Jewelry: Handmade Heart Initial Necklace

It never hurts to buy mom jewelry on Mother’s Day. If she doesn’t like to be flashy with her accessories, this dainty heart necklace will give her the understated style she’s been looking for. Each heart is 14-karat gold, silver, or rose gold plated over brass and comes with a chosen initial or number engraved in the center. That personalized touch can represent anything you want. You can get her a few necklaces—each with her children’s initials—that she can layer over each other. Or give her a heart with her lucky number to offer her good fortune wherever she goes. The heart is a mere 7 millimeters wide, so it will never overpower her look for that day.

Best Tech: Fire HD 8 Tablet

Moms are much so more than just “Mom”—and kids can forget that sometimes. They are individuals who like to play games, learn, read, watch TV and explore their own hobbies. Make it easier for them to do all that with a new tablet. With the Fire 8 Tablet, Mom can enjoy millions of movies, shows, songs, books, apps and games. She can watch Netflix wherever she goes, surf the web from her favorite cozy spots and video chat with her kids (or grandkids) while she’s away. And with Alexa, Mom can check her calendar, play music, or ask a question on command. This light tablet is fast and the battery can last for 10 hours on a single charge.

Best Brunch: Sweet and Savory Brunch Kit

Wolferman’s Bakery Sweet and Savory Brunch set

 Courtesy of Wolferman’s Bakery 

Restaurants are usually packed on Mother’s Day, so instead of going to brunch, bring the brunch to mom. The Sweet and Savory Brunch kit from Wolferman’s Bakery comes with everything you'll need to plate a meal mom will absolutely adore. The contents feature a ready-to-bake sausage casserole, blueberry peach crisp, and sourdough English muffins. You’ll just have to heat and serve and mom can sit back and enjoy. Don’t forget the mimosas!

Best Phone Accessory: Side Slot Crossbody

Bandolier Side Slit Crossbody

Courtesy of Bandolier 

With phones getting smaller and smaller and purses getting bigger and bigger, it’s so easy to misplace a phone or find it buried at the bottom of a purse. Help mom keep tabs on her phone in a stylish way with Bandolier’s crossbody. The long straps attach to a pouch that houses a variety of iPhone models and the snap-back pocket can hold a few cards. The strap makes it easy for mom to keep a hold of her phone, but it also detaches and turns into a stand-alone case.

Best Fitness Tracker: Bellabeat Smart Jewelry Health Tracker

Fitness trackers are a great way to keep tabs on your miles, heart rate, and so many other stats. But sometimes the styles can be less than attractive. Bellabeat solved that problem with a tracker that can be worn as a jewelry. The Leaf Urban pendant that can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, or even a clip. There aren’t any screens or buttons, but the tracker syncs with the Bellabeat app to read results of activity, sleep, stress, and even reproductive health.

Best Decor: Family Pebble Portrait

Family Pebble Portrait

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

The smallest gifts can have the biggest impact. This piece of wall art incorporates seashells, pebbles, and wood to create a family portrait. Available for a family of two to seven, each piece of the recycled goods represents a family member. Mom will love the unique aspect of this piece of decor.

Best Card: Patchwork Heart Wood Love Card

Patchwork Heart Wood Love Card

Courtesy of Etsy 

You’ve probably gifted mom countless cards over the years, so if you're going to give her another one, make it truly memorable. This Etsy item really fits the bill. The card is made of wood and features laser cut outs in the shape of a heart. You can customize the back of the card by including a special message, up to 150 characters. This is one card mom will cherish forever.

Best for the Traveler: Silver Ring Necklace

Traveller Collective silver necklace

Courtesy of Traveller Collective 

For moms who love to travel and appreciate jewelry, this Traveller Collective necklace will surely make her smile. The dainty silver chain is complimented with stainless steel rings that feature the names of countries she’s visited. The necklace doesn’t come with the rings, you have to buy them separately, but start mom off with a few rings. Maybe the first country she ever visited or a destination that’s on her bucket list? The traveler in her will love watching the necklace fill up with rings.

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