If you want to spoil your mom with a Mother's Day gift, the options are endless, even if you're workig with a limited budget. "It's more about the sentiment and the thought, rather than the dollar amount," says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert, author, and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.
We researched the best gift options for moms, considering functionality, timelessness, and sentimentality. Our list includes stress-free beauty products from Saie, a cozy cotton robe from Parachute, and the best-selling Instant Pot, perfect for moms who want to cut down on time in the kitchen.
Here are the best Mother's Day gift ideas for and every mom.
Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven
Some would advise against gifting a kitchen appliance for Mother's Day, but whether your mom loves to try viral TikTok recipes or wants to simplify dinner prep, an air fryer is a must-have. This one from Instant Pot combines the best features of an air fryer with those found in countertop ovens, including a dip tray, 10-quart capacity, and a rotating cooking basket.
Price at time of publish: $150
Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35
Whether mom loves trying new products or is always on the search for simple "no-makeup makeup" for everyday use, the Saie Slip Tint checks all her boxes. The lightweight formula boasts SPF 35, hyaluronic acid, licorice root, and pansy flower to brighten, hydrate, and protect the skin. The Saie website offers a helpful shade finder to match her perfectly from the 14 options.
Price at time of publish: $36
1-800 Flowers One of a Kind Bouquet
Gift your one-of-a-kind mom with a bouquet of flowers that celebrates her unique style. With 1-800-Flowers, local artisans use the freshest flowers in their shops to arrange a beautiful piece that mom will love. Simply choose the size, and the florists do the rest of the work for you.
Price at time of publish: $100
Minted Emberley Custom Heart Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles can be a fun activity, whether played solo or with the family, and this one doubles as a keepsake. Minted’s completed 252-piece heart puzzle reveals a personalized family photo that you can upload onto their website. The puzzle pieces even arrive inside a drawstring pouch and a keepsake box. Also, every purchase of this gift supports Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Price at time of publish: $42
Causebox Subscription Box
Everything about this box feels intentional—and that’s precisely how it’s designed. From the artsy box design to the responsibly-sourced products tucked inside, this bundle serves as the definition of "feel-good." Mom will love discovering new and useful items, which can range from up-cycled napkins to exercise bands and sleep sprays.
Price at time of publish: $55 annually
Uncommon Goods Just For Mom Succulent Garden
Add a touch of life to any space with a mini succulent garden designed just for mom. The low-maintenance garden proves perfect for beginner plant moms and lives in an adorable pink ceramic bowl. A wooden sign that reads "mom" with a heart marks the gift as hers to care for and love.
Price at time of publish: $72
Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
Some robes are so plush and cozy, it’s hard to take them off. She’ll love wrapping up in this 100 percent Turkish cotton robe from Parachute. The length hits just below the knees so she can nestle her hands in the deep side pockets. Also, it comes in a variety of colors to fit her taste.
Price at time of publish: $109
Air & Anchor Cool Mom Status Adjustable Necklace
Remind mom just how cool she is with this adorable necklace from Air & Anchor. The vintage gold or silver chain features modern blue beads and classic pearls with the words "cool mom" strung across. Air & Anchor uses ethically sourced materials constructed right in the US.
HereafterLA Patchwork Heart Wood Card
If you're going to give mom another card this year, make it memorable. This Etsy item really fits the bill—the wooden card features laser cut-outs in the shape of a heart. You can customize the back of the card by including a special message at up to 150 characters for a card mom will cherish forever.
Price at time of publish: $15 without a custom message
Mud Pie Floral Tea-For-One Set
If your mom or grandma loves tea, they will flip over this adorable teacup and teapot set from Mud Pie. The hand-painted ceramic teapot fits perfectly on top of the adorable cup to make a stackable pair.
Price at time of publish: $32
CaitlynMinimalist Custom Handwriting Bracelet
Nothing beats a personalized, sentimental gift, and this Etsy bracelet does just that while being affordable. Simply upload an image of a word or phrase, and it will be replicated using your actual penmanship. Choose between sterling silver, 18k gold, or rose gold finishes. You can select the length of the bracelet too.
Price at time of publish: $37
igourmet Martha Stewart White Wine Cheese Pairing Collection
This curated Martha Stewart collection from IGourmet features the guru's favorite cheeses and delicacies to compliment her favorite chardonnay or pinot grigio. The selection includes four cheeses, crackers, and apricot orange jam for a delicious spread.
Price at time of publish: $70
Wolferman's Bakery Sweet and Savory Brunch
Instead of actually 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!
Price at time of publish: $90
Rifle Paper Co. Super Mom Porcelain Mug
This porcelain pick from Rifle Paper Co. features illustrations of moms fittingly adorned with capes that read "Super Mom," because all moms deserve that title. The mug features a gold plated handle and comes in a variety of other styles.
Price at time of publish: $22
Vinebox Wine Flight
Mom probably loves, and definitely deserves, a good 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 via e-card, so she can choose when to order the boxes and customize her selection.
Price at time of publish: $78 for a six-pack
Prima Bath Gem Unwind & Recover Set
Help mom relax and unwind after busy days (especially new moms) with a restorative bath soak set from Prima. Drop the bath gems into warm water to ease stress and sooth tired muscles. Each gem comes infused with lavender and eucalyptus to melt the day away and smell amazing. Give a recurring gift by subscribing, so mom remains stocked for her nightly baths.
Price at time of publish: $33
Garmin Lily, Small GPS Smartwatch
Some fitness trackers and smartwatches are functional, but they're not always fashionable, and can even be quite bulky. However, Garmin's Lily watch has a slim band with a large face that's easily readable. The watch tracks workouts, steps taken, stress levels, hydration, and so much more. The leather or silicone bands are durable, and the battery lasts up to five days.
Price at time of publish: $200
Monos Travel Metro Sling Bag
Moms on the go need the perfect bag to fit all of their essentials without weighing them down. Luckily, the Metro Sling Bag from Monos Travel does just that with a sleek, modern design. The crossbody bag keeps your wallet, keys, chapstick, and headphones organized via internal pockets and a carabiner. Wear it around your waist to relieve pressure off your shoulders or across your chest for a chic, hands-free design. Choose water-repellant nylon or trendy leather in seven neutral colors.
Price at time of publish: $75
What My Mother Gave Me: 31 Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most
Any woman with a daughter or mother has experienced the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship. 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 or lessons they learned.
Price at time of publish: $16 for paperback
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
Make mom's life easier and help her feel beautiful with this one-step hair dryer and volumizer from Revlon. The brush design makes it so easy to achieve salon-style blowouts from home with tons of body and bounce. Replace an old hair dryer with this helpful tool that can transform her morning routines, save time, and make her feel more confident before heading to the office or the drop-off line at school.
Price at time of publish: $40
Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses
You’ve probably bought mom a few bouquets of flowers, but nothing like these from Venus Et Fleur. Their eternity roses are picked at their peak and then treated so they last a full year. The Large Square option comes in a black or white box, and you can choose mom's preferred color of flowers.
Price at time of publish: $399
Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
Gone are the days of diaper bags that lack all sense of style. This option from Dagne Dover just looks like a chic backpack, but the zippered pockets and pouches keep baby essentials at hand, and even include a small changing mat. The bag easily clips to a stroller, and mom can even slip her tablet into one of the internal compartments, making this a perfect Mother's Day gift for new or expecting moms.
Price at time of publish: $195
BaubleBar Alpha Pisa Bracelet
For an affordable jewelry gift that feels high-end and personalized, look to BaubleBar's Alpha Pisa Bracelet. The weighty gold beads look classy and expensive yet are versatile to stack with other arm candy. Choose mom's initial for a colorful letter hanging right at the center to honor her first name, last name, or even the name of her child. This piece won't break the bank and transfers easily from day to night looks.
Price at time of publish: $28
Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle
If you’re going to gift mom a kitchen-related item, it should be from a solid brand like Le Creuset. Moms who love beginning or ending their day with a cup of tea will flip for this kettle. It comes in fun colors like deep teal and flame (a bold orange hue) or even classic white. The heat-resistant handle has an ergonomic shape, and the whistle sound will be music to her tea-loving ears.
Price at time of publish: $115
Merit Flush Balm
Cream blushes have become a staple in everyone's beauty routine recently, and for good reason. The Flush Balm from Merit rolls on the cheeks smoothly and evenly, and requires just a bit of blending with a brush or your fingers for the perfect hue distribution. Whether wearing foundation or not, the Flush Balm adds the perfect bit of pink to look awake and flushed on the day-to-day. Choose from five tones to fit any skin tone for a stress-free makeup product that's completely fool-proof.
Price at time of publish: $28
Brooklyn Candle Studio Soap Bundle
There’s no doubt mom needs and deserves some major relaxation (especially first-time moms), so encourage that with this trio of soaps from Brooklyn Candle Studio. The products are free from dyes, synthetic fragrances, or parabens and contains skin soothing ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and shea butter.
Price at time of publish: $50
Hydroflask 10 oz Wine Tumbler
Keep her favorite beverages, alcoholic or not, cold for hours on end with a tumbler from Hydroflask. The TempShield technology features a double vacuum-insulated wall to keep wine or water cold for hours. Perfect for hanging by the pool, bringing to the park for picnics, or packing for hiking or camping, this functional gift comes in multiple fun colors to fit her taste and lifestyle.
Price at time of publish: $25
Maven Made Skincare Bundle
Skin is the body’s largest organ, so help your busy mom take care of hers with these bundles from Maven Made. Choose between one of three sets, Sleep, Skincare, or Feel Better, each of which contains two to three products. These range from a room spray, to a matcha sugar scrub, and an immunity-boosting roll-on. All of the products are made in small batches and contain organic ingredients.
Price at time of publish: $38
Gourmet Gift Baskets Happy Mother’s Day Berries
For moms with a sweet tooth, there is no better gift than chocolate. This gift from Gourmet Gift Baskets features juicy, ripe strawberries bathed in Belgian chocolate for the perfect Mother's Day dessert. The decorations include pink and white drizzled frosting, and even three berries spelling out "Mom."
Price at time of publish: $50
Trade Coffee Gift Subscription
For moms who need a jolt of java on the regular, Trade’s coffee subscription should be sure to satisfy her. She’ll simply take a quiz that assesses her likes and dislikes, and then she’ll receive a selection from one of the more than 400 roasters. She can even choose her grind setting and delivery frequency.
Price at time of publish: $120
Kamik The Sadie Flip Sandal
The outdoorsy mom in your life deserves a new pair of comfortable sandals to test out this summer on vacations, weekend getaways, or just around the backyard. These attractive leather sandals from Kamik feature a cushion insole and an adjustable strap for maximum comfort. Even better, Kamik only uses sustainable leather from gold-rated tanneries, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Price at time of publish: $90
Petite Boutique Store A Tiny Heart Initial Necklace
If she doesn’t like to be flashy with her accessories, this affordable dainty heart necklace gives her the understated style she’s been looking for. Each 14-karat heart in gold, silver, or rose gold-plated over brass comes with a chosen initial or number engraved in the center. 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.
Price at time of publish: $19
Shutterfly Whimsical Recipe Book
Store treasured family recipes in a customized recipe book from Shutterfly. You can personalize the cover with family photos of mom in the kitchen with loved ones for an extra-personal touch. Choose the size, cover type, and page type that fits you space and your budget, then choose from hundreds of customizations to fit your recipes and stories inside.
Price at time of publish: $26
Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat
Help mom relax with a heated massage pillow that can be used on any part of the body, perfect for active or busy moms after a long day. Secure it to a chair or bring in the car for on the go for a deep Shiatsu massage she can use day after day.
Price at time of publish: $85
The 7 Virtues Peace Perfume Discovery Set
Help mom discover her signature scent with a perfume discovery set from The 7 Virtues. All of the essential oils are ethically sourced from Haiti, Afghanistan, Rwanda, India, Egypt and Madagascar and all the proceeds from the purchase go to providing employment in communities experiencing war and strife. With this gift set, mom gets to test seven scents, ranging from lavender and vanilla to pear and blackberry, before splurging on a full size bottle.
Price at time of publish: $29
Fishers Finery Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
The benefits of silk pillowcases are plentiful. They are super smooth and comfortable to sleep on, and perfect for new moms who could use a bit more luxury when sleep becomes scarce. They also reduce friction on your skin and hair to prevent bedhead or pimples. This one from Fishers Finery has combines high quality with a reasonable price—just take not to hand wash this item to ensure its longevity.
Price at time of publish: $50
Weezie Hair Towel
The gentle microfiber material dries your hair significantly faster than air-drying while preventing breaks or damage. The back button keeps your hair in place so you can get dressed or do other chores around the house without getting your neck and back wet. The best part—you can personalize this pick with mom's initials and her favorite color for a custom touch.
Price at time of publish: $34
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
An Amazon Echo Dot is an affordable and super helpful tech gadget for mom. Mom can ask Alexa to play music, read the news, set reminders or alarms, or even turn on the lights with compatible smart home devices. We love that the multi-functional smart speaker is compact for small spaces.
Price at time of publish: $40
Gaiam Yoga Beginners Kit
Yoga can be a great way to get the body moving for those looking to stay fit and active. Anyone can truly benefit from this Gaiam yoga kit, designed for beginners. The kit includes a 4 millimeter thick latex-free yoga mat, foam block, and strap. There’s also a 60-minute workout and meditation practice.
Price at time of publish: $30
Uncommon Goods Family Pebble Portrait
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.
Price at time of publish: $110
Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool
A gua sha is a face lifting tool commonly practiced in traditional Chinese medicine to have a firming and lifting effect on the skin. The small tool can also reduce puffiness and fluid build-up, relieve tension, and aid in circulation. An Asian female-owned brand, Mount Lair provides specific instructions on how to use your gua sha on their site, so mom can give herself a mini facial with her own favorite face oil.
Price at time of publish: $28
FLOWER by Drew Blue Light Computer Glasses
For the mom that works from home for loves scrolling on her phone or tablet, give a gift that will protect her eyes while looking stylish. This adorable circular pair comes from Drew Barrymore's Flower line with non-prescription lenses that block blue light from screens, which can cause retinal damage over time and even affect your sleep.
Price at time of publish: $20
West Elm Deco Handle Large Tray
Serve mom breakfast in bed on her special day with this wooden tray from West Elm. It comes in two sizes and has handles for easy carrying. Moms who love hosting can create beautiful charcuterie boards or keep this on their bar cart for easily serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvre. The simple rustic design doubles as a timeless decor piece when not in use.
Price at time of publish: $80
State Bags Bensen Toiletry Kit
A great toiletries bag is a must-have for those who love to travel, whether for an international vacation or a weekend getaway to visit a friend. Moms will love the convenience of this pic from State Bags that includes three compartments, a collapsible hanger top, a removable snap-off pouch, a zippered mesh compartment, and more.
Price at time of publish: $65
InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Pamper mom with an essential oil diffuser with different oils promoting relaxation, concentration, or sleepiness. With seven different light colors, this choice doubles as a night light for a new baby's room, perfect for first time mom's late-night feedings. Add in some lavender for a soothing experience for you and your little one.
Price at time of publish: $20
What to Look for in a Mother's Day Gift
According to Gottsman, moms care less about how much you spend on their gift than they do about how much thought went into it—and we agree. Mother's Day gifts don't need to be over-the-top or extravagant: it's more important that they carry meaning. From family photo frames to heartfelt notes, don't forget about the personal touches that tap into your appreciation for mom. With these gifts, keep in mind that sentimentality trumps all.
Moms love to cherish gifts that come from their children and loved ones, so think about the timelessness and durability of the item. Whether she can she hang it up as a new permanent piece of decor or treasure it daily for years to come, these factors go a long way.
While we want to treat our moms to something special (perhaps even luxurious) for Mother's Day, think about whether or not she will actually use it. Moms get a lot of enjoyment out of items they know they'll put to use, rather than storing them away or having to find a place for them. For example, new moms may appreciate something ultra-functional like a new diaper bag, while others may enjoy a more indulgent self-care gift like a bath set or skincare bundle.
Do I get my partner's mom a Mother's Day gift?
Gottsman shares that is not obligatory to get your partner's mom a gift on Mother's Day. "However, if you were close or share a personal relationship and would like to do something special, by all means feel free to do so," she continues. "It will make an impact that she will remember."
Should I get my wife a Mother' Day gift?
"If your wife is a mother, either with your children, or even children that you don't have together, don’t forget to get her a gift and a card," says Gottsman.
Do I get an expecting mother a Mother's Day gift?
There is no official rule when it comes to purchasing a gift for an expecting mother on Mother's Day. Gottsman says, "If it’s your wife or someone close and you want to show your love, it’s a nice gesture." A great gift for an expecting mother can be something self-care related to help her relax.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.
Expert advice was provided by Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert, author, and founder of of The Protocol School of Texas.