The 16 Best Mother’s Day Gifts of 2021

Celebrate mom with special presents she’ll adore

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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.

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These flowers last up to a year and are sure to make a statement wherever they’re displayed.
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This wood card features a heart-shaped laser cut out and a personalized message on the back.
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This puzzle isn’t just a fun family activity, but also a personalized keepsake.
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This smartwatch seamlessly combines fashion and function and has a long battery life.
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Each product in this colorfully designed box is ethically and sustainably made.
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This is one robe you’ll want to lounge in all day or night. Or from day to night.
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This kit makes it easy to prep a delicious brunch that everyone will enjoy.
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Choose your favorite word or even a phrase and have that turned into a custom handwriting bracelet mom will cherish forever.
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Carrying baby essentials just got much chicer with this compact backpack that also includes a small changing mat and pouches.
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A subscription to Vinebox is the gift that keeps on giving and allows someone to try new wines.
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Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses

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 the color of the flowers can even be chosen, like red, rose gold, black, or even rainbow.

HereafterLA Patchwork Heart Wood Card

Patchwork Heart Wood Card

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.

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Minted The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Puzzles can be a fun activity, whether solo or with the family, and this one is actually a keepsake. Minted’s completed heart puzzle reveals a beautiful family photo. Upload your favorite pic and choose 12, 60, or 252 puzzle pieces. Even the packaging is great, with the puzzle pieces arriving inside a drawstring pouch and a keepsake box.

Garmin Lily, Small GPS Smartwatch

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, but 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 can last up to five days.

Causebox Subscription Box

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 is the definition of feel-good. Mom will love discovering new and useful items, which can range from upcycled napkins to exercise bands to sleep sprays.

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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

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 and she can nestle her hands into the deep side pockets. 

Wolferman's Bakery Sweet and Savory Brunch

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!

CaitlynMinimalist Custom Handwriting Bracelet

Custom Handwriting Bracelet

Nothing beats a personalized, sentimental gift and this Etsy bracelet is just that and it’s really affordable. The custom handwriting bracelet allows you to upload a written image of a word or phrase and it will be replicated using your actual penmanship. Choose between sterling silver, 18k, or rose gold and you can even select the length of the bracelet.

Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

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 includes a small changing mat. The bag easily clips to a stroller and mom can even slip her tablet into one of the internal compartments.

Vinebox Wine Flight

Wine Flight

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.

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

What My Mother Gave Me

Any woman with a daughter or a 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 and lessons they handed down about life.

Whether mom’s photography skills could use a bit of work or if she wants a new hobby, Nikon’s Z50 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 a mobile device. The camera also comes with built-in filters to add special effects.

Maven Made Skincare Bundle

Maven Made skincare bundle

Skin is the body’s largest organ, so help mom take care of hers with these bundles from Maven Made. Choose between one of three sets, Sleep, Skincare, or Feel Better, which each contain two to three products. These range from a room spray to a matcha sugar scrub to an immunity-boosting roll-on. All of the products are made in small batches and contain organic ingredients.

Trade Gift Coffee Subscription

Trade Gift Coffee 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 of every one to six weeks.

Le Creuset Whistling Tea Kettle

Kettle

If you’re going to gift mom a kitchen related item, it should be from a solid brand like Le Creuset. And mom’s 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 opt for classic white. The heat resistant handle is also ergonomic and the whistle sound will be music to her tea-loving ears.

Brooklyn Candle Studio Soap Bundle

Soap Bundle

There’s no doubt mom needs and deserves some major relaxation. A great way to encourage that is 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. This soap bundle is great on its own or as a part of a self care kit.

What to Look for in a Mother's Day Gift

Sentimentality

Moms care less about how much you spend on their gift than they do about how much thought went into it. Mother's Day gifts don't need to be over-the-top or extravagant, it's more important that they are meaningful. 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.  

Timelessness

Moms love to cherish gifts that come from their children and loved ones, so think about the timelessness and longevity of the item. Can she hang it up as a new permanent piece of decor? Is it something she'll use for years to come? These factors go a long way in truly treasured Mother's Day gifts. 

Functionality

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. Think about each mom's personality and lifestyle, then get a gift that matches her needs. 

FAQ
  • When is Mother's Day?

    In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. That means that the exact date changes year-to-year, but Mother’s Day 2022 will be on Sunday, May 8th. 


  • Why do we celebrate Mother's Day?

    Mother’s Day is an annual celebration of maternal bonds—be that with a mother, sister, grandmother, or mother-like figure. It is celebrated throughout the world during different parts of the year. Think of Mother’s Day as a designated time to commemorate motherhood as a whole and honor the selflessness of these individuals and all they do. 

  • When did Mother's Day start?

    Though the origins of a celebration of motherhood can be traced back to Ancient Greece, our modern idea of Mother’s Day started in May of 1907. It was started by a woman named Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her late mother—a community activist who had organized women’s groups to promote female friendship and health. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday and it has been celebrated annually ever since. 

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional reporting was done by Mackenzie Dunn, a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, HelloGiggles, Real Simple, MyDomaine, and more.

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