After talking to a number of moms about what they typically get for Mother’s Day, we discovered a major problem with how we honor mothers on this very important holiday. Too many women receive gifts that reflect archaic notions of what their household role is rather than items that speak to their actual interests—the ones beyond doing chores, raising children, or being a wife.
Sure, a blender, a crockpot, and a portable changing table are all useful, but they can be viewed as borderline offensive when given as presents. These items scream: “Make me dinner!” and “Change my diaper!”
This Mother’s Day, we’re skipping the products that don’t constitute proper gifts (sorry, vacuum cleaners and diaper bags!), to bring you a list of things that celebrate who mom is rather than enhancing the stereotypical role mothers are often expected to play in our lives.
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The queen of the household deserves to have a sleeping arrangement fit for a queen, too. A silk pillowcase and sleeping mask are a good place to start. Sure the fabric has a lovely sheen, but it does a lot more than simply look pretty on a bed spread. Silk material can provide anti-aging benefits, stop friction-induced hair damage, and keep the hair or skin products she puts on at night from soaking into the bed—letting her skin reap the benefits, not her sheets.
Slip Beauty Sleep Collection Gift Set, $119, Dermstore
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If mom seems to acquire a taste for something new every time she steps off her return flight, Try the World subscription box is a golden gift. Each month, she’ll be able to explore the flavors of a new country through artisan foods and ingredients she can cook with if she fancies.
Try the World Countries Subscription Box, $39, Try the World
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Booking accommodation always drains your travel budget. Whether she’s indulging in an international trip or taking herself on a staycation, treat mom with a unique, luxury, or cozy oasis. Airbnbs go far beyond your basic hotel. Seashell-shaped homes, treehouses, and desert ranches are just a few of the places she can experience through this platform. Airbnb also has an experiences section now, so she can take a cooking class in Italy, do yoga with goats on the West Coast, or explore the art scene around the Big Apple.
Airbnb Gift Card, $20 and up, Giftcards.com
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Mom deserves a break, and a suitcase is a perfect gift for ensuring she’ll take a well-deserved trip to relax and recoup. This suitcase comes in three sizes that meet almost all airlines’ luggage size restrictions and are available in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find mom’s favorite shade. They also feature a secure locking system and a removable battery she can use to charge her phone, tablet, or e-book reader while she’s jetsetting.
Away Luggage, Starting at $225, AwayContinue to 5 of 19 below.
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You can help her release all the tension that comes with being a mom, or just a human in general, with the art of shiatsu. This back and neck massager will melt away stress and pain, and she doesn’t have to leave the house every time she needs knots worked out.
Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, $50, Amazon
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We know quite a few moms who are still rocking out to their CD players and speakers of decades past. We’re all for throwback sound systems, but mom deserves to listen to music on the highest quality speakers, whether she’s relaxing, working, or having friends over. This speaker also hooks up to Alexa if she has an Amazon Echo or Dot.
Sonos Play:1 Smart Speakers, $149, Amazon
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Let mom escape to the tropics each time she makes a cocktail with this modern tropical drinks book. A glass of wine is always a surefire way to relax, but if her drink evokes the vibes of Hawaii or the Carribbean Islands, unwinding will feel a whole lot better. She’ll be whipping up so many variations of piña coladas, Mai Tais, and margaritas that happy hour might just be moved to her house.
Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, $20, Amazon
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The site where she stays on top of her connections and work experience also doubles as an online class platform. For the mom who’s always searching to learn something new and improve her skills, LinkedIn Learning is a great gift idea. A subscription gives her access to thousands of classes on everything from starting and managing her own business to brushing up on her writing and grammar skills.
LinkedIn Learning Subscription, Monthly Starting at $30, LinkedInContinue to 9 of 19 below.
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That canvas tote she’s been using for years deserves an upgrade. Gift her with a bag that she’ll most likely never treat herself to. This one will keep her looking stylish and keep her work items in check. She’ll look forward to waking up and heading out the door in the morning with a bag this chic.
The Day Market Tote, $175, Everlane
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Whether she works from home or heads into an office each day, headphones can be the difference between focus and frustration. Help her cancel out noise and feel productive with a luxe pair of headphones that not only look good, but work even better.
Kreafunk aHead Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $60, Goop
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All bookworms dream of having an unlimited library right at their fingertips. If mom falls under this category, a Kindle and a Kindle Unlimited subscription will be coveted gifts. While nothing beats the feeling of a physical book, the portability of a Kindle makes traveling for vacation or work so much easier. She won’t need to sacrifice her extra shoes or sweater to make space for a couple of books.
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Arts and crafts may be a budding hobby or perhaps she’s hoping to turn her passion into a side hustle—either way, Skillshare offers an incredible array of classes. She can learn the basics of becoming a modern calligrapher or simply learn how to paint a succulent with watercolors. They’re all online so she can take them at her own pace. You can purchase a subscription gift card and she'll have access to all classes, including a library of free ones.
Skillshare Classes, Starting at $36 for 3 Months, Skillshare
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Sometimes we forget mom is human too, and had a life before kids. This gift is a sweet, nostalgic reminder of the years before she took on her parental title. Find photos from when she was in school, at college, or traveling with friends and see if you can find the exact year the photo was taken. These coasters have different frames you can choose from, such as an instant camera picture frame that allow for the year and the location to be printed beneath the photo. She’ll love remembering those times and will probably have quite a few funny stories to share when she’s having her morning coffee or evening glass of wine.
Photo Coasters, $10, Shutterfly
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If mom is a fan of sharing photos, but not on a public social media platform, Ibi is a good bet. It takes away social media and any need for using the iCloud. It’s a photo-storing device that keeps photos in the hands of the people who cherish them most. Mom can use an app to manage all of her photos through Ibi and send them to the family members and friends she wants to share with. She can sort photos by date or keyword, share them on a private wall, and make her own galleries.
Ibi, $180, Ibi
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Her children can stay near and dear to her heart, literally, with this necklace. The sterling silver vertical pendant can be customized to have each of her kids’ birthstones featured. It’s a lovely piece of statement jewelry that symbolizes something meaningful without being cheesy. While this gift definitely highlights her role as a mother, it’s a gift that’s for her, not what’s expected of her.
Birthstone Necklace, Starting at $55, Things RememberedContinue to 17 of 19 below.
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Detoxifying Bath Set
This isn’t your typical set of bubble bath soaps. After a long day or tough workout, the salts that come in this set will help her muscles relax and body detox as she soaks. Post-bath, the body butter will restore her skin’s moisture. There’s a sea sponge included, too, that serves as an exfoliator. She can buff away dead skin cells and improve blood circulation all in one bathroom session.
The Organic Bath Co. Experience, $50, Follain
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It only takes one box to help her balance all aspects of her wellness. Whether it’s a great new moisturizer, an amazing fitness accessory, or a supplement to strengthen her immune system, she’ll get the full size version each month in her Fab Fit Fun subscription. Not to mention, her membership includes access to online workout classes and member product sales.
FabFitFun Box, $50, FabFitFun
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The mom in your life might run marathons every month or maybe she’s into counting her steps each day, either way a smart watch like the Fitbit supports her in reaching her fitness goals. She can track her health stats like heart rate and sleeping patterns, learn new exercise routines, and even partake in guided breathing practices all with one device.
Fitbit Inspire, $100, Fitbit