20 Mother's Day gifts moms actually want
The sweetest way to thank your mom.
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Shopping for your mom can be tough—usually, she’ll say something about how she doesn’t need a gift, but this woman literally gave you life and Mother’s Day is a perfect time to thank her for all that she’s done. Moms can be quite picky too, honestly, and often times give you no direction whatsoever. To help you out this year, we rounded up some of the best Mother’s Day gifts that she’ll actually enjoy. From tech products to stylish accessories, there’s something out there for every mom (that will fit into every budget).
1. A gorgeous and sustainable bouquet
Flowers are classic for Mother’s Day, but instead of gifting her a bouquet from the grocery store, you should give her some that are farm-fresh and sustainable. Plus, if you forgot to get her anything ahead of time or live far away, these can be delivered same-day too.
2. A subscription box filled with beauty goodies
Any mom who loves beauty products deserves a beauty subscription box. The Play! by Sephora beauty subscription box is our favorite because it’s customizable and includes luxury products. Plus, it’s only $10 a month, so you can splurge on a few boxes for her.
3. A Kindle for the avid reader
Even if she already has a Kindle, you might as well gift Mom with the latest and greatest version and load it with a few popular novels. The Paperwhite is the best Kindle out there, and she’ll surely get good use out of it. If she doesn't need a new Kindle, but loves to read, you can treat her to a Kindle Unlimited subscription, which includes a free 30-day trial and only costs $10/month after that.
4. Speakers for a dancing queen
If your mom loves jamming while she’s cooking or throwing her own solo dance parties, a speaker with great sound is a winning gift. These high-end wireless speakers from Sonos connect through Bluetooth and you can pair multiple together to create the ultimate home audio system. They also work with Amazon Alexa, making it easier for Mom to listen to her favorite songs on-demand.
5. A hair dryer that’s better than the salon
Let’s face it, us ladies can take a while to get ready. Make Mom's get-ready ritual even easier with the best hair dryer we’ve ever tested. The Harry Josh will give the thickest of hair a great blow out in a little more than 20 minutes, and its sweet mint color is extra charming.
6. A diffuser for endless good scents
Essential oils not only smell good but many people claim they can also improve sleep, lift moods, and boost energy. Treat your mom to spa-like scents with our favorite essential oil diffuser, which lasts up to nine hours and has seven fun colors. Make it a complete gift with amazing essential oils.
7. New recipes for the novice chef
Save your mom the trouble of deciding what’s for dinner by getting her a meal kit subscription. There are plenty to choose from depending on her food preference and culinary skill, but our favorite was Green Chef.
8. A smart speaker to help her enter the future
Smart speakers are becoming a staple in most modern homes. There are a bunch of smart assistants to choose from, but Google Home has the best search functionality, so your mom can ask it instead of coming to you with every little question.
9. A pressure cooker for the stressed-out cook
The Instant Pot is still the hottest cult favorite kitchen gadget—and with good reason. It’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and more, making it the ultimate cooking machine. If your mom doesn’t have one yet, get her one. Whether or not she's a whiz in the kitchen, the whole family will be glad you got her one.
10. A robot vacuum to clean up for Mom
Your mom probably hates constantly cleaning the house, because who actually likes it? Gift her with a robot vacuum—like our favorite affordable model—to do the dirty work for her and cross off one chore on the list.
11. Cozy slippers to wear around the house
You really can’t go wrong with gifting Mom a pair of UGG Dakota slippers. They have a 5-star rating and over 2,000 reviews on Nordstrom, and they are literally the softest things to walk around in. Plus, they have rubber soles, so your mom can wear them at home or out and about.
12. A stylish candle that smells amazing
Candles are always a good gift, despite being a little cliché. They smell good and add a nice touch of ambiance. Capri Blue are makes quite possibly the best-smelling and best-looking candles around. The Volcano scent caught our eye for its fresh, tropical notes that smell like a summer vaction.
13. A photo collage that’s filled with memories
A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not give your mom a collage full of memories? This customizable heart-shaped photo collage art from Minted allows you to curate the most beloved family photos that your mom will absolutely adore.
14. A stylish bag that holds everything
Moms somehow always have exactly what you need at all times whether its a Band-Aid, Chapstick, tissues, or a snack. Sound like your mom? Gift her with a gorgeous bag that's big enough to fit all of her necessities.
15. A fitness tracker to help with her health goals
Counting your steps can be fun, and fitness trackers provide extra encouragement to help reach health goals big and small. The Fitbit Charge 2 is the best fitness tracker we’ve ever tested and thanks to the interchangable banda, it’s super stylish too.
16. An ergonomic garden set for her outdoor hobby
Gardening is a wonderful way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and stay active, but it can also be tough on hands. This ergonomic garden set has every tool she’ll need and comes in a cute bag to easily move around the garden.
17. A new way to chef up dinner
Your mom can channel her inner professional chef with an immersion circulator, a device that allows you to cook sous vide—the process of cooking meat in a temperature-controlled bath of water. This one from Anova is our favorite immersion circulator because it’s the most accurate one we’ve tested, and you can easily control it with a smartphone app.
18. Stylish sunnies to take to brunch
Moms of any age will love these cat eye sunglasses with rose gold lenses for a chic touch. They're the perfect accessory to wear during Mother's Day brunch or while she's out and about running errands.
19. A mug for an awesome mom
Whether she’s a coffee or tea drinker, your mom is a pretty awesome lady. Help remind her of that with a kitschy mug she can use each morning and will think about you (and your great gift getting skills) in the process.
20. The best photo printer to make memories last
Give Mom's phone photos a chance to shine with the best portable photo printer we’ve ever tested. She can print out photos directly from her iPhone without having to send them to her computer first. Bonus points if you print out some of her favorite photos beforehand.
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