25 Mother's Day gifts she actually wants
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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to treat your mom, friend who is a mom, or self-proclaimed mom friend to a special something. We’re here to save you from stress shopping and impulse buying with this curated guide of some of this year’s tried-and-true products. This year’s guide features products that we’ve tested and reviewed on our site, as well as highly-rated products from well-known sellers. Of course, these products have received the stamp of approval from mothers on our staff or our staff’s mothers. After all, your mom did give you the gift of life, so you should treat her to at least one stellar present for her special day.
1. For the mom who loves to cook: The ever-popular Instant Pot
A great multi-cooker is a kitchen essential. The Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 won us over with its efficiency, precision, and intuitiveness when we tested a range multi-cookers. Looking to spend less? The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker was chosen as the best value as its temperature and pressure can be manually adjusted and it’s nonstick inner pot makes cleanup easy.
2. For the mom who hates to cook: A deliciously easy meal kit
If your mom loves food but hates cooking or has recipe fatigue, go straight for a meal kit. Yes, there’s some cooking involved, but the step-by-step instructions and precisely measured ingredients take all the drudgery out of the process. Our favorite is Home Chef, which features high-quality ingredients and well-written recipes for a simply yummy experience at home.
3. For the on-the-go mom: A functional and fashionable bag
Every mom needs her very own Mary Poppins bag and Cuyana, a direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand, has just the one. The Cuyana Oversized Carryall Tote will fit everything from mom needs for the day: lunch, gym clothes, laptop. You name it. If you think this one isn’t quite your mom’s style, we also recommend the Madewell Transport Tote Leather Tote and Longchamp Le Pliage Large Nylon Shoulder Tote.
4. For the mom who knows hydration is key: A reliable water bottle
A quality water bottle is a gift that transcends personal interests and lifestyles. The Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Sports Water Bottle is portable, versatile, durable, and well-designed, according to our test results. The proof is in the pudding: the bottle kept ice (mostly) frozen for over 24 hours.
5. For the smoothie-loving mom: A blender that works hard
Another kitchen staple is a blender versatile enough to blend up fruit and yogurt for smoothies or grind nuts for homemade peanut butter. Regardless of what mom is making, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender won us over with its five-speed model, intuitive controls, and easability to clean. For something smaller but still effective, we recommend the Nutri-Ninja Fit Personal Blender.
6. For the multitasking mom: A robot! ...erm vacuum
If your mom has a hefty to-do list, take one more things off of her hands by getting her a robot vacuum. Based on our testing, the Eufy Robovac has great suction, navigation, and its slim design allows it to vacuum harder-to-reach places.
7. For the mom who loves sleep (every mom): A pillow that molds to her
We spend hours every night sleeping, arguably the most precious hours of the day, so we should be investing in our sleep. While testing the bed pillows, the Xtreme Comforts Pillow shined. The pillow comes “overstuffed,” but with the ability to remove the bamboo shredded memory foam. The pillow will mold around mom’s neck and spine, making her feel supported and comfortable for a good night’s sleep.
8. For mom who loves to experiment with new recipes: The Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven
A mom who loves cooking new dishes needs one trusty tool to do so, a dutch oven is the perfect addition to her kitchen. This one from Lodge won the Best Value spot during our testing for being easy to clean, affordable, and, of course, for cooking everything just right. Willing to spring for our number one favorite? We loved the Staub Round Cocotte.
9. For the mom hunting for natural cleaning supplies: A subscription of effective home essentials
Everyone wants their home to feel fresh and clean, so who would argue with a subscription box of “healthy, effective home essentials?” Mom can expect to find items like Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, method’s Antibac Bathroom Cleaner, and cozy items like a Grove-made soy candle. Order her the VIP subscription or buy individual products on Grove’s website.
10. For the Instagram mom: A pocket photo printer
Something many mothers have in common is a love for snapping hundreds of candid photos, then sitting everyone down for a viewing party. The Prynt Pocket makes it possible for your mom to hand you the candid of you eating your sandwich at lunch before you’ve even noticed she’s taken it. We love the quality photos and ability to directly connect the printer to the phone without Bluetooth.
11. For the music-loving mom: Noise cancelling and wireless headphones
No offense, but your mom may appreciate a pair of noise-cancelling, wireless headphones. Without breaking the bank, the Mixcder E7 pair is comfortable to wear over the ear and will cancel out everyday annoyances, like the hum of an air conditioner or the engine of an airplane. Whether it will cancel out sibling squabbles, though, is still TBD. If you know the wireless aspect is what mom really cares about, we suggest going for Apple’s AirPods. There’s a reason everyone has them!
12. For the mom who treasures her getting-ready routine: A light-up makeup mirror
If you know the struggle of getting ready for the day while in a poorly lit room, you know that light-up makeup mirrors are the way to go. When we tested makeup mirrors with lighting, the DeWEISN hit all the marks with three panels of mirrors, bright LED lighting, and up to three times the magnification for precision tasks like tweezing brows.
13. For the mom who needs a personal assistant: A smart speaker
Every mom deserves a personal assistant and now you can get her one in the form of an Amazon Echo Dot. The Echo Dot won our Best Value spot when we tested smart speakers because it has access to all of the standard Alexa features but at half the cost of an echo.
14. For the scent-sensitive mom: An essential oil diffuser
An essential oil diffuser is a simple addition to any room but makes a big difference in quality and coziness. We love this one from InnoGear because it is intuitive to use and can run continuously for seven to nine hours before needing a water refill. Also stock up on a pack of essential oils so mom can choose the scent of the room.
15. For the jet-setting mom: Sturdy luggage
Quality luggage is important for everyone to have, but it’s a necessity for someone who loves to travel. If that’s your mom, we suggest investing in Away’s The Carry-On. The suitcase has an ejectable charger for her phone and will not only be TSA-approved, but mom-approved.
16. For the fit mom: An MVP fitness watch
Is mom training for a marathon or hoping to be more exercise conscious? The Fitbit Charge 3 out-performed the others during our Fitbit testing. The tracker has an interchangeable band, waterproof screen, long battery life, and a sleek look.
17. For the mom who loves a blowout: A salon-quality blowdryer
A gift like this is an investment, but you know what they say: look good, feel good. This tool won best of the bunch during our hair dryer testing because it promises a smooth, sleek blowout with a speedy dry time. Bonus? It’s compact and has a long cord, which makes it perfect for traveling.
18. For the mom who appreciates comfort: Soft slippers to sink her feet into
Slippers are often the first thing you slip on in the morning and last thing you take off before hopping into bed at night. When it comes to finding the right pair for mom, you’ll want ones with a durable bottom and plush inside to keep her feet cozy and warm. Lined with shearling, this pair from UGG will keep her feet warm and allow her to walk outside with a durable rubber sole and water-resistant suede.
19. For the mom who loves beauty products: A beauty subscription box
Whether your mom is a beauty product pro or hoping to learn about some cult-favorite products, the Play! by Sephora subscription is perfect for her. The beauty box rose through the ranks for us because of the high-quality samples and attention to detail when it comes to matching products to the subscriber’s preferences and interests.
20. For the curious mom: A DNA kit
What better way to celebrate mom than to prove she’s your mom with a DNA kit? We tested AncestryDNA and found it to be simple to use and thorough in results. You can find out mom’s heritage about two to three weeks after testing.
21. For the mom who’s always cold: A plush fleece robe
For my mom, who is always cold, a plush robe is a must-have. This fleece one from Richie House is an Amazon bestseller and comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose mom’s favorite color. One of our editors has owned this robe for more than two years and highly recommends.
22. For the mom who is exploring Hygge: A candle to warm up her space
Candles are always a great idea. Introduce your mom to hygge, the Scandinavian concept of coziness, and then treat her to some starter pack items, like this stylish candle from Anthropologie.
23. For the mom who prefers a bath over a shower: A bath bomb set to take her baths up a notch
For a mom, bathing may be synonymous with relaxing. It’s a time of day focused just on her. To enhance that experience, we suggest giving mom a set of bath bombs to enjoy while soaking in the tub. This top-rated set from Amazon will fill the bath with fun colors and fizz without staining the tub.
24. For the mom who loves plants: A terrarium kit she can customize
Terrariums are the new floral arrangement and this kit has everything mom needs to make her own. This one from Amazon has a 4.6 star rating and even comes with the glass container so mom can start making her miniature garden without a trip the craft store.
25. For the mom with a sweet tooth: A gift basket of snacks and treats
There is never a wrong time to buy someone a sweet treat. Choose from a variety of savory and sweet Mother's Day gift baskets from Harry&David that feature healthy sweets like pears and decadent ones like truffles. Another option is the Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, a top-rated pick from Amazon. If you’re lucky, mom will share.
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