Mother's Day

24 Mother's Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

Show her that you're thinking of her this May.

April  7, 2023
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Holidays can quickly become overwhelming when you're stumped on what to give the person you're celebrating as a gift. Regardless if you want it to be something unique and personalized, practical and problem-solving, or tied to an inside joke you share, it's easy to experience decision paralysis while searching for the perfect present.

With Mother's Day quickly approaching (that's right, it's May 14), we thought we'd try to make shopping for the moms in our lives a little easier this year. Whether she's the type of person who spends hours in the garden, is known for her spicy margarita recipe, or loves a good spa day, here are 24 of our favorite products to make any mom feel loved.

For the Mom Who Loves to Garden

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1. Barebones Living Classic Leather Work Gloves, $22

If your mom has a green thumb, she might be in need of some new gardening gloves. These are made from cowhide leather, come in two spring colors, and will keep her hands protected as she rips weeds, plants bulbs, and packs potting soil.

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2. The Essential Garden Seat & Tool Kit, $98

Is the mom you're shopping for newer to the gardening scene? This essential set from Picnic Time will set her up perfectly for tending to her spring and summer blooms. Not only does it include all of the tools she'll need—a large trowel, small trowel, garden fork, cultivator, and weeder—the storage tote they come in doubles as a seat (her back will thank you).

For the mom who loves plants but struggles to keep them alive

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3. Ceramic Self-Watering Planters, $36

Just because someone loves to keep plants in their home, it doesn't necessarily mean they're great at keeping those same plants alive. If that sounds like your mom, try gifting her this self-watering planter from Greenery Unlimited. It comes in two sizes, four colors, and has a sub-irrigation system that lets the plants absorb all of the water they need from the bottom of the pot.

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4. Faux Cactus, $108 $92

If she'd rather not deal with watering plants at all, try this faux cactus from The Sill. It's realistic enough to trick people into thinking it's real without any of the upkeep a live plant requires.

For the mom whose home always smells amazing

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5. This Fresh Ceramic Square Candle, $45

The Fresh scented candle from Luxurious Essentials smells exactly like my childhood home. With notes of orange, cinnamon, vetiver, clove, and pine, it has a scent that's simultaneously light, crisp, and warm. But if you think your mom would prefer something different, don't worry: There are 16 other scents to choose from (including chardonnay, cypress, and gardenia). Another perk? These candles have a 55-hour burn time and are made from all-natural, non-toxic, gluten-free, parabens-free, and phthalate-free soy and coconut wax blends.

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6. Plant the Box Scented Candles, $30

Not only does this candle come in eight different herbal scents, each one comes in biodegradable, seed-infused packaging that lets you grow the plant the candle is inspired by.

For the mom who’s a regular at the farmers market

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7. Rattan Big Luggy Rolling Market Cart, $169 $150

No more lugging her market haul on her shoulder. Your mom can now roll up to the farmers market in style with this rattan rolling cart that's ready to be filled with all of the produce, jam, and bread she wants.

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8. Multi-Pocket Canvas Market Tote, $55+

If she prefers a classic tote, this multi-pocket bag is ideal for any kind of grocery trip or errand-filled day. It has six to eight pockets (depending on the size) and even features a strap on the outside to keep any fresh flowers she picks up safe and secure. Does she need smaller reusable bags for her produce and happen to like pops of color? Get her this fruit-printed trio from Baggu to go along with this tote (they'll fit perfectly in one of its many pockets!).

For the mom who loves a green juice

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9. ZWILLING Enfinigy Personal Blender, $170 $100

If blending a smoothie or juice is part of her morning routine, surprise her with this (on-sale!) personal blender from ZWILLING. It's small but mighty, and the blending cup can even be taken on-the-go once she twists on the attachable lid.

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10. YETI RAMBLER® 26-Ounce Stackable Cup, $35

Is your mom always out and about? This insulated 26-ounce cup with a lid and straw will keep her morning drink of choice nice and chilled, and it even fits in most cup holders.

For the mom who can’t start her day without a cup (or two) of coffee

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11. Frieling Double-Walled French Press, $100

This bright and colorful double-walled French press is a must-have for any mother who loves to brew their own coffee in the mornings. It's available in six colors, has an almost five-star rating from customers, and can be used with both ground coffee and loose-leaf tea.

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12. Fellow Carter Travel Coffee Mug, $30+

If she's someone who never has time to drink her coffee at home, this travel mug from Fellow definitely deserves a spot in her mug collection. It comes in both 12- and 16-ounce designs, five colors, and can keep her drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24.

For the mom who prefers tea

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13. Degrenne Salam Insulated Teapot, $173+

Any mom who's a tea drinker will love unwrapping this insulated teapot on Mother's Day. It comes in nine colors, will keep the tea hot for over an hour, and can hold up to six cups of her preferred tea blend.

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14. Bloom Teapot, $109

If your mom prefers a more whimsical design, this teapot from Sophie Lou Jacobson was made in collaboration with the tea brand The Qi and comes with one Shangri-La Rose tea.

For the mom who won’t pass up a spa day

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15. Mulberry Silk Bundle, $88 $64

Help your mom achieve peak rest and relaxation with this silk bundle from Brooklinen, which includes a mulberry silk sleep mask and pillowcase to help her drift off to sleep as glamorously as possible. Want to get her a full spa-like bundle? Add one of their bathrobes and these cozy, plush socks to complete the package.

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16. Lana Extra-Soft Cotton Slippers, $80

Help keep her feet warm with these extra-soft cotton slippers from Morihata International. They're made from Japanese cotton and designed to be worn year-round, regardless of the weather or season. After all, comfort should be a 24/7 thing.

For the mom who’s always trying out a new recipe

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17. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Shallow Round Dutch Oven, $290 $180

If she doesn't have a cast-iron Dutch oven yet but has always wanted one, now's your chance to beat your siblings and secure that coveted Favorite Child spot. This Le Creuset will last her decades and (lucky for you) is on sale.

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18. Beyond Measure Duo, $80 $70

Add some fun to her collection of kitchen accessories with these colorful, glass measuring cups from Great Jones.

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19. Dansk Købenstyle Baker, 135 $100+

Any casserole, cobbler, or lasagna she makes can have a new home with this Købenstyle Baker from Dansk. It's a classic kitchen piece she's bound to love.

For the mom who knows it’s five o’Clock somewhere

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20. Vinglacé Wine Bottle Cooler & Wine Glass, $140

Is she always down for a glass of wine? She'll love this insulated bottle cooler and wine glass combo. Just pop her bottle of choice into the chiller, pour into the matching insulated glasses, and cheers to having the best mom around.

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21. Mesa Acrylic Outdoor Drinkware, $39+

If your mom is someone who hosts often, there's no such thing as too much glassware. These green or clear textured acrylic cocktail glasses are fantastic options to add to her collection. Available as a set of six short tumblers, six tall tumblers, or six goblets, you can choose whichever works best for her entertaining style.

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22. Maison Balzac Pomponette Coupes, $139

Give her gimlet, martini, or Manhattan a proper home with these fun, chic coupe glasses from Maison Balzac. They're bound to catch eyes and bring her compliments at the next dinner party or cocktail hour she throws.

For the mom who swears she doesn’t need anything

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23. Fresh Flowers, $49+

If she's someone who swears she really doesn't want or need any gifts, get her some flowers. They're beautiful and show you're thinking of her without taking up long-term space or requiring any sort of use or storage. After all, it's the thought that counts, right?

Photo by Ty Mecham

24. Crystal Ripple Glass Vases, $163+

If you do get her flowers, or she's someone who often buys flowers for herself, she'll need a vase to hold them. These rippled, crystal vases are versatile, useful, and stunning enough to display on her counter, table, or shelf—even when they're empty.

What gift are you giving this Mother's Day? Let us know below!

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