Even though social-distancing imperatives will likely extend into May due to the coronavirus and in-person Mother’s Day brunches and celebrations are going to be on hold, we think that now more than ever, mothers deserve a day (or, dare we say, much longer) of appreciation for their work and love. We’re here to help you do that, with a list of all our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas. Below, all of our suggestions for thoughtful mom gifts, including things that may not be mom-specific but would surely be highly appreciated right now, from a (new and clean) “buttery soft” pair of pajamas, to the alarm clock that will wake her up with a sunrise even on the most sleep-deprived of mornings.
One word of caution: If you want items delivered on time we suggest that you start shopping now. Stock at even the largest of retailers is constantly changing due to an increase in online-shopping demand, and going out to buy something last minute is less than likely right now. We’ll continue to update this page as we get closer to Sunday, May 10.
Best gifts for every type of mom
We imagine that just about every type of mom is spending a little more time than usual in her pajamas right now, so maybe she could use an upgrade to this “buttery soft” pair from Eberjey, a perennial Strategist favorite. A couple of stylish women have described them as “insanely soft, and wrinkle free,” and “great for padding around at home,” which is just about all we’re doing these days.
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More Mother’s Day gifts for every type of mom
Whether your mom has a green thumb, or just likes pasta al funghi, this kit will enable all types of moms to grow organic mushrooms at home in ten days. Plus, for the mothers who are more focused on hand-washing and vacuuming right now, this kit means one less item to grab at the grocery store.
Best Mother’s Day flowers
We think a cheery bouquet to bring the outside in would be much appreciated by any type of mom. Since you won’t be able to deliver them in person, we found the best curated bouquets that you can order online, including this vibrant, Vogue–editor-curated bunch with an Edwardian-inspired vase, which is sure to add a touch of grandeur to any kitchen table.
Best Mother’s Day gifts under $30
A thoughtful present doesn’t need to break the bank, which is why we’ve rounded up the best Mother’s Day gifts under $30. If your mom might appreciate a bit more hygge right now, or is cooking a bit more than usual, try this surprisingly stylish porcelain egg cooker–slash–cup that Cheryl Strayed says makes the “most exquisite eggs.”
Best Mother’s Day gifts (that do good, too)
While we think that one way to do good this Mother’s Day is to give directly to a charity, we’ve also rounded up some gifts that give back, like an apron that benefits the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, a pink tee that contributes $99 to Every Mother Counts, and this pair of Rihanna-beloved cat-eyed frames from Raen, where 20 percent of every sale goes to the GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund.
Best Mother’s Day cards
Hallmark Funny Pop Up Mother’s Day Card with Song
No matter what gift you give your mom, you’ll want to include a Mother’s Day card, especially since you likely won’t be able to tell her how much you care in person. We found a bunch of options that aren’t too sickeningly sweet, like this funny, singing card for the mom who loves her cat as much as her children. Plus, they’re all available on Amazon.
Best Mother’s Day gifts from teens
Margaret Preston Botanical Bridge Set
Since you can’t swing by the mall to buy mom a gift this year, we’ve rounded up delightful gifts for mom on a teen-friendly budget, including a bunch of under-$50 picks for bagel-loving and cross-stitching moms alike. Until your mom’s bridge club meets again, we think she could teach you how to play with this deck of cards, which are emblazoned with artwork from Australian textile artist Margaret Preston.
Best tech-y Mother’s Day gift
Whether your mom is a serious tech nerd or still trying to figure out her smart TV, we found the best tech gadgets under $50 that’ll help make mom’s life easier — from streaming devices to keep her busy during self-isolation to blue-light-blocking reading glasses if she’s working from home. For the mom who’s constantly misplacing her keys (and isn’t necessarily tech-savvy), the Tile Sticker will stick to and keep track of nearly anything with a simple bluetooth-powered smartphone app, so if something does get misplaced, she’ll only have to open the app to track it down.
Best beauty gift for mom
To help you find the best addition to mom’s beauty rotation, Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton rounded up her favorite beauty go-tos, from an exfoliating dry brush to a rich, unscented body cream, that even the pickiest of moms would be excited to use. And if she’s looking to ditch the blowdryer-induced hot flash this summer, we think this “life-changing,” Strategist-approved hair turban, which works for all hair types and dries hair faster than a standard cotton towel, would make a thoughtful and functional gift.
Best gift for new moms
Crocs Classic Vacay Vibes Clog – Strawberry
To help moms with newborns feel a little less harried this Mother’s Day, we found the best pampering, relaxing, and de-stressing gifts for new moms, including these comfortable, easy-to-clean, and actually cute Crocs, which will make hours (or days) of standing feel more bearable.
Best food gifts for every type of mom
Murray’s Mother’s Day Sampler
Even if your customary Mother’s Day brunch is canceled, you can still show your mom some love with food by sending her one of the best food gifts that we’ve rounded up. We’ve considered moms of all taste preferences, including moms with a sweet tooth, moms who prefer pizza (whether it’s from Brooklyn or Chicago), or moms who like to snack — in which case we think this six-cheese sampler would pair well with crackers, fruit, or wine.
Best gift for sleep-deprived moms
Writer Liz Krieger calls this wake-up-light alarm clock from Philips her “own private sunrise.” It eases her awake in the morning by mimicking the rising sun, “providing a slow, gentle progression from a barely-there golden glow to a bright, everything’s-gonna-be-all-right white light, steadfastly streaming just a few inches away from my head every morning, no matter what’s happening outside my window.”
Best cashmere sweater for mom
Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection Classic Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
“It’s not the sexiest or most thrilling gift by any means, but it’s my absolute favorite,” writes Rebecca Ramsey of this two-ply cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus. In fact, she loves this sweater so much, she’s asked for it seven years in a row, as if you needed any more proof that it would make an excellent gift.
Best Mother’s Day gift for wives
Manduka ProLite Yoga and Pilates Mat
No matter how long you’ve been together, finding the right Mother’s Day gift for your wife can be daunting— especially now that you can’t shop around town. So we put together a list of the very best gifts that you can order online for your wife, from breakfast-enthusiasts to herb-garden-growers. If she’s been taking yoga classes via Zoom, this cushy, top-rated yoga mat in a soothing mauve will give her a little more cushion during her daily savasana.
Best Mother’s Day gift for mother-in-laws
Since you won’t be able to shop for your mother-in-law IRL this year, we found the best, not-too-sweet gifts that you can order from Amazon, that any kind of mother-in-law, from face-maskers to museumgoers, would be happy to receive. If she’s been showcasing her quarantine bakes on Instagram, for instance, we think this spring-appropriate, milk-glass cake stand would make a stylish addition to her kitchen counter.