Mother's Day Gifts She'll Love
Treat your woman of the year (or someone who deserves the honor) to one of these special gifts. She'll be all smiles this Mother's Day and beyond.
She gave you the world, which is hard to top. But a thoughtful, well-crafted Mother's Day gift will shower her with love—and style. Celebrated on the second Sunday in May, Mother's Day is the time to thank the moms in your life for all that they do. The tradition, by some estimates, dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Modern-day festivities were born out of the abolitionist and suffrage movements of the 19th century, when women came together to promote world peace and reconciliation between those divided by the Civil War. The day was originally celebrated by wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one's mother or attending church services. By 1912, many states, towns, and churches had adopted Mother's Day as an annual holiday, and in 1914 the government signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
Though many modern moms would say they prefer either a break from the routine of motherhood, a (future) experience like a day at the spa, or a good night's sleep, having something special to unwrap alongside it would be welcomed, no doubt, especially after the trials and tribulations of the past year, which limited the amount of time you spent with her. There's never been a better time, then, to show her how much she means to you with a little special something.
Whether your mom is super stylish, likes making things grow, or is the woman who already has everything, we've got just the right gift ideas to put a smile on her face and help say thank you for who she is and all she does, this Mother's Day and beyond. Here, our top picks for the ultimate Mother's Day present.
Pocket-Sized Jane Austen Books
A Jane Austen-sized novel she can take anywhere (this set is pocket-sized!)—now, she'll be just like the characters in her favorite books, toting a beloved book wherever she goes.
Shop Now: Macmillan Collector's Library The Jane Austen Collection, $67, amazon.com.
Surprise Mom with these asymmetric earrings—which feature a crumpled gold vermeil dangle earring and a pearl drop earring made from ceramic beads, freshwater, and baroque pearls—so she has a fun new accessory to wear to her next formal event.
Shop Now: Completedworks "Crumple" Gold Vermeil, Pearl, and Ceramic Earrings, $355.85, completedworks.com.
A tulip pattern brings a playful note to this silver frame, inlaid with soft gold detailing. It's perfect for a vintage photo of you and Mom.
Shop Now: Framebridge "Archer" Frame, from $70, framebridge.com.
Eberjey Pajama Set
Give Mom a pair of new pajamas and you're essentially giving her the gift of comfort and relaxation. Made from a blend of TENCEL™ Modal, this set feels soft and cool to the touch, wear and after.
Shop Now: Eberjey "Gisele" Long PJ Set, $120, eberjey.com.
Caviar Gift Box
Ariel Arce, a celebrated sommelier and the owner of Tokyo Record Bar, Air's Champagne Parlor, Niche Niche, and Special Club, recently launched CaviAIR, a direct-to-consumer company serving the highest quality caviar on the market. In honor of Mother's Day—and in partnership with Ruinart Champagne and Black Seed Bagels—Arce dreamed up a box any matriarch is sure to love, complete with everything you need (an oversized bottle of Ruinart's Blanc de Blanc Champagne, salmon caviar, a small bouquet, bagels and various spreads, chocolates, and a spice blend) for a celebratory brunch that is as luxurious as it gets.
Shop Now: CaviAIR Mother's Day Box with Ruinart Champagne x Black Seed Bagels, from $265, cavi-air.com.
This leather bucket bag, handmade in Abruzzo, Italy, is the perfect gift for busy moms who need a stylish, hands-free purse.
Shop Now: M. Gemi "The Colette" bag, $328, mgemi.com.
She's guaranteed to use this all summer while sipping her favorite vino al fresco.
Shop Now: Rambler Wine Tumbler, $24.99, yeti.com.
Culinary Herbs Seeds
She's sure to place this dainty butter dish on every Mother's Day brunch tablescape to come.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Appoline" Butter Dish, $24, anthropologie.com.
A departure from the hanging or stand-up spice racks that take up precious counter space, this cube iteration—from Martha's Macy's collection—takes her collection into a drawer. The best part? She'll receive five years of free spice refills if she registers the product.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Spice Cupe Rack, $84, macys.com.
Allow us to introduce the skin-saving product trio of her dreams: Dr. Lara Devgan's Hyaluronic Serum, Vitamin C+B+E Ferulic Serum, and Retinol + Bakuchiol Serum. The formulas work synergistically, resulting in boosted hydration, tighter pores, reduced fine lines, and a clearer, calmer complexion overall.
Shop Now: Dr. Lara Devgan Serum Superheroes Collection, from $690, drlaradevgan.com.
Ceramic Carafe and Cup
This shapely carafe and cup set is composed of the strongest ceramic on the market, which makes it particularly resistant to scratches or chips. She'll station these pieces on her nightstand for water or use them for wine when she can gather with her friends again.
Shop Now: førs Cup and Carafe Set in Rose, $106, forsstudio.com.
Breezy Loungewear Set
We have yet to find a dreamier, gauzier lounging set for spring and summer. Both pieces are woven from organic cotton yarn; the top features the daintiest eyelet ruffle on both the neckline and sleeves, which is repeated on the pants' cuffs.
Two brass pieces form a sleek bond in Mahnal's "Wahada" (from the Arabic word for "unity") bracelet, crafted in St. Louis.
Shop Now: Mahnal "Wahada" Bracelet, $80, mahnal.com.
Feather + Finn, a women-owned company that hand-pours all of their USA-sourced soy wax candles locally in Massachusetts, debuted a bouquet-inspired Mother's Day collection full of fresh scents. Our favorite? French Lilac, which boasts a top note of green leaves, middle layer of lilac, lily of the valley, and honeysuckle, and base hints of amyris and powder. Do Mom—and the environment—a favor by adding a recycling kit to your order; after she burns through the wax, she can send the vessel back so it can be cleaned and repurposed for a new candle.
Shop Now: Feather + Finn French Lilac Candle, $22.50, featherandfinn.co.
Faux Bois Planter
If Mom is a lifelong globetrotter, travel restrictions were likely tough on her. Remind her of a few of her favorite locations via this new Rifle Paper Co. candle collection. We're partial to "Amalfi Del Mar," which will transport her straight to the southern edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula.
Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. Amalfi Del Mar Candle, $34, riflepaperco.com.
She doesn't need to be someone who wears makeup every day—or even sporadically, for that matter—to reap the benefits of this new-to-the-market perfecting stick from Merit. The product is lightweight, buildable, and dermatologist approved (it was intentionally formulated sans the 72 most common skin irritation triggers), and allows her to make small edits—a dab here, a touch there—without the hassle of full coverage.
Shop Now: Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick, $38, meritbeauty.com.
Sandals for Ma'am
Introduce your favorite ma'am (though, we suggest you stick with miss!) to her new closet staple. She will wear these aptly-named sky-hued shoes everywhere—they're that comfortable.
Shop Now: Ma'am Marsha Shoes in Sky, $290, maamshoes.com.
Upgrade Madame's evening Kir with Current Cassis, a tart, herbal take on black-currant liqueur.
Shop Now: Current Cassis Liqueur, $27, dandywineshop.com.
Loose Leaf Tea
As you shop for your mom this year, consider purchasing from mother-owned small businesses, like La Rue 1680. Founder Stephanie Synclair was traveling through Thailand with her seven-year-old son when she was introduced to tea as a ritual; this eventually inspired her own company, which boasts an array of aromatic tea leaves anyone is sure to love.
Shop Now: La Rue 1680 Loose Leaf Tea, from $10, larue1680.com.
Embroidered Pillows and Pouches
Anke Dreschel's offerings are truly one of a kind. Whether you decide to gift your mother a hand-embroidered silk pillow (the multi-tonal hues go with so many color palettes) or pouch, she'll open up her present and gasp. They're treasures, plain and simple.
Shop Now: Anke Dreschel Pillows and Pouches, from $112, johnderian.com.
Floral Dinner Plates
Colorful Table Runner
Encourage her to think beyond the tabletop when styling this turquoise-and-red runner from Bespoke Binny; it looks beautiful splashed across a coffee table or media console, as well.
Shop Now: Bespoke Binny African Print Table Runner in Turquoise Speed Bird, $35, bespokebinny.com.
Flower-Dotted Shortbread Cookies
In this lovely box of shortbread cookies, she'll find all kinds of yummy flavors—lemon thyme, pistachio, lavender, and orange blossom, included. Each treat is topped with edible flower petals, which makes them as photo-worthy as they are delicious.
Shop Now: Alma Kitchen Classic Shortbread Assortment, $56, almakitchenco.com.
An especially appropriate gift if she has three children, this drop emerald necklace is the ultimate layering piece.
Shop Now: Jennie Kwon 3 Emerald Necklace, $552, jenniekwon.com.
White Wine Glasses
Silk Lounge Set
Steel French Press
Personalized Note Set
Gift her a few of these thick, dripless candles in the same colorway (we're partial to Rose!) or switch it up for an eye-catching assortment (you can't go wrong with any combination).
Shop Now: In Favor Of Column Candles, $5 each, infavorof.com.
Colorful Cake Stand
Hand-crafted by artisans in Poland, these vibrant cake stands—born out of the lead maker's experiences antiquing for colorful glassware with her grandmother, Estelle—are better described as jewels for her table.
Shop Now: Estelle Colored Glass Cake Stand, $225, estellecoloredglass.com.