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21 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Actually Love

Need some gift inspiration for all the wonderful women in your life? We rounded up the best Mother's Day gift ideas to suit every type of mom.

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It goes without saying that moms are pretty amazing. From organizing play dates, kissing boo boos, fending off monsters under the bed, playing chauffeur, tending big heartaches and being the loudest cheerleader on the sidelines, moms do it all! Mother’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you to all the wonderful moms in our lives for everything they do. We’ve compiled a list of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas to help show your appreciation for the amazing women in your life.

What is the best gift for Mother’s Day?

What do moms like? Mother’s Day flowers and little trinkets that let her know she’s the best are traditional gifts for mom that are sure to make her feel loved. And, of course, there’s nothing sweeter than DIY Mother’s Day gifts from her little ones. But if you’re looking for unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that she will absolutely love, that’s where we come in. We’ve curated a list of practical and thoughtful gifts that cater to her needs and interests. We’ve even included some fantastic last-minute gifts and Amazon Mother’s Day gifts, just in case you’re running late. (Hey, it happens!)

Speaking of running late, when is Mother’s Day? This year, it falls on Sunday, May 14, and these 20 gift ideas will get you ready for it. Once you’ve selected the perfect present and shopped the best Mother’s Day deals, it’s time to start planning the rest of her day. These thoughtful Mother’s Day activities can help you make the perfect plan for celebrating the special day. And whatever you do, don’t forget a Mother’s Day card! You can buy one or opt for one of these printable cards, then fill it with a sweet Mother’s Day message or even a Mother’s Day poem. Whichever one of these Mother’s Day gift ideas you choose, you’re sure to make her feel extra loved.

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For the comfort connoisseur: Cozy Earth Bamboo Lounge Capris

These best-selling Cozy Earth capri pants work as pajamas when she wants to stay in, and easily transform into a cute matching loungewear set when she’s ready to go out. Either way, the ultra-soft bamboo material feels like a hug, and this comfy pair will be her new go-to.

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For the proud mom: Personalized Birthstone Bracelet

Whether she wants to keep her kids, grandkids or both close by, this charming personalized bracelet from The Bradford Exchange is super-special. The “Family Is Forever” piece is 24-karat gold and holds up to eight heart-shaped birthstones, each representing someone she loves very much. Above each birthstone, you have the option of having the person’s name featured in elegant writing. There’s one thing for sure: This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece that mom will always treasure.

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For the sentimental mom: Minted Filter Heart Snapshot Mix

She’ll melt when she sees her favorite memories in this display-worthy heart-shaped wall art. Fill it with sweet pictures of everyday moments and important milestones, and you’ll both be reminiscing about your most memorable mom stories this Mother’s Day and beyond.

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For the mom of multiples: Made by Mary Initial Disc Necklace

Her kids are always close to her heart, and this Made by Mary necklace represents that eternal mom truth. You can add a disc with each of her kids’ initials or, of course, you can simply opt for her initial. You can even create a necklace with discs of their birth flowers. This could also be the start of a tradition if you’re buying a Mother’s Day gift for a new mom. Choose from gold-filled, sterling silver or rose gold-filled—or mix and match them for a piece that’s totally unique and gorgeous, just like her! Oh, and if you like this, make sure you check out the Merci Maman Duchess necklace, too.

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For the zen mom: Personalized Wind Chimes

Let her hear the sweet sound of these well-made personalized wind chimes in all four seasons. She’ll think of you every time they play one of their melodic songs in the gentle breeze. Plus, you can choose up to three lines of personalized text to make her feel extra loved. Speaking of music, these mom songs will tug at her heartstrings—and yours.

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For the baker: Le Creuset Basic Bread Oven

If Mom is already a Le Creuset fan thanks to the brand’s beloved cast-iron skillets, she’ll squeal with delight when she receives one of these new bread ovens. Choose from several eye-catching colors, then let her go to town creating her favorite rye, sourdough and other mouthwatering bread recipes. Pro tip: fill this bread oven with some new oven mitts, kitchen towels and other baking essentials, and you’ve got a Mother’s Day gift basket to die for!

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For the exotic plant mom: Bloomscape Bird of Paradise Plant

If Mom is far away, ordering plants online is a great way to let her know you’re thinking of her. The Bloomscape bird of paradise will ship right to her door and arrive neatly packaged and pre-potted. The majestic foliage of this rich, tropical plant will be enough to make her smile and boost her mood. All it needs is a sunny window, regular watering and Mom’s green thumb.

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For the mom who adores flowers: Clear Blue Skies Bouquet

Wow her with this photo-ready Clear Blue Skies bouquet and she’ll grin from ear to ear all week long. Choose from three sizes, each filled with a bounty of cream roses, white asiatic lilies, mini carnations, purple statice and other blooms. It comes in a blue keepsake vase too. In case you were wondering, here’s what the different rose colors mean.

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For the home chef: Cangshan Knife Block Set

Every chef needs a quality set of knives for slicing and dicing. The Cangshan 17-piece knife block set comes with everything she needs to whip up her favorite recipes. These handcrafted knives are forged from durable German steel and hand sharpened to ensure a razor-sharp edge that will slice through just about anything.

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For the beach bum: Brumate BruTank Insulated Cooler

Moms just want to have fun! Whether she’s headed to the beach, neighborhood block party or tailgating, she’ll be glad she has this BruTank cooler. Not only does it come in 17 stunning hues, but she can fill the self-tapping, removable drink tank with up to 2.8 gallons of her favorite drink. She can also pack plenty to share with friends and family. (Like you!) This cooler holds up to 48 cans or 12 bottles of wine, so she and her besties can rosé all day.

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For the mom who needs her beauty sleep: Kitsch Satin Sleep Set

Give her the gift of a good night’s sleep with this Kitsch satin sleep set that comes with a satin pillowcase, eye mask and scrunchie. In addition to being incredibly soft and comfortable, these satin essentials actually help eliminate frizz, reduce hair breakage and keep her skin hydrated. Pair this sleep set with a few other spa day essentials so she can sit back and relax for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift.

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For the shoe collector: Naot Kayla Sandal

Her shoe collection is about to get a serious upgrade thanks to these ultra-comfortable Naot sandals. These will quickly become her new favorite sandals thanks to their soft leather upper and anatomic cork footbed that both ensure her feet remain blister free. They come in a variety of colors, and pair well with jeans while she’s running errands around town or with a cute dress for her next date night.

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For the plant whisperer: Cratejoy My Garden Box Subscription

Delight mom for months to come with a subscription to Cratejoy’s My Garden Box. Choose a one, three, six or 12-month subscription. Each month, she’ll receive a new plant with everything she needs to help it thrive, including soil, hand illustrated instructions, a decorative container and fun extras. Not only that, but every time her plant subscription box arrives, she’ll be reminded of how much you love her.

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For the home chef: Our Place Home Cook Duo

Home chefs flock to buy these versatile Our Place cookware sets—and for good reason! Each pot or pan does the work of eight pieces of traditional cookware. We’re talking braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve and store with just one pot or pan! Not only that, but they come in a variety of hard-to-find hues and offer toxin-free ceramic coatings that moms (and everyone else) can feel good about cooking on. Ceramic pots and pans, FYI, are among the safest cookware choices, and they make cleanup a breeze, too.

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For the ponytail wearer: Hidden pocket scrunchies

Need Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mom who’s always on the go? A chic ponytail plus a great pair of butt-lifting leggings is a comfy and on-trend uniform for moms. These hidden pocket scrunchies are as functional as they are practical. The zippered pockets are perfect for holding some cash, a house key and her chapstick while she’s out and about.

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For the empty nester: Personalized family member signpost

Whether Mom is thrilled to have the house to herself or misses her babies terribly, she’ll love adding this personalized family member signpost to her yard. Each signpost is topped with her family name followed by up to five hand-painted arrows with the names of her children and their distance from her home. You might want to order two, since this makes a great gift for grandma as well!

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For nursing moms: Magnetic 24-7 Tank Maxi Dress

Whether she’s a mom-to-be or a seasoned pro, this lightweight maxi dress will help her feel beautiful and stylish. It’s made from super soft modal fabric and has a drapey style that’s perfect for dressing both her bump and her postpartum body. But the best part? This dress is designed with hidden magnets that make nursing a breeze. Pair it with a new jean jacket to complete the look.

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For the outdoor loving mom: Thule Sapling Child Carrier

We’ve got great news for moms that love the great outdoors! She doesn’t have to give up long hikes or put that trip to a national park on hold simply because there’s a little one at home. The Thule Sapling child carrier makes it easy to take babies and toddlers along and pass on her love of nature. This carrier holds children up to 40 pounds, has an easily accessible gear compartment to store essentials and a fully adjustable torso and hip belt to ensure a perfect fit. When it’s time to go home, she can simply remove the entire child seat and drool pad and toss them in the washing machine to get ready for her next big adventure.

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For the sparkle-loving mom: Fancy Sprinkles Edible Glitter

Take Mother’s Day brunch up a notch by adding a tiny pinch of this edible glitter to her Prosecco. It won’t add any taste, smell or texture—just a shimmery look that will make her feel like the queen you know she is.

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For the mom who needs a gentle wake-up: Hatch Restore

Waking up to crying babies or rambunctious toddlers is par for the course when you’re a mom. And just when that phase ends, it’s time to start a whole new morning routine to get them off to school. Rather than being jolted awake by the blaring siren that is her traditional alarm clock, the Hatch Restore will wake her gently and gradually. This smart alarm clock mimics the natural sunrise while playing soothing sounds like morning birds, a meditative flute or relaxing chimes. You can also opt for the upgraded Hatch Restore 2, which is a Reader’s Digest editor favorite.

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For the versatile mom: Change of Scenery Tracy Dress

Mom will practically live in this easy-to-wear dress from Change of Scenery all summer long. This gauzy shirtdress has a relaxed fit and can be worn several different ways, making it a versatile summer staple. She’ll wear this dress as a cover-up over her favorite swimsuit or pair it with strappy sandals for a casual night out on the town.

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Marisa Hillman
Marisa is a freelance writer and product expert covering product reviews, gift guides, and sales for RD.com. She is a former educator turned professional shopper dedicated to finding the best sales and products on the market. When she's not on deadline, she can be found exploring the East Coast or curled up at home with her nose in a book. She lives in New England with her husband, three children, and two dogs.