No matter how many times your mom tells you “she doesn’t need anything for Mother’s Day” or “just spending time with you is enough,” you know mama’s not going to be pleased if she finds herself gift-less come Mother’s Day brunch.
Now my mother—the most saintly woman I know—rarely asks for anything on her special day. But instead of listening to her, I usually take it as a challenge to track down the coolest, most thoughtful gift(s) I can find. My goal? To elicit the “How did I ever live without this?!” response (yeah, there are fewer things that make me happier than shopping for other people….or myself).
But back to mom—while your sipping mimosas come May 8, send her jaw dropping to the floor with a few of these inspired gifts. Because whether your mom’s looking forward to some zen time in the garden, upping her shoe game or just hitting the gym in style, I’ve got you covered.
- The Lemonade Cookbook: Southern California Comfort Food from L.A.’s Favorite Modern Cafeteria, $19
No casseroles of boring pies here—this SoCal cookbook dishes up a whole new take on vegetables, healthy eating and of, course, a few classic comfort food recipes. My mom loves to cook, and out of everywhere we’ve eaten in Los Angeles, Lemonade is her favorite restaurant.
- Essie Nail Polish, $9 a bottle
Word to the wise: When gifting mom with a few of these sweetly colored nail polishes, maybe offer to take her to the nail salon for a mani-pedi as well.
- Splendid Kenya Sandal, $138
Nothing says “I love you” like a pretty new pair of sandal heels—right? The chunky heel translates to comfortable, and the lace-up ankle is perfectly on-trend.
4. Ban.do Work It Out Yoga Mat—After This We’re Eating Pizza, $32
C’mon—have you ever seen a better yoga mat than this? For the yoga-mama, this is the ultimate gesture of love.
5. Voluspa Corta Maison Candle in Prosecco Rose, $28
Not to hate on your run-of-the-mill grocery store version, but Voluspa candles deliver an olfactory exhilaration like nothing else you’ve ever experienced (yeah, that’s a thing). With subtle hints of sparkling pink prosecco and notes of rose petals wafting through the air, this candle will make mom feel like she’s at a luxury spa everyday of the week.
6. Anthropologie Faceted Gem Vase, $24
If you were planning on skipping on flowers this Mother’s Day—well, let me just stop you right there. Pretty bouquets are a must for mom, and that also comes with the need for a pretty vase. Well, voila!
7. Free People Tourist Tote, $58
With summer just around the corner—AKA beach season—she’ll be grateful for a gorgeous tote bag to store her sunscreen, magazines and snacks for the fam.
8. Shari’s Berries 6 Chocolate Covered Strawberries & 9 Mother’s Day Cake Truffles, $43
Chocolate covered strawberries and cake pop truffles? There’s no way you won’t be the favorite child after gifting this tasty combo pack. I’ve depended on Shari’s Berries for every birthday and Mother’s Day since I moved away from home, and they’ve never let me down.
9. Kate Spade Teacup Keychain, $58
For the mom who’s always on-the-go (and maybe has a soft spot for teatime), brighten up her routine with this oh-so adorable Kate Spade keychain.
10. Splendid Maritime Shirred Maxi Dress, $178
With a versatile maxi dress like this, you’ve got yourself the gift that keeps on giving. Because whether she’s dressing it up for a lunch with the girls or pairing it with sandals for a day of errands, this Splendid number will always be a solid (and chic) option.
11. Gray Malin’s Sprinkle Carry On Cocktail Kit, $24
Whether mama’s more of a chardonnay gal or mixed drink aficionado, Gray Malin’s travel-sized sprinkles cocktail kit is equipped to turn any drink from blah into brilliant.
12. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace in Silver, $65
Trendy? Yes. Sleek? You bet. The one accessory mom can pair with practically any outfit? Oh yes.
13. Hammered Silver Wrap Bracelet in Black for Fitbit Flex, $78
I’ll just say it like it is—my mom is in killer shape, and her Fitbit is a big part of her motivation her to stay healthy. The only issue? The black band she uses is super clunky and sticks out like a sore thumb…but with this pretty silver accessory, being flawlessly styled and staying active will be synonymous activities,
14. Kate Spade New York Thermal Mug, $18
Buh-bye, “Number One Mom”-inscribed coffee mugs! If your mom really is number one, then she deserves a mug befitting her status.
15. GMAT Retro Vintage Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses in Rose Gold, $20
Instead of splurging on on RayBans, gift mom with a cute pair of on-trend sunnies she won’t have to worry about getting scratched or lost. Heck, at only $20 a pop, why not buy two pairs?
16. Lush USA Mom Bath Bomb Gift Set, $46
Is there anything your mom deserves more than some time to soak in the tub? Nope! And with these ultra luxurious bath bombs, you automatically guarantee the gift of many future de-stressing soaks.
17. Sonoma Rosé Iced Tea, $15
Now, she’ll never have to choose between cocktail hour and happy hour!
18. Paper Source Pop-Up Springtime Bouquet Mother’s Day Card, $8
Hallmark not your style? Then this oh-so-pretty pop-up card is for you.
19. CB2 Copper Tea Pot, $60
With that superbly delicious rosé iced tea (above), you’re going to need an equally trendy tea pot in which to serve it.
20. Clinique From Daylight to Date Night Chubby Sticks Gift Set, $25
Thought pretty makeup gift sets were just for the holiday season? Wrong! Treat mom to pretty lips (and yourself to a great deal) with Clinque’s life-saving chubby sticks. These were actually my grandmother’s favorite gifts every year—she had trouble applying regular tubes of lipstick when she got older, and these always made her feel so pretty.
21. Chef’s Choice 830 WafflePro Heart-Shaped Waffle Iron, $50
Now when your mom says she’s made breakfast with love, she can really mean it.