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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts Your Wife Will Actually Love

Put some creative muscle behind your choices.

A good gift makes her smile. A great gift is a palpable, tactile reflection of how much she means to you. It’s intimate. Thoughtful. Resonant. Carefully considered and meticulously curated. Yes, finding the best Mother’s Day gifts takes time. And yes, it takes effort. But that’s all the more reason to put creative muscle behind picking out just the right Mother’s Day gifts for your wife.

Think big picture. Make it something she’d never buy herself, something that’s personal, beautiful, and dare we say, impractical. Because trust us that no one, regardless of what she may tell you, wants a blender or an air purifier. Or, for that matter, stripper lingerie.

Kate Young, a stylist who dresses Margot Robbie, Rachel Weisz, and Dakota Johnson, and is a mom herself, might agree with the sentiment (that it’s all about appreciation) but comes at gift giving with a more modern bent. “My mom had a rule that she didn’t accept presents that came with warranties. It means it has to be something frivolous you’re not meant to use to service the people giving it to you,” says Young. “I like jewelry, flowers, luxury items that make you feel good and pretty.”

A cuff bracelet that you need to help her fasten, which makes the gift-giving experience all the more intimate. It's a thoughtfully-designed, and absolutely beautiful piece she'll appreciate. It's made of rose gold and has a threaded screw closure.

Pretty much the most perfect travel skin care set you can buy. Its cutesy name aside, this line is known for making quality products without the so-called suspicious 6: Essential oils, alcohols, silicones, chemical Sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, and SLS. This set includes everything she needs to look dewy and glowy morning and night. Might we suggest throwing in an airline ticket to one of her bucket list locales.

It's vacation in a bottle. This dry oil is moisturizing without being greasy. It's delicately scented without being overpowering. And it gives her skin and hair a lovely glow.

A whimsical yet practical gift for the book lover. These bookends are made from high-fired stoneware, and are matte with a white glaze. Fun fact: Larger whales live in matriarchal pods and female whales form the strongest bonds with their children. Something we can get behind.

Pair these wool slippers with a long and luxurious foot massage. In fact, these ultra-soft and ultra-comfortable felt slippers actually feel like a foot massage, so your work here is done.

A roomy, gorgeous bag made from 100 percent recycled materials, including plastic that would otherwise end up in the ocean. It has a top handle and removable strap.

Elevate her lunch game with this retro-awesome waxed canvas bag. The kicker here is the exterior pocket, so you can insert sweet notes to brighten her day.

Please do not get her trashy stripper lingerie. It's for you, not for her. Instead, get her this bamboo-based sleepwear set that is chic and so very wearable, in bed and out. It's made from bamboo viscose fabric that keeps her cool.

A bath is a luxury. A bath involving candles and a book is a luxury too glorious to even contemplate. Make that a reality with this 29 inch by 11 inch wood bath caddy, which fits a glass of wine, a great read, and looks good doing it.

The best way to describe this oil, from a leader in the clean beauty field, is a facial in a bottle. It's made with jojoba, rosehip, and buriti oils, plus other ingredients you can actually pronounce and recognize.

Tiny and perfect, this alphabet necklace charm can be combined with other letters to spell out something meaningful to her. It comes in gold vermeil or sterling silver.

When is a rugged tote more than just a rugged tote? When it's full of smart details. This one has padded dividers to organize everything from laptops to tablets to drones, if she's so inclined. It's made of a weatherproof 400D nylon canvas shell with high-density padding, and thanks to its removable FlexFold dividers, is totally customizable.

An Italian pebbled leather laptop sleeve that's elegant and low-key at the same time, this one comes in two sizes and fits either 13-inch or 15/16-inch laptops. It has a neoprene padded lining and snap button closure to protect her tech.

This 16 inch necklace, which is made of gold-plated brass, is meant to evoke both peace of mind and enlightenment, as well as protection and blessings. A little woo-woo, to be sure, but it sure is pretty. Especially when you pair it with her birthstone.

This timeless crossbody bag has an adjustable strap and top zipper closure. Most importantly, it's vegan and entirely cruelty-free, from a brand that embraced the ethos before it became Brooklyn-trendy. And let us just say, design-wise, this crossbody is a timeless winner.

This hand cream absorbs quickly, leaves her digits super-soft, and fits easily into a purse or diaper bag. You get 12 scents, including lemon verbena, pear, lavender, and passionfruit.

Speaking of hands, find us anyone who won't be into this bracelet made of her actual handwriting. That's right. You choose between a sterling silver, gold or rose gold finish. And then you customize it with her signature, a handwritten message, or a drawing.

We love the classic, tailored look of this polished two-piece pajama set. Mom can kick back in this super-soft, smooth and sleek set, which comes in a variety of colors. The bottoms have an adjustable drawstring. Because looking like a schlub at home isn't anyone's idea of a good time.

Admittedly, this is not a romantic gift. But it makes up for that in practicality, because it makes mom's hair dry way, way faster. Plus, thanks to some secret design alchemy, it makes her hair shinier and glossier.

The perfect accessory to accompany the hair towel, the Aquis body towel uses Aquitex microfiber to get her dry in minutes. It's made from ultra-soft and gentle fabric that is super-absorbent, and is a perfect blend of extravagance and usefulness.

She can control this luxury diffuser from her phone, and walk into a home that smells divine. Instead of coming home to the smell of dirty diapers or cat litter.

Long known for its commitment to sustainability, Coyuchi makes ultra-luxurious bedding and robes you can feel good about. And good wearing. Like this one, made from Turkish organic cotton. It's like a soft hug after a warm shower.

This handmade meditation bench is totally portable, and looks like a design masterpiece. We know the benefits of meditation. And this stunning cherrywood bench gives mom (or anyone) a more comfortable way of sitting thanks to its curved shape. Plus, you can take off the legs and take it anywhere with you. It's zen on the go.

The perfect low-profile bag for the mom on the go. This one, made from pebble leather, can be worn as a crossbody, a wristlet, a clutch, or a pouch. It has two zippered compartments.

Meditation made easy (or easier). She simply puts on the Muse headband, plugs in her headphones, launches the app, and starts to meditate. Let's say she chooses the rainforest sound. The more she quiets her mind, the calmer and more soothing the noise becomes.

Flowerbomb is a beautiful fragrance for the love of your life. It's romantic and adventurous and fun. Just like her. Fragrance is a fairly obvious choice when it comes to gifts, but this one is unexpected enough to be a winner. This scent is a veritable bouquet in a bottle, with notes of jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose, and osmanthus.

We know Alex Woo and love her jewelry, which is all made in New York and literally lasts forever. This particular necklace is a sweet shoutout to mom and shows how much she's appreciated.

When you decant wine, not only does it taste smoother, but it just looks fancier. Ullo's product does both, by getting rid of sulfites and making your libation more aromatic and flavorful.

If she appreciates a bracing and fragrant cup of coffee (and who doesn't, let's be honest), get her this futuristic French press that looks like it's from the Guggenheim. It makes 6 cups of home-brewed coffee and is made from stainless steel with glossy metal coating.

This delicate yet hardy silk eye mask blocks out the light, so she can get some shuteye, without weighing her down. It's the ultimate frivolous yet practical gift that any tired mom appreciates.

A flawless weekend travel bag she can feel good about. It's loaded with clever features, including a padded laptop sleeve, 2 water bottle holders so she stays hydrated, an exterior zip pocket, and a luggage handle pass-through. She can carry this as a should bag, a crossbody bag, or a tote. Oh, and it's made from recycled polyester that wipes clean.

A teensy bit hokey? Sure. But we love the sentiment behind this handmade sterling silver necklace. After all, you know you're lost without her.

Handmade in England, these 18 karat gold-plated brass earrings are made up of two gold balls and are cast in silver and brass. They're graceful enough to go with everything she owns.

For the mom who loves being prepared, get her this upgraded bugout bag. It comes with three days' worth of food and water, a solar phone charger, a first-aid kit, signal flares, backup lighting, a space blanket, and even chocolate because, well, chocolate.

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