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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 with appreciation. A great gift is a reflection of how much she means to you. 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.

A great gift is one that’s carefully considered — intimate, thoughtful, and resonant. Yes, finding the best Mother’s Day gifts from her husband (or partner) 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. And here’s an easy tip: Whatever else you do, don’t get her a bathrobe.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2021

The pearl is a symbol perfection, as well as a long life and fertility. And this earring is stately and flawless. Each freshwater pearl is handpicked and thus completely unique, just like her. It hangs from a gold vermeil hoop, which means it's a thick 18k gold layer on sterling silver.

Here's a tip: Take the kids to the park, so she can have a deep-relaxing soak with this deeply relaxing bath oil, from a brand that's all about the concept that less ingredients mean more efficacy. Just a few drops do the trick, and she'll emerge renewed, with delicately scented skin.

The ultimate luxury for an overworked mom: An assortment of 4-in-1 skin care products, all made in Los Angeles. Each of these is a multi-use body wash-infused buffer, which works as a body wash, loofah, exfoliator, and moisturizer. She gets 14 washes out of each buffer.

This isn't the gross incense you burned in college. Far from it. This polished brass holder is a statement piece, and comes with 20 incense cones which have notes of cassis, violet leaves, rose, magnolia, geranium, clove, cinnamon, patchouli, amber, and musk.

La Perla is to lingerie what BMW is to cars. You get the drift. This sumptuous chemise has an ultra-flattering A-line silhouette, is made of flowing silk, with adjustable straps.

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 wooden bathtub caddy. Handcrafted from walnut, it fits a glass of wine, a candle, and a great read — and looks good doing it.

A truly luxe gift she'd never buy for herself, but which will bring her so, so much comfort. The cashmere flats are as soft as the softest of socks, but have the added style element of ballet flats.

Karuna was the first major brand to develop sheet masks, way back in 2009. And Karuna has been delivering great masks ever since. This set includes seven masks for every day of the week and every skin need. We're talking exfoliating, hydrating, and clarifying masks to brighten and cleanse the skin. It's a facial in a package. One that she'll appreciate. Without any gross ingredients.

For the mom who de-stresses by being active, these are pretty much the ultimate in hand weights. They look like chic accessories, but are actually one pound wrist and ankle weights. No, you're not dropping any hints that she needs to shape up. But you are aware that she loves being outdoors and wants to maybe pump up her exercise regimen.

If she'd rather bask in JLO's reflected glow, it's worth noting that JLO's new skin care line is earning raves, so bring the facial to her. It's soaked in one ounce of her serum, and gives mom an instant boost of hydration and radiance.

The 0.11 carat diamond hangs from an 18 inch 14K gold chain. Given that the diamond stands for light, life, and the commitment between two partners, we can't think of a better fit for Mother's Day. As for the price, when you cut out the middlemen, you can find otherworldly jewelry at decided accessible prices. That's what Aurate is about.

Each of the hearts within the frame is hand forged and cut, so each one is one of a kind. The frame itself, which holds a 4x6 photo, is by Michael Aram, who trained as a painter, sculptor, and art historian.

Less is so, so much more with this little bag from New York's go-to handbag designers. Founded by friends Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the two specialize in accessible minimalism. And this statement-making bucket bag has a drawstring closure and sharp pleated look. Perfect for date night.

A humidifier is wonderful when she's feeling dried out and blech. But let's face it: Most are not aesthetically pleasing. But then there's this one, which is sleek and curvy. It has a removable water tank and an aroma tray, so it doubles as a diffuser. It has a 20-hour run time.

So she's into subtle scents, something different and surprising. This brooch, inspired by Renaissance perfume jewelry, has a perfumed ceramic disc that fits behind it and diffuses the scent. It's from one of the most standout purveyors of high-end scents, dating back to 1961 in Paris.

Dry brushing in the shower makes you feel awake and invigorated, and ready to face the day. This beautiful brush has cactus bristles, and will give her an instant energy boost.

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 her libation more aromatic and flavorful.

Sweats aren't going anywhere anytime soon. But there are sweats. And there are sweats. Thick and luxe, Everlane's new top has a classic crew neckline, dropped shoulders, voluminous sleeves, and a relaxed fit. It's made of French terry. She'll want to wear this 24/7, especially if you get the matching bottoms.

The tulip is the symbol of perfect and deep love. So get her a subscription to the freshest tulips in all the land; she gets a different variety of tulip and each one is sourced directly from growers for true freshness.

Meditation is pretty much mandatory when you're a parent, to center and ground yourself. This pillow helps make it happen. It's made with GOTS organic certified cotton from India and stuffed with plant-based buckwheat hulls. It gives her spine the support she needs while she meditates.

Whether she's reading a book or simply down for a Zoom call, this is the cardi she'll always have on. It hits mid-calf, which is universally flattering. It's made of 100 percent ZQ merino wool, so it's crazy soft yet structured. And because the yarn is thicker gauge, it will retain its shape.

This smart wipe-clean bag has a reinforced strap construction, this making it ideal for toting around a heavy load. It has ample interior pockets to store snacks, shoes and multiple wardrobe changes. And there's a central zip divider with a mesh top to air out sweaty gear, or any other detritus that accumulates as part of her daily mom life.

If the downward dog is her thing, get her the best yoga mat on the market. It has ultra-dense cushioning for support and joint protection. It's latex-free. And it's made in Germany, so you know it's good stuff. It's also made to seal out moisture and bacteria, always a bonus.

If she's someone who consistently runs hot or cold, this bracelet is the answer. It works by cooling or warming the temperature-sensitive skin on the inside of her wrist. All she has to do is press the blue side to cool down or the red side to warm up.

Candles and babies don't mix. And LED candles are, for the most part, cheesy things you buy at CVS for Halloween. This is the exception. It's intimate and romantic, and has a rechargeable lithium battery. It looks like something you'd find in a Parisian boudoir. Which is the point.

We're guessing that like most moms, she has no time (or inclination) to hit a nail salon. But she likes tending to her digits. This DIY set delivers stellar results. The key product is the Poppy polish bottle handle that lets her paint both hands perfectly. The set includes seven essential tools, a glossy top coat, and polish in whatever colors she likes.

If she has a green thumb, or wants one, she'll dig this indoor garden. She can grow 12-36 plants at a time, and thanks to the automated water distribution feature, there's almost zero work involved on her part. And then, you harvest the leafy greens and make her a killer dinner.

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.

Each of these one-of-a-kind beauties is crafted by hand in a Sydney, Australia, studio from tinted porcelain clay, and then gently sanded on the outside for a natural matte feel. It's a gift any tea lover will appreciate. For years to come.

Jennifer Meyer's exquisite necklaces and earrings are all about the craftsmanship. This necklace, made from 18 karat gold, has an understated nameplate that pays simple tribute to motherhood; it's something she'll never take off.

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.

This all-weather high top is made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water repellent shield, keeping her feet dry and cozy no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Allbirds are crazy-comfortable, washable, and durable. And of course, they're mighty fine-looking, too.

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.

This self-watering planter is handcrafted from aluminum, and is ideal for cascading plants. Each set comes with a plant pot and saucer and waters itself. Perfect for the green thumb mom with little time to care for one more thing.

Most digital frames look clunky, at best. This is the chic exception. It also automatically displays your photos at the ideal brightness for the room in question, and has auto-dimming, and unlimited storage. And it has fairly stunning 2048x1536 resolution.

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.

If she loves cookies, get her the best damn cookies she'll ever have. This set includes the brand's famous and beloved compost cookies, as well as B’Day Cake truffles, corn cookies, blueberry and cream cookies, chocolate chocolate cookies, and cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.

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.

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.

Sometimes, you can't get the words out. Fine. So let scribes Charlotte Brontë, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, John Keats, and Virginia Woolf share their timeless words of romance on these hand-screened cotton voile napkins.

Moms don't have time to style their hair. That's a basic fact. That's where this Dyson styler comes into play. It works on multiple hair types and has barrels to curl and wave, and brushes to control, smooth the hair, or add volume, without using any damaging heat. In short, it's like having Adir Abergel (Google him) at her service.

So you sneak away for the weekend. And this set is what she'll be wearing, from the brand founded by two former fashion editors. It's the perfect combo of exquisite and casual. The fit is relaxed. The fabric is breathable, cool linen. And the ruffled hem adds the perfect singular touch.

Made from 14k solid gold, this stately piece is a study in contrasts. The rings fit and move together. It's a seamless connection.

It's damn near impossible to go wrong with anything from Tom Ford. Behold his latest. It's centered around the tuberose flower, which is known as the mistress of the night. It's potent and enticing and smells like a spicy, romantic getaway.

A timeless backpack with room for all essentials: A 13 inch laptop, plus a front storage pocket with key clip and an internal media pocket with a headphone port. Pick whatever color or print strikes her fancy.

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.

Shower time is a sacred time. It's most likely the only time she'll get alone day. And when she steps out of the shower onto this handcrafted Japanese hinoki cypress bath mat and gets it wet, it releases a scent that's transporting.

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.

Silk is cooling, and makes for better sleep. Which is a gift that's pretty priceless. This pillow in particular is made from mulberry silk in a 22-momme weight; it's hypoallergenic and temperature-regulating. And feels like heaven.

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.

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. Plus, it does double duty as a sleep tracker to help her get more restful shuteye.

The best piece of wearable tech you can buy her, this stainless steel necklace is actually an elegant, ultra-quiet vibrator.

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