We get so fixated on finding the best Mother’s Day gifts that we don’t pay attention to a little-known historical fact: The West Virginia woman, Anna Jarvis, who started Mother’s Day in 1908, was eventually so opposed to its commercialization that she boycotted her own holiday. Instead of buying Mother’s Day gifts, she insisted that people write their moms (and, presumably, their baby’s mothers) long letters of appreciation. Whether or not she was cool with handmade ceramic ashtrays that read “World’s Best Mom” is anybody’s guess.
But forget Mother’s Day for a moment. It’s just one day a year. Instead, think about some of the best gifts for her, including the best birthday gifts for her and best gift ideas for women for any occasion. A great gift is never a bad idea.
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.”
Based on our own exhaustive research and her guidance, we found a slew of gifts that even the person who has everything will cherish.
If she's into old-school organization, get her these date cubes and set them to mark the day you met.
The eight cubes in this collection are each made of a different material and can be arranged individually, or in tandem, to either track each day. Or mark a special one.
A teensy bit hokey? Sure. But we love the sentiment behind this handmade sterling silver necklace.
It’s a proven scientific fact that women are better at directions than men. (Kidding. Maybe). Show her she’s your guiding light with this necklace, handmade in Tennessee.
Choose her initials. Choose a combo of yours and hers. Or the kids. But make it meaningful.
Pair these wool slippers with a long and luxurious foot massage.
These ultra-soft and ultra-comfortable felt slippers are the closest thing to have her feet feel like they’re encased in actual hugs.
Household appliances are to gifts what the U.S. men's soccer team is to the World Cup. This gorgeous tea kettle is the exception.
If she loves tea, or pour-over coffee, her mornings will be even more vibrant with this stunner of a kettle. It has a precision spout and a brew-range thermometer that highlights the correct temperature range.
This custom-made necklace declares your love in the coolest, most subtle way possible.
Order this necklace ahead of time, and it will arrive encoded with a word using morse code that only the wearer knows. It’s special to her, and shows that you put actual thought and planning into getting her the necklace.
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 cute and so very wearable, in bed and out.
Parents don’t sleep well. But she just might in this breathable and soft pajama set, which is ideal for summer. It’s made from bamboo viscose fabric that keeps her cool.
Moms work hard. And their hands all too often pay the price. Give her a hand with these patches, which can be worn day or night.
She’ll literally have the upper hand with this hand patches, which come in a package of eight (meaning 16 total, one for each hand) and help skin look brighter and younger thanks to hyaluronic acid, bv-osc complex, and licorice root.
The hamsa is the sign of protection and blessings. Which we could all use a little more of.
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.
We love these Sunski shades, in particular this pair's unique double-bridge style inspired by vintage clip-on sunglasses.
She’ll love these Sunski shades, which feature frame patterns that are hand painted, inspired by nature and completely original. And the frames are made from recycled plastic.
The interlocking rings on this necklace represent her connection to the kids (and maybe you). The necklace is made of 925 sterling silver, so it won't irritate her skin.
The sterling silver necklace measures roughly 19.5 inches, so it’s a great fit for just about anyone, and the rings represent connection and love. Ignore the somewhat hokey packaging and focus on the necklace instead. What more do you want?
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.
If mom is into sustainable fashion that doesn’t cost a car payment, she’ll be into MATT & NAT. The brand, from its inception, was committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in its designs. And let us just say, design-wise, this crossbody is a timeless winner.
Who has time for manicures? Not busy working moms. Pamper her hands with this posh hand cream set, which even Oprah loves.
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.
Turn her favorite saying or quote into a bracelet, in her actual handwriting.
We love the classic, tailored look of this elegant 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.
Yes, this is a gorgeous and retro jewelry tray. But you can use it for anything, as Fatherly editors do. It makes even wayward keys and chapsticks look nicer.
This gold vanity tray made of polished metal, with a mirrored surface, is geometric in shape. It will either showcase her jewelry, or serve as homebase for random things in her bag.
Whoever came up with this idea, you deserve a medal. It's a mirror, a speaker, and a phone charger, in one.
While she gets ready in the morning, she can stream music, charge her phone, and get on a conference call. The only thing this doesn’t do is make coffee, sadly.
DON’T buy her trashy lingerie that turns you on. If you’re not sure what that means, avoid lingerie altogether.
ThisCottage Greenhouse bubble soak smells heavenly, and leaves her feeling even better.
Watch the kids and give her an an hour to soak in this bubble bath, made with cucumber and honey extracts. Go one better and pour her a drink.
Motherhood is stressful. These Ahava bath salts will help her relax.
Lavender can calm an unruly mind. And these Dead Sea bath salts, which have the most subtle of scents, will help mom wind down, and soak up some relaxation. For the full at-home spa experience, get her the Dead Sea mud, too.
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.
She wraps this quick-dry microfiber towel around her wet hair, and it dries significantly faster than when you use a regular towel. And any busy human will appreciate the savings in time and effort.
The perfect accessory to accompany the hair towel, the Aquis body towel uses Aquitex microfiber to get her dry in minutes.
The Aquis body towel, made from microfibers, gets her dried off fast after a shower. It’s made from ultra-soft and gentle fabric that is super-absorbent, and is a perfect blend of extravagance and usefulness.
There's something joyous about this shower gel, which is light and fragrant and all-around lovely.
Moms have about three minutes to take a shower. So make it worth her while with this shower gel, made with nourishing shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamins E and pro-vitamin B5. It’s vibrant, without being cloying.
DON’T get her a couple’s massage. Get her a spa day, and go play with the kids.
Speaking of scrubs, this is basically a luxurious scalp massage in a bottle.
No, she doesn’t have time to get head massages. Yes, head massages feel decadent. This is a hair cleanser and scrub in one. It feels nothing short of amazing.
Once you have kids, facials are thing of wonder from another life. So bring the facial to right to her with this set of four serums that calm and soothe skin, from a renowned master of great complexions.
DON’T but her a gift that’s actually for you. This goes for kitchenware if she cooks or a bowling ball with your name engraved on it.
If she's a fan of clean beauty, this set is basically a spa day in a box.
Tata Harper is a skin care guru who sources all her ingredients from her organic farm in Vermont. Not only does the stuff really, truly work, but it does so without any dubious chemicals. With this set, you get a cleanser, a mask, an essence, a serum, a moisturizer, an eye cream and a face oil, and it’s great for moms who like a more natural approach to skin care.
Sheet masks are an easy, and sort of perfect, way to have a facial at home. Get her this set of gold ones that cool, soothe and hydrate. And entertain the kids while she's using one.
The luxury sheet masks by MZ Skin are saturated in gold nano particles, Vitamin C and collagen to brighten her skin and make her even more radiant.
This portable espresso maker is the ultimate way to always have fresh coffee on the go.
Moms are tired and tired moms will appreciate this coffee-to-go. You fill the filter basket with coffee, add boiling water to the tank, and pump it into the cup. Java, in a jiffy.
DON’T buy her a gym membership or any kind of workout gear. You’re telling her she needs to lose weight, whether you mean to or not.
She can control this luxury diffuser from her phone, and walk into a home that smells divine.
No more rushing home from work and walking into a house that smells like cats and diapers. This next-level diffuser lets her revel in scents she loves, which she can control remotely.
DON’T give her an IOU. Your four-year-old can get away with it, but you can’t.
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 Muse headband teaches her guided meditation. Yes, really. When she's calm, she'll hear corresponding peaceful sounds.
The Muse meditation headband works by providing EEG-based real-time neurofeedback. The point here is that with Muse, she’ll learn to recognize a calm mind and how to get to that calm place. 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.
These clogs are warm. They're comfy. And they're perfect for slipping on and off.
These cozy wool clogs are made from sustainably sourced, eco-friendly materials, hailing from a sheep farm in Lithuania. She can wear these handmade clogs both indoors, or out, and we particularly love the toe accents.
These are standout workout shoes because they provide forefoot support and tuned underfoot geometry for an enhanced ride and extra stability.
Maybe she wants to clear her head with a solid run. You can choose between some seriously offbeat designs. And looks aside, this is a solid shoe for any terrain she wants to conquer. Thanks to the HOKA ONE’s wider flare in the forefoot and toe, she can run longer and harder on any trail she wants.
DON’T get her a pet. You really haven’t thought this one through, have you?
Give mom serious respect in the form of this royally cool and on point decor pillow.
We love Society6 because all the products are created by independent artists. And we particularly love this pillow because it recognizes the queen bee in your home. And by queen, we mean mom.
If she can't go on vacation, bring the vacation to her with this Homesick Beach Cottage scented candle.
Let’s face it. Once you have kids, relaxing beach getaways are a thing of the past. Now, she can go there with this candle, which has notes of bergamot, plumeria, cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, and musk.
Suddenly, mornings will look a whole lot brighter. Mom can scoop in coffee grounds, pour in water, and place in the fridge overnight, and wake up to fresh, invigorating cold brew.
The flip-top lid is basically leakproof, and the bottle can also be used to brew a mean cup of tea. There’s a stainless steel filter that’s easy to clean and all the components are dishwasher-safe.
This family tree is an adorable print that's perfect for her bedroom, office, or nursery.
Commemorate your new family by ordering this customized print, which features your family’s last name and the year it was formed. You can choose from different colors to coordinate with your home decor.
A dinner out is lovely. A dinner out with girlfriends is even better. While you stay home with the kids.
Give mom something that's meaningful to her, and a very special place in her life, that's also a very nice piece of wall art in the form a latitude longitude sign.
Made from reclaimed wood, this sign can celebrate everything from the exact location you met, to where you married, to where your child was conceived. Again, a thoughtful and unique gift that will score you points.
Every mom appreciates a statement necklace, so make a statement with her kid's name on it.
This stunna of a nameplate necklace is made by hand, and comes with a 16 inch long chain with a two inch extender and lobster claw clasp. You can choose between silver plated, rose gold plated, or gold plated.
Trust us, moms will appreciate this funky, whimsical family picture.
There’s awkward family photos. And then, there’s this badass little creation. Here’s how this works. You submit photos and any meaningful details, and end up with a unique hand-drawn portrait of your family. Can’t get more personal than that.
As a general rule, DON’T give her anything that makes your life easier.
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.
DON’T give her a home renovation project as a gift. It’s something you two decide together. And it’s just one more task for her to do.
Parents take photos. Lots and lots of photos. Here's a smart new way to manage them.
She’ll never spend hours hunting for that perfect family snap ever again. This device collects all of your favorite photos and videos from your phone, computer, USB drives and cloud and social media accounts and lets you find what you’re looking for, when you use the app.
Gift cards are a no-no. It puts the onus on her to use it. Not to mention, they’re not exactly personal.
The necklace is simple and elegant, and looks good on everyone.
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.
Not only does this styler look oh so pretty, but it's cordless, giving her maximum freedom of movement when she gets ready to go out or head to work.
Why get her this styling tool? Because it’s totally cordless, but totally powerful. It uses an LG lithium-ion battery and holds a charge for up to 45 minutes at the highest setting. She can walk around while doing her hair, instead of being tethered to a power cord while dealing with kids.
She can either use this in the shower, or pour it into the bath for the ultimate decadent experience.
These oils are hand-blended to match whatever mood she’s in. So she can either opt for a revival blend, a relaxing bled, a de-stressing blend, or a blend to boost inner strength. Who couldn’t use that?
In general, don’t buy her stuff that’s actually meant for the kids. By that we mean strollers or baby carriers. Yes, it’s practical. But not exactly mind-blowing.
This classic sneaker goes from school run to work to dinner and beyond.
This sneaker features a clean lace-up design with uppers of water-resistant nylon and two sets of laces. Plus, the contoured foam footbed offers comfort and a natural rubber outsole ensures durability.
This will quickly become mom's go-to gardening tool, thanks to its weather-resistant waxed canvas sheath and badass design.
To go with the gardening bag, we found this pruner and sheath, made from durable steel and featuring copper accents. If you piss her off, you’ve been warned.
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