September 21, 2021

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Thoughtful gifts your mom actually wants this Mother’s Day — for every budget

By Ellen Hoffman, Insider Picks

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Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house.Otherland

There’s no one who can make you feel better after a bad day or whip up a gooey grilled cheese and tomato sandwich quite like your mom (or grandma, or aunt). She’s always there for you, and without ever expecting a reward in return.

So when holidays like Mother’s Day come around, there’s no better way to return the favor and make her feel special than with a thoughtfully picked gift.

If you aren’t sure what to get her this Mother’s Day, you’ve found the right guide. I’ve put together a list of 50 presents all moms will love — even yours — from delicate pearl hoop earrings and beautiful marble-face watches to retro-inspired kitchen gadgets and gorgeous monogrammed clothes and accessories.

As a professional product reviewer and as someone who’s given her own mom many of the gifts included in this list over the years, I can safely say that your mom will adore them all.

If you’re looking for more Mother’s Day gift ideas, we have you covered:

A beautiful flower bouquet
BloomThat bouquets, $36 and up, available at BloomThat
The Bouqs Co. bouquets, $36 and up, available at The Bouqs Co.
Both of these online florists offer stunning arrangements made from only the freshest blooms, and they’re delivered quickly, too.

The Amazon Echo Spot
Amazon Echo Spot, $129.99, available at Amazon
There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming.

As a bonus, the Echo Spot has a screen for displaying information.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding
Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $198, available at Brooklinen
Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $239.25, available at Brooklinen
Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are the ones I always recommend to friends, family, and Insider Picks readers who email me for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort.

The company’s Hardcore Sheet Bundle has everything your mom needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. It includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases.

Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets.

A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, $109, available at Amazon
At $109, the Anova sous vide is an investment, no doubt — but it just might change your mom’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. I got my mother-in-law this exact gadget for Christmas last year, and she sends me pictures of how amazing her food comes out every time she uses it.

A smart carry-on
Away Carry-On, $225, available at Away
The Away Carry-On Suitcase is an indispensable travel companion. It comes with a removable interior 10,000 mAh battery and two USB ports, so she can easily charge up her phone and other devices before a long flight.

There’s nothing worse than being caught with a dead phone, and this suitcase has saved me from that fate more than a few times. It also comes in a bunch of colors, so you can get it in your mom’s favorite. There’s even a fancy new aluminum version of the carry-on for $475.

A custom map poster
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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap
Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom’s hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination. You can read the full Insider Picks review here.

A marble watch
MVMT Laurel Marble Watch, $160, available at MVMT
She’ll love this unique, marble-face watch featuring gold detailing and a caramel leather band.

Soft, breathable slip-on shoes
Allbirds Wool Loungers, $95, available at Allbirds
Allbird launched new sneakers made from trees earlier this year, but the wool loungers are still our top pick for moms this Mother’s Day (since there are plenty in stock; the Tree Runners and Tree Skippers won’t ship until mid-May). The Loungers are ridiculously soft, breathable, and supportive — and even machine washable! We tried them and loved them, so we can safely say your mom will adore them, too. They currently come in six colors and are suitable for indoor and outdoor wear.

A “book of the month” membership
Book of the Month
Book of the Month 3-Month Membership, $44.99, available at Book of the Month
If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, I can’t recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month’s book selections are chosen by recurring and celebrity guest judges who are passionate about books, like Ellie Kemper from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Josh Radnor from “How I Met Your Mother.”

The judges curate and select the best new hardcover titles for members from a broad range of genres and offer a mix of both fiction and nonfiction titles — sure to impress even the pickiest bibliophiles.

A Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $119.99, available at Amazon
On the other hand, if your mom is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, a Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift.

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