It’s the mother of all Mother’s Day gift lists! This year, don’t get her something she needs; get her something she wants – even if she doesn’t yet know she wants it! Think of something she might not buy for herself, or try one of these unique ideas. Or…pick out your own gift, mama!
Wood farmhouse sign. Go funny, personal or sentimental with a decorative sign for the house. Etsy has a huge variety.
Stylish face masks. It doesn’t look like they are going away anytime soon, so get her some super fancy or super comfy ones. Or both! Our faves are from Kitsch.
Noise-canceling headphones. This is especially great for work-at-home moms, or moms with teens who listen to loud music, or children who fight 24/7. The top brands are Bose, Sony, 3M and Logitech.
Weighted blanket. It’s like giving the gift of a warm hug! Amazon has a huge selection.
Heating pad. Everyone gets sore muscles or back pain at some point. Top brands include Vremi, Mighty Bliss and Sunbeam.
Earbuds. Even if she already has a pair, it’s great to have a backup because they are so easy to lose! You don’t have to spend a fortune on Apple AirPods, either. Amazon for dozens of affordable options.
Foot spa. This gift is so underestimated! There are some really cool ones with fun features to soothing tired, achy feet or for doing at-home pedicures. Top picks include Kendal, Homedics, Revlon and Conair.
Yeti tumbler. She can fill it with coffee, water, wine, whatever, and it stays cold (or hot) for a looooong time. You can even get it monogrammed at yeti.com.
Pajamas. We’re all spending more time at home than ever, so comfy pj’s are something you can never have too much of. We love J.C. Penney’s cozy but affordable selection.
Hot chocolate bombs. It’s the latest food trend you didn’t know you needed in your life, and Mother’s Day is the best time to indulge.
Learn-to-knit kit. Perfect for the retired or empty-nest mom. Michael’s has everything you need.
One-step hair dryer. These convenient gadgets can dry and style at the same time. There’s a lot of options, but Revlon seems to be at the top of the list in every review.
Ancestry kit. Learn where your ancestors are from! Ancestry, 23AndMe, and MyHeritage are popular sites to try.
Robot vacuum. Give the gift of a clean floor! Top brands include Bissell, Ecovacs, iRobot and Neato.
Gift certificate for bras. Good bras, the kind that actually fit, are neither cheap nor easy to find. Experts recommend having at least five perfectly-fitting bras. Try ThirdLove or a local bra shop for an in-person fitting.
Bathtub caddy. Does Mom love relaxing in the tub after a long day? A bathtub caddy can hold her phone, tablet, candles, a glass of wine, whatever. Amazon has a great variety to suit any style.
Sunglasses. Summer’s coming! Get her the perfect sunnies for the season. Some sites, like Warby Parker, even let you “try before you buy.”
Vintage record player. For the nostalgic music lover, there are vintage-style record players that combine old and new technology. Victrola offers a wide selection.
Gardening apron and glove set. Green thumb grandma? Step up her gardening game with monogrammed gloves or a specialty apron designed for whatever she’s growing in her yard. Gardening Channel can help you narrow it down.
Under-the-desk exercisers. For moms who spend a lot of time behind a desk, these small bikes are perfect for staying in shape while getting work done. Top brands include DeskCycle, Cubii and Sunny Health.
Personal journal. Moms who struggle with mental health – as many do – will benefit from a journal to write their thoughts in. As you might expect, Amazon has an enormous selection. Some offer personalization options.
Silk pillowcase. Did you know that silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, good heat regulators, and keep your hair and skin looking and feeling beautiful (as in bed head be gone!). Slip is our fave brand; find it at Sephora or Nordstrom.
Engraved cutting board. Every kitchen needs a cutting board – and they aren’t always for cutting. Display the family name on a beautifully carved board. Go to Etsy for tons of selections.
Air purifier. Air purifiers work by sanitizing the air, which may include pollutants, allergens, and toxins, so you’ll be giving the gift of clean air. Top brands include Dyson, Honeywell, Blue Pure and Coway.
A language course. Is your mom planning to visit another country soon? Has she always wanted to learn the language of her ancestors? Does she enjoy learning new things? There are tons of courses she can take: Rosetta Stone, Babbel, and Duolingo are popular ones.
Charity donation in her name. If there is a cause that your mom holds near and dear to her heart, this is probably the most thoughtful gift you can ever give.
Bangle bracelet with inscription. Jewelry is a timeless gift —adding a special message just for mom will take it to the next level. Most jewelry stores will add the engraving for a fee, or try Etsy for a more affordable option.
CBD oil. Despite what your mom might believe, CBD oil is neither illegal nor will it make you feel high. It, can, however alleviate pain, anxiety, depression and more. You can actually buy it at the pharmacy, but search brands on Amazon to find the right one.
Blue light glasses. Too much time on screens can cause headaches and other vision problems. Everyone should have blue-light glasses – and your mom might not even know they exist. Try Warby Parker or Ray-Ban.
Puzzles. Give her a huge puzzle, 1,000 pieces or more, featuring an image that you just know will make her happy. Then tell her you will do it together.
Merch from her fave show. If she’s an Office fan and doesn’t own a Dunder Mifflin coffee mug, have you even bought her a gift before? You can find fun merchandise from literally any show – past or present – on the Internet. Google away!
Monthly subscription boxes. Subscription boxes have changed the game for gift-givers. You can literally give a super special gift that keeps on giving. There are endless ideas for everyone. Here are some of our top picks: wine, coffee, international snacks, cooking, murder mystery, flowers/plants, cheese, makeup, books. Just google each with “subscription boxes” and you’ll find loads of options!
By Jeannine Cintron, Staten Island Parent Editor and mom of two cute and crazy kids.
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