Mother's Day falls on May 14 this year, which means it's just around the corner. And while you may have already gotten something for mom this holiday, if you're anything like me, you're also a bit of a last-minute shopper and are scrambling to find the perfect gift for your mom. After all, mothering is a full-time job—in addition to whatever traditional full-time job your mother figure already has—so this holiday is a great opportunity to give mom some essential recognition.
But finding the perfect gift is quite a bit of pressure. So, below, I've rounded up some of the most thoughtful Mother's Day gifts for the mama in your life, based on interest. These gifts work not only for your mom, but also for the other moms in your life: friends, sisters, cousins, and even female mentors. This year, spread the love to all the ladies who've supported and nurtured you, regardless of your relationship to them.
For the Foodie Mom
One of my favorite activities to do with my mom is cook, and I know my mama is always on the lookout for new foods and fun gadgets she's never tried before. For the foodie mom, check out my favorite picks below.
Ditch the boxed stuff and make Sunday dinner a little extra special with some homemade pasta.
Vitamix's blenders are ideal for making soups, smoothies, dips, and more—a fact that one of our editors has already attested to. Plus, this new model is dishwasher safe and has five different, easy-to-use settings, so making quick, healthy meals is easier than ever before.
Whether mom is chopping, slicing, or dicing in preparation for her next signature feast, this high-quality knife block has options to suit her every need. Plus, it comes in three chic colorways, including this understated shade of blue.
As much as I love cooking, I truly hate grocery shopping. It's time consuming, involves dealing with crowds, and is the last thing I want to do with my treasured free time. If the mother figure in your life also wants all of the goodies without any of the hassle, consider getting her a subscription to Hungryroot, which can deliver hand-selected, fresh groceries to her doorstep based on her preferences.
For the Mindful Mom
The recent popularity of meditation and mindfulness can benefit all of us, but it's especially brilliant for mothers, who do so much physical and emotional labor for us. Below, an array of gifts that will help your mother figure take a much-needed moment for herself.
Adult coloring books became all the rage a few years ago, and that popularity shows no sign of abating. This fun, floral coloring book will give mom an excuse to relax and let her creativity flow.
Even if your mom isn't into the idea of balancing her chakras, these beautiful little stones are fun to play with, display, and carry with you for a boost of confidence.
Puzzles are among my favorite ways to relax, and they're an excellent means of mindfulness. Gift mom this adorable, cheeky puppy puzzle from Le Puzz. It could even be a fun activity for the whole family to do together!
Meditation offers a number of physical and psychological benefits, the most notable of which include decreased stress and anxiety. Headspace makes getting into meditation easy, and the company is offering 20 percent off its annual subscriptions in honor of Mother's Day this year.
For the Pet Mom
If you grew up with pets, then you know that you're not your mom's only kid—the fur baby, of course, also takes up residence in her heart. And no matter what form her furry friend takes, you can use Mother's Day as a means of supporting all the loves in her life—human and otherwise.
"As any design-minded cat owner will tell you, there is, historically speaking, one headache-including throughline with all furnishings of the pet variety: they’re so damn ugly! Lucky for us, the market is finally evolving. Brands like Tuft & Paw acknowledge the simple but overlooked truth that pet furniture is still furniture, and, unless you have a whole room for your furry famiglia, it’s propped in plain sight—in all it’s paw printed, neon-tinged, This Is Cat Furniture glory. For the pet-loving moms who keep a well-appointed home, there’s no gift better than this; a litter box enclosure that gives more Scandi chic than it does crazy cat lady." -Lucia Tonelli, Social Media Editor
Always wanted a portrait of your pet, but never had the artistic skill to paint one yourself? No problem. This digital portrait site is affordable, mimics paint strokes, and even has an option for adding multiple pets in one frame.
"Forget a cool cat—this is the year of the chic cat. Of course your mom will melt when when her precious little baby nuzzles into their precious little hammock, but she'll also fall in love with this lounger's design when the cat takes a break from its windowside perch." -Lucia Tonelli, Social Media Editor
For the Decor-Minded Mom
I don't know about you, but my mom takes a ton of pride in the way our house looks. From furniture to art, everything is functional, creative, and intentional, much like the home goods below.
A plant is the perfect way to add some aesthetic greenery to a space, and nothing says I-heart-you like a cute little plant with heart-shaped leaves.
This brand celebrates Black history and heritage through vases shaped like busts of gods and goddesses as well as kings and queens. Plant mom's favorite flowers in it, or fill it with a Mother's Day bouquet!
Venus et Fleur is one of my favorite brands, particularly when it comes to gifting. Their innovative floral designs never cease to impress (and never die!), making for a bouquet of flowers that your loved one will never forget. This unique, flower-lined frame is perfect for Mother's Day, and can be customized with the flower and photo of your choice.
For the Life-Of-The-Party Mom
Moms are so often the backbone of the very best parties, so let's make their lives a little easier by providing the best, most helpful tools possible for making the liveliest libations.
Beloved scotch brand Johnnie Walker released this incarnation of their classic blend to honor Elizabeth Cumming, the leader and matriarch of the Cardhu Distillery that was sold to the Walker family in 1893. The blend itself was also created by Master Blender Emma Walker, a female pioneer in a male-dominated industry. What better way to honor the most important woman in your life than by celebrating the power of matriarchs past and present?
Maybe mom's not a fan of alcohol, but she is a fan of entertaining. Enter this collection of non-alcoholic mocktail ingredients from Betty Buzz, and mom will be ready to party—without the buzz.
This brand, which was co-founded by Cameron Diaz, crafts organic wines without any artificial flavoring, preservatives, or coloring. Choose from a number of red and whites, including this Spanish vino tinto.