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Mother's Day falls on May 8 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, between a pandemic, an economic crisis, and the pressures of having kids to begin with, she sure does deserve it this year.
Below, check out our favorite Mother's Day gifts, organized by interest. And while you're perusing, keep in mind the other moms in your life: The friends, sisters, cousins, and even female mentors in your life could use a little love this holiday, too.
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.
This gorgeous dinnerware set is perfect for warmer weather, and is dishwasher safe and BPA-free to boot.
This AAPI-owned brand makes high-quality cooking essentials suitable for use in a microwave so that heating up those leftovers is a quick, easy experience for the busy mom on the go.
This adorable tea set comes with an herbal tea sampler and a satin tea mug, so mom has everything she needs to enjoy a nice cup of tea.
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.
Danica Gim is an artist who celebrates femininity and mindfulness, and this journal encourages women to embrace their inner goddess and reflect on the day.
Adult coloring books became all the rage a few years ago, and that popularity shows no sign of abating.
This game uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to inspire mindfulness, problem-solving, and increased happiness. I own the game myself, and I always feel calmer after I play.
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.
For the Nature-Loving Mom
Whether mom is passionate about animals, gardening, or just her pets, there are a myriad of options out there for the mama who just can't get enough of the the natural world.
Nothing says I-heart-you like a cute little plant with heart-shaped leaves.
These charms aren't just cute: This brand donates a portion of every sale to foundations that aid and preserve big cat populations.
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.
This high-end candle, with its woody, earthy mix of patchouli, laurel, and vetiver, is meant to mimic a relaxing walk in the woods, so mom can feel like she's outdoors even when she's stuck inside.
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.
This comfortable, multi-functional chair not only massages, but it also has a Bluetooth speaker, built-in USB port, and comes with a matching Ottoman.
This puzzle is a gorgeous piece of artwork that's meant to be displayed, and comes with puzzle glue and hanging materials so that mom can display her creation when she's done!
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!
With this digital photo frame, there's no need for mom to spend time or money getting your latest family photos printed out.
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.
This hibiscus-flavored liquor is not only tasty in cocktails, but it's also a gorgeous deep pink color and is inspired by West African and Caribbean tradition. It'll do more than just impress guests—it'll look beautiful on any home bar, and is sure to start cultured conversations with guests.
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 gadget is essentially a Keurig for cocktails, so when mom's friends come over, she can trick them into thinking she's become a master bartender overnight.
For the Mom in Need of Some Self-Care
Being a mom sounds like an incredibly stressful experience, and the pressures of social media and a global pandemic have only exacerbated that. Help mom get some much-needed rest with these soothing products.
This bath tea incorporates aromatherapy to inspire relaxation at the end of a long day, and it also boasts ingredients like lavender and hemp that promise to soothe irritated skin.
This bundle from Black-owned brand You Go Natural includes everything a woman needs to get her beauty sleep in style, including a pillowcase, two scrunchies, a hair wrap, and an eye mask—all of which are made of 100% silk.
Is there a photo of you, your family, or even your pets that your mom simply can't get enough of? Let her every nap be a mood booster with these large fleece blanket that you can customize with the image of your choosing.
For the Mom Who's Always on the Go
Being a mom is a full-time job, and is often paired with yet another full-time job. For all the breadwinners, soccer moms, single moms, and otherwise busy moms, here are a few products that'll help power the day and hopefully make all that running around a little more seamless.
I don't know about you, but both me and my mom can't get our days moving without coffee. And as the warm months approach, this easy-to-use cold brew maker will surely come in handy.
This cute diaper bag is not only equipped with a number of compartments, but it also comes with a foldable changing mat for the busy new mama.
These earbuds, with their lengthy battery life and bluetooth capabilities, are perfect whether mom is going for a run or running from meeting to meeting. She can use them to listen to music, take calls, or listen to an audiobook during her commute to work.
This ring, which comes in gold, silver, black, and gray, tracks one's activity, sleep, and period cycle. It also contains guided meditations so that mom can relax on the go!
For the Workaholic Mom
My mom's a teacher, so she spends hours grading papers, creating lesson plans, and researching potential teaching topics. For moms like her, let's look into a few products that make that home office (or corporate office) life easier, more comfortable, and more stylish.
If mom's burning that midnight oil working in her home office, she deserves a chic workspace while doing it. This old-fashioned lamp is sure to brighten both the room and her mood, and it's at a price that can't be beat.
This full-grain leather portfolio holds documents, folders, a tablet, and even has a pocket for a smartphone, so mom can grab-and-go sans stress on even her most hectic workdays.
Help mom step into spring in style with this professional-yet-fun blazer from Brooks Brothers. Without a doubt, she'll be the envy of the office.
Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things fashion and beauty. She's also written about politics, gender, and sex for publications like Bustle, HuffPost Personal, and The New York Times. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.
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