Mother’s Day gift guide: 12 chic, thoughtful ideas for your amazing mom

Our Mother’s Day gift guide has something for every type of mama out there, whether food lovers or fashion queens

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Mom deserves the world, but we can’t package that up in a Mother's Day gift guide.

Instead, we can show her that she means the world to us with the best scented candles, the best pajamas 2021 has to offer, and a whole host of other thoughtful, stylish presents that rightfully put the focus on mom for a change.

Whether you have a meditating maven, a lipstick lover, or a cooking queen for a mom, we’ve rounded up crowd-pleasing Mother’s Day gift guide ideas that every kind of mother figure would love. (And frankly a few that we're adding to our own shopping lists!)

From a plant subscription to polish kits, cult skincare to cool picnic gear, these Mother’s Day gift guide ideas are definitely a step up from a basic card and bouquet!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 12 ways to treat mom right

Beauty + Skincare

1. Augustinus Bader The Discovery Duo

Augustinus Bader The Discover Duo

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Augustinus Bader The Discover Duo (opens in new tab) | $150

Pamper your mom like the star she is with the celebrity-approved face creams from Augustinus Bader. (Everyone from Dakota Johnson to Demi Moore are fans.)

This luxe gift set features two of the brand's most coveted products, The Cream and The Rich Cream, so mom can mix-and-match them throughout her beauty routine. 

2. Olive & June The Mani System

Olive & June Forever Faves Mani System

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Olive & June Forever Faves Mani System (opens in new tab) | $95

Mom can’t make it to the nail salon? Bring the salon to her with this Mother’s Day manicure kit from Olive & June, perfect for a mother-daughter spa day at home.

Along with six of the brand’s best-selling polish colors and all of the tools you’ll need for a salon-perfect mani (cuticle serum, nail buffer, etc), the kit also includes a limited-edition bouquet of preserved blooms from Farmgirl Flowers. 

3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Duo

Yves Saint Laurent Mother's Day Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm Duo

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Yves Saint Laurent Mother's Day Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm Duo (opens in new tab) | $55

Just in time for Mother’s Day, YSL dropped this gorgeous, limited-edition lipstick set. Each set features two of the brand’s high-shine Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balms with moisturizing macadamia butter.

And in flattering-for-all-skin-tones shades like Nude Lavalliere and Chili Morocco, it’s going to be tough not to want to steal this one from mom’s vanity for yourself!

Kitchen + Home

4. Beautiful by Drew Barrymore Cookware

Beautiful 10 PC Cookware Set, Sage Green by Drew Barrymore

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Beautiful 10 PC Cookware Set, Sage Green by Drew Barrymore (opens in new tab)| $99.97

Got a budding gourmand for a parent? If mom’s pots and pans have seen some heavy use over the years, she will certainly appreciate a cookware freshening-up, especially when that cookware is as cute as this set from Drew Barrymore (opens in new tab)’s brand-new line for Walmart.

Bridging the gap between fashion and function, the scratch-resistance set includes two frying pans, two covered sauce pans, a sauté pan, and a large-format Dutch oven—basically everything mom will need to get her Top Chef on. 

5. Mikel Customs Picnic Table & Carrier

Mikel Customs Fold-Up Wooden Picnic Table & Carrier

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Mikel Customs Fold-Up Wooden Picnic Table & Carrier (opens in new tab) | $180

Is mom a big picnicker? If she’s the type who loves to lunch and lounge in the park or on the beach, she’s going to adore this multitasking cherry wood picnic basket, which moonlights as a handy, outdoor mini table.

For a doubly fun gift idea, you can fill the basket with treats and tipples and throw a festive al fresco brunch for you and mom this Mother’s Day! 

6. The Sill Plant Subscription

The Sill Classic Plant Subscription

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The Sill Classic Plant Subscription (opens in new tab) | $60/month

Moms are naturally nurturing, so they’ll likely be more successful at keeping a plant alive than we are. (At least we hope so!)

Rather than the usual garden-variety bouquet of flowers this Mother’s Day, give your mama the gift of gorgeous greenery with this monthly plant subscription from The Sill instead. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Fashion + Accessories

7. Eberjey Gisele Pajama Set

Eberjey Giselle long pj set

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Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set (opens in new tab) | $120

If mom’s like us, she's just spent a year in comfy loungewear (opens in new tab), so her pajama game might need a little fancying up. Eberjey makes some of the softest sets around, and their iconic Gisele silhouette is a classic for a reason.

You can get it ’em in mom’s favorite color (there are 19 colorways to choose from—we love this Bright Pink/Bellini combo) or you can even customize the set with a monogram of her initials!

8. Daisy London x Estée Lalonde Hoop Earrings

Estée Lalonde Venus Front Facing Hoop Earrings 18Ct Gold Plate

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Estée Lalonde Venus Front Facing Hoop Earrings 18Ct Gold Plate (opens in new tab) | $163

These statement hoops, made in collaboration between jewelry brand Daisy London and beauty influencer Estée Lalonde, are inspired by “modern goddesses everywhere”, so they’re a fitting Mother’s Day gift guide idea for the goddess that is mom. There’s even a matching necklace if you want to get her the whole kit and caboodle!

9. Lele Sadoughi Sunglass & Mask Chain


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Lele Sadoughi Garnet Sunglass and Face Mask Chain (opens in new tab) | $45

A great multipurpose Mother’s Day gift, this gorgeous garnet link from Lele Sadoughi can be worn as a classic chain necklace or hooked onto mom’s favorite pair of sunglasses, reading glasses or reusable face masks. That way, she’s never without any of her essential accessories. 

Fitness + Wellness

10. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

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Vitruvi Stone Diffuser (opens in new tab) | $119

Mom’s home will smell good and look good with this beautiful porcelain diffuser from Vitruvi, available in eight different colorways (including the limited-edition Honey, pictured).

You can even customize an essential oil in her favorite scent on the brand’s website to go along with the diffuser. Now mom just has to sit back, relax, and enjoy the calming vibes!

11. Bala Bands

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Bala Bands (opens in new tab) | $20

Give your fit mama words of support whether you’re working out alongside her or not with these latex resistance bands from Bala, each lovingly decorated with a motivational saying.

The set of five comes with a handy carrying case, so she can easily bring them along with her to all of your joint yoga sessions. 

12. Siblings Scent No 11 Candle Kit

Siblings Scent No 11 candle

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Siblings Scent No 11 (opens in new tab) | $26

Real talk, the one thing your mom really wants from you this Mother’s Day is some quality time. What better way to spend the day with mama than by gifting her a fun activity that you can do together that will result in a delicious-smelling scented candle that she can enjoy later?

The newest scent from Siblings, this DIY candle kit is fragranced with musky tuberose, rose damask, and lemony magnolia. All you and mom have to do is melt the candle wax in the microwave and pour it into a vessel (the brand sells an accompanying “Forever Vessel” for $40, which you can add to your gift), let mom’s new candle solidify, and light!

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.