Without our mothers, none of us would be here at all — that’s just a fact of science. Of course, for many who are fortunate, that connection goes even deeper. Our moms helped us figure out who we are, who we want to be, and how to get there. For that, they deserve thanks. And while we should all be thankful for our mothers every single day we spend on this planet, Mother’s Day is our chance to really go all-out in showing our thankfulness.
You can do so much better than the cliche of bouquets of flowers and cheesy cards. If you really want to illustrate to mama just how much she means to you, dig a little deeper and seek out something she’ll really cherish and, more importantly, use regularly. In fact, that’s exactly what we have for you today: a collection of the 20 best Mother’s Day gifts you can get that are both beautiful and functional.
Anthropologie Tiled Margot Monogram Mug
Inspired directly by the tilework found in French bistros, these gorgeous monogrammed mugs are perfect for your mom’s morning cup of joe. And they’re available in every letter of the alphabet, so you can even put together a set to send a message, should you so choose.
Anthropologie Gleaming Copper Glass Candle
Not only can these candles imbue any room with a bit of warmth and coziness, but they’re also housed in these handsome copper containers — meaning they’re a great addition to any room, even when they’re not lit. Better still, they’re available in a trio of inviting scents: Indigo Iris, Smoky Quartz, and White Amber & Mandarin — each with a minimum burn time of 25 hours.
Anthropologie Grecian Bust Pot
House plants are a great way to bring a little life into any room, but traditional pots are, well, kind of boring. Spice up your mom’s indoor garden with these cleverly designed Grecian Bust Pots. They’re made from solid, hand-painted cement and come in two sizes to suit your flora of choice.
YETI Rambler Wine Tumbler
YETI actually offers an entire line of vacuum-insulated drinkware — all of it spectacularly designed and capable of keeping drinks cold for hours on end. That includes this Wine Tumbler, perfect for your mom’s favorite grape-based alcoholic beverages. What’s more, unlike other vacuum-insulated cups and bottles, this one is actually dishwasher-safe — making it very low maintenance.
cocokind Celery Duo
A relatively young brand that’s taking the skincare world by storm, cocokind uses all-natural ingredients (with a lean toward organic), they believe in transparency and inclusivity, and the brand is beloved by its ever-growing fanbase. This particular kit is designed to help smooth out complexions and reduce the appearance of pores.
Barebones Hori Hori Walnut Classic
For anyone with a green thumb, a classic Hori Hori is one of the most valuable gardening tools around. This particular version has a beautiful walnut handle, a heat-treated stainless steel blade with serrations on one side and a plain edge on the other, and it even has a built-in bottle opener (just in case). If your mom likes to spend time in the yard with her plants, you can’t go wrong with this Mother’s Day gift.
Anthropologie Stoneware Pie Dish
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like mom’s signature apple pie? We doubt it. And you can encourage her to make a fresh one every time you visit by picking up this Stonewear Pie Dish for her this Mother’s Day. Built from ceramic, it’s safe to use in the oven, microwave, and it’s even dishwasher-safe.
Winc Wine Club
If your mom (or the mom in your life) likes to indulge in a glass of wine on the regular, it might be worthwhile to take the guesswork out of the equation for her by gifting her a membership to the Winc Wine Club this Mother’s Day. This service uses a simple quiz to gather preference information and then curates four bottles per month based off those preferences. Essentially, it’s like having a digital sommelier right at your fingertips.
Jasper Hill Farm Gourmet Cheese Tasting Box
You know what goes perfectly with a wine subscription? Cheese. And you can get a whole collection of top-notch vault cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm in this Gourmet Cheese Tasting Box. Produced entirely in Vermont, this set includes five delicious kinds of cheese that run the gamut from the buttery-fruity to the spicy-sweet and everything in-between.
lululemon The Reversible Mat
With more people working out at home than ever before, exercise-focused gear is always a great gift idea, especially if your mom is on the more active side of the spectrum. Well, with lululemon’s Reversible Mat, she can practice her yoga flow anytime with comfort and care. And since it has an antimicrobial treatment added to it, it won’t require too much care or maintenance to keep it in good shape.
Sunnylife Lucite Four-In-A-Row Game
If Mother’s Day, for your family, is partially about spending time together, it might be a good idea to pick a gift that doubles as an activity, like Sunnylife’s Lucite Four-In-A-Row Game. Crafted from beautiful transparent acrylic lucite, this colorful spin on the classic tabletop game will give you and mom some much-needed bonding time — or some hearty, heated competition, depending on your family.
Sadly (and especially with a worldwide pandemic still in full swing), not everyone will be able to travel to see their moms on Mother’s Day. However, you can give your mom a gift that will allow you to stay in closer, more intimate contact if you pick up a Facebook Portal. These devices will let your mom make face-to-face video calls with whomever she wants, whenever she wants. And, in lockdown, that can help stave off the cabin fever a great deal.
Our Place Always Pan
One of the absolute best pieces of cookware released in recent years, the Our Place Always Pan might just replace all of your mom’s existing pans. Furthermore, each sale comes with a beechwood spatula, stainless steel steamer basket, and a modular lid (which can be positioned to keep steam inside or let it out). Perhaps best of all, it’s extremely easy to clean once the cooking is done.
Danner Jag Hiking Boot
Hiking remains one of the more pandemic-friendly activities anyone can participate in, so if your mom is keen on getting out into the great outdoors, you can’t go wrong with Danner’s Jag Hiking Boots as a great Mother’s Day gift. A modern, lightweight take on a boot from the 1980s, this version has a grippy outsole, waterproof liner, OrthoLite footbed, EVA midsole, and many other outstanding features.
Smeg Coffee Maker
Americans drink something like 400 million cups of coffee daily. If your mom or the mom in your life finds themselves amongst that statistical group, then picking up a coffee maker can help her save some money (say bye-bye to Starbucks) and will give her a little morning ritual to look forward to. This Smeg coffee maker has the added benefit of handsome retro styling, as well.
The Challenger Bread Pan
If you want bread made the right way, you’re going to need a legitimate bread pan, like this one from Challenger Breadware. This cast iron dutch oven was designed by bakers for bakers and is both sturdy and easy to use. Oh yeah, and if that’s not enough, it was also made right here in the USA.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Kit
A hairdryer is just a hairdryer — unless it’s a Dyson. If you think it might be time for your mom to step up her haircare/style game, then you may want to upgrade her to the brand’s cutting-edge Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Kit. It comes with a hairdryer (obviously), but also includes a round brush and comb. Better still, it can dry hair quickly without extreme heat — meaning it’s far friendlier to the end user’s follicles than the alternatives.
Apple AirPods Max
Just because she’s your mom, that doesn’t mean she’s not interested in the latest and greatest high-tech peripherals. If your mom likes to listen to podcasts, books on tape, or even death metal, she’ll find her experience is far better when that audio is piped through the Apple AirPods Max.
Mirror Smart Home Gym
As mentioned previously, more people are working out in the safety and security of their own homes now than ever before. And the industry has changed rapidly to suit, including through the development of smart home gyms like the lululemon-owned Mirror. This clever device will help your mom tailor her workouts to her personal goals, she’ll gain access to one-on-one personal training through a digital platform, and she can even share the membership with up to six family members.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch
If you really want to show mom just how thankful you are to have been brought into this world and you’ve got deep pockets, you can always depend on Rolex and the brand’s Oyster Perpetual Watch. Part fashion icon, part useful everyday carry tool, this precision-engineered Swiss watch is an eye-catching addition to any outfit. And any mother to a gearhead would certainly appreciate one.