33 Mother’s Day gifts you'll want for yourself — starting at just $12
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When your mom says something really sweet like, “All I want this Mother’s Day was to spend time with you,” she means it. But she probably would also like a nice present, right? Because moms are human, and gifts are fun. So, why not accomplish both and really make her feel special this May 8?
These 35 gift ideas were picked for the vast range of interests and tastes they address. They should cover your mom and anyone else you’re celebrating on this holiday (like grandmothers, aunts, mothers-in-law and mom-friends). They stretch across a range of spaces, from kitchen to campsite, and an equally broad range of categories (fashion, music, beauty, and so on)
Bring out even more smiles with a gift that meets your mom where she’s at — and seeing as everything costs less than $200, you can be sure to meet your budget wherever it’s at. Read on for ways to make your mom's day.
1. State Shaped Cutting Board
This cutting board, which encapsulates the shapes and landmarks of various states, happens to be a host’s secret weapon: It can serve charcuterie and act as a conversation piece. All you need to do is pick the state she loves best.
2. Water-ready Birkenstocks
There’s a good chance your mom has been a fan of Birkenstocks longer than you’ve been around, but even if she’s a recent loyalist, she’ll love how these cushioned and waterproof sandals come in an array of vacation-ready colors.
3. Cat Eye Sunglasses
These tortoise shell sunglasses from Quay Australia have a classic style that your mom is sure to appreciate — alongside their 100% UV protection. But don’t be surprised if your mom loves the cat-eye feature, too. It’s just begging for a sassy one-liner.
4. Cosori Electric Kettle
Made with high-quality glass and stainless steel, this electric kettle can boil water in a jiffy and automatically shut off after. But this kitchen gadget’s biggest draw may just be its see-through carafe, which makes a show out of turning up the heat. Add a box of your mom’s favorite tea, and she’ll definitely look forward to using it.
5. Kate Spade Leather Laptop Tote
This discounted, color-blocked laptop tote from Kate Spade sure is lovely, but its streamlined build gives it some sophistication, too. If your mom is heading back to the office, this is the type of piece that’ll make her feel confident walking through the lobby again. Available in 3 color combos.
6. Brass Table Lamp
This antique brass table lamp from Drew Barrymore’s Walmart collection can bring mid-century style to your mom’s bedroom or living space while also giving her more light to read a page-turner late into the evening. If you happen to mention that you got this stunner on sale, she’ll probably be even more impressed.
7. Samsung Galaxy Tablet
If you really want to spoil your mom — and you know she wants to be better about staying in touch with loved ones — get her this easy-to-use tablet in either gray or pink gold. Set it up so that it has all of her contacts on it, and she’ll be excited to video chat with everyone (and watch shows wherever she pleases).
8. Foam Roller Water Bottle
Moms can appreciate a multitasking item, and this water-bottle-meets-foam-roller is it. She can carry 40 ounces with her on a walk, and then use the bottle to massage any aches and pains that may arise after.
9. Madewell Woven Crossbody Bag
This crossbody bag from Madewell will give your mom the hands-free ease she likes when perusing the farmers market or socializing at a barbecue, but its woven leather exterior still exudes an effortless summer style. Plus, it’ll go with most of her outfits.
10. Retro Turntable
Whatever happened to your mom’s record collection? Pull out those boxes and dust off old LPs after she opens this turntable as an everything-old-is-new-again gift. She’ll love showing you how to master technology for a change, too. Available in lots of retro colors.
11. Superga Classic White Sneakers
These timeless white sneakers have been a crowd — and mom! — favorite for years, thanks to a sleek profile that makes them suitable for jeans and dresses (just ask Kate Middleton). They happen to be very comfortable as well, which is bound to make them a staple of your mom’s closet.
12. Charlotte Tilbury Get Glowing Kit
Clearly, your mom glows on her own. But if she thinks she could use some extra shine in that department, then this glow kit will help. It comes with a vegan-friendly, long-lasting foundation that plumps and smooths skin, as well as a highlighter wand to put certain areas in the spotlight. All your mom needs is her smile.
13. Tocca Perfume Palette
When was the last time your mom changed up her signature scent? No disrespect to a classic, but it’s always exciting to have a little variety. Use this eight-scent case to determine which perfume best suits who she is right now, because it’s bound to make her feel more in the moment.
14. Happy Hour Accessories
Tell your mom to give those classic wine openers a rest. Sure, she’s likely mastered the crank-and-yank move by now, but this cordless wine opener gets the job done with much less effort. And with an added chiller, the only thing she needs to focus on is a good pour.
15. Pretty Jewelry Storage
Think of these modern, stackable jewelry boxes as a beautiful yet practical gift your mom didn’t know she needed. It’ll keep her rings, bracelets, and necklaces contained while acting as an eye-catching addition to her vanity.
16. Tote-able Camp Chair
Mom will be happy to have this Trekology portable chair with her for camping trips, weekends at the sports field or even picnics with friends. The deep seat is easy to put together, and the side pockets and storage bag can keep essentials within arm’s reach.
17. Inspo Art
This on-sale wall hanging can match your mom’s infectious good spirits with a saying that’s as warm as she is. A bouquet of flowers to match the image’s poppies would be a nice addition, if you’d like!
18. Google Nest
There’s probably lots your mom will love about a Google Nest: It can play her favorite music, answer any lingering questions about her 1970s celebrity crush, or tell her how much of an ingredient is needed in a new Sunday dinner recipe. IN four colors: chalk (shown), coral, sky or charcoal.
19. Kate Spade Floral Drop Earrings
Drop earrings with an interesting pattern, like this spades-and-studs design, gives a simple accessory a charming distinction that won’t be lost on your mom. You won’t be able to miss that this pair — from Kate Spade, no less — is more than half off, either.
20. Lululemon Racerback Tank
The best thing about this racerback tank top from Lululemon is that it won’t budge, whether your mom is doing lunges or lounging. The weightless, breathable and sweat-wicking fabric is perfect for summer, and comes in a range of colors so that you’ll find the perfect shade for her.
21. Checkered Hair Claws
Hair claws have made a big comeback recently, and your mom will enjoy a spin on this trend with a cool-and-colorful checkerboard pattern. Her (many) lost hair ties can stay that way.
22. Hydrating Face Mask
Crowd-favorite brand Summer Fridays has a bathroom countertop staple in its Jet Lag mask, simply because the fragrance-free formula hydrates and brightens skin with every use. Your mom will love putting on a quick layer right before bed.
23. Packable Panama Hat
Heading somewhere sunny this summer? Make sure your mom has Nordstrom's packable Panama hat tossed in her suitcase before the big adventure, since it’ll keep her shaded and looking fabulous for the entire trip. In three neutral shades.
24. Massaging Jade Facial Roller
Self care is a full sentence, and your mom probably could use more of it. Get her going with this massaging jade facial roller, which cools and smooths skin as it gently rolls over her face. Just a few minutes of this can be incredibly relaxing, too.
25. Lululemon Belt Bag
If your mom is gearing up to go to a lot of outdoor events this summer, then this belt bag is ideal for what she has in store. Not only does it come in a mix of hues and patterns, but it has just enough space for her essentials without weighing her down.
26. Garden Tool Set
Spring and summer blossoms can beckon even the most indoor-loving moms into their backyards, and this tool set can help them hone their green thumbs in the process. Complete with eight sturdy pieces that can plant, weed, and prune greenery from a compact bag, this gift can get plenty of use until the fall.
27. Fancy Sun Protection
Remember how your mom was always telling you to put on sunscreen? Now you can return the favor with a trio of water-and-sweat-resistant Supergoop products, which are known for delivering a shield without any noticeable streaks.
28. Staub Bakeware Upgrade
This Staub ceramics baking ware set is an item your mom will always find use for, whether it’s to make the lasagna you grew up with or the cumin-roasted veggies she saw on the Food Network. Not only is it effortlessly practical, but it’s beautifully crafted, too—making it the best of both worlds.
29. Kate Spade Reversible Bucket Hat
Bucket hats are having a moment, and if your mom loves to be in on the latest trends, then she’ll be glad you got her this patterned Kate Spade bucket hat for future trips to the beach or pool. The graphic floral print will look great with a solid swimsuit and the reversible black side will work when she's rocking just about any look.
30. JVN Hydration Hair Care Set
This hair care set from Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is great if she wants to pamper her ‘do before spending the next few months in the sun. The kit comes with a rich shampoo, conditioner, mask and cream that will make her want to do a Fab Five-worthy reveal from her own bathroom.
31. Modern Day Caftan
Turn poolside chair-lookouts into a fashion walkway with this colorful caftan from Room Service, which can be worn over her favorite swimsuit until at least Labor Day. Don’t call this a coverup, either. It’s a fashion statement!
32. Massage Gun
It’s funny how aches and pains seem to strike for the oddest reasons, from picking up a full grocery bag to simply stepping out of the car. Keep your mom from perpetual ice-and-heat bags with this massage gun and its range of attachments, which she can easily use from the couch.
33. Coach Lightweight Shawl
If your mom is the type of person who runs cold even when it’s 80 degrees out, this oh-la-la stole will keep her toasty everywhere from the movie theater to patio drinks. The classic Coach pattern will be in style for years to come.
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