Mother’s Day is May 10th this year and as usual, you are racking your brain for what to give the moms in your life. They do so much for you, whether they are yours by birth or by choice, so choosing a gift that expresses how you feel can be a tall order. One thing lots of moms could use is some help, so offer to cook her a meal while she puts her feel up, or assemble that dreaded IKEA bookcase that’s been sitting in its box for months. But, if you don’t live close, here are dozens of Mother’s Day gifts that will please her just as much.
$150 and under
TDN Creations Solid Gold Love Knot Ring ($130 at TDNCreations.com)
This 16-gauge ring is a sweet gift of promise. It’s available in yellow, rose or white gold and you can choose from a matte or shiny finish.
If she complains of low energy, perhaps it’s time to give her some peak performance bedding. These sheets and pillowcases contain technology that can improve sleep quality, aid recovery after exercise and help increase energy and stamina. I have to say that I feel great when I use mine!
InvisaWear ($129 at Amazon)
More than anything, you want Mom to be safe. Available in a keychain, bracelet or necklace, the Invisawear is more than a charm; a double tap on the charm alerts five people she selects – including emergency responders, if she so chooses – of her location and that she is in danger. Invisawear is great for the mom on the go, but also for the mom who lives alone or who is infirm. There is no subscription required, but the charms need to be replaced (at a discounted price of $65) every 1-2 years.
$100 and under
Cross Botanica Pen Collection ($56 at Amazon)
There’s nothing like writing letters and notes with a really special pen. This limited edition collection featuring lovely floral patterns, will make every letter Mom writes a delight. The six styles are each available in rollerball, fountain and ballpoint.
Fuse Chicken Universal All in One Travel Charger ($85 at Amazon)
This charger from the oddly named Fuse Chicken will charge her devices almost anywhere in the world. With 6,700mAh, it will fully charge her smartphone at least once. It has a US-B connection to accommodate most charging cables, as well as a USB-C connection, which will charge newer laptops and some Android phones. It also comes with interchangeable wall prongs, so she can charge her devices no matter where in the world her travels take her.
Diamond Brand Biltmore Double Take Tall Bag ($91 at DiamondBrandGear.com)
This equestrian-inspired bag will take Mom from a stroll in the city to a picnic in the park. It’s big enough to hold her essentials, but it also comes with a removable insulated pouch that keeps up to two bottles of wine chilled. Talk about functional!
SwimZip Essential Swim Dress ($75 at Swimzip.com)
The beach-loving mom needs something to protect her skin from the sun! The Swim Dress is a chic and flattering cover up with a UPF of 50+, blocking 98% of the sun’s rays. The fabric is comfortable and quick-drying and the sides have adjustable ruching to customize the fit. It’s available in several colors/patterns.
November Rain Rain Poncho ($60 at Amazon)
If there’s rain in the forecast, she should toss this cute, waterproof poncho into her carry on. It has a detachable hood and it’s big enough to cover her plus her shoulder bag or backpack. When not in use, it folds up into a handy 8″ x 5″ pouch. Available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Astral Hemp Loyak Everyday Lace Up Shoe ($75 and up at Amazon)
Made with 77% hemp, these unisex, packable and supremely comfortable shoes are perfect for everything from a light hike, a long flight or a stroll around the city. Hemp is a great material for shoes because it’s highly breathable and naturally antimicrobial! Available in three colors.
$50 and under
Framebridge ($39 and up at Frambridge.com)
Create a beautiful framed print with Framebridge, starting at $39 for an Instagram print. There are more than 40 frames to choose from, but don’t worry if you are not design-inclined. A Framebridge stylist can help you make just the right choices for your photo.
Pelican Bottle ($25 and up at Amazon)
As a traveling mom myself, I love to save money by refilling a reusable water bottle. I love this stainless steel one from Pelican because – like everything Pelican makes, it’s virtually indestructible and has Pelican’s lifetime warranty. It’s leak-free, and keeps beverages hot for 12 hours and cold for 24! Available in three sizes and a variety of colors.
Pretty Connected Lara Chain Strap ($34 at Prettyconnected.com)
This stylish chain is so multi-purpose and functional! It allows Mom to keep her camera or phone close at hand, but hands-free. It can also be worn as a chic necklace or belt.
Terrace Jewelry Organizer by Umbra ($30 at Amazon)
Mom has collected lots of baubles and bangles over the years and they’re all in a tangle. This three-tier lined wooden box offers a smart storage solution for her earrings, rings, necklaces. and even her reading glasses. Drawers can slide out for display or remain neatly stacked.
Tea Forte Warming Joy Gift Set ($30 at Amazon)
If she needs a little “me” time, this gorgeous set will provide just that. In a beautiful gift box, she’ll find 20 handcrafted pyramid tea infuser bags in flavors, like Rum Raisin Biscotti, Ginger Snap, and Raspberry Ganache.
Meori Large Foldable Box ($35 at Amazon)
Is Mom a bit disorganized? This box is a great addition to a closet, cabinet or her car. It has separate compartments, holds up to 65 pounds and it’s collapsible when not in use. Available in a variety of colors.
Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives ($35 at Amazon)
This award-winning book is the work of photographer Ali Smith and features stunning photographs and personal and moving stories of modern motherhood – including me and my daughter! A wonderful read for any mom.
My Photo Atrium Acrylic Block ($35 and up)
Personalized gifts are always a nice touch, and this elegant acrylic block will make the perfect addition to her bedside table, desk or mantle. The MyPhoto site is a breeze to use, allowing you to design and order your gift in minutes.
Kikkerland Large Bedside Caddy ($27 at Amazon)
If Mom is space-challenged, this handy felt pocket will conveniently house her book, glasses, phone and more. It takes seconds to install and it’s such a space-saver!
$25 and under
Kikkerland RIVSALT ($25 at Amazon)
The gift for foodies will be fun a conversation piece at Mom’s table. The block of natural Himalayan salt comes with its own wooden stand and Japanese stainless steel grater. She and her guests will love seasoning their food with it.
Sugarwish ($18.50 and up at Sugarwish.com)
A personalized Sugarwish e-card is the perfect gift to satisfy her sweet tooth. Once Mom receives her e-card, she can choose her favorite candies from the broad selection at Sugarwish. Her Mother’s Day gift arrives in a blue box with a ribbon.
Leatherology tassel key chain ($15 and up + $5 or $10 for monogramming at Leatherology.com)
These leather-tassel key chains can be monogrammed with one block letter in plain, gold or silver emboss, in one of two striking fonts. The tassels are available in 15 colors – in “signature” leather or black in “premium” leather – to suit Mom’s personal style.
Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket Plus Compact Case ($20 at Amazon)
Traveling in comfort is of the utmost importance, which is why I take this on every flight. It can be used as a headrest or lumbar support, or it can unfold and be used as a fuzzy, cozy blanket. It clips onto a travel bag when not in use.
Perfect for her garden, this clever clay receptacle waters thirsty plants with minimal effort. The Oya is buried in the garden for spring and summer and periodically filled with water, which the plants in the vicinity draw on when they need. Because there is less surface watering, weeds are less likely to germinate. Available in three sizes.
Lizzy Shaw Cashmere Tissue Holder ($25 at LizzyShawStudio)
Made by Los Angeles-based artisan, Lizzy Shaw, this pretty, upcycled cashmere pouch will lend a touch of luxury to her pack of travel tissues. Available in Neutrals, Jewel Tones, Pastels or Darks, or you can send Shaw your favorite old cashmere for repurposing.
Monet Wallet Phone Grip Kickstand ($15 at Amazon)
A great companion item for her smartphone, this phone gripper/stand adheres to the back of any size phone and provides an easy way to hold it while she’s taking photos. It also serves as a phone stand and the card slot holds a couple of credit cards or a few bills for those days that she’s traveling light. Available in a variety of colors.
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