If you’re looking to get the mom in your life something extra-special this year — especially if she never splurges on herself — we found some gifts that’ll do the trick. From bigger-ticket items to subscriptions that keep on giving. They’re the perfect options to split with siblings or other family members. So you can shop smarter and make her Mother’s Day memorable. Win-win.
For more gift recs, check out our guide on Mother’s Day gifts that’ll make her day easier.
It’s pretty simple. Legacybox will take outdated VHS tapes, photos, cassettes, negatives, and more. Then the magic happens. In six to eight weeks, you’ll receive those originals back, plus a new digital version via thumb drive, DVD, or as a download from the cloud. So she can rewatch baby videos, talent shows, and all those soccer games she taped. And save them to her phone to share with others. Get the tissues ready. ($59.98+, Legacybox)
It’s sleek, lightweight, and roomy. The exterior is water- and wear-resistant. And it comes with an interior zippered pouch for valuables. It’s the everyday essential she can throw over her shoulder before running errands. You can even monogram it for free. ($215, Leatherology)
Because no one loves tossing and turning. Evenly distributed weight while she snoozes can help produce a deeper sleep, plus more serotonin and less cortisol. Aka more relaxing vibes and less stress. It’s made from hand-knit cotton (not tiny artificial beads typically found in weighted blankets), so it feels soft and breathable. Sweet dreams. ($249, Bearaby)
It’s packed with things she’ll love. Like coffee pouches, skincare masks, chocolate, spa necessities, and more. Each month is themed differently, so she’ll always have something to look forward to. She’ll also get a curated Spotify playlist in each box, along with tips and tricks for self-care at home. ($35.99/month, Cratejoy)
Each box includes a classic read, a beverage, and themed goodies. If she’s not a coffee lover, no worries. You can replace it with either tea or hot chocolate. The genre of the book changes monthly, and she can swap it out if she’s already read it. Bookworms unite. ($39.89/month, Cratejoy)
Finally a place to showcase all those precious family memories. The print is fully customizable, comes in various sizes, and has a wide array of frames to choose from (you can also buy it unframed). There are 30 photo slots in total, so a spot for every sibling, vacation, holiday spent together, and more. We guarantee she’ll hang it within the first hour of opening.* ($29+, Minted)
All she has to do is add ingredients. She can make soups, stews, and sauces, cook meat, and even bake bread. Plus, the (super) versatile kitchen tool is easy to clean. It’s meant to last ages, so we recommend hand washing. And with such a chic design, it’ll look great going from stovetop to dinner table. You can also check out matching skillets and cookware sets here. ($110+, Food52)
There aren't many things we can say about this robe except that a) it’s incredibly soft, and b) it’s a nighttime staple. Aka a gift she’ll use again and again. No need to wait for her next hotel stay. (We firmly believe everyone deserves to end the night wrapped up in one.) We suggest pairing it with these cozy matching slippers. ($109, Parachute)
The best part? With this variety pack, she won’t have to choose which flavor is best. She gets them all. The box includes matcha, red bean, vanilla chip, chocolate, passion fruit, lychee, black sesame, ube, salted caramel, strawberry, espresso, and coconut. Bonus: dairy-free options are also available. ($70, Mochidoki)
Introducing the chunkiest, gooiest, and (arguably) best cookies of all time. Based in New York City, this women-owned bakery creates cookies that are beyond delicious (they also make breads). This pack comes with chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. But don’t fret — the cookies can also be found in the freezer section of Whole Foods Market stores. The biggest problem will be whether or not to share them. ($27+/4 pack, Levain Bakery)
You can choose from a one-, two-, or three-month subscription. She’ll be able to redeem that gift card and set up her palette profile. And see what experts recommend, with the flexibility to choose her own bottles (up to four a month). Everything will get shipped directly to her door. Happy hour has arrived. ($60+/one month, Winc)
This one is 3 inches thick. And backed by 25 years of Tempur-Pedic innovation, so you know it’s legit. The cover can be removed and washed, while the topper material responds to your body’s weight, shape, and temperature. If she’s a hot sleeper, you can upgrade the topper to a cooling one, with a cool-to-the-touch cover. ($239.20+, Tempur-Pedic)
And if there’s someone knocking on the front door. The camera allows for a head-to-toe view, so she won’t need to peek out from an upstairs window (especially when a visitor isn’t expected). When someone arrives, the phone app she can download will alert her. She’ll even be able to talk to visitors without opening the door. Safety 101. ($179, Bed Bath & Beyond)
Safely, of course. This suitcase is built to last, and has a durable outer shell to protect all her precious personal items. It’s got a built-in, TSA-approved lock, 360-degree spinner wheels, a hidden laundry bag, and compression straps. Psst...we have this suitcase and really love it. It’s sturdy, rolls smoothly, and has room for everything. We’ve had it for years and it barely has scuff marks. ($275, Away)
Consider this the ultimate splurge. This hair dryer works ultra fast (trust us, we’ve used it) to make sure her locks are smooth, minus the extreme heat damage. Did we mention it can increase shine and decrease frizz? Because it can. The package also includes a barrel styling brush, a detangling comb, a heat mat, and three different nozzle attachments. If you’re not convinced yet, the hair dryer has 4.7 out of 5 stars, with over 2,000 reviews. For the mom who loves to style her hair, it really is the gift that’ll keep on giving. ($399.99, Dyson)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.
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Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Emmy Favilla
Like a foot hammock, a chair pillow to help with back aches, and a lamp that's easy on the eyes.
Aka things that you'll use for the rest of your life. Because you're an adult now. Except when you have to call to make a doctor's appointment.
Treat her to caramel marshmallows, a pair of sweats that’ll keep her cozy, or an uplifting card. Awww’s sold separately.