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24 incredible gifts to make Mother's Day 2023 extra special

Go ahead, make her day! Choose the perfect gift for mom, starting at just $21.

Off-the-beaten-path gifts for that unique, amazing mom. (Photos: Walmart, Bouqs, Target)
Off-the-beaten-path gifts for that unique, amazing mom. (Photos: Walmart, Bouqs, Target)

Moms aren't big on asking for gifts — she just wants you to be happy! — but that doesn't mean she won't appreciate a little something to unwrap on May 14. Our guide to the best Mother's Day gifts will help you find a present that's just right. In addition to our expert gift picks for new moms, mothers-in-law and everyone in between who may need a bit of self-care, we've spoken to Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge, who regularly shares her savvy tips on national TV shows including the Today Show and NBC Nightly News.

Quick overview
  • Homesick Premium Scented Candle, Thank You, Mom - Scents of Bergamot, Lavender, Sage, 13.75 oz, 60-80 Hour Burn, Natural Soy Blend Candle Home Decor, Relaxing Gratitude Candle

    Appreciation + aromatherapy

  • Keepsake Camden Burlwood Frame

    Picture perfect

  • Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw

    Wrapped in your love

  • Beautiful 2-Slice Touchscreen Toaster by Drew Barrymore

    Beauty and brains

  • White Zircon 'Mama' Ring

    Mama has a nice ring

  • Permission to Speak: How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You

    An inspiring read

  • My Family's Birth Months Flower Print

    Art with heart

  • Godiva Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate Gift Box - Mothers Day, Birthday and Spring Gifting - Assorted Luxury Candy in an Elegant Spring Floral Box - 19 pieces

    A Mother's Day classic

  • Queen Bee Bouquet

    Flowers fit for a queen

  • Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C Plus Turmeric Face Oil

    She's glowing

  • Opalhouse x Jungalow Peacock Vase

    Made to show off

  • Personalized, Electric Wine Opener

    For the wine mom

  • Printfresh Cotton Poplin Short-Sleeve Notch Collar Pajamas

    Easy like Sunday morning

  • Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files: A Cookbook

    For the mom who loves cooking

  • Cricut Joy Machine & Digital Content Library Bundle - Includes 30 images in Design Space App - Portable DIY Smart Machine for creating customized cards, crafts, & labels Blue

    For the crafty mom

  • Truly Coco Rose Fudge Jumbo Body Butter

    Decadent delight

  • Isaac Mizrahi Live! Quilted Tote Bag

    Mom will totes love this bag

  • Costa Farms Bromeliad Live Plant, Live Indoor Flowering Plant, Houseplant Potted in Eco-Friendly Washable Paper Planter with Potting Soil Mix, Tabletop Room Decor, Grower's Choice, 12-Inches Tall

    For the plant mom

  • We Take the Cake Bouquet Cupcakes

    The prettiest treats

  • Dokotoo Womens Cozy Ladies Fashion Oversized Fuzzy Fluffy Fleece Winter Fall Open Front Long Sleeve Fleece Hoodies Cardigan Sweater Jackets Coat Outerwear Pink Small

    The coziest cardigan

  • VAHDAM, Chai Tea Gift Set (3 Teas, 75+ Servings) Luxury Gift Box - Mothers Day Gifts from Daughter & Son | Gluten Free, Natural Ingredients Tea Gift Set | Mom Gifts, Gifts For Mom

    Tea time

  • Baggu Packing Cube Set

    Travel time

  • Womens Madre Leopard Print T-Shirts Short Sleeve Mama Shirts Cheetah Mom Graphic Tees Tops M Mama

    Sweet tee

  • Guinot Creme Hydra Beauté Facial Cream

    A touch of France

  • Revlon One-Step Volumizer Enhanced 1.0 Hair Dryer

    Hair-raisingly good

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People are splashing out on mom this year, but sales won't be drastically higher than 2022. "I expect spending to be up only modestly this year," says Bodge of Mother's Day shopping. "Spending increases most years, but some more so than others. With the economy on shaky ground, my guess is that shoppers will be conservative in their spending, similar to how they spent over the holidays." Luckily, we have some great gift picks that are amazingly affordable, like this flowering bromeliad for $20, a $36 "Thank You, Mom" candle and a chai tea selection for just $25.

The best gifts are ones mom has asked for, so Bodge advises listening throughout the year for Mother’s Day gift ideas you can recall each May. "So often, the people we buy gifts for are dropping clues all year long," she says. "It could be as opaque as, 'I’d really like one of those someday,' to something more vague, like expressing an interest in something." And Bodge has a great life hack for keeping track of hints! "When I hear clues like that, I’m now in the habit of jotting them down in a folder I have in the Notes app on my phone," she says.

Our moms are often our best friends. Treat yours to more than brunch or a gift card this year with the best gift ideas we could find. Below, you'll find our picks for the best Mother's Day gifts with everything from a pretty toaster to her new favorite skin care product.

Bergamot, lavender and sage aromas waft through the air when this 13.75-ounce soy blend candle is lit. But the message on this gift may be even better than the scent! A simple thanks will make Mom's day.
$38 at Amazon

Mom will get 60 to 80 hours of beautifully scented burn time with Homesick's 13.75-ounce candle. Top notes of bergamot, lavender and sage intermingle with jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, musk and lily. The "Thank You, Mom" candle comes packaged in a lovely floral box, and you know your mom will love the sentiment. We love that there's also a place to add your own message on the box. Wny not add it to a gift basket? "Smells so light and floral, my mom loved it," writes one happy customer. "It also looks super cute as a decoration."

What a genius idea: Upload your image to Keepsake Frames, and they'll frame it and mail the whole thing to mom. The handsome Camden frame comes in light or dark wood.
$59 at Keepsake Frames

Why go through the hassle of printing photos yourself, ordering frames separately and then putting it all together to wrap and pack, when you can simply use Keepsake? The framing company will take your photo upload and ship out a beautiful framed print for mom. "I ordered three framed photographs from Keepsake, and my order arrived within three days, even on the week of July Fourth," writes one customer. "The frames were high quality, professional and beautifully packaged. Great value for the price, and I love supporting a small business. I will be ordering again!" Choose a favorite childhood photo or a great snap of the grandkids.

An ultra-plush throw blanket is just about the coziest gift you could give mom this Mother's Day. Choose from seven pretty colors, including cream, pink and indigo.
$147 at Nordstrom

If you've ever felt a Barefoot Dreams blanket, you know they are seriously soft. If your mom loves to cozy up on the couch for her favorite shows or with a good book, we think she'll love this everyday luxury availble in seven different colors. It measures 54 by 72 inches, so there's plenty of room to stretch out with this polyester microfiber throw. Bonus: It’s machine washable, which makes things easy on Mom.

Why shouldn't mom's toaster look this good? Drew Barrymore's popular kitchen line features on-trend colors and modern features, like a touch-activated display. Plus, there are six colors available, so one is sure to match her kitchen.
$40 at Walmart

We've never seen such a cute countertop appliance as this toaster, and we think your mom will agree! Also available in different colors such as sage, cornflower blue, black, white and oyster gray, it has a touch-activated panel and preset buttons including Bagel, Frozen and Reheat. The extra-wide slides accommodate a variety of breads — perfect. And the Walmart reviews are great, too. "This toaster is the prettiest toaster I've ever owned! It truly is a work of art," writes one customer. "I LOVE the color. It isn't just pretty, however. It works great and has settings not just for toasting, but for warming things up and for bagels, etc. I like that it has the mechanism that hugs the slices of bread while toasting."

Gift mom a bit of bling! She'll wear her title proudly on this 18-karat yellow-gold-over-sterling ring.
$94 at JTV

Some mamas just want jewelry. And they wouldn't be wrong! If you've got a mom who loves sparkle, this JTV piece makes a great gift. Tiny white zircon stones set in 18-karat gold (over sterling silver) spell out "Mama." Add a velvet gift box for $14 or a wood gift box for $17, and present her ring in style. Fun fact: Zircon is a naturally occurring stone that resembles diamond, not to be mistaken for lab-created cubic zirconia.

A fascinating read about what power sounds like, this new release from a dialect coach explores the dynamic between how people speak and how they get heard.
$28 at Amazon

Samara Bay, a dialect coach, helps Hollywood actors with movie roles, but she also helps people use their voices to find their power. Her insights on redefining what power and authority sound like make for a compelling read. If mom loves inspirational authors like Brené Brown, we think she'll enjoy Permission to Speak, a thoughtful gift with a great message. "Samara Bay's book is a powerful, enjoyable read," writes one Amazon reviewer. "I couldn't recommend it more highly. You will like yourself better, stand a little taller, feel a little braver and get a loving kick in the butt to use your voice for good."

Mom will treasure this personalized watercolor print, featuring the birth month flowers of her whole family.
$85 at Uncommon Goods

A sentimental gift idea, this Uncommon Goods original has so many personalized details. Each family member's birth flower is depicted through artist Veronica Ballart's watercolors on archival matte paper. Then, details about each person are added below the flowers; hobbies, achievements and attributes can be highlighted — to mom's delight, no doubt. Opt for two to eight flowers, unframed, for $85. More flowers and framed options go up to $175.

There are 19 pieces of dark, milk, white, raspberry and caramel chocolate tucked inside a festive, spring-themed Godiva box. How can you go wrong?
$34 at Amazon

Chocolates are a very popular Mother's Day gift option — why stray from a classic? This Godiva box is downright delicious, and mom will love the assortment of premium chocolates. Amazon reviewers note that their boxes arrived safely packed with unmelted chocolate. "The chocolates were delivered nicely on ice, and the taste was incredible!!!" writes one Amazon reviewer, who bought the Godiva Gold Edition box as a Mother’s Day gift for her sister. "My mom finished the whole thing within a day," writes another satisfied customer. Hopefully, your mom will share a few pieces!

Fresh flowers are a lovely way to celebrate mom! This sunflower, rose and chamomile arrangement is just right for the occasion.
$49 at The Bouqs Company

Vibrant sunflowers, white spray roses, yellow billy balls and mini hydrangeas combine in a bold, sunny bouquet that mom will love. Opt for one bunch of 12 stems for just $49 (shown) or go bigger and order the Deluxe (24 stems) for $64 — or even the Grand size, with 36 stems for $79. If you're so inclined, you can even upgrade and add a vase for $12 or $18. A bouquet is always welcome, especially when it's a Bouqs bunch. Consider this a good last-minute Mother’s Day gift you can have delivered!

For the skin care-loving mama: one of the hottest face serums out there! Vitamin C and turmeric combine for a gorgeous glow.
$40 at HSN

Skin care is having a moment, and we think sought-after products make great Mother's Day gifts for moms who want to treat their skin right. Sunday Riley's CEO Glow face oil is a great option; it's ultra-hydrating, thanks to its nutrient-rich Vitamin C formula. Mom can massage a few drops onto her face, neck and decolletage for a dewy glow. A 0.5-ounce bottle runs $40, but we think mom will love this serum so much, you may want to consider upgrading to the 1.18-ounce size!

The Opalhouse and Jungalow lines at Target are always best sellers, and this whimsical vase is a collab worth buying. Mom will love this peacock-bedecked piece.
$30 at Target

A great gift for the mom who is into home decor, you can find this unique vase at Target. Standing 13.25 inches, it's the perfect place for a sweet little bouquet. The watertight terra-cotta looks great filled with flowers or just standing solo. This Opalhouse and Jungalow design collab is only available online, so order one for mom now. "I am in love!" writes one Target customer of her vase. "What a perfect addition to my collection. Packed with care, and arrived in perfect condition."

For the mom who has everything: This personalized wine opener will win Mother's Day. It's available in gold or chrome, and you can add a message of your choice.
$50 at The Wine Opener

A handy tool to have in mom's kitchen arsenal, the Wine Opener makes getting that bottle open a snap for mom (or anyone). Choose from gold or chrome, and add text for an additional $9. Each gift box also includes rechargeable batteries, a USB charging cable and a foil cutter. "Bought it for my husband, but really, it was for me!" comments one reviewer. "So easy to use, foil cutter is perfect addition! We all fight to use it in the house." Don't make mom fight for it, gift her her very own Wine Opener this Mother's Day.

Treat mom to a refreshing bedtime experience with a pair of popular Printfresh pajamas in a fun, colorful print.
$132 at QVC

They're a splurge, but Printfresh's pajama gift set is beloved for its quality, 100% organic cotton and for the vibrant prints. Opt for Papaya Paradise (pictured), Hot Pink Bagheera, Lemon Cloud Zest or Blush Bagheera prints, in sizes that range from XS to 5X. The relaxed cut adds to this style's comfort level. We can just picture mom relaxing in her Printfresh jammies on Mother's Day and enjoying breakfast in bed!

The latest cookbook from Deb Perelman features instant classic dishes like Deepest Dish Broccoli Cheddar Quiche and Mango Curd Tart.
$18 at Amazon

If the mom in your life enjoys cooking (or just cookbooks), we highly recommend this gem. Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen recipes are not intimidating, and they are delicious. Named Amazon's Best Cookbook of the Year and a Bon Appetit Best Book of the Year, Smitten Kitchen Keepers needs to find its way to your mom's kitchen this Mother's Day. Hot tip: Gift the cookbook along with a dish you've made her!

"What I look for in a cookbook: Photos for every recipe, attainable ingredients, detailed instructions that make the recipe seem achievable. Deb nails all three," writes a happy Amazon customer. "I have already made several recipes out of this book, and all have been a success (turkey meatloaf for skeptics and ranch-y crushed potatoes [DIVINE, one of my favorite meals I’ve ever eaten]; chicken with chorizo, tomatoes and rice; chicken parmesan; salted milk chocolate cake [this is the best cake I have ever made and I bake a lot!]; green angel hair pasta; fettuccine with white ragu)." Best cake she's ever made? In all-caps? C'mon, you know you want to try it.

If your mom enjoys whipping up all kinds of crafts, a Cricut machine is the perfect gift. Mom can crank out cards, decals, labels and so much more with this neat gadget.
$142 at Amazon

It's a crafter's dream! Cricut's small machine, the Joy, is perfect for creating personalized and custom decal designs. All mom needs is the Design Space app to get started. Projects including banners and decals are easy to make. The Circuit Joy comes with a digital library of 30 images, with more available. And don't let the tech aspect overwhelm mom, it's actually easy to use. "My mom wanted this for Christmas, and she was so excited to open it," writes an Amazon reviewer. "It was super easy to set up, and she was amazed on the speed it cut the vinyl. She was nervous about using an app, but she got the hang of it pretty quick."

Treat mom to a gorgeously luxe moisturizing experience. This whipped body butter is as good as it gets.
$37 at Target

Give mom a break from her everyday lotion and swap in this delightful Truly body butter. The light Coco Rose Fudge scent is dreamy, and the shea butter blend includes collagen and algae extract for supple skin. It's just 3 ounces, but a little of this ultra thick lotion goes a long way. "I can't tell you how much I love Truly's products," writes a Target shopper. "This product helps lock in moisture, and the truth is, you don't need that much. I recommend putting a lotion before, then the butter."

A fantastic everyday option, this roomy tote looks as if it cost much more than it did. A great Mother's Day gift for the mom who loves a nice bag!
$166 at QVC

On clearance, this bag is a steal. The Isaac Mizrahi Live! tote features a zip-top closure, and QVC shoppers are loving this bag. One reviewer explains why: "This tote is perfect, from the texture to the handles to the size," she begins. "The deep side pockets easily fit a water bottle or travel mug. The inside is roomy. The top zipper is smooth to use. The ability to switch from hand carry to over-shoulder carry is easy to manage. The feet on the bottom keep it upright too. Faux leather is very nice-looking and the feel is smooth. The quilting is nicely done, with substantial padding..."

If mom is into plants, skip the bouquet and get her something that will stay alive — thanks to her green thumb. This bromeliad has an impressive 2,852 reviews on Amazon. Maybe your mom will be No. 2,853! "I was very happy with the condition that this plant arrived in," writes one Amazon customer of her Costa Farms experience. "Very well packaged. Also came with a pot, which I did not expect," she notes. "Would buy again." If the flowering bromeliad isn't appealing, other options include a Chinese Evergreen, a Peace Lily or a dieffenbachia plant.

These cupcakes are works of art! Treat mom to baked goods that look as good as they taste. With Goldbelly's shipping option, these popular cupcakes can be delivered anywhere.
$86 at Goldbelly

If you've got a mom with a sweet tooth, maybe she'd prefer her flowers in edible form. In that case, these artisanal cupcakes are the perfect Mother's Day gift: They're festive, beautiful, and downright tasty. Four chocolate and four golden butter cupcakes are topped off with buttercream flowers, making an unforgettable bouquet. And you know they're good; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.'s We Take the Cake bakery has appeared on the Food Network and Oprah's Favorite Things. "The packaging was lovely and very sturdy," writes one Goldbelly customer of her cupcake bouquet. "The cakes themselves were totally delicious!"

Is it a coat? A sweater? Wrap or cardigan? Whatever it is, over 14,000 Amazon shoppers are singing the praises of this versatile piece — and you can read our full review on the Dokotoo Teddy Coat to find out what all the fuss is about. It's available in over 30 colors and patterns, and the only hard choice will be picking a color. Or you could be like this Amazon reviewer and buy multiple: "I have bought seven of these!" she writes, "Three for myself and others for gifts. As the description says, they are slightly oversized. These function well as a hoodie while out and about and equally well as a hoodie for lounging in your pajamas on a cold night."

Ginger Masala Chai, Maharani Spice Oolong Tea and Sweet Cinnamon Spice Masala Chai come packaged for gifting. Bonus: Oprah loves Vahdam teas!
$30 at Amazon

For a tea-drinking mama, Vahdam's chai trio is quite the treat. The Private Reserve Collection includes three tins of loose-leaf chai varieties: Ginger Masala, Maharani Spice Oolong and Sweet Cinnamon Spice Masala. To bump up your Mother's Day gift, add a mug or tea kettle. The Amazon reviews illustrate this set's success as a Mother's Day present. "If you or whoever you are buying is for likes chai, it is definitely worth the money!" writes one reviewer. "It lasted my mom from Mother’s Day to Christmas; so about seven months. She loved it so much she asked me to get it for her again."

The sunshine fruit print on these packing cubes will make Mom smile. And encourage her to come visit!
$36 at Baggu

It may not seem exciting, but packing cubes are really helpful! And Baggu's colorful prints make them a fun gift, especially for moms who love to travel. This set includes a large and a small pouch made from recycled ripstop nylon for added durability. In addition to the Sunshine Fruit print, they're also available in Awning Stripes, Sanrio Friends, Farmers Market and Lake. Packing cubes are perfect for corralling socks and other wayward items, which will make mom's trips a bit easier.

A perfect gift for the trendy mom, this leopard tee also comes in other colors and styles and is beloved on Amazon.
$17 at Amazon

Amazon fashion at its finest! This fun cheetah-print "Mama" tee will be a wardrobe staple — what a cute Mother's Day gift! It pairs especially well with jeans and yoga pants, mom favorites. The cotton-poly blend top has other options too: Madre/Mama/Cool Mom/Mom. Over 6,000 Amazon customers have given this tee 4.3/5 stars, and they're raving about it. "It fits as it should. Good quality shirt and beautiful print!" writes one happy mom. "If you are trying to decide to buy this or not, this is your sign to buy it."

Made for dry, mature skin, this light moisturizer works for every mom, even the ones with sensitive skin. Fans say the cream's light fragrance is reminiscent of old-school Oil of Olay.
$46 at Amazon

If mom is a beauty maven, she's sure to enjoy this moisturizer from spa-fave brand Guinot, which was started in France 40 years ago. Women the world over rave about the products, all of which are formulated without parabens and GMO ingredients. Amazon reviewers call it "awesome," "amazing" and "the best" — all of things mom is.

This hair dryer's popularity is not just hot air: This tool is a game-changer. It'll take mom just minutes to look put-together and polished.
$40 at Amazon

Who needs a Dyson Airwrap when this $50 dryer is so great? According to more than 17,000 Amazon reviewers, Revlon's One-Step Volumizer really works. Simply brush out your hair with the One-Step Volumizer and hot air dries as you style. The new model even has an improved motor.

"This thing is magical!" writes one Amazon customer. "Seriously. Where has this been all my life? Why have I been sleeping on this!? Why have I been using a blower dryer AND a round brush all my hair-drying life, when I could’ve been using this all along?" If the mom in your life doesn't own a Revlon One-Step and she has hair, we recommend that you make this purchase.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.