The various things that your mom does for you that you are thankful to her for
Perfect Gifts For Mom's Day
A lot of folks see a self-heating mug, and think it's the silliest thing you could possibly own. In fact, nearly everyone at CNET who's tried an Ember Mug refuses to have anyone pry if from their hands. It's a great gift idea because it's pricey and something that people generally wouldn't buy for themselves -- and that goes double if Mom loves coffee, tea or hot chocolate. See our coverage of the latest Ember products.
A digital photo frame can serve as a direct link between you and your mother, letting you send new photos directly to her mantle no matter how far away she lives. Our favorite digital photo frame, the Aura Mason is easy to set up, has a sharp, vivid display, and works seamlessly on Android and iOS through a proprietary app. Simply upload your photos through the app (this makes Aura especially good for documenting Little League triumphs and other fleeting-but-important moments you’d like to share), and they’ll show up in the frame. One tip: When you receive the frame, start contributing photos so that when Mom opens the package and powers up the Aura, they’ll be ready and waiting.
That’s right, we’re recommending Crocs for your mother. Turns out Crocs are back, and they’re hotter than ever. There are a wide variety of Crocs styles you can choose from, including fur-lined options and even platforms. But there’s nothing quite as good as the original rubber clog, especially if Mom spends a lot of time outdoors or running around the garden.
The RAVA Flame Retardant car seat is not cheap, but there’s a reason—it’s one of the best and most popular options you can buy. Our readers are obsessed with buying it from Nordstrom, and it’s not hard to see why. It holds a near-perfect 5-star rating on the site, with reviewers saying it’s long-lasting, easy to install, and incredibly high quality. This is the perfect gift for the mother of a newborn who’s looking to invest in the best.
For many moms, a handbag is less an accessory and more a utilitarian carryall, fitting in everything a day could possibly need: Band-Aids, sunscreen, extra hair ties, a bottle of water, sometimes even an emergency PB&J. This year, upgrade your own mom’s go-everywhere, do-everything bag to the Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote, one of Wirecutter’s favorite tote bags. It’s large enough to hold water bottles or a bag of string cheese while still looking chic. Take it a step further and add a Cuyana Tote Organization Insert.
Forget work from home, it's time to glow from home with two full-sized, brightening Ole Henriksen products infused with vitamin C and banana powder: the Banana Bright Eye Crème and Banana Bright Face Primer. The eye cream boosts collagen production, firms skin, and deeply hydrates, while the face primer extends makeup wear and gives skin a subtly-illuminated finish. Just like your parents, this is a power couple for sure.
If your Mom likes her evening tea, she'll love this Bella tea kettle. Instead of going through the hassle of putting a pot of water to boil on the stove (not to mention the loud cry it makes when ready), all Mom has to do is fill this adorably patterned tea kettle and flip the switch on the side. It'll boil water in no time with 1200 watts of power, which means she can have her chamomile quicker. P.S. our associate editor's mom uses this kettle daily, and loves the patterns!
Flowers only last for days, but a rosebud and peony blossom–scented candle lasts for weeks. And when you gift not one, but three, candles (of your choosing) in pretty Otherland Mother's Day packaging, we guarantee mom will have her lighter ready to go as soon as she receives the package. You can also gift an individual candle for $36, but $89 for three is a pretty great deal, if we do say so.
Apart from the coffee, tea mugs, another good idea for gifting personalized or cherished gifts is giving her a bracelet. You can either go for the metallic ones that come cheap, or buy the costlier ones made of gold and silver. You can also get a nice pen for your mother, with her name engraved on it.
Has your mom been spending a lot of time watching The Home Edit on Netflix? If so, she is probably itching for some organization in her life. Open Spaces, a home brand launched in January 2020, has fantastic gift options like these nesting trays that give rings and keys a place to be. They come in three colorways (light pink, navy, and dark green) and are made from responsibly sourced materials like recyclable plastic and solid wood ash.
Ask your mother about her childhood days. Let her speak her heart out and take a walk down the memory lane. This will help you know your mother more closely and this will also make her feel loved and special. You can ask your mother about her kindergarten friends, her teenage friends, her first crush, her first job, the day you were born, and any other thing that was really special in her life. You will see the face of your mother gleam as she tells you about all that has been close to her heart.
If the lady on your list loves tea, she'll like a pretty tea set. A best option would be Teaposy Snow Dance Gift Set.
The Bonding Between Mother and Son
Now that your mom is spending more time at home, she hopefully has more time for a proper morning skin-care routine. The three-piece Ultra-Brightening Essentials set from Kiehl's includes the vitamin C-packed Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, and the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner. Pair with a strong cup of coffee or matcha and she'll look and feel energized to start her day.
Yes, buying Mom an apron might seem a tad too Leave It to Beaver, but the absurdly comfy Rough Linen Pinafore is good for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, regardless of how much they cook. (Even someone who’s just “supervising” risks being splattered.) A rectangle of fabric with two straps and big pockets, the Rough Linen Pinafore looks less “prissy apron” and more “artsy smock,” but it’s actually really well designed. It’s loose in all the right places, yet it won’t slip around as she moves. When testing the apron, we also liked the two giant hip pockets, which can fit everything from a phone to a meat thermometer to even folded dish towels.