Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Moms Really Want

30+ good Mother’s Day gift ideas for moms, grandmothers, and mothers-in-law for all budgets in sentimental, beauty, home, and creative gifts.

I pulled together over 30 gift ideas in this Mother’s Day gift guide with some of my favorite things I already own and love (or have gifted before) + gift ideas I’d love to receive myself.

True story: I was born on Mother’s Day, so each year, I like to wink at my mom and say, “You’re welcome.” Totally tongue in cheek, I swear. 😉 After a collective 34 hours of labor between my own two girlies, I have an entirely new appreciation for my mother.

mother and two daughters reading on the couch

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

I asked thousands of moms in my Instagram stories, “What was the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received?” and “What is the number one thing you would love to receive for Mother’s Day?”

These were some of the answers:

  • “I just want time with my mom doing things we love for a day without interruptions.”
  • “A hotel stay away from my kids!”
  • “Now that I’m older and my kids are busy, I just really want time with them to hang out with me.”
  • “A house cleaning service!”
  • “I want no chores, no cooking, just watching TV with lots of snacks and takeout.”
  • “A spa day fully paid and planned!”
  • “New patio furniture!”
  • “An uninterrupted day by the pool.”
  • “A necklace with my kids’ birthstones.”
  • “Homemade breakfast and a trip to the nursery to plan my spring/summer annuals with the family.”
  • “I’d just love professional family photos without any complaints.”
  • “My college aged son gave me a painting class that we did together.”
  • “My young adult kids made me a spread of scones, tea sandwiches, tea, and silly hats!”

Almost all of the moms in the poll echoed a similar trend: Moms want time. They want quality time with their loved ones, time to rest, time to create, and time to prioritize their mental and physical health.

So I pulled together these ideas to help you find the perfect gifts for mom or mother figure in your life to provide lots of opportunity for the time moms crave.

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best mothers day gift ideas

Engraved Gold Locket | Just Between Us Mother & Daughter Journal | Soft Lightweight Robe | Serotonin Soak Salts | Light Therapy Skincare Mask | Kitsch Ultimate Hair Revival Bundle | Aperture Double Picture Frame | Kate Gattey Mama Painting | Plant of the Month Subscription | Gardener’s Harvest Basket | Bartesian Cocktail Machine | Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Machine | Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker | Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser Set | Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook

Good Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

soft robe

Soft Lightweight Robe

This robe is so soft, lightweight, and absorbent + it’s perfect for spring and summer!

omnilux light therapy mask

Omnilux Light Therapy Skincare Mask

If you haven’t heard of light therapy before, it uses red and near-infrared light to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone, texture, and firmness by stimulating collagen production and increasing circulation. Basically, it’s as close to a professional facial as you can get at home. I started using it a year ago, and my skin has never looked so amazing! And its effects provide a great mood boost each day.

kate gattey mama art

Kate Gattey Mama Art

These mother/child paintings are stunning! Choose from a variety of ready-made mama art prints to resemble the mom in your life.

serotonin soak salts

Serotonin Soak Salts

I swear by this for reducing my stress. These bath salts is so good for long term hydrating skin care that feels like a daily pampering session.

mary berry's complete cookbook

Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook

If your mom is a Great British Baking Show fan and enjoys cooking, she’ll thoroughly enjoy this. Our household loves Mary Berry!

kitsch ultimate hair revival bundle

Kitsch Ultimate Hair Revival Bundle

All around the best for improving hair health. This set makes hair shiny and smooth, promotes growth, and the dry bar is great for throwing into a carry-on for easy travel.

just between us mother daughter journal

Just Between Us Mother & Daughter Journal

My 10 year-old and I started this journal last year and have loved using it to have deep conversations and talk about the hard things teens and preteens often have difficulty talking about with their moms.

plant of the month subscription

Plant of the Month Subscription

For any mom with a green thumb who loves live plants in her home, this subscription keeps the gift going for 3, 6, or 12 months.

gardener's harvest basket

Gardener’s Harvest Basket

I gave this to my vegetable gardening enthusiast dad for Father’s Day last year and he loves it! By far the most useful gift for a gardener.

bartesian cocktail machine

Bartesian Cocktail and Margarita Machine

Robert gave this to me as a gift a couple years ago, and I’ve loved it ever since! It’s like a Keurig for cocktails. Now I no longer have to stock drink mixers before gatherings or a girls’ night, just pods with all kinds of yummy cocktail options. I gave one to my mom last year, and she enjoys it too. Here’s my full in-depth Bartesian review w/ pros and cons.

nespresso machine

Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Machine

A great gift for the mom who survives on coffee! We bought this at last year and have barely been to a Starbucks ever since. We’re officially hooked! Starbucks coffee doesn’t even taste good to us anymore because this machine makes it so smooth.

ninja creami

Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker

Now that the weather is warming up, this is the perfect season for it. Great for the mama whose love language is ice cream. I’ve had it on my wish list for over a year. It even turns protein shakes and fruit into ice cream for a healthy alternative!

pura smart home fragrance diffuser set

Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser Set

If you don’t like using candles around the house to make your home smell good, this diffuser set does the trick! You can schedule them to work at various times through the day and control the intensity from your phone using scents that smell amazing.

engraved gold locket

Engraved Gold Locket

The sweetest way for mom to carry her little ones around with her all day long. Great for grandmas too! Personalize what her kids and grandkids call her with the engraving option.

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double picture frame from anthropologie

Aperture Double Picture Frame

This frame is gorgeous! Wrap up favorite family photo prints to give to mom or grandma. Or even better, gift it alongside a gift card for a local family photo session with a photographer.

best gifts for mom

Cookie Good Cookie Box | Urban Stems Bouquet | Breezy Lounge Set | Collapsible Beach Hat | Bamboo Breakfast Tray | Away Carry-On Suitcase | Tortoise Sunglasses | Boarderie Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board | Timeless Paris Book | Brynn Planter | Herbiflora Wreath | Caning Tote Bag | Jo Malone Frangipani Flower Fragrance | 4-Piece Outdoor Chat Set | FlexBrew Coffee Maker | Paint By Numbers Kit Flower Art | Kate Gattey Mama Painting | Personalized Child’s Drawing Wall Print | 4-Piece Outdoor Chat Set | Your Little Artist Book

breezy lounge set

Breezy Lounge Set

The best comfy pajamas for warmer months. Even better, Mom could totally get away with wearing this breezy set out in public. Yay for a yoga pants upgrade!

bamboo breakfast tray

Bamboo Breakfast Tray

Deliver this one to her in bed with a homemade breakfast on it made by little hands, of course. 😉

urban stems bouquet

Urban Stems Bouquet

Receiving flowers is never a must for me, but I do love a pretty bouquet from Urban Stems. They’re so much better quality than all the rest.

collapsible beach hat

Collapsible Beach Hat

This wide brimmed panama hat is my staple piece that I always stuff in my suitcase for the beach. Just in case mom has an upcoming beach vacation and needs a great one.

Away Carry-On Suitcase

This luggage is one of the highest rated on the market because of its genius design inside. If mom needs a getaway, this is the best suitcase to get her there.

Cookie Good Cookie Box

You can’t go wrong with a big box of the best gourmet cookies, especially when mom has a sweet tooth.

tortoise sunglasses

Tortoise Sunglasses

The cutest vintage meets modern sunglasses that work on all face shapes!

boarderie mothers day charcuterie board

Boarderie Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board

It’s hard to beat a charcuterie board. These are artisan chef made and arrive already assembled and chilled. But also… look how cute it is!

timeless paris book

Timeless Paris Book

This is by far my favorite coffee table book! Every page is so beautiful and feels like a little stroll through the streets of Paris.

brynn planter

Brynn Planter

I love the look of this beautiful planter! It would function well as a vase too. Be sure to gift it with a pretty houseplant she can enjoy with it.

herbiflora wreath

Herbiflora Wreath

Mom’s front door is probably due for a pretty wreath, so give one in lieu of Mother’s Day flowers. She and her porch will thank you.

caning tote bag

Caning Tote Bag

Mom might be due for a new beach bag for upcoming pool days or a picnic basket for upcoming summer vacations. This tote can do both! Let her break it in with a day off duty poolside. Gift it with a bottle of her favorite wine inside.

jo malone fragrance

Jo Malone Frangipani Flower Fragrance

Word has it, this is Kate Middleton’s favorite fragrance brand. And I can definitely smell the reason why. It’s a good one!

walmart patio set

4-Piece Outdoor Chat Set

This patio furniture is SO GOOD and the price is even better. We have been so happy with all of our Walmart patio furniture, and this is the newest design.

your little artist book

Your Little Artist Book

If mom or grandma has favorite pieces of art from your child’s big stack of projects, turn them into a keepsake book as a perfect present!

pant by numbers flower art kit

Paint By Numbers Kit Flower Art

This art kit is hang-on-the-wall-worthy! Love this idea for any creative moms who crave a creative outlet.

Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Do you have any other DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas you would add to the list? Or a favorite gift you received in the past?

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  1. Loved many of the Mother’s Day gifts listed here! You and your husband are both so talented. I haven’t been reading you very long but I have always enjoyed what I read! Can’t wait to see what is in store!

    1. Thank you so much, TJ! That means so much to me! I hope you continue to stick around with our shenanigans. If you ever need anything, feel free to shoot me a comment here or DM. ❤️

  2. ‘Moms want time’. So true and the most sensible thing I’ve read in a long time. I am so time poor at present what with dealing with a husband who has become very needy in a memory care centre (early onset), working full time and running a household that all I want and need is a day or two off duty. Time for me and time to reconnect with my kids would be bliss. A new pair of slippers will be welcome too.

  3. I’ve got a Mother’s Day suggestion that I gave my mother that we really enjoyed, plus the pleasure was mine as well 🙂
    She is very creative, and always had a beautiful home. I bought tickets and took her to a decorator show House in a town nearby. We went through the Showhouse then had lunch in the Tea Room on site. I will admit on Mother’s Day it was just a card with the intention written out, it was later in the summer when the Showhouse actually occurred. The anticipation was fun, too. That was a great present, and she and I enjoyed talking about what we had seen that day, and we talk about the memory of it still.

  4. Mostly, the gifts seem to be spending time with the mothers!!! This is good because we can never give our mothers enough time once were are older (or younger) to pay them back for all that they have done for us!!!