My 35 Favorite Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts


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35 Favorite Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts – 🎁🩷👏🏻 My FAVORITE gift ideas for every mom on your list including gifts for the home cook, beauty queen, traveler, gardener, and more! These thoughtful and unique gifts will be cherished by the lucky recipients for years to come!

Wine puzzle and an owl blanket

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the pressure’s on. What thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts will you get for the special people in your life?  

Personally, I think these presents should be HIGHLY personalized and unique, and they should always align with mom’s personality.

Does she like to travel? Snag her this Mark & Graham jewelry case that can be customized with her initials!

Is she obsessed with working out? Get her my FAVORITE walking and running belt!

I included thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts for EVERY kind of mom on my list, whether she’s a home chef, a self-care queen, a traveler, or a gardener with a green thumb! 

Ahead, check out all of my top picks for the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts!

My Top 10 Thoughtful & Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

1. For Moms Who Love to Be Pampered: Slip Petal Contour Sleep Mask

Slip Petal Contour Sleep Mask
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I have this sleep mask and LOVE it! It’s literally silky soft and so luxurious with a comfy but not-too-tight headband strap. This sleep mask is especially great if mom has eyelash extensions because this sits far enough away from your eye socket so they don’t get crushed. It’s made of mulberry silk and even features a comfortable foam filler. Placing this over her eyes pretty much guarantees a good night’s sleep.

2. For Moms Who Collect Cool Dishware: Nathalie Lété Heritage Dinner Plate

Nathalie Lété Heritage Dinner Plate
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Anthropologie is my go-to for cool gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. I especially like that they have exclusive artist collabs, including this one with Paris-based artist Nathalie Lété, which features animals, food, and icons of France. 

I love anything in this 27-piece collection since it has LOTS of whimsy and color, including this gorgeous, fun dinner plate! There are ten different designs, all hand-painted, although I have a soft spot for the Eiffel Tower. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little French-inspired spirit into the kitchen?

3. For the Exercise Enthusiasts: BANDI Travel and Running Belt

BANDI Travel and Running Belt
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I have tried dozens and dozens of waist belts for running, walking, and gym workouts, and this is the ONE! Since finding this exact brand and belt about ten years ago, I’ve probably bought at least 10 to 15 in many colors – some for myself and have gifted many! If you know someone who’s active (runner, power walker, gym goer), this gift will be a TOTAL game changer. It’s also great for amusement parks or stadium events where ultra compact size + hands-free (purse-free) are huge perks!

4. For Coffee Lovers: Bistro Tile Mom Mug

Bistro Tile Mom Mug
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Anthropologie has SO MANY cute mugs! The design of this decaled stoneware mug will appeal to any mom who loves 1920s and 1930s design. MOM is spelled out on the mug and framed in 24K major gold pizazz as a reminder to Mom that she’s something special.

5. For Homebody Moms: Nathalie Lété Velvet Throw Blanket

Nathalie Lété Velvet Throw Blanket
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Because you can never have too much Nathalie Lété in your home, I also suggest this gorgeous velvet throw blanket. I LOVE how unique and gorgeous it is. A bit of a splurge indeed but I just love the whimsy yet beauty!

Not too bulky, the 50” x 60” size still keeps the chill away but can also be used as a decorative throw on a couch or armchair, or even on outdoor patio furniture during shoulder season. You can choose between gold or dark turquoise to best match her home decor vibes. 

6. For the Fashionista: Colette Cropped Wide-Leg Pants by Maeve

Colette Cropped Wide-Leg Pants by Maeve
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Being a mom is the busiest job there is, moving from day to night ALL THE TIME! That’s why I absolutely love these wide-leg, comfy linen pants that are also stylish. Not only are they easy to style, but they have front AND back pockets! Throw on a dressy top at night, and, bam, you’re looking good. Available in seven colors, I have these pants in black and holly, which is a gorgeous dark green. They’re flattering on so many body types and for me, even at nearly 5’11”, I have the regular length (not tall) and they still seem plenty long.

7. For Moms Who Live to Travel: Small Martinique Travel Jewelry Case

Small Martinique Travel Jewelry Case
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I absolutely love these travel jewelry cases from Mark & Graham! I’ve ordered three personalized ones before, two of which I gave to my husband and daughter for Christmas two years ago, and kept one for myself. Even now, it ranks among my top thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts, especially if you have a mom who’s often on the go and needs to keep her jewelry safe. 

This vegan leather case with a zipper enclosure protects jewelry during the journey, and the fun floral design that’s available in two colorways, pink or green, is inspired by 1940s South Seas travel and screams “vacation vibes” while packing.

8. For the Hostess with the Mostess: Wood and Marble Round Cheese Board

Wood and Marble Round Cheese Board
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One of the easiest snacks to whip up for book club, girls night, or family gatherings is a cheese board — and having the right board makes it look even better! I LOVE that this board can also be monogrammed, which is why I think it’s one of the best and most thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day. I like that you can choose between either white or charcoal wood combos and that it can be personalized with her name or monogrammed with her initials.

9. For Moms Obsessed with Puzzles: Water & Wines Wine Puzzles 

Water & Wines Wine Puzzles 
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This is a super cool luxury puzzle that’s perfect for fans of wine and travel. I own the France puzzle and I think it’s so fun! Each one comes with 1,000 pieces, so Mom definitely won’t finish it too soon. Can you think of anything more inspiring on a rainy day when you can’t jet off to the South of France and sip champagne under a beach umbrella? This is a VERY close second, if you ask me. 

Other wine regions depicted on these puzzles include Italy, Spain, Champagne, and California.

10. For Moms Who Love to Cook: All-Clad BD55403 D5 Brushed Stainless Steel Saute Pan with Lid

All-Clad BD55403 D5 Brushed Stainless Steel Saute Pan with Lid
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If I could only keep ONE pan to keep forever, this is the one! I love this All-Clad pan so, so much. I use it for everything, and it’s in a zillion recipe shots.

It’s my go-to for making recipes like my French Onion Pork Chops, and I’ve noticed that you get a WAY better sear on my Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Salmon. Also, I recently named All-Clad’s sauté pans among the best pots and pans for gas stoves.

Thoughtful Mother’s Day Self-Care & Beauty Gifts

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11. NARS Concealer – A single tube of this concealer seems to last FOREVER. You don’t need much. Once you’ve applied it, the product doesn’t cause pesky breakouts and it doesn’t settle into fine lines, either. You get good coverage without being too much. Get it at Amazon for $20.87.

12. Lightweight Packable Puffer Tote – I love a good puffer bag! It’s great for everything from traveling to going to the gym to hauling your kids’ junk around. The material on this one is lightweight, and it’s available in two super fun metallic hues. Plus, you can personalize it with Mom’s initials. Get it at Mark & Graham for $119

13. UGG Women’s Cozy Slipper – These are warm, fuzzy, and perfect for cold nights lounging around the house. They earned GREAT ratings from Amazon shoppers, and while they’re a little pricier than your average slipper, they’re definitely worth the splurge! Get it at Amazon for $119.95

14. NEZZOE Touch Screen Light-Up Makeup Mirror – This would be a great gift for a mom of any age. I have bought many light-up mirrors over the years and for the size, features, and value, this is an ABSOLUTE winner in my book. Get it at Amazon for $15.99.

15. Sol de Janeiro Jet Set   The orange jar (Cheirosa ‘62) is my fave. It smells INCREDIBLE! This is a luxury splurge cream that any mom would adore, although it has a pretty strong scent (but so amazing and lovely!) for the first hour or so, before it starts to settle into the skin and mellow. Get it at Amazon for $30.

16. Coco Chanel Mademoiselle – Twenty years later, this is still my go-to signature scent. I get compliments on this every week from strangers wanting to know what I’m wearing. It has notes of orange, jasmine, and May rose. Get it at Amazon for $99.95

17. Nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask – I LOVE this weighted sleep mask because it’s not too heavy, not too light, and very, very soft. 10 out of 10, for sure. I own it in the neutral elephant gray color. It’s also out of cotton, which means it breathes well while also blocking out light. Get it at Amazon for $34. Love love this product and if you suffer from headaches or migraines, you can freeze this for a bit, and the coolness is so soothing.

18. Nodpod Weighted Blanket – This is a really great intro to a weighted blanket since it only weighs 6.5 pounds, which is pretty light in comparison to other options on the market. Weighted blankets are designed to promote sleep and relaxation, so it’s a great gift for the mom who’s already stressed. If you want to gift this as a set with the weighted sleep mask above, that would be an AMAZING and thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Get it at Amazon for $88

19. Elta MD Sunscreen – This is the ONLY sunscreen I’ve found that doesn’t have a weird odor, doesn’t make me break out, doesn’t turn me ghost white, and actually WORKS even during workouts or other sweaty activities! Get it at Amazon for $38.95.

20. K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask – This hair bonder works wonders! It’s revolutionary for any mom who suffers from weak, brittle, damaged, or fragile hair. I have weak hair and this has been a life-changing product. Highly recommended by every stylist I talk to as well! Get it at Amazon for $29

21. Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 – This used to be my go-to before I began using the K18 Mask above, but I still love it. It works great as a strengthener. You should choose between them based on Mom’s hair type, but either one is AMAZING! Get it at Amazon for $30.

Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts for Travelers

thoughtful mother's day gifts
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22. LOVANI Mini Portable Flat Iron – What woman doesn’t want to travel with a flat iron? I LOVE this one because it’s small but mighty — and very, very compact! I give it a 10 out of 10 for size, functionality, and usefulness. Brought it to Europe and as longg as you plug it into an European adapter, it works perfectly. It’s very compact! Small but very mighty! Get it at Amazon for $16.99. (also see #28 below)

23. DAITET Money Belt – This is a super practical gift for moms who love to travel! The design has RFID-blocking material to keep credit cards safe. It also comes in 21 colors, so you can pick out her favorite — or maybe just buy her a few. Get it at Amazon for $12.76.

24. YETI Rambler 30-Ounce Tumbler – YETI products are all the rage, and I ABSOLUTELY love them — especially this stainless-steel insulated mug. They make great gifts in general, especially for moms who like to go, go, go, and always have coffee, tea, and water on hand. Maybe even white wine and beer for a picnic or chilling in the backyard! Get it at Amazon for $38 or YETI for $38.

25. Passport Holder Cover – The quality of this passport holder is incredible for the price point. There’s 3D embossing and high-quality stitching. When I first got mine, I promptly bought one for everyone in the family to hold their passports, too. And because it comes in about 20 different colors, you can choose her favorite hue. Get it at Amazon for $8.99.

26. 4Monster Hiking Day Pack – This is a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift for moms who love to hike. The pack comes in three different capacity sizes: 16-, 24- and 32 liters. You can choose from seven solid colors and floral or Army green as patterned options. Get it at Amazon for $18.99.

27. MATEIN Laptop Backpack – If Mom needs to bring ONE backpack on your long-haul trip, this is the one. It’s not TOO huge but definitely fits a ton with a very cushioned dedicated laptop area. This feels like it comes from the iconic Tumi brand but for way a fraction of the price! Another item I have hauled to 3 different continents and is still going strong! Get it at Amazon for $28.22.

28. AmoVee Flat Iron and Curling Iron – If a curling iron AND a flat iron is important to Mom when she’s traveling, this is a nice combo! Get it at Amazon for $59.95 (also see #22 above if you just need a flat iron)

29. Charmonic Travel Safe Round Brush – ALL women, including me, want their hair to look its best while on vacation – no tangles! – and this brush makes that happen. I love how portable it is and the gold is a fun luxe accent. Get it at Amazon for $12.25.

30. lanul Waist Pack – This is a really great dupe for the trendy Lululemon belt bag, and it’s about 80% cheaper! It comes in eight different colors and one splashy pattern. Get it at Amazon for $9.99.

More Great Home & Kitchen Gifts for Mother’s Day

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31. Shun Premier 7” Santoku Knife – In my guide to the best Santoku knives, I ranked this one very, very high – the runner-up, in fact, to my favorite, which is also a Shun knife. This one is more affordable but doesn’t compromise on functionality, either. Get it at Amazon for $149.95

32. Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer – If Mom is late to the air fryer craze but still wants to get in on it, get her this air fryer. It’s a great starter air fryer and can fry up to four quarts of food at a time. Get it at Amazon for $79.99

33. Canon Ivy 2 Mini Photo Printer – What mom isn’t always taking photos and then groaning about the printing process? Give her this printer that won’t clutter up her home office but still offers the ability to quickly print pictures at home. She can even take it with her on family vacations! Get it at Amazon for $95.99.

34. Kate Spade New York 2-Piece Gardening Hand Tools – Kate Spade’s signature and super cute, black-and-white polka dot pattern would be welcomed by any mom who gardens, especially when it comes to an alternative to blah hand tools. Get it at Amazon for $28.95.

35. Pia Mom Mug – I just had to squeeze in a second coffee mug on this list! This hand-painted stoneware mug exclusive to Anthropologie depicts summer florals and comes in three colors. I like the orange one best because it’s bright, pretty, and gives off a cozy vibe. Best of all, it’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe, so mom can warm up her tea or coffee without worrying about cleanup. Get it at Anthropologie for $14

Prices were accurate at the time of publication.

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    1. Correct not all of the links have photos because it would make for a monstrously Long post. And yes, there are price points from $14 on up so that there should be something for everyone.