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The Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas She'll Actually Love

As a mother and a daughter, I can say Mother’s Day is a fucking minefield. Moms take care of everyone 365 days a year and an acrylic heart with a lame quote written on it doesn’t say, “Thank you for literally giving me life.

After my husband gave me a coffee maker for my first Mother’s Day, I decided my controlling nature would never leave the holiday to chance again. I encourage all people who get celebrated on Mother’s Day to be crystal clear about what exactly they want because it’s better than feeling inwardly disappointed on a day that’s supposed to be about you. This completely avoidable situation has resulted in me acting like a psychopath, but hey, that’s the charm of me!

Admittedly, moms can be hard to find gifts for. I generally shop with three questions in mind: Will she actually use it? Can she eat it (food is always a safe bet)? Is it a luxury she wouldn’t buy herself? The “luxuries” don’t even have to be expensive — maybe it’s a cute sweatshirt to make her daily sweats feel a little more put together or a coffee mug that will make her smile even if cereal gets thrown all over the floor at breakfast.

Presents aside, there are generally two types of moms on Mother’s Day — ones who want total togetherness and ones who want to be left the hell alone. In addition to something wrapped with a bow, giving Mom a mental break will also score you some major brownie points.

Use your judgment but these extras go great paired with the gifts below: Letting her sleep in (without any little people knocking on the door or barging in), having a coffee hot and ready when she wakes up (and making sure she can take a few sips in peace), and for the real rockstars, making sure the house fully clean.

Keep scrolling for Mother’s Day gifts that she’ll love.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2024: 

Let her wear her heart on her back

Tired as a Mother Hoodie
 $54

This sweatshirt is so cute and the back serves as a warning for people to leave her the fuck alone.

She’s not a regular mom…

Cool Mom Hat
 $32

Cover your greasy roots and look cool AF — a win-win!

Just so everyone remembers

Cool Mom Mug
 $20

For all the cool moms to microwave their coffee for the umpteenth time.

The chicest diaper bag in existence

Dagne Dover Indi Large Knit Diaper Backpack
 $215

This diaper bag is a splurge, which makes it a perfect gift. It’s stylish, fits everything, and it can hang from the stroller.

A hair oil for a little self-care

14th Night The Hair Elixir
 $68

This potent little bottle helps eliminate frizz and is a true elixir for hair needing a little TLC.

For a chance at a peaceful shower…

JBL Flip 5
 $79.99
 $129.95

A mom essential whether you’re bringing it to the playground or a bachelorette weekend.

Give the gift of a gorgeous at-home blowout

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer
 $41.63

A way more affordable dupe than the Dyson smoothing brush, the Revlon will dry your hair and give it a blowout finish way faster than your toddler can put their shoes on.

A boost for binge-watching

Cuisinart Microwave Popcorn Maker
 $14.99

You will never buy bagged popcorn again — this dishwasher-safe option makes the freshest popcorn EVER. Your nightly Netflix time will be forever enhanced.

Make their morning coffee a little more special

Zulay Kitchen Milk Frother
 $20.99

A milk frother will turn your daily coffee into a special little treat every single time.

The easiest path to a snatched face

ESARORA Ice Roller
 $18.99

We’re all tired AF but you don’t need to look it.

A gift for her *and* her kids

Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story: A Mother's Guided Journal To Share Her Life & Her Love
 $15.94
 $19.95

If having kids has bonded you more with your mom, this journal is a great way to learn more about her. So sweet!

Wear it with pride

Ana Luisa 14K Gold Mama Necklace
 $58.50

Cute and stylish — and you can add this to your daily necklace stack.

Hot tip: She’s been dying for these slippers

Ugg Womens Scuffette
 $94.95

These slippers are heavenly and will keep your feet super warm.

Laura Rizzo Chagani
Laura Rizzo Chagani
Laura Rizzo Chagani is a freelance writer whose hot takes have appeared on Life & Style, Us Weekly, Elite Daily, and more. On most days, you will find her overcaffeinated with her under-eye patches still on.