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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

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

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

Just so everyone remembers

Cool Mom Mug

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.