Appreciating Mom and the myriad ways she has made your life better shouldn’t require a holiday, but Mother’s Day is a great time to show your eternal gratitude—especially if you haven’t celebrated her enough throughout the year. From the time you were too little to even write your own name, Mom probably stressed, “It’s the thought, not the price, that counts.” We compiled this list of goodies with that idea in mind. From a sweet book about motherhood to a sumptuous hand cream, these affordable yet considerate items are lovely treats for the mom (or moms) in your life. Bonus points if your choice is delivered in person: The greatest gift to Mom is face time, not FaceTime.
This chic vase is super elegant in its simplicity. A contemporary leather strap is the only embellishment needed to elevate this piece and add some interest; though at the same time, it won’t detract from whatever assortment of fresh blooms it houses.
If Mom’s a foodie, you need to get her this honey. It’s sure to become a pantry staple, updating even the most basic of dishes with a spicy kick. Made by infusing chili peppers in Hudson Valley, it’s the perfect addition to vinaigrettes or marinades.
Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask
Help your mom give her skin a little TLC with this natural clay mask. Exfoliating and nourishing thanks to ingredients chosen “for a therapeutic reason,” it’s a great gift that will really show you care.
Is there ever such thing as too much stationery? This classic design makes for quite the sophisticated way to correspond; it’s a useful gift that any recipient, parental or not, is sure to appreciate.
It is a well known fact that pretty much no one stresses as much as mothers do, so help yours be more zen (well, as zen as genetically possible) with this soothing mist meant to promote restful sleep.
The pretty packaging is only one reason why you need to buy this hand cream. The orange blossom-scented shea butter is moisturizing and soothing, while the smaller size is perfect for popping into a purse and using on the go.
A handcrafted round brass tray is an ideal way to infuse a little glam into Mom’s bathroom counter, dressing area, or jewelry drawer. The funky hammered triangle design adds distinctive texture. Whether Mom uses it to corral rings, coins, or bobby pins, the tray will be a shiny reminder of you whenever she spies it. If it’s in the budget, complete the set with other sizes.
Like My Mother Always Said
Mom may not always know best, but the older we get, we find that she was accurate on many more subjects than we once thought. Reading this book is sure to provide a laugh as well as some fond memories of the oft-repeated words of wisdom shared between mothers and children for generations.
Best Friend Charm
If you are lucky enough to have a mom who is also your best friend, this brass charm is the perfect gift. Split it into two, and add one half to each of your key rings—or put them on chains to create bracelets or necklaces.
What Mom (or person in general) wouldn’t love a sweet tea towel wrapped around a loaf of quick bread? Whether you make the baked sweet inside yourself or purchase it from your favorite bakery, this combo is affordable, always appreciated, and the perfect balance between a treat that can be devoured in the moment and a useful keepsake. This sylvan-themed tea towel is hand block printed with non-toxic ink and is soft and absorbent. We also like this cheerful one.
This sweet message is always relevant—no matter the age or stage. For moms in the thick of parenting little ones, it’s a great reminder to enjoy the present and focus on the positive. For empty nesters, it serves as inspiration to grow and change with newfound freedom. The gold foil lettering provides a gorgeous contrast to the crisp, classic white background.
Cook Yourself Young
Most Moms, especially those with picky eaters, rotate through a tried-and-true (but often tired) list of favorite meals for their families. This cookbook will encourage the moms in your life to diversify mealtime and embrace healthy, delicious food that will benefit everyone. After all, who wouldn’t want to lose the fatigue, boost their immune system, and feel younger? With 100 recipes (including many vegan and raw options), Cook Yourself Young provides the recipes and techniques for healthier living and was created by a naturopath and master herbalist. More energy means more time to play with kids or grandkids.
A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood
What a beautiful way to honor and celebrate Mother’s Day with this thoughtful and sensitive collection of quotes and illustrations. Samantha Hahn created whimsical watercolors alongside wise and observant words from well-known writers, artists, and activists. The result is a gorgeous, compact book that will make moms of any age nod knowingly, reflect, and feel all the feels.