18 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Actually Wants

It feels like spring just started, but Mother’s Day is actually right around the corner – the holiday lands pretty early this year, on May 8. I know your mom probably drives you crazy 99 percent of the time – I am no stranger to this feeling, as my parents kept me on a tight leash growing up – but this is the one day of the year you have to put aside your differences and celebrate her. She gave you life, guys. That’s a pretty big deal. It calls for a gift, and we’ve got a whole slew of presents your mom will actually want. 

See, Mother’s Day is a holiday full of cliche mom gifts: bouquets of flowers, coupon books for chores that neither of you will ever use, gift certificates for manicure, gardening gloves, etc. Instead of getting her a slightly different version of the same thing you’ve gotten her every year, why not try something different? Whether you want to go for the indulgent, fun option or the more logical gift option, there are 18 present ideas here that any mom would love. There are cheap items you can grab on your own, or more expensive pieces if you feel like splurging or splitting a gift with siblings. Here are 18 perfect Mother’s Day gifts you have to check out:

1. A beautiful bath product set


It doesn’t get much prettier than this spring packaging from Bath and Body Works – and the name of the fragrance (Hello Beautiful) will make your mom feel awesome. You can’t go wrong with this inexpensive option!

Hello Beautiful Gift Set, $27, Bath and Body Works


2. A personalized photo book


When it comes to sweet, sentimental presents, you can’t do much better than photos. My mom has been begging me to print out pictures from our last vacation in Costa Rica for months. For Mother’s Day this year, I made her a photo book from Snapbox – it’s a gorgeous flat lay book that holds 22 photos. It took me less than an hour to make, and it cost less than $30 (before shipping)! Make this around a recent vacation, or just fill it with photos of her children.

Snapbox Photo Book, $26.99, Snapbox


3. A monthly perfume subscription


Monthly boxes are a great gift to give because they’re fun and exciting. You’ve heard of beauty boxes, but what about perfume ones? Scentbird, which is known as the “Netflix of perfumes” gives someone a 30-day supply of perfumes in sample sizes. You can do one month for $14.95, give her a few months worth of boxes, or buy an individual product.

Scentbird Subscription, $44 for three months, Scentbird


4. A cool camera


If your mom is super into photography, why not get her a really cool camera? These are less common nowadays, because of smart phones, but they’re still such a great gift. This Lomo’Instant Wide Camera is especially cool. This Polaroid camera comes with a whole bunch of different filters and exposure sets to give you the coolest instant pictures possible. It’s kind of pricey, so if you want to splurge, that’s great – or you can split it with other family members.

Lomo’Instant Wide Camera +Film, $220, Fab.com


5. A Body Scrub


Maybe you’re like, “Uh, thanks crazy person, but I’m not made of money over here.” Fair enough! If you need something super cheap that’s still sweet, go for some pretty skincare products. I’ve been obsessing over The Healing Garden lately. They make all-natural products with no gross/fake ingredients, and all of the products are super inexpensive. I love the Eucalyptus and Mint Salt Scrub, which leaves skin so soft and smells so refreshing. You can get her one product or get her a few matching ones.

The Healing Garden Eucalyptus and Mint Epsom Salt Scrub, $5.62, WalMart


6. A perfume gift set


If you do want to splurge on your mom with something fancy and glamorous, this Viktor and Rolf gift set is for you. It comes with a small bottle of perfume, body lotion, and shower gel in their classic and super popular Flowerbomb fragrance. The packaging is so pretty she won’t even want to throw the box away.

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Set, $120, Macy’s


7. A cashmere scarf


Want to treat your mom like a queen this Mother’s Day? Go for this cashmere shawl/scarf from MoonCats. I have one and it’s my favorite thing. It’s incredibly soft and it’s nice to use in the spring and summer as a little shawl, especially in my cold office. Plus, MoonCats makes cashmere affordable, which is awesome.

The Mix Grey Shawl Pure Cashmere, $70, MoonCats


8. Pretty bath products


Most moms are suckers for bath products that are so nice to look at they double as bathroom decorations, and that’s exactly what Sabon products are. There are tons of options on the site, but I am a big fan of the Milky Soap, which leaves skin super soft. Buy her one item or get her a few, it’s up to you!

Milky Soap Vanilla, $19, Sabon 


9. An adorable nail polish set


Remind your mom it’s almost summer with this cute Deborah Lippmann nail polish set. Called Life’s A Beach, it features two bright colors that are perfect for the warmer weather. If you want to be really cute, you can give this to her along with a gift certificate for a manicure.

Limited Edition Life’s A Beach Set, $17, Deborah Lippmann


10. A Diffuser Set


Why give your mom a candle when you could give her something that lasts longer? This Essential Oil Diffuser from Gurunanda is great for the mom who has a candle obsession. Fill it with essential oil, then let it fill any room with a delicious and soothing scent that isn’t overpowering.

Gurunanda Diffuser Essential Oils Set, $29.99, Gurunanda


11. A social media friendly photo book


What makes Chatbooks different from other photo books out there? It’s an app that makes it easy to use photos taken on your phone or posted to Instagram and put them into book form. You can easily upload photos and you have lots of different options. Make one book starting at $8 with the photos you want. The coolest option is the ongoing one: set everything up, then let the photos you upload go automatically into your account, and every 60 photos, they get printed out and sent to you for the book. So cool!

Chatbooks, starting at $8, Chatbooks


12. Fancy skincare


Moms rarely splurge on themselves (or at least my mom doesn’t), so sometimes it’s nice to get her something she wants but wouldn’t buy herself. Annick Goutal makes amazing products that smell incredible. This toner will keep your mom’s skin hydrated and happy, it smells lovely, and it looks so pretty.

Annick Goutal Rosee Splendide Tonic, $50, Annick Goutal


13. A classic perfume


Okay, I’m obsessed with this fragrance and I’ve been recommending it to everyone. Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana White perfume smells amazing and the bottle is so, so gorgeous. Treat your mom with this.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume, $80, Sephora


14. A hi-tech vacuum


You might have looked at this and thought, “Really?” Yes, really. I know a vacuum seems boring, but if your mom does a lot of cleaning, it isn’t boring. This Shark Rocket vacuum only weighs nine pounds and has so many awesome features – like how it can clean any floor type and never loses power. It’s a little pricey, so grab a family member to split the cost with.

Shark® Rocket® Powerhead Vacuum, $199.75, Shark


15. A sunscreen treatment


Fresh makes the best lip balm of all time, hands down. So I was super excited when I saw their classic Sugar line came out with this Sugar Sport. It’s a sunscreen stick that works for lips or your face. It’s the best and especially helpful if your mom goes outside a lot.

Sugar Sport, $25, Fresh


16. A beautiful watch


Guys, I’m obsessed with this watch. It’s gorgeous! If you can get your hands on it, get this for your mom. The Fifth watches have an interesting marketing strategy: they’re only available for sale on the fifth of the month for five days. Put yourself on the wait list right now to see if you can order it for May 5th. This one is the SoHo watch – it comes with two bands and is so pretty.

The Fifth Watch Soho, $150, The Fifth


17. A cool speaker


Portable Bluetooth speakers are great, and UE makes especially awesome ones. The UE Boom 2 is my favorite. It’s easy to carry around, it gives incredible sound, and it looks cool. Your mom can connect this to her phone via Bluetooth and take it anywhere.

UE Boom 2 Speaker, $199.99, UE


18. A beautiful perfume


I know – there are a lot of perfumes on this list. But this one is one of my favorites, and I knew I had to include it. 1st Femme is meant for #BossLadies, which is awesome. It has a bold, powerful scent, perfect for your powerful mom. And look how beautiful the bottle is! The price is pretty great also.

1st Femme Fragrance, $65, 1stFemme


Which one of these gifts is your favorite? What are you going to buy your mom? Let us know in the comments.

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