20 gifts your mom will love

Mother's Day is coming up—don't forget to purchase your mother a present in time!
By Dalene Rovenstine  Published on 04/24/2018 at 11:00 AM EDT

If you’re anything like me, Mother’s Day somehow sneaks up every year. I have the best of intentions to purchase my mom something nice and meaningful, but often due to time constraints (and not living in the same city as her), I end up sending last minute flowers or a gift card via email. Not this year!

With three weeks until Mother’s Day, we all have just the right amount of time to pick out something special and mail—or hand deliver it—to her. Here, we’ve rounded up 20 items bound to please almost any mom. Whether she’s a home chef, a TV addict or a rosé connoisseur, we’ve got something for her here. (But let’s be honest: She’s your mom—she’s supposed to love everything you give her, right??)

Click through the gallery below and be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any great gift ideas!

Teaspressa starter kit

Who doesn’t love a nice cup of tea? This starter kit from Teaspressa has four tea tasting pouches and the brand’s Luxe sugar cubes (in rose, salted caramel, vanilla and London Fog flavors—which all sound amazingly delicious!). Included is the Moka brewing pot so mom can make her perfect cuppa at home. Purchase on for $61.

Personalized cutting board

If your mother loves to cook, get her a personalized cutting board made with love. Words With Boards hand-cuts each item from maple, cherry or walnut wood. The kitchen staple is transformed into a coveted family heirloom. Purchase on starting at $159.

Momma Bear T-shirt

Available in 11 different colors, give moms of any age this comfy tee so they can show off they’re head of the pack. Purchase on for $14.95.

Crystal Blue Aura Frame

Aura makes a different kind of digital picture frame—when you give this to family and friends, you can share pictures privately, no social media necessary. The LCD screen will cycle through ultra-high-res images of their choosing, but the best part about this gift: Thanks to Aura’s partnership with Charity: Water, with each frame purchase provides two people with clean water. Purchase on for $299.


Hulu subscription

If you’re still telling your mom she needs to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, maybe it’s time to get her a Hulu subscription. The streaming site offers packages with or without live TV and with add-ons such as Showtime. Right now, add HBO for only $4.99—just in time for Westworld‘s return! Sign up on starting at $7.99/month.

Think Pink frosé gift set

Rosé is great—but frosé is even better. This gift set includes everything your mom would need to make the perfect slushy recipe: Chandon Brut Rose Sparkling Wine, dried strawberries, party cups and rose water. All she’ll need to do is add ice and enjoy! Purchase on for $89.95.

Cocoa butter truffles bathtub soaks

Real moms certainly don’t get to take luxurious long baths as often as they do in the movies. But when they do, make sure they enjoy it with these cocoa butter bathtub soaks. She can crumble one of these “truffles”—in rose, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, citrus and mocha scents—into bath water and enjoy a relaxing spa experience. Purchase on for $32.

Ancestry DNA test

An Ancestry DNA kit can open up knowledge about your family in a way you never expected. A simple DNA test will connect your mom—and you—to living relatives who share parts of your DNA. Ancestry brings together results with 100 million family trees and billions of historical records to help fill in your genealogical history. Purchase on for $99.

Star Wars family car decals

Pimp mom’s ride with these Star Wars family decals. Not only can she show off her love of her family, she can show off her nerdy side as well. Purchase a variety of decals on starting at $7.99.

Blue Apron gift card

We reviewed Blue Apron here at Grok Nation and found that while the recipes weren’t completely foolproof, it did take the guesswork out of what we’d make for dinner. If that sounds like something your mom would like, get a Blue Apron gift card to start her own subscription box. Or if wine is more her speed, you can also get her a wine club gift card. Purchase on starting at $60.

Sterling silver teardrop earrings

Purchasing the right piece of jewelry as a gift can be tricky, but it’s hard to go wrong with these sterling silver earrings. As part of the Heifer International Marketplace, the earrings are made by a family in Nepal who has been working with filigree for generations. Heifer purchases support women’s empowerment projects and their fight to end hunger. Purchase on for $40.

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Movie tickets

Book Club, starring Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen, is about four lifelong friends who decide to read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club and it definitely shakes things up. Purchase movie tickets for your mom on

Children's silhouettes

A perfect gift for mothers and grandmothers, these silhouettes from The Fussy Hostess are sent as a digital file, so you can print at home. Hint, hint: This is a perfect gift for people who wait until the last minute and don’t have time to wait for shipping! Purchase on for $25 each.

Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask

If your mom takes a “set it and forget it” approach to beauty, get her this Kiehl’s overnight mask. Made for all skin types, the mask uses sustainably sourced ginger leaf extract to provide firmer, smoother-looking skin overnight. Since it can be used five nights a week, it will be an easy, indulgent addition to her nighttime routine. Purchase on for $54.

Rescue gift

For the mom who has everything, give her a gift that provides others with joy, opportunity, or hope through the International Rescue Committee. IRC has a variety of gifts at all price points that support programs, projects, and tools around the world, including a newborn baby kit, a year of school, emergency food and more. Purchase from a variety of gifts at

Lisa Jane necklaces

Lisa Arata, a mother herself, is a jewelry designer based out of New Jersey. Each Lisa Jane item she designs is handmade with beautiful stones and gems. We love how her work is delicate yet stands out—and we think mom will, too! Purchase her jewelry on starting at $95.

Family portrait

Family picture day can be a hassle—rounding everyone up and making sure they all smile. Go the easier route with a watercolor portrait from Common Folk Paper Co. Mom will certainly cherish this thoughtful gift. Purchase on starting at $65.

Mommy & Tots subscription box

For mothers of young children, consider this subscription box which will keep the gifting going every month. Each box comes with items for the tot and items for the mom. Plus, she can pick out what she’d like to see in the box each month. Purchase a subscription as a gift on starting at $21.95. Bonus: Use code MOMSDAY for a 25 percent discount.

Ticketmaster gift card

Is your mama one of the ones who held her nose at Taylor Swift’s version of “September”? Send her to the original as Earth Wind and Fire perform in Vegas. Or Lauryn Hill’s 20th anniversary tour. Or Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert. Let her choose any or all of the above with a Ticketmaster gift card. Purchase on

Personalized name rings

These dainty rings from GRS Jewelry can be customized with children’s names—or the mom’s name! They’re small enough that they could easily be stacked. Rings come in sterling silver, rose gold-plated or gold-plated. Purchase on starting at $27.

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