The best self-care Mother’s Day gifts in the world can’t top the one thing that’s hard to wrap, and that’s time. It sounds cliché, but it’s true: While time could mean a one-on-one playdate with her mini(s) or an actual date with her partner, Mom probably wants some uninterrupted me-moments most of all.
Encouragement to do things that truly replenish her physically, mentally, and emotionally will be the most welcome gift for any mom figure in your life. Ahead are 44 self-care Mother’s Day gift ideas to get you started.
The best self-care Mother's Day gifts at a glance:
- Best spa gift: The Now Gift Card, starting at $50
- Best at-home massage gift: Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat, $50
- Best postpartum gift: Bodily Care for Birth Box, $89
- Best skin-care gift: OSEA Anti-Aging Skincare Duo, $148
- Best haircare gift: GHD Duet Style 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler, $399
- Best luxury beauty gift: Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, $455
- Best bath gift: Spa Prive Bath Pillow, $20
- Best gift for the home: Creekside Farms Seasonal Wreath Subscription, $328
- Best foodie gift: Brightland The Artist Capsule, $150
- Best beverage gift: Figlia Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo, $43
- Best clothing gift: Minnetonka Berkyn Booties, $50
- Best fitness gift: ClassPass Gift Card, choose your amount
On top of getting Mom a gift card for a relaxing massage, this gesture should come with a ride to the nearest parlor to make sure she uses it. That won’t be an issue if you gift credit to The Now, which is a series of unfussy (but still luxe) massage boutiques that began in Los Angeles but have now spread across the country in over 130 locations.
You may think you’re hunched over your phone and laptop at all hours of the day—but add a child to the mix? Mom’s in a perpetual state of hunched-ness, so this neck wrap can be a literal warm welcome to ease her body. While she could technically throw some frozen peas at the problem, we love that these wraps are hand-made in Austin, Texas, and can be warmed up in the microwave for heat therapy (in around one minute!) or cooled in the freezer for cold therapy. The handles make it easy to apply anywhere she’s achy and the prints make the whole thing a bit more personal.
If you can’t be there in person, these latte powders are essentially a big hug in a cup. The caffeine-free mix includes saffron, coconut water powder, cardamom, and tapioca; once warmed up, the whole thing smells so good you’ll be lucky if you can eek out a sachet for yourself when you come to visit.
A classic form of body ache relief is a rubber hot water bottle, and if she already has one, spice up her routine with a new slipcover. This under-$15 gift looks way more expensive than it actually costs, and it has a large anti-leak stopper so she can rest dry and easy.
While we’re all for personalization when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, there’s nothing wrong with taking hints from the crowd for a guaranteed hit. This Nekteck massager is one of the top-selling wellness and relaxation products on Amazon, with over 36,000 five-star reviews. Customers applaud its ability to soothe herniated disc issues, provide relief from neck stiffness, and subsequently improve their range of motion.
Whether she’s going through postpartum changes, perimenopause, menopause, or just the general business of having a uterus, hormone-induced insomnia is real. This journal will help her clear her mind before sleep, whether she’s writing down tomorrow’s to-dos, penning brilliant midnight ideas, or recalling her dreams.
Mom’s way of unwinding may be with her fingers wrapped around something warm and inviting, so throw Moon Juice’s Magnesi-Om into the mix to really get the relaxation going. The pink powder tastes as good as it looks (a subtle berry flavor) and can help with things like sluggishness, irritability, or general aches and pains.
When putting together a registry or baby shower list, one of the most forgotten items is a little something for the soon-to-be mom. (And, yes, you can absolutely gift the pregnant woman in your life a Mother’s Day gift!) This box contains everything the new mom will need to take care of her body and ensure she doesn’t forget to take care of herself in the early postpartum weeks.
Full, creamy coverage that never leaves lips dry—there’s a reason why Chanel lipstick is so coveted (and iconic). Not to mention, the colors are classically vibrant (our favorite is the orange-red Coco) and long-lasting. Functionality aside, it’s always fun to receive a lil’ gift with those two iconic, intertwined Cs on the label. It’s not something Mom would likely buy herself, so treat her to something special (we promise she’ll love it endlessly).
Have her hands seen better days? These hydrating gloves from Paume are made of soft organic cotton and, when paired with a restorative balm, can work wonders for dry, cracked, and overworked hands overnight. Yes, really. Side effects include not being able to tap away at her phone before bed, which is plus in our book.
If Mom laments not having enough time to get her nails done, give her some easy-to-use press-ons for a near-instant manicure. We like Chill Tips because they come in minimalist designs, are easy to use, and look just like a gel mani without the wait (or price tag).
A hallmark of aging skin is dryness, and if she’s been looking to get her glow back, stop her search with this simple duo from OSEA (a woman—and mom—owned beauty brand). It includes a serum that restores the skin’s moisture barrier and a rich cream that softens and smoothes out the skin. Each product smells like the dreamiest ocean breeze, with a hydrating wear that feels like silk.
A first-thing self-care ritual can do wonders, and if she’s into skin care, she’ll love starting a Gua Sha practice. This set actually comes from a brand that specializes in oils, which is a natural segue into lymphatic drainage. The serum is a mix of botanical oils that creates a comfortable, hydrated surface; the stone of choice is Mookaite Jasper, which is said to have cleansing and balancing properties.
Whether the expecting mom on your gift list is into beauty or doesn’t have any semblance of a routine, she’ll appreciate this pregnancy self-care gift set. It includes simple necessities that are safe for Mama and (soon to be earthside) Baby, like a nourishing belly oil, a cooling cream, and a protective lip and nipple balm that she can use now and later.
Meet the ultimate time-saver in hair styling; particularly if Mom has wavy or curly hair that she prefers to wear straight. With this Hot Air Styler, she won’t have to wait until her hair is dried to begin using—or worse, blow dry and then straighten. It’ll leave her with a bouncy blow-out style without the sputtering or frying that comes with flat ironing her hair before she ought to.
Westman Atelier is a beauty line founded by legendary makeup artist Gucci Westman. The products work on everyone, but especially for those with more mature skin and less time to get ready. This set—inspired by Westman’s daughter, Petal—includes a multi-purpose blush stick, a luxurious lip balm, and a highlighter, all in rose-pink hues that’ll impart a bouncy, juicy-looking glow to Mom’s face.
The bag speaks for itself. Gift her the ultimate at-home self-care set with Summer Fridays’ “vault” of products. The set includes 11 best-selling products that’ll give love to Mom’s skin from head to toe. She’ll get full sizes of everything from Summer Fridays’ now-classic Jet Lag Mask to its new Lip Butter Balm.
If she tends to favor beauty tips from her favorite actresses, gift mom this celeb-loved Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar. It’s a preferred face-contouring tool of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and even Dempsey’s husband (yep!) McDreamy (Patrick Demspey) himself.
LED light therapy has been proven to be beneficial to the skin in a number of ways: diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, warding off acne, and reducing inflammation, to name just a few. If you’ve got a big budget to bestow on Mom, this trusted mask from Dr. Dennis Gross is all but guaranteed to be put to use each day.
Upgrade her $5 body wash for something more luxurious—like with Dedcool’s Hand and Body Wash in the perfume brand’s best-selling scent, “Milk.” With notes of bergamot, amber, and musk, the best way we can describe the scent is “expensive,” but in a totally unpretentiously way. Gentle ingredients leave skin supple, smooth, and ultra clean.
This celeb-beloved treatment essence is worth the hype. Formulated with the Japanese brand’s proprietary base ingredient, Pitera (a bio-ingredient that comes from yeast fermentation, designed to mimic your skin’s natural pH levels and has more than 50 nutrients like amino acids and minerals) works overtime to brighten dark spots, hydrate, and smooth out fine lines.
Flowers are great, but you know what’s even better? A subscription of wreaths that’ll welcome Mom and her guests with each season. This may be one of the most memorable gifts for any home enthusiast, but especially any mom figure who will think of you whenever she opens or closes her front door.
There’s nothing quite like frayed towel edges finding their way around your toes to completely snap you out of a relaxing shower experience. These organic cotton towels are as soft as they are beautiful, and will instantly add some pizzazz to her bathroom decor.
Robes are a classic Mother’s Day gift for a reason. They’re as comfortable as a practical object can be— especially if you get one from the Oprah-loved brand, Cozy Earth. These waffle bath robes are made of viscose from bamboo which means they feel the opposite of dry and scratchy.
Does Mom get night sweats? A set of linen sheets will help keep her cool—and look beautiful on her bed whether they’re done or undone. These sheets from The Citizenry are made in Portugal with a stone-washing method, which means they’re already broken in and primed for her most comfortable snoozes yet.
If you think you’re the most supportive thing in her life, guess again. A pregnancy pillow is another need for soon-to-be moms, and this one provides crucial support for her back and belly as she gets bigger. Newton (which specializes in baby mattresses) created a breathable pillow with extra memory foam that can be used now for side sleeping, and later as a regular body pillow.
Yes, she may have given you a few rude awakenings when you were a moody teenager, but you can help Mom wake easily with the Hatch Restore (so much more than an) Alarm Clock. She can stream meditations, sound baths, and more on the clock, as well as adjust the lighting to transport her to faraway mountaintops and seasides.
No Mother’s Day would be complete without flowers, and since you’re going to buy her some (set your reminder now) add a beautiful vase that she can reuse for her own arrangements. We love this jumbo ceramic vessel from Fable that’s suitable for the biggest, most glorious bouquets her dining room table can handle.
Mother’s Day always falls on the most springy of spring days, which makes us want to run out and buy the nearest bouquet. But what’s better than a bouquet (and longer-lasting)? A candle that smells like spring. And not just spring, but cherry blossoms. Diptyque’s newest scent is an ode to cherry blossom trees, and it’s a clean and floral scent she won’t be able to stop sniffing. And when she’s done, the empty glass makes for a gorgeous makeup brush holder she can keep forever.
The W+G editors have been sleeping on Coop pillows for months, and we’re not being hyperbolic when we say our sleep has improved tenfold. Made of memory foam (which you can customize) and microfiber, the Coop Original pillow is great for head and neck support without being stiff. The Lulltra cover is machine washable, and Mom can rest easy that it’s Greenguard Gold and CertiPur-US-certified.
The art of pour-over may have never been her thing, but if she appreciates a solid cup of coffee, Cometeer is all she needs. The company partners with reputable roasters from all over the globe to create highly potent (and delicious) frozen coffee drops that instantly melt in water, but can also be brewed as ice coffee if she wants.
There’s a time for bargain olive oil and there’s a time for fancy olive oil, and the latter is the only appropriate situation for Mother’s Day. Brightland makes inventive blends that you can bet Mom will almost certainly dub “the good oil” and may be so precious about them that she won’t even withstand opening the bottles. That’s okay, they’ll sit pretty on her counter in the meantime.
Name a more frustrating cooking situation than non-stick pans that stick. It’s impossible! Self-care in the kitchen really does mean getting a set of pans that don’t require an arm workout après dinner and you’ll be hard-pressed to find any that are quite as beautiful and functional as the ones from Caraway.
Has Mom always been more of an aperitif kind of gal, or is she extending Dry January through the rest of the year? Introduce her to Figlia. The ruby red drink has notes of orange, ginger, clove, and chamomile, for a sip that’s as comforting as it is invigorating.
You know your mom better than anyone, so why not pick out her ultimate sleeping attire? With this customizable set from Lunya, you can choose the perfect long-sleeve and pant combination for Mom.
Sizes available: XS-XL (top and bottoms)
Colors: Brown, blue, black, grey, white
Material: Organic pima cotton
Was your childhood filled with mommy-and-me outfits? This double pave necklace will be a nice homage to simpler times. The piece features a small and large crystal butterfly on gold vermeil chains.
Slippers are a foolproof gift on Mother’s Day, but if she needs a pair that provides a bit more coverage so she can wear them outside of the house, Minnetonka’s Brekyn shoes are the one. They’re so popular that they’re hard to find in-stock, but we get it. A boot that wears as comfortably as a sock, with a cute faux-shearling exterior? We’ll take a pair for ourselves.
Sizes available: Women’s 5 – 10
Colors: Pink, navy, and golden tan
Material: Polyester faux-shearling upper with a rubber sole
Originally $82, now $60
Parks Project is like a gigantic love letter to the States’ national parks—find cozy hoodies, crew necks, tees, mugs, and candles designed in homage to the great natural beauties like Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Yellowstone, and more. Every purchase gives back to the National Parks, so if your mom is a big hiker and nature lover, she’ll love the cause. And she’ll also love how luxurious and soft this vintage-style crewneck will feel (the more you wash it, the softer it gets!).
Mom’s feet deserve the best—which is why we’ll always recommend a pair of Birdies, which feature seven-layer comfort (what the brand is known for) and a plush fit. They’re like slippers disguised as flats: Wear them to brunch, on errands, or around the house—they’re versatile like that (and come in tons of colors, patterns, and materials).
Sizes available: 5-12
It can be hard to give shoes you know she needs as a surprise, so why not collaborate? Take Mom through Hilma’s fit quiz and get her a pair of running shoes that you’ll both know she’ll love.
Sizes available: Up to 45 size variations
Colors: Green, grey, purple
Material: Sugarcane-based foam and breathable mesh upper
Pilates is a workout that people of all ages can participate in, including seniors, since it focuses on balance, strength, and flexibility. This gift box will help mom start or keep her practice going, with grippy socks, a non-slip inflatable ball, and a versatile resistance band that she can use on a mat or reformer.
We know it may seem easy to give a gift card, but this is one Mom is guaranteed to love. She’ll be able to hop around the city to her favorite workouts or try new classes without worrying about spending her credits—and everything is on her time since ClassPass gift cards never expire.
For the Mom who wants a bag that’ll hold the essentials as she’s on her way to the gym or grocery store: Meet the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag. It’s so good, it’s almost always sold out—so snag it while you can. (W+G editors can confirm, it really is worth the cash—it’ll hold all the essentials, plus it has the perfect amount of compartment to keep your stuff organized.)
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