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48 Best Mother's Day Gifts for Most Every Kind of Mom in 2024

Our experts share their favorite Mother's Day gift ideas for the queen of the castle.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
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$89 at Williams Sonoma
Ohom Ui self-heating mug
Enhance her daily sip
$79 at Amazon
Drowsy silk sleep mask
The best sleep mask
$150 at Amazon
Renpho foot massager
Because everything hurts
$179 at Amazon
Theragun Mini
Send those body aches packin'
See at Massage Envy
Massage Envy
Therapeutic massage
See at Bouqs
Flower delivery from Bouqs
Beautiful blooms that keep on comin'
$40 at Amazon
A beautiful set of Lego succulent plants
Lego Icons succulents
An alternative to flowers
$99 at Storyworth
Capture all her life stories in a book
$115 at Amazon
Nixplay smart digital photo frame
All her favorites in one place
See at ScanMyPhotos
Digitally scan all her photos
$200 at Amazon
Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds
Sports buds for everyday use
$99 at Apple
four round apple airtags with different engravings, including the initials AP and a happy face emoji
Apple AirTags, 4-pack
For sanity's sake
$199 at Best Buy
Apple Watch SE Review
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)
Way more helpful than a Rolex
$97 at Amazon
google nest hub 2nd gen
Google Nest Hub
A little help around the home
$430 at Ulta
Dyson hair dryer
Dyson Supersonic hair dryer
A hair dryer with serious smarts
$13 at Amazon
fluicer juicing lemon into bowl
Fluicer juicer
The best citrus juicer ever
$125 at Food52
cheese grotto on table
Cheese Grotto
A personal cheese cave. No, really.
$100 at Williams Sonoma
All-Clad covered frying pan
All-Clad 10-inch covered frying pan
A superior skillet
See at Fellow
bags of coffee
Fellow coffee subscription
Better beans for Mom
See at MasterClass
Ron Finley, gardening
MasterClass subscription
A chance to learn from the pros on her time
$50 at Amazon
The Bokksu subscription box and a lot of snacks are displayed against a colorful background.
Bokksu Japanese snack box
For a mom prone to snack attacks
$100 at Criterion Channel
The Criterion Collection
The gift of film
See at Mosaic Foods
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Mosaic Foods plant-based meals
Delicious and healthy meals for those busy days
$25 at Amazon
planter box on railing
Self-watering planter box
Flowers without the work
$80 at Walmart
Solo Stove Mesa on an outdoor patio table with a marshmallow roasting over the fire
Solo Stove Mesa fire pit
Get the most out of spring evenings
$85 at Uncommon Goods
mouth-blown glasses
Mouth-blown glasses
An ombre design to hold the wine
$150 at Amazon
Ingarden microgreens garden
A simple smart garden that fits anywhere
$226 at Amazon
Aarke water carbonator
Make it sparkle
$220 at Kammok
wearable blanket
Kammok Bobcat wearable blanket
For the mom who runs cold
$21 at Amazon
double-walled glasses
De'Longhi double-walled glasses
For a cappuccino queen
$35 at REI
Matador NanoDry Towel
A futuristic towel

Mother's Day is fast approaching; it falls on May 12 this year, so it's time to get cracking on your gifting plan. Moms sacrifice a ton, and Mother's Day is just one of the many times of year to let her know how much that means to you. To help you out, we've rounded up our recommendations for the best tech gear, kitchenware, gift subscriptions and more to make sure your mom (or grandmother, mother-in-law, or any other mother figure in your life) feels properly spoiled this year.

Our gift-giving experts selected some of our own favorite things and dug deep into our sprawling lists of staff-tested products to find the best Mother's Day gifts for every kind of mom. Whether your mama could use a little self-care or is a gadget buff or a serious home chef, we've got Mother's Day gifts that'll fit the bill. If she says she already has too much "stuff," we've got gift ideas that take up zero space, or you can check out our list of the best flower delivery services

Self-care gifts for Mom


Does Mom always have a cup of tea or coffee on hand? Then she'll appreciate this self-heating mug. I keep this at my desk all day long, and I love that I don't have to keep reheating my coffee and tea in the microwave. Bonus: You can also use the warming pad to charge your phone.


If Mom could use some quality shut-eye, she'd appreciate this 100% pure silk sleep mask. CNET ranked it the best overall sleep mask thanks to its comfortable cushiness and the adjustable velcro strap on the back. "I found that it didn't slip off my face while I slept like other masks tend to and the fluffy padding made it have a total blackout effect," says CNET's Caroline Igo.


Mom is walking here, she's walking there, and sometimes back here because she forgot her dang keys (more on that later). She could use a good foot massage or seven, and this compact electric shiatsu massager with heat will do exactly that -- whenever she wants. Ahhh.

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If you can't send Mom to a massage therapist, this may be the next best thing to help relax those muscles. The Theragun Elite is our top-rated massage gun, but the Theragun Mini is a powerful, cheaper option in a smaller package. It's easy to throw in a gym bag and delivers an impressive 1,750 to 2,400 percussions per minute.

Massage Envy

If she needs more than an at-home foot massage -- and chances are she probably does -- line her up with a professional massage. I especially love giving this gift to new moms. You can choose any amount on the gift card, but be sure to check out the cost of a standard massage, since prices vary by location.

More self-care gifts for moms:

Sentimental gifts for Mom

Bouqs Co.

Fresh flowers might be a traditional Mother's Day gift idea, but a beautiful bouquet is always sure to put a smile on her face. We tested a slew of online flower delivery services, and The Bouqs Co. came out the clear winner. Bouqs offers a wide variety of beautiful blooms including roses, peonies, tropical flowers and more.

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If a bouquet of fresh flowers is too traditional, this Lego set is a unique gift that will appeal to her creative side. Check out more of our CNET staffers' favorite Lego sets


You've probably heard a lot of funny stories and anecdotes about your mother's life over the years. What if you could collect them all in one place? Storyworth is a service that will pack all her memories and stories into a beautifully bound book. Once a week, she'll get a question via email that's a writing prompt. (You can choose the question or Storyworth can select it for you). At the end of the year, all her answers are collected into a hardcover book with photos and captions.


If you've ever heard Mom complain about all those photos sitting in her phone collecting proverbial dust, now is the time to do something about it, and a digital photo frame is the thing to do. The Nixplay smart digital picture frame stores thousands of images and will help you display either one or a running slide show of Mom's life and her favorite people and moments so you can actually enjoy them for once. The frame is available in various sizes -- up to 15 inches -- and a motion sensor will turn the frame on and off automatically.

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Speaking of memories of the photographic sort, if she has a pile or piles of old-fashioned paper photos that are susceptible to damage, floods and fires, surprise her with an easy fix: professional photo scanning. Plus, you can use the files to make a sweet digital album or slideshow that she can share on social media.

ScanMyPhotos is a master of photo scanning and will digitally organize any images no matter where you've stashed them -- scrapbooks, photo albums or piled up in a shoebox. You can scan individual photos starting at $0.13 per scan, or the company can send you a box that you fill up and it'll scan them for a flat rate of $240. 

More sentimental gifts for moms:

Techie gifts for Mom

Battery Life Rated up to 9 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- splash-proof)

Though AirPods are great, they're not for everyone. The Beats Fit Pro aren't technically AirPods, but they're built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro, and they have the handy ear hook, which means Mom can wear them anywhere and while doing pretty much anything. Plus, the Beats Fit Pro buds come in a range of flashy and fun colors.

Read our Beats Fit Pro review.

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Apple AirTags aren't new, but they still make excellent gifts for mothers who might misplace the occasional item. Get a set of four so she can throw one in her beach tote, purse, wallet and luggage. You can even have them engraved with her initials for free if you order them through Apple.

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CNET editor and mom Bridget Carey says, "I never cared about an Apple Watch until I had to do everything at home. Now it's the only way I stay sane." With this multifaceted device, mama can be with the kids and away from the laptop without worrying about missing a call or big email. 

Working from home while also running a home can lead to some serious scatterbrain and an Apple Watch will help Mom locate her phone if lost, schedule her day, make playlists for running and 1,000 other things.

Read our Apple Watch SE (2022) review.

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Give Mom a helper of the smart home variety -- this is our favorite overall smart display. Thanks to the built-in Google Assistant, the Nest Hub responds to all of the same voice command options as the Google Home Mini smart speaker. You can also control your smart home devices, like a smart doorbell, with an intuitively designed control panel. The second-generation smart home hub model also includes Sleep Sensing and Quick Gestures thanks to Google's Soli mini radar. 

The colorful fabric design on this Google Assistant smart display allows the device to blend in anywhere, though the tablet touchscreen comes in particularly handy if you want step-by-step help through a recipe in the kitchen. Read our Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review.


If your mother uses a hair dryer regularly, she will almost certainly consider this Dyson an upgrade. The admittedly pricey Dyson Supersonic hair dryer measures air temperature over 40 times a second and regulates heat accordingly. This is all to prevent heat damage to hair that's blow-dried often.

More techie gifts for moms:

Kitchen gifts for Mom


This amazing juicer is a margarita lover's best friend. The genius Fluicer bends and squeezes limes and lemons to get a full juice. It even catches the pulp and seeds in a built-in grate. 

Cheese Grotto

Novice cheese nerds may find a personal cheese cave overkill. If Mom considers herself a camembert connoisseur, this device will not only keep those blocks fresh for longer but allow them to age for more robust flavors. It imitates the conditions of a real cheese cave -- proper moisture and temperature -- all within the confines of your fridge.

If you're feeling particularly generous, you can add Cheese Grotto's excellent cheese subscription which starts at $59 per month. 


In a rigorous test of 10 top skillets, the All-Clad D3 came out on top. If Mom likes to sauté and sizzle, she'll appreciate the even heating and sleek design this high-end frying pan delivers. It'll be her new favorite pan courtesy of her new favorite kid. 

More kitchen gifts for moms:

Gift subscriptions for Mom


A monthly serving of exceptional coffee is definitely not going unappreciated. Each delivery of unique beans will remind Mom of her favorite kid (that's you). While there are dozens of excellent coffee clubs to choose from, we love Fellow for its quality selections and simple ordering interface. You can choose a light or dark roast and have it sent every two or four weeks, depending on how much java she downs each morning.


With all the time she spends keeping the ship from sinking, there's not always time to spend on personal interests and endeavors. MasterClass makes it easy to learn about a plethora of subjects from the folks who know them best. There are cooking classes from icons like Thomas Keller and Alice Waters but also lessons on subjects you might not realize you need help with. 

A MasterClass gift subscription starts at $120 for an annual membership and includes more than 100 classes taught by luminaries in fields from fiction writing to poker. There's something here for everyone. With credible teachers, solid production values and a vast catalog of subject matter, MasterClass is like Netflix for the overly ambitious.


The Japanese have been hiding some seriously good snacks from the rest of us. Bokksu collects the best snacks and treats from the East and sends them West in a tasty, curated monthly gift box filled with snacks. A perfect gift for the mother who's prone to a snack attack. It's also a unique gift for new moms or expecting moms who need those extra calories.

The best part about Bokksu is that almost none of these Japanese snacks are similar to snacks we already have here in the US, so she'll likely come across some munchies she's never tried before. Snacks run the gamut from sweet to savory with favorites such as seaweed tempura, puffed rice with ramen seasoning, green tea lemon cakes and Japanese candy including yuzu gummies and creamy matcha Kit-Kats.

You can send one month of snacks ($45 each) or as many as a full year of monthly deliveries ($40 each) and no two snack sends will ever be the same.

Read more: Best Snack Boxes to Gift in 2024


My mother told me that at a certain point, getting "stuff" as gifts is more of a chore than a pleasure. If your Mommy Dearest might have a similar feeling about material things piling up, give the gift of the world's greatest movies with a yearlong subscription to The Criterion Collection. 

There are simply too many movies to start naming them (you can browse here), but if she digs the classics, from Paul Newman to Pixar, this great gift will have her popping popcorn and smiling all year. You can gift a year's subscription for $100 or e-gift cards for individual movie purchases.

Mosaic Foods meal delivery service

Everyone could use a few extra meals lying around for those busy days and weeks. Mosaic Foods sends freshly prepared meat-free meals that are as good as any other we tried. You can send a delivery of about 12 meals for $132 without committing to any subscriptions. Most are good to pop into the freezer if she's not planning to eat them right away. 

Some of my personal favorites were the chili with jackfruit that had a texture eerily similar to tender pulled pork and the Mediterranean tomato ragout with olives, beans and feta. Read our full review of Mosaic Foods here.

More gift subscriptions for moms:

Home gifts for Mom


Plants are only as good as the gardener who tends them. If Mom could use a day off from weeding and watering, these self-watering planters will free her up for a margarita or two.

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Size 5.1 in x 5.1 in. x 6.8 in.Weight 1.4 lbs.Type Wood BurningSmokeless YesPrice $80

If your mom is as sensitive to the cold as mine is, she'll love a fire pit to enjoy time outdoors during the spring, fall or cooler summer nights. CNET tested several fire pits, and this model was our favorite smokeless mini fire pit, with its clever 360-degree Signature Airflow system. It's compact enough that you can set it on a table or take it with you in a backpack for camping trips.

Uncommon Goods

These stemless wine glasses are handmade by Mexican artists, blown from recycled glass to create six elegant vessels for wine, cocktails or water. Because each set is handmade they'll look a little bit different but you can bet they'll draw some attention and compliments every time they're set out on the table.


This might be the most attractive smart garden we've come across and it's impossibly easy to use. Microgreens are best known in their role as entree garnish but these baby vegetable greens are positively packed with vitamins and antioxidants. 

Ingarden has LED grow lights and a reservoir for water that is wicked up into the soilless seed pads. In about seven days, you'll have bushy microgreens to use for salads, sandwiches and a host of other applications. The sleek, simple and clean indoor grower is made from ceramic and steel and fits on basically any windowsill or bookshelf for a welcomed pop of green. See our full review of the Ingarden here


Hauling heavy (and pricey) cans of seltzer home from the store can be a thing of the past with an eco-friendly water carbonator. SodaStream is a good option but the Swedish Aarke carbonator is big on style and more giftable if you ask me. It's available in five great finishes to match her kitchen motif. Read our Aarke carbonator review.

Uncommon Goods

This unique candle burns for as long as 60 hours and the copper-finished holder is giving off some seriously cool antique energy. This would definitely make a nice centerpiece on the dining table during a relaxing meal. Refills for the candle are $18 so bag one or two for when this long-lasting candle finally does burn out.


Surely you remember the Snuggie. Well, definitely don't get Mom a Snuggie for Mother's Day. I repeat, don't get your mom a Snuggie for Mother's Day. The wearable blanket has grown up, however, in the form of this stylish and giftable Kammok Bobcat 45.

The 600-fill duck-down insulated blanket is plenty warm and, weighing a mere 20 ounces, light enough for camping or wearing around the house (no judgment here). It's the quilt's poncho mode that makes it the ideal accessory for hanging outside by the fire pit. If the mom you're shopping for tends to run a little cold, this might be an ideal Mother's Day gift as we roll through spring.

Kammok has a slightly more budget-friendly model, the Field Blanket, for $100 as well.


After my mother treated herself to an espresso machine last year, I followed up with these double-walled cappuccino glasses. It was perhaps the best 15 bucks I've ever spent and they're now the only glasses she'll use for hot beverages. 

This set of two sleek glass coffee mugs is great for coffee, tea, chai and matcha (see above). If you'd like to really amp the gift up, pair the set with one of these great coffee clubs and subscription services that'll ship the best beans -- espresso and otherwise -- to Mom's door.


When the opportunity to swim arises, you must always be prepared to take the plunge. This lightweight towel is small enough for Moms to throw into a bike bag, backpack or back pocket. According to Matador, it absorbs more than twice its weight (81 grams) in water. It's machine washable and comes in a mesh bag with a sturdy handle and hang loop.

More gifts for Moms