Editor Picks: the Mother’s Day Gifts Moms Actually Want

Wondering what gifts moms actually want? Here’s what The Bump editors are wishing for this Mother’s Day.
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Updated April 28, 2021
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Motherhood is an around-the-clock job. From 3 a.m. feeds and diaper blowouts to dealing with epic toddler tantrums, it can be equal parts rewarding and intense (to say the least!). So this Mother’s Day, don’t forget to say thank you to the mom in your life and treat her to something that she actually wants.

So what do moms really want for Mother’s Day? The perfect Mother’s Day gift could be some well deserved alone time, more help around the house, cute crafts made by your kid, a family brunch or maybe even a present inspired by her unique personality—it really does depend on the person. Unsure where to begin? You’re in luck. The Bump editors, who also happen to have kids themselves, have selected the Mother’s Day gifts moms actually want. From prenatal essentials and luxury jewelry to the stuff money can’t buy (think: an extra hour in bed followed by a chore-free day and unlimited mimosas!), here you’ll find gift ideas that hard-working mamas will truly appreciate.

Lauren Kay, Executive Editor

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I have an almost 6-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. As much as I adore my kiddos, I love carving out some “me time” on Mother’s Day. A day trip to the spa would be glorious, but I’d settle for an empty house, even for a few hours.

Image: Lake Pajamas

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: New pajamas

If we’re talking tangible gifts, anything from The Avenue would be wonderful—Lyndsey has curated a brilliant collection of chic looks and stunning tableware (two personal faves!). PJs from Lake Pajamas are always at the top of my list—so soft and lounge-worthy. Also, I’m just shy of “fully vaccinated” and so eager to get out more and start wearing lipstick again. I absolutely love the Chanel ultra hydrating lip color in shade rouge coco. And I’ve been eyeing Jane Win’s pendants for a while. The Strong pendant coin really speaks to me after a wild 2020, a good reminder of a mother’s resilience. Lastly, I’m a huge fan of a matching moment with my kiddos and the new collab between Minnow Swim x Stoney Clover is next-level cute. I’m wishlisting these cute one-pieces for my daughter Eleanor and me!

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Buy it: Lake Pajamas Pima Tank-Short Set in Spring Green, $78,

Jen Lee, Head of Marketing

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I’m a mother of three lively boys (ages 1, 3 and 6 years old), so my Sundays are typically anything but lazy. My ideal Mother’s Day includes sleeping in with a late breakfast prepared by my crew. And I hope they remember the mimosas!

Image: Courtesy Aurate x Kerry

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: Trendy jewelry

This (and every) Mother’s Day, I love adding a new piece of jewelry to my collection. I’m obsessed with the geometric stylings of the Third Crown Arc bangle and I’m equally moved by this delicate Bychari Mama necklace that’s begging to be gifted for this special occasion. I also adore the Lioness pendant necklace from the recent collab between Aurate and Kerry Washington. And because this girl likes options, the layered Omi Woods Egyptian Coin necklace stack is so on-trend and would easily dress up my weekend uniform of V-necks and cropped jeans when paired with the oversized Organic Hoop earrings.

Buy it: Aurate x Kerry Lioness Pendant Necklace, $530,

Ashlee Neuman, Deputy Editor

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I usually spend Mother’s Day with my family—including my mother and father—outside enjoying the spring weather in our backyard or local botanical garden. But if I’m being honest, especially now that I have two kids (ages 3 years and 5 months old), I’d love to spend the afternoon alone at the spa and revel in some quiet time.

Image: Courtesy Spa Week

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: A spa gift card

I spent my entire pandemic pregnancy desperately wishing for a prenatal massage. Now that I’ve got vaccine antibodies coursing through me, I’m hoping for a spa gift certificate to pamper my tired body. (Mothering is a serious workout!) I also wouldn’t say no to this sentimental (and stunning) pave diamond ring with my girls’ initials. And flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift for a reason—I’d swoon over a beautiful bouquet from UrbanStems.

Buy it: Spa Week Spa and Wellness Gift Card, starting from $10,

Morgan Gibson, Digital Director

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I’m in the third trimester expecting my first child, so not officially in the mom club yet, and nothing sounds better to me for Mother’s Day than a very romantic day on the couch binge watching Below Deck and eating cookies. And maybe a belly sheet mask, if I’m feeling adventurous.

Image: Courtesy HATCH Collection

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: HATCH collection maternity must-haves

Literally anything and everything from HATCH. I love how the brand categorizes its site by trimester and even has maternity necessity bundles, like the Hatch-to-Hospital Box and the 4th Trimester Nesting Bundle, which would make such great Mother’s Day gifts for pregnant ladies (cough, cough, hello husband). But my ideal Mother’s Day gift from this glorious brand? A one-two punch of bump comfort and preggo glam: These belly-friendly bike shorts (made from the same material as the Before, During and After Legging, which legit might be the comfiest piece of clothing I’ve ever owned). I also adore the stunningly simple Sarah Dress in Iris gingham, which would make a lovely maternity photo shoot dress for my upcoming photography session.

Buy it: HATCH Collection The Before, During And After Bike Short, $68,

Jenna Bruno, Associate Director, Revenue Operations

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

Waking up to coffee in bed with my husband, then cuddles from my sweet 2-year-old daughter. The two of them will master breakfast prep (and clean up). I’ll retreat back to bed to relax and read through my latest magazine stack while they play. Maybe lunch on the beach together as a family and then back home where I can indulge in one of my Erno Laszlo masks. There might be a babysitter involved for dinner, but there will definitely be wine.

Image: Courtesy Grosche

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: Italian-inspired gifts

My wishlist for any holiday is centered around all things Italian (or reminiscent of Italy). After a long traveling hiatus, I’d love to recreate the Italian experience at home. My top picks would be something scented—like potpourri—from my favorite store Santa Maria Novella, a stylish Milano 3-Cup stovetop espresso maker, a nice bottle of Brunello or Barolo wine and an antique Italian pottery planter to go with a set of Terrain flower seeds, which I’m sure would double as a fun activity with my daughter.

Buy it: Grosche Milano 3-Cup Stove Top Espresso Maker, $26,

Morgana Gelb, VP Strategic Partnerships

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I have two daughters (ages 1 and 3 years old) and we will probably try for a third soon! As much as I cherish my family time and adore my girls, I would love to have some time away on Mother’s Day. I also wouldn’t turn down a new dress from my favorite store or jewelry! If we’re being specific, my ideal Mother’s Day would look something like this: 9 a.m. wake up (two hours later than usual!) and enjoy breakfast in bed, 9:30 to 10 a.m. reading and snuggle time with my girls, 10 a.m. embark on a solo hike, 12 p.m. treat myself to a solo sushi lunch before heading to the spa (massage and a mani-pedi), 4 to 6 p.m. playtime and dinner with the family, 6 to 7:30 p.m. sit back and relax as husband handles double bedtime, 8 to 9 p.m. unwrap Mother’s Day gifts, 9 to 10 p.m. hang with my adorable husband before bedtime.

Image: Courtesy Sydney Evan

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: Personalized jewelry

This Mother’s Day I’m hoping for some dresses from Matta NY, clothes from Apiece Apart, or anything from my favorite store Clic. I would also love custom script necklaces with each of my daughter’s names from Sydney Evan.

Buy it: Sydney Evan Gold & Diamond Custom Script Necklace, $990,

Daniela McInerney, Video Producer

My ideal way to spend Mother’s Day

I have a loquacious 2-year-old who has been so much fun throughout these months (or is it years?) at home. If you asked me three months ago what I wanted for Mother’s Day it would have been a getaway with my partner to a vineyard for some quality time (with fermented grapes)—but SURPRISE we’re pregnant with our second, and I’m in the throes of morning sickness!

Image: Courtesy Nidra

What’s on my Mother’s Day wish list: A sleep mask

Since margaritas and mimosas are out, anything that will help me get some quality shut-eye is a must-have. While not the most glamorous-looking thing, these eye masks have been a saving grace and I’m due for an upgrade. Speaking of upgrades, now that my daughter isn’t pulling my hair or grabbing at my jewelry, I’ve had my eye on this necklace from my mother’s native Brazil. It’s just enough to make me feel more put together, and I have at least 8 months to wear it until baby number two gets smart and learns to rip it off. Finally, I never had the time to do a maternity photo session during my first pregnancy, and honestly, it looks like so much fun and the best kind of way to be pampered. So I’m looking to book a session with Alicia Wiley for a mini maternity shoot, and if my partner surprised me with that, I would explode with happiness (hint hint!).

Buy it: Nidra Store Luxury Patented Sleep Mask, $14,

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