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Mother’s Day Gifts: the Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Find your perfect Mother’s Day gifts with The Bump’s guide to Mother’s Day gift ideas, including cool, creative gifting thoughts for everyone from first-time moms to grandmas.

We’ve got less than a week to go until Mother’s Day 2018! Which technically means that all the gifts on here are last-minute gift ideas. All of these gifts—which, let’s be honest, you can probably have zipped to you overnight thanks to Amazon—are thoughtful. We just did the thinking part for you. (You’re welcome.)

We have cool Mother’s Day gifts and creative Mother’s Day gifts, Mother’s Day gifts for first-time moms and Mother’s Day gifts for grandma. We also have cheap Mother’s Day gifts, homemade Mother’s Day gifts, Mother’s Day gift baskets and, as promised, last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, too. All in all, we have 40 Mother’s Day gift ideas for you, rounded up here in one easy list. Get scrolling, and happy celebrating the best woman you know!

Cool Mother’s Day Gifts

All great Mother’s Day gifts have one thing in common: They’re from the heart. Cheesy, we know! But too true. Celebrating your mom on Mother’s Day means gifting her something you know she’ll love, and something that reminds her how much you love her—no matter if she’s your mom, grandma, godmother or the mother of your children. From the sentimental to the hilarious, here are our five favorite cool Mother’s Day gifts.

Luna & Stella’s Moon + Star Tiny Charm Necklaces made our list of cool Mother’s Day gifts because it’s shareable. One goes to mom and the other goes to baby! (Don’t worry if you’re little! She can save it for a few years.)

Luna & Stella Moon + Star Tiny Charm Necklaces, $98, Lunaandstella.com

With Artifact Uprising’s Wood Calendar—a classy upgrade from the paper standard that will look lovely on her desk—you can gift mom a full calendar of adorable pictures of her baby. Because obviously, she’ll never tire of that face.

Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar, $30, Artifactuprising.com

For the new mom of a little man, this onesie that reads “Mom’s #MCM” is the truest.

7 Ate 9 Apparel Kid’s Mother’s Day Outfit, $18, 7ate9apparel.com

Something moms never get enough of? “Me time.” But the FabFitFun subscription box, filled with makeup, workout gear and more exciting stuff, encourages that “do you” mentality to the fullest.

FabFitFun Subscription, $50 for a seasonal subscription (i.e. 4 boxes for 1 year), Fabfitfun.com

For the mama who loves to cook her babies a delicious meal, gift her the ultimate in cookware: the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, currently available in this new shade called Provence. Because isn’t cooking instantly more fun when you’re doing it with a purple pot?

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven in Provence, from $140, Lecreuset.com

Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

Now, while all the Mother’s Day gifts in this category are also cool, they’re particularly creative, too—just a little bit more out-of-the-box. From custom calendar necklaces to a gift that gives mom the opportunity to not cook, shop the best creative Mother’s Day gifts.

There’s only one word for these custom, cutout paper portraits by PurplePaperPeople: awesome. PurplePaperPeople’s artist, Patricia, creates these little works of art out of paper, watercolor and gouache from pictures you send her. So that family portrait, even with a wiggly baby who doesn’t want to sit for pics? Ain’t no thing.

PurplePaperPeople Paper Cut Custom Portrait, $249, Etsy.com

Dalla Nonna’s calendar necklaces (worn by the likes of Hilary Duff and Jenna Dewan) are customized to highlight the date of your choice—like a son or daughter’s birthday. You can also choose between sterling silver and 14k gold and the color of the gemstone.

Dalla Nonna The Calendar Necklace in Rose Gold, $995, Dallanonnajewelry.com

Surviving a kid’s first public temper tantrum? Losing the baby weight? Finally making it out for a date night post-baby? All big moments celebrated by Label with Love’s Mommy Milestones labels, which you can order and pop on her booze of choice (the greatest of great Mother’s Day gifts).

Label with Love Mother’s Day Gift Wine Labels, $16 for 4, Etsy.com

Give mom a rest with an annual membership to Munchery, the company that ships ready-to-eat, gourmet meals right to her door. All she needs to do is heat it up. Gift cards are available too.

Munchery Membership, $7 for a month/$83 for a year, Munchery.com

No list of creative Mother’s Day gifts would be complete without something for the godmothers. With this adorable Cinderella print, illustrated mid-bibbidi bobbidi boo, you can remind yours that she’s basically your fairy godmother, too.

Inkist Prints Fairy Godmother, Cinderella Print, $10 for 5x7 print, Etsy.com

Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

How about some Mother’s Day gift ideas for the grandmas? These women, second moms to many, are just as special because (duh!) they’re moms, too! If you’re looking for great Mother’s Day gifts to give to your mom now that you’re a mom (or dad!), we’ve got you covered.

Perhaps one of the cutest Mother’s Day gifts, this poster for grandma features her new grandchild’s footprints in pastel shades, plus the baby’s name and birthday.

PitterPatterPrint New Grandma Gift Baby Footprint Hearts, starting at $18, Etsy.com

Has grandma retired to someplace warm and cozy? Gift her a Homesick Candle. Each Homesick Candle is inspired by one of the states, so she can get a little whiff of home every time she lights it. (For instance, the New Jersey candle smells like the Jersey shore—a sweet mix of candy apples, cranberries and ocean air.)

Homesick Candle, $30, Homesickcandles.com

For the grandma who loves exploring with her grandkids, give her the “Adventures of Granny” journal. You can fill it with blank paper pages, which she can write on or illustrate, or clear pockets, which she can fill with tickets, pictures and more mementos.

& So They Made Personalized Mum and Co Adventures Memory Book, $26, Notthehighstreet.com

Photo: Amber Moose Photography

Three words: the generation picture. The idea is that it’s a photo featuring every generation holding a photo starring the next generation—i.e. the grandma’s daughter and her daughter, and her daughter, you get it! Use the same frame in every photo for a surreal mirror effect.

Eve’s Addiction’s Floating Locket Necklaces, gold hearts filled with birthstones, is the perfect Mother's Day gift from the whole family. Each birthstone corresponds to the birthday of a child or grandchild, and you can do up to 10!

Eve’s Addiction I Love You to the Moon and Back Birthstone Gold Locket, $55, Evesaddiction.com

First Mother’s Day Gifts

Perhaps the sweetest of the Mother’s Day gifts on this list, these cute ideas are dedicated to the first-time moms, the deliriously happy (and also probably amazingly exhausted) moms. From shining to sweet to tongue-in-cheek, check out our favorite first Mother’s Day gifts.

As far as Mother’s Day gift ideas go, this one’s pretty timeless: Alison Lou’s “Mama” ring. Available in yellow, white and rose gold and embellished with the birthstone of your choice, it’s the one accessory that will never go out of style. (Fun fact: Lou’s the designer behind Blake Lively’s “Mrs. R” ring.)

Alison Lou Mama Ring, $975, Alisonlou.com

Tired? She sure is! For the new mom who’s not quite at the “sleeping through the night” stage yet, Brunette the Label’s “Coffee Now Please” sweatshirt is hilarious, relatable and possibly tear-inducing, but in the most appreciative of ways.

Brunette the Label The “Coffee Now Please” Crew in Black, $79, Brunettethelabel.com

Speaking of coffee, here’s another one for first Mother’s Day gifts: a “Hello My New Name is Mommy” mug, which can hold the caffeinated beverage of her choice.

Heart & Willow Prints Hello My New Name is Mommy Mug, $15, Heartandwillowprints.com

Photo: The Children's Place

These matching, customizable shirts should be gifted first thing in the morning because, as the cutest of Mother’s Day gifts, they obviously need to be worn all day! Both are made from 100 percent cotton, and baby’s bodysuit features handy snap closures for quick changes.

Children's Place Women’s Mommy and Me Short Sleeve Matching Graphic Tee, $19, Childrensplace.com; Baby Mommy and Me Short Sleeve Matching Graphic Bodysuit, $10, Childrensplace.com

Filed under cute Mother’s Day gifts for sure: this sweet bear pillow, featuring a mama bear, papa bear and little baby bear. The pillow also reads, “Happy First Mother’s Day/Love From Baby & Daddy.” (Insert heart-eyed emoji here.)

The Drifting Bear Co. Personalized First Mother’s Day Bear Family Cushion, $50, Notonthehighstreet.com

Cheap Mother’s Day Gifts ($25 or Less!)

Looking for affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas? Step right up! All of these are under $25, and three are under $15. (Not bad, eh?) Still, these Mother’s Day gifts don’t scrimp on sweetness. From heartfelt letters to a card that recognizes your mom as one Nasty Woman (and you know we mean that as a compliment!), see our favorite cheap Mother’s Day gifts here.

This bonus of this Sabon body lotion, which is unscented and hypoallergenic, but features chamomile extract? Both mom and baby can use it.

Sabon Mom & Baby Collection Body Lotion, $23, Sabonnyc.com

Does your mom love Hillary Clinton, justice and a good pantsuit? We think we found the Mother’s Day card for her.

Th Prnt Shp Hillary Clinton Happy Mother’s Day Nasty Woman Card, $4, Etsy.com

What to give your mom for Mother’s Day? How about what not to give her, covered in the adorable Martha Seif Simpson children’s book, What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day. (For instance, a rotting log! Unless she’s a salamander, of course.) It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea for kids.

What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day , $12, Barnesandnoble.com

Looking for mother-in-law Mother’s Day gift ideas? This sweet mug, reading “Thank You for Raising the Man of My Dreams,” is both sweet and easy. (After all, even when he doesn’t do the dishes, he’s still pretty great.)

PupocoARTS Mother-in-Law Personalized Ceramic Mug, $14, Etsy.com

The Letters to My Mom book is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It includes 12 templates—10 with prompts, two that you can freestyle—that let you tell your mom how much you love and appreciate her in letter form. Date one for Mother’s Day and the rest for the future, and she’ll have letters for months (and years!) to come.

Letters to My Mom: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever. , $15, Barnesandnoble.com

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

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Of course, while all the Mother’s Day gift ideas on this list are winners, if we do say so ourselves, there may be nothing more special, more sentimental, more heartfelt than a gift made with your own hands. That’s why we’re also including a list of DIY Mother’s Day gifts, all of which are (relatively) easy and affordable. All they cost is your time, and really, who deserves it more than mom?

  1. As far as DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas go, breakfast in bed is always a pretty solid one—especially if the little ones lend a hand! (Or, at the very least, they can do the delivering.) Waffles, freshly squeezed OJ and some strawberries with whipped cream. Actually, can we come, too?
  2. Moms famously adore flowers, so you know what one might like even more? A full garden of flowers! Just make sure someone is helping out with this one, before one too many mudpies make their way into the backyard. (Alternative for an apartment: a flower box to hang out the window or a potted plant for inside the house, planted by mama’s little boy or girl with love.)
  3. When it comes to homemade Mother’s Day gifts, you can’t forget a painted pottery piece! While you can do it at home, you can also go to a local ceramic painting shop, like Color Me Mine, that’ll provide you with all the materials and they glaze your piece for you, too.
  4. Got a little one at home who loves to bead? Have them make mom an upgraded version of the Best Friend Bracelet: the Best Mom Ever Keychain. All you need is a key loop, thick string, letter beads and a few other embellishments (artist’s choice!).
  5. Another relatively easy one for DIY Mother’s Day gifts? A photo book, customized with pictures of the whole family. You can put together an affordable one at your local photo store, but if you have little crafters at home, you could let them put it together themselves. With construction paper, glue and yarn, it could be done in a cinch.

Mother’s Day Gift Basket Ideas

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, sometimes you don’t want to give mom just one thing. Sometimes, you want to give her a whole slew of presents! That’s where Mother’s Day gift baskets come in, and these days, they’re quite creative. From popcorn-filled purses to towers topped with lavender bath goods, we’ve lined up the best Mother’s Day gift basket ideas here, perfect for the mom who lives right around the corner or miles and miles away.

Two words: popcorn tote. The Popcorn Factory’s Mother's Day Tote of Treats is filled with six popcorn samples, both sweet and salty flavors, and it comes in a floral tote just for mom.

The Popcorn Factory Mother's Day Tote of Treats, $35, Thepopcornfactory.com

Is mom having the whole family over for Mother’s Day? Then a great Mother’s Day gift idea would be a basket that makes sure she doesn’t have to lift a finger—i.e. Wolferman’s Bakery Serving Tray. With dessert cakes, cookies, baklava and cinnamon swirl, to name just a few treats, it’s basically a fully-stocked bakery in a box.

Wolferman’s Bakery Serving Tray, $70, Wolfermans.com

Don’t want to go the food route with your Mother’s Day gift baskets? Tell your mom to take a load off with this relaxing bundle. It includes seven lavender-scented spa products, plus a few bath products, so she can go lay back in the tub. (If you’re a mom, too, feel free to order one for yourself!)

1 800 Baskets Denarii Lavender Spa Deluxe Gift Basket, $75, 1800baskets.com

Back to the sweet stuff: Even better than Mother’s Day gift baskets filled with cookies? Mother’s Day gift baskets filled with candy apples, each one designed to look unique and finished with a white bow. Even the boxes are pretty cute—look at the one that says “To The World’s Greatest!”

Mrs. Prindables Greatest MOM Petite Caramel Apple Gift Set, $43, Mrsprindables.com

And of course, on a list of Mother’s Day gift basket ideas, we had to include at least one healthy choice: Royal Verano pears, placed in an illustrated box with one pear wrapped in gold. (You can add a bottle of wine to this one, too!)

Royal Verano Pears, $30, Harryanddavid.com

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day 2017 just crept up on you? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. But that is no excuse to show up on Mother’s Day empty-handed—especially when there are so many fabulous last-minute Mother’s Day gifts to choose from!

DC Comics’ classically illustrated Wonder Woman mug, because mom is your Wonder Woman, is she not?

DC Comics Wonder Woman Uniform Jumbo Ceramic Mug, $18, Amazon.com

Because nothing says “I love you, mom” like that Queen song about telling your mom you just killed a man. But really, for any mom who loves her ‘70s music, this “Bohemian Rhapsody” card is gold.

MargWarg MAMA! Bohemian Rhapsody Mother’s Day Card, $6, Etsy.com

Photo: Shutterstock

You know what Mother’s Day gifts never go unappreciated? Gift cards to a local spa, because mom deserves all the R&R she can get.

Bliss Gift Card, start at $10, Blissworld.com

Kids do say the darnedest things, and no one remembers them better than their parents. The My Quotable Kid Journal is an adorable gift for a mom from her S.O., who can get the list going with a few priceless soundbites to start.

My Quotable Kid: A Parents’ Journal of Unforgettable Quotes , $10, Barnesandnoble.com

Photo: Shutterstock

And finally, if nothing else and you’re on the run, nothing says “you’re the best” quite like flowers. Make it extra special by including mom’s favorite flowers in the bunch, and make sure to add a card with a heartfelt Mother’s Day message.

PHOTO: Roberto Westbrook / Getty Images