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Give your mother a gift she'll love on Mother's Day. Here are some of our suggestions for gifts for every kind of mother, from coffee lovers to skin care enthusiasts to Doctor Who fanatics.

1. Compact rotatable cheese plate; $ 64

Available in both 13-inch and 17-inch versions, this cheese plate unfolds from a wedge shape to a fully circular plate to serve. Each segment is space-saving and can be unfolded on a different level so that cheese can be easily separated from the fruit and crackers. A fork and knife set for cutting and distributing is also supplied. When you're done, put the utensils in the built-in drawer and fold the whole thing back together.

Find it: UncommonGoods

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5-piece Cuisinart knife set; $ 45

Everyone needs a reliable knife set in the kitchen, and it doesn't get much better than Cuisinart. With decades of experience manufacturing premium kitchen utensils, it's no surprise that the 15-piece knife set is one of the top rated on Amazon. Here you get 12 stainless steel blades as well as sharpening steel, kitchen scissors and a holding block.

Find it: Amazon

3. Mason jar herb garden; $ 20

These mason jars are a sweet way to grow herbs. Simply add water and find a nice sunny place for the plants to grow – the jars have an internal hydroponic system that ensures the plants get the right amount of moisture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

4. Chop wizard; $ 30

If your mother wants to save some time in the kitchen, this device can quickly dice onions, peppers, or other vegetables that need to be chopped.

Find it: Amazon [19659005] 5. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ; $ 20

If your mother was a big fan of Netflix & # 39; Salt Fat Acid Heat with chef Samin Nosrat, give her the cookbook that started it all. In this innovative cookbook (containing 100 key recipes with endless spin-offs), chefs learn how to use the four elements of cooking – salt, fat, acid and heat – for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

6. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit; $ 35

Spicy sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit includes gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything you need to make six 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

7. Animal tea infusion set; $ 20

These charming animal silicone utensils can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked to the side of a mug for soaking. The five-piece set includes a shark, a monkey, a platypus, an elephant and a squirrel.

Find it: Amazon

8. Death wish coffee; $ 20

If your mother always asks for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce this super-strong coffee to her. Death Wish is considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world and contains 708 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce cup (a normal coffee contains approximately 195 milligrams).

Find it: Amazon

] 9. Heat-changing constellation cup; $ 16

This mug shows only an empty starry sky, but constellations appear with a little hot liquid.

Find it: Amazon

10. Blooming Tea Flowers and Teapot Set; $ 48

These tea-infused flowers bloom when placed in hot water, creating a beautiful (and delicious) teatime experience. Each flower is suitable for about three infusions, and you can choose two flavors from six options. The set comes with a glass teapot with a built-in wire filter.

Find it: The spout

11. Hot and cold brewed ninja system; $ 180

Whether your mother is a coffee snob, a tea connoisseur or a latte lover, Ninja's all-purpose brewing machine can do it all. The intelligent system can detect whether tea or coffee is being brewed and adjust the water temperatures accordingly, produce special drinks with milk foam and brew cold in a few minutes. It has a delay brew function and can be set to do everything from a single cup of coffee to a travel mug to half a carafe and an entire carafe. Although there is a cheaper glass carafe version, both Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and associate editor Shaunacy Ferro swear by the slightly more expensive model with a thermal carafe that can keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Find it: Amazon or Walmart

12. Fitbit Inspire HR; $ 100

The Inspire line offers a lot of features for a small band that doesn't take up too much wrist space. The slim bracelet records heart rate, steps and sleep patterns, among other things. It can also guide the wearer through breathing exercises based on their heart rate, track pace and distance in real time and automatically recognize different types of exercises. Oh, and it's waterproof, so it works in the swimming pool. If mom doesn't love the original band, Fitbit also makes a lot of alternative accessories that she can use to personalize and dress up her tracker.

Find it: Amazon

13. NOW. Mindfulness tone therapy system; $ 179

Solus N.O.W. (New Origin Waveforms) meditation speakers are designed to help the user achieve inner peace in a cacophonic world. The two loudspeakers produce soothing tones that are intended to support focusing. The relaxing tones, which never repeat, play for three minutes and then turn off automatically to give Mother the perfect moment of rest.

Find it: The spout

14. Walking belt; $ 20

Walking with a smartphone can be difficult due to the lack of pockets. This subtle belt pouch features a zippered belt for storing items while jogging.

Find it: Amazon

15. 24-ounce infusion water bottle; $ 20

Fruits like strawberries and lemons can give the water a nice little kick. This water bottle has a chamber for fruits and vegetables, which gives the water a refreshing taste.

Find it: Amazon

16. My athlete subscription box; $ 20 to $ 51 / month

If your mother likes going to the gym, get her a box of goodies that make her workout even better. Cratejoy's My Athlete Box is a monthly subscription service that ships healthy snacks, clothing, and fitness and beauty products for women. If your mother has a special passion for sports, you can also choose a bespoke subscription box – Cratejoy offers subscriptions for hikers, yogis, jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, cyclists, tennis players, lifters and more. (For the full health and fitness options on the website, click here.)

Find it: Cratejoy

17. Sunski sunglasses; $ 58

These stylish, durable sunglasses are lightweight (polycarbonate) and stay flexible on your face thanks to flexible arms – they won't slip over your mother's nose during exercise. They're not so expensive that mom kicks herself when she breaks them, but even if she does, it's no big deal: they have a lifetime guarantee.

Find it: Amazon

18. Chaco Ladies Outcross Evo 1 hiking shoe; $ 64- $ 99

These hiking shoes are easy to put on and take off thanks to a mesh upper, breathe well (and dry quickly) and are designed to withstand serious wear and tear so mom can get the most out of them. [19659004] Find it: Amazon

19. Candle making kit; $ 46

This kit contains everything you need to make your own candles at home. From fragrances to different dyes, your mother has complete control over the four candles she wants to make.

Find it: Amazon

20. Fix it kit; $ 30

This vegan leather case contains pretty much all the tools your mother might need to fix things around the house. The case, which is available in black or pink, contains a hammer, a flashlight, long pliers, a measuring tape, a screwdriver, an interchangeable handle, four sockets, 10 screwdriver bits and a socket extension.

Find it: UncommonGoods

21. Geometric terrarium; $ 21

Why mother give flowers when you can give her a DIY garden where she can express her creative side? This geometric glass display case can hold all kinds of succulents, moss, cactus or other objects that your mother would like to pack in it. KooK, the company behind the terrarium, also suggests that you put a candle and colored stones in for a unique home decor.

Find it: Amazon

22. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to split wood, peel an oyster and master other simple pleasures ; $ 17

This book by Alexandra Redgrave and Jessica Hundley is designed to teach the reader how to be an expert in all life's tasks, from simple (making the perfect cup of coffee) to useful (reading the night) sky). In each of the five areas – kitchen, outdoor, home, gardening and care – your mother can find numerous projects that allow her to "experience the unique satisfaction of doing it herself".

Find it: Amazon

23. Beer making set; $ 38

Beer tastes so much better when someone you know brewed it. This kit offers everything you need to create an IPA right at home. The entire kit is reusable with replacement ingredients.

Find it: Amazon

24. Conair double illuminated makeup mirror; $ 52

Glowing mirrors are so helpful that your mother will wonder why you didn't buy one earlier. The ring around the mirror gives off a natural hue with LED lights – with low, medium and bright settings that are controlled by touch control – and offers an enlargement with which you can recognize tiny details for a precise make-up application can. Oh, and it's great for selfie lighting too.

Find it: Amazon

25. 2-IN-1 BODY LOTION CANDLE; $ 29.00

This lotion, filled with coconut oil, vegetable oils, and vitamins A, K, and E, begins her life as a candle. When the "wax" melts, it can be applied to a user's hands, face, and skin to breathe new life into it.

Find it: Random Goods

26. Nature Republic Leaf Mask Variety Pack; $ 8

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mama will love these luxurious, dampened sheet masks from the Korean beauty food Nature Republic. This variety pack contains 10 masks with excellent smells such as aloe, cucumber, green tea and avocado. (If you know your mother really loves face masks, we recommend this massive 100-pack Korean mask for just $ 40.)

Find her: Amazon

27. Bath bomb gift set; $ 27

Bath bombs can be an expensive luxury, but this set offers 12 for only $ 27. The scents included are angel, black raspberry vanilla, shower, beach, kiwi strawberry, lavender, lemongrass green tea, love, mango -Papaya, melon ball, shea and coconut as well as Victorian rose.

Find it: Amazon [19659005] 28th PEACE OUT microneedle Dark spots that lighten dots; $ 28

Not everyone can afford laser treatments to minimize dark spots from aging, sun, or acne. When a laser session is out of the question for mom, the budget-friendly alternative from PEACE OUT is a great gift. The microneedles of the patch deliver a kind of vitamin B called nacinamide, skin-lightening liquorice extract and tranexamic acid directly into the skin. All mom has to do is press the plaster down on the clean skin with the microneedle for 10 seconds and then leave it on overnight. If you do this twice over two weeks for a total of four treatments, dark spots are visibly lightened.

Find it: Sephora

29. Shrimp travel pillow; $ 12

Do you have a humorous mother who likes to fly but hates neck problems? This neck pillow helps make naps more comfortable while flying – and best of all, it looks like a giant shrimp. There is also a croissant version for Francophiles. (If your mother wouldn't be caught dead with soft seafood around her neck, the compact, understated Trtle travel pillow is an excellent, reserved choice.)

Find it: Amazon

30. Scratch-off world map; $ 14

Travelers can mark their progress on this map of the world by scraping areas of the map with a coin after their visit. After enough trips, the cards change from gold to technicolor.

Find it: Amazon

31. Pack that! List; $ 7

When packing, it's good to have a mother who asks, "Did you think about … bringing along?" But who helps mothers pack? This helpful block lists all the usual things that someone would like to take with them on a trip.

Find it: Amazon

32. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy; $ 40

Reading in the bath is much easier if you put the book down. This bamboo stand balances over the lip of the tub and even offers space for a glass of wine.

Find it: Paper source


Like the scratch card, this poster lets the owner state. The table contains 100 "essential novels" with golden covers. While your mother is working through the books, she can scrape off the foil and reveal a new cover underneath.

Find it: Amazon

34. Bicycle bookers; $ 65

These carbon steel bookends look like a bicycle, suggesting that every book is a journey.

Find it: UncommonGoods

35. Tequila Mockingbird ; $ 11

Fans of literature and word games will love this clever book, which contains cocktail recipes with names inspired by classic books. There are a total of 65 recipes as well as blurbs on the history of the books, recipes for snacks in the bar and charming illustrations.

Find it: Amazon

36. STORIARTS infinity scarf with book motif; $ 48

Whether your mother is a fan of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl or Louisa May Alcott, STORIARTS has the scarf for her. The literary-themed jersey-cotton infinity scarves are available in a variety of colors and fonts to match the text they celebrate, from "The Raven" to " A Tale of Two Cities", to The Little Prince .

Find it: The spout

37. Amazon Echo Show; $ 130

The Amazon Show works much like any Echo product – it can run smart devices, answer questions, and play music. However, the 8-inch HD screen is perfect for mom's own collection of photos and videos that she can upload. It's also an easy way to video chat if you can't personally celebrate Mother's Day with her.

Find it: Amazon

38. eufy BoostIQ Slim RoboVac; $ 160

This ultra-slim robotic vacuum cleaner from eufy can handle difficult areas on wooden floors or carpets thanks to its strong suction power. But that doesn't mean it's a noisy machine. The Eufy runs quietly so that Mom can have it in the background while she is working or watching TV. And since it returns to its charging station on its own when the juice is used up, it doesn't have to do much other than admire the flawless floors when it's done.

Find it: Amazon [19659005] 39. Tiles Bluetooth tracking tags; $ 95

Save your mom the hassle of finding missing items with keychain and wallet tracking devices. Tile trackers connect to an app via Bluetooth so that the user can easily find them. The combi-package contains two Tile Mate keychain trackers and two Tile Slim trackers that can be put in a wallet or bag or stuck to a laptop.

Find it: Amazon

40. Fujifilm Instax instant camera; $ 67

This fun, colorful camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cabin or on the fridge. The four-part starter pack contains enough film for 10 prints, a carrying case, a belt and batteries.

Find it: Amazon

41. ECHO DOT; $ 30

The Echo Dot is the perfect virtual assistant for all of your smart home needs. Mothers only have to say "Alexa" and can switch intelligent devices on and off, order pizza or call a taxi.

Find it: Amazon

42. Oculus Go VR headset; $ 228

Proof that we live in the future: Virtual Reality is one thing now and relatively affordable. This light headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment and play 360-degree games, videos and pictures. It has social features that allow users to watch movies, play a game, or meet in virtual reality – get one, too, so that you and your mother have time for face-to-face conversations when you are far from home

Find it: Amazon

43. DOSS portable bluetooth speaker; $ 28

Present some sweet melodies to your mother with this Bluetooth speaker. Although it is available on Amazon for less than $ 30, it surpasses its weight in terms of sound quality. It offers impressive stereo sound and improved bass on the go. With 12 hours of battery life and weighing just over 1 pound, it's perfect for the park, campground, or garden grill.

Find it: Amazon

44. Music transposition ring; $ 17

This ring comes with a music transposition card that is always on hand. The beautiful homage to music theory is both fashionable and practical.

Find it: UncommonGoods

45. JBL Noise Canceling Headphones; $ 150

As much as your mother loves you and your family, she may need some rest from time to time. Allow her to hide the chaos of the world with wireless noise canceling headphones. Offering Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility and 30-hour battery life, these JBL wireless headphones were one of CNET's best noise-canceling headphones for 2019.

Find it: Amazon

46. Doctor Who Cookbook; $ 13

Do you have a Whovian for a mother? Now she can prepare all kinds of meals and treats loosely based on the popular franchise. The cookbook contains 40 time-consuming recipes to try.

Find it: Amazon

47. Geological time cups; $ 16

With this geological timescale mug from the Guild of Unemployed Philosophers, your mother can watch billions of years of Earth's history while sipping her morning coffee. And as soon as she has drunk her precious Java, she is spoiled with the engraving of a trilobite fossil on the bottom of the mug. From the creation of the planet (called Hadean Eon) to the present day Anthropocene, this is probably the most informative coffee mug on the market (outside of one that of course says "The Best Mother in the World").

Find it: Amazon


Decorate your mother with jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch bib chain contains high-quality digital images of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and of course Pluto. Each necklace is also handmade to get a more personal touch.

Find it: UncommonGoods


Celebrate your mother's love for George RR Martin's fantasy epic with this set of Game of Thrones wine glasses, each containing the seal of the great houses of Westeros.

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50. Boston Terrier umbrella; $ 23

This umbrella has a bubble shape that allows your mother to protect her face from oncoming rain. It is clear that she can still see when walking, but she is adorned with two fun illustrations of Boston terriers. (There is also a cat version.)

Find it: Amazon

51. Pet DNA test; $ 99

If your mother is a proud cat lady, she will love to be given the opportunity to learn more about her furry friend. Basepaws, which calls itself the world's first cat DNA test, helps users understand their cat's origins and other genetic information. Mom just has to send in a little bit of her cat's hair, send it in, and wait for the result. (If your mother is a dog person, there is also a test for it.)

Find it: Amazon

52. Frida Kahlo doll; $ 19

This 11-inch plus doll by painter Frida Kahlo is dressed in a traditional Mexican dress and has a little monkey on her shoulder. The Little Thinkers series of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild also includes plush versions of other artists like Andy Warhol, as well as historical figures from areas such as science, politics, psychology and more.

Find it: Amazon

53. Vigvog type socks; $ 17

This set contains eight pairs of socks, all of which are dedicated to various works of art. Your mother's feet will love paying homage to the classics.

Find it: Amazon

54. Starry Night puzzle; $ 18

Van Goghs Starry Night is a surprisingly good puzzle. This 1000-piece puzzle promises a great family night in which an attempt is made to reconstruct the classic painting.

Find it: Amazon

55. Garden of Earthly Delights Figure; $ 49

Action Figures aren't just for kids – moms will love them too, especially if they are based on classic paintings. Amazon has a whole collection of shameful characters from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Find it: Amazon

56. The Scream bandages; $ 8

Most mothers of younger children have some bandages hidden in their sleeves if one of their children is injured. Arm your mother with special bandages with The Scream. Each can contains 15 large strips (plus a free price).

Find it: Amazon

57. Flowers

If you want to keep it traditional, you can't go wrong with a bouquet. Bouqs is a wonderful flower company that sources its products from environmentally friendly farms. You can order in advance or use the same day shipping option.

Find it: The Bouqs


Wine is a classic gift for mom, but this time take a more personal path by giving her this cork holder in the shape of any state. Whether it's birth or adoptive houses, this gift is ideal for any mother who is proud of where she comes from.

Find it: UncommonGoods

59. Harry and David Gift Baskets

Harry and David have long been a popular destination for family gifts. Who can resist their chocolate-coated fruits or their sea salt caramels? And if your mother doesn't have a sweet tooth, the company offers gift baskets of things like coffee, wine, and other groceries. The company's Mother's Day gift basket starts at 89.

Find it: Harry and David

60. California Wine Club; $ 41- $ 231 / Shipping

The California Wine Club offers a wide range of family-owned wines. First, choose from six different styles: the Premier series ($ 41 per shipment), the Signature series ($ 134), the International series ($ 71), the Aged Cabernet series ($ 231), the Pacific Northwest Series ($ 77) and the Case Club Series ($ 162). Once you've figured out what kind of Vino mom would like to drink, you can choose from a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly shipping schedule.

Find out: California Wine Club

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A version of this article was first published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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