Mother’s Day is all about showing your mom some love, and while we think handmade Mother’s Day cards are pretty darn cute, you know you can do better. We do, of course, recommend taking your mama out for a ridiculously good brunch in Chicago, placing an order at one of the top flower shops in Chicago or booking luxurious spa treatments for two at one of the finest spas in Chicago, but you’re also going to have to buy a gift, because that’s your mom, dammit! If you need a little inspiration, we’ve picked out some beautiful presents—all under $100—that will convince your mom that you are, truly, her favorite out of all your siblings.
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Mother’s Day gift ideas
Your mom is already beautiful, but this rosewater mist, which deeply hydrates and softens skin, will turn her into a stunner (and give her that Beyoncé glow). The gorgeous limited-edition bottle and packaging designed by Aussie painter Belyanda Henry is just an added bonus.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition, $65, jurlique.com
For the nostalgic mom
Now here’s a gift, which will bring a tear to any mother’s eye—in a good way! This customizable calendar will be a constant reminder (er, at least for the next 365 days) of the most precious memories you’ve shared over the years. Have Kleenex ready.
Wood Calendar, $30, artifactuprising.com
For the accessorizing mom
When in doubt, spring for Jewelry. Cop these pretty and inexpensive drop earrings to make ma feel extra special this year.
Erin Tracy Fragment Drop Earrings, $90, erintacy.ca
For the beauty-addicted mom
Skincare-loving moms will put this essential oils kit to good use. After using all-natural products such as the moisturizer cleanser, balancing toner, stimulating exfoliator and the rejuvenating and hydrating serum, her skin will be more radiant than ever.
Province Apothecary Complete Daily Essentials, $88, provinceapothecary.com
For the summer loving mom
If your mom loves to hit the beach, here’s a bathing suit she’ll truly appreciate for its style and its health benefits? That’s right: This super-chic maillot is made with special sculpting Luminology fabric infused with an all-natural plant-based oil, which protects against the sun’s harmful rays.
Luminora Portofino Bathing Suit, $225, luminora.com
For the particular mom
Desperate to get your mom the perfect present? This gifting service makes shopping a complete breeze and is a reliable option for any son or daughter whose mom is known to be a tad, well, picky. GiftNow allows you to select amazing items from online retailers and virtually send the gift suggestion via email, after which the gifted can either choose to accept the present or change it up based on their personal preference (i.e. color or style). Happy shopping!
For the mom that needs to unwind
Remind mom that she needs to take a moment for herself with this gift box chock-full of goodies (a candle, soothing body cream, facial products and chocolate) perfect for a proper at-home pamper evening.
UrbanStems The Moonstone, $95, urbanstems.com
For the mom with a sweet tooth
Allow mom to indulge in her cravings—it is her special day after all! These truffle chocolates almost look too pretty to eat, but we encourage you to gorge on them because these decadent sweets will melt in your mouth.
Mini Melanie, $39, minimelanie.com
For the mom with the cool kicks
New York moms are already pretty stylish, but these pastel Converse sneakers will take her fashion game to the next level. FYI: This collection is inspired by the city’s very own New York Botanical Garden, so we think you should use these kicks as inspiration to take her there for a fun Mother’s Day outing. (Just sayin’.)
Converse Pro Leather ’76 Botanical Garden Pack, $75, at Footlocker, 1460 Broadway
For the mom with a floral allergy
Is ma allergic to flowers? Baked Bouquet is the solution! This New Jersey bakery creates the most stunning floral arrangements out of—yep, you guessed it—cupcakes. Hell, we’ll take the smell of buttercream frosting over a sweet-smelling rose any day. And, yes, these sweets are actually delivered with a vase attached. So authentic!
Baked Bouquet Yo Mamma, $135, bakedbouquet.com
Some moms want nothing but sweets during Mother’s Day (preach!), but what if mommy dearest is working on her “beach body?” This Ninja Nutri blender is the ultimate machine for concocting healthy green juices or smoothies.
Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo, $129, ninjakitchen.com
For the not-so-green thumb mom
You can never go wrong by giving the gift of fresh spring blooms. Popup Florist creates the most stunning and aromatic bouquets, which will make mom feel so special this holiday. The shop also offers same-day delivery, y’know, in case you forget to preorder. (Don’t worry—we won’t tattle on you.)
Popup Florist Box of Blooms, $35, thepopupflorist.com
This Greenwich Village pamper house is a great escape for any mom who needs to relax and rejuvenate. Better yet, with the spa’s Mother’s Day package, you can get some much-needed R&R right there with her! The three-hour deal for you and ma includes a 45-minute Swedish Massage as well as an Escape Facial therapy treatment. The package ends with a European manicure and pedicure, which is bound to make you leave with an extra pep in your step.
Haven Spa Mommy & Me package, $460, havenspa.nyc
For the deal-loving mom
Even though it’s a gift, any comparison-shopping mom will appreciate the value of this set of delicate druzy studs: just $42 for three pairs, in varying but complementary shapes, sizes and colors.
BaubleBar Meteorite Druzy Stud Trio, $42 at baublebar.com
For the green thumb mom
For the mom who’s always holding a trowel, this cute, mid-century style earthenware planter will make a happy home for mom’s latest plant project.
CB2 Helena Planter, $19.95 at cb2.com
For the preppy mom
If your mom’s a prepster, you can’t go wrong with a lovely sweater from J. Crew. We like this mom-appropriate merino-linen blend v-neck, with a flattering fit and side slits.
J. Crew Merino-Linen V-Neck Sweater, $79.50 at jcrew.com
If you have one of those moms whose house always seems to smell like a freshly baked apple pie/spring garden/mulled cider, she’ll no doubt appreciate another set of scented candles to add to her collection. This set from Parisian parfumerie Diptyque features three mini candles in subtle scents: rose, fig tree and bay.
Diptyque Set of Mini Candles, $90 at diptyqueparis.com
For the jewelry-loving mom
If your mom wears a lot of jewelry, chances are she’s often misplacing it. These charming bone china ring dishes provide a place for mom to stash her rings, earrings and necklaces—and they’re printed with her initial for a personal touch.
Anthropologie Monogrammed Garland Ring Dish, $10 at anthropologie.com
For the classy mom
It’s not always easy to shop for a classically put-together woman, but if there’s anything we know, it’s that you can’t go wrong with Tiffany. This initial pendant on a simple silver chain will fit right into any classy mom’s look.
Tiffany Alphabet Disc Charm Pendant with Chain, $125 at tiffany.com