Among the hottest Mother’s Day gifts now and forever: self-care gifts for moms. And grandmas, of course. We all know that these days, moms are working harder and longer than ever before, often juggling paid work — at home or not — family obligations, household chores, and their own well-being. With no breaks. At all. Trust us, we know.
So this Mother’s Day is a great chance to pamper Mom with some self-care gifts for Mother’s Day that may not be as impactful as say, institutional changes that can improve her life overall, but will help her slow down a little and remember she’s loved.
(Don’t worry dads, we know you need it too! Father’s Day is coming soon. hang tight.)
Browse this list of some of our team’s favorite self-care gifts for mom right now, from experiences that cost nothing (like a relaxing night alone, yes please) to some splurges if you want to go big.
What ever you choose, these Mother’s Day gifts all take care of her to show her you appreciate the way she’s always taken care of everyone else.
– Updated for 2022 –
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Pampering K-Beauty Gift Sets (Aloisia Beauty, $38-125)
From the Self-Care Rituals Gift Set to the affordable Cleanse and Glow Mini Set, there are so many covet-worthy gifts from one of our favorite new brands. (Liz can’t stop raving about them!) They blend Korean beauty principals and skincare science with clean beauty standards, and some gift boxes include goodies like a heart-shaped rose quartz Gua Sha — which is also a lovely self-care gift for mom all on its own.
Anti-Anxiety Mantra Bracelets, (Presently, $48+)
These gorgeous bracelets are one of our new favorite finds — and a perfect self-care gift for a mom who needs a reminder to breathe. They were designed by two talented sisters to help manage their own anxiety and OCD. Pick the mantra that’s right for her (each one is derived from cognitive therapy techniques), and pair with the bracelet she’ll love best — including relevant gemstones and crystals that bring all the good energy she needs.
Faux fur slippers (Pottery Barn, $14.99 on clearance)
Whens she gets to put her feet up at the end of the day, she might as well do it in style. These slippers are so affordable, that you may want to throw in a faux fur trimmed robe — so many styles to choose from, and also at great prices right now.
Mother’s Day ice cream collection (eCreamery, $59.99 and up)
We cannot rave enough about their exquisite flavors. Coupled with the awww-worthy labels — and cookies! — this is a winning self-care gift for moms and grandmas.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser (Amazon, $44)
Serenity now! This fancy diffuser is sold out from Nordstrom, but we tracked it down on Amazon.
Also, check out our favorite essential oils from Aura Cacia if you want to go bigger.
Vahdam Artisanal Tea Trio (Vahdam Teas, $19.99 on sale)
When relaxing at her favorite tea shop isn’t an option, bring these exquisite gourmet teas to her. And be sure to check all their tea gifts, to find the perfect self-care gift for Mother’s Day. (That Weekend in Paris gift set sounds perfect to us!)
A subscription to the Breathwork app ($19.50/year with 50% exclusive discount)
This terrific app (and a wonderful recent sponsor) makes for a creative self-care gift for moms with meaningful results. The price is terrific, and it doesn’t even require giftware.
Balance and Tranquility Seed Growing Kit ($12, Uncommon Goods)
Gardening is self-care. Especially when it yields your own self-grown, natural stress relievers like lavender, peppermint and chamomlle. It even comes with recipes for teas, a DIY sage smudge stick and more.
Elizabeth Gilbert “Gorgeous and Amazing” Journal ($14.99, Amazon)
From Em&Friends, this journal gives her a place for her to imagine, dream, rant, spill her guts, make plans, track a new fitness routine, or just make notes to reminder her how loved she is.
Dinner meal kit subscription (various)
If Mom is the head chef at home, a great self-care gift is to give her a break from meal planning and grocery shopping by subscribing to one of our favorite meal kit delivery services.
Alternately: support her favorite local restaurant with a gift card. Some of us would never say no to sushi or Indian food that we don’t have to make ourselves!
A beautiful new yoga mat ($59, Amazon)
This one gets high marks for comfort, cushioning, and of course, good looks.
A stylish, comfy robe (This one $80, Nordstrom)
Check out this post with a few favorites, from cozy waffle-weaves to lightweight and comfy.
If you want something a little warmer, we can’t say enough good things about UGG robes (yes, really!) which are kind of magical.
All Along You Were Blooming: A Collection of Poetry from Morgan Harper Nichols (Amazon, $11)
A perfect self-care gift for a new mom who may be a little frazzled — or a seasoned mom who could just use a little boost each day, we love the poetry from one of our favorite Instagram follows, Morgan Harper Nichols.
Ketel One Botanical Vodka ($24.99/ea, Drizly)
If you can’t take her out for brunch cocktails, bring the sophisticated Mother’s Day brunch cocktails to her.
(They sent us some to try out and OMG. We’re in love with the subtle, beautifully blended flavors.)
If she’s not a drinker, check out our roundup of lovely non-alcoholic mocktails that are delicious and refreshing all on their own.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask (Sephora, $52)
If she normally buys drugstore products, splurge on a cult favorite, high end skin care gift for hydrated, radiant skin.
Perfect, considering she’s probably going make-up free these days.
Custom zen meditation box (Uncommon Goods, $80, or $125 with custom message)
This lovely custom self-care gift for Mom is so zen, and speaking as moms ourselves, we could all use some zen whenever and wherever it comes.
Milk Bar Confetti Cookie Gift Tin (Milk Bar, $20)
Why yes, cookies definitely count as self-care. Why do you ask?
Also be sure to check out Liz’s picks for the best iconic NYC food gifts you can have delivered — whether her self-care takes the form of Veselka pierogis, or Russ & Daughters bagels.
Calming Waters Bath Kit Gift Box (Shop Among the Flowers, $74)
A full spa day may not be an option right now, but she can certainly lock the bathroom door, light some candles, and enjoy this luxury self-care Mother’s Day gift set.
A night away…at home (free)
Camp out with the kids or shack up in their room, while you give mom the luxury of a whole night to herself to relax and recharge…with breakfast in bed the next morning. Pure indulgence.