10 of Our Favorite “Thank You, Mom!” Gifts for Mother’s Day

Need a few ideas for Mother's Day? Take a cue from some of the gifts we've given our moms over the years!

Photography Credit: Claudia Cash

“What should I get Mom for Mother’s Day?”

Sound familiar? Sometimes the people closest to us are the hardest ones to shop for!

While there’s no perfect answer, we have a few tried-and-true suggestions from gifts we’ve given (or thought about giving!) to our own mothers over the years—gifts meant to encourage, inspire, or simply delight her, from a framed family recipe to the splurgiest waffle maker.

So, if you need some Mother’s Day gift ideas, feel free to take ours!

Gardener's Harvest Basket

"I love this garden basket from Uncommon Goods. My mom is an avid gardener, a hobby she passed down to me, and any gardener knows dirt and mud is part of the job. I like how you can put your carrots or beets in this basket and spray them with a hose to get the dirt off before bringing your veggies into the house." - Summer

Gardener's Harvest Basket, $50 from Uncommon Goods

Spice Sets from The Spice House

"Does Mom go through a lot of spices? Could she easily geek out on four different kinds of paprika? Get her a jar of her favorite spice and tuck it in with a gift certificate. I love being able to pick out my own spices (hello, control freak!), but shops like The Spice House offer gift boxes and bundles, too." - Sara

Spice sets, starting at $23 from The Spice House

Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings, by Susan Spungen

"Full disclosure, my mother hated to cook, but I’d happily give Susan Spungen’s book Open Table: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings to my grandmother if she were still with us (the cooking gene skipped a generation). I covet it for myself, though. Even if we can only gather virtually, it doesn’t hurt to dream of better times. The book is full of recipes for the kind of food I love to eat: simple with a spontaneous feel, fresh ideas with fresh ingredients, and knock-out photos to keep those dreams alive." - Sally

Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings by Susan Spungun, $23 on Amazon

Small Ceramic Bud Vase

"This sweet ceramic bud vase can double as a water glass (it's glazed on the inside). I love the speckled stoneware and neutral color palette—perfect for my mom's more minimal taste!" - Megan

Small Ceramic Bud Vase, $32 from Hands on Ceramics

All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker, 4-Square

"If you really want to spoil your mom, surprise her with All-Clad’s totally splurge-worthy Belgian waffle maker. They don’t call it the Cadillac of waffle makers for nothing!

In the words of my mom, who received this very maker a few years ago for Mother’s Day: 'It’s my favorite kitchen appliance! It makes the perfect waffle, crispy on outside, soft in middle, and the waffles never stick, so it’s a breeze to clean.'" - Cambria

All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker, $159.99 on Amazon

Wool Nest Starter

"Often when we're talking on the phone, my mother will pause mid-sentence and describe to me one of the birds visiting the feeders outside her kitchen window. I know she'll love this wool nest starter for her bird friends. She can fill it with wool for their nests in the spring or with seed balls during the winter!" - Emma

Wool Nest Starter, $40 from Uncommon Goods

Framed Handwritten Recipe

"It's so cool how cherished family recipes can be the thread that ties generations together. Sneak away one of your grandmother's original handwritten recipes and have it framed for your mother's kitchen!" - Andy, Art Director

Framed family recipe, starting at $30 at Simply Stained Shop

Hand-Stamped Brass Bookmark

"My mom loves to read books, and it's her way to unwind after a long day of working as a nurse. I loved the simplicity of this brass bookmark and the fact that it can be customized." - Claudia

Hand-Stamped Brass Bookmark, starting at $23 from Modern Expression

Cobalt and Cream Lace Tray

"A gorgeous platter or serving tray—especially this one, with its stunning blue and white lace pattern—would be quite the statement on her table." ­- Cambria

Cobalt and Cream Lace Serving Tray, $80 from Fringe and Fettle

Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan

"If your mom loves baking, she’d probably be charmed by one of Nordic Ware’s whimsical cakelette pans, like this beehive one, which is just right for spring!" - Cambria

Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan, $26 from Sur la Table

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Cambria Bold

Cambria Bold is a Senior Editor for Simply Recipes. She has almost a decade's worth of online editorial experience and know-how, first as the Managing Editor for Apartment Therapy's green living site Re-Nest (RIP) and later as the Design and Lifestyle Editor for Kitchn. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and their two little girls.

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  2. Heidi

    I think they were great gift idea’s, but my opinion a nice mindfulness gift would be a chapstick set or 2 very extraordinary smells, because as moms we don’t (sometimes) take the time to smell good smells that hubby and kids wouldn’t mind smelling on mom, and we get unsure sometimes. It’s a double Act, mom not having to doing some self care, with the input on the people she cares most what they think. It would be Uber special and reassuring.

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  3. Phyllis

    After losing so much work over the past few months, you might do well to add two lower prices levels of gifts: half the price of these options and then options made from free or recycled goods.

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