The Best Mother’s Day Gifts Your Wife Will Actually Love

A good gift makes her smile. A great gift is a palpable, tactile reflection of how much she means to you. It’s intimate. Thoughtful. Resonant. Carefully considered and meticulously curated. Yes, finding the best Mother’s Day gifts takes time. And yes, it takes effort. But that’s all the more reason to put creative muscle behind picking out just the right Mother’s Day gifts for your wife.


Think big picture. Make it something she’d never buy herself, something that’s personal, beautiful, and dare we say, impractical. Because trust us that no one, regardless of what she may tell you, wants a blender or an air purifier. Or, for that matter, stripper lingerie.

Kate Young, a stylist who dresses Margot Robbie, Rachel Weisz, and Dakota Johnson, and is a mom herself, might agree with the sentiment (that it’s all about appreciation) but comes at gift-giving with a more modern bent. “My mom had a rule that she didn’t accept presents that came with warranties. It means it has to be something frivolous that you’re not meant to use to service the people giving it to you,” says Young. “I like jewelry, flowers, luxury items that make you feel good and pretty.”

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2020

A cuff bracelet that you need to help her fasten, which makes the gift-giving experience all the more intimate. It's a thoughtfully-designed, and absolutely beautiful piece she'll appreciate. It's made of rose gold and has a threaded screw closure.

A breathtaking bloom that only needs to be watered once a week, this Phalaenopsis orchid arrives inside a pretty earthenware pot. And lest you were unaware, orchids symbolize love and strength.

Pair these wool slippers with a long and luxurious foot massage. In fact, these ultra-soft and ultra-comfortable felt slippers actually feel like a foot massage, so your work here is done.

A bath is a luxury. A bath involving candles and a book is a luxury too glorious to even contemplate. Make that a reality with this wooden bathtub caddy. Handcrafted from walnut, it fits a glass of wine, a candle, and a great read — and looks good doing it.

If she has a green thumb, or wants one, she'll dig this indoor garden. She can grow 12-36 plants at a time, and thanks to the automated water distribution feature, there's almost zero work involved on her part. And then, you harvest the leafy greens and make her a killer dinner.

A roomy, gorgeous bag made from 100 percent recycled materials, including plastic that would otherwise end up in the ocean. It has a top handle and removable strap.

Elevate her lunch game with this retro-awesome waxed canvas bag. The kicker here is the exterior pocket, so you can insert sweet notes to brighten her day.

Pretty much the most perfect travel skin care set you can buy. Its cutesy name aside, this line is known for making quality products without the so-called suspicious 6: Essential oils, alcohols, silicones, chemical Sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, and SLS. This set includes everything she needs to look dewy and glowy morning and night. Might we suggest throwing in an airline ticket to one of her bucket list locales.

This pack of 12 greeting cards with envelopes lets her say thank you with a dose of humor when she's sending notes to mom-friends, and teachers.

Most digital frames look clunky, at best. This is the chic exception. It also automatically displays your photos at the ideal brightness for the room in question, and has auto-dimming, and unlimited storage. And it has fairly stunning 2048x1536 resolution.

A timeless backpack with room for all essentials: A 13 inch laptop, plus a front storage pocket with key clip and an internal media pocket with a headphone port. Pick whatever color or print strikes her fancy.

It's vacation in a bottle. This dry oil is moisturizing without being greasy. It's delicately scented without being overpowering. And it gives her skin and hair a lovely glow.

Please do not get her trashy stripper lingerie. It's for you, not for her. Instead, get her this bamboo-based sleepwear set that is chic and so very wearable, in bed and out. It's made from bamboo viscose fabric that keeps her cool.

The best way to describe this oil, from a leader in the clean beauty field, is a facial in a bottle. It's made with jojoba, rosehip, and buriti oils, plus other ingredients you can actually pronounce and recognize.

An Italian pebbled leather laptop sleeve that's elegant and low-key at the same time, this one comes in two sizes and fits either 13-inch or 15/16-inch laptops. It has a neoprene padded lining and snap button closure to protect her tech.

This 16 inch necklace, which is made of gold-plated brass, is meant to evoke both peace of mind and enlightenment, as well as protection and blessings. A little woo-woo, to be sure, but it sure is pretty. Especially when you pair it with her birthstone.

This timeless crossbody bag has an adjustable strap and top zipper closure. Most importantly, it's vegan and entirely cruelty-free, from a brand that embraced the ethos before it became Brooklyn-trendy. And let us just say, design-wise, this crossbody is a timeless winner.

This hand cream absorbs quickly, leaves her digits super-soft, and fits easily into a purse or diaper bag. You get 12 scents, including lemon verbena, pear, lavender, and passionfruit.

Speaking of hands, find us anyone who won't be into this bracelet made of her actual handwriting. That's right. You choose between a sterling silver, gold or rose gold finish. And then you customize it with her signature, a handwritten message, or a drawing.

We love the classic, tailored look of this polished two-piece pajama set. Mom can kick back in this super-soft, smooth and sleek set, which comes in a variety of colors. The bottoms have an adjustable drawstring. Because looking like a schlub at home isn't anyone's idea of a good time.

This delicate yet hardy silk eye mask blocks out the light, so she can get some shuteye, without weighing her down. It's the ultimate frivolous yet practical gift that any tired mom appreciates.

Admittedly, this is not a romantic gift. But it makes up for that in practicality, because it makes mom's hair dry way, way faster. Plus, thanks to some secret design alchemy, it makes her hair shinier and glossier.

The perfect accessory to accompany the hair towel, the Aquis body towel uses Aquitex microfiber to get her dry in minutes. It's made from ultra-soft and gentle fabric that is super-absorbent, and is a perfect blend of extravagance and usefulness.

She can control this luxury diffuser from her phone, and walk into a home that smells divine. Instead of coming home to the smell of dirty diapers or cat litter.

A shirt that says it all: Moms kick ass. The summery top is made of superfine lightweight cotton.

Long known for its commitment to sustainability, Coyuchi makes ultra-luxurious bedding and robes you can feel good about. And good wearing. Like this one, made from Turkish organic cotton. It's like a soft hug after a warm shower.

This handmade meditation bench is totally portable, and looks like a design masterpiece. We know the benefits of meditation. And this stunning cherrywood bench gives mom (or anyone) a more comfortable way of sitting thanks to its curved shape. Plus, you can take off the legs and take it anywhere with you. It's zen on the go.

The perfect low-profile bag for the mom on the go. This one, made from pebble leather, can be worn as a crossbody, a wristlet, a clutch, or a pouch. It has two zippered compartments.

Meditation made easy (or easier). She simply puts on the Muse headband, plugs in her headphones, launches the app, and starts to meditate. Let's say she chooses the rainforest sound. The more she quiets her mind, the calmer and more soothing the noise becomes. Plus, it does double duty as a sleep tracker to help her get more restful shuteye.

Flowerbomb is a beautiful fragrance for the love of your life. It's romantic and adventurous and fun. Just like her. Fragrance is a fairly obvious choice when it comes to gifts, but this one is unexpected enough to be a winner. This scent is a veritable bouquet in a bottle, with notes of jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose, and osmanthus.

The best piece of wearable tech you can buy her, this stainless steel necklace is actually an elegant, ultra-quiet vibrator.

When you decant wine, not only does it taste smoother, but it just looks fancier. Ullo's product does both, by getting rid of sulfites and making your libation more aromatic and flavorful.

If she appreciates a bracing and fragrant cup of coffee (and who doesn't, let's be honest), get her this futuristic French press that looks like it's from the Guggenheim. It makes 6 cups of home-brewed coffee and is made from stainless steel with glossy metal coating.

Serve her morning coffee in this 12 ounce stoneware mug, with a statement that every woman (and man) can get behind.

A flawless weekend travel bag she can feel good about. It's loaded with clever features, including a padded laptop sleeve, 2 water bottle holders so she stays hydrated, an exterior zip pocket, and a luggage handle pass-through. She can carry this as a should bag, a crossbody bag, or a tote. Oh, and it's made from recycled polyester that wipes clean.

Handmade in England, these 18 karat gold-plated brass earrings are made up of two gold balls and are cast in silver and brass. They're graceful enough to go with everything she owns.

One of Hollywood's top makeup artists (she counts Kristen Stewart as a loyal client) has created the ultimate 24-carat, gently vibrating face sculpting and contouring tool to make her visage feel more toned and revived.

This pithy notebook has sections for to-do lists, moments of gratitude, and venting, so she can let loose without having to throw money into a swear jar.


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