mother's day gift guide
Design by Irene Lee

Moms are truly something special. They’re CEOs, entrepreneurs, servers, caretakers, full-time parents, and overall bosses.

But more importantly, they’re our best friends, teachers, trusted confidants, and humans with their own needs and emotions. In between all the hat-switching and giving, moms deserve some self-care.

This year, rethink the flowers and chocolate and give mom the gift of a little me-time to relax, rejuvenate, refresh, and re-center.

mother's day gift guide

Quarto Knows has married the beauty of meditative adult coloring books with the joy of children’s coloring books.

Designed to provide an activity for mom and child to work on together, the book features kid-friendly subjects and conversation prompts, with mom-friendly beautiful pictures. Turn coloring time into quality time and help strengthen your bond.

Cost: $7-15

Available: Quarto Knows

Don’t let the name fool you, this travel-sized refreshing kit of deodorant cream, toning mist, lip balm, renewing spray, and body oil is perfect for moms on the go — whether they’re hitting the gym or not.

The convenient and TSA-friendly products can be thrown in any carry-on from diaper bag to briefcase — or let them hang out with the toiletries at home for a pick-me-up spa moment just about any time.

Cost: $72

Available: Soapwalla

We all could use a helping hand, and with the juggle of work, laundry, meals, scheduling (and on and on), moms need that extra help more than anyone. So don’t be surprised by the tears of gratitude that might come with this gift.

AskSunday is a virtual assistant service that can connect your mom with a real-life agent to complete virtual to-dos such as setting up appointments, researching summer camps or vacations, booking travel, and more. With a couple of items taken off your loved one’s plate, who knows, they may just find a spare moment for themselves.

Cost: priced per month, anywhere from $9-14/hour

Available: AskSunday

The Littlest Warriors is an apparel company on a mission. This conversation starting T-shirt is meant to spread awareness about children with special needs — but in our book, every mom is an advocate. Plus, 10 percent of sales go to a good cause, which makes gifting this shirt a no-brainer.

If tees aren’t mom’s style, the concept is available in several other products that your fierce protector is bound to love, including a tea mug, versatile decal, and cozy hoodie.

Cost: $26

Available: Littlest Warriors

The first sip of a hot cup of coffee is arguably one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, and this mug is pretty much the only mug mom will ever need again. The Ember temperature control ceramic mug can keep mom’s beverage piping hot even if a morning meltdown diverts their attention for a while.

Essentially, the entire mug is full of “first sips.” Ahh.

Cost: $65 and up

Available: Amazon

The gift of bath time is likely gift enough for some moms, but we can do one better.

Give your mom’s bath an upgrade with these CBD bath salts. While bath salts alone help soothe tense, achy muscles, the addition of therapeutic CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis, will boost the relaxing, anti-inflammatory effects.

Cost: $29

Available: Vertly

This diffuser serves a dual purpose as an aromatherapy diffuser and a humidifier for air that feels more gentle on the nose, lungs, and skin.

If mom could benefit from some extra sleep or relief from soreness, headaches, anxiety, or menopausal symptoms, consider adding in the right essential oils to the diffuser’s water reservoir. It’ll smell great, create a soothing atmosphere, and improve air quality.

Cost: $27 and up

Available: Amazon

Running around all day, concentrating intently on screens, and being exposed to sun and environmental elements can all take a daily toll on our face. Help your mom pamper her skin and set aside some TLC with the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device.

Think of it like face yoga, but without the time commitment and only the results. The painless microcurrent device helps improve facial contour and makes an excellent addition to a soothing, regular skin care routine as part of much-deserved self-care.

Cost: $199

Available: Sephora

This glass water bottle is more than just beautiful or eco-friendly. The crystal-laden canteen is a great conversation piece and infuses daily affairs with what some say are healing reminders.

Plus, with a water bottle so pretty and unique, drinking plenty of water is easy — and hydration is one of the best ways anyone can treat themselves, down to its benefits on skin, mood, energy, and overall health.

Cost: $80 and up

Available: Glacce

After a long day of mom-ing, your favorite person definitely has a few spots that are stiff, tight, and knotty. When life doesn’t permit a 90-minute shiatzu session on the massage table, moms can still treat their muscles to a hurts-so-good kneading with myofascial release balls.

Rolling out the connective tissue is a great way to decrease pain and improve mobility, which will surely be appreciated during the next playground romp, and increase range of motion, which is so important for longevity.

Cost: $15

Available: Amazon

Embedded in each cruelty-free, vegan bar soap is a crystal or stone chosen specifically for its representation of different energy flows. These simply beautiful soaps act as a reminder to make small things like shower time a healing moment of self-indulgence for the spirit, rather than another mundane chore.

These soaps are intentionally crafted to align with the zodiac signs, capturing certain energies and bringing them into daily practice. Buy the soap that corresponds with mom’s sign or the bar that’s calling their name.

Cost: $8-10 or $14/month subscription

Available: Crystal Bar