The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2020

So you’ve missed your chance for a timely gift (unless it’s virtual), but we think a belated present is better than nothing. Plus, this year more than ever, we think mothers deserve more than one day of appreciation for all their work and love. Below, our suggestions for thoughtful — even if late — gifts for mom, including things that may not be mom-specific but would surely be highly appreciated right now, from a (new and clean) “buttery soft” pair of pajamas to the alarm clock that will wake her up with a sunrise even on the most sleep-deprived of mornings.

If you still want to surprise her with an on-time gift that you can buy and send today, consider something virtual. Since everything from wine-tasting to tarot-reading is happening online these days, we’ve rounded up the best virtual gifts for every type of mom, including international Airbnb experiences for the jet-setting mom who’s stuck at home but still wants to learn about coffee from a Mexican expert, or would prefer to meditate with a Japanese Buddhist monk.

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2020
Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2020

A personal way to show mom some love this Mother’s Day is by sending her a digital picture frame that’s loaded with dozens of family memories. We’ve rounded up the best digital frames — whether you’re with her at home, or sending her pictures from afar — like this seven-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled frame that comes with built-in speakers, so you can match pictures to music.

We imagine that just about every type of mom is spending a little more time than usual in her pajamas right now, so maybe she could use an upgrade to this “buttery soft” pair from Eberjey, a perennial Strategist favorite. A couple of stylish women have described them as “insanely soft and wrinkle-free” and “great for padding around at home,” which is just about all we’re doing these days.

Whether your mom has a green thumb or just likes pasta al funghi, this kit will enable all types of moms to grow organic mushrooms at home in ten days. Plus, for the mothers who are more focused on handwashing and vacuuming right now, this kit means one less item to grab at the grocery store.

This roundup of giftable, Strategist-approved items were set to arrive by Sunday, but we still think there’s an item here for every budget and proclivity — from an under-$20 illustrated book about cake to the “Cadillac of hair dryers,” which will set you back several hundred dollars. If your mom is artsy or is just looking to pick up a new, soothing hobby, we recommend artist Ashley Longshore’s go-to watercolor palette (which she says is “kid-friendly”).

We think a cheery bouquet to bring the outside in would be much appreciated by any type of mom. Since you won’t be able to deliver them in person, we found the best curated bouquets that you can order online, like this yellow-and-purple-toned flower arrangement, created by Vogue editors, which comes in a handsome ceramic vase.

A thoughtful present doesn’t need to break the bank, which is why we’ve rounded up the best Mother’s Day gifts under $30. If your mom’s usual nail salon is closed, or she’s just in need of some extra pampering right now, try this foot peel, which our resident beauty expert Rio-Viera Newton says will make the roughest of heels silky-soft but is gentler than cult-favorite Baby Foot.

No matter what gift you give your mom, you’ll want to include a Mother’s Day card, especially since you likely won’t be able to tell her how much you care in person. We found a bunch of options that aren’t too sickeningly sweet, like this illustrated card for the mom who loves her pets as much as her children. Plus, they’re all available on Amazon.

Most of us aren’t close to mom right now, so we’ve rounded up the best gifts for long-distance moms, including a wine subscription you can order online (if you can’t leave the house without her knowing) and some Danish slippers if she’s somewhere cold. We think any mom will appreciate this extra long charging cable, to keep her phone at full battery through a day of Zoom calls plus your (daily) check-in calls.

You can’t swing by the mall to buy mom a gift this year, so we’ve rounded up delightful gifts for mom on a teen-friendly budget, including a bunch of under-$50 picks for bagel-loving and cross-stitching moms alike. If your mom taught you the importance of having a skincare routine, you can share this six-pack of superfood-infused K-beauty masks with her.

Whether your mom is a serious tech nerd or still trying to figure out her smart TV, we found the best tech gadgets under $50 that’ll help make mom’s life easier — from streaming devices to keep her busy during self-isolation to blue-light-blocking reading glasses if she’s working from home. For the mom who’s constantly misplacing her keys (and isn’t necessarily tech-savvy), the Tile Sticker will stick to and keep track of nearly anything with a simple bluetooth-powered smartphone app, so if something does get misplaced, she’ll only have to open the app to track it down.

To help you find the best addition to mom’s beauty rotation, Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton rounded up her favorite beauty go-tos, from an exfoliating dry brush to a rich, unscented body cream, that even the pickiest of moms would be excited to use. And if she’s looking to ditch the blowdryer-induced hot flash this summer, we think this “life-changing,” Strategist-approved hair turban, which works for all hair types and dries hair faster than a standard cotton towel, would make a thoughtful and functional gift.

To help moms with newborns feel a little less harried this Mother’s Day, we found the best pampering, relaxing, and de-stressing gifts for new moms, including these comfortable, easy-to-clean, and actually cute Crocs, which will make hours (or days) of standing feel more bearable.

Even if your customary Mother’s Day brunch was canceled, you can still show your mom some love with food by sending her one of the best food gifts that we’ve rounded up. We’ve considered moms of all taste preferences, including moms with a sweet tooth, moms who prefer pizza (whether it’s from Brooklyn or Chicago), or moms who like to snack — in which case we think this six-cheese sampler would pair well with crackers, fruit, or wine.

As long as you’re getting food sent to mom, you might also want to consider hosting a (belated) virtual Mother’s Day brunch. In addition to food and drinks, we asked five party planners for activity recommendations and tabletop décor that will make your gathering more special, including this set of botanical-printed napkins, a ceramic mug, and coffee beans for the mom who loves her morning cup of Joe.

There’s no one-size-fits-all gift for every type of mom, and the same goes for two-mom families, since one mom might be artsy while the other is outdoorsy. But, if you’re looking for the best gifts to honor a two-mother family, we spoke to a handful of families about items from queer-owned companies, plus inclusive clothing, books, and cards — like this one from Etsy — that make meaningful Mother’s (or Mothers’) Day gifts.

Writer Liz Krieger calls this wake-up-light alarm clock from Philips her “own private sunrise.” It eases her awake in the morning by mimicking the rising sun, “providing a slow, gentle progression from a barely-there golden glow to a bright, everything’s gonna be all right white light, steadfastly streaming just a few inches away from my head every morning, no matter what’s happening outside my window.” Read more here.

“It’s not the sexiest or most thrilling gift by any means, but it’s my absolute favorite,” writes Rebecca Ramsey of this two-ply cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus. In fact, she loves this sweater so much, she’s asked for it seven years in a row, as if you needed any more proof that it would make an excellent gift.

No matter how long you’ve been together, finding the right Mother’s Day gift for your wife can be daunting— especially now that you can’t shop around town. So we put together a list of the very best gifts that you can order online for your wife, from breakfast-enthusiasts to herb-garden-growers. If she’s been taking yoga classes via Zoom, this cushy, top-rated yoga mat in a soothing mauve will give her a little more cushion during her daily savasana.

Since you won’t be able to shop for your mother-in-law IRL this year, we found the best, not-too-sweet gifts that you can order from Amazon, that any kind of mother-in-law, from face-maskers to museumgoers, would be happy to receive. If she’s been cooking more during quarantine or just misses last spring’s trip to Tuscany, we think this jug of olive oil would be appreciated.

For the mother with a taste for the finer things in life (read: designer brands), gifting can be all the more challenging, not to mention expensive. We rounded up all the cheapest — but still perfectly luxurious — gifts from designer brands, including Le Creuset and Staub kitchen items, home accessories from MissoniHome and Tiffany & Co., and a bunch of skin-care picks like this “secret to rich-person skin” cream (in under-$100 sample size) from Augustinus Bader.

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