Your mother has been there for you since day one. She’s your cheerleader, giver of the best advice, and an all-around superhero. She’s believed in you since before you could walk, and to this day she’s still your biggest fan. What better day than Mother’s Day to remind her what an inspiration she is?

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, the one who brought you into this world, or if you’re shopping for your partner in parenthood, it can be a challenge to find a gift that says how grateful you are to have them in your life. That gift doesn’t have to be flashy or overly expensive; it just has to be a sweet, thoughtful gift that shows you care.

It might be a Fitbit for the mom who is always on the go or a new cookbook for the mother who showers you with home-cooked meals. Maybe it’s just the coffee maker she’s been hinting at or a pair of simple hoop earrings to make her every day a bit more luxurious.

To spark your creativity, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite gifting ideas. None of these options are over-the-top, but they will fit the bill for something practical, but still special.

Because Mother’s Day seems to sneak up on us every year (hint, hint: it’s coming up quickly), we’ve included a few options available on Amazon Prime, so you have until May 10 to figure it out.


The foodie mom will devour Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook. While many of his previous books have featured drawn-out recipes with hard-to-source ingredients, every recipe in Simple is well, simple. Each recipe is free of hard-to-find ingredients and designed to be made in under 30 minutes or less, while never sacrificing flavor.

Fitbit Inspire


Fitbits need no introduction, but if your mom hasn’t taken the plunge and purchased one yet, the new Fitbit Inspire is especially enticing. This iteration of the FitBit is designed to empower: the band allows her to set her weight and fitness goals and carefully tracks her progress through sleep, heart rate, and cardio monitoring. One of our favorite new features is a guided breathing feature that allows he to find calm wherever she is.

French Press

While many moms never seem to need help waking up with the sun, a good french press will make her mornings a tiny bit more luxurious. This one has double-walls and a stainless steel construction, so it keeps coffee warm for far longer than your run-of-the-mill french press. It’s not over the top, but she will always be reminded of the one who gave it to her.

Amazon Echo Dot


Amazon’s most popular smart speaker is the ultimate home helper. Voice control capabilities allow her to switch off erh lights, turn on your coffee maker, read a favorite recipe, turn on the radio, lower the thermostat, or flip on a movie, all without lifting a finger. The new Skills feature is equipped with everything from a Scrabble assistant to a meditation guide.

Aero Garden

If your mom has a green thumb, an indoor air garden will give her the chance to grow fresh herbs year-round. The mini garden allows her to grow up to six plants at a time — no soil or space required. The built-in light hood (energy efficient!) has an automatic 15-hour loop to give her plants the perfect amount of love.

7-Piece Yoga Kit

If she spends her mornings stretching at the studio, a yoga kit is a great way to support her practice. This 7-piece set includes a padded yoga mat (complete with carrying strap), two yoga blocks, two towels, a stretching strap, and a knee pad. It’s everything she needs to achieve the perfect vinyasa.

UGG Blanche II Short Robe

Give your mom the gift of coziness with a robe perfect for lazing around the house. UGG’s robe is just as soft as their signature sheepskin boots, and comes complete with pockets and a waist tie for optimum comfort.



One of the most popular and comprehensive DNA tests on the market, 23andMe scours 1,000+ geographic regions to provide a thorough report on where you came from. Find out how much Neanderthal DNA you’ve inherited, or find out where your ancestors called home – it may surprise you! For an extra $100, you can also find out your health predisposition, carrier status, and a host of other wellness reports.

Lululemon Define Jacket

While this jacket is the perfect accessory for the gym — it’s made with sweat-wicking, stretch Luon fabric — it’s the versatility of the jacket that really sells it. While it’s warm enough to keep her warm on a chillier day of running errands, the lightweight jacket won’t weigh her down on a longer hike or in a tough workout class. The simple, streamlined design and the understated color makes it easy to pair with whatever she’s feeling.


Co-written by food journalist Priya Krishna and her mother, Indian-ish is part-starter cookbook, part-heartwarming reflection on growing up in an Indian family in America. The recipes aren’t intimidating for those unfamiliar with Indian cooking, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on flavor or fun. Think Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, or Roti Pizza.

Mejuri Small Hoops

Mejuri makes simple, no-fuss earrings with a feel-good edge; all diamonds come from conflict-free sources, and all other alloys are sourced from suppliers who use ethical labor practices. Each piece is put together in their Toronto studio, just a stone’s throw away from their office. 14k solid gold ensures she can wear these hoops anywhere and everywhere without irritation.

The Bouqs

This is flowers on a whole other level! The Bouqs takes a lot of the guesswork out of picking a bouquet for your mom. Choose from more classic arrangements like pastel tulips, or a quirkier arrangements of sunflowers and eucalyptus. If you’re stuck, customize your search through the Best-Sellers or Under-$40 tabs. None of the bouquets roll out of a factory — each one of the bouquets is gathered at The Bouqs’ vast network of local farms, so you know it’s been arranged with care.