33 Mother’s Day gifts you'll want for yourself — starting at just $12

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Collection of gifts for mom, including a purse, hat, hair clips, water bottle, record player and more.
Dozens of delightful, unexpected gifts to choose from. (Photos: Nordstrom, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy)

When your mom says something really sweet like, “All I want this Mother’s Day was to spend time with you,” she means it. But she probably would also like a nice present, right? Because moms are human, and gifts are fun. So, why not accomplish both and really make her feel special this May 8?

These 35 gift ideas were picked for the vast range of interests and tastes they address. They should cover your mom and anyone else you’re celebrating on this holiday (like grandmothers, aunts, mothers-in-law and mom-friends). They stretch across a range of spaces, from kitchen to campsite, and an equally broad range of categories (fashion, music, beauty, and so on)

Bring out even more smiles with a gift that meets your mom where she’s at — and seeing as everything costs less than $200, you can be sure to meet your budget wherever it’s at. Read on for ways to make your mom's day.

1. State Shaped Cutting Board

California shaped bamboo cutting board with engraved landmarks.
She'll want to hang this on the kitchen wall when she's not using it to display crudite! (Photo: Amazon)

This cutting board, which encapsulates the shapes and landmarks of various states, happens to be a host’s secret weapon: It can serve charcuterie and act as a conversation piece. All you need to do is pick the state she loves best.

$30 at Amazon

2. Water-ready Birkenstocks

Single light blue Birkenstock rubber sandal.
Comfy, smart, practical and cool — just like her. (Photo: Nordstrom)

There’s a good chance your mom has been a fan of Birkenstocks longer than you’ve been around, but even if she’s a recent loyalist, she’ll love how these cushioned and waterproof sandals come in an array of vacation-ready colors.

$50 at Nordstrom

3. Cat Eye Sunglasses

Tortoise rimmed cat-eye sunglasses
Wearable glamour that's not over-the-top. She'll love ’em. (Photo: Nordstrom)

These tortoise shell sunglasses from Quay Australia have a classic style that your mom is sure to appreciate — alongside their 100% UV protection. But don’t be surprised if your mom loves the cat-eye feature, too. It’s just begging for a sassy one-liner.

$55 at Nordstrom

4. Cosori Electric Kettle

Clear carafe with black handle
A pretty (and smart) kitchen accessory for the tea drinker. (Photo: Amazon)

Made with high-quality glass and stainless steel, this electric kettle can boil water in a jiffy and automatically shut off after. But this kitchen gadget’s biggest draw may just be its see-through carafe, which makes a show out of turning up the heat. Add a box of your mom’s favorite tea, and she’ll definitely look forward to using it.

$25 $28 at Amazon

5. Kate Spade Leather Laptop Tote

Gray leather tote with black handle
This beautiful bag is on sale from $449 to just $169 — but she doesn't need to know that. (Photo: Kate Spade)

This discounted, color-blocked laptop tote from Kate Spade sure is lovely, but its streamlined build gives it some sophistication, too. If your mom is heading back to the office, this is the type of piece that’ll make her feel confident walking through the lobby again. Available in 3 color combos.

$169 $449 at Kate Spade

6. Brass Table Lamp

Brass mushroom-shaped table lamp and shade
Go for gold with this brass beauty. (Photo: Walmart)

This antique brass table lamp from Drew Barrymore’s Walmart collection can bring mid-century style to your mom’s bedroom or living space while also giving her more light to read a page-turner late into the evening. If you happen to mention that you got this stunner on sale, she’ll probably be even more impressed.

$80 $99 at Walmart

7. Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab in black with abstract art on the screen.
A tablet may be the missing piece in her tech life. Treat her to this one and save $50. (Photo: Best Buy)

If you really want to spoil your mom — and you know she wants to be better about staying in touch with loved ones — get her this easy-to-use tablet in either gray or pink gold. Set it up so that it has all of her contacts on it, and she’ll be excited to video chat with everyone (and watch shows wherever she pleases).

$180 $230 at Best Buy

8. Foam Roller Water Bottle

Pink foam roller exterior around a stainless steel water bottle interior.
You might need one for yourself too. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Moms can appreciate a multitasking item, and this water-bottle-meets-foam-roller is it. She can carry 40 ounces with her on a walk, and then use the bottle to massage any aches and pains that may arise after.

$60 at Nordstrom

9. Madewell Woven Crossbody Bag

Cognac leather woven bag with handles and long strap
She trusts your taste, and will know this is cool. (Photo: Nordstrom)

This crossbody bag from Madewell will give your mom the hands-free ease she likes when perusing the farmers market or socializing at a barbecue, but its woven leather exterior still exudes an effortless summer style. Plus, it’ll go with most of her outfits.

$148 at Nordstrom

10. Retro Turntable

Sage green Crosley turntable briefcase.
Take some time to listen to old albums together — #makingmemories (Photo: Walmart)

Whatever happened to your mom’s record collection? Pull out those boxes and dust off old LPs after she opens this turntable as an everything-old-is-new-again gift. She’ll love showing you how to master technology for a change, too. Available in lots of retro colors.

Starting at $70 at Walmart

11. Superga Classic White Sneakers

Pair of white canvas sneakers shown heel to toe.
These sneaks are a favorite of the Kate Middleton. (Photo: Zappos)

These timeless white sneakers have been a crowd — and mom! — favorite for years, thanks to a sleek profile that makes them suitable for jeans and dresses (just ask Kate Middleton). They happen to be very comfortable as well, which is bound to make them a staple of your mom’s closet.

$65 at Zappos

12. Charlotte Tilbury Get Glowing Kit

Liquid highlighter tube and tube of liquid foundation side by side.
A beloved duo from a genius makeup artist. (Photo: Charlotte Tilbury)

Clearly, your mom glows on her own. But if she thinks she could use some extra shine in that department, then this glow kit will help. It comes with a vegan-friendly, long-lasting foundation that plumps and smooths skin, as well as a highlighter wand to put certain areas in the spotlight. All your mom needs is her smile.

$79 at Charlotte Tilbury

13. Tocca Perfume Palette

Eight sample spray bottles of Tocca perfumes in a floral package.
These mini sprays are perfect for travel. (Photo: Sephora)

When was the last time your mom changed up her signature scent? No disrespect to a classic, but it’s always exciting to have a little variety. Use this eight-scent case to determine which perfume best suits who she is right now, because it’s bound to make her feel more in the moment.

$20 at Sephora

14. Happy Hour Accessories

Bottle of white wine in stainless steel chiller and Oster branded electric bottle opener in charging stand next to it.
The wine opener stores in its charging base. (Photo: Amazon)

Tell your mom to give those classic wine openers a rest. Sure, she’s likely mastered the crank-and-yank move by now, but this cordless wine opener gets the job done with much less effort. And with an added chiller, the only thing she needs to focus on is a good pour.

$40 at Amazon

15. Pretty Jewelry Storage

Lilac, dusty rose, and brick honeycomb shaped stacking boxes with lids for storing jewelry.
Choose from warm tones (shown) or cool tones, to match her room. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Think of these modern, stackable jewelry boxes as a beautiful yet practical gift your mom didn’t know she needed. It’ll keep her rings, bracelets, and necklaces contained while acting as an eye-catching addition to her vanity.

$48 at Nordstrom

16. Tote-able Camp Chair

Black portable camp chair with orange base.
At just over two pounds, it's a breeze to carry. (Photo: Walmart)

Mom will be happy to have this Trekology portable chair with her for camping trips, weekends at the sports field or even picnics with friends. The deep seat is easy to put together, and the side pockets and storage bag can keep essentials within arm’s reach.

$40 at Walmart

17. Inspo Art

Wall hanging with illustrated poppies and text that says
Pair this print with a fresh bouquet for extra points. (Photo: Nordstrom)

This on-sale wall hanging can match your mom’s infectious good spirits with a saying that’s as warm as she is. A bouquet of flowers to match the image’s poppies would be a nice addition, if you’d like!

$12 $26 at Nordstrom

18. Google Nest

Light gray google nest mini sphere with 4 light dots illuminated.
Bring your mom into the 21st century with this Google Nest mini. (Photo: Best Buy)

There’s probably lots your mom will love about a Google Nest: It can play her favorite music, answer any lingering questions about her 1970s celebrity crush, or tell her how much of an ingredient is needed in a new Sunday dinner recipe. IN four colors: chalk (shown), coral, sky or charcoal.

$50 at Best Buy

19. Kate Spade Floral Drop Earrings

Pair of triple-daisy drop earrings in gold and white enamel.
Delicate designer daisy drop earrings to delight Mom. On sale! (Photo: Kate Spade)

Drop earrings with an interesting pattern, like this spades-and-studs design, gives a simple accessory a charming distinction that won’t be lost on your mom. You won’t be able to miss that this pair — from Kate Spade, no less — is more than half off, either.

$39 $99 at Kate Spade

20. Lululemon Racerback Tank

Sage green racerback top on model.
Get this top for up to 60% off! (Photo: Lululemon)

The best thing about this racerback tank top from Lululemon is that it won’t budge, whether your mom is doing lunges or lounging. The weightless, breathable and sweat-wicking fabric is perfect for summer, and comes in a range of colors so that you’ll find the perfect shade for her.

From $19 $48 at Lululemon

21. Checkered Hair Claws

Pair of checkered hair claw clips.
In green and khaki, they'll go with practically any outfit. (Photo: Amazon)

Hair claws have made a big comeback recently, and your mom will enjoy a spin on this trend with a cool-and-colorful checkerboard pattern. Her (many) lost hair ties can stay that way.

$14 for two at Amazon

22. Hydrating Face Mask

Blue Tube of Summer Fridays jet lag mask.
Also available in a mini size for travel. (Photo: Sephora)

Crowd-favorite brand Summer Fridays has a bathroom countertop staple in its Jet Lag mask, simply because the fragrance-free formula hydrates and brightens skin with every use. Your mom will love putting on a quick layer right before bed.

$49 at Sephora

23. Packable Panama Hat

Pink-hued wide brimmed Panama hat with band.
This hat is a flight-attendant favorite for travel. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Heading somewhere sunny this summer? Make sure your mom has Nordstrom's packable Panama hat tossed in her suitcase before the big adventure, since it’ll keep her shaded and looking fabulous for the entire trip. In three neutral shades.

$29 at Nordstrom

24. Massaging Jade Facial Roller

Green-tinted textured jade roller.
This rejuvenating tool helps with fine lines and loss of firmness — and feels amazing. (Photo: Sephora)

Self care is a full sentence, and your mom probably could use more of it. Get her going with this massaging jade facial roller, which cools and smooths skin as it gently rolls over her face. Just a few minutes of this can be incredibly relaxing, too.

$34 at Sephora

25. Lululemon Belt Bag

Light gray fanny pack with teal and orange spray splotch pattern.
This bag also comes in a solid pink, if that's more her style. (Photo: Lululemon)

If your mom is gearing up to go to a lot of outdoor events this summer, then this belt bag is ideal for what she has in store. Not only does it come in a mix of hues and patterns, but it has just enough space for her essentials without weighing her down.

$38 at Lululemon

26. Garden Tool Set

Green spray bottle, pair of gardening gloves, assorted garden tools and tote bag with pockets to store these items.
Comes complete with a tote to keep it all organized. (Photo: Amazon)

Spring and summer blossoms can beckon even the most indoor-loving moms into their backyards, and this tool set can help them hone their green thumbs in the process. Complete with eight sturdy pieces that can plant, weed, and prune greenery from a compact bag, this gift can get plenty of use until the fall.

$27 $38 at Amazon

27. Fancy Sun Protection

Yellow-capped trio of tubes of sunscreen.
This trio boasts a minimum of 40 SPF. (Photo: Sephora)

Remember how your mom was always telling you to put on sunscreen? Now you can return the favor with a trio of water-and-sweat-resistant Supergoop products, which are known for delivering a shield without any noticeable streaks.

$25 at Sephora

28. Staub Bakeware Upgrade

Set of two nesting rectangular handled casserole dishes.
The enamel finish is highly scratch-resistant. (Photo: Amazon)

This Staub ceramics baking ware set is an item your mom will always find use for, whether it’s to make the lasagna you grew up with or the cumin-roasted veggies she saw on the Food Network. Not only is it effortlessly practical, but it’s beautifully crafted, too—making it the best of both worlds.

$50 at Amazon

 

29. Kate Spade Reversible Bucket Hat

Asian woman wearing a bucket hat with patterned side out.
Two hats in one. Solid on one side, print on the other. (Photo: Kate Spade)

Bucket hats are having a moment, and if your mom loves to be in on the latest trends, then she’ll be glad you got her this patterned Kate Spade bucket hat for future trips to the beach or pool. The graphic floral print will look great with a solid swimsuit and the reversible black side will work when she's rocking just about any look.

$58 at Kate Spade

30. JVN Hydration Hair Care Set

Package and 4 tubes of JVN Complete Hydration hair care products
A nice hair treat ahead of summer. (Photo: Sephora)

This hair care set from Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is great if she wants to pamper her ‘do before spending the next few months in the sun. The kit comes with a rich shampoo, conditioner, mask and cream that will make her want to do a Fab Five-worthy reveal from her own bathroom.

$18 at Sephora

31. Modern Day Caftan

Model wearing collared caftan with hands in pockets and belt tied at the waist.
Casual comfort at home or tossed over a swimsuit. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Turn poolside chair-lookouts into a fashion walkway with this colorful caftan from Room Service, which can be worn over her favorite swimsuit until at least Labor Day. Don’t call this a coverup, either. It’s a fashion statement!

$68 at Nordstrom

32. Massage Gun

Black massage gun with digital screen.
Relief for her, over 30% savings for you. (Photo: Amazon)

It’s funny how aches and pains seem to strike for the oddest reasons, from picking up a full grocery bag to simply stepping out of the car. Keep your mom from perpetual ice-and-heat bags with this massage gun and its range of attachments, which she can easily use from the couch.

$40 with coupon $50 at Amazon

33. Coach Lightweight Shawl

Black scarf with Coach logo
This gift will wrap her up like a warm hug. (Photo: Coach)

If your mom is the type of person who runs cold even when it’s 80 degrees out, this oh-la-la stole will keep her toasty everywhere from the movie theater to patio drinks. The classic Coach pattern will be in style for years to come.

$175 at Coach

 

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