Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your one-of-a-kind mom. But in a sea of subpar options, the challenge is real. Fortunately, we’ve scoured our favorite brands to find picks that will take your gift-giving up a notch.
From a terrazzo cheese board to a fresh-smelling eucalyptus shower spray, these affordable gifts say more than just “Thanks, Mom.” Our picks are beautiful, yes, but they are also practical; moms everywhere deserve decor that is both functional and pleasing. Whether you want to upgrade your mom’s kitchen tools or help her cultivate a spa-like bathroom, here are 20 home-oriented gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
Spruce up mom’s garden
Mother’s Day just happens to fall in May, which makes the garden a top choice for gifts. If you’re looking to splurge, you can always gift Mom a new outdoor furniture set, but let’s face it, that’s probably not in the budget for most of us. Instead, we’ve focused on reasonable-but-cute ideas that will spruce up your mom’s outdoor spaces in no time. Need even more options? Check out our garden shopping guide, over here.
Every mom deserves some rest and relaxation, so add some to her backyard with this affordable hammock. With room for two and a weight capacity of 475 pounds, this hammock is made of tightly woven cotton and its neutral styling adds comfort to any outdoor space.
These cute and cheery ceramic plant pots boast different colored designs and fit 3-inch succulent, herbs, or cactus plants perfectly. Includes a bamboo tray for drainage.
This Japanese water-measurement tool offers instant feedback on the health of your plants. Designed to measure water and pH levels, the thermometer-shaped device turns blue when your plant is healthy, and news editor Megan Barber uses it to keep her plants in good shape.
Available in three sizes (votive, small, and large), these sparkly lanterns create a lovely ambiance that will fit in with almost any type of decor. You’ll thank us when Mom’s evening soirees are the talk of the town.
Using sustainable cotton cord, this rope basket is best for 10-inch flower pots and works great to upgrade the ordinary plastic containers sitting around Mom’s house. Available in an array of different neutral patterns.
Help mom entertain
Dinner parties are fun, whether it’s a slick soiree or a backyard pizza bash. Throw in design-minded gifts like these cheery new dinner napkins or a new pair of beautiful candle holders and you’ve got the recipe for a memorable evening. Need more entertaining ideas for Mom? We’ve got you covered.
Best known for her blended bold colors and typography, American textile designer Marguerita Mergentime uses steel pen drawings on a set of napkins that is vibrant, fun, and an easy choice for spring.
Available in a standard size and an extra long version, these terrazzo cheese boards feature chips of marble, quartz, granite, and glass polished smooth in a dramatic presentation.
Upgrade Mom’s wine glasses with this affordable yet high-design set. Long steps and stable bases provide a sense of balance and functionalism.
Rounded, sturdy bottomed candle holders still manage to look sleek thanks to a contemporary flair. Pack of two available in white.
Create a spa-like bathroom
Most of us know that moms deserve a break, so help create a spa-like retreat in your mom’s own bathroom. A few easy touches make a bathroom go from a drab necessity to a dreamy oasis.
Mom shouldn’t have to go to a hotel to experience the luxury of a plush bathrobe, and we love Snowe’s version for its fast-drying, air-woven terry cotton. It’s lightweight, fluffy, and extra absorbent.
Add a bit of spa-like whimsy to your mom’s bathroom with this sleek, sturdy bamboo bath mat. The wood is smooth and wears well, and skid-resistant feet keep you safe.
The easiest way to capture some of that spa magic at home is with aromas. With this 8-ounce bottle of eucalyptus spray, one or two sprays into the steam in the shower and Mom is transported to a refreshing, dreamy oasis.
Add a bit of whimsy and sparkle to your mom’s bathroom with these small trinket dishes, available in pink with a giraffe or in green with a zebra.
This 100 percent soy wax candle brings together fresh, light floral notes of jasmine, lavender, and mandarin—all in a minimalist glass jar with a travel-friendly lid. This candlemaker specializes in evocative scents that are inspired by travel and nature.
Upgrade your mom’s kitchen tools
We can’t get enough of fun kitchen products, whether it’s speckled oven-to-table bakeware or an innovative design for salt and pepper grinders. We bet Mom will like them too, and if you need more options—check out these cool kitchen-related gifts, here.
Available in 3, 6, or 8-quart sizes, the Instant Pot is a cult favorite cooking item and it’s time mom has one too. This all-in-one gadget can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, yougurt maker and warmer. It can do everything!
Oven-to-table bakeware makes things easy in the kitchen, but so many can be prohibitively expensive. Mom will love these cream and speckled dishes that are priced to please and pretty enough to grace the table. Need even more kitchen options? Check out our guide, here.
These Bottle grinders, designed by Norm Architects for Menu, are an innovative take on traditional spice mills. The set includes two bottle grinders in different tones with wooden adjustment knobs and a silicone coating that’s easy to clean. Available in nude/walnut, blue/beech, dark greens, beige/walnut, and teals.
Ditch the single-use plastic and pick mom up a few of these eco-conscious bags. Available in cute colors like sky and peach, each bag is made from food-grade silicone that’s free of petroleum, PVC, and latex, and the bags pinch together for an air-tight seal.
Help mom get some sleep
From new moms to grandmothers, everyone does better with a good night’s sleep. Curbed editors have a lot to say—just read this—about products that make for the best sleeping, and we’ve included some of our favorites, below.
Available in three colors, this cool mist diffuser—another favorite of Barber—combines a few drops of essential oil with water and transforms it into a full-room bouquet of refreshing smells.
Weighted blankets can help you get a better night’s sleep, but so many of them look, well, like a weighted blanket. That’s why we like the Tree Napper from Bearaby. With a chunky knit feel and using a fabric made from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees, the blankets from Bearaby are both environmentally responsible and stylish. Four different color options are a bonus.
Your mom deserves better than being jolted awake by a piercing jingle on her phone, so gift her with this wake-up light alarm clock. The light eases you into your day by mimicking the rising sun, helping you preserve energy and feel more refreshed.
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