12 Mother's Day Gifts That Are So Much Better Than Flowers

by Kristine Cannon
Apr 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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The Mother Lode

Sometimes, the pressure is on to find the perfect Mother's Day gift. Questions plague your mind: Will it be heartfelt enough? Will she find it useful? Will she even like it?

For those of us who find it incredibly easy to pour our heart and soul out on a piece of paper, you can't go wrong with a heartfelt letter in the Mother's Day card of your choice. Let her know how much you love and appreciate her presence in your life. Write a touching, honest note telling her the things you might have forgotten to say throughout the year — reminding her what she means to you. 

But for those of us who have a hard time putting how we feel into words, that's where a gift comes in. And luckily for you, we did the hard part for you: We've rounded up gifts she'll laugh at or she'll cry over (in a good way) or she'll find ultimate relaxation with. From bath bombs and face masks to help her unwind in her downtime to funny or heartfelt ways to remind her of you on a daily basis, here are plenty of gift ideas to consider for your mom this May — some you might even want to order for yourself.

1 /14: Mother's Day Card

1/14 :Mother's Day Card

Before we really dive in, don't forget to grab yourself a card.

Mother's Day card, $5.50 at ChezGagne/Etsy

2 /14: Beach Towel

Mother-daughter necklace at Efy Tal Jewelry
Image: Efy Tal Jewelry

2/14 :Beach Towel

Every day at the beach requires a luxurious beach towel. 

Round beach towel, $100 at NET-A-PORTER

3 /14: Custom Portrait Magnets

Custom portrait magnets
Image: KitAtlas/Etsy

3/14 :Custom Portrait Magnets

Your face, her fridge: It makes so much sense.

Custom portrait magnets, $18 and up at KitAtlas/Etsy

4 /14: A Statement-Piece Bowl

4/14 :A Statement-Piece Bowl

This potter's bowl does double duty as a bowl for baking or an elegant statement piece that will work with any decor and in any room of the home. 

Potter's mixing bowl, $190 at East Fork Pottery

5 /14: Yeti Cooler

Yeti cooler
Image: Yeti

5/14 :Yeti Cooler

Whether it's for a camping trip or a day at the beach, this cooler will keep all mom's snacks and drinks cool for hours. 

Roadie Yeti cooler, $199 at Yeti

6 /14: Tarot of Face Masks

Tarot face masks at Lush
Image: Lush

6/14 :Tarot of Face Masks

No, it really has nothing to do with tarot, but it's still a fun idea, especially if your mom is into the metaphysical as much as you are. Instead, this set has seven sheet masks to target an array of skin care concerns.

Tarot of Masks, $36 at Lush

7 /14: Smoked Desert Rose Candle

Smoked Desert Rose Candle
Image: Jemma Sands

7/14 :Smoked Desert Rose Candle

Not only is the white jar super-trendy, but this candle smells of smoked rose and desert sand dunes.

Desert rose candle, $68 at Jemma Sands

8 /14: 'Whiskey & Ribbons' by Leesa Cross-Smith

Whiskey & Ribbons book cover
Image: Amazon

8/14 :'Whiskey & Ribbons' by Leesa Cross-Smith

The themes of marriage, friendship and family are heavy in this novel by Leesa Cross-Smith (so ensure you pair this book with a box of tissues). The story follows Evi, a classically-trained ballerina, who was nine months pregnant when her husband, Eamon, was killed in the line of duty. 

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith, $21.03 at Amazon

9 /14: Handwriting Bracelet

9/14 :Handwriting Bracelet

Tell your mom you love her in your own handwriting — that way she'll always have you with her. What a great gift if you've found yourself far from home this Mother's Day.

Handwriting bracelet, $27.75 at CaitlynMinimalist/Etsy

10 /14: Ridged Pots Set

Ceramic planters
Image: Anthropologie

10/14 :Ridged Pots Set

In case you haven't heard, houseplants are insanely trendy right now. These pots come in fun colors and the minimalistic design is impossible not to love. 

Set of ridged pots, $32 at Anthropologie

11 /14: Rose Petal & Raspberry Herbal Tea

11/14 :Rose Petal & Raspberry Herbal Tea

Skip the bouquet of roses: This rose petal and raspberry herbal tea blend is the next best thing.

Rose petal and raspberry herbal tea, $18 at ArtfulTea/Etsy

12 /14: Merlot-infused coffee

12/14 :Merlot-infused coffee

Give your mom a laugh — and a crisp bottle (or two) of rosé — this Mother's Day.

Custom wine bottle labels, $3 at iCustomWine/Etsy

13 /14: 'Coffee So I Can Mom Hard' Coffee Mug

The Love Bomb Company mom coffee mugs
Image: The Love Bomb Company

13/14 :'Coffee So I Can Mom Hard' Coffee Mug

Give your mom a caffeine — and confidence — boost.

Mom coffee mugs, $13.99 at The Love Bomb Company 

14 /14: 'Incredible Mom' Lush Bath Bomb

Incredible Mom Lush bath bomb
Image: Lush

14/14 :'Incredible Mom' Lush Bath Bomb

This orange-and-pink bath bomb explodes in the tub, releasing a delicious orange flower aroma.

"Incredible Mom" bath bomb, $5.95 at Lush