Mother’s Day Gifts: 12 Presents We Would LOVE to Give or Receive

Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts has never been easy and, this year, it will be an even greater challenge. Whether you are looking for your own mom, another mom or friend who you just want to make feel special, here are the ideas we love.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

1. Experience to share

Hands down the number one gift mentioned by the moms in our Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group is time with their kids. Mothers love nothing more than a gift that comes with their child, no matter how old that child is. This year, experiences may be limited to our homes, neighborhoods or via FaceTime. Showing your mom you love her by spending time together, regardless of the circumstances, is the most important thing.

2. UNIQLO x Marimekko 2020 Collection

A limited edition collaboration between legendary Finnish design house, Marimekko, and UNIQLO includes gorgeous colors and prints by Marimekko a in fantastic clothing line as well as unique accessories. We LOVE this collection and know your mom will, too.

3. Book a virtual class

How many years have you and your mom been saying that you were going to learn how to cook French food/watercolor/speak Italian? Today is the day that it stops being a dream. Find something that you have both been wanting to learn and carpe diem.

4. Grown and Flown Book

If you have a friend or sibling who has teens at home, consider sending a copy of our Grown and Flown Book (Flatiron, 2019) as a gift this Mother’s Day. Also available as an audio-book.

“There is no resource I recommend more often than Grown & Flown. This book is an invaluable guide for parents who want to raise independent, competent, and resilient kids who know they are loved.” – Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure

grown and flown book

5. Best. Shoes. Ever.

If you’ve not already tried Allbirds shoes, this is the time to get yourself a pair when you’re ordering them for your mom. They are simply the most comfortable shoes, made from the softest wool, and are washable. Now, Allbirds has running shoes, Dashers, which is just what our feet need for all the walks we take these days.

6. Bit of inspiration

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse  is a best-selling book of love and inspiration.

“The world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created – a world of infinite kindness, wisdom, mutual care and tenderness, and true love between real friends. My prayer/hope is that our world will become more like this one.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic)

The boy, mole, fox and hound

7. Small luxury

Buying expensive soaps or lotions is a little bit of luxury that many of us do not seek for ourselves but LOVE to receive. Molton Brown is one of our absolute favorite purveyors of hand and bath gel, lotions, candles, diffusers, etc. and your mom will be grateful for your considerate Mother’s Day gift every time she washes her hands or uses one of their exquisite lotions.

14 Mother's Day gifts we would love to receive

8. Digital Assistant

Give your mom an Echo Dot -3rd Gen. Whether she is looking for the news, the day’s weather focast, her favorite playlist or an obscure fact, the answer is just a shout away. Now, save $20.

Echo dot

9. Cup of tea

If you are fortunate to have your mom in your real life world, bake a batch of cookies, make a few sandwiches and have a grown-up tea party with her.

10. Reminder of family

Minted offers a stunning array of gifts for moms. Take a look at their collection that includes note cards, art gifts and more, all unique designs only found on this site, one of our favorites. Enjoy 15% off + FREE upgrade to priority shipping on all gifts. 

11. Books at her fingertip

If your mom loves to read and does not own an e-reader, consider gifting her one this year. The Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, lightweight and has loads of storage.


12.Comfortable Yoga Pants

These buttery soft Lululemon leggings are perfect for well…yoga, working out or just lounging around the house. Since we are living in comfortable clothes replenishing worn-out work out gear will be very welcome.

More to Read:

Best Ideas to Make Life a Little Easier and Pamper Yourself, Too

Why This Mother’s Day is Different From All Others

About Grown and Flown

Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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