As hard as we try, we'll never be able to properly thank our mothers for everything they've done for us since, well, forever. While we should be showering them with love every day of the year, every May we're given the opportunity to gift a little something that attempts to show them just how much we care — and we mean more than just the mailed flower bouquet and store-bought card.
Finding something that's worthy of the amazing lady in your life is no easy feat. While all moms would be happy with another vacuum cleaner, we're sure something more out-of-the-box would receive a bigger show of appreciation. And since our mothers taught us to be go-getters, you may not have all the time in the world to hunt for the perfect present. With Mother's Day just a couple of weeks away, we've rounded up the ultimate selection of gifts — broken down by budget — that may help light a spark of inspiration. Click on to shop, and while you're at it, give your mother a call back, please.
Gifting candles has gotten a little ho-hum. Instead, give your mom a more unique way to freshen up her home. These scented papers, a Parisian staple since 1885, are meant to be burned for a quick way to add a sweet smell to the air. They also just look cooler.
Papier D'armenie Papier D'armenie Traditional, $7, available at Catbird. More
This Mother's Day, we're gifting our moms the truth.
Typo Mothers Day Card 2017, $4.99 $3.49, available at Cotton On. More
Yes, that is a vagina heart patch. Grab one of these for your mom and every other female member in the family for a good cause this Mother's Day. 50% of the proceeds from this Happy Noise piece will go to Planned Parenthood.
Happy Noise Vagina Heart Patch, $15, available at Happy Noise. More
If you still have younger siblings at home — or a mom who's always on the go — this wall calendar is the perfect way to help keep important dates straight.
Snug Studio Column Wall Calendar 2017, $24, available at Need Supply Co. More
Have a fashion-loving mom? Gift her this highly-anticipated book covering Martin Margiela's career at Hermès from 1997-2003. The publication is a companion piece to the dedicated exhibit running at the Mode Museum in Antwerp, so if you can't score a trip to Belgium, consider this the next best thing.
Lannoo Publishers Margiela: The Hermès Years, $37.42, available at Amazon. More
A gift that's chic
and proactive. Just in time for Mother's Day, J.Jill is launching its Compassion Fund Skinny Scarf 100% of the proceeds will be donated to community-based organizations that help women in need. J.Jill Compassion Fund Striped Skinny Scarf, $29, available at J.Jill. More
Let those 20-year-old plastic Bloomie's bags retire. This year, give her a garment bag that'll protect her clothing
and look good hanging in her closet. Billy Reid Canvas Garment Bag, $39, available at Billy Reid. More
If your mom's still lugging around an oversized purse filled with water bottles, it's time to introduce her to S'well. Not only does it come in an array of designs and is infinitely more eco-friendly.
S'well Galaxy Stainless Steel Water Bottle/17 oz, $35, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. More
For the mom who's proud and loves to show it.
Kate Spade Mom Knows Best Mama Bear Ear Jackets, $48, available at Kate Spade. More
$50 - $100
Let your mom know the most popular '80s trends, from shoulder pads to over-the-top ruffles, are back. For a more minimalist take, gift a modern wide belt that's equal parts 1987 and 2017.
Massimo Dutti Embossed Leather Belt, $89.50, available at Massimo Dutti. More
Upgrade your mom's beloved travel hacks with packing cubes that are
actually chic. This one will earn you some major brownie points on those days you forget to call her back. Paravel The Packing Cube Trio, $55, available at Paravel. More
If you're planning on staying simple and sweet with the flower route, pick a bouquet she hasn't seen before. We're currently loving BloomThat, which features Instagram-ready bundles for under-$100. And as if we didn't love them enough, BloomThat is offering R29 readers an exclusive 15% off with the code
REFINERY15 for orders delivered before May 14. BloomThat The Lenni, $55, available at BloomThat. More
Have a mom who's a tech queen? The Fliway charger conveniently let's you charge multiple items at the same time.
Fli Charge Fliway 40, $69, available at Fli Charge. More
Ideally, we'd gift our amazing mom's with a plane tickets for a getaway. But until we can align or vacation days and bank accounts, we'll settle for a vacation-ready clutch she can take on her own trips.
J.Crew Rattan Clutch, $88, available at J.Crew. More
$100 - $200
This classic jewelry case is perfect for both travel and her armoire.
Cuyana Leather Jewelry Case, $115, available at Cuyana. More
Sleek and thin, this wallet from the The Daily Edited is the ultimate travel companion. The interior even has a special passport compartment for easy access.
The Daily Edited Pale Pink Travel Wallet, $140, available at The Daily Edited. More
Get your mom into the normcore trend with a pair of sneakers she'll find comfortable and you'll find cute.
Nike Roshe Two Textured-leather and Mesh Sneakers, $130, available at Net-A-Porter. More
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If your mom's carried the same tattered bag for a few years, consider this your in to upgrade her to a luxe shoulder bag.
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It's highly likely your mom's already obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. They're teaming up LeSportsac for a capsule collection of travel-friendly bags that are pretty damn cool.
Rifle Paper Co. for LeSportsac Large Weekender, $150, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. More
Is your mom always raving about how precious your Instagrammed polaroids are? Let her and her friends join in on the fun with a Michael Kors version of your favorite Instax cam.
Michael Michael Kors Fujifilm Instax Camera, $149, available at Michael Kors. More
Draper James' website says it best: "A tisket, a tasket, y'all need a basket."
Draper James Basket Bag, $195, available at Draper James. More
$200 - $500
Gifting faux pearls was cute until you turned 10. And though gifting real pearls might be beyond your budget, gifting pearl-studded sunglasses are just right. You'll probably earn an extra hug if you mention they're Swarovski, too.
Jason Wu Jamie Sunglasses, $475, available at Jason Wu. More
In past years, our go-to Mom gift was a terrycloth or cashmere robe. This time around, gift her something that feels a little more special, like this kimono robe from Sunday Forever.
Sunday Forever The Kit, $200, available at Sunday Forever. More
Get the siblings to pitch in for this to make the sentiment feel even more special.
Amarilo Mama Necklace, $250, available at Amarilo. More
Stellé Audio released a line of pillar speakers that blend seamlessly with any home decor. Let your mom croon along to her Barry Manilow Spotify playlist on a speaker that's as classy as she is.
Stellé Audio Stellé Audio Pillar, $299, available at Stellé Audio. More
Okay, okay. We might be buying this more for us to "borrow" than for her to actually have, but we guarantee she'll love it either way. This leather satchel from Ann Mashburn is actually a carrier for not one, but two wine bottles. Your mom will instantly be the life of the party.
Ann Mashburn Mashburn Double Bottle Carrier, $395, available at Ann Mashburn. More
Switch out her favorite summer shoe for something a little throwback
and a little trendy. Etienne Aigner Ella Knotted Strap Sandal, $295, available at Etienne Aigner. More
Breakfast in bed is so overrated. This year, bring your mama a literal kitchen in bed with this luxe gift basket including, but not limited to, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, flowers, and a handcrafted cutting board (from India!).
Simone LeBlanc Joyful Morning Gift Box with Flowers & Champagne, $300, available at Simone LeBlanc. More
This tote can handle just about anything, from tablets to laptops and everything in between.
Marni Museo Color-block Leather Tote, $1,120, available at Net-A-Porter. More
We may be enviously sitting here looking at your selfies from your extravagant retiree vacays, mom, but at least we can do it knowing you're well protected from the sun (in the chicest way possible, too).
Maison Michel Blanche Wide Brim Hat, $790, available at Fivestory. More
If you're mom's label-obsessed, don't knock it this year. Instead, give in with this mini steam trunk LV iPhone case.
Louis Vuitton Eye-trunk for iPhone 7, $1,180, available at Louis Vuitton. More
Get the whole sibling crew to go in on this handcrafted charm necklace from Noémie.
Noémie Noémie Elephant and Stone Double Strand Pendant Necklace, $1,o20, available at Noémie. More
you her a coat that can do both. This reversible piece features a sleek navy design on one side and a contrast patchwork detail on the other. It's the ideal piece for transitioning through seasons. Y's By Yohji Yamamoto Black Stand Collar Reversible Coat, $2,561, available at Totokaelo. More
This classic bag gets a fun color upgrade, just as summer rolls around.
Burberry The Medium DK88 Top Handle Bag, $2,495, available at Burberry. More
Your mom has treated you your entire life. An Apple Watch series 2 featuring a Hermes strap is probably the most deserving way you can treat her back.
Apple Apple Watch Series 2 Hermes Stainless Steel Case with Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour, $1,199, available at Apple. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Best Bikinis To Hit The Beach In 15 Reasons To Wear Something Other Than Denim Shorts This Summer This Season, We're Not Not Into Espadrilles