The Best Mother's Day Gifts Ideas

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Tell her to prepare for the best Mother’s Day, ever.

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How do we express thanks to our mothers for all that they do? It certainly isn’t easy; they’ve given us the gift of life, after all––which is hard to compete with. But this Mother’s Day, we’re arming you with some of the best travel-inspired gifts that is sure to surprise and delight her, and express how much you care.

Keep in mind: it doesn’t have to be a huge gift. Good things come in small packages, after all. We’ve got everything from small skincare items that yield big results, to utilitarian items like a sturdy everyday tote bag, to experiential gifts like a membership at her favorite museum.

No matter what kind of traveler your mom is––the globe-trotting adventure-seeker or the armchair explorer––there’s something in our gift guide that will make her beam. Get the camera ready: we anticipate a lot of smiles coming your way. Our favorite picks, below.

Related: The Best Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers


Courtesy Nordstrom

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

If your mom is a hair care fanatic, she will be thrilled upon receiving this lightweight supersonic hair dryer from Dyson for Mother’s Day. The high-velocity airflow means that she can dry her locks in record time, while helping to prevent damage.

To buy: $399, nordstrom.com


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Gucci Brixton Convertible Loafer

You simply cannot go wrong with a chic yet utilitarian loafer. And the Brixton Gucci loafer is not only luxuriously comfortable and iconic, but it can convert from a loafer to a slide, thanks to a foldable back. Getting through security has never been easier––or more comfortable.

To buy: $730, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Goop

Goop Instant Facial

Even if your mom isn’t a skincare guru, she is going to love the goop Instant Facial—a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow’s (who is a mom herself!) and many others. This is the secret to Paltrow’s glowy skin that everyone raves about—and this is the product she claims to use the most.

To buy: $125; goop.com


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Truffle Clarity Jetset Case

TSA approved? Check. Stylish? Check. Made of elegant Saffiano leather? Check. This adorable toiletry bag has a clear top with leather trim, making it super convenient for both getting through security and finding things quickly in transit.

To buy: $88, neimanmarcus.com


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On the Fly Travel Skin Treatment

If your mama loves to keep up a good skincare routine while she’s traveling, then she’ll love this travel-ready treatment pack from Patchology. The package comes with two sheet masks, a lip mask, and an under-eye mask, so she can plan to feel refreshed and hydrated when she steps off the plane.

To buy: $20, neimanmarcus.com


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Wolf Zoe Round Travel Jewelry Case

It’s always fun to give your mom a present that she wouldn’t buy for herself—something useful, but also plain pretty! This beautiful travel jewelry case from Wolf Zoe is the perfect combination of utility, function, and pizzaz. Embroidered with a delicate yet playful floral design, this zip-close, velvet exterior case is compact, but will fit plenty of jewelry in the spacious interior.

To buy: $99, neimanmarcus.com


Courtesy Shhh Silk

Shhh Silk Black Travel Set

Does it get better than a silk pillow? The answer is: no. If your mom has a hard time falling asleep on planes or during long car rides, this silk pillow travel set, complete with a 100 percent mulberry silk filled pillow and luxurious silk eye mask, will ensure that she has restful travels from now on.

To buy: $179, shhhsilk.com


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Bialetti Moka Express 3 Cup Coffee Maker

For the espresso-loving mom in your life, this Italian stovetop coffee maker from the iconic brand Bialetti is perfect for on-the-go moms who might need more than one cup before heading out the door.

To buy: $40, amazon.com


Courtesy Diptyque

Red Tuberose Diptyque Candle

This candle is the epitome of luxury. The smell is intoxicating, and summons images of lazy afternoons spent wandering around a rose garden in the South of France.

To buy: $95; diptyqueparis.com


Courtesy UGG

UGG Tasman Slipper

We’re positive that every mom deserves a pair of soft, warm, sheepskin slippers to slip into after a day of work, or maybe during a long plane ride. Both lightweight and durable, these suede slip-ons can be worn both inside and outside.

To buy: $100, ugg.com


Courtesy Amazon

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser

This porcelain diffuser is just as beautiful as it is relaxing. If your mom loves to create a calm, relaxing environment, then she’ll love this stone diffuser ideal for in-home aromatherapy—and it makes for lovely decor, as well.

To buy: $119, amazon.com


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Membership: The Met (or her favorite museum!)

Sometimes the best gifts are experiential ones, like a membership to your mother’s favorite museum. Take her to her favorite spot on Mother’s Day, and surprise her with express admission by way of her very own membership.

To buy: From $80, metmuseum.org


Courtesy Everlane

Everlane Day Market Tote

Every needs a good everyday bag. This Italian leather tote is simple, well-made, and sophisticated. Available in six useful colors.

To buy: $175, everlane.com


Courtesy White + Warren

White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap

She’s about to have a new favorite accessory. We promise that your mom will absolutely love snuggling up on the couch, in the car or in-flight in this luscious cashmere travel wrap.

To buy: $298, whiteandwarren.com


Courtesy One Kings Lane

T.S. Harris, “The Lake” Print

Does your mom love nothing more than long summer days by the water? We think she’ll enjoy gazing at this transporting print from T.S. Harris, inspired by vintage, mid-century snapshots. The piece is printed on a gallery-wrapped canvas, framed in white pine, and arrives ready to hang.

To buy: $215, onekingslane.com