Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Mother

Bookworms, outdoor enthusiasts, fashionistas—this Mother’s Day guide has you covered

Mother’s Day is a chance to celebrate mothers of all ages and stages of parenthood as well as the other maternal figures in our lives. And while my favorite gifts are of the priceless sort (a drawing by my five-year-old, for example), presents that encourage moms to focus on themselves are priceless in their own way, too. A cozy new spot in which to read a good book, say, or something beautiful to wear to dinner with friends, or thoughtful gear for making the most of a day spent in nature. Here are a few lovely gift ideas to suit the pursuits the mom you love enjoys.

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Reading Chair

Even if Mom doesn’t have a whole room of her own (or a sprawling she-shed), a comfortable spot for reading and decompressing after a long day offers the same sort of respite. I’m a fan of the entire line of upholstery by Rifle Paper Co., including this classic, English-influenced silhouette. All the better that it’s available in twelve fabrics based on founder Anna Rifle Bond’s drawings. $985;

photo: rifle paper company

Day Pack

This diminutive backpack from Patagonia will aid a restorative afternoon spent in the great wide open, and it’s clutch for a boat day, too, when you want to be hands-free but still have all the essentials within easy reach. $89;

photo: patagonia


The flowers in this Piecework Puzzles offering last forever and will provide hours of relaxing down time with family (or blissfully solo). $46;

photo: G&G Fieldshop

Bath Towels

There’s something comforting about getting out of a long shower or bath and drying off with towels that are super soft. Bonus points for these scalloped-edge beauties from the Kassatex x Chairish collaboration that look pretty to boot. $50 for towel, $90 for set;

photo: Kassatex


This easy-breezy, William Morris–esque dress by the North Carolina label Marie Oliver is the sort of frock that’s perfect in all scenarios: brunching with friends, dining with a date, or just sitting on the porch, lemonade in hand. $438;

photo: Marie Oliver


A whole new set of fresh personal correspondence cards is the sort of little luxury that elevates thank-you notes to an art form. And this new collection from Dear Elouise feels especially feminine and special since the liner choices include iconic Sister Parish patterns from the multigenerational design firm. From $115;

photo: dear elouise


Duck Camp just launched a women’s collection featuring practical pieces like these flattering shorts in a fun lavender hue that are great for excursions in the garden, on the boat, and on the trail. $59;

photo: DUCK CAMP


The gift of greenery doesn’t quite hit the mark if the plant also proves to be high maintenance. Which is exactly why the array of larger specimens from Easy Plant, like this white bird of paradise, are so on-point: They arrive in containers that self-water for up to a month. Easy indeed. $189;

photo: easy plant


Help the mom in your life create a little moment of beauty by her bed or on her vanity with this onyx Be Home bowl. It’ll be just right for keeping rings and jewelry within reach. $47;

photo: G&G Fieldshop


These shades by Costa del Mar marry technical design with stylish looks, thanks to polarized lenses and frames with fun flecks embedded in the resin like confetti. $262;

photo: Costa

Picture Frame

Place a few family photos in these pretty rattan frames from Amanda Lindroth and wrap them up for a meaningful gift. $35–$45;

photo: Amanda Lindroth


These See by Chloe leather sandals from Tuckernuck have a retro vibe and the modern practicality of a sturdy heel, all wrapped into an effortlessly chic silhouette that will look as good with jeans as they do with dresses. $525;

photo: tuckernuck

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