21 Mother's Day gifts our own moms have loved receiving — from indoor herb gardens to at-home manicure sets

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  • Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show thanks and gratitude for your mom.
  • Below, you’ll find a list of 21 gifts we’ve deemed worthy of giving our own moms in the past. 
  • Still looking for inspiration? Check out more Mother’s Day gift ideas here.

At Insider Reviews, we spend the majority of every day both researching and testing the best products you can find online. Beyond converting us into living encyclopedias of Amazon prices, this also makes us particularly discerning gift-givers — and there are few people we take as much care when gifting as our moms. 

Below, you’ll find 21 of the Mother’s Day gifts our teammates have given their moms on Mother’s Day. You’ll notice a mix of the classics (hey, our moms love flowers) as well as some cool techy gadgets. If you’re still looking for ideas, we’ve got a host of Mother’s Day gift guides here.

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The top 5 best gifts we’ve given to our own moms for Mother’s Day:

  1. An easy-to-use indoor herb garden from Click and Grow
  2. A surprise clothing delivery
  3. A creative way to stay in touch when far apart
  4. An at-home manicure set
  5. A box of chocolate-covered strawberries

Below are 21 gifts we’ve given our own moms in the past:

Olive & June The Spring Box, $80

My mom has held on to the same handful of nail polishes since I was a child and she’s still waiting to return to a nail salon post-vaccine. This complete nail polish set ensures she has everything she needs for an at-home manicure including six seasonal nail polish shades and a glossy top coat. Plus, it’s something we can do together! Jacqueline Saguin, style & beauty reviews fellow

Stylish but affordable ballet flats

Skechers Cleo Flat, $39.98

As a teacher, my mother spends about 80% of her week on her feet. These Skechers feature airy memory foam so they stay light throughout the day. She loves pairing its contemporary design with different business casual clothes. I found them on par with higher-end brands like Rothys in terms of style and comfort. Jacqueline Saguin, style & beauty reviews fellow

Heartfelt letters

Letters for Mom Book, $14.95

This letter book is making handmade gifts much easier. Letters to My Mom includes 12 prompts like “A special memory I have of you is …” that inspires thoughtful responses to show your mother how much she means to you. My mom keeps it on her bedside table for daily encouragement and I’m sure she’ll keep it for years to come. Each letter also has a timestamp where you can write when to open that letter, sealed by cute stickers. Jacqueline Saguin, style & beauty reviews fellow

Decadent strawberries

Gourmet Mother’s Day Dipped Strawberries, from $49.99

Moms with a sweet tooth will love this gift. Shari’s Berries dip fresh strawberries in rich chocolate, then top it with another chocolate drizzle. Every time I’ve ordered these for my mom, they’ve arrived fresh and incredibly quick, so they’re a good go-to if you’re scrambling for a gift last minute. If you’re looking for something grander, they also offer flower arrangements with the berry boxes. Jacqueline Saguin, style & beauty reviews fellow

A no-fuss indoor herb garden

Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $99.95

My mom loves fresh herbs year-round, but she lives in Minnesota. The Click and Grow was an easy way to make sure she always has access to fresh basil, thyme, and cilantro — and without having to baby the plant on top of all the other things she does. From what I hear, she absolutely loves it. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter

A beautiful bouquet

FTD Floral Bouquet, available at FTD, from $40

As with many things you buy online, you often run the risk of ordering something that looks amazing on your screen but ends up being less than impressive in person. I took that risk the first time ordering flowers from BloomThat for Mother’s Day. To my relief, and to my mom’s happiness, the bouquet was as beautiful as expected (and importantly, arrived on time). BloomThat has since been acquired by FTD, but you can still find its gorgeous, full, and reasonably priced arrangements on the FTD site. — Connie Chen, senior reporter

A Birchbox subscription

Birchbox Subscription, available at Birchbox, from $45 for 3-months

My mom makes a 40-hour day out of 24 hours, and most of her time and energy is allocated to her kids and business. I signed her up for a Birchbox subscription to make sure she had the excuse to spend a little time just for herself every day and figure out new products she loves without a trip to the mall. I loved the idea of a gift arriving at her door once a month, and more attention paid to just her. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter

A countertop convection oven

Breville Smart Pro Countertop Convection Oven, available at Williams Sonoma, $279.95 (originally $420) [You save $140.05]

I love my Breville Smart Oven Pro, and when I heard my mom was thinking about buying one, I was happy to gift one to her for Mother’s Day. Since my parents became empty nesters, the oven is perfect for making meals for two — pizza, salmon, cookies, and even a whole chicken (great for leftovers). — Les Shu, guides editor 

A surprise delivery of fun clothes

Shop dresses, tops, and more at Loft

Last year, I ordered my mom a huge box of dresses and tops from Loft and sent her the gift receipt so she could return or exchange anything she didn’t love. My mom never really spends time or money shopping for herself, so I wanted to remind her that she deserves to feel good and be taken care of, too. She really loved the swingy dresses I picked for her and she wears them all the time now! To this day she still raves about what a fun treat it was to get all those clothes in a surprise delivery. — Sally Kaplan, executive editor

A birthstone ring

Birthstone Ring, available at Etsy, from $21.75

I bought this ring for my mom two years ago and she continues to wear it every day. Etsy purchases can be hit or miss, but this gift arrived just as described on the website. I ordered the ring in sterling silver with a ruby, two aquamarines, and an amethyst, all of which represent the birthstones of my family members. Even with everyday use, there has been no tarnishing of the metal and my mom finds it comfortable enough to wear every day. — Megan Foster, former editorial fellow

A no-hassle plant

Potted Plants, available at Urban Stems, from $40

I usually call a local florist to deliver some sort of live plant to my mother. Neither of us is a fan of flowers, which, as we all know, shrivel up and die. I wanted something that spoke my eternal gratitude to the woman who reared me, and, apart from diamonds (sorry mom), this was the best I could do.

Then I found UrbanStems. A quick, clean, and easy transaction with some well-thought-out add-ons like Sugarfina candy, chocolates, and candles, this might have been my least painstaking foray into shopping for my notoriously difficult mother. I’ll use UrbanStems again. — Owen Burke, senior reporter

Tickets to a show

Tickets to a Broadway Show, available at StubHub, from $106

My mom loved “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” when I took her to see it as a Mother’s Day gift! — Ellen Hoffman, editor in chief

Note: We know that most ticketed experiences won’t be able to happen this Mother’s Day, but you can always buy tickets for a show in the future or give Mom an “IOU” for a show one day. 

An iced coffee maker

Zoku Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $30.99

I’m crazy about this cup and have used it for years. Knowing my mother’s love for iced coffee, I decided to get her one as well. It allows you to pour piping hot coffee in the chilled barrel, and within a couple minutes, the coffee is cold enough to add ice (without the ice melting). My mom loves it because she is extremely busy and doesn’t have the time to brew a batch of iced coffee during her chaotic mornings. It saves her time, money, and adds a bit of calm to the days she babysits for rambunctious kids.Megan Foster, former editorial fellow

A customized ceramic tile

Rustic Love Ceramic Tile, available at Shutterfly, $29.99 (originally $39.98) [You save $9.99]

As of late, my mom has valued custom/personalized gifts more so than anything else. I’ve made numerous custom gifts online for her including a Christmas ornament, a photo mug, a tote bag, and so much more. Her favorite by far was this Rustic Ceramic Tile that I customized to include photos of everyone in our family. It’s become the focal point in my parent’s living room, and she tells me every time I see her just how much she loves this gift. — Francesca Rea, senior story producer

A timeless watch

Nine West Floral Rose Goldtone Watch, available at Amazon, $30

I recently bought my mom this watch because the one she currently owns needs a new battery every other month. Plus, I knew she would love the blush accents and floral design. This watch is perfect to dress up or down for any occasion. — Francesca Rea, senior story producer

A long distance lamp

Long Distance Friendship Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, $170 (2 lamps)

I got my mom and myself a set of these touch lamps that light up when the other one taps the top. By lighting up our lamps, I can tell my parents hi and let them know I’m thinking about them without actually texting or calling (for the record, I still do that at least twice a week!). It’s a sweet way to keep us connected from a distance. You can read my full review of the long-distance touch lamps here. — Sally Kaplan, executive editor

A healthy care package

Block & Strap Combo Set, available at Gaiam, $14.98

Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips (4-pack), available on Amazon, $14.99

To me, the perfect gift isn’t necessarily expensive but tailored to the recipient’s interests and goals. My mother has always been a runner, but after turning 60, she’s been on a next-level health kick. This has involved upping her routine to include yoga and generally improve her flexibility. After seeing this article, I knew that the yoga strap and block combination by Gaiam would be perfect for her to stretch on her own or bring traveling. I purchased it in purple to add some color.

Along a similar vein, I sent her a pack of these air-dried, oil-free beet chips. She likes crackers as a snack after dinner, so I thought she might like these. They’ve become a mainstay in my own snack drawer. — Grace High, senior analyst

A travel-safe wallet

Easyoulife Women’s Credit Card Holder, available at Amazon, $13.99

My mom gets a lot of gift cards between holidays, volunteer events, and neighborhood parties. I bought her this organizer so she could easily keep track of every card she owned. It fits perfectly in her purse and she can organize her cards by name or type — she likes to group all her restaurant gift cards in the front and her shopping gift cards in the back. She has used it for a couple years now and loves the fact that she can access her cards quickly when she’s in line at a store. — Megan Foster, former editorial fellow

A DSLR camera

Nikon D3500 DSLR camera, available from Adorama, $596.95

My mom wanted a DSLR so that she could enhance her photography, but her skill level didn’t go past the automatic mode. So I got her a Nikon D3400, the precursor to the newer (and recommended) D3500, an affordable, easy-to-use DSLR that lets her advance her skills over time. It’s small and lightweight and can transfer photos to a phone for uploading to social media. Despite being an entry-level camera, I’ve personally used both cameras to take beautiful photos. (There is little difference between the D3400 and D3500 in performance, features, and photo quality, but the D3500 has improved wireless technology and slightly different design.) — Les Shu, guides editor 

A personalized dainty gold necklace

Zodiac Necklace, available at Mejuri, $90

Mejuri’s Zodiac collection was a perfect, subtle way to gift a custom jewelry piece to my mom for Mother’s Day. It comes in all 12 signs, and in either a ring or necklace. Find out more about why we love it here. — Ellen Hoffman, editor in chief

A streaming stick

Roku Express, available at Roku, $29.99

My mom’s smart TV became dumb one day, cutting her off from Netflix and Hulu. Rather than buying a new TV, this little device not only brought back the online channels she enjoyed, but introduced her to many new ones, too. These Roku media players are an affordable and easy way to make any TV smart. For more options, check out our guide on the best streaming sticks and boxes you can buy. — Les Shu, guides editor 

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