With nearly half the U.S. vaccinated, being able to celebrate mom’s big day in person is looking a little easier. But with COVID-19 cases on the rise in many states, travel still may not be an option, making this Mother’s Day a repeat of last year for many people.
Whether you are spending the day with your mom or sending something to brighten her day, put some thought into it and look for a gift that’s really special and caters to her interests.
HAY’s cordless mini lamp will add a chic touch to an outdoor dinner or even illuminate a spot in mom’s garden; or if you’re looking for a stylish touch, Éliou turns the classic freshwater pearl necklace into a hip summer statement with the addition of glass beads. If mom just needs a well-deserved break, Goop’s Emotional Detox Bath Soak is the perfect gift to give her a spa day at home.
It’s always OK to fall back on the classics like flowers or a sweet treat, but if you want to give her a special gift that she will actually use, here are a few standout ideas.
The best Mother’s Day gifts for 2021
For the mom who just wants to chill
For the mom who loves a garden party
For the mom who missed out on getting a new bike last summer
For the mom who loves to cook
For the mom who loves the classics with a twist
For the mom who can’t get enough of her garden
For the mom who loves all shades of roses
For the mom who loves gardening, but doesn’t have a garden
For the mom who’s into interior design
For the mom who gardens in style
Mother’s Day playlist: 26 songs about mom
"Mama Liked the Roses," Elvis Presley (1970)
Presley was a proud mommy’s boy (just like me) and he wears that on his sleeve on this gorgeous tune penned by Johnny Christopher, who also co-wrote the breathtaking “Always on My Mind.” (Bonus points for the inclusion of purple roses in the video.)
"Your Mother Should Know," the Beatles (1967)
"The Best Day," Taylor Swift (2008)
Swift pays tribute to her mother with possibly the most touching lyrics of her career: “I don’t know why all the trees change in the fall/ But I know you’re not scared of anything at all/ Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away/ But I know I had the best day with you today”
"Mama’s He’s Crazy," the Judds (2004)
"Dear Mama," Tupac Shakur (1995)
"Hand That Rocks the Cradle," Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner (1987)
This country classic suggests that “there ought to be a hall of fame for mamas, creation’s most unique and precious pearls.” And that sounds like a marvelous idea to me.
"Mother," Pink Floyd (1979)
"Coat of Many Colors," Dolly Parton (1971)
"Mama Said," The Shirelles (1961)
"Don’t Forget to Remember Me," Carrie Underwood (2006)
"Mama Tried," Merle Haggard (1968)
"Mother," Kacey Musgraves (2018)
"One Heartbeat at a Time," Steven Curtis Chapman (2007)
"Mama Said," Metallica (1996)
"I’ll Always Love My Mama," the Intruders (1973)
"Mama Said Knock You Out," LL Cool J (1991)
"When the Crazy Kicks In," Francesca Battistelli (2014)
A fun country-pop number about a busy mom “pushed and pulled by a thousand expectations” who knows exactly what she needs to do in order to “be ready when the crazy kicks in.”
"Mama, I’m Coming Home," Ozzy Osbourne (1991)
"Take Your Mama," Scissor Sisters (2004)
"The Mother," Brandi Carlile (2018)
"Hey Mama," Kanye West (2005)
"Mama Told Me Not to Come," Three Dog Night (1970)
"Mama Don’t Forget to Pray for Me," Diamond Rio (1991)
"From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)," Bruce Springsteen (2003)
This fun rocker was recorded during “The River” sessions (1979) but wouldn’t actually see the light of day until much later — kicking off the bonus disc to 2003’s “The Essential Bruce Springsteen” set.