Mother's Day 2021 (May 9) is next weekend, which means you don't have too much time left to pick out the perfect gift for the mom in your life. Whether you're shopping for your mom, wife, sister, or another special lady, you probably want to show them how much they are loved, especially after such a rough year where many people have had to make big sacrifices. Thankfully, unlike last year, most popular products are in stock at major retailers (unless, of course, you want to get your mom a PS5 or Xbox Series X). If you're looking for Mother's Day gift ideas, you're in luck. We've rounded up 24 of the best Mother's Day gifts that span gaming, tech, and much more.
Our Mother's Day gift guide includes potential presents across multiple price points, from practical items like the Echo Dot and Tile Mate to leisure products such as new video games, streaming subscriptions, and gaming accessories. All of these products will arrive before Mother's Day. Keep in mind that as we get closer to the big day, stock and shipping estimates could fluctuate, so it's best to get your Mother's Day shopping done early.
Plus, for more Mother's Day gift ideas she may love, check out our guides to the best Animal Crossing merch, best board games, and the best tech gadgets under $50.
This one's obvious, but if she's already into gaming and you want to surprise her with a new video game, be sure to check out our top picks for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One below. From New Pokemon Snap and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury to Monster Hunter Rise, there are plenty of excellent games released recently that'll provide her hours of entertainment.
If you're shopping for a mom who has fond memories of classic Super Mario games, the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Edition is a novel gift idea. Although discontinued at the end of March, you can still scoop up one of these stylish handhelds. The tiny gold handheld comes preloaded with Super Mario Bro., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and a special version of the juggling game that was included with original Game & Watch models back in the day.
Perfect for those who often travel with their Switch or have to share the TV with others, the Hori playstand lets you prop up your Switch and detach the Joy-Cons to play either by yourself or with others. It's also a great option for when you get tired holding up your Switch in handheld mode. Plus, Hori offers it in special Zelda and Mario designs if she'd prefer that over the plain black.
We're fans of PowerA's third-party Nintendo Switch controllers--not only are they $20 (or more) cheaper than first-party Switch controllers, which generally sell for $70, but they also feature a variety of stunning Nintendo-inspired designs. This gorgeous design makes for a great gift for Pokemon fans.
A hard-cover case is an absolute must for Nintendo Switch owners who take the console with them on-the-go. There are plenty of great Switch carrying cases, but if mom loves Animal Crossing, this option from PowerA is adorable. The case keeps the Nintendo Switch nice and snug and comes with a zippered mesh pocket to store small accessories as well as an insert for six game cartridges. If you want something more neutral, accessories brand Fintie has a gorgeous rose gold carrying case and Orzly has a no frills plain black case that we like.
With its vast array of family-friendly content and blockbuster movies from Marvel and Star Wars, Disney Plus is the best streaming service for those with kids in the house as well as for fans of Disney's aforementioned franchises and classic Disney Channel shows. New movies and shows are added to the service every month. The price of Disney Plus is $7 a month or $70 a year.
Unlike Disney+, Netflix and Hulu don't offer a way to purchase gift subscriptions for loved ones. While that's a bit of a bummer, you can purchase digital gift cards from Amazon for each streaming service. Hulu's gift cards can be purchased for as low as $25, while Netflix goes up from $30. These are particularly nice gifts if you're looking for something last minute and maybe won't get to see mom on Mother's Day. The digital gift cards are delivered instantly via email and can be redeemed on Netflix/Hulu to get a couple of months (or more) of access to two of the best streaming services around.
Sure, you could go to Walmart or a drug store and pick out a Mother's Day card off the shelf that has a heartwarming message. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but these cards from Lovepop double as a thoughtful gift. The pop-up designs, as shown above, create beautiful flower arrangements. There are also options such as butterflies, birds, hearts, and decorative designs that read "Mom." Plus, these cards are available for pretty low prices, and we can safely say that mom will want to keep this card.
Apparel and accessories store TeePublic has a nice little collection of Mother's Day gear available now, and our favorite is this phone case that's any Jurassic Park fan will get a kick out of. This "Motherhood: Like A Walk In The Park" design is available for $25 on a regular phone case or $30 if you upgrade to a thicker protective case, and it's available for practically every iPhone version as well as the Samsung Galaxy S6 through S8. The way TeePublic works is that every design can be printed on a variety of different products, so you can actually opt to put this on a T-shirt or coffee mug if you think she'd like that more.
Ok, so this isn't gaming or tech-related, but flowers are undeniably a Mother's Day staple, and plants are a fantastic way of bringing a little nature inside when you can't actually go outdoors. UrbanStems has a ton of beautiful bouquets, but the flower delivery service also offers quirky planters like this adorable unicorn bearing a succulent. A Mother's Day bouquet may slowly fade, but a Mother's Day plant is something she can enjoy for a long time.
Perfect for cat lovers (particularly Pusheen fans), these cozy slippers will help cushion her feet and keep them warm while she's at home. The outsoles also provide a bit of traction to keep her from slipping on hard floors.
Razer makes some of the best PC gaming headsets on the market. While Razer's products tend to have a "serious" gamer vibe to them, this playful headset is much more relaxed and super cute. The wireless Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition features all of the great tech from the excellent Kraken headphone line, but it's available in pink and has cat ears on the headband. This Bluetooth edition has powerful 40mm drivers, a beamforming microphone, and a low latency connection that keeps audio crisp. If you're willing to spend a little more, the wired Kraken Kitty has even more features and lighting, making it a great option for streamers.
Easily one of the most popular earbud options available today, Apple AirPods would make a great gift if mom has an iOS device. Apple AirPods have a unique shape to them that helps provide comfort and stability. With a low latency NFC/Bluetooth wireless support and advanced H1 chip, AirPods offer premium performance in a small package. You can also easily use the AirPods to issue commands to Siri, including changing songs and reading messages. We've chosen the model with the wireless charging case. AirPods can run for up to five hours between charges, but the wireless charging case also holds 24 hours of charge to keep the tunes going.
If she already has a pair of AirPods, you could opt for a more stylish case instead, as there are a lot of cute third-party cases that work with the AirPods or AirPods Pro (just be sure to note which version she has!).
The latest iteration of Amazon's Echo Dot is worth picking up even if mom already has a previous generation version. The new spherical design helps broadcast sound throughout open areas far better than earlier models. As a smart speaker, the Echo Dot is one of the best around. Featuring voice control with Alexa, you can ask the virtual assistant questions, make calls, play music, and much more. The Echo Dot can also serve as a smart home hub, controlling things like the thermostat, lights, and TV (if you have compatible devices).
The Echo Show 10 is Amazon's most advanced and fully featured smart home device. While it shares many of the same basic features as the Echo Dot, it also has a 10.1-inch HD display, which can be used for video calling, watching shows and movies, and even as a security camera feed. The Echo Show 10 has a lot of versatility and can be a major help both practically and for entertainment purposes, which makes it an excellent pick for busy moms.
The Amazon Kindle has been around for more than 10 years, and many models later, it's still going strong and serving up digital books to readers. The Kindle Paperwhite is considered one of the best e-readers on the market for its affordability, portable slimness, Bluetooth capability, waterproof protection, and long battery life. If mom loves curling up with a book but can't always make it to the bookstore, an e-reader is a thoughtful gift she'll use for years.
Insulated water bottles are incredibly handy and make for great gifts, as they can keep drinks warm or cold throughout the day. If you have an Animal Crossing fan on your Mother's Day shopping list, this adorable water bottle from Controller Gear is a wonderful idea. This teal water bottle is covered with the faces of popular Animal Crossing villagers, including Tom Nook and Isabelle. It holds 17 ounces of fluid and features a leak-proof design with a twist-off lid.
Cosmetics company ColourPop has a wide range of makeup inspired by pop culture. This particular set would be a perfect gift for the mom in your life who loves Disney. ColourPop's Disney Midnight Masquerade features fifteen different shades of eyeshadow based on Disney princesses. There are metallics, glitters, and matte styles. The case also has a gorgeous design that features the princesses under the nighttime stars.
If mom can't get enough of Animal Crossing, ColourPop's Animal Crossing makeup collection is sure to make her smile. The collection quickly sold out when it launched earlier this year, but luckily plenty of the sets are back in stock now, including the $125 set that includes the whole line. It comes with four palettes themed around characters such as Tom Nook and Isabelle. You also get an eye-catching shadow set inspired by the balloons that pop over the island, four lip tint kits, a pair of blush compacts, and a glitter gel. Some of the products are also available for purchase individually.
This gift is definitely aimed at younger moms who still have little ones in the home. Both humorous and useful, Geek Parenting offers an enlightening look at the deeper lessons that can be gleaned from some of pop culture's most famous fictional relationships, like Frodo and Bilbo, Carl and Michonne, and even Cersei and Joffrey.
You don't realize how convenient voice-controlled lights are until you start using them on a daily basis. Not only will she be able to easily control these lights using her voice; she can also choose the color, level of warmth, and more. The voice control works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, and you can also control the lights through the Philips Hue App.
If she's someone who's constantly losing her keys, phone, and pretty much anything she sets down, the Tile Mate was pretty much made for her. This handy finder can be attached to a keychain, a handbag, a favorite toy, or any other object that's prone to getting lost--and when it does, you can use the Tile app to ring the Tile if it's nearby or see its location on a map.
If the mom on your list has trouble sleeping, a white noise machine might be just the thing she needs to drift off into a blissful sleep. Housbay's white noise machine has 31 different sounds to choose from and features an automatic timer to turn the machine off. While there is no shortage of white noise machines, we chose this Housbay model due to its affordable price and nice wood grain design.
Those who spend a lot of time sitting throughout the day know that your neck and back tend to stiffen up, and it's quite uncomfortable. This neck and back massaging pillow helps soothe muscle pain and knots with deep tissue kneading. It has eight heated massaging nodes that can operate at three different strengths. The PU leather and mesh design is durable and comfortable, and the shape of the pillow allows you to massage multiple problem areas at the same time.
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