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9 Great Mother’s Day Gifts (When You Can’t Give or Get #1 on the List)

Yeah, flowers and a box of chocolates can do the trick—but if you are on the hunt for memorable Mother's Day gifts (or you want to give hints to your family), you're gonna want to read this. Trust us, we know.

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“All I want is to spend time with my whole family around me.”

That’s what readers are telling us is at the top of their list for Mother’s Day gifts now that kids are leaving the nest or have long ago flown. But the thing is, husbands and kids still want to get us something tangible, especially if the family can’t all be together. So we’re helping you out here with some ideas for what to ask for (or what to give your own mom if you can’t be with her). Happy Day!

A Gorgeous Kimono

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Free People Kimono

Free People Worlds Apart Burnout Kimono. $168

Kimonos are comfy, stylish and, well, just fun to look at. Eons better than having your kid get you a sweater and calling it a day. This little number from Free People will not disappoint. Not your favorite kimono ever? We found 7 more to choose from, and they’re all listed right here.

An Aromatherapy Diffuser


Arvidsson Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier. $31.99

Even when your kids are full grown, being a mother is stressful with a capital “S.” Hooking mom up with a little therapy is totally in order—aromatherapy, that is. A quality diffuser and some yummy smelling oils (like this kit of 8 therapeutic grade bottles for $4.95) will have anyone feeling all relaxed in an instant.

A Fur Mom Necklace

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Fur Baby Necklace

Kate Holmes Design Fur Mom Necklace. $148

When you have pets, you’re a mom. Period. Whether you’re a human child who has been replaced by a fur child or are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for someone who tends to dogs instead of people, Kate Holmes Design’s beautiful necklaces will be a big hit.

A Charcuterie Set

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Charcuterie Set

Bamboo Cheese Board with Cutlery Set. $59.99

Wine, cheese and the proper carbs all in one place. Need we say more?

An All-Encompassing Bathtub Caddy

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Bathtub Caddy

Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray with Book and Wine Holder. $38.49

Speaking of wine…being able to have a glass while reading in the tub sounds pretty heavenly. And having a tray that keeps everything from dumping into the water? Perfection. Throw in some expensive bath salts that your mom would never buy for herself and you’re on your way to Son/Daughter of the Year.

A Cute Travel Mug

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Cute Travel Mug

New York & Company Travel Mug. $11.86

We’re busy…and caffeine is a must. Schlepping coffee (or tea) around in a regular mug is a hazard to the road—and all of our cute clothes. This “Sooner Or Later We All Quote Our Mothers” mug is eerily accurate, yet still manages to remain adorable.

A Sleek Vase

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Flower Vase

Dot & Bo Duo Tone Modern Vase. $157.93

Flowers quickly fade and serve as a gut-wrenching reminder of E.T.’s sad little alien death, but a fabulous vase lasts forever—or at least until it gets knocked over by a visiting grandchild. Don’t get us wrong, fill the sucker up to the brim with some perky daffodils or yellow roses. We still want them.

A Smartphone Wallet

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Smartphone Wallet

Fossil Caroline RFID Smartphone Zip Around Wallet. $43

There comes a time in almost every woman’s life when she realizes that carrying a 20 pound shoulder bag isn’t doing her back any favors. But as smartphones continue to get bigger (who knew we’d be missing Razor phones so much?), it’s impossible to slip your cell into a jeans pocket. Enter this handy dandy Fossil zip around wallet. It’s big enough to handle your credit cards, some cash, your phone and a lipstick—but it’s small enough to carry around with ease. Love.

Still Can’t Home In On the Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts? Go With an Amazon Gift Card

Mother's Day Gifts That She REALLY Wants: Amazon Gift Card

Amazon Mother’s Day Gift Card. You Pick the Price

If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Yes, gift cards seem a tad unsentimental, but they also kick ass because Amazon has pretty much anything you could ever wish for. And they also have a cute little Mother’s Day box.

By Jeannie Ralston


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