Whether your mom held your hand through uncertain job prospects and long lockdowns or organized countless family Zooms from miles away, Mother’s Day (May 9) is the perfect opportunity to say thank you. She always claims she just wants a card, but a gift doesn’t hurt either. From entertaining goodies to active accessories, Team Domino found the best products on the market for all types of moms. Read on for our Mother’s Day gift guide.
For the Mom Who Calls You When She’s Watering the Plants
No doubt this year of solitude gave Mom a chance to flex her budding green thumb. Consider a sculptural watering can or a shade-saving hat to spice up her daily gardening routine. Or, if she’s just a beginner, a seed starter pack (she’ll have homegrown carrots, tomatoes, and radishes in no time) and terracotta planters to start her off on the right foot. If you’re open to a splurge, a cushy outdoor mat in a citrus-inspired hue will care for her feet while she cares for her greens.
For the Mom Who’s Always Redecorating
Design geeks can be the hardest to shop for (trust us, we have many in our office), but usually a pop of color or unique accent piece will get the job done. To spice up the sofa, how about a two-tone knit blanket (that you can personalize!) or a 100 percent flax-linen cushion in a graphic pattern? If her tablescape gets the most action, you can never have enough candles that look more like sculpture or tchotchke trays that appear far more expensive than they actually are. If she’s in need of storage, Kartell’s three-drawer storage units will make a statement without breaking the bank—and just so happen to be a favorite among Domino’s designphiles.
For the Mom Who Deserves Some R&R
There’s no better way to celebrate the coming end of the COVID era than by bringing the spa vibes home. A hair-care set that nourishes and enhances natural curls and a handmade beechwood hairbrush that expertly detangles will leave her scalp happy and healthy, while a charcoal and aloe vera detoxifying face mask and pomegranate-scented bath salts will work magic on her skin. If Mom’s already a product fiend, present her with a lightweight robe for post–bubble bath lounging or a meditation cushion to put that Headspace subscription to good use.
For the Mom Who Can’t Wait to Host
Odds are the past contactless year has been particularly hard, so upgrade her bar cart with glasses begging for future summery cocktails or a leather-outfitted ice bucket to accompany alfresco sips. A mouth-blown glass cake stand or bold basket will elevate the baked goods she’s spent a year perfecting.
For the Mom Who’s Always Sending You New York Times Cooking Stories
Is your mom a 21st-century Julia Child who has perfected her favorite viral recipes through Instagram Live cooking classes? Elevate her craft with millennial-approved chef Molly Baz’s first cookbook, a splatter-painted olive oil jug, an enamel casserole whose lid doubles as a trivet, and a rustic tapered rolling pin. Or go all in on the ultimate foodie gift: an Italian-made pasta maker to take her cacio e pepe to the next level.
For the Mom Topping the Peloton Leaderboards
A nonslip yoga mat made from renewable cork and natural tree rubber will make even the sweatiest practices a no-brainer, while trendy weighted bars (an alternative to traditional dumbbells) offer even weight distribution and an ergonomic grip. For outdoor runs and bike rides, Apple’s wireless headphones (specially designed with athletes in mind) provide surround sound on the go. Just don’t forget the stainless steel water bottle—with a centering message, it will remind Mom to take a minute and enjoy her surroundings.
For the Mom Who Gets Email Alerts From the RealReal
Aviator sunglasses with a twist will make carpool shifts at least look chic (if she can block out the kids’ tunes, that is). Mom missing her grown-up offspring? A necklace spelling out your love is a daily reminder that you’re all there in spirit. For the more practical fashionista, a water-resistant tote bag or a leather wallet with four card holders and a coin purse will get her from point A to point B in style. But just remember, the best part of having a fashion-forward Mom is getting to borrow all her goodies. Shop wisely!