Make Mother's Day Count!
Your mom will always love you, but she may not feel the same way about your annual Mother’s Day gifts. How many years can you buy her flowers, perfume, pajamas, and robes? And let’s be honest: She’s good at picking out clothes for you, not the other way around. So, this year, consider taking a different approach: Ask yourself what your mom would buy herself for Mother’s Day. If you don’t have a clue, let us tell you what she really wants.
3-in-1 Specialty Coffee Brewer
Not all moms are into cappuccinos, espressos, and latte art. Some of them pay more attention to the coffee itself. The De’Longhi 3-in-1 Specialty Brewer is a smaller sibling of one of the Best Coffee Makers for Your Kitchen, and as the name implies, it offers three ways to brew coffee. Mom can make a drip-style brew, choose the over-ice feature, or select pour-over with a pulsing brew cycle and a showerhead for perfect extraction. The glass-and-silver-metallic coffee maker is gorgeous to look at, simple to use, and a real space-saver—and it won the 2018 Red Dot Design Award. Available on Amazon.
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If mom already has a coffee maker that she loves but craves lattes and cappuccinos, with the AEVO Detachable Milk Frother Machine, she’ll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. She can use the frother to make a warm cappuccino, cool cappuccino, latte, or warm milk. She can even whip up a frothy hot chocolate—yum! A built-in thermistor ensures the milk doesn’t get too hot, and the frother automatically shuts off when the pitcher is empty or not on the base. Here’s something else mom will love: The machine is easy to clean. In fact, the pitcher can go in the dishwasher. Available on Amazon.
Leather Office Chair
If mom works from home and sits in a chair for 8 hours, she wants it to be comfortable. But let’s face it, most ergonomic office chairs are downright ugly. The X Chair X4, however, is a thing of beauty. The leather chair is available in five colors (cognac, dark brown, black, red, or white) and offers plenty of settings to ensure maximum comfort. For example, mom can adjust not only the seat height but also the seat depth, arm pivot, and armrest adjustments. The optional headrest is also adjustable. With pampering features like a dynamic variable lumbar support, a height-adjustable backrest, and a reclining function, this chair will inject a little luxury into even the most tedious work day. Available on Amazon.
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Portable Laptop Stand
If your mom doesn’t have room for the Vari Electric Standing Desk—our top pick for the Best Sit-Stand Desk—she can still experience the health benefits of alternating from sitting to standing as she works. The Vari Portable Laptop Stand can convert any desk or table into an elevated work space by raising the laptop 12 inches. When not in use, the 2.4-pound stand folds flat for storage. Available on Amazon.
Small Air Purifier
Moms need clear air as much as everyone else. Protect your mom from pollen, dust, pet dander, tobacco smoke, cleaning solution fumes, and strong kitchen odors like onions and fish with the TruSens Air Purifier. The small version (18 inches high) can purify the air in a space up to 250 square feet and has three fan speeds, ranging from quiet to turbo. Three levels of purification include a carbon prefilter, HEPA filter, and UV-C light that destroys germs once they’re in the filter. If mom doesn’t like to fumble with buttons, no worries: Simple touch controls on the panel operate the air purifier and contribute to a sleek design that will look good in any room. Available on Amazon.
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If your mom loves to cook—and even if she doesn’t—she’ll appreciate the Wolf Gourmet Precision Electric Griddle. Mom can steam lobster, sear meat, sauté veggies, fry bacon and eggs, and make French toast, all on one surface. The temperature control knob can be set between 150 degrees (to warm) and 450 degrees. A power light lets mom know that the griddle is on, and a preheat light indicates that the desired temperature has been reached. The professional-grade griddle has a 0.5-inch-deep rim, so the food won’t slide off, and a vented lid facilitates steaming. Here’s something else mom will love: Because the griddle is made of stainless steel (as is the drip tray) and has a nonstick surface, it’s durable and easy to clean. Available on Amazon.
Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Mom knows how important it is to make sure meat is properly done, whether she’s cooking indoors or out. But she shouldn’t have to obsessively check the temperature (she did enough of that when you were a kid, keeping tabs on your fever). Enter the Meater Plus, a smart wireless meat thermometer that’s battery-powered, so mom doesn’t need to attach any wires. It can be used for various types of meal preparation, including outdoor grilling as well as oven, pan/range, and sous vide cooking indoors. The Meater has two sensors, so it can monitor both the internal temperature of the meat and the ambient temperature. The best part: Mom can download the Meater app and monitor the temperature from her smartphone or tablet. Available on Amazon.
One of the best ways for mom to get a good night’s sleep—well, aside from making sure she doesn’t have to toss and turn all night worrying about you—is with a pair of Sagino Shredded Memory Foam Pillows. The memory-foam-and-microfiber pillows have a cooling material on one side and a warming material on the other, for all-season comfort. Mom can even adjust the amount of fill in the pillows to make them firmer or softer. The pillows are hypoallergenic and the pillowcases are machine washable. Each pillow is sold separately. Available on Amazon.
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WiFi Mini Projector
If your mom’s not a fan of large TV screens, she’ll appreciate the Cinemood 360, a smart WiFi cube projector that lets her stream movies and TV shows directly or download them to watch later. Netflix, Prime Video, CBS All Access, Disney+, and Hulu are just some of the streaming services that are built in. Mom can project a 120-inch image on any wall, or even on the ceiling, all without permanently sacrificing valuable shelf or wall space.
Unlike most projectors that are bulky and require cords and a phone or laptop, the Cinemood 360 is a stand-alone mini projector cube that fits in the palm of the hand and includes 32GB of internal storage. It also has a battery playtime of up to 5 hours, so mom can binge her favorite shows or movies without recharging. The projector will be a real hit when the grandkids come over, since it’s preloaded with kid-friendly Disney content, including e-books, videos, and cartoons. Available on Amazon.
Red Granite Nonstick Cookware Set
Mom may not be planning a kitchen renovation, but she can spruce it up with bright new cookware. The 16-piece Koch Systeme CS Red Granite Nonstick Cookware Set includes a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 8-inch frying pan, 10-inch frying pan with lid, 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 5-quart stockpot with lid, and five black nylon cooking utensils.
All of the pots and pans have a nonstick, easy-to-clean coating that resists chipping, flaking, and peeling as well as acids such as wine or tomatoes. The ergonomic wooden handles not only add a natural vibe but remain cool while mom is cooking (or when you’re cooking for her, hint, hint). In addition, the tempered glass lids have vent holes so they won’t crack if overheated. Available on Amazon.
Rose Gold Headphones
If mom loves rose gold, these Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones will delight her eyes and ears. They’re stylish but also durable, and they fold up compactly to fit into the included carrying and storage case when not in use. Thanks to the Apple W1 chip, the wireless headphones provide up to 40 hours of battery life. A quick 5 minutes of charging provides up to 3 hours of playback. Mom will also enjoy the on-ear controls: The power button is on the right ear cup, and the other controls (such as play, pause, skip, and volume) are on the left ear cup. The Beats Solo3 Headphones are also compatible with Siri and other voice assistants. Available on Amazon.
Rose Gold Earbuds
If mom likes to exercise, she may be more into earbuds than headphones. If so, she might like these rose gold water-resistant Urbanista London True Wireless Earbuds. They use active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology to nullify surrounding sounds so she can clearly hear her favorite tunes or audiobooks. The in-ear detection feature will automatically pause the music if mom removes one of her earbuds and then continue playing when she puts it back in. The earbuds work with Siri and Google, and provide up to 25 hours of playtime on a single charge. Available on Amazon.
Smart Air Fryer
Moms who love fried foods but are trying to eat healthier will want to reach for the Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer. The 5.5-quart capacity air fryer is a versatile cooking appliance that’s great for making fries, chicken, fish, and bacon as well as pizza, cake, and a variety of other treats. It includes eight preset menus for frying, baking, grilling, or roasting, and uses up to 85 percent less oil. And mom won’t have to hover over the air fryer to see what’s going on: Using the Proscenic Home App, Alexa, or Google Assistant, she can control the appliance’s functions without even touching it. Plus, she’ll really appreciate the nonstick basket; both it and the drawer can be removed and put in the dishwasher. Available on Amazon.
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Every mom loves stylish sunglasses, but she’ll really love these Fauna Fabula Crystal Brown Bluetooth Smart Audio Sunglasses. Sure, they look good (they have Carl Zeiss Vision lenses), but these glasses have more to offer than just designer tinted lenses that protect the eyes from UVA and UVB rays. They also provide built-in audio—microspeakers and woofers on both sides—with touch controls on the left and two microphones on the right side. A single battery charge provides up to 4 hours of music, phone calls, and voice assistance. Mom can even make and receive hands-free phone calls within a Bluetooth range of 30 feet. The sunglasses are water-resistant and include a charging case. Available on Amazon.
Honestly, this is a gift your mom wants to give to you to use for her benefit. The eMeet AI Human-shape Jupiter Webcam is typically used in conference room settings, because it is able to show multiple people in the frame of view. But that’s also what makes it great for mom. No matter how many people are in the room when she is FaceTiming with the family, the webcam’s AI feature will automatically adjust the screen size to include everyone. It will then highlight and focus on the person who’s talking, so mom can clearly see and hear all of the kids, grandkids, and pets vying for her attention. Available on Amazon.
Cordless Stick Vacuum
If you don’t think your mom wants a cordless stick vacuum for Mother’s Day, then you haven’t been paying attention to the sleek new models on the market. With a compact cordless vac, there’s no need for her to drag a heavy appliance around while trying to keep the cord out of the way. The Ultenic U10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a stylish and lightweight alternative with powerful suction, and when it detects a high level of dust, it automatically switches into boost mode. The versatile vacuum comes with various attachments, including a floor brush, sofa brush, and crevice tool, so it can clean floors, countertops, sofas, and even those cobwebs on the ceiling. With a runtime of 40 minutes, this vacuum can suck up a lot of dust and debris on a single charge and make at least one of mom’s chores so much easier. Available on Amazon.
It’s great to have a smartphone that can take digital photos. Yet mom may occasionally long for those simpler times when she was able to snap a photo and print it out immediately. If so, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera will bring back some fond memories. She’ll love the retro design, the sharp image quality, and the one-touch selfie mode (and selfie mirror). It’s compact, weighing just one pound and measuring roughly 4 by 5 inches. The camera produces 2-by-3-inch photos and includes a convenient hand strap. Available on Amazon.
Another practical gift that can make your mom’s life easier—and help her prepare your favorite meals—is the Vitamix Immersion Blender. (She probably already has a regular blender, but if she doesn’t, the Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender is the top pick on our list of best blenders .) The beauty of an immersion blender is that it can be used in any type of container, including cups, jars, and pots. This makes it super easy to make sauces, purees, dips/spreads, and dressings. And because the immersion blender has an ergonomic wand, mom needs just one hand to operate it, leaving her other hand free to add ingredients or steady the pot. This stainless steel beauty has an LED light display and a scratch-resistant blade guard, so mom never has to worry about scratching her favorite cooking vessels. Available on Amazon .
Copper Gel Beverage Cup
Even though mom has plenty of cups, we’re sure she doesn’t have one like this. The Cork Pops Copper Gel Beverage Cup is made of stainless steel and has double-sided walls filled with freezer gel. This helps it keep beverages cold without using ice, which can melt and water down the drink. So, how does it work? By placing the cup in the freezer for at least 4 hours, mom can keep beverages chilled for an hour. The textured grip makes it easy to pick up, and the copper finish makes mom look good while holding it. Available on Amazon.
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Widescreen Tablet With Plenty of Storage
Moms who like to download apps, music, photos, and videos will have plenty of space to do it on the Vankyo MatrixPad S30 Tablet. It has an octa-core processor with 1.6GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard memory; with a microSD card, she could increase her storage up to 128GB. Images are crystal clear in full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution on the 10.1-inch widescreen. Mom will also appreciate the dual speakers, the front- and rear-facing cameras, and the fact that a single charge is enough for 8 hours of viewing time, 12 hours of browsing, and 16 hours of reading. Plus, she won’t have to put up with those annoying ads. Available on Amazon.
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Compact TV Speaker
OK, just because your mom doesn’t want a TV speaker the size of a suitcase doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate clear, immersive audio. If that’s the case, the Bose TV Speaker, a compact version of our smart pick for the Best Wireless Surround Sound System, might be to her liking. At only 2 inches tall and 23.38 inches wide, it’s low-lying and unobtrusive. But even though it doesn’t take up much space, it makes a big difference in the way it clarifies speech to provide a better audio experience. And mom won’t have to go through a complicated setup—just attach the optical audio cable (included) or HDMI cable (sold separately). The TV speaker comes with a remote control, which can be used to adjust the sound. Available on Amazon.
7-in-1 Countertop Oven
No one knows better than your mom that ovens heat up the entire kitchen and require a lot of bending to get food in and out. The Dash Chef Series 7-in-1 Convection Oven is something different: a countertop oven that cuts the heat and makes bending over unnecessary. It doesn’t eat up much space, but its large interior can accommodate an 8-pound chicken or a 12-inch pizza. The Dash can broil, air-fry, toast, bake, and warm, and it also has convection and rotisserie functions. The oven comes with all of the necessary accessories: baking pan, oven rack, air-fry basket, rotisserie skewer, removal tool, and drip tray. In addition, the oven has dual thermostats, so mom can rest assured that the temperature is consistent and everything’s properly cooked. Available on Amazon.
Smart Pressure Cooker
There are pressure cookers, and then there are smart pressure cookers. We’re betting your mom would prefer the latter. The Chef iQ Smart Pressure Cooker has over 300 cooking presets right on the digital panel, making it super easy to cook her (and your) favorite meals. When mom connects the smart pressure cooker to the Chef iQ app via her smartphone, tablet, or other device, she’ll have access to more than 100 guided recipes and videos. She can also use the app to control the smart cooker and access the cooking calculator. A built-in scale helps measure ingredients and determine how much liquid is needed to obtain the desired results. Because mom loves safety and convenience, she’ll appreciate the cooker’s automatic pressure release, which can be programmed for quick, pulse, or natural release. Available on Amazon .
Essential Cookware Set
If your mom prefers a more hands-on approach to cooking, upgrade her arsenal with the Saveur Selects Voyage Series Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set. The package includes five pots and pans with three interchangeable lids—all dishwasher safe. The cookware is made with high-quality 18/10 stainless steel construction and features an aluminum core for fast, even heat distribution. It's also compatible with all cooktops—induction, electric, gas, and vitro-ceramic—and is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Available at Macy's
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!