It’s not as though knowing the day (or month?) is anyone’s strong suit right now. But you should know that Mother’s Day is just around the bend, on May 10th. If you want to make sure Mom feels recognized, it’s time to rustle up a card or a gift.
Does just the thought of shopping feel overwhelming? We’re right there with you. That’s why our Mother’s Day page is chock-full of different sections—whether she’s an expert host, a cocktail savant, or a grilling genius—to break out ideas for you. Just remember to place orders by May 4th, latest, for UPS delivery!
Here are a few of (Mom’s) favorite things!
Your Mom always knows about the hot new thing before you do. Or she’s old-school, in her way, and knows which Rosenthal-Puccini china will never lose its mod cool. Or that American designer Schumacher has incredible, tropical dinnerware (like these salad plates) that will never go out of style. Your Mom owns the showstopper of a chic coffeemaker, such as this one from SMEG. How the heck did Mom get this awesome?
Somehow there’s always a warm plate of cookies. Or brownies. Or madeleines.
For mothers who happily ruin whatever hot new diet you’re on with a plate of something delicious and fresh-baked, there must be baking gifts. She won’t spring for the mixer she needs? Maybe not, but you could. Even modest gifts put a spring in the baker’s step, like beautiful bee-and-honeycomb cookie stamps, an apron she could wear to match the little baker alongside, or a sweet new spatula.
Your Mom interrupts the dudes surrounding the one grill at the party to inform them they’re on the brink of overdoing the brisket. She loves saving men from themselves when they bust out lighter fluid they don’t need. This Mom is hot to trot at the grill, and you’ll find her there, brewski in hand, waving off grillsplainers. She’s easy to shop for; just scan for what she doesn’t have. (Grillheads love gear.) How’s her fish basket game? Her cooler (for the brewskis)? She still using a cleaning brush and tongs from 1970s tailgates? Help a mother out.
She wouldn’t dream of using neon maraschino cherries. It’s Luxardo or bust, thanks. Her bar tools are always so clean they sparkle. But does she own a cocktail smoking box? (Your Mom knows what that is, even if you don’t.) An airplane cocktail shaker? Gorgeous Old Fashioned glasses? She deserves them.
Some Moms “don’t do” the prepared frozen foods section of the grocery store. They’ll be spending Sunday making sauce and braciole like every other Sunday, thank you very much. Maybe they’re making ratatouille from scratch. Or their grandmother’s dumplings. For true cook Moms, you’re not helping them execute their game, because it’s already on point. You’re helping them make it a tiny bit easier, or the serving the tiniest bit prettier. She already owns a Dutch oven, but does she own one covered in a bevy of blooms? How’s her stainless-steel fry pan situation? Her pancakes-for-a-crowd capacity? There’s not much you can do to make this Mom look better, so now get out of the way, because that dish is almost done.