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The 2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Looking for more fabulous gifts for moms? Don't miss our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

We are so delighted to share this year's Mother's Day Gift Guide, featuring more than 50 amazing Mother's Day gift ideas for every kind of mother in your life. We've worked so hard to find truly wonderful Mother's Day gift picks, many of which support smaller, indie businesses. So we really hope you find something you love here. Maybe even more than one something!



Speaking of things we love, we couldn't be more excited to be partnering with our premium sponsor, The Honest Co., co-founded by two truly eco-committed parents, Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan. Their non-toxic, eco-friendly line of family essentials are beautiful enough and affordable enough to make outstanding Mother's Day gifts (or any time gifts!) for new moms. We just adore everything about their products, and their mission to bring more health and happiness to families.

Make sure to give their awesome site a visit. And while you're at it, visit our other incredible sponsors too, some of whom are offering some pretty sweet discount codes just for you. However, none of our guide picks have been paid for--just the stuff we love that we think you'll love too

**Update: Congratulations to Melissa M! She won our Mother's Day Gift Guide giveaway! We'll be back in 2013 with an all new one.**

Happy shopping, everyone. And happy Mother's Day, cool moms!




For the mama whose first Mother's Day should be one to remember

Not that she'd say no to a Birkin bag...but we can’t think of a better way to celebrate her first Mother’s Day than with a gift that honors her motherhood.

gift for new mom: custom ring with birthdate or map coordinates

$
custom ring with birthdate or map coordinates

$24 from monkeys always look
gift for new mom: kate spade 'and baby makes three' album

$$
kate spade 'and baby makes three' album


$50 at giggle
gift for new mom: white gold mama necklace

$$$
white gold mama necklace


$425 at tali gillette
monkeys always look - 15% off with "coolmom15" through 5/14/12




For the uber-practical new mom

She’s not one for jewelry and knicknacks. Sensible but thoughtful makes the perfect gift for her.

mother's day gift: subscription to a meal-planning service

$
subscription to a meal-planning service


$21/3 months at Relish
mother's day gift: safe, eco-friendly baby product bundle from the honest co

$$
gift for new mom: safe, eco-friendly baby product bundle from the honest co.

starting at $35.95/mo at the honest co.
mother's day gift: irobot scooba 390 vacuum

$$$
irobot scooba 390 vacuum


$499.99 at irobot
relish - 20% off of all subscription levels with "COOLMOM20" through 4/1/13






For the mom who's more l.a. ink'd than downton abbey

Not every mom is about brunch with lace tablecloths and floral corsages. If you've got a funky, modern mama in her life, these gifts say you love her just the way she is.

mother's day gift: mom tattoo cookies

$
mom tattoo cookies


$40 from katie's creative baking
mom tattoo recycled felt pillow

$$
mom tattoo recycled felt pillow

$109 from alexandra ferguson
actual tattoo

$$$
actual tattoo


prices vary at high voltage tattoo (image by jeff ward)
alexandra ferguson - 15% off with "COOLMOM"
katie's creative baking - 15% off with "COOLMOM15" through 6/1/12


For the mom who's more downton abbey than l.a. ink'd

If she "hankers for a simpler world," in the great words of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, we understand completely. While a date with Cousin Matthew is out of the question (darn), these Edwardian inspired gifts may do.

mother's day gift: I love you more than downton letterpress card

$
I love you more than downton letterpress card

$5 at foxy and winston
english chintz teapot

$$
english chintz teapot



$63 at the teapot shoppe
mother's day gift idea: solid sterling brocade bracelet

$$$
solid sterling brocade bracelet


$1100 from mrk style







For the mother-in-law you wish lived closer. Seriously.

If you have a mother-in-law who wishes she could be with you on May 12, make sure to tell her you feel the same way. And a Skype call wouldn’t hurt either.

gift for mother-in-law

$
spring personalized stationery

$35+ at minted.com
mother's day gift idea: spring gerbera daisies

$$
spring gerbera daisies


$52+ from calyx
mother's day gift: sterling xo necklace

$$$
sterling xo necklace


$128 at alice roche
alice roche - 15% off with "coolmom2012"
minted - 10% off with "CMPMOM" through 5/13/12


From kids old enough to make her something she'll love forever

We all know a hand-drawn card is what's cherished most. But we think these handmade gifts come a very close second.

potholder! like we used to make!

$
potholder! like we used to make!

$14.95 on sale at land of nod
handmade mother's day gift: beaded bracelet

$$
beaded bracelet


tutorial at honestly...wtf
handmade gift: kids' artwork on canvas

$$$
kids artwork on canvas


$varies at kids art 2 canvas
kids art 2 canvas - 15% off or $90 off (whichever is greater) off "supercharged" custom orders with "CoolMomka2c"






For the ultimate breakfast in bed

A most excellent Mother’s Day tradition, in our opinion. And who are we to break tradition?

mother's day bloody marys

$
bloody marys

$10.50 mcclure’s bloody mary mix at dean and deluca
recipe at eat make read
breakfast in bed: petrossian smoked salmon on toast points

$$
petrossian smoked salmon on toast points

$61 8.8 oz sliced salmon from petrossian
recipe at fine cooking
black truffle omelets

$$$
black truffle omelets

79,50 € for 50 g tinned black truffles from pebeyre
recipe at epicurious
petrossian - free fedex shipping


For the grandma who lives and breathes for her grandkids

If we could, we would make every day Mother’s Day for the fabulous grandmas of the world. Think of these gift ideas as a start.

gift for grandma: personalized family tree art

$
personalized family tree art

$35 from inviting moments
gift for grandma: gift card for professional photo sitting with all the kids

$$
photo sitting with the grandkids

prices vary, this one from jamie horton photo
gift for grandma: white gold and diamond photo necklace

$$$
white gold and diamond photo necklace

$1595 at planet jill
inviting moments - 10% off all family tree prints with "Mothersday2012" through 5/12/12
jamie horton photo - 15% off with "toyphoto"
planet jill - 15% off with "COOLMOMPJ" through 5/13/12






Jessica Alba's picks for eco mamas

As one of our favorite eco mamas herself, and co-founder of her very own eco-savvy biz The Honest Co., we asked Jessica what she would love to receive for Mother's Day. Let's just say, with taste like hers, she can join the Cool Mom Picks team any time.

gift for mother's day: repainted upcycled vase

$
repainted recycled vase

tutorial at sugar and charm, nontoxic permenamel paint $3.99 at Joanne.com
gift for mother's day: natural soy and beeswax candle

$$
natural soy and beeswax candle

$48 at joya studio
gift for mother's day: formulated-to-order natural jasmine perfume

$$$
formulated-to-order natural jasmine perfume

$145/50ml from le labo


For the mom who's dreaming of Paris

We think these are pretty much great gifts for any mom. Unless she’s already in Paris. In which case, could she invite us? Please?

french macarons

$
french macarons


from $10 for giftbox of 6 at ‘lette
custom longchamp bag

$$
custom longchamp bag


nylon/leather clutch from $70, leather clutches from $88
Mother's Day Gift: paris photos paris walks book...with air france tickets tucked inside

$$$
paris photos paris walks book...with air france tickets tucked inside

$45 at amazon. tickets to paris...a little more






For your godmother, your stepmother, or some other awesome motherish person in your life

We love living at a time when our “villages” include more than one kind of matriarch. A truly special mother's day gift doesn't have to include the word "mom" at all.

handmade love dish

$
handmade love dish



$12 at the brick kiln
custom wooden puzzle with your own inscription

$$
custom wooden puzzle with your own inscription

$44 at paloma’s nest
you inspire me bangle - sterling with birthstone

$$$
you inspire me bangle - sterling with birthstone

$99.95 at red envelope
paloma's nest - free us standard shipping with "MOMMY"
red envelope - 20% off with "COOLMOMPICKS"
the brick kiln - ring dish with "CMP2012" and purchase




For the mom who can never have too many flowers

While you can give her roses or lilies or ronunculus, these floral gifts last a wee bit longer.

floral gardening shears

$
floral gardening shears

$28 from ny botanical garden shop
vintage botanical prints

$$
vintage botanical prints

$55 at panteek
one-of-a-kind floral necklaces

$$$
one-of-a-kind floral necklaces

$118-308 at elva fields
elva fields - 15% off necklaces with "CMP15" through 5/14/12






For Mommy from Daddy. Er uh...from the baby.

Even if she's not old enough to sign her own cards, she can certainly give mama a gift to remember.

personalized photo book

$
personalized photo book

$10.95+ at blurb, order by 5/2
custom baby footprint necklace

$$
custom baby footprint necklace

$100 at uncommon goods
mama ring in pink gold

$$$
mama ring in pink gold

$340+ from st kilda jewelry


For the mom who takes care of everyone else first

We think this pretty much describes every mom anywhere. Which is why every mom deserves a little pampering. And not just on Mother’s Day (hint).

felt fortune cookies

$
felt fortune cookies filled with certificates for manicures, take-out food, and free time

$8 from curly birds
cashmere eye mask

$$
cashmere eye mask for sleeping in. follow with breakfast in bed.


$68 at bendel’s

$$$
personal chef for an evening

$465 for two from cloud9 living, or find one in your city








For the mom who glams it up right down to her iphone

Accessories don't stop at the ears, neck, and fingers, dahhhhling. We love these glammy cases which hold her digital brag book. Um, we mean smart phone.

sparkle iphone case

$
sparkle iphone case



$40 at case-mate

lizard iphone case/clutch

$$
lizard iphone case/clutch


$130 from ceccec
bottega veneta iphone sleeve

$$$
bottega veneta iphone sleeve


$330 at net-a-porter
ceccec - 20% off with "LOVEMYMOM" through 5/14/12


For the mom who manages to make time to work out
-- or plans on doing it any day now

Your fitness-loving mama will love a gift, whether practical or indulgent, that acknowledges how hard she works...on herself.

Mother's Day gift: custom bpa-free sports bottle with pics of kids

$
custom sports bottle with pics of kids


$24.99 from wawabots
Mother's Day gift: ellington gym tote

$$
ellington gym tote



$42.99 at 6pm.com
Mother's Day gift: MOTOACTV fitness tracker and music player

$$$
MOTOACTV fitness tracker and music player

$249 at amazon








For the mom who takes care of more than her own children

We always love gifts that give back, and we love the moms who love them. Yay for a big, global woman-to-woman hug.

bangles to support notforsale.org

$
bangles to support notforsale.org

$12 at 31 bits
handcrafted organic soap + a note card set, to fund literacy programs for women and children

$$
handcrafted organic soap + a note card set to fund literacy programs for women and children

$24 for soap; $14 for note cards at raven and lily
wearable art scarf to support every mother counts

$$$
wearable art scarf to support every mother counts

$155 at theodora and callum
raven and lily -15% off with "RLmom15%"


For the mom who's overcaffeinated

She keeps going and going and going...but maybe she needs to slow down. Just a bit. With a little help.

Mother's Day gift: herbal retreat gift box

$
herbal retreat gift box


$15 at tea forte
Mother's Day gift: gift card towards yoga classes

$$
gift card towards yoga classes

yoga mat $39 at shanti designs
Mother's Day Gift: case of pinot noir

$$$
case of pinot noir


$179.40 from sherry-lehmann
tea forte -15% off with "FORTEMOMMY"




For more Mothers Day Gifts, check out our 2011 Guide!

All picks are entirely determined by our editorial staff;
there has been no compensation in exchange for reviews.

Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon affiliate.