13 thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts to fully pamper mom

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Way better than macaroni art.

Finding a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift for whoever you call “mom” is easier said than done. Rest easy, because we’ve compiled the ultimate catalog that’s full of solid gifts. The items and ideas listed below are not only thoughtful, but will encourage her to truly relax and pamper herself – which is a whole other gift in itself.

PSA: Mother’s Day is May 13 this year. In other words, the pressure to find great gifts for mom is officially on.

1) Let her try new fragrances (or stick to her favorite) with Scentbird.

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Scentbird is a monthly perfume subscription service that sends you a 30-day supply of any designer fragrance once a month. This way she can either choose to stay true to her classic self and order the same perfume every month, or she can decide to try new fragrances without buyer’s remorse if it turns out she doesn’t like a scent. Additionally, every first order includes a chic reusable case for your perfumes. Plus, you can cancel at anytime without penalty.

Price: $7.45 for the first month, then $14.95 per month

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3) Brighten her smile with the TAO Clean Aura toothbrush.

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “A toothbrush?!” Well, this isn’t just any toothbrush. It comes recommended by dentists for a few reasons: it delivers 40,000 brush strokes per minute, reduces plaque and gingivitis better than manual toothbrushes, and get this – it even cleans itself. Its base uses powerful ultraviolet C-rays to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. After all, your mouth is only as clean as your toothbrush!

Price: $85.97+

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5) Help her skin glow with The Ordinary serums.

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Taking care of your skin is not only a good idea, but it’s completely necessary. And it requires more than just the occasional smearing of sunblock, but you already know this (thanks mom!). What you may not know is the much-adored brand, The Ordinary, is actually available on Amazon! Which means you can gift mom a basket of serums that you’ve handpicked based on her skin type and needs without having to worry about waiting on one of Sephora’s infamous lines. And if you’re not familiar with The Ordinary, it’s a skincare brand that develops “Clinical formulations with integrity” for mass consumption.

Price: $11+

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6) Give her the best sleep of her life with a Helix mattress.

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Consider making up for all the late night temper tantrums this Mother’s Day by treating mom to the best sleep of her life with a Helix mattress. Unlike other mattress retailers, Helix is custom-built to fit each person’s body and sleeping preferences. The mattresses feature a blend of proprietary dynamic foam, high-grade polyfoam, and pocketed microcoils to guarantee comfort all night. Best of all, customization won’t break the bank. Helix keeps costs low to guarantee competitive pricing compared to other mattress retailers. Use codes MATTRESS18 to save $75 on any mattress, or SPRING18 to knock $125 off when you purchase a mattress plus any other product.

Price: varies

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7) Keep her calm and cool as a cucumber with aromatherapy.

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Different cultures around the world have been practicing aromatherapy for centuries. The practice has proven to help alleviate stress and anxiety as well as improve your overall mood. And depending on the essential oil you decide to diffuse, this little tool can be a remedy for a garden variety of physical ailments too! For example, peppermint oil has been proven effective in treating migraines. And this particular diffuser is WiFi and Alexa-enabled, making it smarter than most.

Price: $39.95

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8) A SipCaddy will make her tub better than any spa bath.

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You may have heard of a “shower beer,” but a tub wine is really where it’s at. Seriously, what’s more peaceful than sippin’ on your favorite vino while surrounded by bubbles and isolating from any possible annoyances?! Nothing. Which is why you seriously need to give your mom a SipCaddy, so she can take a bath and drink her wine without fear of knocking it over, breaking the glass or dropping the whole thing in the bath.

Price: $13.95

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9) Jumpstart her mornings with some tasty cold brew coffee.

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If your mother is essentially Java the Hutt, then you need to get her a cold brew coffee canister. By allowing your grinds to steep in the water instead of shocking them with a flash of heat, you brew a richer, full-bodied cup of joe with less of the bitter bite you may find in other brews. And this airtight Ovalware cold brew container keeps your coffee fresh and chilled in the fridge for up to two weeks!

Price: $35.99

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10) Pay her back for all those good snacks with Graze.

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If the mother figure in your life is a total foodie, you’ll definitely want to check out Graze. The online snack supplier sends hand-picked, healthier alternatives to your current snacking habits. And since they’re catered to an individual’s taste and preferences, Mom is guaranteed to love each and every delivery. Best of all, from now until Mother’s Day each new member gets a free 4-snack sample box when they use the code DAILYDOTFREE at checkout.

Price: $6.99 for the first box, $13.99 each after

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11) Pimsleur’s foreign language learning programs will inspire her wanderlust.

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For those of you that don’t know, Pimsleur is an online foreign language learning program. The system offers language classes in over 50 languages – from Arabic to Vietnamese and everything in-between! Pimsleur’s programs are so successful because each class is broken up into a 30-minute lesson. So your attention span doesn’t even have time to tap out before you’ve learned a new word or phrase. And by using its proven method, Pimsleur users are able to speak, understand and read in a new language effectively and efficiently.

Price: gift cards available in multiple denominations starting at $25 

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12) Give the homemade chef a run for her money with a Vitamix.

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The smoothing professionals like Starbucks and Jamba Juice reach for this weapon when they have to blend something. The motor blends whole vegetables, fruits, and ice into velvety smooth juice. It’s so strong it will heat a few ingredients into soup without the need for a stove. Everything from almond butter to sorbet and even pizza dough is only a few pulses away. If you’re looking for the best blender to see you through for decades, bet on Vitamix. It’ll have your mom shouting, “I can’t believe I made that!” every time she breaks it out.

Price: $225+

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13) Melt her stress away with this portable facial steamer.

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Some people go to the gym just to use the sauna – that is, if they’re lucky enough to have a gym with one. Others rarely get the chance to let themselves sweat out all the bad stuff they’ve come in contact with. But all of that is about to change thanks to the Nano Ionic facial steamer. The device, which weighs a little over three pounds, uses nanometer technology to spray a fine, moisturizing mist and steam to open pores. It has also been proven to help soften skin and promote collagen regeneration.

Price: $59.99

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.