The second Sunday in May is all about showing some appreciation to the mother figures in our lives. Of course, there are many ways to do this. You can spend some quality time together, cook a delicious vegan brunch, or bake a batch of homemade brownies as a special treat. And you could also buy them a special gift. Stuck for ideas? Whether you’re celebrating your mom, grandmother, an aunt, a friend, or any other mother figure this Mother’s Day, here are 31 gifts to consider. From bath bombs to vegan cookbooks to indoor herb gardens to cozy joggers, we’ve got something for everyone.
For moms that love: beauty, skincare, and fashion
1 Biossance cleansing oil
If your mom loves the ritual of nightly skincare, this lightweight facial cleansing oil is a great gift idea. Made with natural ingredients (including shark-free squalane), Biossance’s formula will help to not just cleanse skin and melt away makeup, but also soften and hydrate, too.
2 Coffee bath bomb
For those who like to relax at the end of a long week and pamper themselves with a luxurious hot bath, this coffee-scented, handmade bath bomb is a great pick. Infused with cocoa and shea butter, it will also help to hydrate, restore, and soothe skin, too.
3 Love Beauty and Planet body lotion
When it comes to self care, the right body lotion is essential. This rose-scented formula by Love Beauty and Planet is infused with soothing murumuru butter, which will also help to moisturize and condition skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth after use.
4 Brooklyn Botany brown sugar scrub
This gentle sugar scrub is ideal for those with sensitive skin, as it’s soft, but still effective, helping to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. It also has a moisturzing effect, and is mild enough to be used as a lip scrub, too.
5 Maui Moisture hair mask
It’s not just skin that needs a little TLC every now and again, hair can also benefit from some deep hydration, too. This vegan shea butter hair mask works to nourish strands and repair split ends. Plus it smells great.
6 Kinder Beauty Box subscription
Let Mom play with this vegan and cruelty-free beauty box. Co-curated by vegan actresses Daniella Monet and Evanna Lynch, Kinder sends sample-sized beauty products to Mom every month. It’s a fantastic way to discover new vegan brands and add a bit of fun to the beauty routine. Bonus: boxes start as low as $23 per month.
7 Lush Cosmetics gift set
This sustainable bath and beauty company isn’t all vegan, but it is 100 percent cruelty-free and conscious about its ingredient sourcing and packaging. The vegan-friendly bath bombs, massage bars, and velvety lotions are just what Mom needs for a little R&R. We love that they work as well as they smell—which is absolutely amazing.
8 Vegan leather handbag
One can never have enough handbags, especially for the mom on-the-go. There are plenty of vegan brands that offer gorgeous bags from cute clutches to Mary Poppins-style weekenders. Matt & Nat and Gunas are two of our favorites.
For moms that love: vegan food, wine, and cooking
9 Tabitha Brown’s cookbook: ‘Cooking from the Spirit’
Give the gift of delicious, joy-filled cooking, with Tabitha Brown’s latest cookbook Cooking from the Spirit. In this book, the much-loved social media personality talks through how to make delicious family-friendly plant-based recipes, including jackfruit pot roast and strawberry cheesecake cups.
10‘The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan’
Does Mom need a bit of a nudge to commit to that vegan lifestyle? Instead of a textbook-style starter guide, gift her our fun, 30-day guide. Each bite-sized chapter helps readers leap over a new hurdle—by the end of the book, all barriers to being vegan are completely removed. The guide also comes with thirty easy recipes to empower Mom to cook vegan on her own. Plus, it has cute pink doughnuts on it, so … that’s reason enough, really. (Pro tip: you can accompany this gift with actual vegan doughnuts courtesy of Karma Baker).
11 Wine subscription
For moms who love to spend weekend evenings relaxing on the couch with a cold glass of wine in hand, a vegan wine subscription is the ultimate gift. Purchase a membership for Vegan Wines’ Wine Club or order a subscription to organic vegan wine distributor Kind of Wild. Who knows? Perhaps she’ll share.
12 Vegan chocolate
There are so many brands of quality vegan chocolate both in stores and online, but our picks are Rayluca’s decadent vegan confections, Cocoa Parlor’s unique plant-based truffles, and essentially every vegan item at Laderach.
13Partake Foods’ soft baked vegan cookies
Another route to a mom’s heart? It has to be cookies. Made by Partake Foods, these chocolate peppermint soft-baked cookies are not just vegan, but they’re also allergen-free. And incredibly addictive.
14 Vegan cheese making kit
Nowadays, there are many vegan cheese products on the shelves. But if your mom loves to cook and challenge herself to try new things in the kitchen, the Big Vegan Cheese Making Kit—which makes everything from parmesan to mozzarella to halloumi to feta—is a great gift idea.
15 Gourmet vegan cheese
If your mom’s idea of fun is eating vegan cheese rather than making it, there are plenty of artisan vegan cheese shops right now, and many ship nationwide. At the highest end, there’s a subscription to SriMu (warning: it’s hard to step down after sampling these luxury cheeses). For variety, purchase a gift card or subscription to one of the many vegan cheesemongers such as New York’s Riverdel or Austin’s Rebel Cheese.
This isn’t a meal kit or a foodie box—it’s a starter package to explore new cuisines from the comfort of home. Choose from a plethora of countries—from South Korea to Ethiopia—and receive a box with spices, flours, and recipes to create authentic cultural cuisine with these staples. Make a day out of it and learn how to make injera from scratch or a Swedish meal of ärtsoppa with pannkakor (pea soup with crepes). Most boxes come with a vegan option. It’s a chance to learn and taste global cuisine without the travel headache.
17VegNews meal planner
Let’s get one thing straight: a meal planner is not a diet, it’s a helpful, no-pressure tool to help users eat and feel better. Our VegNews comprehensive vegan meal planner provides healthy recipes, grocery lists, moral support, and takes the guesswork out of what’s for dinner.
18 Vegan meal subscription
During spring 2021, VegNews editors tested 13 different vegan-friendly meal kits, and we keep this list updated on a quarterly basis. From fresh and convenient staples shipped directly from Hungryroot to meal helpers like Methodology, these kits helped us cut down on cooking time, reset our healthy eating habits, and opened our eyes to fantastic new dishes. Check out our comprehensive guide on vegan meal kits to find which one suits Mom best.
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19Gourmet foodie staples
For the avid baker, the nut butter aficionado, or the downright quirky Mom, there’s a luxury food item out there that will make her day. Moms who love to bake will thrill at a bottle of high-quality vanilla bean paste or natural extracts; the mom who goes through a jar of nut butter a week will delight in a jar of Big Spoon Roasters Tigerwalk Espresso Nut Butter; and Moms with a deep fondness for all things bread can even receive a bakery box full of German-style salted soft pretzels. These gourmet food gifts don’t fulfill a need; they’re complete decadence, and mom absolutely deserves them.
20Almond Cow plant-based milk maker
For the mom who’d love to DIY but is always short on time, this sleek vegan milk maker is just the thing. Forget straining and soaking—this machine churns out any kind of nut or oat milk in about 30 seconds with the push of a button. It’s nothing short of vegan magic.
For moms that love: gardening & nature
21‘The Foraging Bible for Beginners’ book
For those who love to get out in nature and take in all the different species of plants, this book is the ultimate guide to taking that hobby to the next level. It guides the reader through how to locate, identify, harvest, and even prepare edible wild plants.
22 Wildflower seed balls
If your mom takes pride in a pretty, diverse, and thriving garden, consider gifting this make-your-own wildflower seed ball kit. It’s great family fun, and the wildlife will thank you for it, too.
23 Organic herb garden kit
Maybe foraging isn’t quite your moms thing, but can can she get down with indoor gardening? If the answer is yes, then this organic herb kit comes with everything she could possibly need to start her own thriving window sill garden without having to leave the house.
For moms that love: being cozy
24 Pact organic joggers
Soft, comfy sweatpants are ideal for lounging around the house (perhaps cold glass of rosé in hand, with a box of vegan chocolate). Made with organic cotton, Pact’s airplane joggers are the perfect, sustainable choice.
25 Fair Indigo hoodie
Cozy sweatpants are one thing, but when it comes to comfy loungewear, a hoodie is also essential. Made with recycled materials, this Weekender Hoodie from Fair Indigo is stretchy, roomy, and incredibly soft.
26 Maggie’s Organics socks
Made with soft organic cotton, these Maggie’s Organics socks complete the cozy look. They’re also breathable, comfy, and loose-knit, making them ideal for lounging around on the couch in the evening.
27 Vegan lavender and vanilla candle
Nothing gives off cozy, hygge vibes like a candle. Made with soy wax, this Heartily Vegan candle is also designed to reduce stress and anxiety. Plus—the most important part—it smells delicious, too.
Not only does this eye mask effectively block light and noise, but it can also be chilled in the fridge to help relieve a headache. It’s machine washable and comes with a money-back guarantee on the off-chance mom doesn’t care for it. This is a perfect gift for new moms who need to catch a nap whenever they can.
29 UnHide blanket
UnHide defies the impossible—it’s made of fabric that is as chic as it is comfy. These neutral-shade throws are impossibly fuzzy and cozy but also lend a sense of style to any room. Offer to watch a movie with mom and she just might let you cuddle up like when you were a kid.
For moms that love: wellness
30Meditation app subscription
There’s no need to front a couple hundred dollars on a fancy spa retreat—give mom the gift of relaxation with guided meditation. Calm and Headspace are two popular services with stellar reviews. If you’ll allow us to be punny, this relaxing digital download puts the “om” in Mom.
31 Relaxing massage
While you don’t have to get mom a spa experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great gift. There are many chains that offer quality and affordable options such as Elements Massage or Massage Envy. If you can find a vegan-friendly spa in your area, even better. Book her a mid-morning session while you scramble to make her a special Mother’s Day brunch.