We're sharing our all time favorites, as well as some new finds for 2018.
You're only a few short days away from one of the most important holidays of the year—the one where you celebrate the woman who brought you into this world. If you're short on ideas or need some delicious gifting inspiration, we've collected 20 Mother's Day gift ideas for moms who love to eat and cook (...and entertain and organize and sweat). Each gift is as unique and special as the your mom, so be sure to spoil her on her day.
For Moms Who Love to Entertain
If your mom sets color palettes and menus before guest lists and dates, her summer soirées deserve the Opalhouse home collection at Target. The bright bursts of bold pattern and captivating colors will fill any festive occasion with plenty of exciting decor. This beverage tub is a fresh, pastel take on the iconic party barrel that we all know and love. From $5-50, target.com
These cutting boards are famous (and adored by our editors) because they're made from a durable high-quality material that doesn't warp easily or absorb stains or smells. Their Pastry Stands, which are made from the same material as their cutting boards, make an ideal gift for moms who love spending hours crafting cakes—and thus deserve a stand worthy of their creation. $40-60, epicureancs.com
Maybe your mother is a big fan of the outdoors—when it comes to serving dinner, anyway. We'd venture to say that anything within this collection would make a great gift (or the whole collection, honestly), but we're particularly fond of the carafe. It's practically begging to be filled with Sunday mimosas or a brunch-ready Bloody Mary. $26, food52.com.
Any wine-loving mom will fall in love with Williams Sonoma's complete Vintner Cabernet wine glass collection. The finely crafted stemware looks like it's fit for a royal, and we all know that mom is truly the queen in your life. Replace an older set or finally gift her something that's matchy-matchy. $47.99 on sale, williams-sonoma.com.
Taking a party on the go? Happy hour doesn't have to stop once you head to the beach or a sunset picnic in the park—these dishwasher-friendly unbreakable wine glasses are a clear upgrade from plastic cups. $14.95, amazon.com
And the last of the wine-o trio is a $9 gadget that completely changes your daily pour: It's a three-in-one tool that helps you pour wine with a steady hand, aerates the wine itself, and is chilled to then cool your bottle without any dilution whatsoever. It's a must-have for any wine aficionado who enjoys the little details in life. $9, amazon.com.
For Moms Who Love Cooking (as Much as They Love Eating)
Written by our favorite mom, Everyday Whole Grains is a great gift for mothers who are passionate about feeding themselves and their family delicious, healthy, wholesome meals. Ann Taylor Pittman, Cooking Light's executive editor, spent months crafting dishes of all sorts from whole grains. What she created is a true masterpiece and will be admired for your mother (and those who eat her delicious cooking) for years to come. $25, amazon.com
If your mom doesn't already have a Dutch oven—or if she's in dire need of a replacement—we have the best news for you. A new brand has launched a classically designed and sturdy Dutch oven that is a fraction of the price of traditional Le Creuset models. Milo is a manufacturer based in California, and as of right now, the brand is launching with just a single model in a classic eggshell hue. This is a great first option for any home cook, and it's an affordable splurge for mom this Mother's Day. $95, milo.com.
Take it from us: You can never have too many Lodge cast-iron skillets. And thanks to their versatility, they're more trendy for the home cook than ever. From skillet cookies to pizzas, you can make just about anything in these multi-purpose pans, so stock mom's cabinets with a variety of sizes. Starting at $13, williams-sonoma.com
Mom is a master at whipping up fried eggs, grilled cheeses, and sautéed asparagus spears. It's time to treat her to a set of pans worthy of her skills. All-Clad's d3 Armor series, which is made in the USA, features special rivets or "bubbles" that make these sleek stainless steel pans stick-free. The Fry Pan is a great first piece for her collection, but you can also treat her to a Fish Pan or the Sauté Pan. Starting at $110, williams-sonoma.com
Mom probably has a few classic Le Creuset Dutch ovens in her arsenal, and is sure to be a fan of one of the most hyped kitchen brands that have ever existed. But the latest addition to the French retailer's list of must-haves is this stainless steel casserole, which our editors have noted is easier to clean and heats your slow-roasted dishes just as evenly as the original model. $179.95, surlatable.com.
Nearly any meal will instantly be upgraded when mom preps with this natural salt cooking block. Made with Himalayan salt crystals, the block naturally infuses flavor into all kinds of mains, like fish, meat, and veggies. You can also cook with it directly on the grill—plus, it's eye-catching in the best way possible. $25, amazon.com
So maybe you can't afford a brand new KitchenAid mixer for your mom this year (understandable, as they sell for upwards of $300). But if your mom is an avid baker—or she's hinted that she'd like help in the mixing department—Black+Decker just launched a line of super affordable kitchen appliances sold exclusively at Walmart. This hand mixer comes with a few different beaters, hooks, and whisks to get any job done, and unlike a classic KitchenAid mixer, it's extremely compact and can easily fit in any kitchen. $29.99, walmart.com.
For Moms Who Love Everything in a Neat Row
She already has the Dutch Oven, Pie Dish, and Cookbook Stand in coordinating colors. Why not add to her beloved Le Creuset collection with a set of these envy-inducing Storage Canisters? The five sizes and nine colors provide you endless opportunities for curating a customized collection she's sure to love. Starting at $25, lecreuset.com
One of the toughest challenges that any home cook faces is keeping fresh herbs in the fridge. This handy dandy gadget is the solution: It keeps mom's herbs fresh for up to two whole weeks, like magic. Plus, it eliminates clutter and the plastic bags that are often used to store herbs. $21.95, amazon.com.
Wish you could find the same gadget for fresh lettuce and veggies? No problem: the Progressive Lettuce Keeper is any kitchen maven's dream come true, as it keeps chopped and prepared veggies and lettuce fresh for up to 2 weeks. The nifty gadget uses a water reservoir to keep perishables as fresh as possible, and it's a great way to organize your crisper drawer. $12.99, amazon.com.
In the quest for counter space, there's simply never enough. And one of the appliances that hogs the most space? The coffee maker. That's why we got so excited when we tested this beautifully designed single-pot coffee maker that is as futuristic and seamless as its design. This Russell Hobbs model has nifty "showerhead" mechanism that evenly soaks grounds for better-tasting tasting coffee. Plus, the machine is extremely compact at just 11 inches wide and six inches thick. $129.99, amazon.com.
Cooking can often feel like a chore, but mom will look forward to whipping up dinner when she ties on an apron that makes a major fashion statement. We especially love this one for its sweet pastel coloring. (This one from Anthropologie is similar, $36).
For Moms Who Need to Be Pampered
If champagne is her preferred beverage, she's bound to love some bubbly in her bath. Antica Farmacista Prosecco Bubble Bath combines honey, aloe vera, green tea, and jojoba oil for a luxurious experience. Give her the afternoon off, and let her slip away into oblivion. $38, neimanmarcus.com
Pour her a glass (or two) of vino, hand her this gift, and let mom disappear into a wine-inspired moment of bliss. These all-natural vegan and gluten-free wine soaps are inspired by the "notes" of classic wines, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. $28/set of 4, uncommongoods.com
Because this matcha facial mud mask tackles pretty much everything—including blackheads, dryness, dull skin, acne, uneven tone, and lack of elasticity—it's a solid gift for anyone on your list. It utilizes volcanic mud vitamins and real matcha tea to nourish, balance, and brighten. Reviewers also say it smells incredible, is easy to remove, and leaves skin feeling "utterly refreshed" and "so smooth." $16, Amazon.com.
For Moms Who Love to Stay Fit
Thermos's 24-ounce Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid helps mom reach her daily hydration goals. Bluetooth technology in the lid syncs with her iPhone and/or a Fitbit to monitor her water temperature and intake. $60, thermos.com
There's nothing like a glass of freshly squeezed juice after a morning workout, but hitting Jamba Juice on the regular can get expensive. Mom will love the Hurom Slow Juicer for its small footprint, quick assembly, and easy-to-use instructions. Bonus? The gadget will separate the pulp away from fresh juice for easy cleanup. $299.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.
If mom is as serious about counting her steps as she is eating fresh, healthy foods year around, she deserves a Cooking Light subscription. And while you're at it, why not get one for yourself or a sibling, too? $16, cookinglight.com