It doesn't really matter what you get your mom for Mother's Day -- she's going to smile and say she loves it. But after that initial glee from the bouquet of flowers and homemade card wears off, what is she left with? Instead of opting for the same old boring go-tos, be a little more creative (and practical) and gift mom something that she can actually use all year.
KITCHENAID CLASSIC STAND MIXER
Price: $280 | Buy it at Target
Let's be honest, there's really no other kitchen appliance more universally loved than the KitchenAid mixer. Whether mom is a pro or an amateur in the kitchen, she'll love all the unique treats she can whip up.
VOLUSPA CUT GLASS JAR CANDLE
Price: $28 | Buy it at Anthropologie
Candles often seem like a throw-away gift, but this intricately etched glass jar makes it a lovely piece of home decor even when the candle runs out. We recommend a calming scent like the French Cade Lavender.
Price: $57 | Buy it at Target
Never underestimate the power of a good blanket. Keep her warm and cozy with this soft throw. It has a chenille top with 100% cotton backing so you know the quality will keep it lasting for years.
Price: From $16 | Buy it on Shutterfly
A photo book is the perfect keepsake that's creative, easy, and cheap. She'll love flipping through the pages on more than one occasion. There are also tons of other personalized photo gift options such as mugs, calendars, ornaments, and more.
FAMILY RECIPE BOOK
Price: $8 | Buy it at Barnes & Noble
This one is simple and sentimental. Let her create her own anthology of family recipes to share with generations to come. This timeless book is full of empty pages to fill with delicious memories.
Price: $40 | Buy it at Petco
If there's anything a mother enjoys more than spoiling her child, it's spoiling her pet. Indulge her with this memory foam dog bed.
DESK SUCCULENT KIT
Price: $39 | Buy it at Eastern Leaf
An enclosed garden may be just the right gift for a mom with a green thumb. One of these miniature wonders can brighten her day at work or her favorite room at home. This kit from Eastern Leaf comes complete with three succulents, moss, and rocks, so it's ready to flourish from the get-go.
TILE STYLE TRACKER
Price: $34 | Buy it on Amazon
Is she always tearing up the house in search of her keys, purse, or other important items? Tile Style's Bluetooth trackers have a range of 200 feet -- double other Tiles -- and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Can't find her phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
ELLO HAMMERTIME TRAVEL MUG
Price: $18 | Buy it at Target
Most travel mugs aren't known for their style, but this vacuum-insulated option from Ello can keep her coffee piping hot for five hours and look good doing it. It will fit in cupholders for easy commutes and can be tossed in the dishwasher for even easier cleanup.
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CAPRESSO PERSONAL COFFEE MAKER
Price: $36 | Buy it on Amazon
One of Cheapism's best small appliances, this Capresso Personal Coffee Maker can simplify getting her morning fix when she's rushing out the door. This sleek stainless-steel coffee maker has a permanent filter for ground coffee but also accommodates prepackaged soft coffee pods. It comes with an insulated travel mug, or she can use her own.
Price: Starting at $30 | Buy it on Birchbox
Constantly trying new cosmetics and beauty products can be a pricey habit, but a monthly Birchbox makes discovering new products easy and economical. She'll get five curated product samples in each box, mailed to her door. Gift subscriptions start at $30 for three months.
A NEW DAY CANVAS WEEKENDER BAG
Price: $35 | Buy it at Target
This eye-catching striped weekender will stand out in a sea of boring black luggage. It has plenty of space inside to keep her organized, as well as double handles and an adjustable cross-body strap.
INSTANT POT DUO 6-QUART PRESSURE COOKER
Price: $99.95 | Buy it from Walmart
There’s still time for Mom to join the Instant Pot fan club. She’ll get an impressive six functions in one small appliance, including pressure cooker, steamer, and slow cooker.
GOWISE USA AIR FRYER
Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
Healthy fried food? Surely, you jest. This air fryer is the real deal -- from french fries to chicken wings, she'll love experimenting with her favorite fried treats with zero oil.
IN-HOME FOOT SPA
Price: $170 | Buy it on Brookstone
If your mom's daily routine includes lots of time on her feet, there might be no better gift than a heated hydro foot spa from Brookstone. Powered by four massaging jets, the underwater rejuvenator has three settings and comes with a water-resistant remote control, pumice stone, and brush.
ROCK JUNIPER BONSAI TREE
Price: $29 | Buy it on Eastern Leaf
Bonsai trees are mature, beautiful, delicate and strong -- sound like anyone you know? This miniature version, which has the same life cycle as a full-size tree, comes with a ceramic pot complete with a decorative stone.
FAMILY TREE OF HEARTS CANVAS
Price: $40 | Buy it on Gifts.com
This beautiful art canvas, finished with a distressed look and personalized with name-filled hearts, will represent not just her family's roots, but also its branches.
UGG DUFFIELD DOUBLE KNIT ROBE
Price: $125 | Buy it at Dillard's
Warm, cozy, and durable, this fleece-lined robe will be her go-to after a relaxing shower or just lounging around the house.
AEROGARDEN 7 LED INDOOR GARDEN WITH HERB SEED KIT
Price: $120 | Buy it on Amazon
Now she can garden year-round without having to worry about seasonal shifts in weather. This herb garden can grow up to seven plants at a time using hydroponic technology. The seed kit includes Genovese basil, Thai basil, cilantro, mint, curly parsley, chives, and dill.
FITBIT CHARGE 2 ACTIVITY TRACKER
Price: $149 | Buy it at Walmart
For the active mom, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a handy accessory that she'll appreciate. It has automatic wrist-based tracking all day for heart rate, calories burned, activity, and sleeping patterns.
MAGNOLIA TABLE: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES FOR GATHERING
Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
We may not all be as successful as Joanna Gaines, but we sure can try to cook like her. For the HGTV-loving mom, this recipe book from the hit show's fierce mama is full of family-inspired comfort food dishes that everyone is sure to love.
BIRTH MONTH FLOWER NECKLACE
Price: $48 | Buy it on UncommonGoods
Skip the heart-shaped, "I Love Mom" necklace and go with this more personal option. Each flower is sourced from around the world and set in silver-plated brass with a sterling silver chain. It's sweet, delicate, and thoughtful -- just like mom.
BAUBLEBAR BEADED TASSEL EARRINGS
Price: $13 | Buy them at Target
Mom needs a little splash of whimsy in her life every now and then, and these bright tassel earrings are just the thing to make her feel fun and fashionable. Available in nine colors, they're lightweight and perfect for day or evening wear.
AMAZON ECHO DOT
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
Give her the gift of hands-free convenience with the Amazon Echo Dot, which uses Alexa voice-recognition technology for a host of purposes. She can tell Alexa to play music, read the news, control connected smart-home gadgets, call a friend -- even order a pizza. Seven built-in microphones can listen for commands even in noisy rooms.
FURBO DOG CAMERA
Price: $199 | Buy it from Furbo
For the mom who hates being away from her pup for too long, this clever device keeps an eye on your pet, feeds them treats, and even lets you talk to them. It features an HD camera with night vision so they can see their dog day and night, a two-way chat/bark alert feature, and treat tosser -- all of which can be controlled remotely with an app.