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Practical Mother's Day Gifts from Amazon In 2023

May 05, 2023

By AnaMaria Glavan

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Mother's Day 2023 lands on Sunday, May 14. And while that seems like ample time to select, purchase, and wrap a gift, it's easy for the days to creep up on you — and then suddenly, it's an hour before brunch and you’re racing to buy a half-dead, overpriced bouquet of flowers.

It's easy to put off this gift-finding process because choosing a Mother's Day present is hard. What do you buy the person who raised you? Other than a swanky five-star vacation, it feels like an impossible task — especially if you’re not interested in draining your savings.

Thankfully, we’ve cracked the code. Before adding something to your virtual shopping cart, ask yourself the following question: Is this something practical Mom will use, or will it collect dust in a storage closet alongside childhood trophies and eternally boxed junk? The key is pinpointing everyday items and searching for ones with unique features — pajamas made from bamboo fabric for sweaty sleepers, blenders with sleek MoMa-worthy packaging for morning smoothies, Zenon-level mugs that keep coffee at the perfect temperature, and so on.

Below, you’ll find a list of the best practical gifts on Amazon. These selections were intentionally curated with Mom in mind — products she will genuinely love and use every single day.

Bring Italian cafe culture to Mom's kitchen with the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker. This under-$50 gift is made from top-grade stainless steel to withstand heavy use, and the gorgeous copper coloring means it won't be an eyesore on kitchen countertops (and therefore won't have to be shoved to the back of a cabinet when not in use).

The Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Speaker will last thanks to a solid silicone exterior that won't show signs of wear and tear — even if it's been dropped more times than you wish to count. Plus, if Mom is of the "let me call you back because my cell phone is on three percent" variety, you’ll be thrilled to know that a single 20-minute charge equals five hours of playtime (with a full charge providing more than 20 hours of uninterrupted listening).

The Beast Blender + Hydration System is a two-fold kitchen gift. The blender looks incredibly chic thanks to a sleek, minimalist base and grooved glass container, but the hero of this product is its sound — or rather, its lack thereof. Blending smoothies, shakes, and sauces no longer needs to wake up the neighbors; the motor is quick and efficient yet shockingly quiet. This set comes with an equally luxe infusion water bottle, too, so Mom can make flavored bevs with ease.

The Lafco Scented Reed Diffuser comes packaged in a stunning hand-blown glass votive, and while this is a splurge at $135, the essential oil formula provides fragrance for up to a year. If you’re stuck on which scent to choose, our recommendation is chamomile lavender; it's a soothing blend that's noticeable without bothering sensitive noses.

There's nothing worse than lukewarm coffee. Thankfully, the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug remedies that problem by keeping hot liquids at a consistent temperature for up to 80 minutes. You can raise or lower the temperature when paired with the accompanying app or, if Mom has limited storage space on her phone (same), the mug maintains 135 degrees Fahrenheit right out of the box.

Give the gift of blowouts sans arm pain with Drybar's Single Shot Blow Dryer, a hot tool that delivers sleek, shiny styles with its heated round-brush design. There are three temperature settings (cool, medium, and high) and the 2.25-inch barrel size is perfect for adding volume to layers or creating soft waves. The bright yellow color looks pretty darn cute, too.

A warning that you might feel inclined to keep this Cozy Earth Short Sleeve Pajama Set for yourself. This super soft bamboo-based viscose washes well, has a ton of stretch, and naturally regulates temperature for eight hours of cool and comfortable sleep. The simple design and neutral hues mean it suits any personal style, too, making it the perfect gift for picky moms.

Phlur Hamani is love at first spritz thanks to its masterful blend of sweet and spicy. With top and heart notes of fig, bergamot, hazelnut, and white florals and a base of sandalwood, vetiver, and musk, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better contender for Mom's new signature scent.

Pedicures while binging the latest season of [insert Mom's favorite reality show here] are possible thanks to Homedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa. It's designed with raised nodes and water jets for a gentle foot massage, a built-in pumice stone to exfoliate and remove calluses, and a splash guard to keep floors mess-free. Consider this a salon-quality product that reaps salon-quality results.

We realize that robes aren't an earth-shatteringly unique gift, but answer this question: How is Mom's decades-old robe doing? You know the one with all the pilling and permanent stains? Yeah, we thought so. The Ugg Duffield Robe is a shawl-collar upgrade crafted with fleece lining for the feel of a wearable plush blanket. The belted waist and hidden pockets make this cute and practical.

The Tocca Wonders Collection is perfect for the jet-setting, always-on-the-go mama. It comes beautifully packaged with six TSA-friendly versions of their signature scents: Florence (bergamot, pear, gardenia), Cleopatra (grapefruit, jasmine, vanilla musk), Stella (Italian blood orange, freesia, spicy lily), Giulietta (green apple, pink tulips), Simone (watermelon, ylang ylang, frangipani), and Colette (bergamot, sandalwood, pink peppercorn).

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Mom is not above TikTok trends, OK? We’re confident she’ll love the Stanley Quencher Tumbler just as much as the rest of us. This insulated tumbler is the golden standard of water bottles — its vacuum insulation keeps liquids cold or hot for hours, an ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold, it's dishwasher-safe, and it uses a rotation cover lid to prevent leaks and keep a reusable straw in place.

Stock Mom's beauty cabinet with Dermalogica's Discover Healthy Skin Kit, a simple four-step routine consisting of a pre-cleanse, cleansing gel, exfoliant, and moisturizer. These products seamlessly remove makeup and leave behind a dewy, hydrated canvas, with the beloved daily microfoliant cast as the star of the show — it sloughs away dead skin cells without exacerbating redness and irritation.

Portable chargers are typically far too bulky to be practical, which is where the iWalk Mini Portable Charger outshines its competition. This has a built-in cable so you don't have to lug around additional wires, but the real winning feature is its size — comparable to that of a lipstick tube.

Tatcha The Starter Ritual Set comes in three variations, all custom-built according to complexion type. The normal-to-dry option, for example, comes with a nourishing camellia cleansing oil, a rice polish water-activated exfoliant, a hydrating essence, a gel-cream moisturizer, and a moisture-locking eye cream — all beloved Tatcha skin-care staples that thousands of reviewers praise for their consistent results.

Nothing says luxury quite like silk — and the Lunya Silk Bias Slip Dress is no exception. Crafted from 100-percent mulberry silk, this ultra-soft fabric is commonly used in silk pillowcases for its thermoregulating qualities (it's excellent for hot sleepers). Plus, the adjustable straps of the dress ensure a tailor-made fit.

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