6 Facts About International Women's Day

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For more than 100 years, March 8th has marked what has come to be known as International Women's Day in countries around the world. While its purpose differs from place to place—in some countries it's a day of protest, in others it's a way to celebrate the accomplishments of women and promote gender equality—the holiday is more than just a simple hashtag. Ahead of this year's celebration, let's take a moment to explore the day’s origins and traditions.

1. International Women's Day originated more than 100 years ago.

German Communist leader Clara Zetkin (1857 - 1933), known as Red Clara, and a companion
German Communist leader Clara Zetkin with a companion.
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On February 28, 1909, the now-dissolved Socialist Party of America organized the first National Woman's Day, which took place on the last Sunday in February. In 1910, Clara Zetkin—the leader of Germany’s 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party—proposed the idea of a global International Women's Day, so that people around the world could celebrate at the same time. On March 19, 1911, the first International Women's Day was held; more than 1 million people in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Denmark took part.

2. The celebration got women the vote in Russia.

Women marching during the Russian Revolution in 1917, demanding the right to vote.
Women marching during the Russian Revolution in 1917, demanding the right to vote.
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In 1917, women in Russia honored the day by beginning a strike for "bread and peace" as a way to protest World War I and advocate for gender parity. Czar Nicholas II, the country's leader at the time, was not impressed and instructed General Khabalov of the Petrograd Military District to put an end to the protests—and to shoot any woman who refused to stand down. But the women wouldn't be intimidated and continued their protests, which led the Czar to abdicate just days later. The provisional government then granted women in Russia the right to vote.

3. The United Nations officially adopted International Women's Day in 1975.

International Women's Day demonstrations in Italy
International Women's Day demonstrations in Italy.
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In 1975, the United Nations—which had dubbed the year International Women's Year—celebrated International Women's Day on March 8th for the first time. Since then, the UN has become the primary sponsor of the annual event and has encouraged even more countries around the world to embrace the holiday and its goal of celebrating "acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities."

4. International Women's Day is an official holiday in dozens of countries.

Afghan women attend a ceremony to mark International Women's Day, on March 8, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan
Women attend a ceremony to mark International Women's Day in Herat, Afghanistan.
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International Women's Day is a day of celebration around the world, and an official holiday in dozens of countries. Afghanistan, Cuba, Vietnam, Uganda, Mongolia, Georgia, Laos, Cambodia, Armenia, Belarus, Montenegro, Russia, and Ukraine are just some of the places where March 8th is recognized as an official holiday.

5. International Women's Day is a combined celebration with Mother's Day in several places.

Celebrating International Women's Day with flowers and gifts
Celebrating International Women's Day with flowers and gifts.
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In the same way that Mother's Day doubles as a sort of women's appreciation day, the two holidays are combined in some countries, including Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan. On this day, children present their mothers and grandmothers with small gifts and tokens of love and appreciation.

6. Each year's International Women's Day festivities have an official theme.

International Women's Day March 8th
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In 1996, the UN created a theme for that year's International Women's Day: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future. In 1997, it was "Women at the Peace Table," then "Women and Human Rights" in 1998. They've continued this themed tradition in the years since; for 2020, it's "Let's all be each for equal" or #EachforEqual.

10 Unique Mother's Day Gifts for $30 or Less

Harvard Common Press/Roku/Amazon
Harvard Common Press/Roku/Amazon

Since becoming an official U.S. holiday in 1914, Mother's Day has staked its claim as the busiest day of the year for the restaurant and floral industries, and is the third-largest day of the year for greeting card companies. In 2019, it was estimated that Americans would spend $25 billion on flowers, dinners, shows, and all the other Mother's Day staples.

But that doesn't mean you need to spend a lot to show mom you care. Whether your mom has a green thumb, loves the great outdoors, or just likes to treat herself, we've rounded up 10 unique Mother's Day gifts you can pick up this year for $30 or less.

1. Bath & shower cupholder; $14

The SipCaddy on Amazon.

Make your mom’s bath time ritual just a little more luxurious by helping bring her favorite beverage right into the tub. This portable bath and shower caddy can hold beer cans, wine glasses, and even some cups and mugs, and it’s sturdy enough to hold up to 7 pounds on most tiled surfaces, thanks to the powerful suction cup. And when the inevitable spill happens, it's dishwasher-safe, so your mom won’t have to lift a finger to get it clean.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Women Who Dared Wineglasses; $16 each

Women Who Dared wine glasses from Uncommon Goods.
Uncommon Goods

Your mom can celebrate some of history’s other great women with these inspiring wineglasses. Honoring Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, and Sojourner Truth, each stemless wineglass features the signature and writings of their dedicated feminist icon, along with an image that symbolizes their most significant accomplishment. With this gift, you can “toast to women who dare to challenge social norms and push for progress.” That, of course, should include your own Mother’s Day heroine.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

3. Harry Potter Knitting Magic Book; $18

Harry Potter Knitting Book on Amazon.
Insight Editions/Amazon

If your mom’s a Harry Potter fan who just so happens to love knitting, look no further. This magical book features more than 25 projects based on the classic Harry Potter movies, and the patterns range from clothing items (like a Weasley Christmas sweater) to “movie keepsakes” (like a miniature, knitted version of Hedwig). Each pattern is accompanied by original costume sketches, fun facts about the movies, and behind-the-scenes stories, making it a better gift than even a Hogwarts letter. Include some sewing supplies (like this Artika Sewing Kit) along with the book to make sure your mom is fully stocked for her first project.

Buy it: Amazon

4. The Little Women Cookbook; $14

Little Women Cookbook
Harvard Common Press/Amazon

Inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s cherished novel, this cookbook features recipes for the meals that play a prominent role in Little Women. Its five chapters include over 50 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more, so whether your Marmee wants to make the same blancmange and strawberries that Jo (attempted) to make Laurie for dinner or Amy’s picnic lemonade, she’ll be ready. Bonus points if you bring your mom this book along with breakfast in bed (extra bonus points if you don’t burn your mom’s omelet like the March sisters did).

Buy it: Amazon

5. Herb Garden Starter Kit; $30

Herb Garden Starter Pack on Amazon.

Help your mom find her green thumb with this “Herbs in the Burbs” starter kit, which includes organic, non-GMO seeds for cilantro, thyme, parsley, and basil plants, along with potting soil discs, burlap grow bags, plant markers, and a set of shears. You can even use the packaging as a planter box. With this kit, your mom will have fresh herbs all year long—and because they can grow either inside or outside, she’ll never have to go farther than the nearest windowsill to get them.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Roku Express; $30

Roku Express on sale on Amazon.

Not all moms are tech-savvy, but they all deserve to be able to watch what they want, whenever they want. Take the guesswork out of streaming with this Roku Express media player. The simple HDMI cable plugs into the TV, giving your mom instant access to free, live, and premium shows. She can stream from all of her favorite TV apps, including Prime, Netflix, and Disney Plus, and the included remote makes finding her favorite show a snap. Now whenever anyone asks, “Where’s the remote?” you’ll know that it’s probably with mom.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Cold Brew Coffee Maker Kit; $25

Cold Brew Kit on Amazon.
Craft Connections Co.

This cold brew kit is the perfect gift for any mom who’s always on the go … so long as she’s had her coffee first. To prep this cold brew, all your mom needs to do is pour some coarse ground coffee into the kit’s stainless steel filter basket, fill the half-gallon Mason jar with water, cap it with the self-sealing lid, and set it in the fridge to steep overnight. To up the ante on her coffee game, she can check out the included book, which features more than 60 recipes for a delicious morning beverage (it even includes a background on coffee and some fun facts on everyone’s favorite bean). Most pre-ground beans are too fine for cold brew, so save your mom a trip to the store by including a coffee grinder and a bag of whole bean coffee in her Mother’s Day gift bag.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Camping Hammock; $30

A camping hammock on Amazon.
Wise Owl/Amazon

Even outdoorsy moms want to relax after a long day of hiking. Give her a bed softer than the forest floor with this comfy camping hammock from Wise Owl Outfitters. The hammocks come in a wide range of colors—so your mom can relax in style—and they’re made of heavy-duty parachute nylon, meaning they’re durable, too. The hammocks are set up using adjustable straps (no knot-tying or hammering involved) and when they’re ready to be taken down, they can be rolled into their carrying case for easy storage. A single hammock weighs only a pound, and they won’t weigh down your adventurous mom as she takes on the wilderness.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Essential Oil Diffuser; $30

Zen Breeze diffuser on Amazon.
Zen Breeze/Amazon

Bring the spa to your mom with the oil diffuser that makes every day feel like a luxury vacation. This Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser is compatible with most essential oils, and it can run nonstop or on a timer to give your mom her perfect amount of Zen. The diffuser includes an LED band that has 14 different colors (she can set it to her favorite or cycle through them all), so it acts as a soft lamp for day or night. And it has an auto-shutoff safety feature that turns the diffuser off once the water levels get too low. For moms who love to treat themselves, this gadget will save them a trip (and some money) to the local wellness center.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Jade Face Roller; $22-$28

EDIVA jade face roller on Amazon.

Your mom will feel great from the inside-out with this jade roller from eDiva on Amazon. The roller can reduce dark eye circles and puffiness, tighten the skin, and even help with muscle tension. And the stones are 100 percent jade, providing a natural beauty experience that doesn’t use any harmful chemicals or artificial products.

If your mom wants something a little different, check out this rose quartz roller from Uncommon Goods. Rose quartz represents self-love in Chinese culture, and what better way for your mom to celebrate herself (and give her skin a much-needed facial massage) than with this handy tool? Using this roller only takes a couple of minutes, so it’s a great treat for even the busiest of ladies.

Buy it: Amazon, Uncommon Goods

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60 Mother's Day Gifts to Give Every Type of Mom

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Amazon/Chaco/Simon and Schuster/The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

This Mother's Day, give your mom a gift she'll love. Here are a few of our suggestions for gifts for every type of mom, from coffee lovers to skincare enthusiasts to Doctor Who fanatics.

For Moms Who Love to Cook

1. Compact swivel cheeseboard; $64

Cheeseboard on UncommonGoods

Coming in both 13-inch and 17-inch versions, this cheeseboard unfolds from a wedge shape to a fully circular board when it's time to serve. Great for saving space, each segment unfolds onto a different tier, making it easy to separate cheeses from the fruits and crackers. Plus, it comes with a fork and knife set for cutting and spreading. When you're all done, put the utensils in the built-in drawer and fold the whole thing back up.

Find it: UncommonGoods

2. 15-Piece Cuisinart Knife Set; $45

Cuisinart Knife Set.

Everyone needs a dependable knife set in the kitchen, and it doesn't get much better than Cuisinart. With decades of experience making top-of-the-line kitchen essentials, it's no surprise that their 15-piece knife set is one of the top-rated on Amazon. Here, you get 12 stainless-steel blades, along with sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and a holding block.

Find it: Amazon

3. Mason Jar Herb Garden; $20

Mason jars with herbs growing out of them on a windowsill

Sarah Burrows and Nick Behr, UncommonGoods

These mason jars are a cute way to grow herbs. Simply add water and find a nice sunny spot for the plants to grow—the jars have an interior hydroponic system that makes sure the plants get the right amount of moisture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

4. Chop Wizard; $30

A Chop Wizard with an onion in it near a tomato, a red bell pepper, a carrot, and a stalk of celery

Vidalia Chop Wizard, Amazon

If your mom is looking to save some time in the kitchen, this device will make quick work of dicing up onions, peppers, or any other vegetable in need of chopping.

Find it: Amazon

5. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; $20

The cover of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'

Simon & Schuster, Amazon

If your mom was a big fan of Netflix's Salt Fat Acid Heat with chef Samin Nosrat, give her the cookbook that started it all. This innovative cookbook (which features 100 core recipes with endless spin-offs) teaches home chefs how to harness the four elements of cooking—salt, fat, acid, and heat—for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

6. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit; $35

Hot sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit comes with gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything needed to make six 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

For Moms Who Love Coffee and Tea

7. Animal-Shaped Tea Infuser Set; $20

Tea infusers shaped like a platypus, a shark, a squirrel, a monkey, and an elephant with a cup of tea

Tilevo, Amazon

These charming animal-shaped silicone devices can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked onto the side of a mug to steep. The five-piece set comes with a shark, a monkey, a platypus, an elephant, and a squirrel.

Find it: Amazon

8. Death Wish Coffee; $20

A bag of Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Coffee Co., Amazon

If your mom is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce her to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 708 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

Find it: Amazon

9. Heat-Changing Constellation Mug; $16

Two mugs showing the before and after look of the heat-changing mug with constellations on it

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This mug just shows a blank starry sky, but with a little hot liquid, constellations will appear.

Find it: Amazon

10. Blooming Tea Flowers and Teapot Set; $48

Flower Pot Tea Company, The Grommet

These tea-infused flowers blossom when they're placed in hot water, creating a beautiful (and delicious) teatime experience. Each flower is good for about three infusions, and you can choose two flavors from six options. The set comes with a glass teapot with a built-in wire filter.

Find it: The Grommet

11. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System; $180

The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System on a countertop

Ninja, Amazon

Whether your mom is a coffee snob, a tea connoisseur, or a latte lover, Ninja's all-purpose brew machine can do it all. The smart system can detect whether it's brewing tea or coffee and adjust water temperatures accordingly, can make specialty drinks with frothed milk, and can make cold brew in just a few minutes. It has a delay-brew function and can be adjusted to make everything from a single cup of coffee to a travel mug to half a carafe to a whole carafe. Though there's a cheaper glass-carafe version, both Mental Floss Editor in Chief Erin McCarthy and Associate Editor Shaunacy Ferro swear by the slightly pricier model with a thermal carafe, which can keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Find it: Amazon or Walmart

For Moms Who Are Into Wellness

12. Fitbit Inspire HR; $100

The Inspire line packs a lot of features in to a small band that doesn't take up too much wrist real estate. The sleek bracelet keeps track of heart rate, steps, and sleep patterns, among other health information. It can also guide the wearer through breathing exercises based on their heart rate, keeps track of pace and distance in real-time, and automatically recognizes different types of exercise. Oh, and it is waterproof, so it works in the swimming pool. If mom doesn't love the original band, Fitbit also makes plenty of alternative accessories that will allow her to personalize and dress up her tracker.

Find it: Amazon

13. N.O.W. Mindfulness Tone Therapy System; $179

The N.O.W. meditation kit with speakers

Solu, The Grommet

Solu’s N.O.W. (New Origin Waveforms) meditation speakers are designed to help the user attain inner peace in a cacophonous world. The dual speakers generate calming tones that are designed to aid in focus. The relaxing tones, which never repeat, play for three minutes, then shut off automatically, giving mom the perfect moment of calm.

Find it: The Grommet

14. Running Belt; $20

A woman slides an iPhone into her running belt

Build & Fitness, Amazon

Running with a smartphone can be tricky, what with the lack of pockets. This subtle fanny pack offers a zippered belt to store items while jogging.

Find it: Amazon


Water infuser sold on Amazon.
Infusion Pro/Amazon

Fruits like strawberries and lemons can give water a nice little kick. This water bottle has a chamber for fruits and vegetables that give the water a refreshing taste.

Find it: Amazon

16. My Athlete Subscription Box; $20 to $51/month

If your mom loves to hit the gym, then get her a box filled with goodies that will make her workout even better. The My Athlete Box from Cratejoy is a monthly subscription service that sends out healthy snacks, apparel, and fitness and beauty products geared toward women. If your mom has a particular athletic passion, you can also choose a more tailored subscription box—Cratejoy offers subscriptions for hikers, yogis, jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, cyclists, tennis players, lifters, and more. (See the site’s full health and fitness options here.)

Find it: Cratejoy

17. Sunski Sunglassess; $58

Sunski Sunglasses on Amazon.

These stylish, durable sunglasses are lightweight (they're made with polycarbonate), and, thanks to flexible arms, they stay put on your face—they won't slide down your mom's nose during a workout. They're not so expensive that mom will be kicking herself if she breaks them, but even if she does, it's not a big deal: They come with a lifetime warranty.

Find it: Amazon

18. Chaco Women's Outcross Evo 1 Hiking Shoe; $64-$99

Chaco hiking shoes for women on Amazon.

These hiking sneakers slip on and off easily, breathe well (and dry quickly) thanks to a mesh upper, and are built to endure serious wear and tear, so mom will get great use out of them.

Find it: Amazon

For DIY Enthusiast Moms

19. Candle-Making Kit; $46

DIY Candle-Making Kit on Amazon.
Blue Aurra

This kit has everything you need to make your own candles at home. From fragrances to different dyes, your mom will be in complete control of the four candles she wants to make

Find it: Amazon

20. Fix It Kit; $30

This vegan leather case pretty much has all the tools your mom might need to fix things around the house. The case, which comes in black or pink, contains a hammer, flashlight, long-nose pliers, tape measure, screwdriver, interchangeable handle, four sockets, 10 screwdriver bits, and a socket extension.

Find it: UncommonGoods

21. Geometric Terrarium; $21

Glass terrarium on sale on Amazon.

Why give mom flowers when you can give her a DIY garden that will let her express her creative side? This glass geometric case can house all sorts of succulents, moss, cacti or any other items your mom wants to pack inside. KooK, the company behind the terrarium, also suggests you put a candle and colorful stones inside for some unique home decor.

Find it: Amazon

22. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures; $17

The cover of 'The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures'

Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon

This how-to book from Alexandra Redgrave and Jessica Hundley is designed to teach the reader how to be an expert at all of life’s tasks, from the simple (brewing the perfect cup of coffee) to the utilitarian (reading the night sky). In each of the five sections—kitchen, outdoors, home, gardening, and grooming—your mom can find numerous projects that will allow her to “experience the singular satisfaction of doing it yourself.”

Find it: Amazon

23. Beer Making Kit; $38

A beer making kit in a box next to a grain mixture that says 'Everyday IPA'

Brooklyn Brew Shop, Amazon

Beer tastes so much better when someone you know brewed it. This kit provides everything needed to create an IPA right at home. With replacement ingredients, the whole kit is reusable.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Are Skincare Obsessives

24. Conair Double-Sighted Lighted Makeup Mirror; $52

A round makeup mirror with a lighted edge

Conair, Amazon

Light-up mirrors are so helpful, your mother is going to wonder why you didn't buy her one sooner. The ring around the mirror gives off a natural hue with LED lights—with low, medium, and bright settings operated by touch control—and offers magnification that helps her see tiny details for precise makeup application. Oh, and it's great for selfie lighting, too.

Find it: Amazon

25. 2-IN-1 BODY LOTION CANDLE; $29.00

Uncommon Goods candle
Uncommon Goods

This lotion—which is packed with coconut oil, botanical oils, and vitamins A, K, and E—begins its life as a candle. As the "wax" melts, it can be applied to a user's hands, face, and skin to breathe new life into it.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

26. Nature Republic Sheet Mask Variety Pack; $8

A selection of Korean face masks in individual packages

Nature Republic, Amazon

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mom will love these luxurious pre-moistened sheet masks from Korean beauty staple Nature Republic. This variety pack comes with 10 masks in great smells like aloe, cucumber, green tea, and avocado. (If you know your mom really loves face masks, we also recommend this massive 100-pack of Korean masks for just $40.)

Find it: Amazon

27. Bath Bomb Gift Set; $27

A set of bath bombs in a gift box

LifeAround2Angels, Amazon

Bath bombs can be a pricey luxury, but this set offers 12 for just $27. The scents included are angel, black raspberry vanilla, shower, beach, kiwi strawberry, lavender, lemongrass green tea, love, mango papaya, melon ball, shea and coconut, and Victorian rose.

Find it: Amazon

28. PEACE OUT Microneedling Dark Spot Brightening Dots; $28

Not everyone can afford laser treatments to minimize dark spots caused by aging, sun, or acne. If getting a laser session for mom is out of the question, PEACE OUT’s budget-friendly alternative will make a great gift. The patch’s microneedles deliver a type of Vitamin B called nacinamide, skin-brightening licorice extract, and tranexamic acid directly into the skin; all mom has to do is press the patch, microneedle side down, onto clean skin for 10 seconds, then leave on overnight. Doing so twice over two weeks, for four treatments total, will visibly lighten dark spots.

Find it: Sephora

For Moms Who Love to Travel

29. Shrimp Travel Pillow; $12

A shrimp-shaped pillow


Have a humor-loving mother who loves to fly but hates neck trouble? This neck pillow will help mid-flight naps be more comfortable—and best of all, it looks like a gigantic shrimp. For Francophiles, there's also a croissant version. (If your mom wouldn't be caught dead with plush seafood around her neck, the compact, unobtrusive Trtle travel pillow is an excellent low-key choice.)

Find it: Amazon

30. Scratch-Off World Map; $14

A scratch-off map of the world

Landmass Goods, Amazon

Travelers can mark their progress on this world map by using a coin to scratch off areas of the map after they've visited. After enough trips, the maps will turn from gold to Technicolor.

Find it: Amazon

31. Pack This! List; $7

A notepad that reads "Pack This!" at the top with checklists underneath

Knock Knock, Amazon

When packing, it's good to have a mother around to ask "did you remember to bring … ?" But who helps mothers pack? This helpful pad lists out all the usual things that someone might want to bring on a trip.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love Books

32. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy; $40

Reading in the bath is a lot easier with a place to put the book. This bamboo stand balances over the lip of the tub and even has a place for a glass of wine.

Find it: Paper Source


Book poster
Enno Vatti/Amazon

Like the scratch-off map, this poster lets the owner show off. The chart has 100 "essential novels" with gold covers. As your mom works her way through the books, she can scratch off the foil and reveal a new cover underneath.

Find it: Amazon

34. Bicycle Book Ends; $65

Two bicycle-shaped book ends with four hardcover books between them

Eric Gross, UncommonGoods

These carbon steel bookends look like a bicycle, suggesting that each book is a journey.

Find it: UncommonGoods

35. Tequila Mockingbird; $11

The cover of 'Tequila Mockingbird' shows an illustrated bird perched on a martini glass

Running Press Adult, Amazon

Fans of literature and puns will be tickled by this clever book, which features cocktail recipes with names inspired by classic books. There are 65 recipes in total along with blurbs about the books' history, recipes for bar snacks, and charming illustrations.

Find it: Amazon

36. STORIARTS Book-Themed Infinity Scarf; $48

An infinity scarf with text all over it

STORIARTS, The Grommet

Whether your mom is a fan of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl, or Louisa May Alcott, STORIARTS has the scarf for her. The literary-themed jersey cotton infinity scarves come in a variety of colors and fonts designed to match the text it celebrates, from “The Raven” to “A Tale of Two Cities, to The Little Prince.

Find it: The Grommet

For High-Tech Moms

37. Amazon Echo Show; $130

An Amazon Echo display.

The Amazon Show works similarly to any of the Echo products—it can run smart devices, answer questions, and play music. But its 8-inch HD screen makes a perfect display for mom's own collection of photos and videos that she can upload. It's also an easy way to hold video chats if you can't celebrate Mother's Day with her in person.

Find it: Amazon

38. eufy BoostIQ Slim RoboVac ; $160


This ultra-slim robot vacuum from eufy can handle tough spots on hardwood floors or carpets, thanks to its powerful suction. But that doesn't mean it's a loud machine; the eufy runs quietly, so mom can have it on in the background while she works or watches TV. And since it heads back into its charging station on its own once it's out of juice, there's not a whole lot she'll have to do other than admire the spotless floors once it's done.

Find it: Amazon

39. Tile Bluetooth Tracking Tags; $95

Tile GPS Trackers on Amazon

Save your mom the trouble of searching for missing belongings with tracking devices for her keychain and wallet. Tile trackers connect to an app via Bluetooth so that the user can easily locate them. The combo pack comes with two Tile Mate keychain trackers and two Tile Slim trackers designed to be slipped into a wallet or bag or stuck to a laptop.

Find it: Amazon

40. Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera; $67

A Fujifilm instant camera on a table with several printed photos

Fujifilm, Amazon

This fun, brightly colored camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cubicle or on the fridge. The four-piece starter bundle comes with enough film for 10 prints, a carrying case, a strap, and batteries.

Find it: Amazon

41. ECHO DOT; $30

The Echo Dot is the perfect virtual assistant for all your smart home needs. Moms just need to say "Alexa," and they can turn smart devices off and on, order pizza, or call a cab.

Find it: Amazon

42. Oculus Go VR Headset; $228

A light gray Oculus Go headset

Oculus, Amazon

Proof that we're living in the future: Virtual reality is now a thing, and it's relatively affordable. This lightweight headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment, playing 360-degree games, videos, and images. It has social features that allow users to watch movies together, play a game, or meet up in virtual reality—get one for yourself, too, so you and mom can get some face-to-face time when you're far from home.

Find it: Amazon

For Audiophile Moms

43. DOSS Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $28

A portable speaker on a table with people eating pizza and drinking beer in the background

DOSS, Amazon

Give mom the gift of some sweet tunes with this Bluetooth speaker. Though runs for less than $30 on Amazon, it punches above its weight in terms of sound quality. It offers impressive stereo sound and enhanced bass on the move. With 12 hours of battery time and a weight of just over 1 pound, it's perfect for the park, the camp ground, or a backyard barbeque.

Find it: Amazon

44. Music Transposition Ring; $17

This ring comes with a music transposition chart that can be kept on hand at all times. The lovely homage to music theory is both fashionable and practical.

Find it: UncommonGoods

45. JBL Noise-Cancelling Headphones; $150

A pair of black wireless headphones

JBL, Amazon

As much as your mom loves you and your family, she probably needs some peace and quiet occasionally. Give her the ability to tune out the chaos of the world with sound-cancelling wireless headphones. These wireless JBL headphones boast Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility and 30 hours of battery life, and were one of CNET's best noise-cancelling headphones for 2019.

Find it: Amazon

For Geeky Moms

46. Doctor Who Cookbook; $13

The cover of the 'Doctor Who' cookbook

Harper Design, Amazon

Have a Whovian for a mother? Now she can make all kinds of meals and treats loosely based on the popular franchise. The cookbook comes with 40 time-bending recipes to try.

Find it: Amazon

47. Geologic Time Mug; $16

Unemployed Philosopher's Guild geologic mug.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

With this geologic time scale mug from the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild, your mom can observe billions of years of Earth's history all while sipping her morning coffee. And once she downs her precious java, she'll be treated to the engraving of a trilobite fossil at the bottom of the mug. From the formation of the planet (called the Hadean Eon) to today's Anthropocene age, this is probably the most informative coffee mug on the market (outside of one that says "World's Best Mom," of course).

Find it: Amazon


Solar System necklace.

Deck your mom out in jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch bib necklace contains high-quality digital images of the sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and, of course, Pluto. Each necklace is also handmade, for a more personal touch.

Find it: UncommonGoods


Game of Thrones wine glasses.

Celebrate your mom's love of George R.R. Martin's fantasy epic with this set of Game of Thrones wine glasses, each of which features the sigil of the major houses of Westeros.

Find it: HBO

For Moms Who Love Animals

50. Boston Terrier Umbrella; $23

A clear umbrella with a black-and-white design of two French bulldogs on it

SMATI, Amazon

This umbrella has a bubble shape that allows your mom to protect her face from oncoming rain. It's clear so she can still see while walking, but is adorned with two fun illustrations of Boston terriers. (There is also a cat version.)

Find it: Amazon

51. Pet DNA Test; $99

Cat DNA-testing kits on Amazon.

If your mom is a proud cat lady, she'll love getting the opportunity to learn even more about her furry friend. Basepaws, which calls itself the world's first cat DNA test, helps users learn about their cat's breed origins and other genetic information. Mom just needs to send in a little bit of her cat's hair, mail it in, and wait for the result. (If your mom is a dog person, there is a test for that, too.)

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Are Art Connoisseurs

52. Frida Kahlo Doll; $19

A doll modeled after Frida Kahlo

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This 11-inch-tall plus doll of painter Frida Kahlo is clad in a traditional Mexican dress and has a little monkey on her shoulder. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Little Thinkers series also features plush versions of other artists, like Andy Warhol, as well as historic luminaries in fields like science, politics, psychology, and more.

Find it: Amazon

53. Vigvog Art Socks; $17

Eight pairs of socks decorated with images of the Mona Lisa, the Statue of Liberty, and more

VIGVOG, Amazon

This set comes with eight pairs of socks, all dedicated to different pieces of artwork. Your mom's feet will love paying homage to the classics.

Find it: Amazon

54. Starry Night Puzzle; $18

A puzzle box with a reproduction of 'Starry Night' on the cover

EuroGraphics, Amazon

Van Gogh's Starry Night makes for a surprisingly good puzzle. This 1000-piece jigsaw promises a great family night trying to reconstruct the classic painting.

Find it: Amazon

55. Garden of Earthly Delights Figurine; $49

A figurine of the Devil On Night Chair from Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights'

Parastone, Amazon

Action figures aren't just for kids—moms will love them too, especially when they're modeled after classic paintings. Amazon has a whole collection of nefarious characters from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Find it: Amazon

56. The Scream Bandages; $8

A tin of bandages designed to look like 'The Scream'

Archie McPhee, Amazon

Most moms of younger kids have a few bandages hiding up their sleeves in case one of their children gets hurt. Arm your mom with special bandages featuring The Scream. There are 15 large strips in each tin (plus a free prize).

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love the Classics

57. Flowers

Purple flowers against a white wood background

If you want to keep it traditional, you can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. The Bouqs is a wonderful flower company that gets its supplies from eco-friendly farms. You can order ahead or use their same-day delivery option.

Find it: The Bouqs


Wine cork holder in the shape of a state.

Wine is a classic gift for mom, but go the more personal route this time around by giving her this cork holder in the shape of any state you want. Whether we're talking about birth states or adopted homes, this gift is great for any mom who takes pride in where she's from.

Find it: UncommonGoods

59. Harry and David Gift Baskets

A Mother's Day gift basket filled with cheese, cookies, and more
Harry and David's Mother's Day gift basket

Harry and David has long been a favorite destination for family gifts. After all, who can resist their chocolate covered fruits or their sea salt caramels? And if your mom doesn't have a sweet tooth, the company offers gift baskets with things like coffee, wine, and other food items. The company's Mother's Day gift basket starts at $89.

Find it: Harry and David

60. California Wine Club; $41-$231/shipment

People drinking wine.
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The California Wine Club features a wide variety of wines from family-owned companies. To start, choose from six different styles: the Premier series ($41 per shipment), the Signature series ($134), the International series ($71), the Aged Cabernet series ($231), the Pacific Northwest series ($77), and the Case Club series ($162). Once you've figured out what kind of vino mom would like to drink, you can pick from a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly shipment plan.

Find it: California Wine Club

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A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.