If you’re still stumped on what to get a hard-working Mama for Mother’s Day or any holiday, we’re here to help. (Bonus: The women entrepreneurs featured in this gift guide are moms themselves.) We’re not paid to promote these products; we just like them. Read on, then get to shopping. Or forward this list to someone in your life who needs ideas.
1. Sweet Potato Confections from G&K Sweet Foods
Price: $15 – $20
For mothers with a sweet tooth, these are a great idea. And, they’re all about family. “I wanted to pay homage to my family legacy and pass down to my daughter the wonderful recipes that my great-grandmother, grandmother and my still-living Mom have shared with our family,” founder Gay Wheeler-Smith told us. Get a large pie for a family party — or a small one she can keep all to herself.
2. Luxurious Pajamas from Recliner
Price: From $50
Rebecca Smith’s soft, breathable pajamas are indulgent, and ideal for any moms in need of some rest and relaxation. (So, all of them.) She designs, makes and sells robes and pajama bottoms and tops in high-quality fabrics, different cuts and a variety of atypical prints, including newspaper pages and city skylines.
3. Adjustable Heels from Tanya Heath
Price: $200 and higher
These shoes are great for the fashionista mama who would love to wear an eye-catching heel and a comfortable flat all in the same day. Heath makes chic shoes with interchangeable heels that allow women to change heights depending on their needs of the moment — low heels around the office, mid-height during a business meeting, sky-high for dinner out — and sells them around the world.
4. Pampering Supplies from Be Green Bath and Body
Price: From $5
Is there a mother in your life who needs a spa day? (The odds are good!) Bring the pampering to her with facial serums, body oils and other green goodies from this online shop. Its founder, Karen Roche, has been going and growing strong for a decade, in part by catering to gluten, soy and nut allergies, as well as having vegan offerings.
5. Relaxing Puzzles from Puzzlebilities
Price: From $15
For game-loving moms, these puzzles made by Beverly Nance offer a way to spend time with family, or a quiet respite from the demands of the day. Best of all, you can personalize them! Upload a beloved photo of children or pets for Mom to assemble.
6. Eco-Conscious Outfits from Faubourg
Style doesn’t have to fall by the wayside after growing your family. (Though if it does, we don’t blame you.) For those looking to help a mama reconnect with her more stylish self, female founder Priscilla Debar can help. Her online boutique offers an easy way to pick up high end, sustainable dresses, skirts, blouses and more.
7. Pound Cakes from Janie’s Cakes
Price: From $22
Here’s another delicious gift idea. Janie Clapp and her daughter, Katherine Crow, ship pound cakes of various sizes to locations all over the nation. Carrot, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee — whatever flavor the woman of the hour prefers, can be hers by placing one easy online order.
8. Eco-Friendly Pest Solutions from EarthKind
Price: $25.80 for a 4-pack
It’s admittedly not the most glamorous gift one could possibly give. But these all-natural pest solutions could be a Godsend to any mother who’s simultaneously chasing down little children and little critters. This company’s founder gets it – Kari Warberg Block started up because she was “a farm wife who had rodents” and crafted kid-safe, world-safe solutions to her problem.
9. Egg Shell Remover from Negg
Know a mom who loves to entertain, and has the best deviled egg recipe you’ve ever tasted? Give her next party platter an assist with this addition to her kitchen. Made by Bonnie Tyler (not that Bonnie Tyler), this gadget can save someone oodles of time and frustration — what mother couldn’t use that?
10. “Me Time” Products from Walton Wood Farm
Price: Starting at $14.99
Leslie Bradford-Scott’s Canada-based business has numerous bath-and-beauty product lines. But we figured moms, more than anything, could use a little “me” time. Whether you opt for something simple, like a lip balm set, or something more indulgent, like bath salts or sugar scrubs, something from this set could go a long way toward helping a mama feel more relaxed.