Fat cat yoga mat
Forget trendy and over-priced yoga pants—what your yoga-loving mom really wants is an adorable new yoga mat featuring a fat cat lounging in different poses. It's guaranteed to help her crack a smile, even when she's on her tenth sun salutation of the day. As the website says, "na'meow'ste."
Dat Mat Fat Cat Yoga Mat, $39.99; lookatdatmat.com
Customized coffee cup
Monogrammed cups are so last year. What will really help Mom start her day off on the right foot is a coffee mug with a whimsical drawing of her on it that really lets her know how much you appreciate her! You get to choose the character's hair color, hair style, and skin tone. The mug reads, "You make life sweet!"—and you know she does! (Don't miss these sweet quotes about mothers that will make you call yours
philoSophies You Make Life Sweet Mug, $24; celebratewithSophies.com
Mom's batteries will never run out—on her phone, at least. This all-in-one charging collection for her iPhone includes a cable, home charger, car charger, and a mobile battery pack, and gives her loads of extra power, even when she's cheering you on at your swim meet or chaperoning your sister to the Bruno Mars' concert. Plus, it comes in rose gold!
Belkin: MIXIT↑™ Metallic Colormatch Charge Kit + Cable, $100; belkin.com
Help her discover her roots
If your mom has ever wondered where her ancestors heralded from, order her a DNA kit. It breaks down her (and your!) global ancestry by percentages, and can even connect her with long-lost family members who share similar DNA. The site that administers the test, 23andme, is offering a "We <3 Mom Genes" special from April 14, 2017 to May 15, 2017 with $20 off their ancestry kit.
Ancestry service, $79, 23andme.com
Vertical garden with chalkboard frame
Is your mom the best cook you know? She'll always have fresh herbs on hand thanks to this hanging vertical garden with a cute chalkboard frame. If she needs to add a bit of color and earthiness to a stale space, this is a gift that will be greatly appreciated. (Note: Seeds are not included.)
Vertical garden with chalkboard frame, $142.97; windowbox.com
If the last time your mom bought herself a new pair of sunglasses was only because you ran hers over with your bike long before you had your driver's license, treat her to a new luxe pair. These cat-eye sunglasses are now so retro that they're hip. To make sure your gift is extra-flattering for her, here's how to find the best sunglasses by face shape
L.A.M.B. LA522-CRY, $229, tura.com
She's probably seen it on countless infomercials: This cookware set is infused with real copper, which is said to be the ultimate in heat conductivity and distribution, and also has a Cerami-Tech non-stick coating. It's easy to clean, and works as a roasting pan, fryer, rice cooker, steamer, stockpot, wok, and baking dish. Use it for everything from pasta to steak to frying chicken.
Copper Chef 5-Piece System, $89, Amazon.com
Japanese matcha tea set
For the mom who always starts her day with a cup of tea, give her an experience that will turn her daily routine into a special "me" time ritual. The matcha tea set includes everything needed to whisk up a traditional cup of frothy green tea in mere minutes. The beauty of a gift such as this is that it's also an experience you can share—consider starting a tradition of tea time together! Not to mention, matcha tea has great health benefits so this is a gift that keeps on giving
Japanese Matcha Tea Set, $67, pumeli.com
Crock-Pot and ready-to-go meals
These meals can be stored in the freezer and used anytime to make dinner easier than ever. (Any night mom doesn't have to cook dinner is a good one!) You get the Crock-Pot and four ready-to-toss-in meals. Choose her favorites from: chicken and dumplings, white chicken chili, rustic Italian beef stew, beef bourguignon, Cuban mojo pork, rustic french stew, and jambalaya and rice. Once she's worn those out, share these delicious slow-cooker recipes with her
Omaha Steaks Crock-Pot and Crock-Pot Meals, $120, omahasteaks.com
Countertop compost bin
Is your mom trying to reduce her carbon footprint
? Composting has never been easier or more artful—not to mention stink-free—than with this countertop compost bin. Toss in your scraps (coffee grounds, lemon and lime peels, uneaten bananas) then transfer to your outdoor garden compost.
Noaway Countertop Compost Bin, $150; cliffspencer.net