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The Verge’s 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Gifts for moms of all kinds

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Whether the mom in your life is your own mother, mother-in-law, or your partner, one thing we can all agree on is that moms deserve the world. And while it can be difficult to show your full appreciation each and every day, Mother’s Day is an annual opportunity to make up for it and prove how much you care — and what better way than with an awesome gift chosen by The Verge staff?

We’ve compiled a variety of gifts that mothers of all kinds will appreciate, covering tech and non-tech, hobbies, passions, and more. Is your mom the fitness-focused type that’s always on the go? The Beats Fit Pro ($179.95) are one of our favorite pairs of wireless earbuds. Does your mom love coffee or tea? We have some picks for both, like Bialetti’s lovely espresso pot ($34.99) and a travel mug that’s well-suited for loose-leaf varietals ($36). How about something tech-focused yet easy to use? For that, we suggest the excellent Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook ($299), which is a great choice for everyday computing and home use. If the mom in your life fancies herself a gamer, we even have ideas for tabletop titles and classic video games that don’t even require a console.

We’ve got a little bit of everything for all kinds of moms, so let us help you find the perfect gift.

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Fringe Studio Journals

Journals! Nothing beats a beautiful set of blank pages ready for whatever creative thoughts or notes you want to jot down. These notebooks from Fringe Studio feature an assortment of colorful and unique designs, including smaller sizes and spiral-bound options that offer an alternative to traditional bindings.
Price: $10 to $45

Lego Bonsai Tree

Is mom not the green thumb type? No worries, we still have you covered. The Lego Bonsai Tree is one of the coolest ways to decorate a space with some (faux) greenery. You get to enjoy building it, accentuate your home or office with its majestic beauty, and never have to worry about accidentally butchering it like that golden larch you left outside all summer. It's a win-win!
Price: $40.33 to $49.99

Apple HomePod Mini

If mom is already entrenched in Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod Mini makes a great addition to a humble abode. It utilizes Siri voice commands, syncs up with HomeKit and Apple Music with ease, and sounds great for a tiny speaker. It even comes in fun colors like blue and yellow, though some of the shades are a little harder to get your hands on.
Price: $99.99

Beats Fit Pro

AirPods, schmairpods. Mom deserves even better audio from earbuds that stay in her ears even when exercising or munching on a snack. The Beats Fit Pro offer great noise cancellation, excellent audio quality, and come in unique colors like sage gray. Their only downside is a clunky case that lacks wireless charging, but they make up for it in sound and fit.
Price: $179.99

Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook

Chromebooks make a great gift for any mother who needs an efficient computer without a whole lot of complication or added cruft. The Lenovo Flex 5 is a well-designed midrange option that ticks all the right boxes, which makes it a great gift if your mom just needs to browse the web, access Google Docs, or carry out a range of other basic tasks. Its most glaring flaw is a weak battery, but that's not an issue if it mostly stays in one location.
Price: $299

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

A burr grinder is the best way to level up your at-home coffee game. The Baratza Encore has 40 settings, so you can get consistent grinds that are just right — from espresso to a french press. It's a little noisy, but tell mom it's just another way to get everyone out of bed in the morning.
Price: $169.95

Photosynthesis

While there's certainly no drought of excellent tabletop games designed to accommodate up to four players, few are as unique and welcoming as Photosynthesis. In this family-friendly title, you grow trees and shepherd them through their life cycle before they're rebirthed anew. If you ask us, it's quite the colorful, lovingly-designed bit of cardboard.
Price: $29.99

Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking

Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking is a true feast for the eyes for any lover of design, printmaking, or fashion. See how abstract, colorful patterns make their way from concept to clothing in this visually decadent history of the Finnish lifestyle design house. It makes a great coffee table book, one that can help inspire on even the grayest of days.
Price: $36

Nixplay Smart Photo Frames

A smart display like the Google Nest Hub may be nice for showcasing cloud-connected photos, but Nixplay Smart Photo Frames take it up several notches. These classy frames can beam a steady stream of selected images into your mom's home from the Nixplay app, Facebook, Google Photos, and other popular services — and they blend right in with classic frames given their array of sizes and styles.
Price: $127.49 to $279.99

Liberty Puzzles

Puzzles always make a great gift, but Liberty Puzzles offer unique pieces that are intended to complement the lovely artwork. There's just something inherently satisfying about building an image of birds using tiny pieces shaped like birds, feathers, and other abstract shapes that a conventional puzzle might eschew.
Price: $115

Gardana Clogs

Having a dedicated pair of shoes for the garden helps save your everyday footwear from turning brown or falling apart. Thankfully, these slip-on clogs are waterproof, washable, and sustainable thanks to their hemp-based, plastic construction. And when it's time to retire them, you can just toss them in the recycling bin.
Price: $62

Ainope 10,000mAh Portable Charger

Everyone needs some on-the-go juice for their phone, and a power bank is best when it stores a lot in a small package. This Ainope charger is tiny, charges via USB-C, and packs a 10,000mAh battery that can rapidly charge most phones twice over. The numeric battery level display is just icing on the cake, so you'll always know exactly how much power it has left.
Price: $29.99

Fitbit Versa 3

Buying someone a fitness band is a tricky endeavor. You best know the mom you have in mind is not going to be instantly offended by your thoughtful gift, which can easily come off as a dig at their weight. If you're confident that's not the case, however, the Fitbit Versa 3 is the best option for most people. It's more affordable than the Apple Watch, can track many of the same activities, and works with both iOS and Android.
Price: $174 to 179.95

Gold Leaf Soft Touch Gloves

These leather and nylon Gold Leaf soft touch gloves are the same ones used by the professional gardeners at Buckingham Palace, and they're endorsed by Britain's Royal Horticultural Society. They're soft enough to maintain finger dexterity but rugged enough to help during many small tasks. Don't think of them as just garden gloves — they're get stuff done gloves.
Price: $34.95

2021 Apple iPad (64GB, Wi-Fi)

Don't think of the base iPad as an inferior device — not for one second. It does nearly all the same things the Pro models do, yet it retails for far less than $1,000. If mom needs a portable Netflix machine or just an everyday tablet, the 2021 iPad is up to the task with its A13 Bionic CPU. It may lack USB-C support like the high-end models, but it's still plenty fast and touts Apple's Center Stage feature, which keeps subjects centered in the frame during video calls.
Price: $309 to $329

David's Black Tea Press travel mug

If mom prefers tea over coffee, then this double-walled Black Tea Press from David's Tea is the perfect travel mug. With it, you can easily infuse hot or cold water with loose tea leaves that stay separated, saving you from a mouthful of grit. And once you reach the proper steep time, you merely have to slide the press to take out the leaves.
Price: $36

Amazon Echo Show 8

Amazon's Echo Show 8 is a helpful smart display for keeping in contact with family and friends via video calls, and its robust sound makes it a great connected speaker for blasting the latest from The Weeknd. The most recent model features a wider lens that can automatically frame you up, and if privacy is a concern, there's even a physical shutter you can slide on to cover it.
Price: $89.99

Kombucha Brew Kit

Why buy expensive 'booch when you can brew your own? This kit includes everything you need to get started, including a sizable mason jar and a code to claim a SCOBY, allowing you to make up to one gallon of the probiotic drink at a time. Think of mom's gut health for once!
Price: $45

Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones

Everyone deserves a little peace and quiet sometimes. Make sure the mother in your life gets theirs while also enjoying some quality-sounding tunes or podcasts. The Bose QuietComfort 45 are some of the comfiest headphones around, and they feature excellent noise cancellation. They're great for travel but also superb at tuning things out around the house for some quality "me time."
Price: $329

Kaweco Sport Iridescent Pearl Fountain Pen

The Kaweco Sport is a staple among compact fountain pens, and the pearl colorway is a sight to behold. A quality pen is a great gift for any mom who likes journaling or slowing down to take notes, and while this shimmery colorway may be a bit hard to come by, you currently can reserve it at select retailers or opt for one of the many other colors of Kaweco Sport pens out there in a variety of nib sizes.
Price: $27

Madewell Short-Brimmed Bucket Hat

If mom loves to look fashionable while vibing on a touch of '90s skater-inspired nostalgia, Madewell's Short-Brimmed Bucket Hat is the perfect gift. It's a particularly great one for spring, too, as the white canvas pairs well with all kinds of outfits.
Price: $29.50

Bialetti Express Moka Pot

Take it from the Italians, there is no better way to share espresso after a hearty meal than with these little pots adorned with l’omino con i baffi (the little man with a mustache) asking for another. They're timeless, they look great on display in the kitchen, and they make a superb espresso. Go ahead and get mom a bottle of Sambuca to go with it. Now you're digestif-ing with the red, white, and green.
Price: $34.99

Recently (subscription)

Everybody wants to document family memories in print form, but finding the time to make pricey photo books every year is nearly impossible. A subscription to Recently allows you to easily create quarterly photo books that resemble high-end magazines. The paper is super thick, and you can make one in about 10 minutes on your phone.
Price: $14.99 per quarter

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard (with or without mouse)

We all know that mothers work hard, and when working remotely, they should have the ergonomic comfort of a desk setup that doesn't lead to wrist pain. The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard keeps your hands spread apart, opening up your shoulders for better posture while sitting or standing. The optional setup with a mouse and separate numpad is especially good if your mom is the number-crunching type.
Price: $53.99 to $129.99

Patch Pocket Rib Knit Cardigan

The cardigan is the perfect sweater. It's light and airy yet still keeps you a little warm, rendering it the perfect accessory for the spring and fall. This rib-knit cardigan from & Other Stories has a nice texture, color, and even pockets. We all know that women's fashion needs more functional pockets, and this sweater has two of those beauties built in.
Price: $99

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

There's no better way to recapture the joy of playing a gaming classic like The Legend of Zelda than with this Nintendo Game & Watch handheld. The standalone device offers three vintage Zelda games as well as a Zelda-themed clock and timer. Your mom can whittle away the hours as she plays these classics on a handheld that oozes nostalgia or set it up as the coolest tabletop clock around.
Price: $42.50 to $49.99

Chef'n Double-Sided Spatula

An artisan is only as good as their tools, and a baker is only as good as their... spatula. This double-sided, nonstick spatula from Chef'n is perfect for the mom who can't get enough of The Great British Bake Off. Plus, if you gift it to them, maybe there's a chance all those new cookie and cake recipes will be "tested" on you.
Price: $7.79 to $8.30

Fujifilm Instax SQ1

Sometimes taking photos with unpredictable results makes them more memorable. A square-shaped instant photo is timeless, and the Fujifilm Instax SQ1 is a charming film camera with a selfie mirror that makes capturing memories with the once-iconic format effortless. After all, there's just something magical about holding a finished print in your hands right after you take the shot. Make 'em count!
Price: $99.95

The Verge Logomark Shirt

Remember the old adage: AMLGDITV (All Moms Look Good Dressed In The Verge). If mom is a fan of tech and culture with a keen fashion sense, then The Verge Logomark Shirt makes the perfect gift. The heather gray t-shirt uses a soft, cotton blend and features our iconic penrose triangle logo in a gradient that recalls our go-to color pallete.
Price: $26

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