Look, we know it's been a tough, atypical year (or more). We know that you've already been through one pandemic Mother's Day, and chances are last year, you were lucky to get any kind of gift together for her amidst your doomscrolling. But gifting for your mom or the number-one mom in your life is like sweet, sweet change in your emotional piggy bank: whether she's your mother-in-law, your mom, or the new mom of your children, a personalized gift is going to make a heck of a difference in the in-law/sibling/husband of the year awards, respectively. (And yes, those are still on this year!)
You could send Mom flowers and say "thinking of you," but your sister is probably going to do that. You could wish her a happy Mother's Day with a chocolate bar or an Etsy find, but that chocolate won't last more than a few days, and the best mom ever deserves more than a hand-knitted scarf (with all due respect to Etsy shop owners).
If the mom in your life is your best friend––whether that's the momma who made you or the woman who said I do––all the more reason to get something truly special. But what? How to move beyond care packages and bath salts and step into the kind of gifting territory that the important mom in your life truly won't forget? We have some ideas, but they have one thing in common: the best gift for 2021 Mother's Day is a Mother's Day gift box––full stop.
Let us show you why, with these 11 options.
The Best Gift Boxes for Mother's Day
Price: Starting at $9/month; Get 15% off any tea membership you'll enjoy with code 18HOLIDAYDEAL
What's Included: Mothers of all ages and persuasions love tea; it's just one of those truisms in life. Each month, Simple Loose Leaf Tea turns that love into a special gift, handpicking unique teas that explore the different varieties of loose leaf tea. Members receive several servings of each tea, plus goodies on the side. Simply put, if Mom drinks tea, then Mom should always have something tasty and delicious to brew up and pamper herself! Select a Sampler Box, Herbal/Decaf Box, Black Tea Box, or Green Tea Box.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the first business day of every month
Price: Starting at $30.99/month
What's Included: Who doesn't want to love the skin they're in? And what mom couldn't use more self-care in her life? The Modern Skyn Apothecary Bath & Body Ritual Box is great for anyone looking for handcrafted, quality skincare at a great price. With this spa gift box, every month, you'll receive a different box worth over $100 of full-size, high-quality skincare products. An added bonus? Mom can get new products before they go on sale. Plus, Modern Skyn Apothecary products are cruelty-free and organic.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 25th-27th of each month
Price: Starting at $27.49/month; use code CJ20 at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: You can always say "I love you" to Mom, and you should––but with Feeling Fab, you can also remind her to say I love you to herself! The Feeling Fab team designed their subscription box as Mom's monthly reminder to feel love and appreciate myself, giving her the tools she needs to take care of herself. If Mom wants to elevate her daily "me time" routines into rituals, she would do well to start here. Each box contains either 4-6 or 6-8 self-care products.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 10th-15th of the month
Price: Starting at $15.99/month
What's Included: Maybe Mom hasn't tried much tea, but has a hunch it might be her thing? Sips By, a multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box, makes discovering tea fun and affordable. Each month, they match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that they're sure to love. Sit down with Mom if you can and have her take the quiz at Sips By's website to receive teas chosen just for her. What's a more perfect gift than tea––and time with you?
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within two weeks of order date
Price: Starting at $29.00/month
What's Included: Okay, hang with us: Mom can be a parent all over again with this one. Throw out your Mother's Day gift basket: At Succulents Monthly, they pride themselves in pairing their best succulents with the right potting mix and everything else Mom will need to be a successful plant parent! Oh, and did we mention the personalized containers? They're as cute and clever as they are classy. The subscription makes for fun family-friendly projects, and what better mom gift is there than giving something else new life?
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 25th of the month
Price: Starting at $30.99; use code CJFIRST10 at checkout to get 10% off your first order!
What's Included: They don't call this the ultimate self-care subscription box for nothing! Started by a therapist, Therabox makes sure that each box includes one research-inspired therapeutic activity designed to hardwire Mom's brain for more joy. (Gifting joy? What could be better!) In addition, the boxes contain 6-8 self-care wellness goodies to reduce Mom's stress and enhance her life. Goodies include aromatherapy, natural/organic bath and body products, skincare products, and other lifestyle goodies.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 24th-29th of each month
Price: Starting at $50.99/month; use code SPRING10 at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: Similarly, we could all use the gift of hope right now, and for the best mom ever, she likely deserves hope more than ever. This monthly encouragement box includes a curated selection of high-quality treasures, ranging from books to aromatherapy, jewelry, candles, crocheted snuggle buds, organic soaks, scrubs, masks, and more, all meticulously selected from the world's most talented artisans, who have their own inspiring stories of hope and renewal. See that? It's like a circle of hope! (And a bonus? Hopebox changes each month to reflect the seasons!)
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 1-2 business days of your order
Price: Starting at $30.00/month; use code GETCRAFTY at checkout for special discount!
What's Included: A happy mom is a crafting mom––and you know you can join in on the fun and out-craft your siblings or in-laws, too! Adults & Crafts is a thoughtfully curated craft subscription box for adults & teens to create fun and trendy projects! Every month features a different craft, allowing Mom to learn a new DIY technique like wood-burning and engraving. Create beautiful products like wine carriers and epoxy resin coasters. The real winner? Consider getting two subscriptions, whether you are near or far from Mom––one for you, one for her––and you both do them together. Easy!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 20th of each month
Price: Starting at $47.50/month; use code WELCOME20 at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: Okay, we know we first listed flowers on our shortlist of not completely original Mother's Day gift ideas. But picture this: beautiful, fresh flower delivery on a regular basis. Bold Blossoms is an online flower retailer that ships fresh flowers around the US. A fresh, gorgeous, and expertly designed (we've seen those bouquets you've tried to put together...) flower bouquet will be safely delivered directly to Mom. As a bonus? You can order month-to-month or for the upcoming holiday.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the third Monday of each month
Price: Starting at $31.31/month
What's Included: Mom doesn't really need another tote bag, but could she use another candle? We're going to go ahead and say yes. These elegantly packaged monthly shipments contain an expertly curated scent in both an eight-ounce jar and a four-ounce tin, allowing Mom to set the scent mood all around the house! The two combined provide 75 hours of burn time, and each candle is hand-poured in Killingworth, CT and made of all-natural soy wax.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S.
Price: Starting at $34.99/month
What's Included: The truth is, at the end of the day (or the end of the pandemic, let's hope), sometimes a little aromatherapy can make a world of difference on Mom's mood. Treat her to moments of joy and surprise with this Front Range subscription box full of handmade bath self-care products to soothe away the stress of the day into a time of bliss, instead. These bath & spa gift boxes are beautifully crafted and packaged, making for an unparalleled opening experience for Mom. Like her, Front Range Soaps focuses on the quality in the details of every product and box. Need we say more? Snap this gift set up today to win Mom's heart and your place at the top of the gift-giving pile!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the first week of each month