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13 best gifts for mom 2021: Gifts moms want this Mother's Day

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Mother's Day is right around the corner, which means it's crunch time for finding the perfect gift. Our moms deserve the world, but let's face it, they're sometimes impossible to shop for. The perfect gift is equal parts thoughtful and practical, and those products can seem few and far between.

Sometimes the best way to figure out the perfect gift for Mom is simply to ask her — so that's exactly what we did. The team asked our moms to give us their Mother's Day wishlist, and they were all too happy to oblige.

We hope their picks will spark some inspiration for the moms and motherly figures in your life!

What moms actually want for Mother's Day

1. Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio

Cassidy McKenna, a Shop TODAY production coordinator, asked her mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day and got a response the majority of moms can relate to.

“I asked my mom and she said ‘peace of mind, slippers and wine,” McKenna said.

For at least one out of the three, McKenna turned to these sugar cube drops. Each drop contains a flavor that when dropped into a glass of champagne will dissolve and transform the drink into a fruity mimosa or Bellini.

2. In Good Taste Mother's Day Mixer

For a more traditional wine route, McKenna also likes this Mother’s Day Mixer option, which features a flight of eight different California wines, all poured into one-glass vessels. They have whites, reds and a rosé, plus a shower bomb, GlamGlow face mask and toffee to turn Mom’s wine night into a full-on spa treatment.

3. Farmhouse Kitchen Personalized Recipe Book

Last, but not least, McKenna added this to her must-have list for her mom. Though it may not arrive in time for the big day, this personalized farmhouse-inspired cookbook is worth the wait. With an option to print four recipes per page, you can include more than 70 of your mom’s favorite dishes.

4. 10-Piece Box of Bon Bons

“So, realistically, my mom’s trying to purge things to prep for moving in the near future,” Jess Bender, Shop TODAY’s SEO commerce editor shared. “Though if she received a box of chocolate she doesn’t need to share with my dad, she’d be thrilled.”

Bender said she surprised her mom with these handmade bon bons from Detroit for Valentine’s Day and they were a hit. You can make your own variety box or shop the pre-made collections.

5. Summersalt The Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set

Comfy and cozy sleepwear is always something moms love. But more than the six different print options and relaxed fit (with pockets!), Bender likes this silky set for her mom because of a special family tradition. “She loves to get me and her matching pajamas every year for Christmas, so I might as well return the favor for Mother’s Day,” she said.

6. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

For moms who take their coffee piping hot, this temperature-control smart mug from Ember is a perfect choice. Shop TODAY commerce editor Alexandra Deabler said her mom is very particular about her coffee's temperature. “She practically has to microwave it after every sip so it stays ‘extra hot.’”

"I went with the new metallic collection after asking her what color she liked best." Because, who doesn't like a little shine with their morning cup?

7. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

Sunah Syed, a Shop TODAY production coordinator, said her mom has been “so obvious” about wanting a diffuser for Mother’s Day. Syed has been looking at this one, which boasts great reviews and comes in five chic colors.

8. Air Wick Essential Mist Bluetooth Oil Diffuser

Kamari Stewart, an editorial assistant with Shop TODAY, said her mom has also been leaving hints about wanting a diffuser. “She wants this one because I have it and she loves the mandarin & sweet orange scent.” The diffuser also connects to Bluetooth and lets you set up a schedule and control the intensity of the fragrance.

9. Your Mother's Story Lined Journal

A gift that lets Mom share what she wants and creates a lasting legacy is the perfect gift in our eyes.

“My mom has been talking about writing a book for the longest time,” Stewart said. “I’m getting her this journal to not only help her start to figure out the story she wants to tell, but also so that my sisters and I have it written directly from her for years to come.”

10. Minted Heart Snapshot Mix

If you want to take Mom on a trip down memory lane, TODAY's senior commerce editor Adrianna Brach recommends this customizable heart-shaped photo collage.

The site is super easy to use: You simply upload each photo you want to include and then write your own captions to add a personalized touch. You might even want to add a frame for an additional charge since she'll definitely want to hang this on the wall.

11. Jo Malone London Wild Bluebell Cologne

Jo Malone London's perfumes are loved by celebrities, moms – and celebrity moms – everywhere. Including Shop TODAY's associate commerce editor Danielle Murphy’s mom.

“My mom is obsessed with Jo Malone perfume, specifically the Wild Bluebell scent.”

The fresh fragrance is perfect for moms who love a subtle floral fragrance without being overpowering. Plus, it comes in a tester spray so your mom can try it before committing to a larger bottle.

12. Lonxu Silk Satin Pajamas

Several of our moms mentioned pajamas, and now is the perfect time to treat her to some high-quality sleepwear she'll probably want to lounge around in all day.

13. Ultraideas Memory Foam Slippers

Many of our moms also asked for slippers, and this pair is made with a memory foam footbed for a custom fit.

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