Moms Really Want (and Deserve) Self-Care Gifts Like These for Mother's Day (2024)

A great self-care gift for parents is one they never knew they needed—and one they’ll use a lot. Whether shopping for a mom, dad, or another parent in your life for Mother's Day, a little something just for them can remind them to carve out time for themselves.

Be sure to consider any allergies, preferences, or sensitivities, as many self-care gifts contain fragrances and scents that can be harsh on sensitive skin. Moreover, look for a useful gift parents can use repeatedly during their downtime (like when the kids go to bed).

We’ve found a wide range of self-care gifts for parents to fit various budgets and double as a tribute to their hard work. To find the best self-care gifts for Mother's Day, we considered usefulness, personalization, ingredients, and other attributes. We also spoke with several of our parenting editors, who are parents themselves, about their favorite self-care products and why they love them.

Our Favorites

Ettitude Signature Sateen Sheet Set

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Ettitude’s Bamboo Signature Sateen Sheets are a gift that will keep giving. One of our writers received a free sample of these sheets, and she’s been sleeping better ever since. The 100% bamboo lyocell feels like silk and is breathable and cooling, so you don’t overheat at night. In addition, the sheets are free of harmful chemicals and hypoallergenic for even the most sensitive skin.

Deep pockets on the fitted sheet allow it to stretch to fit twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king bed sizes. Our writer has washed her set several times and noticed zero changes in quality over time. Plus, there are 12 colors to choose from to match bedroom decor seamlessly. Ettitude offers a 30-night sleep trial, meaning you can try their bedding products for 30 nights. If you don’t love it, you can return it for a full refund.

The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription

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Beautify Mom’s living space with a Bouqs Co. monthly flower subscription. The brand's Farmer’s Market Trio package will send a lovely, seasonal bouquet to her doorstep three months in a row. You can even set the delivery date each month to align with a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion.

Pluto Pillow

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Pluto Pillow helps parents get a better night’s rest (it did for us!). One of our writers received free samples from the brand, and to say we’re impressed would be an understatement. The company crafts each pillow to your sleep positions, body stats, and preferences based on your answers from a special quiz. While you may need the parents to answer some questions to complete the quiz, they’ll be thrilled when their custom-made pillow arrives.

The foam core provides the right amount of support and bounce and doesn’t cause overheating. A plush pillow cover with silky coated fibers encompasses the foam core and varies in thickness and quantity, depending on quiz results. Pluto’s 125-night trial gives parents ample time to decide if they love the pillow. But if they don’t, you can return the pillow for a full refund within that timeframe.

The Pluto Pillow is available in standard size (24x16 inches) and king size (34x16 inches).

TheraIce Headache Relief Cap

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The TheraIce Headache Relief Cap melts away the stress and tension from a day of parenting (so, every day?). Pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours before sliding the soft gel design over your head. It fits heads of various sizes for a comfortable and relaxing experience. Plus, the headache relief cap comes in different styles and a two-pack option, or you can bundle with the brand’s sleep mask, compression knee sleeve, and more.

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Pure Daily Care NanoSteamer

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Give Mom something that will make her feel like she's at the spa every time she uses it. This steamer actually has three purposes: facial steamer, home humidifier, and towel warmer. Whether she wants to unclog her pores, put a warm towel on her face, or fix the dry air in her home, she's in control with this kit.

RTIC Outdoors Everyday Tumbler

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A tumbler is a useful gift new parents will use every day. One of our writers received a free sample of this tumbler from the brand and gave it to her son’s teacher (a parent herself), who uses the cup daily. The RTIC tumbler features double-wall vacuum-sealed insulation to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours. You can put hot drinks in the cup; however, the company doesn’t recommend the lid or straw for hot beverages. It’s dishwasher safe, fits in nearly any cup holder, and doesn’t sweat on the outside—a win all around.

Bonus: For an additional cost, you can engrave the tumbler with text, a monogram, jersey number, or artwork or upload your own design.

Fluff Co Hotel Bath Robe

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This isn’t your standard bathrobe; it mimics the luxurious feel of a hotel bathrobe right at home. One of our editors (who typically isn’t a fan of bath robes) received a free sample from the brand and says it impressed her. The Fluff Co Hotel Bath Robe is super soft with its coral fleece and microfiber materials, which are machine washable and very absorbent. The simple gray piping adds an elegant touch.

The bathrobe is available in four sizes, and you can add the company’s hotel towel to your order at a discounted price.

thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

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You can give all the lovely trinkets in the world, but if a mom isn’t getting enough sleep, she will feel like she is living in a constant haze. Enter ThisWorks Deep Sleep pillow spray, featuring a lovely lavender, vetiver, and chamomile blend. Spritz some on your pillow and drift off into a dream world.

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Yellow Leaf Hammocks The Vista

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Splurge on your parents or go in with friends and family on this unique hammock chair. The brand sent one of our writers a free sample and claims you can set up the chair in just 60 seconds—they’re right. Our writer says the hammock chair arrives in a large bag with two straps to carry like a backpack for easy portability. It took less than one minute to set everything up (and take down) on the first try.

The lightweight aluminum frame supports up to 330 pounds and features a durable finish to withstand outdoor weather and lots of use. Buy the Vista by itself or pair it with one of the company’s handwoven and strong hammocks, which seamlessly hook onto the chair.

Alyster Collapsible Foot Bath

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This collapsible foot bath is one of our writers’ favorite products because it relieves her aching feet. Fill the foot tub with up to four gallons of water and massage feet on the built-in massage rollers and bumps as you soak. Our writer loves how this foot bath collapses to an impressive three inches for easy storage. The large and strong handle for simple portability from the sink to your favorite chair is the finishing touch parents deserve.

P.volve P.Ball Exercise Ball

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No matter if you're newly postpartum or gave birth years ago, it's important to take care of and strengthen your pelvic floor. This ball mirrors those used in pelvic floor physical therapy. Whether you try the P.volve workout via streaming, live virtual classes, or in-person ones in various cities, or try some moves at home, strapping this piece around your thighs and squeezing the ball will help you get a stronger pelvic floor.

Badesofa Back Bath Pillow

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The Badesofa Back Bath Pillow is the ultimate addition to a parent’s bath routine. This bath pillow provides comfort and support to your head, neck, and back and avoids the cold bathtub against your skin. One of our editors received a free sample of this bath pillow from the brand and looks forward to a more relaxing bath experience. “I always find that sitting in the bathtub gets uncomfortable, so I’m excited to try this pillow,” she says.

Thanks to the water-resistant cushion and durable UV-resistant pillowcase, you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew with a wet pillow (even if you use this outdoors in a hot tub). Plus, the pillow always keeps its shape and position during use. The back pillow is available in three sizes to accommodate various tub sizes, and you can also pair it with the brand’s seat bath pillow or foot bath pillow.

Wavetools Therapy The Wave Tool

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If you don’t have the budget to buy Mom a massage every week, consider gifting her the Wave Tool. This easy-to-use hand-held tool loosens trigger points and promotes myofascial release. It’s great for aching muscles short of a visit to physical therapy.

Petite Plume Pima Pajamas Short Set

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These pajamas are an editor’s favorite. The 100% Pima cotton material is buttery soft and breathable. With each round in the washing machine, the pajamas only get softer and don’t fade. While the fabric is preshrunk, the company says it will typically slightly shrink upon washing. You can add monogramming for an additional price. Note that these Petite Plume pajamas only come in sizes X-Small to X-Large.

Therabody Theragun Prime

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The TheraGun Prime is a percussive therapy device that produces amazing results. Thanks to four different attachments, the TheraGun stimulates blood flow and soothes muscular tension with rapid taps to tight muscles. Unlike previous iterations, the Prime model does so without loud noise—perfect for parents craving relaxation and quiet.

Pure Enrichment PureRelief Pro Far Infrared Ultra-Wide Heating Pad

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The Pure Enrichment PureRelief Pro Far Infrared Ultra-Wide Heating Pad isn’t your standard heating pad—it’s large and features infrared heat technology to reach muscles more deeply. Measuring 20 x 24 inches, this heating pad easily covers more areas of the body while distributing heat evenly. In addition, an auto shut-off timer ensures the heating pad doesn’t overheat after two hours of continuous use.

After one of our writers received a free sample, we found the “heat in seconds” feature to be true, warming up faster than ever with the simple click of a button to switch through four heat settings. The ultra-soft micromink fabric is the cherry on top.

Buffy Cloud Comforter

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Fluffy, breathable, and like a true cloud, the Buffy Cloud Comforter will have parents feeling like they’re at a luxury hotel each night (without paying the bill). The brand sent one of our writers a free sample of the Cloud, and it feels soft, looks fresh, and is easy to clean. We love the beautiful stitching that adds a hint of flair to the overall look, regardless of size (twin to California king). While the comforter is machine washable, the company recommends their duvet cover for extra protection.

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Oui the People Big Mood Bath Soap

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Mom can relax in the bath with this bath soak, which is designed to relieve tension through its detoxifying mix of calcium, magnesium, potassium, aloe, and essential oil sourced straight from Italy. Created by a Black-owned company, the bath soak comes in a 16-ounce bag and can be used for five to six baths.

Bearaby Cotton Weighted Blanket

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What parent doesn't want a good night's rest? Made with organic cotton, this knitted weighted blanket comes in five different colors and four weight options. It may help you sleep better and feel calm and is suitable for any season.

Lagunamoon Essential Oils Set

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Essential oils have innumerable uses, from headache relief to aromatherapy. Get your favorite mama started on the endless applications of oils with a gift set like this one from Laguna Moon. It includes twenty 10-milliliter bottles, like tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, jasmine, orange, and more.

Slip Silk Sleep Mask

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This sleep mass is one more item in your toolbox to help you get rest when you can. Thanks to high-quality mulberry silk, it feels luxe against tired eyes. You may need to sleep with the monitor blasting next to your head, but at least you can block out the light.

Chanel La Crème Main

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Whether you're worried about school germs or washing bottles, parents tend to have dry hands. This luxurious cream will make you feel pampered every time you use it, thanks to nourishing ingredients like shea butter and May rose wax. Plus, the well-designed egg-shaped container is spill-proof, so you can throw it in your diaper bag or tote.

UnbuckleMe Car Seat Release Tool

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For parents with long nails, unbuckling your kid's car seat is nearly impossible! This tool does the work for you, and it's also great for anyone with joint or finger pain.

Canopy Waterless Diffuser

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Turn your home into a relaxing oasis or an energetic space with fragrance from this diffuser. The best part is that it works without water, so you have one less item to clean.

Patchology Warm Up Best Foot Forward Softening Heel Mask

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Force yourself to rest for 10 minutes by chilling out with this foot mask. Similar to a facial sheet mask, the "booties" are filled with foot serum to nourish tired soles. Simply wear, remove, and rub in any extra lotion to give yourself a little pampering moment.

Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea

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Rely on this USDA Organic tea to help you unwind when needed. The herbal medley features camomile, red raspberry leaf, and orange peel. The tag on each tea bag also has a little note of encouragement.

Revlon One-Step Volumizer

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This is a best-selling hair dryer/brush combo on Amazon and a social media favorite. The brush uses ionic and ceramic technology to create smooth hair. It's a time saver for busy parents who need to get ready and get out the door in a flash.

Skin Gym IceCoolie Facial Roller

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After a long night up with a sick kid, or working on a project, or just stressing (as parents often do), this cooling facial roller will help de-puff and de-stress. Keep it in the fridge and roll it over your face while you brew a cup of coffee or tea. You'll instantly feel more awake and ready for the day—whatever it throws at you!

Conair Foot Spa

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Bring the delights of the foot spa home with a bubbling soaking tank. This inexpensive version from Conair washes away the day’s wear from Mom’s long-suffering feet. Plus, it includes a foot massage attachment for customized muscle relaxation.

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Joyaria Womens Soft Bamboo Pajama Set

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Why should kids get all the fun of a pajama day? You should be allowed to don your PJs for a full day, too. This soft bamboo pajama set is even more cute with the white polka dots. Plus, the button front makes nursing easy for new parents.

Our Review Process

In order to select the best self-care gifts for parents, we studied the design and features of more than 100 products available on the market. We considered usefulness, personalization, shipping time, lifestyle, interests, and value when reviewing products. Moreover, we spoke with several of our parenting editors, who are mothers themselves, about their favorite self-care items they use consistently. Lastly, we chose self-care gifts for parents to help them relax, feel appreciated, and take the much-needed (and deserved) downtime.

Factors to Consider in Self-Care Gifts for Parents

  • Sensitivities: When looking for self-care gifts for moms and other parents, take into account any allergies, preferences, or sensitivities. Many self-care items contain fragrances, which can be problematic for anyone with sensitive skin. You might think the scent is amazing, but it could be harsh on one’s skin. Outside of ingredients, some parents can be squeamish about things like pressure from a massage gun. If you’re unsure, ask the parent their preference to avoid playing the guessing game.
  • Personality: You know the recipient better than anyone, so consider their personality when buying a gift. If it’s Mom, she might like really luxurious things or be more no-nonsense. A great gift is something parents never would have bought for themselves and one they end up using all the time.
  • Usefulness: Look for gifts that your recipient would actually use for self-care. Evaluate how she spends her time. If she’s not super into skincare, skip a facial steamer. If Dad doesn’t drink coffee, pass on the coffee machine. Pay attention to any hints parents may drop, like picking up a new hobby.

Who We Are

Katrina Cossey is a devoted mom and commerce writer. She’s researched thousands of baby products, toys, gifts, and more and personally tested many of them. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her in the beautiful outdoors of Oklahoma with her husband and 4-year-old son. Katrina owns the Pure Enrichment PureRelief Pro Far Infrared Ultra-Wide Heating Pad and loves its wide size to cover her whole back and the four heat settings for a customized feel.

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