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Mother’s Day Gifts for Cooks, Bakers, & Foodies

Whether you’re shopping for your mom, aunt, mother-in-law, sister, or godmother, Mother’s Day can sometimes be daunting when you’re after just the right gift. Fortunately, kitchen gifts are a great way to show you care if your recipient loves food, cooking, or baking, or just wants to upgrade what’s in her cabinets.

We compiled this gift guide with some different ideas for Mother’s Day gifting so you can find just the right thing this year.

Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot has been around for a few years now, but many home cooks are just now discovering them. Today there are plenty of options for multi-cookers/electric pressure cookers, including brands that can save you some money while still offering all the benefits.

We Recommend: Cosori 6 Quart 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker

Best For: Moms who have cabinet space; busy moms; Pinterest moms

Waffle Maker

Admittedly I’m pretty obsessed with my waffle maker, but even so, I think a waffle maker can make a great mother’s day gift. It’s one of those items that can feel like a splurge instead of a necessity, so it’s actually a smart option for gift-giving.

We Recommend: Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker

Best For: Families of 3 or more; moms who love waffles; your mom (so she can make you delicious Belgian waffles)

Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls are one of those things that you never really buy for yourself unless you *have* to. Oftentimes they are hand-me-downs or housewarming/wedding gifts, and those tend to last for a long time. So, having a pretty new set of bowls feels kind of luxurious, particularly if they are replacing super old or boring ones.

We Recommend: The Pioneer Woman Traveling Vines Nesting Mixing Bowl Set

Best For: Whimsical, colorful kitchens, or kitchens that need a touch of whimsy and color

Wine Cooler

No, I don’t mean the super-fruity drink. I’m talking about an elegant electric storage cooler that holds up to 12 bottles of wine. It’s actually more affordable than you might think and makes a great gift.

We Recommend: iGloo 12-Bottle Wine Cooler

Best For: Moms who drink wine


I’m listing the whole Smeg brand here as a good gift idea because everything they make is so cool. With distinctive designs, trendy colors, and great reviews, Smeg appliances look fabulous on any countertop. But buyer beware: you may be solely responsible for launching a brand obsession.

We Recommend: Smeg 2-Slot Toaster

Best For: Moms who live in mid-century modern homes; architects & designers; cool moms

Frying Pan

Okay, so a frying pan might seem like a boring gift, but the truth is, lots of home cooks can use upgraded cookware. It can be tough to justify the relatively high price of a single piece when everything seems to be working well enough. That’s why a high-quality pan can be a great gift.


We Recommend: Made In Stainless Frying Pan 

Best For: Home cooks looking to up their game; the mom with old cookware

Dutch Oven

Even if your mom has an old Dutch oven, there’s a chance that she’s secretly lusting over a Le Creuset French oven. (Or maybe it’s just me.) If she is, a French/Dutch oven in her favorite color might just be the perfect gift. Sure, it’s a splurge, but you’ll be giving her something that will last a lifetime and be passed down to future generations (like you!)

We Recommend: Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven

Best For: Moms who make delicious winter comfort foods; Me

Tea Kettle

There are so many beautiful and functional teapots out there, and they can make great gifts. It’s best to do a little research on the sly before you gift a tea kettle, however, as tea drinkers can be very particular. There are also different teapots that are meant for different types of tea (such as loose), as well as electric kettles that help tea connoisseurs get just the right temp for their particular tea.

We Recommend: KitchenAid 2.0-Quart Kettle

Best For: Well, tea drinkers, obviously

Meal Delivery

Subscription boxes are actually really great gift ideas, and there are a ton of them out there. A meal delivery kit is a fantastic way to give the gift of food while also helping make the recipient’s life a little easier. While there are some that deliver already-prepared meals, most deliver all the ingredients needed plus step by step instructions for preparing it. It lets them learn a new recipe, avoid the grocery store, and have a delicious meal in their sweatpants.

We Recommend: Blue Apron

Best For: New moms, busy moms, learning-to-cook moms, hungry moms

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Tell us: What great gift ideas did we miss? What are you getting Mom this year?

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