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Mother's Day Gift Guide: These Beauty Gift Ideas Are Better Than Flowers

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This Mother’s Day—which, ahem, is May 8th—consider switching out the standard card and flowers with something that celebrates the beauty of the special women in your life. Moms, aunts, grandmothers, the sister who made you an aunt, the mom-like figures, and the fur moms are all deserving of thoughtful gifts.

One day isn’t enough to celebrate just how much we love them but these curated gift sets help shower these VIPs with the appreciation they deserve. Not sure what to buy? This Mother’s Day gift guide features beauty gift ideas for every type of mom in your life. 

From good skincare for moms who passed down their nighttime routine to makeup for moms who understand the power of a swipe of eyeshadow and a pop of color, we’ve created a list of the absolute best Mother’s Day gift ideas. And don’t forget to treat yourself this Mother’s Day. 

The Outdoorsy Mom

Whether your mom is an avid hiker, loves to lounge around the beach, or simply enjoys spending time outdoors, she’s probably getting ample sunshine. The best Mother’s Day gifts for nature-loving moms are products to help protect their skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays. Talk about a beauty gift idea that shows how much you care!

Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum

Formulated with 4% niacinamide and 1% ethyl vitamin C, Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum is a powerful facial serum that helps visibly reduce dark spots and discoloration, which can occur from sun exposure. Plus, it’ll help Mom’s skin appear brighter!

CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40

CC+ Nude Glow is a multitasking, medium-coverage foundation featuring a 90% skincare formula. It contains 2% niacinamide to help visibly brighten, hyaluronic acid to smooth the look of fine lines, and a clear SPF 40 for sun protection. Plus, the lightweight formula allows mom’s skin to shine through while minimizing imperfections. 

The Mom Who Loves (Or Needs More) Beauty Sleep

Ask any mom and we’re sure she’ll tell you she revels in her beauty sleep. A product that allows her to indulge in those Zzz’s is certainly one of the best gifts to get for Mother’s Day.

Day-To-Night Hydration Duo

The Day-To-Night Hydration Duo features both a full-size morning and evening cream. Mom can happily finish her bedtime routine with Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream, which features a calming lavender scent. Plus, it nourishes skin with ceramides and hyaluronic acid so Mom wakes up looking great. In the morning, she can apply Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer, which delivers 7 anti-aging skincare benefits in one step. 

Psst! Want a unique Mother’s Day gift idea? Go one step further by creating your own sleeping beauty gift set—just add a silky eye mask and face roller

Ultimate Bestsellers Gift Set 

New moms don’t often (OK, rarely) wake up as refreshed as they’d like, so we know they’ll be happy to have the Ultimate Bestsellers Gift Set at their side, which features two full-size, game-changing products.

CC+ Cream Full-Coverage Foundation with SPF 50+ is the #1 best-selling,* award-winning, and color-correcting CC cream for a reason. It effortlessly conceals, visibly brightens, and nourishes with skin-loving ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and SPF. 

Then, one dot is all she needs of Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer to instantly conceal dark under eye circles. Not to mention, this highly pigmented, waterproof concealer delivers 24 hours of crease-proof coverage.

The Trendsetter Mom

Does the special mom in your life seem to know all the beauty trends before you do? Maybe she’s taught you some new ways to wear blush or has mastered the art of winged eyeliner. Opt for a Mother’s Day beauty gift that allows her to keep playing with new makeup trends. We suggest choosing one of these two Mother’s Day makeup gifts. 

Pillow Lips Matte & Cream Lipstick 

Available in 14 shades and two finishes, Pillow Lips Matte & Cream Lipstick lets mom lean into a fun and trendy lipstick moment. We’re talking diffused lips, a vibrant coral pucker, and that classic ‘90s brown everyone seems to be wearing right now. (Pillow Lips Lipstick in Lights Out is the perfect hue for that.) Best of all, the lipsticks are infused with hyaluronic acid filling spheres to create a gorgeous, fuller-looking pout.

Bye Bye Pores Blush 

A blush that adds a natural flush while diffusing the look of pores? Mom might just call you her favorite if you hand this one over in a pretty package. Bye Bye Pores Blush is infused with anti-aging, skin-loving ingredients like peptides and antioxidants.

The Minimalist Mom

If mom considers herself a skinimalist, opt for a product that helps her save time while still looking good. Here are a couple of beauty gift ideas that fit the bill: 

Complete Confidence Duo

A little moisturizer and CC cream is a straightforward beauty regimen any minimalist can appreciate. This Complete Confidence Duo duo features a full-sized version of Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer, which visibly reduces fine lines, minimizes the look of large pores, and brightens skin. With this bundle, she’ll also get a full-size CC+ Cream SPF 50+, a full coverage foundation that nourishes skin while instantly creating a flawless looking complexion.

Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Sticks

You might as well just refer to Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Sticks as  “miracle sticks.” With one easy sweep across the eyelids and about 10 seconds of blending with clean fingers, Mom will have the perfect smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof eyeshadow. A superhero product for your super mom. 

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Balm Treatment

Give Mom the gift of a hydrated, healthy pout and a pretty pop of color with Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Balm Treatment. Each of the four shades is infused with nourishing butters and oils. 

The Skincare Enthusiast Mom

Lots of moms dabble in skincare, but some are a bit more enthusiastic about their daily routine compared to others. If that sounds familiar, choose skincare gifts to help her round out her regimen. To make it easy, this Mother’s Day gift guide has some noteworthy options.

Rejuvenate & Hydrate Duo

Every skincare enthusiast needs an excellent cleanser and cream. Why not give mom two game-changing options in one perfectly packaged gift? With the Rejuvenate & Hydrate Duo, she’ll get both Confidence in a Cleanser and Confidence in a Cream.

Confidence in a Cleanser combines the cleansing power of a foam cleanser with the hydration of a serum! Skin feels soft and supple after—never stripped. Follow  up with Confidence in a Cream, which features a blend of skin-loving ceramides, squalane, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Both are full-sized so the gift will keep on giving.

Hello Results Baby-Smooth Glycolic Acid Peel + Caring Oil

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps visibly resurface the skin so it appears smoother, brighter, and more even. Hello Results Baby-Smooth Glycolic Acid Peel + Caring Oil isn’t just an ordinary AHA peel, though. It’s a supremely gentle, bi-phase peel that hydrates with soothing botanical oils. (Learn more about it here.) 

Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream

Any mom who’s serious about her skincare routine will definitely want to use retinol. Suitable for all skin types, Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream features a blend of free and encapsulated retinol to help visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the look of dark spots, and help skin feel firmer. 

Whether you’re shopping for your own mom, grandmother, or best friend, all the above beauty gifts for the women in your life will elicit a big grin and gorgeous skin. 

Still looking for more beauty gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Peruse our roundup of Skincare & Makeup Duos That Work Better Together and then take a look at Our Favorite Skincare and Beauty Products for Mature Skin. You’ll find lots more fun ideas for Mother’s Day in both spots.


*Source: The NPD Group/U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January-December 2021.
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