10 Books To Give for Mother’s Day

I adore giving books as Mother’s Day gifts. It’s so fun to keep someone particular in mind and then pick out something specially for them. And books feel like low-pressure — if the recipient isn’t into the book, she can easily regift it. Plus book prices are low enough that buying them doesn’t feel like a risky purchase.

That said, if book buying feels intimidating, I would recommend going with an Audible gift subscription instead — you can give 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. It’s perfect for someone who loves to listen to audio books while the work in the house or garden, or for those who have a commute.

Here are ten books (plus a bonus pick) that would make great gifts for Mother’s Day. I’ve included a nice wide range of topics — poetry, parenting, history, feminism, money, food, organizing, and more — and most are very recently published.

I Gave Her A Name by Rachel Hunt Steenblik, with illustrations by Ashley Mae Hoiland. This is a book of short poems exploring the concept of Heavenly Mother. It’s excellent, and makes me emotional every time I pick it up. Fun fact: One of the poems is called Design Mom and was written for me. (Best compliment ever!).

Related remember when we discussed the idea of a female God?

Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve, by Jean Chatzky. We all know everything is easier when our financial situation is sorted (and everything is stressful when it’s not.) As women, I hope we’ve learn to speak very frankly about money — how to get it, save it, and use it.

The Future Is Feminist, edited by Mallory Farrugia (Editor), with an introduction by Jessica Valenti. This is a collection of writing from a long list of women you already love. And it’s an especially handsome volume in purpose.

All Hail the Queen: Twenty Women Who Ruled, by Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Shweta Jha. I love any book that brings more stories of women in history to my attention.

Oven to Table: Over 100 One-Pot and One-Pan Recipes for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More, by Jan Scott. You know I love a good one pan/one pot recipe. Well, here’s a whole book!

Viral Parenting: A Guide to Setting Boundaries, Building Trust, and Raising Responsible Kids in an Online World, by Mindy McKnight. I know Mindy in real life. She’s a terrific mom and she’s raised kids who are massive youtube stars (and who have had to deal with everything that means). Mindy has great advice.

There are Girls like Lions: Poems about Being a Woman with illustrations by Karolin Schnoor and a forward by Cole Swensen. More poems! This collection is focused on the experience of being a woman. Stunning illustrations.

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy, by Nagisa Tatsumi. Before there was Marie Kondo, there was this book. In fact, I read that this is the book that got Marie to tidy up her apartment for the first time. It believe was only translated to English a couple of years ago.

Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, by Ann Imig. Have you ever heard of the legendary Listen To Your Mother performances? You may be able to see one in your own town. I have friends who have read their work at these events and I’ve always wanted to go!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez. This is the only fiction on this list. It’s a YA novel with excellent reviews. I thought it would be fun to read with and discuss with my daughters.

Bonus pick: Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, by (me!) Gabrielle Stanley Blair. If you don’t have a copy for yourself, or know someone who would like one, they’re on super sale at the moment. Amazon is listing them for $10.39!


Your turn. Are there any books you are planning to gift this year? To your mother? Or maybe to a grandmother, auntie, surrogate mom, step mom, sister or dear friend? Feel free to include your picks in the comments below. I always love to see what titles have caught your eye.

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