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5 Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

You don't need to break the bank to splurge on Mom

A woman holding up a baby against a sunny sky

Mother’s Day is approaching fast, but there’s still enough time to pick up exactly the right gift to show Mom how much you care—and how much you’ve learned from her. If she brought you up to be a Consumer Reports reader, she probably also taught you to shop with an eye for value and quality.

Make her proud with one of these five amazing Mother’s Day gifts. All the items below are recommended by our testers, offer great value, and rank high in our ratings. 

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Camera
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

    Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

    CR’s take: Sure, today’s smartphones can rival most point-and-shoot cameras on the market. But if Mom is really into capturing the moment, she’s likely to love a camera that will take her photo game to the next level. The top feature of the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is an impressive 40x lens that’s great for shooting at both ends of the spectrum. The wide-angle mode is terrific for landscapes, group shots (that’s the whole family!), and even selfies. And the telephoto mode is ideal for capturing a high-school quarterback—or a red-tailed hawk. The Canon’s image stabilizer puts an end to blurry images at those long focal lengths. Despite that powerful lens, the SX730 is both small and lightweight for a superzoom camera. It features large buttons that are easy to find in a hurry, and our testers found a comfortable place on the back to rest their thumbs.

    2
    Cookware
    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy Nonstick
    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy...

      Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy...

      CR’s take: If your mom enjoys working in her kitchen but is still using the cookware she listed on her wedding registry, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Start with a trusty frying pan: The 10- and 8-inch models of the Zwilling J.A. Henckels stainless steel pan with an aluminum core are dishwasher-safe, are oven-safe up to 400° F, and can be used on an induction cooktop. The pans received excellent marks in our tests for cooking evenness, ability to handle temperature, and ease of cleaning.

      3
      Streaming Media
      Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
      Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

        Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

        CR’s take: Make it easier for your mom to binge-watch her favorite shows with a set-top streaming device. The Fire TV Stick, Amazon’s entry-level streaming player, retains the rectangular stick-style design of its predecessor, and it’s among the least expensive streamers you can buy. It’s a 1080p high-definition model and lacks some of the features you’ll find on its pricier sibling—such as 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video and Dolby Atmos sound—but it’s a solid, lower-priced performer with a decent amount of content. Its biggest plus, though, is the Alexa voice remote, which can be used to find, launch, and control content.

        4
        Computer
        HP X2 12-F014DX
        HP X2 12-F014DX

          HP X2 12-F014DX

          CR’s take: While Mom may say she doesn’t need a new laptop, the condition of her current device might tell a different story. Chromebooks don’t offer a lot of storage space, but they’re a great option if her computer activities consist mainly of emailing, surfing the web, and streaming videos. The HP X2 Chromebook ranks behind only the Google PixelBook in our ratings but costs just a little more than half as much: $600 to the PixelBook’s $1,000. Despite the price difference, the X2 is still a top-notch performer, powered by an Intel processor and equipped with 4 gigabytes of memory. It has only 32GB of storage (which is on the small side), but because it’s a Chromebook, the expectation is that users will be saving most of their work, such as spreadsheets and text documents, in the cloud. Mom can even detach the keyboard from the display to use the X2 as a tablet.

          5
          Yard Tools
          Remington RM2510 Rustler
          Remington RM2510 Rustler

            Remington RM2510 Rustler

            CR’s take: If Mom enjoys keeping up her home’s curb appeal, a string trimmer can guarantee pristine walkways and grass around trees and flower beds. Curved-shaft gas string trimmers, like the top-rated Remington RM2510 Rustler, tend to be better for those who are of average height or shorter, plus they’re generally a little easier to maneuver. Most of the curved models in our ratings are cheaper than their straight-shaft counterparts, too. 

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            Beth Braverman

            Beth Braverman is a freelance writer who contributes to Consumer Reports on personal finance topics. Conscious of the intersection of life and money, she is always looking for ways to make more mindful decisions about both.