A boy kissing his mother.

Mother’s Day is this weekend, but there’s still time to pick up just the right gift to show Mom just how much you care. If she brought you up to be a Consumer Reports reader, she probably also taught you to spend 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.


Today’s smartphones can rival most point-and-shoot cameras on the market. But if Mom is really into capturing the moment, there are plenty of options that will take her photo game to the next level.

Advanced cameras provide more control over exposure settings. And waterproof cameras can go places your smartphone can’t—like the bottom of a swimming pool.

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Advanced point-and-shoot:
 Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II, $1,200
This camera’s 24mm-200mm zoom lens is rare on a point-and-shoot, and the camera allows you to create more professional looking shots, especially in low light. It also has a quality LCD and an excellent viewfinder, making it a breeze to compose and review your shots.

Waterproof, rugged: Canon PowerShot D30, $330 
Your mom can go deep with this camera—up to 82 feet below the surface, deeper than any other camera in its class. It also has a built-in GPS, allowing for easy geotagging of photos.

SLR: Canon EOS 200D Rebel SL2 w/EF 50mm camera, $850
This 24-megapixel camera has a 2.9-inch LCD and an image stabilizer. It has a relatively long battery life for an SLR, and produces better-quality video than many other models.


If your mom is still using the same cookware from her wedding registry, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

Match the cookware to her cooktop. Depending on your budget, you can spring for a whole new set or opt for just a key piece or two.

Pots and pans: 
Swiss Diamond Reinforced #6010, $600
This nonstick set browned our pancakes evenly, and its nonstick surface stood up to 2,000 strokes of mechanical steel-wool rubbing. Our fried eggs slid right out of the pan and continued to do so (with a nudge) even after the coating showed scratches. The set is made of cast aluminum, and the manufacturer claims the nonstick coating is free of perfluorocatanoic acid (PFOA), which can be found in some nonstick coatings.

Frying pan: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy nonstick kitchen frying pan, $100
The 10- and 8-inch models of this stainless steel pan with an aluminum core are dishwasher-safe, oven-safe up to 400 degrees, 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.

Streaming Media

Make it easier for your mom to binge-watch her favorite shows with a set-top streaming device to complement her Hulu or Netflix subscription. The newer devices also allow her to access photo apps or social media sites on her TV.

Streaming media player:
 Roku Ultra, $90
Roku’s flagship model offers the best performance of any Roku model as well as a wide assortment of channels. Because it’s not affiliated with a specific streaming service, it makes it really easy to access any of them.


While Mom may say she doesn’t need a new laptop, the jet engine-like sounds emanating from her device may tell a different story. Chromebooks don’t offer a lot of storage space, but they’re a great option if her computer activities consist mostly emailing, surfing the web, and streaming videos.

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4 computer, $456
With an Intel Core processor, this touch-screen computer provides a tabletlike experience. This Asus is a great choice for the mom on the go. It has a 9.75-hour battery life and weighs in at a fairly light 2.5 pounds.

Yard Tools

If Mom enjoys keeping up her house's curb appeal, a string trimmer can guarantee pristine walkways and grass around trees and flower beds. An electric version will suffice for smaller yards, but go with gas for larger properties.

Grass and weed trimmer: 
Stihl FS 38 string trimmer, $130
This gas-powered curved string trimmer received excellent scores for trimming, edging, and power in tall weeds and grass.  It gets loud, though, so you might also spring for earplugs or noise-blocking muffs.