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Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday every May, and is the time when we give thanks to the moms (or maternal figures) in our lives. It’s on May 9 this year, and let’s be honest—after the year we’ve all had, mom definitely deserves some TLC. Whether your mom, spouse, sister, grandmother, or mother figure doesn’t drink at all or loves to find the best new bottles to try, there’s an option that’ll make sure you win the best gift award this year. We did the research for you, so you can pick a gift and then focus on crafting the perfect Mother's Day cocktail this year.
From barware to DIY kits, here are the best Mother’s Day gifts for every mom in your life.
Best All-Inclusive Set: Espolon Cocktail Kit
Margaritas are amazing, but this cocktail mix gets incredibly inventive so that you can change up the flavors as you see fit. Available in three different options—Heartbreaker, Little Green, and Island Escape—you can give mom combinations of lime and prosecco, jalapenos with agave, and pineapple with allspice. Each set comes with pre-measured ingredients, a bottle of smooth Espolon tequila, a jigger, four cups, and a menu with instructions. Who needs to go out anymore?
Best Barware: Love & Victory Ours Decanter Set
Decanters are a necessity to let wines breathe, and this set is personalized for a unique touch. The decanter has ‘ours’ engraved on it, and you’ll be able to choose from a selection of options (including ‘his and hers’ and ‘his and theirs’) on the glasses, in order to bring some sentimentality into the gift.
Best Starter Set: Essential Cocktail Set
If mom wanted to get into cocktails this quarantine but didn’t really know where to start, this cocktail set is everything she’ll need to make a bartender-worthy drink at home. At less than $100, she’ll get a mixing glass, barspoon, jigger, strainer, and tins in sterling silver, which look pretty classic on her new bar.
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Best For The Wine Enthusiast: Ullo Wine Purifier
Wines are full of sulfites—a chemical that’s often used as a preservative in order to avoid discoloration. Some people may have sulfite sensitivity that increases hangovers or their body may just not be able to digest it, but even if you don’t have any negative reactions to the chemical, it could change the taste of your favorite wine if left in it too long. That’s why this wine purifier is so vital. It slowly removes sulfites through the adjustable filter. It’s easy to use, so you don’t have to worry about gifting something complicated.
Best Budget: Whispering Angel
This is such a drinkable wine at a pretty great price. From Provence, France, it uses primarily Grenache grapes, which means it has an elegant, floral, fruity feel with hints of strawberries and cherries. If you want to taste spring in a bottle, this is it.
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Best Cocktail Book: The Infused Cocktail Handbook
This just-released recipe book teaches you all about infusing liquor, as well as which flavors work the best for each type of alcohol. Adam Sachs, the former editor-in-chief of SAVEUR, lends his expertise to the book, which will help cocktail aficionados learn how to go all-out with their craft.
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Best For The Cocktail Maven: Cheeky Cocktails
Sometimes, you just want to make cocktails without the fuss. The ultimate lazy gift, this cocktail set contains several different flavor options with lime, ginger, agave, and tons more. All you need to do is add your alcohol of choice and drink, but if you need variety and want to add fruits, sodas, or other mixes, that’s an option too. It’s so much easier than making your own mixes.
Best For The Gin Obsessed: OP Gin Lover Infusion Kit
Gin is great, but infused gin is so much better: This kit comes with a glass gin infuser, three flavor blends (Floral, Ginger, and Lime), and a stainless steel tasting straw. If you have a woman in your life who loves to experiment with liquor flavors, this is the ultimate DIY gift.
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Best For The Entertainer: Michael Aram Black Ocean Reef Vodka Service
If mom is getting ready to finally host some parties again, this vodka service or shot glass set is beautifully made, with simulated coral reef handles and textured stainless steel. Serveware with a twist—it’s ideal for any and all get-togethers.
Best Modern Gadget: Coravin Model Two Premium Wine Preservation System
This dream design allows you to pour wine without removing the cork—and in turn, your wine will last so much longer. The patented design preserves the air inside the bottle so that no argon escapes, leaving wine fresh for ages to come.
Best For The DIY Maven: Merlot Wine-Making Kit
For the mom who loves DIY projects, this Merlot wine-making kit is an original option. It contains grape juice, yeast, and a guide to the fermentation process, allowing her to really play around with proportions and flavors to create a wine she might be proud to serve at the dinner table.
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Best For The Whiskey Drinker: Cascade Moon Editions 1
Based in Tennessee, this whisky company’s top distiller is Nicole Astin, who blends this limited-edition George Dickel Tennessee Whisky in unique ways. Notes of raspberry, pineapple, and coconut keep this 11-year-old whisky interesting and unique. Get it while you can.
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Best Aperitif: Haus Sampler Kit
This intricate sampler kit lets you play around with flavors so that you can pick the best aperitif for mom to enjoy pre-dinner. You can mix in liquor or prosecco to turn them into full-blown cocktails too, but these incredible ingredients—think lavender, botanicals, and yuzu—may be just enough to enjoy on their own.