13 Best Gift Ideas for Moms who Love to Entertain (+ 3 menus to celebrate mom!)

Celebrate this Mother’s Day with some creative gift ideas for mom who loves to cook and entertain in style!

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Early in our marriage, my husband learned pretty quickly not to buy me anything that needed to be plugged in. That meant no vacuums, no hair dryers, no power tools. Now if I asked for any of those things, that was a different story. Gentlemen…meet the paradox of women. When it’s our idea, it’s a great one. When it’s yours…not so much. Because I (and I know many of you) love to cook, you might want to print off this post and share this list of the best gift ideas for the mom who loves to cook. And I’ve also sourced a few special gift ideas for mom that have nothing to do with the kitchen. 

And I’ve included a Mother’s Day Menu to celebrate mom because let’s face it…we aren’t easy to buy for!

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Three Gift Themes 

  • Kitchen– If the kitchen is mom’s happy place, one of these five Mother’s Day gift ideas promise a big smile and little chance of a return.
  • Outdoor Entertaining – For the mom who loves to entertain – outdoors or otherwise. Four fun Mother’s Day gift ideas that she’ll love to share with family and friends.
  • Tech+ – Some J+N mad crushes that will elevate Mom’s tech style from expected to exceptional with a little self care thrown in.

Gift Ideas for the Cook

From a super sentimental cutting board engraved with a family favorite recipe to a gorgeous lightweight chef’s knife perfect for a woman’s hands to a sweet teapot and more.

five gifts for moms who love to cook

COOKING GIFT SOURCES: 1. Kitchenaid Pasta Roller Attachment | 2. Kahler Hammershoi Teapot | 3. Staub Enameled 5 1/2-Qt. White Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven | 4. TheHardwoodCom Handwritten Personalized Recipe Board | 5. Global 6″ Chef’s Knife | 6. All-Clad All-in-One Pan

Outdoor Entertaining Gifts

Forego the paper plates. Set Mom up with some classic melamine outdoor dinner plates, striped outdoor tumblers and more that create a stylish table.

four outdoor entertaining gift ideas for Mother's Day

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING GIFT SOURCES: 1. Great Lakes Melamine Platter (other regions available) | 2. Blue Striped Acrylic Tumblers | 3. Monogrammed Faux Tortoise Outdoor Coasters | 4. White Melamine Dinnerware Set (also sold individually)

Fun Gift Ideas for Mom

Tech and a touch of sass. From a sleek bracelet that doubles as a phone charger to a candle that lets mom know how cool she is.

four tech mothers day gift ideas on a white background

TECH+ GIFT SOURCES: 1. Rifle Paper Hydrangea iPhone Case | 2. Rose Gold Charging Bracelet (other metals available) | 3. Ember 14oz. Mug | 4. Hey Mom, You’re A Badass Candle

Mother’s Day Dinner Themes

Cooking for mom is one of the best ways you can show her how much she means to you. Here are some easy and yummy menu ideas that answer the question what to cook for your mom for dinner and make the day extra special!

a pizza on a wooden pizza peel with a marble trivet next to it

Pizza Party: Intermediate Cook

pan of seared and cooked chicken breasts with a tong and blue napkin tied to the handle

Easy and Light: Beginner Cook

white pan of baked breaded eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese and basil

Italian Lover : Intermediate Cook

Celebrate Mom in the best way this year. And if you need some more ideas, dig through my whole recipe box for recipes that fit mom’s tastes and your plans!

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  1. Just order the Great Lakes platter! Such fun ideas, thank you J+N!! Also sending menu recipes to kids (and hubby) so there are no excuses for a yummy Mother’s Day celebration!!