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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Moms Who Cook

The best Mother’s Day gifts, in my eyes, are the ones that make Mom happy and that also make my life a little easier. Like, last year I sent her a Burlap & Barrel spice set. She loved the Vietnamese cinnamon, and I loved that when I baked banana bread the next time I was…

The best Mother’s Day gifts, in my eyes, would be those that make Mom happy and that also make my life somewhat easier. Like, last year I sent her a Burlap & Barrel spice collection . She loved the Vietnamese cinnamon, and I loved that when I sliced banana bread next time I was home, I did not need to use spices that perished in the 80s. I know I am not alone here! We love our moms, ummas, and ammis, and several of us learned how to cook at their apron strings–but there are things about their kitchens which drive us all nuts. Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to give them the gift of a kitchen tool upgrade and provide yourself the present of not slicing your finger with a knife that hasn’t been sharpened in a decade. Just be certain that you throw in some flowers or fine chocolates too. Here are our editors’ picks for the best Mother’s Day gifts for 2021.

My mother is the true queen of tchotchkes and her kitchen is no exception. Her measuring spoons are a porcelain set with decorative swirls that she absolutely got in the Home Goods clearance aisle (we love a good sale). So cute! So impractical! Which is a shame because aside from being a tchotchke-hoarder, my mom also loves to bake, and any great baker needs a set of functional measuring spoons. This Oxo Good Grips set is what I have at home, and I would love to give my mom a set too. They’re magnetic so they stay nested together in their drawer, but they pull apart super easily when you’re ready to use them. Save the trinkets for the living room, Mom! —Emily Schultz, social media manager

Oxo Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

Whenever I want to grate some fresh Parm or zest a lemon at my mom’s house, I am confronted by my old nemesis: a novelty mini-grater about the size of a doll’s hairbrush. Whom is this grater for? Elves? Culinarily inclined babies? Perhaps it’s the perfect size to throw in your purse for Parmesan emergencies, but it is a terrible size for anything else. For Mother’s Day, Mom is getting a Microplane whether she wants one or not. —MacKenzie Chung Fegan, senior commerce editor

My mom is the kind of environmentally fastidious gal who washes out plastic baggies, composts like a champ, and saves leftover salmon skin for our omega-loving doggos. Her crunchy granola vibes are family lore, which is why her coffee strategy completely baffles me: my mom owns an off-brand Nespresso machine that uses coffee pods. (Yup, I’m talking about those infamous little turtle-choking-single-use plastic cups.) I know she’s only stuck with The Machine because a) she’s fussy about her flat whites and b) technology is foe. I’m confident this adorable Smeg espresso machine will convert her. There aren’t too many bleeps or buttons, and it pulls a nice shot AND froths milk all at the same time. Did I mention it’s also earth’s prettiest coffee maker? —Ali Francis, associate editor

While I look exactly like my mom, every time I see her use a plastic fork as a whisk I question how we could possibly be related. This Mother’s Day, I’d love to treat her to a real wire whisk that won’t snap under the weight of a thick batter. We may not agree on everything, but I hope she’ll see I’m right about this one. —Chala Tyson Tshitundu, assistant editor

Like most South Asian cooks, my mom doesn’t own measuring cups. She’s a terrific cook, throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that, letting her instinct guide her. The only problem is that because nothing is standardized, it’s hard for me to replicate her recipes at home! For Mother’s Day, I’d like to get her a set of good measuring cups so she can write down her recipes and pass them on to future generations. —Rachel Gurjar, associate food editor

Oxo Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

My mom’s black corduroy jacket from the’80s is trendy. Her citrus juicer from precisely the exact same age is not. The behemoth two-piece, cup-and-reamer situation constantly comes apart in the drawer, and as soon as you’ve got it together, it generates juice that’s speckled with seeds–not adorable! So this season I’m updating her into a one-piece squeezer, which requires far less effort for a way less seedy outcome. Even the driest limes and many over-sized lemons are no match for this particular squeezer’s double-lever technology–and its caution-tape yellow color makes it easy for my mom’s Boomer eyes to spot. —Amanda Shapiro, digital editorial manager

I really like to cook for my mom whenever I see, but every time I head to create garlic fried riceI forget that she does not have a rice cooker. To her credit, there are loads of other methods to make perfect rice (I typically default to oven rice when I’m back home), and she has never been one to amass fancy appliances–the bigger buttons and settings, the less likely she is to utilize it. But in my eyes, the best Mother’s Day gifts are a little luxurious and a bit greedy. I would get her this cute single-buttoned Zojirushi rice cooker so she–and furthermore, Iwill always be only a movie of a switch away from the ideal rice. –Nico Avalle, digital production assistant

My in-laws reside in Provo, Utah. Elevation: 4,551 ft ) I really like to cook when I visit, but whenever I use their oven, it goes quite perfect. It is fairly mortifying to be known as”the daughter-in-law who works at a food magazine but never knows when her cakes will be done,” so I’m attempting to figure out how to adapt my bakes and braises for high elevation. Next time I’m in Utah, I’ll bring a Thermoworks DOT oven thermometer so I will eliminate one variable and adjust the oven temperature with accuracy. —MacKenzie Chung Fegan, senior commerce editor

Thermoworks Oven Thermometer

My parents have a selection of old, yellowed, non-heatproof rubber spatulas. They melt at the very sight of an open fire, and they’re so ancient that the rubber has begun pilling. Like a sweater. Did you even know that was possible?? The Mother’s Day present my mother does not understand she needs is a Get It Right spatula. It’s made of heat-resistant silicone and is smooth like a dolphin–no pilling in sight. —Christina Chaey, therefore

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