The best Mother's Day gifts for gamer moms, starting at $11

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Mother and daughter playing video games on laptop at home
What to get for the woman who has everything and looooves gaming. (Photo: Getty)

Classic Mother's Day gifts are fine — and even great for certain recipients. Most everyone loves flowers or chocolates or a nice scented candle. But if you're buying for someone who has a strong affinity for something specific, why not go the extra mile and surprise her with a Mother's Day gift that says "I see you"?

To wit: Got a gamer mom in your life? Have we got gift ideas for you! Beyond the obvious (though great) option of treating her to an actual video game, we have themed carry-alls, adorable credit-card holders and an impressive array of other gaming-adjacent items (Poke-ball shaped mug, anyone?).

A good game-themed gift will thrill her and will last a lot longer than a bouquet of roses (and probably cost a lot less). Take a look at the options we pulled together for you below.

Style, beauty and decor

OPI Xbox Spring 2022 Collection

This handy set lets you try out colors like
This handy set lets you try out colors like "Pixel Dust" and "Trading Paint." (Photo: OPI)

If you hear the word gamer and think of some unshowered young man living in a basement... well, throw that idea out of your head right now! Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders and ages. And some of them like to be quite stylish! So stylish, in fact, that OPI now makes custom nail polish for Xbox players, in a number of colors like "Pixel Dust" and "You Had Me at Halo." Not sure what hue to get for your mom? There's a four-piece set of 3.75-ounce bottles with a selection of colors so your gamer can try out a few to narrow down her style!

$17 at Amazon

Hot Topic Pokémon Sleeping Starters Makeup Bag

White makeup bag with Pokémon starters sleeping
This bag will help you catch them all...your makeup supplies, that is! (Photo: Hot Topic)

When your mom's all gussied up for a fancy party with her best makeup on, she doesn't have to leave her gamer side at home. Not with this cute makeup bag from Hot Topic printed with adorable OG Pokémon sleeping peacefully amongst the flowers. It's 10 inches across and six inches tall, so there's plenty of room for lipstick and eyeshadow, and the outside features fave friends like Pikachu, Eevee and Bulbasaur!

$11 at Hot Topic

Loungefly Pokemon Eevee Spring Flowers Cardholder

Let this little fox-like Pokémon watch over your credit cards. (Photo: Loungefly)
Let this little fox-like Pokémon watch over your credit cards. (Photo: Loungefly)

Mom doesn't need a big honking wallet to secure all her cash and cards these days — a slim cardholder can do the job nicely. An especially nice option? This utterly fetching Pokémon holder featuring the adorable (and highly versatile) Eevee? The flower print will ensure it matches her full spring ensemble, while the Eevee peeking out from the buds will make her smile every time she takes something out from one of its three pockets!

$15 at Hot Topic

Super Mario Princess Peach Crown Wallet by Danielle Nicole

This cute Princess Peach-themed wallet is great for holding cards and (real) coins. (Photo: Concept One)
This cute Princess Peach–themed wallet is great for holding cards and (real) coins. (Photo: Concept One)

But what if mom really does need that big honking wallet, you ask? Well, GameStop carries this absolutely fetching Princess Peach wallet with two big pockets, a coin purse and 12 — that's right, 12 — card slots. That's plenty of room for all her cash, cards and receipts, and we bet she'll be delighted by the look on the cashier's face next time she pulls this out to pay for video games for the grandkids...or herself! (PS: It also matches the backpack below.)

$30 at GameStop

Super Mario Princess Peach Crown Mini Backpack by Danielle Nicole

This backpack is themed after our favorite Princess Toadstool. (Photo: Concept One)
This backpack will be a royal treat for the mom(s) in your life (Photo: Concept One)

If you've got a "fun mom," why not get her a matching bag that tells everyone? Gamer moms will love carrying around their wallets, phone and other accessories in this Princess Peach backpack. It'll keep her stuff nice and secure, while the white, pink and gold design doesn't exactly scream gamer if you're not in the know, making this great for work, school or maybe even a fancy-ish dinner.

$40 at GameStop

Controller Gear Nintendo Animal Crossing Mint Leaves Crossbody Bag

This mint green crossbody bag is perfect for holding a Switch console. (Photo: Target)
This mint green crossbody bag is perfect for holding a Switch console. (Photo: Target)

For moms who like their purses to be a bit more traditional, this Animal Crossingthemed crossbody bag is sleek and tastefully decorated with a soothing mint-colored leaf pattern. The cute factor is supplied by a pic of island shopkeepers Timmy and Tommy on the front. It's great for holding a wallet and keys, though gamer moms will also discover its the perfect size for toting around a Switch for playing on the move. The strap is detachable, too, for moms who'd rather use it as a clutch or want to slip it into a larger bag.

$50 at Target

Razer Animal Crossing: New Horizons Outdoor Pattern Mini Backpack

This cute blue backpack is great for outdoor activities as well as gaming. (Photo: Razer)
This cute blue backpack is great for outdoor activities as well as gaming. (Photo: Razer)

For Animal Crossing players who need something just a wee bit bigger than the crossbody bag, we recommend this lovely blue backpack printed with the faces of some of your mom's favorite characters, like town manager Isabelle and island rock star K.K. Slider. The vegan leather is bright and easy to clean, and the inside has plenty of purpose-made pockets for her Switch, accessories and games.

$30 at GameStop

Official Pokémon Poké Ball Molded Mug

This mug holds coffee, not Kadabra and Kabuto. (Photo: JUST FUNKY)
This mug holds coffee, not Kadabra and Kabuto. (Photo: JUST FUNKY)

Your mother doesn't need yet another mug proclaiming her to be "#1 Mom." But she can still be the very best with this Poké Ballshaped mug that holds up to 12 ounces of hot or cold liquid. It's not dishwasher safe, but its rounded shape makes it super easy to clean. Just don't try to trap any Pokémon in it — this is for catching caffeine only!

$25 at Amazon

Gaming gear

Nintendo Switch Lite

Grab your mom a Switch of her own in coral. (Photo: Nintendo)
Grab your mom a Switch of her own in coral (or blue or gray or teal). (Photo: Nintendo)

Maybe your mom is a newbie who's been content to borrow your Switch for the occasional gaming sesh. Unfortunately, that means you don't get to play, and it sucks when she unwittinly erases hours of work in a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The best way to fix this is to just get her a system of her own, and the Switch Lite is a great gift for an active mom, aunt or grandmom. It's smaller than the standard Switch and doesn't come with a dock, but it's $100 cheaper and comes in super cute colors like teal and coral.

$199 at Amazon

Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

This little game machine also functions as a clock. (Photo: Nintendo)
This little game machine also functions as a clock. (Photo: Nintendo)

We know your mom loves to talk about how gaming was back in the day, so why not bring some of the past into the present with this reproduction Game & Watch. Do you remember the tiny G&W system from the '80s? Well, this is like that but way powered up, with a color screen and a selection of three games: the original Super Mario Bros. from the NES, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (a harder sequel not originally released in the United States) and an exclusive Mario-themed version of the G&W classic Ball. And when it's not being played it makes a great digital clock, which is super lovely for her desk.

$44 $50 at Amazon

Logitech G435 Lightspeed Headset

This headset is cute and comfy. (Photo: Logitech)
This headset is cute and comfy. (Photo: Logitech)

Your mom really deserves better than the built-in speakers on her laptop or television. Why not upgrade her to a nice, comfortable headset with great audio? With Logitech's G435 ultra-light gaming headset, she can now have one that fits her unique style. This Bluetooth set comes in white with lilac or blue and raspberry, in addition to a more traditional black and yellow design. The fabric cups will feel light on her ears while the wrapped headband won't pull on her hair. And the sound? It's Logitech, so of course it's amazing!

$60 $80 at Amazon

Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

This mouse is small and feels great in your hand. (Photo: Logitech)
This mouse is small and feels great in your hand. (Photo: Logitech)

If you're tricking out your mom's battle station with accessories that are cute and colorful, you might as well add in this sleek, stylish mouse from Logitech. The G305 has an easy-to-use receiver stowed right inside — just plug it in and you're ready to game. Even more impressive is the mouse's 250 hours of battery life off a single AA battery, so your mom is unlikely to be caught off-guard mid-game. Grab it in a standard black or white, or go a little more springtime with blue, lilac or mint.

$40 $50 at Amazon

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