If shopping for a Mother’s Day gift has you shouting “Mayday!” we’ve got you covered. We sniffed out some of the best perfume gifts—from classics to new finds—and matched the scents to the personalities of our favorite TV moms. Whether your mom is more Mrs. Huxtable or more Ms. Delgado-Prichett, consult our guide to find a scent she’ll love. Bonus: these will last way longer than last-minute flowers, anyway.
If your mom is your gab girlfriend
(like Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls)
Buy her Escada Cherry in the Air She’s young at heart and your eternal bestie who’s got a roll of cookie dough waiting for life’s every catastrophe. Escada’s new scent possesses a girlie charm with notes of marshmallow plus raspberry, sandalwood, and fresh cherries. It’s light and airy, just like her.
If your mom is the quintessential pretty woman
(like Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family)
Buy her Dolce and Gabbana Desire Your mom gets more beautiful every year with a glowing confidence that twenty-year-olds want to bottle up. But she never takes herself too seriously. Give her this bold scent that’s as warm as her laughter with hints of tuberose, lily of the valley, and sandalwood.
If your mom is classic and composed
(like Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show)
Buy her Chanel No. 5 She loves a tailored suit by day, pearls for night, and still finds time to make you a home-cooked meal when you come home on the weekends. Like Mrs. Huxtable, your mom prefers timeless products. If the famed floral Chanel No. 5 isn’t already her trademark scent, it’s a safe bet.
If your mom is the girl next door
(like Jill Taylor on Home Improvement)
Buy her Calvin Klein CK One Summer Not only did she have three boys but Jill’s husband was a tool man, so she knows how to let loose and be one of the guys. For mom-next-door types, there’s updated iconic unisex scent CK One Summer. Not too floral, not too musky, and a time-tested favorite (next year, the original CK One celebrates its 20th birthday!).
If your mom is an Earth Mother
(like Abby O’Neill on Dharma & Greg)
Buy her Strange Invisible Perfumes The Rose with the Broken Neck Dedicated to respecting and protecting the planet, au naturel fragrances from Strange Invisible Perfumes are perfect for eco-conscious moms. She’ll love this organic, limited-edition scent that packs a powerful punch of rose, Tahitian vanilla, nutmeg, palo santo, vetiver, and white cognac.