Smart speakers like the new Echo are great companions in the kitchen or bedroom, but the Show 8 adds a healthy 8-inch screen which can display everything from weather forecasts to streaming videos. This thoughtful gift has a full-fledged Echo smart speaker built-in, too. And yes, the camera has a manual shutter, so Mom never has to worry about being surreptitiously photographed. Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review.
(yes, there is a caution when it comes to giving ladies presents), they don't want mixers, self-help books, or blending bowls.
Sometimes it seems like everyone has gone through a pickle phase at some point in their lives, all the more so in recent months. If this sounds like your mother, maybe it’s time she met The Noma Guide to Fermentation. Co-written by René Redzepi, founder of the Danish restaurant Noma and famed for his innovative pickling techniques, this book is an in-depth guide to fermenting nearly everything under the sun—from vinegars and shoyu to kimchi and kombucha.
Like the rest of us, mom has had a year and she deserves the best—like this diamond quartz watch from Omega. This watch is available for less than $3,000 on eBay right now, backed by its Authenticity Guarantee, which requires all watches to be independently vetted by experts before they make it to your home. This particular Omega watch features a band of diamonds around the rim and a steel band that adds a layer of elegance to any outfit mom chooses to wear.
There's nothing more refreshing than a lavish body wash to uplift the senses and upgrade the shower experience, especially when it's a Best of Beauty clean beauty winner. This Necessaire body wash lathers beautifully and nourishes the body with marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils, as well as plenty of vitamins, and doesn't come with any unpopular ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. It also comes in eucalpytus, sandalwood, and fragrance-free versions to accommodate her personal scent preferences.
Can you imagine the look on your mother’s face when you tell her you got her a cooking lesson from Gordon Ramsay? You don’t have to imagine it if you get her a subscription to MasterClass, a service that offers online celebrity-taught courses on a variety of topics, from cooking to writing. Find mom’s passion (or favorite celebrity) and give her the gift of a lifetime of learning.
We wouldn’t try to talk you out of getting your mother a gift certificate to a spa, but we would suggest you bundle it together with a DIY spa kit. The Evanhealy French Rose Clay Mask is a delight—if your mom applies it before slipping into a tub filled with Dr Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Foaming Bath, she’ll have the makings of a blissful afternoon. Afterward, she can finish things off with a facial massage using the Kimkoo Jade Facial Roller kit. The best part of this spa kit? The relaxation doesn’t happen just once a year—Mom should be able to find an hour here and there to unwind whenever the mood strikes.
Estée Lauder's S.O.S. Skincare Repair + Glow Essentials Set helps transform dull-looking skin overnight with a concentrated lineup of the Night Micro Cleansing Foam, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery. These product names are fancy talk for effective products made with hyaluronic acid and algae extract to moisturize, caffeine to improve blood circulation, and fruit extracts (watermelon and apple) to exfoliate — so your mom wakes up with refreshed, soft, and smooth skin.
Once Mom becomes an empty nester, she'll want to feel connected to the whole family more than ever. If she could, she would probably fill up the whole house with pictures of the kids and grandkids, but let's do her one better with a digital photo frame. Keeping all her favorites in one place, this pick from Aluratek has a 7-inch LCD screen, surrounded by a wooden frame to show off photos in a slideshow format for everyone to see.
Odds are good that the mothers in your life will be spending some quality time this year out in the backyard or on the patio. Help them extend those outdoor hours well into the evening with a portable fire pit. One of our favorites is the Solo Stove Bonfire, which, when operated correctly, burns wood with almost no detectable smoke. The airflow created by the stove’s double-walled design intensifies the heat of the fire, making it more efficient and less smoky. (We wouldn’t recommend trying it on a fire escape, though—if that’s the only outdoor space she’s got, stick to a hibachi.)