Moms can never turn down cardigans. It’s a fact. They’re sensible, comfortable, and perfect for fighting against drafty air. She can drape the popular Halogen Cardigan over a dress for a casual date-night look, or she can wear it over her loungewear for a cozy evening style. This cardigan gets the thumbs-up from hundreds of reviewers at Nordstrom who say it’s lightweight, gorgeous, and perfectly drapey.
Think about what your mom likes best, her likes and dislikes. You can base your gift depending on this and make the day really special for her.
Stress is a common reason for back pain, and if Mom tends to have a lot of it, it's time for a massage. A winner of our 2020 Wellness Awards, the oCuddle neck and back massager mimics a shiatsu massage, getting deep into the muscles to alleviate pressure and tension—all from the comfort of her own home. With bidirectional kneading massage heads and a heat feature for improved blood flow, she can target neck stiffness, lower back pain, and upper shoulder strain.
The various things that your mom does for you that you are thankful to her for
Calling all children of wine-loving moms: a Winc subscription makes it incredibly easy to discover new, delicious wines of all varieties — red, white, rosé, sparkling, cider, and even vegan — that are actually produced in-house by Winc. All she has to do is take a short quiz about her wine preferences and Winc will curate a few bottles for her every month to be delivered to her doorstep. As a member, she'll also get access to discounted prices, and if she orders four bottles or more, she'll get free shipping. Gift cards are available for one-, two-, and three-month subscriptions. Happy hour just got a little happier.
If you've ever taken a trip down memory lane with your mom (i.e. gone through her jewelry box), you may have noticed that it probably needs an upgrade, especially if she's using something like an old shoebox to hold all her baubles from yesteryear. This leather and anti-tarnish microsuede option from Mejuri is perfect for a few of her favorite necklaces, earrings, and rings. To make this gift even more special, you can also pick her up something shiny from Mejuri while you're at it.
This Bareminerals complexion set has everything your mom needs to create a beautiful base, if she's feeling like she wants a little bit of coverage. The Prime Time Original Foundation Primer helps blur pores and preps skin, while Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, and the Beautiful Finish Brush finish the job and give off a natural, luminous finish.
Give mom's hands a little TLC from all the constant hand-washing with this heated Patchology hand and cuticle mask. It uses insulation technology to trap her natural body heat and allow the macadamia oil, shea butter, and rosehip oil to penetrate more fully and deeply into the skin. In just 10 minutes her dry, chapped hands will emerge buttery soft and hydrated — and not to mention, it feels so relaxing.
Giving someone hand cream for the holidays can sometimes feel like a cop-out, on par with a basic, boring candle. But, hear us out on this one from Glossier: It's fast-absorbing and hydrating thanks to ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract, it smells absolutely incredible, and the packaging looks like a chic pink lighter to boot. Your mom will be so thankful to give her hands a little TLC with all the hand-washing she's hopefully doing lately.
The greatest secret to coming up with Christmas present concepts for her is to think of her. What does SHE like to do in her down time? Find out the answer to that and you are well on your method to finding presents that will go over huge.
Wirecutter editor Marilyn Ong recommends the Google Nest Hub Max for moms who spend a lot of time in the kitchen—especially those who seem to have everything already. With the Max, your mom can upload family photos to use as screensavers, and she can watch TV shows or listen to music or podcasts while cooking. She can also access all of her favorite recipes—the device has a recipe-search function baked in. In our testing, we found the Max was better than the Amazon Echo Show at walking us through cooking instructions step by step. (And the Max has gesture control, so your mom won’t have to touch the screen with floury hands.)