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.
Dry shampoo is practically magic, and if your mom is a fan, this two-piece ornament from Bumble and bumble is the perfect stocking stuffer. It comes complete with a full-size of the Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo (to instantly clean and volumize) and a sample of the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer (to moisturize and defrizz). Buy one for your mom and then one to keep for yourself, too.
There's a good chance that your mom doesn't want you to spend too much time, money, or stress picking out a great gift for her, so we made sure to include tons of affordable options that you can order at the very last minute. And if you also have your grandma, mother-in-law, or stepmom on your holiday shopping list, many of these thoughtful picks will work for her, too.
When it’s so noisy in the house that Mom can’t hear herself think, she definitely needs noise-canceling headphones to surround herself in blissful silence. Our experts tested the best noise-cancelling headphones and found the best pair to be the Sony WH-1000XM4s, which allow users to customize the amount of noise cancelling they need. When the football game is on in the family room and Lil Nas X is blasting out of a bedroom, she'll reach for them. She won’t hear a sound when she’s wearing these headphones, so text her if you need anything.
This Best of Beauty body-care winner is loaded with squalane, apricot kernel oil, and grapeseed oil and delivers major hydration through misting. But, and a very important but at that, the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil dries down quickly, so it never feels heavy or clingy. Your mom's skin will feel velvety smooth and smell like vanilla and almond through the day.
We tested Hunt A Killer this summer, and the first thing I did after reading the review was buy a subscription for my mother. She is obsessed with true crime, and unsurprisingly, she’s now also obsessed with Hunt A Killer. The subscription box allows players to solve a crime, with monthly “episodes” that get the person closer to solving the crime every time. If your mother is just as obsessed with true crime as mine, she’ll be ecstatic to play detective for a few months.
Females enjoy candles, and it is a proper gift for practically every ladies on your list. A traditional choice: Diptyque-Limited Edition Parfumee Encens Candle.
Essential oil diffusers are the sustainable cousin of candles, and this wall plug-in from Diptyque is an unexpected gift moms will love. The plug cycle is three hours long, and you can fill the electric diffuser with any one of the brand's signature scents (like Baies or Figuier). Each pod will diffuse scent for up to 40 hours (or the equivalent of three months)—way longer than the burn time of most candles.
Various occasions can be listed when presents are shared. Providing them with a surprise present while they are dining will be an included treat. The idea of exchanging gifts on New Year and Christmas is to want them a happy and successful year ahead.
I have a small, simple one-zone home, where the thermostat controls only the furnace. Last winter, I bought several different top-rated smart thermostats and installed and tested them one at a time. The Nest was the one I kept. It's a snap to set up and it delivers on the features I wanted: Scheduled temperature adjustment, appealing aesthetics, an intuitive interface and absolute control via iPhone. Add in smart speaker support, and Mom can adjust the temperature from bed during those cold winter nights. Read our Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation review.
Even though we're all in hibernation mode right now, that doesn't mean that your mom's hair-care routine should suffer. The three-piece Merry Multi-Masking Kit from Briogeo includes the best-selling Don't Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask, a travel-sized version of the four-time Allure Best of Beauty winner Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, and a travel-size of the Gentle, Be Kind Avocado and Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask.
If your Mom likes her evening tea, she'll love this Bella tea kettle. Instead of going through the hassle of putting a pot of water to boil on the stove (not to mention the loud cry it makes when ready), all Mom has to do is fill this adorably patterned tea kettle and flip the switch on the side. It'll boil water in no time with 1200 watts of power, which means she can have her chamomile quicker. P.S. our associate editor's mom uses this kettle daily, and loves the patterns!
Flowers may not be the most original gift, but the pleasure of receiving a bundle of blossoms is nearly unparalleled. We get a jolt of energy every time we walk through a room and see cut flowers in a vase. Rather than presenting Mom with merely one bouquet, though, why not give her a year’s worth of joy? Our pick for the best online flower delivery service, UrbanStems offers subscriptions of classic or seasonal arrangements that arrive weekly, twice monthly, or monthly. The first bouquet comes with a simple, clear glass vase, but you could upgrade to a hand-blown Aurora Vase from Hawkins New York; it comes in a range of shapes and colors.