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.
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.
Another great product we see selling out toward the end of the year is the Spanx faux leather leggings from Nordstrom, which many of our on-staff mothers are obsessed with. They boast more than 3,000 reviews on Nordstrom, which isn’t surprising, given that our staffers rave about them every chance they get. She can wear them with a denim jacket or throw them on with a t-shirt—no matter how she styles them, Mom will love these versatile leggings.
All Aveeno products are wonderfully soothing when it comes to treating sensitive skin, and its Best of Beauty-winning Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, Positively Radiant Brightening Daily Scrub, and Readers' Choice-winning Daily Moisturizing Lotion are no exceptions. Ingredients like itch-alleviating colloidal oatmeal and hydrating glycerin and soy extract ensure that your mom's skin will feel soft and smooth from head to toe.
Hand soap might not seem like the most personal of holiday gifts, but this starter set from Blueland is great for moms who are trying to cut down on their plastic usage and wash their hands a lot. This kit comes with one glass bottle and three foaming tablets in the scents iris agave, lemon, and lavender eucalyptus. The bottle can be reused forever, saving each household approximately 25 single-use plastic bottles of hand soap.
Raise your hand if your mom deserves a pampering at-home spa day. Is everyone's hand raised? Good. Then she'll probably want this Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer, which opens up pores and softens the outer layer of skin, so it better absorbs skin-care products. It's basically the lightweight, portable version of, in our opinion, one of the most relaxing parts of a facial — and she'll have it at her disposal every day.
You can choose to create beautiful flower centerpieces made of paper. This can be a great craft making idea to surprise your mom. You can also make a hand crafted photo frame for her. You can frame a nice photograph of your mom in a nicely crafted frame. This would be one of the most precious gifts for your mom and she will cherish it forever. You can also make a nice locket of love, and fit it with a chain, which will hang across her neck, reminding her of your unconditional love for her.
Generally, it is noted that most moms are coffee or tea lovers. This can be one of the best gifts that you can give to your mom. Get a personalized coffee or tea mug for your mother, with her name printed on it. She will just love to use it all the time and will cherish this gift for ever. You can also get some phrases imprinted on the wall of the mug along with your mother’s name. You can decide this depending upon the budget of the gift.
That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you by pulling together a list of useful gifts for older parents for this holiday season, including a key finder when they forget and wine purifier for when they need a glass (or two). We couldn’t leave out ones that are particular to these strange times, of course — like a wireless charger and sanitizer for their phones and face mask rack so they stay organized before going out.
During the pandemic, the opportunity for enjoying a meal cooked by someone else has been complicated but not eliminated: Outdoor dining persists, limited indoor dining has begun, and, of course, takeout remains a safe, delicious option that keeps all parties out of the kitchen. If you know your mom’s favorite restaurant, grab her a gift card from there. And if you think she’d like to try somewhere new, one idea given to us by Wirecutter editor Tracy Vence is a gift card to Black and Mobile, the first Black-owned food delivery service in the country to deliver exclusively for Black-owned restaurants in select cities (currently available in Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadelphia).