Birthday Gifts for Her
In the event that you're completely clueless, choose something from this list and you'll avoid the bad present blacklist for another year. The very best part is that you can buy all of theses presents without leaving your living room.
You simply flip it over to turn it on and off, twist it to dim it up or down or shake it to trigger a low nightlight setting. The lamp produces a pleasant ambient glow -- hence the name -- which dims gradually over 15 to 60 minutes. You can control the span (in 15-minute intervals) using Casper's minimalist app. And you can also set the light to come on in the morning -- a reverse nightlight, of sorts -- for a way of waking up that we love. Read our Casper Glow preview.
This SkinCeuticals serum basically needs no introduction, since it's a three-time Best of Beauty winner and a well-known favorite amongst top dermatologists and Allure readers. Why? It's packed with 15 percent pure vitamin C, 1 percent vitamin E, and 0.5 percent ferulic acid to "help dramatically with the improvement of fine lines, skin firmness, and overall brightening," says  Shereene Idriss, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. 
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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.
What gift ideas list would be complete without La Mer? Especially when we're talking about your mother, who gave you life? Helping relieve her dried-out skin seems like a small compromise. And you barely have to do anything. In fact, Crème de la Mer does it all — more specifically, algae extract, glycerin, lime extract, sesame seed oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and other soothing ingredients to target dryness, redness, and the appearance of fine lines.
Mom needs to sit down in front of the TV and zone out like everyone else during these stressful days. And that's why she'll appreciate the TCL Series 6 as a gift: It delivers the best picture quality for the money, and the built-in Roku smart TV system means that she'll be able to stream almost any channel or service (with the exception of HBO Max, for now), so long as she's got a good broadband connection and the requisite subscriptions. Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.
Only go for practical gifts if you have a solid, best-friend-type relationship with your mom. Chances are if you look forward to spending time with your mom, she’ll know you bought her that vacuum because you know her current one is too heavy and hurts her back. But if your relationship is strained, you'll avoid more headaches if you just go with jewelry or something flashy.
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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. 
If your mom uses essential oils to take her yoga session up a notch, ease into sleep, or simply relax through aromatherapy, then she'll appreciate this wooden essential oil diffuser. She can add her favorite oil blends to the base and turn it on a 1-, 3-, 6- or 10-hour timer. The Breathe Essentials Diffuser also emits LED lights that can be brightened or dimmed depending on her mood.  
In-between meetings, your mom can learn a new skill virtually with the help of Masterclass. We particularly like the session taught by makeup artist Bobbi Brown, where she shares her expertise in step-by-step tutorials. Your mom will learn how to choose the right shade of foundation, do a smoky eye, and avoid common makeup mishaps. There are also myriad other options taught by well-known A-listers like Simone Biles, Shonda Rhimes, and more.
This gentle, but effective Murad Ready, Radiant, Retinol Kit comes stacked with the Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream to help smooth out the appearance of fine lines and to even out skin tone. Besides the common key ingredient, a time-released retinoid, each product also contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and marine kelp to keep her skin soothed and plump.

What gift ideas list would be complete without La Mer? Especially when we're talking about your mother, who gave you life? Helping relieve her dried-out skin seems like a small compromise. And you barely have to do anything. In fact, Crème de la Mer does it all — more specifically, algae extract, glycerin, lime extract, sesame seed oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and other soothing ingredients to target dryness, redness, and the appearance of fine lines.
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.
Tell Me a Story, Mama by Angela Johnson: In this lovely story, a young girl and her mom together remember the favorite bed times stories that the girl liked listening to as a kid.

If your mom loves to entertain, give her a gift that'll ensure she's the hostess with the mostess—like this gorgeous set of melamine plates. In addition to being BPA free and fade resistant, they've also earned the ultimate seal of O-pproval. "Gayle's kitchen walls feature interior designer Sheila Bridges's Harlem Toile de Jouy motif; now it graces these dishwasher-safe, made-just-for-O plates," Oprah said when she selected the set for this year's list of Favorite Things.
This won’t take a lot of your time, and your dear mother will love you for having movies come right at her door. She won’t have to anymore drive to the video store in bad weather, or stand in the long lines the next time she wishes to take a trip down the memory lane.
Gifting hand creams or lotions is never a bad idea, especially when they're as luxuriously-scented as this coconut-oil-infused Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Lotion, which emits the perfect blend of fruity florals that'll linger long after application. This lotion is inspired by London's Covent Garden early morning market, so she'll feel like she's on an English vacation every time she reaches for it.
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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.
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Backyard fire pits have been a keystone for social activity during the COVID-19 era -- and this is the best of them, hands-down. Built from durable stainless steel, and with a vented design that promotes air flow, the Solo Stove produces a beautiful and deeply warming fire with very little smoke or airborne ash. (Perhaps best of all, your clothes do not reek of smoke the morning after.) Available in three sizes and prices, this is a slam dunk holiday gift if Mom likes hanging out in the backyard when the temperatures dip.

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.

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