A lot of folks see a self-heating mug, and think it's the silliest thing you could possibly own. In fact, nearly everyone at CNET who's tried an Ember Mug refuses to have anyone pry if from their hands. It's a great gift idea because it's pricey and something that people generally wouldn't buy for themselves -- and that goes double if Mom loves coffee, tea or hot chocolate. See our coverage of the latest Ember products.
Nothing is more annoying than having to get out of bed to charge your phone. Save Mom the grief with the extra-durable Native Union charging cord that is 10 FEET LONG. She could plug it behind her bed or from a far away outlet and still be able to watch HGTV's Hometown on her phone without a problem. Another cool feature? The weighted knot at the end holds the cord on top of any hard surface, like a nightstand or desk, so she won't ever have to bend down to pick it up again.
Now that nearly every meal is home cooked, an Instant Pot can open up all kinds of new possibilities. This beloved pressure cooker has cultivated an obsessive, cult-like fanbase of chefs who proclaim their undying love and have all but abandoned their slow cookers. It's like a pressure cooker on steroids that can quickly whip up a delicious meal. It's the perfect gift for the busy mom who likes to cook. And this model, the 6-quart Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 V3, is versatile: It can cook slow or fast, at a low or high temperature, and it has steam and saute settings. Read our Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 V3 review.
Many mattresses may expose you to nasty chemicals, flame retardants and potentially toxic foams. As such, the Environmental Working Group recommends mattresses that are at least 95% cotton, wool or natural latex -- like the Avocado Green, which is made from a combination of all three. Even better: This practical gift is comfortable, especially when covered by the optional plush pillow top. Sleep well, live well. See the best mattresses we've tested.
Yeah, it's pricey, but the Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine is really, really worth it. It can be likened to the boozy version of a Nespresso machine (the capsules are recyclable), making perfectly mixed alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks with the push of a button. To set it up, pour bottles of whiskey, tequila, vodka, and your choice of either rum or gin into the glass holding containers. Pop in one of the freshness-dated, juice-filled capsules and let the machine work its magic. Your mom can become a mixologist in no time.
The RAVA Flame Retardant car seat is not cheap, but there’s a reason—it’s one of the best and most popular options you can buy. Our readers are obsessed with buying it from Nordstrom, and it’s not hard to see why. It holds a near-perfect 5-star rating on the site, with reviewers saying it’s long-lasting, easy to install, and incredibly high quality. This is the perfect gift for the mother of a newborn who’s looking to invest in the best.
Makeup makes the best stocking stuffers, but if mom’s cosmetic lineup needs a serious upgrade, pick up a few of the bestsellers from Mented Cosmetics. This cosmetic line sells a range of lipsticks, eyeshadows, and foundations, and is regarded as one of the best makeup lines for women of color, due to its expansive range of shades. The Semi-Matte Lipsticks line has nearly 2,000 reviews and a solid 5-star rating, meaning you can rest easy knowing you’ve picked a high-quality makeup line for mom in exactly the shade she wants.
Whether the mom you’re buying for is stuck in the house due to the pandemic or because she’s the at-home caregiver, this little light catcher will add some much-needed magic to her day. When the sun hits the solar battery, the crystal hanging from it starts rotating, refracting sunlight all around the room and transforming it into a rainbow wonderland. To see for yourself what this rainbow maker brings to a space, check out this video.