Your mom has been there for you since day one — literally. After everything you've put her through (temper tantrums, teenage antics, and a handful of questionable life choices), it's a no-brainer that the most important woman in your life deserves to be spoiled with something far more meaningful than yet another scented candle. Before settling on a classic gift (think: basic slippers, cheap lotions, and cheesy coffee mugs), browse through this list of the best gifts for moms, which range in price, personalization, and practicality. Since no one appreciates sentiment quite like your mom, all of these gift ideas are packed with heart, some a touch more than others. Even if you're shopping for the woman who claims to have everything (or at the very least, says she doesn't want any of her sons and daughters to buy her anything), you're bound to find the perfect present that'll bring the laughs, smiles, and happy tears on Christmas morning and beyond.
Slippers are a gift straight from the heavens. We tested the best slippers for women and crowned the Minnetonka Chesney Slippers the winners. Our tester found them to be comfortable, durable, and attractive, which is an important consideration since we're at home all day now. They’re the perfect gift for the mom who spends all day on her feet and just wants to relax.
While mom's upcoming vacay plans might have been cancelled/postponed, she can still explore the world through Airbnb Online Experiences — which span cooking, dance, wellness, and entertainment, and more. Is Milano, Italy on her bucket list? She can make her own natural face and body scrubs through a Skincare and Natural Cosmetics Workshop. She can also head over to Singapore for Sound Bathe Meditation with a Singapore DJ, Memphis, Tennessee for Mindful Yoga with Olympic Pole Vaulter, or Sintra, Portugal for The Meditative Art of Forest Bathing. And if you (and the rest of the family) want to join along, you can request a private booking and specific dates. Buckle up, you're going on an adventure.
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.
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.
Headphones make a great gift for mom, and you can’t get better than the beloved Apple AirPods Pro. These upgraded AirPods consistently ranks highly in our testing, providing active noise cancellation, a comfortable fit, and easy setup. Whether mom loves listening to her music or she loves talking to her sister on the phone for hours, these headphones will make a big difference in her daily life.
You can constantly get a set from Bath & Body Works but if you want to go the extra mile, show her you know a thing or two about luxury. The Potter & Moore- Sheer Luxury in Spiced Tuberose & Orchid 4 piece set consists of a gorgeous black leather cosmetic bag embossed with the Potter & Moore print filled with full sizes of Eau de Toilette, Bathing Milk and Triple Milled Soap duo.
If you buy the women on your list an article of clothes (normally inadvisable), make sure you know her size. You don't want to buy something too little or too big.
Yes, buying Mom an apron might seem a tad too Leave It to Beaver, but the absurdly comfy Rough Linen Pinafore is good for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, regardless of how much they cook. (Even someone who’s just “supervising” risks being splattered.) A rectangle of fabric with two straps and big pockets, the Rough Linen Pinafore looks less “prissy apron” and more “artsy smock,” but it’s actually really well designed. It’s loose in all the right places, yet it won’t slip around as she moves. When testing the apron, we also liked the two giant hip pockets, which can fit everything from a phone to a meat thermometer to even folded dish towels.
Flowers only last for days, but a rosebud and peony blossom–scented candle lasts for weeks. And when you gift not one, but three, candles (of your choosing) in pretty Otherland Mother's Day packaging, we guarantee mom will have her lighter ready to go as soon as she receives the package. You can also gift an individual candle for $36, but $89 for three is a pretty great deal, if we do say so.
If the girl on your list currently has a solid collection of precious jewelry, get her an elegant wy to arrange it that will fit into any decor with a fashion jewelry wardrobe. For the lady on-the-go, provide her the gift of tangle-free fashion jewelry.
Whether she sits at home and reads every night or attends a monthly book club with her ladies, getting mom an e-reader is a great way to ensure she can always keep her book-of-the-month handy. The Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift for the mom who wants to get an e-reader, but doesn’t want to give up her paperbacks quite yet—it’s specifically designed to look and read like a physical book (so she won’t get screen fatigue). Plus, it’s waterproof, so she can keep bringing her books to the pool, beach, or bath.
A Better Way
Classic options, like silk pillowcases and beauty subscription boxes, make an appearance in this list, but we've also included new and exciting gift ideas for the mother figure you want to surprise. Some of our favorite unexpected finds: a knit weighted blanket in a moody eggplant color, a limited-edition Champagne bottle, and gift sets where everything included is actually useful.
Let's get this out of the way: dental care has never been what we'd call "fun," but the Boka toothbrush, along with refreshing, mint-infused toothpaste and floss, might actually deserve the adjective. An activated charcoal head that operates at 30,000 vibrations per minute does all of the heavy lifting (aka cleaning your teeth and reducing bacteria growth) for you, while soft bristles help you avoid pressing too hard, which can lead to recessed gums. Need more to chew on? One charge atop a magnetic docking station lasts 25 days.
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.
Fragrance can be a really difficult item to buy as a gift because it is so personal. If your mom hasn't found a signature scent yet, may we suggest this perfume flight from Hermés? The Deluxe Replica Coffret Set's beautifully packaged box comes with miniature sizes of the Dabbers in Jour d’Hermès Eau de Parfum, Eau des Merveilles Eau de Toilette, Twilly d'Hermès Eau de Parfum, and Eau De Rhubarbe Ecarlate Eau de Cologne. She can try them all out and see which is her favorite.
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