A digital photo frame can serve as a direct link between you and your mother, letting you send new photos directly to her mantle no matter how far away she lives. Our favorite digital photo frame, the Aura Mason is easy to set up, has a sharp, vivid display, and works seamlessly on Android and iOS through a proprietary app. Simply upload your photos through the app (this makes Aura especially good for documenting Little League triumphs and other fleeting-but-important moments you’d like to share), and they’ll show up in the frame. One tip: When you receive the frame, start contributing photos so that when Mom opens the package and powers up the Aura, they’ll be ready and waiting.
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.
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.
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If your mom is fan of Allure editor-in-chief Michelle Lee, then she probably already knows about this pen-sized NuFace Fix Smoothing Device (it's one of Lee's favorite skin-care tools). The small, but mighty microcurrent gadget instantly targets the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, lips, and forehead, leaving skin feeling smoother and tightened after three minutes.
We love a good meal kit. Not only will they allow mom to skip planning out meals for a few nights, but they’ll introduce her to new recipes and ingredients she may not have reached for herself. Our favorite meal kit is Home Chef, which consistently delivered high-quality ingredients, recipes, and instructions each week. Plus, they’ve recently diversified their menu to offer meat substitutes, protein packs, and even 15-minute meals.
Sometimes it seems like everyone has gone through a pickle phase at some point in their lives, all the more so in recent months. If this sounds like your mother, maybe it’s time she met The Noma Guide to Fermentation. Co-written by René Redzepi, founder of the Danish restaurant Noma and famed for his innovative pickling techniques, this book is an in-depth guide to fermenting nearly everything under the sun—from vinegars and shoyu to kimchi and kombucha.
Mom may not be in the market for a fancy espresso maker, but she would likely love the opportunity to upgrade her current coffee maker to a more high-quality model. Our favorite drip coffee maker is the Technivorm Moccamaster, which ticks off just about every box you can think of to make the perfect coffee machine: it brews quickly, makes an incredibly delicious pot of joe, and looks good when displayed on the counter. Mom will thank you (and then you’ll thank her every time she pours you a cup).
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.
Who could turn down a new pair of glasses? If mom wears prescription glasses, consider getting her a stylish new pair she can wear throughout the year. When it comes to glasses retailers, we love GlassesUSA, which sells affordable and chic frames. You can opt for designer glasses, classic frames, colorful lenses, or trendy new options. Either way, mom will love showing off her new frames.
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.