That’s right, we’re recommending Crocs for your mother. Turns out Crocs are back, and they’re hotter than ever. There are a wide variety of Crocs styles you can choose from, including fur-lined options and even platforms. But there’s nothing quite as good as the original rubber clog, especially if Mom spends a lot of time outdoors or running around the garden.
There's nothing more refreshing than a lavish body wash to uplift the senses and upgrade the shower experience, especially when it's a Best of Beauty clean beauty winner. This Necessaire body wash lathers beautifully and nourishes the body with marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils, as well as plenty of vitamins, and doesn't come with any unpopular ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. It also comes in eucalpytus, sandalwood, and fragrance-free versions to accommodate her personal scent preferences.
There's nothing like a stunning bright red lipstick — Armani Beauty Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick in Lucky Red, to be specific — to make an ordinary day feel a little more special. And if red's not your mom's calling, no sweat — there are 14 gorgeous shades to choose from. While the lipstick has a matte finish, the formula is infused with hydrating jojoba and ester oils for a creamy and comfortable wear that won't dry out her lips.
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.
If your Mom likes her evening tea, she'll love this Bella tea kettle. Instead of going through the hassle of putting a pot of water to boil on the stove (not to mention the loud cry it makes when ready), all Mom has to do is fill this adorably patterned tea kettle and flip the switch on the side. It'll boil water in no time with 1200 watts of power, which means she can have her chamomile quicker. P.S. our associate editor's mom uses this kettle daily, and loves the patterns!
For the mom who’s curious about her ethnic origins or family background, a DNA testing kit makes a great, informative gift. Our favorite is AncestryDNA, which presents test results in a clearer manner than other services and places its ancestry information in a useful historical context. We do urge you to spend a few moments reading the privacy section in our guide, though, since using even the best DNA testing service involves data and privacy risks. A secondary caution: People occasionally discover dark family secrets. If that wouldn’t shatter your mom’s world, though, we think the ancestral findings are compelling enough to justify the risk.