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.
Has your mom been spending a lot of time watching The Home Edit on Netflix? If so, she is probably itching for some organization in her life. Open Spaces, a home brand launched in January 2020, has fantastic gift options like these nesting trays that give rings and keys a place to be. They come in three colorways (light pink, navy, and dark green) and are made from responsibly sourced materials like recyclable plastic and solid wood ash.
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.
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.
If your mom needs to use her phone while on winter outings, keep her hands warm and stylish with a pair of Kent Wang Deerskin Gloves. After testing a variety of touchscreen gloves, we’ve found that many tend to look bulky and unsophisticated; if they do look good, they don’t necessarily work well on a phone’s interface. The Kent Wang gloves, however, check all the boxes, thanks to above-average touchscreen accuracy, a classic design, and a super-warm cashmere lining.
Forget work from home, it's time to glow from home with two full-sized, brightening Ole Henriksen products infused with vitamin C and banana powder: the Banana Bright Eye Crème and Banana Bright Face Primer. The eye cream boosts collagen production, firms skin, and deeply hydrates, while the face primer extends makeup wear and gives skin a subtly-illuminated finish. Just like your parents, this is a power couple for sure.
This carryall, the Wellington XL Tote from State Bags, is practically the magic bag from Mary Poppins — it can fit so many odds and ends. Whether your mom needs a new bag for a weekend (and socially distanced) getaway or perhaps just needs a roomy tote that can fit jumbo-size hand sanitizers in every pocket, this one is the way to go. As an added bonus, this bag is made from 45 percent recycled material and can be personalized for your mama.
The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is an instant camera that’s fun for everyone, especially moms and kids. They can break it out at parties or bring it on weekend trips to capture those sillier moments, and who can resist the anticipation of waiting for the photos to appear? Our top pick for the best instant camera, the SQ6 cranks out photos just a little smaller than the Polaroids you may remember, producing sharp images with a wide range of tones and pleasing-looking colors. Don’t forget to include plenty of film with the camera, though—once your mom starts playing with this fun gizmo, she won’t want to stop.
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Wirecutter editor Marilyn Ong recommends the Google Nest Hub Max for moms who spend a lot of time in the kitchen—especially those who seem to have everything already. With the Max, your mom can upload family photos to use as screensavers, and she can watch TV shows or listen to music or podcasts while cooking. She can also access all of her favorite recipes—the device has a recipe-search function baked in. In our testing, we found the Max was better than the Amazon Echo Show at walking us through cooking instructions step by step. (And the Max has gesture control, so your mom won’t have to touch the screen with floury hands.)