When purchasing for acquaintances, bosses, and associates who you are not romantically involved with or dating for a substantial time, don't purchase too luxurious a present. Buying a pricey present can send the incorrect message.
We tested Hunt A Killer this summer, and the first thing I did after reading the review was buy a subscription for my mother. She is obsessed with true crime, and unsurprisingly, she’s now also obsessed with Hunt A Killer. The subscription box allows players to solve a crime, with monthly “episodes” that get the person closer to solving the crime every time. If your mother is just as obsessed with true crime as mine, she’ll be ecstatic to play detective for a few months. 
Why take extra care to find the best gifts for Mom this holiday season? Well, for starters, she's your mom! She's family—and she always supports you in all that you do, from when you were little and she was new at this whole mom thing until present day, so the least you can do is try to find the coolest, most personalized gift to delight her. From sweet stocking stuffer Christmas gift ideas for Mom to affordable presents, to more significant, special items she'll fa-la-la-love, we guarantee there's at least one thing here you'll love to wrap up for her.
Joint-use presents.
If for any reason, you can’t be with your mother on this special day then send her flowers, chocolates and gifts to make her feel special.
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.
Look inside any bathroom cabinet and chances are you'll find at least one Cetaphil product hanging around. Your mom will appreciate the re-up of her favorite, no-nonsense products: the Daily Facial Cleanser and Moisturizing Lotion. They're both lightweight, hydrating, and non-greasy staples for those with sensitive skin, but if you deal with eczema or rosacea, you might want to check out the Best of Beauty legend, the Gentle Skin Cleanser. 
Sometimes she needs a full purse to hit the town, but others, mom just needs to carry a few things with her, so bringing a full purse is more work than it's worth. Get mom a classy wristlet for those days where she's just not in the mood for the whole shebang. You can get this bag from Coach in four colors, and it comes highly recommended by hundreds of reviewers. 
Stress is a common reason for back pain, and if Mom tends to have a lot of it, it's time for a massage. A winner of our 2020 Wellness Awards, the oCuddle neck and back massager mimics a shiatsu massage, getting deep into the muscles to alleviate pressure and tension—all from the comfort of her own home. With bidirectional kneading massage heads and a heat feature for improved blood flow, she can target neck stiffness, lower back pain, and upper shoulder strain. 
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The newest iPad does it all even better than the previous model. The 2020 model, announced in September, delivers blazing fast performance, a beautiful display and all of the elegance of Apple's operating system. True, it's not the "value" option -- that would be the Amazon Fire -- but it remains the gold standard. Try to find it on sale, though: Last year's version frequently dropped to between $250 and $280 for the 32GB model or $330 for 128GB version, but we haven't seen the 2020 model dip below $300 yet. Read our 2020 iPad review.
If we were to list all of the wonders and benefits of the Best of Beauty–winning Dyson Supersonic Hair-Dryer, we'd be here all day. But to sum it up, this gorgeous Fuschia tool means shorter drying times, healthier hair, and sleek at-home blowouts to boot. Plus, this set comes with a round brush and detangling comb for extra styling ease. Fair warning: you might become a little jealous of your mom's hair. 
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.
The test of a mother son relationship comes when another woman enters the life of the son, as a girlfriend or wife. It is at this time that the mother starts feeling really insecure and the relationship is put to test. At this time, the mother should understand that her son has a personal life and not interfere that. At the same time, the son should also assure his mother by saying that she is and will always be the best and no one can take her place. Mothers need to learn to stop holding to their sons and let them go when it is time.
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.
In the event that you're completely clueless, choose something from this list and you'll avoid the bad present blacklist for another year. The very best part is that you can buy all of theses presents without leaving your living room.
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. 
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The three-piece, limited-edition Essie Gel Couture Holiday Holiday Mini Kit is perfect for the mom who is missing her monthly or weekly manicures. The colors are also perfect for the holiday season with Chiffon the Move, a sheer and shimmery ivory shade, and Bubbles Only, a deep burgundy. The kit also comes with a clear topcoat to help extend the wear of the polish.
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.
If the mom in your life has a garden that supplies more bountiful produce than she can eat, if she’s an avid fisher or hunter, or if she just likes to DIY her snacks, she may enjoy an at-home food dehydrator. Drying food from scratch is a time-consuming endeavor, but it’ll let her control the ingredients that go into her dried foods. Of all the dehydrators we tested, the Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Dehydrator was the best at drying apples, beef jerky, onions, and fruit puree evenly. If Mom could use a little drying inspiration, a great accompaniment is The Dehydrator Bible, which Lesley Stockton (staff writer and author of our food-dehydrator guide) called “a good reference for newbies and seasoned food-moisture-suckers alike.”
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