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.)
There are few pleasures on this planet better than padding around home in a soft robe on a lazy morning, cup of coffee in hand, no jeans or obligations in sight. The mom in your life deserves such a moment, and you can supply the uniform (even if you can’t guarantee the other elements). We tested dozens of robes, and one of our favorites for this task is the jersey knit Natori Shangri-La, which is lightweight, comes in a wide range of women’s sizes (from XS to 2X), and offers several color options to suit the lady in your life.
Is it really a gift guide for your mother if there’s no jewelry? If Mom’s expecting a traditional gift, opt for the Kate Spade letter pendant from Nordstrom, which features a gold token engraved with a letter for her namesake. This is one of our readers’ favorite items to buy at Nordstrom, which isn’t surprising, since it has nearly 1,000 positive reviews on the site.
This Best of Beauty body-care winner is loaded with squalane, apricot kernel oil, and grapeseed oil and delivers major hydration through misting. But, and a very important but at that, the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil dries down quickly, so it never feels heavy or clingy. Your mom's skin will feel velvety smooth and smell like vanilla and almond through the day.
The ultimate indulgence at the end of a long day? These Oprah-approved, super plush slippers from Vionic. "These slippers aren’t just for shuffling around—with an orthotic footbed, they’re bound to put a spring in your step," Oprah said in 2018 when she picked them for her annual list of Favorite Things. "I slipped them on and thought I was walking on cloud fluff."
Sometimes it’s clear who mom’s favorite child is—and many times, it’s the dog. No shame, though, because there are lots of gifts out there perfect for dog moms and dog lovers. One of the best dog-themed subscription kits we tested this year was the KONG Box, a subscription service from cult-favorite brand KONG. It comes with toys, snacks, and more, and the best part is that it features new products each time, so you don’t have to worry about getting the same rubber KONG toy three months in a row.
Estée Lauder's S.O.S. Skincare Repair + Glow Essentials Set helps transform dull-looking skin overnight with a concentrated lineup of the Night Micro Cleansing Foam, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery. These product names are fancy talk for effective products made with hyaluronic acid and algae extract to moisturize, caffeine to improve blood circulation, and fruit extracts (watermelon and apple) to exfoliate — so your mom wakes up with refreshed, soft, and smooth skin.
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.
A woman who has everything has seen it all—and therefore she has very good taste. Enter: French things. These wool-lined slippers from the French company Armor-Lux are oh-so-chic. They'll keep Mom warm and cozy this winter, whether she's putzing around home base or the beach house. (Pssst, they come in men's sizes too if you want to add a pair for Dad!)
There’s a reason everyone wants the KitchenAid standing mixer: It’s the best, period. If mom doesn’t own this iconic mixer yet, it’s time to get her one. She can combine baking ingredients, knead bread dough, whisk meringue, and even make her own pasta at home. Plus, there’s a wide range of useful attachments that can accompany her mixer, meaning you’ve got the next five years of gifts planned out for you.