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What do you get for the woman in your life who has given you, well, just about everything? While you may never be able to pay her back, you can certainly give her a little something to let her know just how much you appreciate her. To find just the right thing, start by thinking about what it is she loves the most (besides you, of course), what her interests are, as well as how much you're able to spend—and go from there.
When shopping for a gift for mom, consider her lifestyle. Maybe she's a new mom expecting a baby, or perhaps she works full time and needs some extra self-care at the end of the day. Or, she could be the type to love luxury items, kitchen gadgets, or fitness finds. When choosing a gift, opt for something creative she might not buy herself but functional for her everyday life.
To help inspire your search, here are the best gift ideas for moms.
Custom Family Portrait
Can’t get the whole crew together for a family photoshoot? Give mom something just as special and even more unique. Simply send the artist a past family photograph, and she’ll turn it into a gorgeous custom watercolor painting that’s hand-rendered into a semi-realistic 9 x 12-inch portrait. It's printed on high-quality, matte artist paper and arrives in just two to three weeks. This is a great way to support small artists and give mom a gift she can display on her walls forever.
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Open-Top
Every mom needs a big, sturdy tote for beach trips, grocery hauls, or eco-friendly shopping trips. This open-top tote from L.L. Bean is a classic that comes in four sizes, seven colorways, and two strap-length options to fit her tastes and lifestyle. For instance, opt for a medium option to double as a diaper bag for new or expecting moms. You can even add a monogram for a personalized touch.
Carepeutic Back Rest Bed Lounger with Heated Shiatsu Massage
Gift the gift of relaxation with heated massager moms can enjoy from the comfort of her bed. Whether she works from home, is a stay-at-home mom, or comes home every day looking for ways to unwind, this massager can be set up in your ideal position and includes a helpful reading light for late-night use. This is also a great option for active moms who need extra R&R for tired muscles.
Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker
For the moms whose kitchen is their favorite room in the house, gift them a kitchen appliance that does it all. Instant Pots are the perfect gifts for the cooking enthusiast, foodies, or busy moms who need a quick and easy way to prepare their favorite food for the family every night. With an Instant Pot, mom has a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, food warmer, sous vide, and sterilizer all in one for trying out new recipes. Plus, they're easy to clean.
Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker
An Amazon Echo Dot will quickly become any stay-at-home mom's best friend. She can check the weather, set reminders and timers, read the news, play music, and even adjust the thermostat if combined with other smart home elements. Moms can even connect with friends and family who have the Alexa app or Echo device, making this a perfect tech gadget she can use every day.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine
A white noise sound machine might be the deciding factor in if your mom gets a good night's sleep or not. First-time moms might need a little extra help falling asleep at night, making this a perfect gift for them or their children to ensure the whole family gets the rest they need. This option is highly rated and comes in many colors. Plus, it is adjustable to find the perfect sound for you.
Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
For the mom who has everything, gift her something you can do together. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to challenge yourself and spend time with loved ones. This one from The New York Times is special because it displays the front page of whatever date your choose, whether it's her birthday, wedding date, or the birth of her children. She will have a blast completing the newspaper page with friends or family members.
CaitlynMinimalist Custom Handwriting Bracelet
For a truly unique and custom gift, scrawl a meaningful phrase (or her name) onto a piece of paper and send it to this jewelry maker to support small artisans. Like magic, the Etsy shop CaitlynMinimalist turns it into a personalized bracelet your mom is sure to cherish for many years to come. You can choose from sterling silver, gold, or rose gold and eight sizes to ensure your gift is a perfect fit.
Zojirushi SM-KHE48AG Stainless Steel Mug
Working moms who need a constant source of caffeine will love a stylish and functional travel mug that doesn't break the bank. Perfect for commuters or moms always on the go, the Zojirushi Stainless Mug keeps beverages hot or cold for hours with vacuum-sealed installation. Choose from two sizes and seven colors to fit her busy lifestyle.
HAFLINGER Unisex AT Wool Hard Sole Slippers
Make mom feel like the queen she is with a pair of luxurious slippers. These slippers from Haflinger come with arch support and are designed to keep your feet at the right temperature despite the weather, making them perfect for year-long use. Our tester loved that you can wear these slippers indoors or outdoors but noted that it might take a few days to break them in. After that initial period, mom will feel like she's walking on clouds.
Pottery Barn Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vases
Gift mom a beautiful vase (or four) that will add elegance to her home decor. These vases from Pottery Barn are made from recycled glass for a sustainable gift option and come in five sizes, crafted to fit any budget. The simple glass design is timeless and complements any decor style your mom prefers. Add in a bouquet of your mom's favorite flowers for a gift for any occasion.
Cartier Les Collections de Parfum Discovery Set
If you are searching for a designer or luxury option for the bougie mom in your life, Cartier has a fragrance set perfect for you. This discovery set allows mom to choose the perfect scent for her, or try out a new one everyday. Whether she is a perfume junkie or a newbie to luxury fragrances, she will love discovering new scents and can even share with girlfriends.
Women Making History
For the woman you admire most, consider an inspiring coffee table book celebrating the brave women who dared to stand for equal rights. The 87-page collection of New York Times articles and photos begins with the Equal Rights Convention in 1866 and ends with the Time's Up movement in 2018.
Dainty Layers Paw Print Necklace
For the pet parent who takes their job just as seriously as any other mom (and for good reason), this one's a sentimental gift that’s sure to please. Have their pet’s paw print engraved on a pendant in one of three metals—silver, rose gold, or gold-filled—in one of nine different lengths, from 15 to 23 inches. For an extra-special touch, you can also have the back engraved with a name or a short, personalized message.
KitchenAid Brushed Stainless Steel Cold Brew Coffee Maker
It's like an at-home brew kit, but much better since it churns out her daily fuel in no time at all. Simply combine coffee concentrate with your favorite milk or just water and ice. She can make her coffee ahead of time and keep up to 38 ounces of coffee fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks for stress-free mornings. The built-in stainless steel tap turns any countertop or fridge into a coffee bar and makes pouring your glass easy and quick.
Snowe Classic Bathrobe
Help mom feel chic in even her most relaxed moments—during a TV binge or a leisurely breakfast—with this sleek but super soft and comfortable robe. Made from 100 percent cotton, it’s breathable, lightweight, and drapes beautifully. Another bonus? Our testers loved that the robe's quality and softness were not affected by washing, ensuring mom will enjoy this robe time and time again.
Uncommon Goods Head-to-Toe Home Spa Gift Set
Though a great and ultra-relaxing gift for any busy mom, this gift set is particularly well-suited for new moms who likely don’t have much time to schedule spa appointments outside of the home. The bundle comes with five all-natural bath and body products, including lavender shea butter cream, lavender body scrub, a clay face mask, eucalyptus foot salts, and eucalyptus foot cream. Spoil your mom with self-care items she will be sure to indulge in for days to come.
Kate Spade Heart of Gold Idiom Bangle
For the gentlest, kindest woman you know, here's a dainty bangle with a hidden message she’ll hold close. The inside reads: "heart of gold." If you happen to be shopping last minute, this bangle is typically available for same-day pickup and even includes a complimentary gifting service.
Serene House Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Whether she’s all-in on essential oils or hasn’t yet experimented with the all-natural fragrance, she’s bound to love this functional piece of home decor. This essential oil diffuser has a sophisticated, neutral design that will blend in with any range of aesthetics. Best of all, it uses ultrasonic vibrations to emit a cool, fragrant mist that's sure to help her relax after a long day, making it the perfect gift for overworked moms who need a break.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Tree Serving Bowl
This beautiful earthenware bowl is destined to become a treasured piece turned family heirloom. Artist Sheree Burlington hand-paints each bowl with a family name (up to ten characters total) and the touching cursive phrase: "Each a branch upon a tree, reaching for the sky, bound by roots that draw us home, even as we fly." After, it’s dipped in a food-safe glaze, the 80-ounce vessel can be used for a variety of purposes, from serving salad to corralling fresh produce.
Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
If mom’s house has always been the favored gathering place, give the hostess this show-stopping cheese platter. It’s so pretty that she might just put it on display 24/7, opting to use it as a perch for a small coffee table vignette, complete with candles and greenery. Though white is a timeless choice, there are four other brilliant shades to suit any decor style.
Rothy’s Mary Jane Flats
A symbolic gift that says you couldn't be happier to follow in her footsteps. Though undoubtedly sweet, it’s a functional one, too. Though crafted from repurposed water bottles, this pretty pair is ultra-soft and comfortable, molding to her foot for just the right fit. What’s more, they’re fully machine-washable, so all she needs to do when they get dirty is toss them in a cold cycle.
Lollia Petite Treats Hand Cream Gift Set
Treat the most hardworking woman you know to something that will soothe tired, chapped hands. It’s an especially great gift for any mother who washes her hands frequently—like a nurse or a new mom. The set comes with six nourishing hand creams in sweet scents. And as a bonus, the gorgeous floral packaging will look great on any countertop.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Birthstone Wine Glass
For a unique spin on birthstone jewelry, consider these cool, handmade wine glasses. Each glass is crafted from hand-blown glass to represent each month's special stone. Buy a full set to match her birth month, or get one (or more) to match each of her children’s birth months. The unique barware, each of which holds approximately 12 ounces, is sure to become a regular favorite that the whole family can enjoy together.
The Sill Monthly Subscription
A bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture, but think about how blown away she’ll be when she realizes she’ll get a brand new plant in a terracotta pot every month for the duration of your choosing (three or six months). Don’t worry if she’s a beginner plant parent: Mom will also get detailed care instructions with every shipment to walk her through the entire process. (Plus, don’t be too concerned: Just look how well you turned out).
What to Look for in a Gift for Mom
Consider what types of interests your mom has. Does she have something she's passionate about or has spoken about wanting to pursue? Taking the time to think about what she enjoys and spends her time investing in can give some strong indicators on what kind of gift to buy her. Whether it's a long-held interest or something she's been excited to try, getting her a gift based on her interests is a great direction to take.
Price vs. Value
Price can play a significant factor here—keeping in mind your budget will likely determine what kind of gift you will purchase. However, a gift's price doesn't necessarily dictate its value—the amount of enjoyment and use your mom will get out of the gift. Both factors should be taken into account before making a final decision.
Sentimentality and Creativity
Choosing gifts for your mom can be challenging at times, but sticking with the same old gift every year can be a bit disappointing. Getting creative with your gift can say a lot about the time and effort you spent. If your mother is sentimental, consider adding personal touches to your present that conveys the sentiment you want to send her, like adding a photo of her or her initials can go a long way.
What makes a good gift for a new mom?
A good gift for a new mom should make their life easier or promote self-care. You can opt for a practical gift like a nursing bra or breast pump to ease her journey into motherhood. Or, you can spoil her and promote rest and relaxation to ensure she feels her best during a very new and often stressful period in her life. This could include a cozy robe, a bath bomb or face oil for self-care, a back massager, or a white noise machine. While you may want to gift something aimed at the new addition in her life, be sure you keep her at the forefront when shopping.
What can I give the mom who already has everything?
Moms are quick to dismiss presents, claiming to have everything they could need or want, which could make gifting that much more difficult. For the mom who seemingly has everything, opt for something personalized she would never buy for herself. Whether it's a jewelry item with her name or zodiac sign, a family painting from a small business owner or artist on Etsy, or a photo display with meaningful family photos, she will love the care and attention that went into choosing the gift.
Why Trust The Spruce
This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce, covering toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more. Additional reporting was done by Lacey Ramburger, a personality assessments expert and writer whose work has appeared on Thought Catalog.