There are plenty of gifts to half ass this holiday season, but mom's shouldn't be one of them. While the challenge to find the perfect gifts for mom can seem insurmountable, I believe it can be done. Of course I have yet to accomplish this myself, but I have faith that this year might be the first one where I don't immediately offer to return my mother's gift upon her opening it.
Moms are skilled at the art of not asking for what they really want for the holidays, and they are equally skilled at loving you no matter how bad of a gift you give them. These two skills combine into the perfect stress I have affectionately dubbed the "WHAT THE HECK DO WE GET MOM FOR CHRISTMAS?!" conundrum.
For starters, avoid a spa gift certificate. Those are nice, sure, but now mom has to go make the appointment herself, which is half the work and probably not relaxing at all. Also avoid any kind of sweater. Sweaters are also nice, but there's no real love being shown when you gift someone a sweater. A sweater is a lame gift. You can quote me on that.
Take a look through these 30 gifts that your mom might love, and happy gifting.
1. Mama Bear T-shirt
This cute tee works for new moms and old ones alike.
Mama bear shirt, $18, etsy.com
2. Home Is Where My Mom Is Mug
Whether your mom is near or far, home is where she is.
Home Mom Mug, $17, etsy.com
3. Complete Spa Gift Box
Bring the spa to mom with this complete gift box.
Spa Gift, $29, etsy.com
4. Love Birds Necklace
This necklace is customizable for however many little birds there may be.
Love bird necklace, $27, etsy.com
5. Row Boat Serving Bowl
For the mom who wants a house by the water, and loves salad.
Row Boat serving bowl, $65, uncommongoods.com
6. Succulent Living Wall Planter
These plants are low maintenance, and add a lot of life wherever you hang them.
Succulent wall planter, $110, uncommongoods.com
7. New Sheets
Mom can always use a fresh set of sheets — and Casper's new line is soft and super breathable, which means an amazing night's sleep is right around the corner for your mom.
Twin $150; Twin XL $160; Full $170; Queen $180; King $200; California King $200, Casper.com
8. Tapestry Notebook
Mom should take her notes in a notebook as beautiful as she is.
Tapestry notebook, $15, riflepaperco.com
9. Bobbi Brown Makeup Set
If mom isn't one to treat herself, she is sure to love this complete make-up set.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Set, $118, sephora.com
10. Smart Battery iPhone Charging Case
Make sure mom is never without charge ever again. The Apple Smart Battery iPhone charging case will help her battery last way longer than usual.
Smart Battery iPhone Charging Case, $99, Apple
11. Parenthood Listography
Moms love to reflect on what it was like to raise a child, which is why this listography is perfect.
Parenthood listography, $16.95, chroniclebooks.com
12. Raised Bloom Pie Pan
These raised bloom kitchen products are stunning. Mom's baking has never looked so nice.
Raised bloom pie pan, $36, anthropologie.com
13. Custom Pet Pillow
For the mom who loves her pets (almost) more than her children.
Custom pet pillow, $58, brit.co
14. Sleep Mask
Because mama needs her beauty rest, and because these luxurious-feeling sleep masks are just too freaking cute not to buy.
Sleep mask, $36, temperowe.com
15. Cartography of Kitchenware Apron
For the mom who loves to cook, finally an apron with a map of the kitchen.
Apron, $30, popchartlab.com
16. Coffee and Tea Calendar
This beautiful calendar highlights a coffee or tea from around the world each month with an original illustration from artist Anna Bond.
Coffee and tea calendar, $18, riflepaperco.com
17. The Transport Tote
You can't go wrong with a classic leather tote.
Tote bag, $168, madewell.com
18. Skullcandy Knockout Headphones
Mom definitely deserves a little peace and quiet, and these pretty headphones from Skullcandy are the most perfect way to help her tune the world out. They're specifically designed with women's ears in mind.
Skullcandy Knockout headphones, $99, skullcandy.com
19. Letters of Note
Shaun Usher collected interesting letters from history and published them into this cool book mom is sure to love.
Letters of Note, $25.17, amazon.com
20. Best Mum Ever Soap
For the mom who often forgets how great she is.
Soap, $18.80, etsy.com
21. Bedside Smartphone Vase
Although it might be rare that mom has her phone on her, at least she will remember to charge it with this bedside vase.
Smartphone Vase, $32, uncommongoods.com
22. Godiva Chocolate
There is never a bad time for chocolate — especially good chocolate. If you're nice to mom, maybe she'll share.
Godiva assorted chocolate, prices vary, Godiva.com
23. Tin Recipe Box
Preserve the family's best recipes with this stunning tin box.
Tin recipe box, $34, riflepaperco.com
24. Shimmer Stripe Apron
This apron is beautiful enough to be a dress.
Shimmer apron, $32, anthropologie.com
25. Clinique Moisturizing Lotion
Moms of all ages would love this classic lotion.
Lotion, $32, sephora.com
26. Mother and Daughter Letter Book Set
Exchange letters with mom thanks to the help of this book. Preserve history, and share the love.
Letter book set, $40, uncommongoods.com
27. Smartphone Photo Printer
Finally mom can print your Instagrams and hang them on the fridge, like the old days.
Smartphone photo printer, $160, sharperimage.com
28. Animal Plate Set
Give this amazing plate set to mom now, so she'll be reminded of how great you are every time she goes to set the table.
Animal plate set, $215, etsy.com
29. Game of Thrones Brooch
For the GoT fanmom we all know and love.
Game of Throne Brooch, $12.34, etsy.com
30. Cotton Bag
Mom can store her favorite makeup products, or just organize her purse with this cotton bag.
Cotton Bag, $40.70, etsy.com
31. Tiny Gold Initial Necklace
An initial for each of the kids, and maybe the dog too.
Tiny gold initial necklace, $25, etsy.com
32. Mom's Coffee Spoon
May no one mistake mom's coffee for theirs ever again.
Mom's coffee spoon, $17, etsy.com
33. Hand Embroidered State Pillows
For the mom who is homesick, this stunning hand embroidered pillow is sure to be loved.
Hand embroidered state pillows, $168, uncommongoods.com
34. Foodie Dice
Mom's cooking is great, but just in case it could use a little more spice, these dice are great.
Foodie dice, $38, etsy.com
35. Gilmore Girls Floor Plan
If you are the Rory to you mom's Lorelai, I present the Gilmore Girls floor plan.
'Gilmore Girls' floor plan, $10, etsy.com
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