Finding the perfect gift for Mom is a challenge, isn’t it? You may already have a couple of ideas in mind for the toddlers and children in your life, but moms can be tough to shop for.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite must-have gifts for one of the most important women in your life. They’re great for the holidays!
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- Bestselling gifts for mom
- Best jewelry gifts for mom
- Best tech gifts for mom
- Best clothing & accessory gifts for mom
- Best home gifts for mom
- Best unique gifts for mom
When we release our 2019 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But prices change frequently, so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
- Bestselling gifts for mom
- Best jewelry gifts for mom
- Best tech gifts for mom
- Best clothing & accessory gifts for mom
- Best home gifts for mom
- 1. Bamboo Bathtub Tray
- 2. Mom Coffee Mug
- 3. Gaiam Yoga Mat
- 4. Elite Platinum Air Fryer
- 5. Oster Hand Mixer With HeatSoft
- 6. “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies,” by Joy Bauer
- 7. Tempur-Pedic Pillow
- 8. Umbra Chrome 8 x 10 Frame
- 9. Crock-Pot Express Crock Multicooker
- 10. KitchenAid 100 Year Anniversary Stand Mixer
- 11. Ninja Countertop Blender
- 12. Secura Wine Opener
- Best unique gifts for mom
- 25 Heartwarming Gifts For Your Mom That She’ll Actually Love
- 1. Remind Your Mom How Much You Love Her
- 2. A Collection Of Letters That You’ve Been Writing For Years
- 3. So Your Mom Doesn’t Have To Have An Empty Nest
- 4. A Throw Pillow To Remind Her You’ll Never Forget Home
- 5. A Cute Print Featuring All The Kids’ Birthdays
- 6. Create A Keepsake That Can Be Shared For Years To Come
- 7. A Family Tree Bracelet So She Can Carry Her Kids Wherever She Goes
- 8. A Pretty Painted Jewelry Bowl For All Her Sparkly Things
- 9. A Bath Bomb Set For The Spa Day She Deserves
- 10. An Elegant, Comfortable Robe She’ll Want To Live In
- 11. Long Distance Coffee Mugs To Keep You Connected
- 12. Make A Family Tree Out Of Photos
- 13. A Necklace To Show Her How Important She Is
- 14. Give Your Mom Her New Favorite Wine Glass
- 15. Because You’re A Piece Of Your Mother’s Heart
- 16. Create A Completely Customizable Gift For Mom
- 17. A Personalized Passport Book For The Mom With Wanderlust
- 18. This Monogrammed Necklace That Diffuses Essential Oils
- 19. A Travel Mug That She’ll Actually Use
- 20. A Gorgeous Jewelry Box For All Her Favorite Accessories
- 21. A Cutting Board With A Sentimental Message
- 22. A Meaningful Print For Her Wall
- 23. A Jewelry Box That’ll Make Her Tear Up Whenever She Opens It
- 24. This Bamboo Cutting Board And Serving Platter In The Shape Of Her State
- 25. For The Mom Who Loves To Be Creative
- Super-Fun Gift Ideas Moms of Boys will Absolutely LOVE
- 1. Mother/Son Journal A Mother and Her Son, A Shared Journal Adventure
- 2. Mom of Boys Shirts
- Queen Raising Kings Tee Shirt Queen Raising a King Tee shirt
- 3. Fun Wall Hangings About Raising Boys
- 4. Mom of Boys Mugs/Water Bottles
- 5. Bracelets for Moms of Boys
- 6. More Necklaces for Moms of Boys
- 7. Sports Mom Shirts
- 8. Vinyl Car Decals about Raising Boys
- A son’s guide to giving a damn good Mother’s Day gift
Bestselling gifts for mom
1. 23andMe DNA Test
Since last year, 23andMe upgraded its genetic test to include 85 DNA-based online reports on health predispositions, carrier status, wellness and traits. Cool, huh?
2. Pedestal Jewelry Holder
Finally, a place for mom’s prized jewels! This ceramic tray includes 40 holes for earrings to hang off of and a space to set for the rest of her favorite pieces.
3. Kate Spade New York Heart of Gold Bangle
If your mom really does have a heart of gold, gift her this bracelet as a reminder and a thank you.
4. “The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook”
If your mom already has an Instant Pot — or is getting one this year (wink) — this cookbook is filled with easy recipes.
5. LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Set
If your mom loves to take warm baths on cold winter nights, this set of bath bombs is for her. They are extra fizzy and come in six fragrances, from lavender to Victorian rose.
Best jewelry gifts for mom
1. Argento Vivo Mama Pendant Necklace
Your mama will love this cursive necklace, crafted from vermeil and studded with dainty silver beads.
2. Pompeii3 1/4 Carat Genuine Diamond Stud Earrings
You can never go wrong with a pair of classic diamond studs like this wallet-friendly pair for just $80.
Best tech gifts for mom
1. Amazon Echo Dot
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This voice-controlled virtual assistant is a gift your mom will adore. Ask Alexa to check the weather, read the news, control the lights or play a song. Plus, it now comes in an updated fabric design with four colors to choose from.
2. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
Mom will reach her fitness and health goals in no time with this pretty smartwatch with Amazon Alexa already built-in. It tracks heart rate, exercise and sleep stages to provide actionable insights. Plus, this special edition watch works with Windows, Android and iPhone and the battery is meant to last four days or more.
Best clothing & accessory gifts for mom
1. Ugg Pom Pom Fleece Lined Socks
Mom’s piggies will always be warm thanks to this pair of cozy fleece socks. Bonus: The fuzzy pompom ties look adorable and the socks come in four colors.
2. Foster Grant Women’s Poppet Sunglasses
A new pair of shades are always a pleasant surprise on Christmas morning! Mom will feel cool wearing her new poppet sunglasses from Foster Grant.
Best home gifts for mom
1. Bamboo Bathtub Tray
It’s going to be really hard not to buy one of these for yourself, too. This bamboo bath caddy comes with adjustable arms, a smartphone slot, a wine glass holder and a book stand. Imagine how much me-time Mom can get with this little treasure.
2. Mom Coffee Mug
Remind Mom how special she is with every sip. This coffee cup comes in a nice gift box, too.
3. Gaiam Yoga Mat
Any Zen mom would love this yoga mat from Gaiam that’s available in so many chic patterns.
4. Elite Platinum Air Fryer
Fried food without any oil? Yup. This air fryer promises to make crispy french fries, veggies and chicken in minutes. Mom will love how easy it is to make her favorite family meals, and Consumer Reports ranked it as the top air fryer of the year.
5. Oster Hand Mixer With HeatSoft
This mixer melts butter in seconds using HeatSoft technology, so it’s great for last-minute baking projects. Plus, it’s easy to clean since it’s dishwasher safe.
6. “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies,” by Joy Bauer
Does Mom love cooking healthy meals for the family? This beautiful book by TODAY health expert Joy Bauer offers recipes to heal everyday ailments, highlighting five power foods.
7. Tempur-Pedic Pillow
Is Mom in desperate need of a great night’s sleep? Upgrade her pillow. This one is filled with Tempur microcushions that are meant to comfortably cradle her head and neck. No more tossing and turning at bedtime.
8. Umbra Chrome 8 x 10 Frame
Display your precious family memories in this beautiful and unique picture frame available at Target.
9. Crock-Pot Express Crock Multicooker
Crock-Pot recently launched new Express Crock multicookers in 4-quart and 8-quart sizes. They can make everything from hard-boiled eggs to chicken dishes and cooked rice. Mom will love knowing she can whip up a meal in less than 30 minutes.
10. KitchenAid 100 Year Anniversary Stand Mixer
Splurge on a limited-edition misty blue mixer. Mom will love that this kitchen tool is full of power — it can mix up to nine dozen cookies at once!
11. Ninja Countertop Blender
This powerful blender has an impressive 1,000-watt motor that can handle fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
12. Secura Wine Opener
If your mom loves wine but has a hard time with corkscrews, this is the gift for her. It easily uncorks bottles with the click of a button.
Best unique gifts for mom
1. AncestryDNA Kit
AncestryDNA will give Mom a look into her family tree, give her the chance to connect with relatives and learn more about her ancestral past.
2. Amazon.com $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card
Finally, if you are still stuck on what to give Mom, a gift card to her favorite online marketplace is always a winner! Plus, most of Oprah’s Favorite Things can be found at Amazon, so mom can start adding the best of the best to her cart.
Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY’s up to the task. Try our interactive gift finder to sort gifts by price, person and interest. And no matter who you’re looking for, we’ve got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:
- Gifts for the In-Laws
- Gifts for Dad
- Gifts for Grandma
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Last Updated on July 12th, 2019
Your mom has been by your side through thick and thin and will always be there when you need her. If her birthday is coming up, it’s the perfect time to show how much she means to you – and how much you care. But what gift is worthy of such a message? Doesn’t your mom always say she already has everything she needs?
How to Choose a Birthday Gift for Mom
When it comes to choosing a gift for mom, remember that she is bound to love any gift you choose just because it came from her treasured son. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook entirely, though. You still want to get her something she can use and appreciate.
To do this, first think about the types of activities she likes. Does she love to read? Or maybe she can’t get enough lattes at the coffee shop. These types of interests can actually be a starting point to gather some ideas for gifts. If she already has enough books and coffee maker, she’s also sure to like any personalized gift, such as a photo frame with a picture of you and her or a mug with a sweet sentimental message. If you’ve already inundated her with personalized mementos, you can never go wrong with a delicious food gift. Mom will love it even more if it’s both healthy and decadent, like chocolate covered fruit.
Top 10 Birthday Gift Ideas for Mom from Son
If you’re unsure what to get your mom, don’t worry. We’ve gathered up ten outstanding birthday gifts that will truly impress any mom:
- Birthday Pineapple Drip Cakes™ & Berries
Made with fresh pineapple covered in chocolate and decorated with colorful glaze and sprinkles, this set is a must-have for any birthday. Plus, each cake is topped with a candle you can actually light. The set also includes fresh, juicy strawberries that have been dipped in gourmet semisweet chocolate.
- Today We Celebrate You
This delectable arrangement is packed with all the best treats your mom could ask for, including chocolate dipped pineapple stars, chocolate dipped pineapple daisies, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, and more. It all comes complete in a keepsake Happy Birthday container and is accompanied by a festive balloon.
- Mom State Mug
If you live far away from your mom, this mug will make the perfect gift. It features the sweet phrase, “Love between a mother and son knows no distance,” and is personalized to include both of your states.
- Mother Son Necklace
This beautiful sterling silver necklace features two interlocking rings, symbolizing the never-ending love between a mother and her son. Plus, it comes in a gift box with a sweet, sentimental message inside.
- Fleur De Paris Infinity Collection
Every mom loves roses and these roses are everlasting, meaning they’ll last one year or more with proper care. They come in 16 beautiful colors, each more vibrant and beautiful than the last.
- Plated Subscription
Take some of the pressure off your mom this year with a Plated subscription. She can choose her favorite meal plan and recipes, and the required ingredients will be delivered to her door each week without having to shop or plan ahead.
- Willow Tree® Mother and Son Figurine
This heartwarming piece captures the love between a mother and son, right at the time he’s gaining some independence, but still needs some encouragement from his mom. It’s the perfect memento that represents a mother’s love.
- The Love Between A Mother and Son Lasts Forever Frame
With the words, “The love between a mother and son lasts forever,” this frame will melt mom’s heart in seconds flat. Place a favorite photo in the frame for a perfect gift she’ll always treasure.
- Keurig Special Edition K-Cafe SE Single Serve K-Cup Pod
This Keurig makes creating a coffee-shop-worthy latte as easy as the push of a button. With the “shot” feature, you can brew a concentrated shot of coffee from any K-Cup pod and use the included frothier to create foam to top your creation.
- Kindle Paperwhite
If your mom loves to read, this Kindle is an essential must-have. It’s been recently updated with a flush-front design, 300 ppi glare-free display, and completely waterproof exterior so you can use it in the sun and by the pool.
Whether you want a sweet sentimental gift or something practical, you’re sure to find an option for your mom on this list. No matter what gift you choose, she’ll be thankful for the kind and thoughtful way you help celebrate her birthday.
25 Heartwarming Gifts For Your Mom That She’ll Actually Love
Like so many women, my mom is my best friend. She’s been there for me through some rough times and has always continued to support me (and the wild way I live my life). I know that I could show her a bit more appreciation, so I went searching for some heartwarming gifts that moms will totally adore in order to give her the thanks she deserves.
Even though I still live with my mom, we have a relationship much closer to roommates than mother and daughter. We go out for happy hour, watch a million tv shows together, and sometimes even hang out on the weekends. My mom has done so much for me and I think that she’s earned some serious gratitude for that. And the best way to do that is give her a present that will cause some tears (and not sad tears so much as happy, sentimental tears).
Feel the same way about your mother? Definitely give this list a look so that the the next time your mom does something great for you — or if you’re simply feeling an overwhelming sense of love and thankfulness for her — you can give her a super thoughtful gift that she’ll love. After all, moms should be recognized for all of the things they do for their kids each and every day.
1. Remind Your Mom How Much You Love Her
This “Remember I Love You Mom” bracelet makes a great gift if you’re moving away from home, whether you’re off to college or moving to another city. You can tell your mom how much you love her and she’ll remember each time she wears her engraved bracelet.
2. A Collection Of Letters That You’ve Been Writing For Years
After you get this book by Lea Redmond, hold onto it for a few years and write your mom letters thanking her, sharing big moments, and recording memories for when you gift it in the future. It’ll bring your mom to tears when you someday present it to her and she finally starts to open them.
3. So Your Mom Doesn’t Have To Have An Empty Nest
Your mom never has to have an empty nest at home with this pretty piece of art. You can even personalize the nest by getting all the kids’ names written on the eggs.
4. A Throw Pillow To Remind Her You’ll Never Forget Home
This is one throw pillow that will surely spark some tears, as it reads, “Home is wherever mom is.”
5. A Cute Print Featuring All The Kids’ Birthdays
A simple yet heartwarming print that features each of you and your siblings’ names, showing your gratitude for everything your mom has done since you were born. It’s completely customizable and printed on heavy duty paper, so it’ll last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Fill the Top Shelf memory jar with all your favorite recollections, funny stories, and happiest times. When mom’s having a bad day, she can read through the tickets — and when she’s having a good day, she can fill out one of her own. This set comes with the jar, a chalk tag, a roll of memory tickets, and a pen.
7. A Family Tree Bracelet So She Can Carry Her Kids Wherever She Goes
Get this beautiful handmade customizable bracelet for an ultra-thoughtful present. Not only is it so pretty, it also can feature either just your initials or the first initial of each of her kids stamped onto the hearts. That way, she can bring you all along wherever she goes.
8. A Pretty Painted Jewelry Bowl For All Her Sparkly Things
Now every time your mom takes off a piece of jewelry and places it inside of this beautiful cherry blossom bowl, she’ll immediately think of you.
9. A Bath Bomb Set For The Spa Day She Deserves
With ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, kaolin clay, and Epson salt, these bath bombs moisturize her skin, soothe her body, and relax her mind. They come in a set of 12, and each one features a different color and subtle scent.
10. An Elegant, Comfortable Robe She’ll Want To Live In
Available in two sizes and 18 colors, this premium fleece robe is trimmed with satin and feels like you’re “wrapped in a warm, soft blanket,” according to reviewers. It also has convenient pockets, a waist strap, and extra long sleeves.
11. Long Distance Coffee Mugs To Keep You Connected
If you don’t have the pleasure of living in the same state as your mother, this gift is the next best thing. Personalize it so you have your state and her state on there. It’ll be her favorite mug.
12. Make A Family Tree Out Of Photos
Create a beautiful focal point for your mom’s living room with this family tree picture frame set. You can include up to ten of your favorite family photos.
13. A Necklace To Show Her How Important She Is
This necklace is adorable and so sweet, making it a great gift from a son or daughter to show her how strong you think she is.
14. Give Your Mom Her New Favorite Wine Glass
A perfect gift for the mom who likes to unwind with a glass of wine, this elegant cup reads, “Mom: A title just above queen.”
15. Because You’re A Piece Of Your Mother’s Heart
Let your mom know that she’ll always have a piece of your heart with this set of hand-stamped mother and daughter necklaces.
16. Create A Completely Customizable Gift For Mom
You can create a beautiful music box for your mom. Pick her favorite song or saying, choose from many different designs, and write a message to be engraved onto the bottom of the box. It’s a gift she’ll treasure forever.
17. A Personalized Passport Book For The Mom With Wanderlust
For the mother who’s caught the travel bug, there’s this gorgeous passport holder with additional pockets for cash and cards. Choose between 30 different colors and designs, and even get it customized with her name — that way, with every new stamp in her book of adventures, she’ll think of you.
18. This Monogrammed Necklace That Diffuses Essential Oils
If she’s into essential oils, this aromatherapy necklace makes a thoughtful yet practical gift. The 30-inch hypoallergenic chain features a monogrammed pendent in any letter. It also comes with 12 refill pads in different colors, so she can diffuse her favorite scents wherever — and still match her outfit.
19. A Travel Mug That She’ll Actually Use
Be sure to tell your mom that she’s the best all of the time with this pretty “Best Mom Ever” mug, which is a 20-ounce insulated stainless steel mug, which comes in 19 colors.
20. A Gorgeous Jewelry Box For All Her Favorite Accessories
With its velvet lining, synthetic leather exterior, and multiple compartments, the Vlando jewelry box is a “fantastic find,” reviewers say. It even has a mirror and key, and comes in four different color options.
21. A Cutting Board With A Sentimental Message
If your mom loves to cook, give her a gift that she’ll use over and over again. Whenever she makes something fun in the kitchen, she’ll smile from the lovely message engraved into the wood.
22. A Meaningful Print For Her Wall
If your mom loves to have sentimental prints and pillows sprinkled around her house, give her a new one that she’ll truly appreciate. “Mom, I am so blessed with all you do — your love and kindness will guide me through” this heartwarming poster reads. “Forever thankful to have you as a mom, you are the most wonderful one.”
23. A Jewelry Box That’ll Make Her Tear Up Whenever She Opens It
This jewelry box plays the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” whenever you open it, which will pretty much guarantee some tears in your mom’s eyes. Plus, the cover reads, “Mom, your love means the world to me.” Awww.
24. This Bamboo Cutting Board And Serving Platter In The Shape Of Her State
Help your mother express her home-state pride. The Totally Bamboo cutting board is in fact made totally from bamboo, so it’s durable, yet easy on your knives. It comes in all the different state shapes — and even a few recognizable regions, like Long Island and the upper peninsula of Michigan.
25. For The Mom Who Loves To Be Creative
Give your mom a gift that will help her show off her creative side as well as help her de-stress after a long day with this “I Love You Mom” coloring book.
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Give the #boymom in your life the perfect gift with one of these super fun Gift Ideas Moms of Boys will absolutely LOVE.
Super-Fun Gift Ideas Moms of Boys will Absolutely LOVE
Nearly 15 years ago I had my first son. Then another….and another…and one more caboose. There is just something so fun and fulfilling about raising all boys, even if it isn’t always a walk in the park. Unless it is Jurassic park. Then, yes it does feel like a walk in the park!
Boys can be adventurous, exhausting little creatures. But those of us who are raising boys wouldn’t have it any other way! I love all of these fun gift ideas for all the boy-mamas out there.
Take a look at this list and let me know which item is your favorite!
What mom doesn’t want to connect more with her son? It can often seem like they are from different planets or speaking a different language. I absolutely love this Mother and Her Son journal! A mom and son can pass this journal back and forth over time filling out fun question prompts about their lives. There is even an “Ask me Anything” section for questions that might come up.
Boys often don’t like to open up to people and this journal will help them move beyond yes or no answers. Once the journal is completed, there is a certificate at the back for a fun prize or outing of their choice. This Mother and Son journal will be a treasured keepsake years down the road when the son moves out on his own (although we won’t think about that day right now because let’s not make ourselves cry!!)
This makes the PERFECT unique gift for the mom of a boy.
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2. Mom of Boys Shirts
Proud Mom of Boys
Proud Mom of Boys Tshirt
A mom of boy(s) can show off the pride she has in her son with these t-shirts. I love that there are options for if a mom only has one son. Show off your boy-mama pride with these proud mom of boys t-shirts.
Queen Raising Kings/Queen Raising A King
Queen Raising Kings Tee Shirt Queen Raising a King Tee shirt
These Queen Raising Kings and Queen Raising a King tee shirts are for the mom of boy(s) who is the queen of her castle and is doing her best to raise her boys right. I absolutely love these shirts and love that they come in lots of different colors.
3. Fun Wall Hangings About Raising Boys
Hold Him a Little Longer quote Little Boys Should Never Be Sent to Bed quote A Woman with All Sons Will Be Surrounded by Handsome men
There are SO many fun sayings about raising boys. Find more HERE.
4. Mom of Boys Mugs/Water Bottles
I love these! I especially love the travel mugs and bottles because moms of boys are always on the run!
Love My Boys Water Bottle Mother of Boys Travel Mug Mom of Boys Mug
Check out more mugs and water bottles HERE.
5. Bracelets for Moms of Boys
If you know a mom of boys who loves jewelry, these are a lot of fun! There are different styles for every taste and occasion.
Boymom Bracelet Mother Son Cuff Bangle Outnumbered Mom of Boys Bracelet Boy Who Stole My Heart Love Between Mother and Son
6. More Necklaces for Moms of Boys
Here is another option for the “boymom” who loves jewelry. I would love to own every single one of these Boymom necklaces.
There’s This Boy Who Stole My Heart , He Calls Me Mom There’s this Boy Train necklace It’s a Boy Personalized Necklace
7. Sports Mom Shirts
How fun are these “Sports Love” shirts! These are a must-have for moms to wear while cheering on their favorite athletes.
Baseball Heart T-shirt Basketball Heart T-shirt Soccer Heart Shirt Football Heart T-shirt
8. Vinyl Car Decals about Raising Boys
Raising Boys Decal Queen of the Castle decal Raising Boys Vinyl Decal
I hope this list gives you some inspiration next time you need a gift idea for a mom of boys.
Are you a mom of boys? What are your favorite gift ideas mom of boys would love?
Check out these gift guides for some fun inspiration for moms and their boys. We have something for everyone!
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A son’s guide to giving a damn good Mother’s Day gift
Of all the hand-wringing, gut-wrenching gift moments in a man’s life, Mother’s Day is easily the most daunting. An annual attempt to thank the woman who gave you life with an object based on the one 15-minute conversation you have every week, the premise alone stacks the Hallmark Cards against you. But that doesn’t mean giving a great Mother’s Day gift is impossible. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. All you have to do is take the predictable cliché and turn it on its head—add a little bit of personal flair, make it mean something. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’re here to help, offering up 10 thoughtful, useful, and unique ideas that are sure to (finally) make you the favorite.
What You Were Going to Get Her: The nicest bottle of chardonnay at the local supermarket.
What You Should Get Her: Maybe that chardonnay is her favorite, and that’s totally valid. Get her one of those, but also throw in a Wine of the Month subscription like Winc Wine Club, which allows her to set up her own “Palate Profile” and then delivers matching, interesting wines to her door every month for the rest of the year. Who knows, by next Mother’s Day she might just have a new grocery store go-to.
What You Were Going to Get Her: A clunky old photo album for her most cherished family memories.
What You Should Get Her: OK, not a terrible idea, but chances are she already has a library of those collecting dust in the basement. What she probably doesn’t have, however, is a home for the terabyte of new (and probably out-of-focus) iPhone photos she plasters on Instagram like it were the family fridge. That’s where Apple’s Custom Photo Books come in, offering a beautiful array of tomes for all of mom’s digitally captured memories. As long as she isn’t a Galaxy S gal, this one is a winner.
What You Were Going to Get Her: Flowers, because duh.
What You Should Get Her: What’s better than roses on Mother’s Day? Roses every day, that’s what. If mom has a garden—and she probably does—then one of Buzzy’s easy and adorable Carry and Grow flower kits, available in Rose, Butterfly Garden, and Herb Garden variations, will help you give the gift of Mother’s Day all summer along.
What You Were Going to Get Her: Her 500th throw blanket.
What You Should Get Her: Moms are always cold. That’s a scientific fact. Instead of buying yet another blanket she will have to carry and fold and wash, however, why not pop for a Nest Learning Thermostat, which not only adapts to personal preferences and conserves energy, but also offers remote app access and multi-zone control. Whatever you do though, don’t tell dad…
What You Were Going to Get Her: A shiny new digital camera for those moments when that iPhone just won’t do.
What You Should Get Her: Not a bad idea, but again, let’s take it a step further. Instead of a traditional digital camera that she will have to plug in, set up, and a buy a printer for, why not go with a Polaroid Snaptouch Camera? Combining the best of retro and modern tech, the Snaptouch combines a host of modern capabilities—like HD video and Bluetooth connectivity—with the nostalgia (and convenience) of on-the-spot printing.
What You Were Going to Get Her: A new blender, umm, because cooking?
What You Should Get Her: It’s a new year and, let’s be honest, mom probably has a new health kick. Instead of ribbing her about that time she tried Atkins, however, bite your tongue and help out with a Nutribullet Rx, “most powerful nutrition extractor” on earth. Great for juices, smoothies, shakes, and even soups and sauces, this versatile countertop tool will help mom feel like she’s 38 again.
What You Were Going to Get Her: Her dream Italian vacation, but then you looked at how much dream Italian vacations cost…
What You Should Get Her: A little something to inspire her. We all need a push every now and then—yes, even moms—and Rosetta Stone’s Online Italian Lessons may just be the inspiration she needs to start planning that once-in-lifetime escape. Oh, and did we mention their Mother’s Day Sale is going to save you over $70 on a 24-month subscription? Needless to say, you’re going to want to jump on this one while you can.
What You Were Going to Get Her: A New York Times subscription, but she probably already has one of those.
What You Should Get Her: It’s 2017 and mom is suddenly woke—she’s retweeting Jon Favreau, sending you absentee ballots to the swing state you grew up in, and crushing The Times like the next Outlander novel. What can you do to help further this social reawakening? Get her a subscription to Chef’d’s New York Times Meal Plan, which will deliver delicious NYT Cooking-curated recipes (and their ingredients) straight to her kitchen. Maybe it’s a little too late for her to change the world, but that doesn’t mean she can’t eat like the global citizen she is.
What You Were Going to Get Her: Speaking of Outlander, how about a Kindle?
What You Should Get Her: A Kindle is a totally practical purchase, but practical is boring. If you’re really looking to make a splash (and just got a BIG raise), then a first edition from Bausman Books is definitely the way to go. Perhaps it’s the book she wrote her thesis on in college. Maybe it’s a classic tale she read to you as a child. Either way, this one is sure to earn the best seat on the shelf for years to come.
What You Were Going to Get Her: An update on that hilariously outdated family portrait.
What You Should Get Her: So mom needs something new to hang in the living room but you don’t want to put on a turtleneck and pose for yet another doomed family portrait. We get it. Try PicketFencePortraits instead, a quaint etsy account that will create a custom painting of your family home without the custom painting price point. From watercolors to waterworks, this one is bound to be a tear-jerker (in a good way).
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