Some people like to shop for gifts months in advance, while others have mastered the art of procrastinating. No matter which camp you fall into, all that matters is that you get the best gifts for your mom when the occasion calls for it. And since Christmas always sneaks up on us, now is the time to grab her something special so she knows how much you care.
When it comes to shopping for the best gifts for her, not any old present will do. After all, who has given more to you than your own mother? Year after year, she’s been there for you, so finding the perfect present is important — but also a lot of pressure! Fortunately, we spend all day thinking about the perfect gift ideas, and we’ve gathered tons of options for every type of mom and every budget. If you’re looking for the best Christmas gifts for mom under $100, we’ve got you covered with dozens of affordable gift ideas, but we’ve also got some more luxurious options if you really want to treat mom.
That’s why we’re sharing the best gifts for mom for Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries and any special occasion. We promise your mom is sure to love at least one of these mom gift ideas. In our professional experience, the best gifts for moms are the ones that speak to her personality and showcase the gratitude she deserves.
After scouring the internet for the best gift ideas and deals, we found tons of great options. Keep reading to find the best gift ideas and Christmas gifts for moms in 2021 and show her just how much you love her.
The ReNew Slipper
BEST FOR COZY FEET
You really can’t go wrong with slippers. Everyone needs a go-to pair, and especially for moms, they’ll appreciate something cozy to help them relax and recharge. These plush quilted slippers are like a duvet for her feet. They’re easy to slip on but also look cute and have a durable sole in case she needs to grab the mail or take out the dog, and they’re made entirely from recycled materials.Buy: The ReNew Slipper $50
Paint By Numbers Gift Set
BEST FOR THE ARTSY MOM
We love Paint by Numbers gift sets, and so do Spy readers, as these gift ideas have proven hugely popular on our site. Great gift for moms that love crafting and activities, these paint sets come with everything she needs to create a work of art of her very own. We’ve included two different options for mom below, so pick your favorite and delight mom on Mother’s Day.Buy: Paint By Numbers Easel + Paints $35.99 Buy: Colorwork Paint By Numbers Set $9.99
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
BEST TO PAMPER MOM
Mom may have a robe — but she most definitely doesn’t have one this soft and spa-like. Brooklinen made this robe to mimic the feel of their super soft plush towels. We’re in love with this robe, and we’re not the only ones — the Super-Plush Robe was one of the most popular Christmas gifts featured on Spy in 2020. This robe is made of 100% Turkish Cotton, features deep pockets and a waist tie. Reviewers have said “this robe is like wearing a nice soft blanket,” and what mom doesn’t deserve to walk around feeling comfy and luxurious?
Framebridge Custom Frames
BEST FOR MOMS EVERYWHERE
This is one of our favorite gift ideas for 2021, but it’s especially perfect for mom. The best Christmas gifts for moms speak to the special relationship you have, which is why these framed photos are the perfect gift idea. Framebridge lets you turn your smartphone pictures into beautiful, wall-ready portraits. Choose a frame of your choice, upload a favorite photo, and have the frame and photo print shipped to you. Don’t settle for a gift card; surprise your mom with a personal gift that she’ll treasure for years to come.
REVLON One Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer
BEST LOW MAINTENANCE HAIR SOLUTION
Busy moms tend to love efficiency. This hair dryer and brush combo is a life-saving product if your mom is low maintenance but likes her hair to look good. It makes it super easy for her to blow out her hair thanks to the round brush and heat coming from one easy tool. She’ll surely thank you once she realizes that she can do her hair in half the time, and achieve envious volume all on her own.
Buy: REVLON One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer $50
Goody Box Retro Toys & Treats for Cats
BEST FOR CAT MOMS
If your mom is also a cat mom, she probably loves getting gifts that help her spoil her little feline child. This Goody Box is full of fun, retro toys and treats that her and her cat can enjoy. It’s a unique and nostalgic gift idea, and you can choose the box that best matches both of their needs and personalities.Buy: Goody Box Retro Toys & Treats for Cats $24.99
RoC Anti-Aging Retinol Eye Cream
I know that my mom is constantly complaining about the physical signs of aging, particularly the fine lines and dark circles around her eyes. This retinol eye cream is a great gift to get them started with anti-aging products. It addresses puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles all in one affordable product. If they like it, they can keep buying it on their own and even explore more anti-aging options.Buy: RoC Anti-Aging Retinol Eye Cream $16.25
BEST FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER
For moms who love to travel, especially if they’re now empty nesters or even retired and have more of an opportunity to explore the world, this makes for a very thoughtful gift. It’s a map that allows her to scratch off where she’s been to document her adventures. The simple gold design with muted rainbow colors underneath also happens to look great on display in her home.Buy: Scratch Map $26
Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints
BEST FOR THE NATURE LOVER
There’s more than one way to gift a plant mom. Sure, she’ll always appreciate more greenery, but these Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints are an unexpected alternative. The set of six minimalist line drawing posters is sleek and modern and will add a touch of Scandi style to her décor. Pretty and peaceful, they’ll bring a sense of calm to her space. To up the ante on this gift, present them to her framed.
Buy: Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints $14.97
Modern Innovations Marble Wine Cooler
BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY GIFT
A stylish marble wine cooler like this can be used as a rose-chiller in the summer and a flower or utensil holder in the winter. To use, store the cooler in the fridge for a few hours prior to entertaining. Then, when you’re ready to open and chill your wine, simply take the cooler out, set it on the table and let the marble’s natural temperature retaining properties keep your drink looking cool and elegant. It’s amazing how well these coolers work, and you’ll find that marble is cool to the touch even before it’s chilled. And at under $25, this is one of the most budget-friendly gifts for mom for Mother’s Day 2021.
Polaroid Go Instant Camera
Are you going in on a group gift with the rest of your siblings? Then we love this mom gift idea. The newly released Polaroid Go is the world’s smallest analog camera, and it instantly prints genuine Polaroids, just like the old days. While this new portable instant camera is being marketed more toward Gen Z influencer-types, we also think it’s one of the best gifts for mom of 2021. This camera is set to be released on April 27, but if you pre-order now, it will arrive with plenty of time left to spare for Mother’s Day.Buy: Polaroid Go Camera $119.99
Crocs Unisex Clogs
BEST FOOTWEAR FOR MOM
Has your mom discovered the joys of Crocs yes? There’s a good chance the answer is yes, but even if she’s never had the pleasure of wearing Crocs, this is still one of our favorite Christmas gift ideas for moms. Look, we love Crocs. We wrote an entire love letter to the anti-fashion shoes recently. We won’t wax poetic about these ugly rubber shoes here, because either you know, or you don’t. Order a new pair for your dear mother and make her day, whether it’s for Christmas 2021, Mother’s Day, her birthday or just because you love her.Buy: Crocs Unisex Clogs $49.95 Buy: Crocs Tie-Dye Clogs $54.99
Canopy x The Sill Humidifier
BEST FOR PLANT MOMS
If you know a plant mom, or a mom of humans who also happens to love plants, this brand collab is a great gift opportunity for them. Canopy has completely reimagined the humidifier and made it helpful for humans and plants alike. It promotes healthy, glowing skin and relieved cold and flu symptoms, and helps plants stay hydrated as well. It works best in rooms up to 500 sq. ft. in size, and has over 36 hours of run time on a full tank of water. Unlike other humidifiers, it doesn’t just release stem but rather filters and hydrates the air in the room. It also comes in a few different colors so you can match it to your mom’s decor.
La Jolie Muse Jasmine Scented Candle
BEST FOR MOMS WHO CHILL
Soft candlelight and relaxing scents are a great way to unwind, especially to the sweet smell of fresh apple. The candle is crafted from pure soy wax to create an eco-friendly and cruelty-free burn that’ll last for 65-75 hours. If your mom is the type to come home from a long day, light some candles, and unwind with a hot bath or glass of wine, she’ll love this scented candle from La Jolie.
The Bouqs ‘All the Rage’ Tulip Bouquet
MOST FOOLPROOF MOM GIFT IDEA
You can never go wrong with sending mom a bouquet of flowers to remind her you’re thinking of her. Flowers are always one of the best gifts for mom for any occasion — or just because you love her. This bright bouquet of rainbow tulips is guaranteed to brighten her day and put a smile on her face. The Bouqs offers expedited shipping so it’ll make it look like you’ve been planning for weeks in advance.
Purana Wrap Sweatshirt
BEST FOR CHIC YOGA STYLE
This wrap sweatshirt is the perfect stylish layer for moms who do yoga or just like to rock athleisure. It looks chic, is easy to throw on and fabric is insanely soft. It also has hidden pockets for her to store her essentials, and it runs slightly large for the ideal oversized fit. It’s sure to become one of her wardrobe essentials, and she’ll appreciate the help elevating her style game.Buy: Purana Wrap Sweatshirt $89
Chefman Electric Wine Opener & Foil Cutter
BEST FOR THE ASPIRING SOMMELIER
If your mom loves wine, this is a no-brainer gift. It makes uncorking a bottle of wine as easy as pie, as it’s cordless and super easy to operate. The opener has a super sleek design with LED lights and a housing that’ll look great on her kitchen counter. It’s got a powerful, long-lasting and rechargeable battery and makes a great gift any time of the year.Buy: Chefman Electric Wine Opener $19.65
Mejuri Dome Cuff Bracelet
BEST JEWELRY GIFT
Merjui is one of our favorite jewelry brands for elegant bracelets and necklaces that aren’t too expensive. This gold cuff bracelet is made with 18K solid gold over sterling silver for a stylish and chic accessory that mom can enjoy for many years. This type of bracelet goes with pretty much everything, so no matter mom’s style, this gift is sure to make her smile. Plus, if you have siblings, this gift will put their Mother’s Day gifts to shame, which is always a nice bonus when shopping for Christmas gifts for mom.Buy: Mejuri Dome Cuff Bracelet $125.00
Piecework Puzzles – Meta Puzzle
BEST FOR PUZZLERS
The picture below isn’t a photo of someone doing the Meta Puzzle — it’s the artwork on the puzzle itself. Be warned: this puzzle is not for the faint of heart. But if your mother really loves to puzzle, then she’ll appreciate the challenge. Piecework is our favorite puzzle company, and the company’s 1,000-piece puzzles are works of art. The Meta Puzzle wouldn’t look out of place in a frame hanging on the living room wall, and it’s a treat for anyone that loves to puzzle. (For a simpler puzzle, try the 500-piece Tutti-Frutti puzzle instead.)Buy: Meta 1000-Piece Puzzle $36.00
In Good Taste California Wine Mixer Tasting
BEST EXPERIENTIAL GIFT
If your mom prefers gifts that are experiences rather than physical products this at-home wine tasting kit is the perfect treat. In Good Taste makes wine tasting flights that can be shipped right to you, filled with bottles of wine from all over the world. This particular kit is comprised of nine wines from all over California, one of the best winemaking regions in the world. Each bottle is miniature, with enough to fill two sizable glasses. The kit comes with information about each wine, where it’s from and what food to pair it with. If your mom loves wine, tastings or trying new things this is a great gift.
Amazon Echo Show 5
BEST GIFT TO STAY CONNECTED
The Amazon Echo Show is our favorite smart assistant, but it’s also an especially good gift for mom. This smart display is perfect for individuals new to smart home tech but anxious to give it a go. It’s a user-friendly and easy-to-install device that combines all the great features of an Amazon Echo Dot with a 5.5″ smart display. Mom can bring up recipes, play music, view photos from friends and family or even watch a movie using nothing but voice commands. But best of all? You and mom can stay in touch using the bigger screen for more personal video calls so you can feel close to mom even if a visit isn’t in the cards any time soon.
Buy: Amazon Echo Show $44.99
The Gravity Blanket
BEST WEIGHTED BLANKET
Weighted blankets are one of the top Christmas gifts for mom now that we all are spending a little more time at home on the couch. And when it comes to weighted blankets, you can’t go wrong with the original weighted blanket. The Gravity Blanket makes a luxurious line of weighted blankets that we absolutely love. Yes, they’re expensive, but we’re confident your mom will love these cozy blankets as much as we do. (Never bought a weighted blanket before? We recommend the 15-pound blanket.)
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Knock Knock What I Love About Mom Book
MOST SENTIMENTAL GIFT
This simple, easy-to-fill-in journal will prompt you to share special sentiments with your mom in a way that’s not intimidating, yet incredibly meaningful. While she reads through the pages that contain nostalgic notes, from quirky to complimentary, she’ll be too distracted sniffling and tearing up to even notice you loading up on the brownie points.Buy: Knock Knock What I Love About Mom $10.00
Kamenstein Revolving 20-Jar Spice Rack
BEST FOR THE COOK
Mom can spice things up in the kitchen on so many levels with this strikingly cool spice rack. It’ll spice up her décor and her cooking. It comes with 20 jars of spices that are clearly labeled and each have a sifter top for easily controlled dispensing. It comes stocked with the basic ingredients like garlic salt, basil, rosemary, etc and it comes with five years’ worth of refills with your purchase.
BEST FOR TODDLER MOMS
This is a gift for a mom in your life who’s got young kids and could use the latest and greatest in children’s play furniture. The Nugget became super famous and increasingly inaccessible at the start of the pandemic when stressed-out parents braced for impact and stockpiled their couches for kids. The cushions can be reconfigured in many different ways and are covered in a durable microsuede that’s perfect for a kids’ room. The Nugget comes in a ton of different colors and is almost guaranteed to occupy children with fort-building, slide-constructing and endless fun for hours.
Deayoka Rose Quartz Guasha Tool
BEST BEAUTY GIFT
Mover over jade rollers — it’s all about gua sha now. Based on the ancient Chinese ritual, the tool is meant to be gently massaged on the neck, hairline, chin, cheeks and eyes to ease muscle tension and improve circulation and lymphatic drainage. This one is made from rose quartz to bring love, happiness and healing.Buy: Deayoka Rose Quartz Guasha Tool $8.99
addsfit Mini Massage Gun
The mini massage gun is the latest development in the massage gun world, and we’re big fans of this particular model. They take the therapeutic benefits of a great massage gun and miniaturize it so it becomes much more portable. addsfit’s mini massage gun has been editor-tested by Spy E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla and she loved it. It’s excellent for targeted muscle kinks as well as general deep-tissue work on smaller muscles throughout the body. If your mom is a bigger runner, cyclist or has the aches and pains that inevitably come with age, this is a great gift.
Buy: addsfit Mini Massage Gun $79.99
Mebbay 2 Layer Velvet Jewelry Box
BEST FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER
No matter if her jewelry style is delicate or daring, she needs a place to stash all of her favorite rings, bracelets and earrings. This gray velvet jewelry box is a treasure in itself. The soft interior will keep her jewels safe, while the many compartments make it a cinch to keep everything organized. Make it even more sumptuous by stashing a new piece of jewelry for mom inside.Buy: Mebbay 2 Layer Velvet Jewelry Box $25.99
Moleskine Volant Journal
BEST FOR THE WRITER
If the mom you’re gifting for loves to write, or just take notes and make to-do lists, she definitely appreciates a journal. These large Moleskine soft cover journals are perfect for her to throw in her purse and keep handy on the go. They come in plain or ruled based on her preferred writing style, and a variety of colors to match her personality.Buy: Moleskine Volant Journal $14.95
The Sill Dried Lunaria Bunch
BEST FOR FLOWER LOVERS
You can’t go wrong with flowers! That’s why blooms are a classic gift for mom, and these charming dried flowers will last forever. They’re dried, preserved flowers from The Sill, a favorite on Spy for purchasing flowers and plants of all kinds. Dried lunaria are pet-friendly and have a delicate beauty your mom will love. They can be kept together in a ceramic vase or divided into different bunches or bouquets so your mom can spread the love. To maximize their longevity, don’t place them in direct sunlight or super humid spots and clean using a hairdryer on low speed.
The Drop Women’s Iona Long Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt
BEST FOR THE LOUNGEWEAR LOVER
A cute yet cozy housedress is practically required these days and this one fits the bill. Give your mom the gift of comfort with this long sleeve hooded mini sweatshirt dress that’s great for wearing around the house. The soft, sporty dress can be worn nearly year-round. She can wear it at home or pair it with some jeans or leggings for running errands.Buy: The Drop Women's Iona Long Sleeve Hooded Mini Sweatshirt Dress $37.78
Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace Coordinate Jewelry
BEST PERSONALIZED GIFT
It’s not like mom will ever forget where you were born, but this necklace is a pretty way of wearing a reminder. It can be personalized with any coordinates, so you can pick where you were born or a place that is significant to you both. Or, you could opt for a special message or name. To make it even more customized, you can pick the metal finish — gold, silver or rose gold.Buy: Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace Coordinate Jewelry $16.50
Mate The Label Organic Cotton Classic Tee
BEST FOR THE CLASSIC MOM
No matter the season or her style, a classic cotton tee is something every woman needs in her closet, making this one of the best timeless gifts for mom. Mate the Label makes all of their clothes out of the softest, comfiest organic cotton that’s spun to last, and their clothes come in a wide range of sizes and colors.
La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Collection
BEST MADE-IN-FRANCE GIFT
Many of the best gifts for mom are sophisticated without forcing you to break the bank. This gift set features six French-made, luxury soaps and it includes beautiful blends like gardenia, coconut milk, lemon verbena, cherry almond, shea, and wild fig. Your Paris-loving la mère will adore it, and you can also snag a set for yourself or dish the soaps. Even better, these soaps were one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2019.Buy: La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Collection $68.00
Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes
BEST GIFT FOR SELF-CARE
You can’t put a price on self-care, which every busy mom needs more of. These sugar cubes sets were the “it” gifts for mom last year, but we love them so much we’ve named them the best gifts for mom in 2021, too. They’re the perfect present to help mom get that much-deserved R&R. These six exfoliating cubes are enriched with shea butter and aloe vera and they soften in water for a super soothing experience. Who needs a trip to the spa? Not your mom, if she has these.
BEST FOR THE MOM IN A BOOK CLUB
Kindles are the best gifts for moms who love to read so much they’re running out of room on the bookshelf. Mom will love downloading her favorite best-sellers and magazines on her new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, so she’s never stuck without a good read on her next commute or vacation. To take it up a notch, gift the e-reader along with a Kindle Unlimited gift card so she can get to reading right away.Buy: Kindle Paperwhite $129.99
Bambusi Cheese Board and Knife Set
BEST FOR THE HOSTESS
As your hostess with the mostess, mom probably already knows that no party is complete without a cheeseboard. This one is practically a party all by itself. Crafted from bamboo, the cheese plate has grooved borders to hold crackers, nuts or olives, plus it has a hidden drawer with four stainless steel cheese knives with bamboo handles.
Ornerx Decorative Cactus Tea Light Candles 6 Pcs
BEST FOR THE CACTUS-LOVING MOM
If she has more cacti and succulents than you can count, then this is one of the best gifts for mom. She won’t have to worry about getting pricked by any cactus thorns, either! This charming set of cactus tea lights comes with six candles — with three different designs — in metal tealight holders. They’re perfect for sprucing up a table setting or whatever mom wants to liven up. The unscented paraffin wax candles have about half an hour of burning time.Buy: Ornerx Decorative Cactus Tea Light Candles 6 Pcs $8.39
Nutribullet 600W Nutrient Extractor
BEST FOR THE JUICER
If mom has been on a juice or smoothie kick, this will keep her on that healthy path. The Nutribullet claims to be the fastest, easiest smoothie maker out there. She can fill it up with everything from nuts to veggies and fruits, then it’ll whip up her favorite drink in seconds with its powerful 600-watt motor and nutrient-extraction stainless steel blades.Buy: Nutribullet 600W Nutrient Extractor $54.35
PeeperSpecs Women’s Blue Light Filtering Reading Glasses
BEST FOR THE TECHIE MOM
When mom can’t get enough screen time, she is overdue for a pair of blue light glasses. These take it up a notch by doubling as reading glasses, making them one of the best gifts for mom. And did we mention how chic they are? These Oprah-approved glasses filter 40%+ of high-energy (HEV) blue light from digital devices, so screens won’t take such a toll on her peppers, as well as 99.9% of UVA and UVB light. They’re also anti-reflective, with seven layers of coating on the lens surface to reduce eye strain and glare, plus have an anti-scratch coating.Buy: Peepers To The Max Blue Light Glasses $25.00 Buy: Peepers Limelight Focus Oversized Blue Light Filtering Reading Glasses $24.68
Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO DESERVES MORE SLEEP
Since you can’t gift your mom more ZZZ’s, give her the next best thing. This silk sleep mask is the perfect bedtime accessory to guarantee some solid shut-eye. This mask also comes in several different fun patterns including a watermelon print, leopard, pink marble and more, so you can pick out a mask that’ll match mom’s PJs.
The Real Housewives of New York City Coloring Book
BEST FOR THE BRAVO OBSESSED
It’s definitely possible that the mom in your life is a Bravo addict, specifically hooked on The Real Housewives. Honestly, I wouldn’t blame her. They have a way of drawing you in. This coloring book is a great, unique and funny gift to put a smile on her face, and even introduce her to a relaxing new hobby.Buy: The Real Housewives of New York City Coloring Book $9.99
LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette
BEST FOR THE MAKEUP MAVEN
Moms who are always looking for fresh additions to their makeup bag will be thrilled by this pretty eyeshadow palette. The gold theme means it flatters all skin tones! It has 10 rich shades in a mix of mattes and shimmers, all with major staying power. To help it last even longer and keep her look intact, it comes with a Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. LORAC’s eyeshadows blend like a dream and smooth right onto skin sans any tugging.Buy: LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette $35.00
Pooch Selfie Stick Smartphone Attachment
BEST FOR THE DOG MOM
If your mom is obsessed with the family dog and identifies as more of a dog mom than a human one, this gift is for her. It’s a dog selfie attachment so she can get the perfect shot of your pooch in action paying attention to the alluring tennis ball mounted to the screen. Works for all dogs motivated by toys, and all smartphones or tablets no matter the size.
Instant Pot Duo
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO COOKS
With thousands of rave Amazon reviews, it’s no wonder why the Instant Pot is a perennial inclusion on lists of the best Christmas gifts for moms. It speeds up the cooking process and also retains more nutrition thanks to limiting the amount of time food is exposed to heat. Plus, she’ll gain access to the Instant Pot app which provides over a thousand recipes, though chances are she’ll know just what to do with it! The multi-use programmable pressure cooker offers seven functions so your mom can steam, warm, slow-cook, or sauté her (and let’s be honest, your) meals. It makes yogurt, too. For all these reasons and more, the Instant Pot is absolutely one of the best gifts for moms in 2021.Buy: Instant Pot Duo $99.99
LIGHTSHARE 16Inch 36LED Cherry Blossom Bonsai Light
BEST FOR THE PLANT-CHALLENGED MOM
A green thumb is a gift that not everyone possesses. If your mom’s thumb is more black than green, this is the perfect plant for her. She’ll never have to worry if it has enough sunshine or water, since the faux cherry blossom bonsai tree is a light source on its own. The pretty plant is adorned with 36 LED light clear flowers that give off a warm white glow. Standing 16 inches tall, it’s great as an indoor or outdoor piece. Battery operated (with four AA batteries) with a plug-in electric option, the timer automatically sets its for six hours on and 18 hours off.Buy: LIGHTSHARE 16Inch 36LED Cherry Blossom Bonsai Light $25.99
Promi Design Small Wooden Desk Clock
BEST FOR THE PUNCTUAL MOM
A charming throwback, this clock will be sure to kick mom ticking. Strikingly unique, the handmade clock can even be personalized by adding text or a logo, making it one of a kind. Crated from a single piece of oak wood, it runs on an AA battery, which isn’t included, so be sure to add one to the gift box.Buy: Promi Design Small Wooden Desk Clock $33.99
Anker PowerCore Essential Portable Charger
BEST TO KEEP HER REACHABLE
Depending on how old your mom is, she may not be aware of all the helpful options out there when it comes to technology. If you like to be able to reach her but her phone is constantly dying, get her this portable charger, one of the top tech gifts of 2021. It comes with several cord options to charge almost any type of mobile device, and it can get her phone up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.Buy: Anker PowerCore Essential Portable Charger $64.99
Nostalgia Indoor Electric Stainless Steel S’mores Maker
BEST FOR THE HAPPY CAMPER
If your mom is happiest in a tent, you can bring the camping experience to her year-round with this indoor s’mores maker. And even if she’s not an outdoorswoman, she’ll love the idea of roasting marshmallows from the living room. The tabletop electric flameless heater takes out all the fuss — not to mention cutting wood for an open flame — but still toasts marshmallows to perfection. The set comes with two stainless steel roasting forks. Campfire stories not included.Buy: Nostalgia Indoor Electric Stainless Steel S'mores Maker
Kate Spade New York Ombre Glitter Pink AirPods Case
BEST FOR THE AIRPOD ADDICT
If your mom always has her AirPods in for work calls, Zooms, working out to her favorite music and basically every other occasion in her life, she needs to upgrade her AirPods case. This charming one from Kate Spade will do the trick. It’s got a beautiful ombre pink pattern and a premium Kate Spade clip on the side so she can attach them to her purse, briefcase or backpack and never lose them. The case is also wireless charging compatible, so it’ll make her life even easier if she prefers to charge wirelessly.
Spa Luxetique Lavender Gift Basket
BEST FOR THE STRESSED OUT MOM
Being a mom tends to come with a certain amount of stress and tension, no matter what your life looks like. One of the best things you can do for mom this mother’s day is gift her an opportunity to relax, unwind and decompress. Lavender is a naturally relaxing scent, adn this gift basket is filled with lavender-scented things that’ll calm her mind and spirit. Inside she’ll find spa items like bath bombs, body lotion, bath salts and shower gel. It also all comes in a decorative, ready-to-gift tote bag so you’ll save yourself the task of wrapping teh gift. Win-win!
Geometric Plated Jewelry Tray
BEST FOR JEWELRY ADDICTS
When trying to find the best gifts for her, you can’t go wrong with little trays and bowls for jewelry, which are some of the best Christmas gifts for moms. (These gifts are even better with new jewelry inside — just saying.)Every mom has trinkets and jewels she wants to show off and this geometric jewelry tray lets her do that in style. It’s tre chic! Perfect for stashing rings, earrings, bracelets and small items like lipsticks, it’s practically an accessory itself — and much more unique than a plain tray. Made from brass-plated wire, the base of the tray is lined in neutral-hued linen to let her pieces pop, making it one of the best gifts for mom.Buy: Geometric Plated Jewelry Tray $15.00
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
BEST FOR ASPIRING MIXOLOGISTS
Sure to be a hit at her next book club meeting, this delightful book pairs a killer cocktail with popular tomes. The easy recipes mean mom can execute any drink while brushing up on great reads. Plus, the tongue-in-cheek libation names are entertaining. There’s Drankenstein, The Wonderful Blizzard of Oz, Romeo and Julep, Paradise Sauced and Rye and Prejudice, to name a few.Buy: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist $7.39
Non-Slip Yoga Mat
BEST FOR THE YOGI MOM
Non-slip yoga mats are one of the best Christmas gift ideas for moms who like to stay active. A yogi can always use a fresh yoga mat and this non-slip exercise mat is a top seller on Amazon for good reason. The textured surface provides extra traction so she won’t have to worry about sliding during down dog. At a quarter of an inch thick, it has enough cushion to be comfortable and is made from lightweight foam that’s easy to carry to class. Aside from yoga, it’s also great for Pilates or any other mat-based workout.Buy: Healthyoga Exercise Yoga Mat $34.95
Artificial Hanging Tradescantia Houseplant
BEST FOR THE NOT SO GREEN THUMB
Everyone likes a little greenery in their home, but not all of us have a knack for keeping plants alive. For all the moms who want some cute house plants to brighten up their space but don’t exactly have a green thumb, this artificial hanging tradescnatia is the perfect gift. It’s very realistic looking with beautiful trailing leaves, and makes a great, no maintenance addition to any house, especially during the winter. For all these reasons, we think it’s the perfect Christmas gift for mom.Buy: Artificial Hanging Tradescantia Houseplant $36
BEST FOR THE PUZZLE LOVER
This puzzle literally rocks. Each geode puzzle, just like real agate, has its very own pattern, shape and colors. To make them as realistic as possible, a special simulation program creates an image by layering color from the puzzle’s edge, an algorithm provides the puzzle piece patterns and the pieces are laser cut with the help of computer-guided cutter shapes from birch plywood. In other words, it’s really intricate — and really tough to put together! But its beauty will keep mom going.Buy: Geode Puzzle $65.00
Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet
BEST FOR THE MOM WITH TOO MANY TOTES
If your mom is always lugging around a tote bag or two or three, give her a major bag upgrade with this super soft faux-leather tote. It’s roomy enough that it’s the only bag she’ll need, plus it’s classic and sophisticated. A major bonus is the bag is reversible — it’s ivory on the other side — so it’ll truly go with every one of her ensembles. It comes with a matching removable wristlet to help keep all her items organized; she’ll never have to root around for her keys or phone.Buy: Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet $50.00
Bubble Tea Kit
BEST FOR THE BUBBLE TEA LOVER
No one can blame your mom if she’s addicted to the sweet stuff. Thanks to this DIY kit, she no longer has to head to a cafe to get her fix. It comes with everything she needs to make a hot or cold batch on her own: two flavors of tea — classic black and rooibos chai — tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws. All she needs is milk, unless she prefers it black.Buy: Bubble Tea Kit $38.00
Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses
BEST FOR THE FASHIONISTA MOM
Every fashion-forward mom has a solid pair of sunnies — or 20 — at her disposal. Ray Ban’s Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses are the perfect pair to add to her collection. Aviator sunglasses will never go out of fashion, but these frames feature a transparent blue frame that adds some contemporary style, which is why it’s one of the best gifts for mom in 2021. Make your mom feel young again with these stylish shades. We’re confident she’ll love the way she looks wearing these.Buy: Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses $150.00
BEST FOR THE ARTISTIC MOM
We love gifts from Uncommon Goods, where it’s easy to find great gift ideas for mom. No matter if your mom is a budding Picasso or just starting to experiment as an artist, she’ll be thrilled with this watercolor set. Made from laser-cut plywood, its clever design helps her stay organized while getting creative. There’s a place for everything, including brushes, palettes, paper and water. It’s practically a work of art in itself!Buy: Watercolor Station $30.00
DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
BEST FOR THE MOM WITH A SWEET TOOTH
There’s no need to go to Japan to get this traditional dessert when mom can just make it at home. Mochi is a party of textures — it’s chewy on the outside and like ice cream on the inside — and it isn’t as tough to make as you’d think. The kit comes with all you need to make 32 mochis and best of all it doesn’t require much skill in the kitchen. The only tough part is deciding which flavor to eat first: matcha green tea or cocoa powder.Buy: DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit $65.00
Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet
BEST FOR THE BRACELET STACKER
If your mom was always a fan of a great bracelet stack, she was way ahead of the trend with this look. Add another bauble to her collection with this pretty bracelet made with semiprecious stones. There are four varieties to choose from, so select a stone just for her to make it personal. This one features Lapis, symbolizing wisdom and good judgment. Plus, the bracelet is adjustable, so it’ll fit any wrist.Buy: Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet $38.00
BEST FOR THE VEGETARIAN
Meatless Mondays will be much more fun and delicious with this tofu press around. It presses the water out of raw bean curd with a twofer effect: Tofu will absorb way more marinade and come out crispier when you fry it, making it soft in the middle but crispy on the outside. That’s what’s known as perfect tofu! It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the tofu press to work its magic, so mom can prep the rest of the meal while it’s in action.Buy: Tofu Press $105.00
Hiware 1000ml Glass Teapot With Infuser
BEST FOR TEA DRINKERS
If your mom prefers tea to coffee or likes to wind down with a cozy cup after work, this best-selling teapot from Amazon is a great gift idea. It’s handcrafted from heat-resistant borosilicate glass and has a removable 18/10 stainless steel infuser built inside that’s perfect for loose leaf teas. Brewing tea in this pot is easy, as it can be used on the stove or in the microwave. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe so you won’t be adding to your mom’s dish load.
Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser
BEST FOR RELAXING
Each year when putting together our shopping guide to the best Christmas gifts for mom, we have to include an oil diffuser. Beacuse for moms that love essential oils or fragrant candles, these gifts are always appreciated. So this year, give mama a new way to enjoy her essential oils with this cool mist diffuser. True to its name, it’ll certainly bring her a much-needed sense of Zen. It has an adjustable timer for one, three or six hours and automatic shut off for safety. All she has to do is add her favorite essential oils and relax.Buy: Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser $33.97
ghd Helios Hair Dryer
BEST FOR THE BLOW-OUT QUEEN
Thanks to coronavirus, getting a blowout these days isn’t as easy or as fun as it used to be. Bring the salon to your mom by getting her a pro-level hairdryer so she can master the DIY situation. Incredibly lightweight, it has a contoured nozzle and works at 75 miles per hour, concentrating airflow to make hair dry faster. Ergonomically designed and featuring aerodynamic technology, it delivers precise control and leaves you with shiny, salon-level strands.Buy: ghd Helios Hair Dryer $249.00
MICHAEL Michael Kors Women’s Jet Set Cross Body Bag
BEST FOR THE FASHIONISTA
Mom knows the secret to a perfect OOTD is a great bag — even if she doesn’t know what OOTD stands for. A cross-body black leather bag is one that she can wear everywhere with everything. The fact that this one is designed by Michael Kors makes it even better. Made from Saffiano leather, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and a three-pocket interior to keep her purse organized.Buy: Michael Kors Cross Body Leather Bag $126.00
‘Best Mom Ever’ Makeup Bag
BEST REMINDER MOM’S THE BEST
Let your mom carry her favorite beauty essentials in style when she’s on the go with this charming makeup bag. She’ll adore the message and how much she can stash inside. Printed in the US on 100% cotton canvas, the chic black zipper keeps all of her mainstays safely stored for touchups at any time.
Miracu Funny Kitchen Towels
BEST FOR PUN LOVERS
You know how there are “dad jokes?” Well, we’re all about equality here at Spy and believe there are mom jokes too — like these punny kitchen towels. They’ve got super cute, decorative and chuckle-worthy designs on them, and are made of soft, absorbent cotton that’s perfect for cleaning up kitchen messes. They’re multifunctional, lightweight and a great gift for moms who love a good veggie limerick.
Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden System
BEST FOR CHEFS
We’ve recommended these Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden systems before, and there’s a reason you’ll find these in countless kitchens around the world. Click & Grow provides pre-planted pods containing dozens of popular herbs and veggies, and the Smart Garden 3 makes it easy to grow these plants right on your kitchen counter. The LED lights provide all the energy these plants need to thrive, and mom will have her own garden of fresh basil, cilantro and grape tomatoes in no time. You can choose the vegetables and herbs, but each smart garden comes with three basil pods to get started. If your Mom loves to cook, then this is one of the best gifts of the year.Buy: Click & Grow Garden Smart Garden 3 $90.00
Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slide
BEST FOR THE MOM WITH COLD FEET
If your mom’s toes are always chilly, these chic slippers will keep them toasty in style. Made from cozy genuine shearling, the open-toe slingbacks are no ordinary slipper. They have a lightweight platform sole to give her a height boost and can be worn inside and outdoors. These bold slippers are the perfect replacement for your mom’s Crocs.Buy: Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slide $99.95
Catbird Summer in Italy Water Perfume
BEST FOR THE GLOBETROTTER
When you can’t take your mom to Italy (and, right now, you can’t take anyone to Italy), this fine-misting water perfume is the next best thing. It’ll transport her to summer in Rome with notes of orange blossom and honey. A few whiffs will have her feeling like she is basking under the Tuscan sun in an olive grove or zipping past the Colosseum on a scooter.Buy: Catbird Summer in Italy Water Perfume $36.00
Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas
BEST FOR THE LOUNGER
When mom lives for lazy Sundays, she needs plenty of PJs for the part, and this pair will keep her carefree and comfy. The fun spin on classic men’s pajamas is made in a soft, light knit. What mom will love even more is they were made in a HERproject factory, which builds partnerships to encourage female empowerment and gender equality.Buy: Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas $49.00
Stemless Copper Wine Glasses
BEST FOR THE WINE LOVER
Glassware is key for a sophisticated evening of drinking at home. These feminine copper wine glasses have a modern feel thanks to the stemless design and geometric copper-dipped sides. This set makes for a lovely gift to charm your mom for Christmas, her birthday or any reason at all.Buy: Stemless Copper Wine Glasses $34.99
Butterfly Rose Tea Cup
BEST FOR THE MOM WHO LOVES TEA TIME
This dainty cup is so striking that Mom might be inspired to throw her own afternoon tea party to show it off. The clear glass mug can also be used as décor if she insists it’s too pretty to drink from. Of course, it works equally well for coffee, too. The enamel mug is adorned with butterfly and rose flower designs, all handmade, making it one of a kind. That exclusivity and individuality make it one of the best gifts for mom! It comes with a matching spoon so she can add sugar and literally stir things up in style.Buy: Kpcuisite Butterfly Rose Tea Cup $22.58
Fred Sloths on a Vine Picture Hangers
BEST FOR THE SNAP-HAPPY MOM
If you can’t get your mom to stop posting family pictures on Facebook and everywhere else, then this is the ultimate gift for mom. She can hang up her favorite snapshots IRL with these cute sloths on a vine. Each package includes six sloths with a 36-inch “vine.” The sloths are in three different poses, giving her even more cuteness to enjoy. To make it personalized, gift it to Mom with great family photos already selected by you. She’ll love the extra touch!Buy: Fred Sloths on a Vine Picture Hangers $9.58
Murphy & Daughters Cucumber Bath Salts
BEST FOR THE LUXE-LOVING MA
This beautiful bath salts gift comes in a classy container that your mom will save long after the salts are gone. This cucumber version features a floral design on a metallic, teal backdrop (there are eight different scents and styles to choose from), and the sun-dried Australian salts contain skin-restoring and detoxifying minerals to nourish and renew skin. Oprah also selected these bath salts as one of her favorite things in 2019, and if they’re good enough for Oprah, they’re good enough for momma.Buy: Murphy & Daughters Cucumber Bath Salts $88.00
Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit
BEST FOR LOVERS OF A STRONG DRINK
IIn 2020, this bartender kit was one of the top-selling Christmas gifts among Spy readers, and we still think it’s a great gift idea for moms who prefer a margarita or cosmo to a glass of wine. If tea isn’t really her thing, try this 10-piece mixology kit. Each kit comes with a cocktail shaker, strainer, mixing spoon, double lever corkscrew, ice tongs and more to ensure your mom has all the tools she needs to whip up her favorite cocktails. What’s more, the set comes in this included bamboo stand for a clean presentation. Try these mixology books and martini glasses, too.Buy: Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit $49.99
Natural Spa Bath Bomb Gift Set
BEST FOR THE BATH LOVER
Inspire your hardworking mom to take some self-care time with a bath bomb gift set. Beautifully wrapped, each bath bomb is crafted from natural and rejuvenating ingredients like essential oils, shea butter, and dead sea salt. Handmade, vegan, and organic, this is a gift she’ll feel good about using. Don’t be surprised if she asks for more next year.Buy: Natural Spa Bath Bomb Gift Set $14.99
The Mammoth Folding Chair
BEST FOR OUTDOOR FUN
Does your mom love to sit? Who can blame her? As we get older, a comfy chair for outdoor gatherings goes from a nice-to-have to a must-have, so give mom this padded campaign chair so she can spend time outside with the family without sacrificing her back. This ultra-comfy chair folds up when not in use for easy storage and travel. This is one of our top gift ideas for 2021, and you might just want to buy your parents a matching set.Buy: The Mammoth Camping Chair $80.00