Finding a gift for my mom tends to be really difficult. She’s inordinately picky about what she wears (not that I can fault her), she’s firm on what gadgets she actually wants in her kitchen (no Nespresso — crazy, right?!), and now that we’ve all migrated to Kindle e-readers…books are out.
And frankly, the woman does NOT want yet another candle/frame/mug/personalized jewelry.
I get that.
I mean…OK: she’ll take some homemade art from the kiddos (and hang it on the fridge and loveitsomuch), but at some point I’d love to be able to gift her something exciting — something she’d actually use.
*This post has been updated for 2021.
12 Chic, Unique & Practical Gifts For YOUR Mom
Over the last few years, there have been a few gifts for both my mom and my mother-in-law that were easy wins. Thought I’d share, along with a few new ideas I came up with, based on Mom’s recent visit….
My mom was looking for PJs that were light enough to sleep in, yet still looked…presentable. I get it: a sophisticated PJ set is perfect when visiting family or having house guests…or for running down to a hotel lobby for early-morning coffee. Nordstrom’s set is cute and affordable (several TME editors have it and love it), as is Cosabella’s. I have this one.
2. Wireless Earbuds
My mom walks for exercise several days a week…listening to music on her phone. The problem, I recently realized, is that she’s still using wired earbuds, which means that she has to hold her phone in her hands while she walks. When I pointed out that she can just switch to wireless earbuds, I got a blank look. These are going to blow her mind.
3. Everlane Tread Sneakers
My mom tried mine on…and is now obsessed. They’re classic and cool and go with just about everything…yet still feel modern and fresh. The part my mom really liked? These sneakers also feel really supportive on.
4. Chic Slippers
My mom does not believe in spending $100 on slippers. She is DEAD WRONG. A fact which she now knows because….I bought her those $100 slippers last year and SHE LOVESTHEMSOMUCH. (Juuuust like my kids’ art.) I also highly recommend this pair.
5. Linen Sheets
Linen sheet sets used to only be for the very, very fancy…and while Parachute’s set is pricey, it’s a far cry from what they used to cost. And linen sheets last forever. My super smooth, high-thread-count cotton sheets used to get ripped so often, but these linen sheets are almost indestructible. Plus, they’re cool in the summer and warm in the winter…but won’t grip you like flannel sheets. This is a fun, luxurious gift that she’ll likely never expect.
6. A Silk Pillowcase
My mom was the one who turned me onto these genius little pillowcases. They’re 100% silk and seem to reduce both wrinkles and frizzy hair. I’ve used them for years and…I swear they’re helping. The Slip brand pillowcases come packaged in a cute little box and feel very gift-y. (Especially the ones with fun patterns, like marble.)
7. Lighted Magnifying Mirror
Another product my mom turned me onto. She started using it because it was the only way she could see her brows up close…and now it just makes everything about makeup application easier. A basic model works great, but if you want a serious upgrade…here’s one with brightness control (available in a ton of colors — pink!! rose gold!!), and here’s one with a built-in speaker. Whoa.
If your mom is anything like my mom, she probably hasn’t upgraded her hair dryer in decades. Mom used my Dyson while she was visiting and was BLOWN AWAY by how fast it dried her curly hair (even using the diffuser, we’re only talking…three minutes?).
This is a pretty game-changing product. It’s not the kind of thing my mom will buy for herself (and I did have to show her how to use it — video here, if you need it), but it makes a seriously big difference in fine lines when used over time.
10. Hard-Sided Luggage
Luggage has also come a long way…and the hard-sided stuff is super-durable yet lightweight. My favorite luggage sets are either Away’s suitcase, this vintage-inspired one by Delsey or – new – Paravel’s sustainably made one. I highly recommended the “medium checked” size (Paravel calls it ‘carry on plus’) — it’s the perfect size for virtually any length of trip, yet will never be over the weight limit (even when packed full). Throw in a set of packing cubes to really blow her mind.
11. Comfy Joggers
These joggers are unlike anything else. They’re soft, pretty, and easily the most comfortable joggers on the market. If I’m ever at a loss for a gift, literally anything from Vuori is an easy win.
12. LED Light Therapy Device
The Light Salon’s BOOST LED mask has completely changed my skin game. Not only does it mean that I can go longer between Botox treatments…but I actually haven’t been back since the pandemic started (almost two years ago). Scotti loves Dr. Dennis Gross’ LED mask (which is a little cheaper), but both yield the same results. The big difference is that The Light Salon’s BOOST Mask (pictured) lays flat for travel and should be used 4 times per week (10 min per session), and the Dennis Gross mask is a little more cumbersome, but should be used daily, for 3 min.
I’m curious…what gifts have been big hits for your Mom over the years? I’m always looking for new ideas…And speaking of new ideas, check out our full page of holiday gift guides for more seriously cool gift ideas for all your loved ones (or whoever).