The 50 Best Gifts for Moms from $5 to $500 (Even Though She’s Totally Priceless)
Whether you’re giving to your own superhuman mom or a friend who’s proved an incredible mother this year, we rounded up a list of presents so perfect, she’ll delight at not only your thoughtfulness, but your taste, too. We've found gift ideas that include everything from personalized items to beauty products to pamper herself to practical products she'll put to good use and several Amazon best-sellers, which is perfect for last-minute shoppers. Need more of a hint at what’s included? There's got a compact treadmill for the year-round runner, zodiac necklaces for the astrologically-inclined, pretty planners for the uber-organized and a gummy bear sampler for, well, all of the above. Here, the 50 best gifts for mom—let the shopping begin.
1. Ceramic Botanic Footed Planter
For the wannabe green thumb
The natural botanical motif provides the perfect home for any indoor greenery, be it a tiny philodendron or a spider plant. The planter also comes in a few different sizes, so you can customize, based on the plant type you know she likes. Just think how pretty this will look on a bookshelf.
2. Constellation Necklace
For the Zodiac obsessed
Meghan Markle may have set the trend, but zodiac anything is a forever favorite. We love the price point on this specific design (it’s cubic zirconia) and also the option to personalize. (Choose mom’s birth date—or give her a couple of necklaces, one to represent the birth of each of her kids.)
4. The Cascade Collection
For the wine-lover
A glass at the end of the day is nice, but there’s nothing worse than cracking open a bottle of vino, then letting it sit on the countertop until it eventually goes bad. Enter this six-pack of wine options out of Washington, which includes riesling, rosé and cab sauv. Each one is about two glasses worth, just the right amount for a weeknight.
5. The Flax Sleep Set
For the sleep deprived
You know a sheet set is good when you start getting random texts about it from your mom friends. Made from linen, after a couple of washes, these bad boys feel buttery soft and appropriate for any season. Perfect for anyone having a hard time prioritizing sleep.
6. Bach Rescue Cream
For the mom with tired eyes
Speaking of sleep deprivation, this moisturizer is a miracle worker for reviving dry patches in delicate areas, say, beneath your eyes. The key ingredient? Shea butter. A makeup artist turned us onto this product and it’s since become a forever staple in our purse.
7. The Neck Hammock
For the mom with tech neck
Hang this from a door, railing, even a sturdy chair and celebrate the feeling of increased mobility in the neck and shoulders. This “hammock” of sorts works by gently pulling the head away from the neck to stretch and decompress the spinal cord, which increases blood flow and oxygenates your muscles. In other words, a dream for anyone who spends a bit too much time hunched over a desk.
8. Classic Rose Planner
For the uber-organized
Name a prettier planner (we’ll wait). Papier is a U.K.-based brand that features some of the loveliest paper goods—notebooks, stationery, cards—we’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s the navy ribbon marker or the cover you can personalize. The result is a gift that’s both affordable and luxe.
9. The Cashmere Scarf
For the casually chic
Near or far, mom will love thinking of whoever gave her this scarf, each and every time she wraps it around her neck. It’s simple, classic and a true treat yo’self moment—something she’ll associate with you whenever she has to bundle up. (Gift it alongside the matching cashmere hat for brownie points.)
10. Ted Lasso ‘Believe’ Mug
For the Ted Lasso fan
She watched with delight when the show cleaned up at the Emmys, then texted you “I told you so,” in the kindest possible way. Just think of how much she’ll relish sipping her morning cup of joe from an arty mug that nods to the show.
11. Mama Bear Buffalo Plaid Clog Slipper
For the mom who’s the fiercest protector
Yes, these slippers are charming, but they’re also cozy, comfortable and come with grip and no slip (there’s an indoor/outdoor outsole, so they’re durable no matter where she has to walk). Better yet, you can go matchy-matchy and buy pairs for everyone in the family. The new Christmas PJ? We think so.
12. Color Series Photo Book
For the mom who wants to freeze time
It’s been on her list to corral the memories from that epic beach trip all year. The Color Series from Artifact Uprising helps you do it for her—building out a volume so vibrant that she can display the modern cover (with a die-cut design) proudly anywhere. Also fine if it’s just photos of the grandkids!
13. Lemon Water & Chill Candle
For the mom who needs a pick-me-up
Hello, energizing. This bright and clean-scented candle from Chillhouse is made from soy wax and delivers a scent so fresh and uplifting, you’ll want to ritualize the moments you burn it immediately. The key scents? Lemon and citrus, of course, but there are also notes of coriander and sage.
14. Sonos Roam
For the mom who loves a portable playlist
Maybe she pumps her tunes in the garden; maybe it’s while she fits in a workout. Either way, this portable, waterproof smart speaker will deliver hours of premium sound via a device so compact you can carry it wherever you go. Pick up a second speaker and connect them via Bluetooth for multi-room music.
15. “Provence Glory” by Francois Simon
For the wanderluster
Yes, COVID-19 put a damper on her travel plans for 2021, but she’ll always have Provence thanks to this gorgeous, photo-heavy coffee table book that showcases the iconic, but also the lesser-known landmarks throughout the South of France. It’s the perfect book to page through whether you’re feeling wistful…or actually trip-planning.
16. Shiatsu Neck Back Massager Pillow
For the car commuter
Strap it around the driver’s seat—or around your office desk chair. This deep-needing massage “pillow” features an ergonomic design that will improve blood circulation and soothe tired muscles, the exact problems that tend to creep up when you spend hours on the road. The straps are adjustable, so you can really fix it to any spot. Use it on your neck, back, shoulders, belly, thigh, calf, foot…anywhere you want.
17. Lululemon Align High Rise Pant with Pockets
For the yogi
Heavenly soft and with a weightless feel, these sweat-wicking yoga pants feature pockets and four-way stretch that stays breathable while retaining its flexible fit. Also of note: The color palette. This design in particular is available in nine different shades (although we’re partial to the Capture Blue).
18. Linen Robe
For the mom who wants to luxuriate
Picture this: Mom steps out of the shower, she reaches for her robe. There to greet her? A bathrobe so effortless, she’ll feel like she’s at the spa. Made from the finest Belgian and French flax, the material is stonewashed for an extra soft feel.
19. Treadly 2
For the year-round runner who doesn’t have a ton of space
This ultra-light treadmill is so compact, it can slide beneath your sofa, desk or bed when not in use. It’s also plug-and-play—simply lift the handrail and you’re off and running (literally). Tread supports weights up to 265 lbs and won’t even leave an indentation on the carpet. Yep, you’re one step ahead on Mom’s primo concern.
20. The Belt Bag
For the cool mom
Rothy’s, the sustainable super-brand, has done it again—designing a grab-and-go, two-tone purse so sophisticated, it’s perfect for the playground…or a night out on the town. Made from marine plastic, these belt bags include an adjustable (and removeable) strap that offers four different ways to carry it around town. It’s also just the right size to carry a phone, keys, wallet, lipstick and a diaper.
21. The Full Gummy
For the gummy bear lover
Like a kid in a candy store…at least that’s how mom will feel when she opens up this curated box of gummy treats. The flavor palette includes sweet-and-sour, tart-and-chewy and more. The only downside: the temptation to eat them all in one sitting.
22. GoopGenes All-in-One Nourishing Skincare Kit
For the age-defying
The ultimate sampler of skincare products with a seal of approval by Gwyneth herself, this set includes the All-in-One eye cream, face cream and face oil, signature products for the brand. Ideal for dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal skin, the products deliver a power punch of nutrients, botanical extracts and more.
23. Chisholm for President Crewneck Sweatshirt
For the change-maker
A recently re-launched design in honor of what would have been Shirley Chisholm’s 95th birthday, this sweatshirt is produced by Meena Harris’s (you know, Kamala’s niece) Phenonemal. Snag this one for the politically-minded mom in your life.
25. Hand Blown Little Gem Bud Vases
For the florist in training
The prettiest flower displays are often the simplest, which is why she’ll flip for these pretty pastel vases, hand-blown in Portland from tinted glass. Buy one—or get all three and gift a mixed set. Then, tell her it’s for a good cause. (Ten percent of every purchase will go toward farmers across the country via the All for Farmers Coalition by Tillamook.)
26. Cheese Marker Set
For the mom who loves fromage
What a gouda idea—a set of cheese markers that she can use the next time she entertains…or preps a plate of different varieties for dinner. (Hey, we’ve all been there.) These individual markers are the easiest way to elevate a charcuterie board, plus there’s a label for every type from goat to gorgonzola.
27. Swedish Dishcloths
For the mom who’s sick of going through so many paper towels
Use and re-use these super absorbent “dishcloths,” which sort of act like a sponge to clean surfaces, minus the waste. Each towel can hold up to 20 times its weight in water. They’re also dishwasher and dryer safe, which means you can clean and sanitize them easily.
28. StitchFix Freestyle Gift Card
For the mom who complains she has nothing to wear
After taking a short style quiz, Mom will gain access to a personalized—and stylist-sourced—shopping gallery of looks, which she can shop piece by piece (you’ll gift a certain dollar amount, but there’s no monthly subscription cost aka the fashion inspo is free). Her style choices are refreshed daily and anything she returns can be shipped back at no cost.
29. Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream
For the moisture maven
This cream deeply hydrates, conditions and renews skin so that it feels instantly nourished…what’s not to love? Simply slather it on, morning and night, then take note of the hydration transformation in just a few weeks’ time.
30. Supersonic Hair Dryer
For the mom who misses her regular blowouts
Upgraded to include brand-new attachments (like the one designed to fix flyaways), this small and mighty hair dryer is engineered to protect hair, reduce noise and dry your locks at lightning speed. It also looks chic on the vanity? Just saying.
31. Année Sweatshirt
For the mom who can’t help but get nostalgic
Perfect for the mom who was born and raised in an era she’s particularly fond of, this sweatshirt is bold and classic. It’s available in a few different hues (gray, khaki and more), but we’re partial to the red.
32. Olive & June The Mani System
For the mom who has an extra steady hand
She’ll no longer need out of-the-house manicures on the reg, thanks to Olive & June’s DIY package deal, which includes a clean-up brush, polish remover pot, nail clipper, cuticle serum and more. Better yet, you can invest in one (or multiple) polishes so there’s always a rotation to choose from.
33. Clevr Blends
For the mom looking to upgrade her latte
Forget coffee—these signature blends, dubbed magical elixirs, are so good, they regularly sell out. Start her off with the Golden SuperLatte, which is designed to help the sipper prioritize calm and good health at home. This blend, a spiced turmeric latte with adaptogens, mushrooms and probiotics, is designed to soothe stress and create calm and comfort, something she no doubt needs come Christmas.
34. Softie’s Women’s Ankle PJ Set
For the mom who loves to lounge
There’s something about stretch jersey, but these PJs are some of the softest we’ve ever tried. They’re flowy and fantastic and the material wicks moisture away so that you stay dry and cool all night long. Oprah continually places the brand on her list of Favorite Things and honestly, when is Oprah wrong?
35. Santal 26 Classic Candle
For the mom who believes candles = calm
She’s right, and Santal 26—a long beloved scent—is just the ticket, filling her home with notes of amber, cocoa, cedar, spices, sandalwood and more. This hand-poured candle popped up on the wish lists of so many moms we polled; it also promises 60 hours of burn time.
36. COVID Vaccination Card Protector
For the mom who keeps tabs on everyone’s health
“Did you bring your vaccine card?” you can hear her say every time you leave the house. Since you know she crams hers awkwardly in her wallet or handbag, this protector—no laminating—is the perfect stocking stuffer idea. Now the next time she goes to a restaurant, she can bust it out without worrying about it getting bent or ripped.
37. Tomales Road: Dusk Print & Frame
For the art appreciator
This vibrant print is something she can hang immediately in the bathroom (in the 5 x 7 size) or as a larger conversation piece in the living room (it’s available all the way up to 30 x 40 inches). This particular work of art was inspired by the countryside in Sonoma County, and it comes already framed.
38. Trailblazer Belted Blazer
For the mom who loves a power brunch/lunch
The reviews are in: This durable, yet dressy blazer from Aday is a perfect fit, whether you’re petite or tall. The belt (which is removeable) makes it look instantly tailored and we love the gunmetal snaps. The piece is comfortable and low-maintenance, but most importantly will make her feel stylish and pulled together, no matter what’s on her agenda.
39. Ilia Mascara
For the mom who’s low maintenance
You’ve heard the expression lashes for days? Well, this voluminous mascara from clean beauty brand Ilia delivers on that ten-fold. The application is non-messy, but it’s also buildable and doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day. Even better, it’s proof that you can get out the door with a one-and-done beauty routine (mascara only, that’s it!) and look like a million bucks.
40. Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
For the mom who still talks about Olive Kitteridge and Lucy Barton
The latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout is about Lucy Barton’s ex-husband William, who per Lucy herself, has always been a hard man to read. The novel sets out to decode exactly why this is—but also why the two continue to remain connected after all these years. It’s a poignant exploration of marriage and one your mom will love.
41. Leather Airpod Case
For the on-the-go conversationalist
This stylish compartment ensures she doesn’t lose track of the tiniest piece of tech in her handbag. Made from leather that’s been sustainably sourced, this pouch is pretty and can be monogrammed for an extra-thoughtful touch.
42. Recycled Wool Blanket
For the mom who’s *still* all about hygge
This ultra-soft blanket features a blend of recycled wool and fibers saved from a landfill that, together, create an ultra-durable, super soft yarn. The mom in your life will love wrapping herself up in a cozy throw that feels double good given the sustainable practices by which it was made. It’s machine-washable and available to monogram.
43. Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles
For the mom who lives in sweatpants
These shoes are like sweatpants for your feet…but with arch support. Made from renewable materials and machine washable, this cozy merino wool has been brushed with a bio-based water shield so feet stay dry and you stay comfy. If your mom hasn’t experienced Allbirds, be the one to introduce and convert her into a lifelong fan.
44. Princess Diana Lapel Pin
For The Crown fan
You know she’s waiting with baited breath for season five. Tuck this pin—which she wears on the lapel of her denim jacket or coat—into her stocking and watch her shriek with delight. Of course, the maker (The Lucky Bengal) has other options like Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, but Diana is a safe choice when it comes to royal favorites.
45. Saltburn Beanie
For the mom who’s always a bit chilly
This beanie from Barbour is soft, chic and oh-so warm. The cuffed edge makes it feel a touch more luxe, while the faux fur pom pom adds a playful flourish.
46. Paris View Decal
For the mom who loves a cheeky detail
So maybe a gallery wall isn’t her thing. How about these grownup decals from Chasing Paper that feature picturesque city views? We’re partial to Paris, but New York is never a bad idea. She can place it on the wall above her entry table or in a windowless bathroom for a pivot on traditional art.
47. The Weekday Vegetarians Cookbook
For the foodie looking to expand meatless Mondays
The latest from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Rosenstrach, this cookbook features 100 recipes and a clear-cut plan for how to go about consuming less meat in your diet. (A tactic that’s good for the planet, FYI.) Her action plan: Saving her meat splurges for the weekend and prioritizing a vegetarian diet—with meals like Cauliflower Cutlets with Ranch Dressing and Pizza Salad with White Beans—all week long.
48. Framebridge’s 10x12
For the gallery wall novice
One of the most requested frame sizes, this 10x12 is available in 10 different finishes and can be made to order with a few taps on your iPhone. Simply choose a pic or select one from Instagram and upload it. Our favorite detail is the story pocket that comes included on the back. Tuck in a handwritten note about why the photo is one of your favorite memories and, voila, gift of the year.
49. Mama Pendant Necklace
For the jewelry lover
Made from 18-karat gold, this pendant necklace is the perfect gift for the mama who wants to wear this job title loud and proud. It’s delicate and fancy-feeling, but affordable, too. (It also comes with a 16-inch chain.)
50. Be Merry BéBé Holiday Card
For the mom who has it all
Because we could all use a little more Moira in our lives.