What to Buy Your Mom Who’s Notoriously Picky
It took her almost two years to finally finish her living room makeover. She hates shopping because stores “never have anything I like.” We’ve probably witnessed her actually love a total of three presents in her entire life (and they were already picked out by her). We love our mom—yet she’s hands down the hardest person to shop for. But not this year. This year, we’ve nailed it. Presenting, 25 perfect gifts that even the pickiest of mothers will adore.
Classic Cookbook Set
From The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser to Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition, this collection has all the hits. Plus, it’ll look aesthetically pleasing when tucked into her kitchen counter.
Juniper Books ($250)
Samsung Galaxy Smartphone
A gorgeous smartphone with a state-of-the-art camera that not only takes pictures, but recognizes them. With Bixby Vision, you can identify landmarks, translate foreign languages or shop for products online right when you see them. Maybe Mom will finally stop calling you to solve all those problems?
Slip Beauty Sleep Set
Consider this a long-overdue “thank-you” for all the sleepless nights she suffered during your teen years.
Soda Stream Sparkling Water Machine
Because her seltzer addiction is real, ya’ll.
Soda Stream ($100)
Rose Poivrée Candle
This limited-edition candle is created in collaboration with designer Giambattista Valli and inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love for flowers. In other words, swoon.
Cire Trudon ($105)
Tiered Pendant Earrings
A statement piece that feels like a stud (so it won’t kill her lobes).
Ultra Light Hair Dryer
Faster, lighter and quieter than its award-winning predecessor—they don’t call it a cult-favorite for nothing.
Harry Josh ($349)
Smythson Glasses Case
So she’ll never misplace them around the house again.
Tata Harper Skin-Care Set
Give her the gift of all-natural skin care with this collection of the brand’s top-selling items, like the Illuminating Moisturizer and Deluxe Resurfacing Mask.
Tata Harper ($150)
Wool and Cashmere Scarf
Lavishly plush and oversize for warmth all season long.
Ex Nihilo Midnight Special
She’s been committed to Chanel No. 5 for years now. And while you’d never ask them to break up officially, you don’t see why she can’t dabble with a few others to keep things fresh.
Ex Nihilo ($525)
A modern take on the classic style.
Oliver Peoples ($365)
Coravin Wine System
This genius tool allows you to drink a glass of wine without having to open the entire bottle. Um, how? Well, it inserts a tiny needle into the cork to extract the exact amount of your choosing and leaves the rest unscathed.
Leather Top-Handle Satchel
A timeless lady bag for the best lady you know.
Mansur Gavriel ($750)
Silk Neck Scarf
To add some flair to her classic white button-down and jeans ensemble. Hint: It would also look great tied to that bag above.
Blue Apron Gift Card
She’ll love whipping up adventurous recipes and trying new cuisines.
Blue Apron ($120)
With a heel just under three inches, these boots were meant for walking comfortably.
Embroidered Kimono Blazer
The perfect holiday party look she can wear well into the new year.
George J. Love ($186)
Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Maker
OK, so maybe she’s not 100 percent ready to replace her dark roast with ristretto. Find a happy medium in this machine that does both.
2-Piece Luggage Set
Does she have a trip on the books? This compact, four-wheeled luggage set will help her finagle her way through TSA with ease.