Your mom was there for you before anyone else was and that's one thing that never changes. But even though she knows you better than than perhaps any other person in your life, it's notoriously hard to find her the perfect present.
This holiday season, the goal is to find that one gift for mom she actually won't return. Believe us, it's possible!
For her kitchen
1. "The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails" recipe book, $30, Anthropologie
Your mom loves a good cocktail, right? Encourage her to try something new (or something Old Fashioned, natch) from this book from the editors at The New York Times.
2. Oil and Vinegar’s Gold Balsamic and EVOO set, $85, Oilvinegar.com
If she's all about playing around in the kitchen, a good oil and vinegar set is key to her arsenal. This combo is certified “gold” aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. It's a classically elegant combination, elevated well above the usual grocery store stock.
3. Daily Harvest, starts at $50, Daily-harvest.com
This subscription-based soup and smoothie delivery service makes a great gift, because you know it won’t go to waste. Your mom gets to customize her order based on her specific taste. With all-organic ingredients, 14 different smoothies or three different soup flavors to choose from, this is a real crowd-pleaser for moms who want convenience without compromise.
4. The Cookie Cups, $7.50 for half dozen, Thecookiecups.com
If your mom has an incurable sweet tooth, she’ll love these cookies that aren’t cupcakes, but aren’t quite cookies either. They're both — which is kind of fabulous.
5. Urban Accents Fabulous Foodie Ultimate Spice Collection, $130, Urbanaccents.com
If your mom loves to have fun in the kitchen, this ultimate spice collection is a treasure chest of flavors from around the globe. It includes 18 globally inspired spices, including Pan Asian, American Adventures, Latin Heat and Old World Classics.
6. The IMUSA 7 Piece Wok Set, $36, Wayfair.com
is a great "starter kit" for any home cook looking to bring Pan-Asian flavors into the kitchen. In addition to the wok, the set also includes a half-moon metal tempura rack, bamboo cooking chopsticks, tongs and spoon.
7. Calphalon Signature Nonstick 5-Qt. Dutch Oven With Cover, $100, Macys
When it comes to crafting the perfect holiday meal, the tools you choose are as essential as the ingredients themselves. This dutch oven sears food beautifully, stands up to metal utensils, heats evenly and is dishwasher safe. Talk about a win-win!
8. Starbucks Monthly Reserve® Roastery Subscription, $19/month, store.starbucks.com
The coffee-loving mama (we're looking at you, Lorelai Gilmore), will love this monthly delivery at their doorsteps, hand-selected by the Starbucks expert coffee team.
9. BELLA 2 in 1 Emulsifying Blender, $30, Target
A powerful blender is usually a pricey gift, but this gadget rings in at just $30 and has an impressive, 700-watt motor that can handle fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. It also comes with 32-ounce jar and 24-ounce cup perfect for individual or make-ahead, big-batch portions of baby food. The removable blade system ensures safe cleaning and prevents food build up in hard-to-reach places.
10. Moscow Mule Copper Mug Set of 2, $20, Target
Some of the best gifts are ones you can enjoy — and toast with — together.
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For her office
11. Rowkin Mini Plus+, $60, Rowkin.com
For a truly cordless experience, these earbuds feature unique functions such as stereo pairing, portable charging power bank, voice-command capabilities (Siri and Google Now), dual-function charging and high quality sound.
12. Amazon Echo, $180, Amazon.com
A voice-controlled virtual assistant is a gift your mom will adore. It's hands-free and instantly able to provide information, answer questions, play music, check weather or traffic, set timers, control lights and switches, add items to a shopping list or calendar and more! If you're on a budget, you can also get the Echo Dot ($49), which offers the power of Alexa (the brains behind Echo) in a smaller package (about the size of a hockey puck). Just connect it to speakers!
13. Mophie PowerStation Plus, $80, mophie.com
If your mom's phone is always dead (and you're always worrying about her) the Mophie is perfect for charging her devices on the go. It comes in three color options (space gray, gold and rose gold) with a second USB port that will let her charge two devices at the same time.
14. VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite for PC and Mac, $100, Vidbox.com
The holidays are all about creating new memories and reflecting on old ones. With time and age, old family footage that lives on videotapes can deteriorate from color bleed, white specks and other distortions. The VIDBOX Conversion tool gives users the ability to convert these cherished analog memories into digital files that will last forever — all from the comfort of your own home. Available for PC and Mac, VIDBOX is compatible with VCR (VHS, Betamax, S-VHS), camcorder (8mm, DV, mini DV, HDV, AVCHD), TV, DVD player, game consoles, TiVo, DVR and cable set-top box. Those embarrassing home videos of your first dance recital will live to see another day!
15. Canon PIXMA MG7720, $140, Canon.com
If she's always printing out photos of the grandkids (or, honestly, the dog), the Canon PIXMA MG7720 all-in-one printer that features built-in Wi-Fi for wireless printing of both photo and document prints. The printer also has an app so users can print directly from Instagram.
For her home
16. Bloom, Lovely Journal, $17, bloomlovely.co
Designed to help women live a fearless, empowered life, this journal features a quote about beauty with a quick question for reflection on each page to help women feel more beautiful every single day. Plus, it's handpainted and crafted by American artists and printed on 100-percent recycled paper stock.
17. Classic C1 Olympus, $330, mieleusa.com
Yes, your mom should have the day off for the holidays. But once all the overnight guests pack up and go home, she's going to want something that makes her life easier ... like a really powerful vacuum. Mielehas provided an online “quiz” that lets you find the perfect model for your mom's needs.
18. Vivitar smart home starter kit, $130, OfficeDepot.com
Mom has probably seen some serious technology changes in her day. But this kit will really blow her away. It includes a secure, motion-sensor camera that allows moms to know exactly what is going on in her home as well as a a smart plug for TVs and other items and a light bulb that fits into a standard socket to turn on or off from anywhere. She'll feel like she's living like a Jetson!
19. Furbo, $250, furbo.com
If your mom is obsessed with her dog, this treat-shooting dog camera, may be her favorite gift of all time. It works via a connected app that lets dog owners stream videos from their smartphones and swipe to shoot treats out at their dog while they're away from the home.
20. The Beautyrest Black Ice, $130, mattressfirm.com
Is mom in desperate need of a great night's sleep? This pillow, that's actually composed of diamond particles to remove excess heat, is always cool to the touch. No more tossing and turning at bedtime!
For her vanity
21. IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Brush set, $50, ItCosmetics.com
Using old or dirty makeup brushes can actually be dangerous. If your mom takes pride in her appearance, a quality brush set is a great gift that she'll really use. These set from IT Cosmetics includes six essential, travel-sized brushes and a compact case.
22. Tata Harper The Multi-Masking Collection, $178, TataHarperSkincare.com
Following on the multi-masking bandwagon, this trio addresses all skin concerns and will feel like a day at the spa in the comfort of her own home. The Resurfacing Mask provides instant glow, the Purifying Mask deeply cleanses and the Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Masks boosts hydration.
23. Perfume Travel Atomizer, $10, Fragrance.com
This is a lightweight, portable perfume sprayer that makes it way more convenient for her to carry her favorite scent anywhere. It holds up to 50 sprays and is airline and TSA approved.
24. Wander Beauty Mini Carryon Kit, $36, WanderBeauty.com
These hydrating, twist-up lip crayons are perfectly sized so that she can easily carry multiple shades on the go.
25. Golden Door Spa Tranquility Pouch Set, $50, GoldenDoor.com
If she didn't have achy muscles before the holidays, she absolutely does now. This relaxing gift set from the highest rated spa in the country includes Tranquility balm and bath salts.
26. Dermaflash, $189, Sephora.com
A day at the spa is a great gift. A day at the spa everyday is an even better gift. Dermaflash is an at-home, hand-held device that mimics a spa treatment of dermaplaning (aka, using sonic vibration to exfoliate). A reported 75 percent of users said that they could wear less makeup after treatment. Now that's a gift!
27. Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture's Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit, $38, Sephora.com
Why give a single beauty experience when you can gift mom even more into one present? For your daily superhero who doesn't always have time to visit the salon for some much needed rest, this hair mask kit is the gift that keeps on giving. It lets you cocktail and blend lusciously scented hair oils together with their bestselling Deep-Conditioning Masque.
28. Violife Personal Humidifier, $40, Violife.com
If your mom is bothered by the dry, winter air, this is a gift that will not only make her feel better, but look better. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, so it can prevent skin problems and also help her sleep. This compact version is powered by ultrasonic technology and provides over five hours of vapor.
29. Indelible Makeup Remover With Edelweiss Extract, $44, royaledelweiss.com
This gentle, oil-based makeup remover is strong enough to remove long-lasting products, while treating the most sensitive skin. The botanically based formula contains olive oil, vitamin E, jojoba-seed extract, which promotes circulation.
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For her closet
30. Lulu Dharma’s Velvet Weekender bag, $160, luludharma.com
This velvet stunner is not only super spacious, its also right on-trend this season as the luxe is a must-have! If you cant afford to send mom on a trip for the holidays, at least let her go on her own trip in style.
31. iFLY’s Passion soft cover luggage, $49-$69, iflyluggage.com
If she travels a lot, especially on her own, lightweight luggage is essential. This lightweight suitcase has a beautifully structured frame and convenient exterior and interior pockets that make packing efficiently way easier.
32. Ten Thousand Villages Dead Sea Soap Set, $25, tenthousandvillages.com
Handcrafted in Israel, this Middle Eastern olive oil and Dead Sea mud soap set delivers therapeutic properties that are soothing to the skin. Not to mention, it sends a message of peace: The workshop of Sindyanna of Galilee promotes Jewish and Arab women working side by side.
33. Soufeel Engravable Hang Tag Necklace, $35, soufeel.com
This personalized necklace lets carry the names of those she loves with her anywhere she goes! Its dainty structure exudes a feminine and demure attitude; the perfect subtle addition to any outfit.
34. Sticky Be Socks, $30 for a holiday 3-pack, stickybesocks.com
Whether she’s into barre, pilates, yoga or dance, these grip socks have cushioned arch support, natural yarns and nonslip grips, so that her feet will be supported during her favorite workout.
35. Dogeared "Te quiero mama rock" ("Mama you rock") crystal necklace, $62, Dogeared.com
Loving your mom is a universal language, and this necklace (itself!) rocks.
36. Sophia Joy Double Zip Train Case Cosmetic Bag, $25, Target
If she has a beauty arsenal that she travels with (who doesn’t?!) this can be an amazing asset to keep things organized and dust-free. Plus, it’s adorable.
37. 7 A.M. Enfant Polar WarMMuffs, $44, 7amenfant.com
These cozy hand-warmers attach to any bar or handle, keeping mom’s hands toasty no matter the situation. The hook and loop fasteners allow for easy attachment to strollers, shopping carts and more.