How do you even make a mom-themed gift guide? Some moms are in their 20s. Some moms are in their 90s. Some moms like to cook. Some moms hate to cook. Some moms watch Fox News. Some moms watch MSNBC. Some moms like cashmere. Some moms like linen. Coming up with the best gifts for mom is an impossible task! So what we’ve attempted to do below is find gifts for several dozen specific mom archetypes that we hope will at least spark some ideas. And remember, when in doubt, just recite the three S’s (see the second gift on the list). Or: check out our interviews with 12 moms on what they’re hoping to get this year.
For the mom who just became a mom
If she hasn’t slept for more than three consecutive hours in the past three months: this Japanese Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask, infused with healing charcoal powder, supposedly relieves exhaustion and stress, and emits infrared rays to lessen eye pressure and swelling. (Here’s another eye mask we like.)
For the mom who says she doesn't want anything
Yeah, right. We call this DIY gift set for the hard-to-shop-for mom “The Three S’s”: slippers, soap, and Smith. There are few moms out there — even the most picky martyrs among them — who do not like a nice pair of slippers (in this case, from cultish, Danish line Glerups), soap (from Marseille), and Smith (as in Zadie, who just released a new novel, Swing Time).
For the mom who just discovered avocado toast
The new, much-praised cookbook from buzzy L.A. restaurant Sqirl that features healthy, very L.A. dishes (think rice bowls, almond-hazlenut milk, kale, etc.).
For the mom who thinks she’s Nancy Meyers
This ceramic, handmade French butter keeper will immediately turn her kitchen into the one from It’s Complicated. Note: This is currently sold out. Until they re-stock, here’s another rustic butter keeper.
For the mom who thinks she’s Lucille Bluth
An Alessi pill box, for when mother needs her “postpartum depression drugs.”
For the mom who thinks she’s Olivia Pope
A set of four Scandal-sized wine glasses.
For the mom who always forgets her iPad charger
She’ll never have to borrow yours again with this handy little charger-shaped travel bag.
For the mom who has too many scarves
Don’t do it: Don’t get her a scarf. She has too many! Instead, get her this handsome scarf rack, which she can hang in her closet. Note: This is currently sold out on Amazon. Until they re-stock, you can buy it here.
For the mom who likes to cook
A Le Creuset casserole that comes in a rainbow of colors, and is perfect for feeding you her famous baked ziti when you’re zonked out on her couch, watching Gilligan’s Island reruns on TV Land.
For the mom who really likes to cook
Okay, yes, $389 is a lot to spend. But giving your mom the DynaCube is essentially hiring a sous chef for her to dice all her fruits and vegetables, so she doesn’t have to. We learned about it from chef Michael Solomonov, of Dizengoff fame, who told us it was at the top of his wish list this year: “Apples, Asian pears, radishes, turnips, peppers, and anything else from your farm share will go into the chopper and come out freshly diced, waiting to be seasoned, mixed, and eaten without using or having to clean a knife or a cutting board.”
For the mom who likes to bake
A marble baking slab is key for serious bakers (and it’s also lovely to look at). Pair it with this marble rolling pin and you’ve got a nice twofer.
For the mom who likes her cab
A super-easy-to-use electric wine aerator. Pop it onto a bottle of wine, push a button, and then let the wine flow.
For the mom who really likes her cab
For when she just wants a glass of red before bed: This gadget drills a tiny hole into the cork so she can enjoy a glass of wine without committing to the whole bottle.
For the mom who hosts dinner parties
A set of festive coasters, designed by Brooklyn-based brand Bower.
For the mom who hosts the book club
A Great Gatsby–inspired candle, meant to evoke “a night spent gazing wistfully at the green light across the bay.”
For the mom who's antisocial
She won’t have to talk, hear, or look at anyone with this “Ostrich Pillow,” which is designed for spontaneous naps. Can be used in an airport, on a car ride, or even at the dinner table.
For the mom who likes modern art
Artist Carrie Mae Weems’s career-making “Kitchen Table Series,” which she made from 1989 to 1990, is in book form for the first time.
For the mom who likes old art
Any art-history buff will devour this tome, from art critic Laura Cumming, about a 19th-century bookseller’s search for a lost Velázquez portrait (that apparently reads like a novel, and has been compared to The Goldfinch).
For the mom who spins
A sleek, BPA-free water bottle for her regular 8:30 a.m. ride.
For the mom who gardens
A decidedly non-dowdy watering can for tending to her houseplants that’s so handsome it can be displayed on a windowsill. Note: This is sold out on Amazon. Until it’s back in stock, here’s a very similar copper watering can.
For the mom who doesn’t garden
These dried billy buttons will never need to be watered; pair them with a charming glass medicine bottle.
For the mom who drinks tea
If she’s just gotten into loose tea, this Japanese pot comes with a basket in which to steep her leaves. (Throw in some Ksumi for good measure.)
For the mom who drinks coffee
For the mom who likes to Netflix and chill
She can cuddle up on the couch with this Woolrich blanket-poncho, or even wear it while running errands. Note: This is sold out on Amazon. Until it’s back in stock, here’s a similar Woolrich blanket-poncho.
For the mom who wants photos of the grandkids
Pick a few of your favorites, and pop them in this minimalist, felt wall frame. Update: This is sold out on Amazon, but available at Wayfair.
For the mom who takes her own photos of the grandkids, thank you very much
Immediately upgrade her iPhone camera with this Olloclip snap-on lens that features a fish-eye, wide-angle, and two different macro lenses.
For the mom who’s fancy
Linda Rodin’s ollo lusso is the stuff of beauty-product legend; you’re meant to dab a little on your face each morning, and it leaves skin supple and glowing. It’s one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorites.
For the mom who's funky
It’s a vase. In the shape of a banana! Note: This is sold out on Amazon, but you can buy it directly from Jonathan Adler.
For the mom who chairs the library book sale
It’s a tote bag. That looks like an old-timey library card!
For the mom who could use a desk upgrade
A Champagne-gold mouse pad that’ll immediately gussy up her workspace.
For the mom who already has a pair of Bean Boots
How about a pair of slip-on Tretorn rain boots with a cozy shearling-esque inner? Perfect for walking the dog when it’s raining out.
For the mom whose idea of lipstick is cherry-flavored Chapstick
Upgrade her Chapstick with this culty lip balm from Smith’s, a company founded in 1895.
For the mom who loves nothing more than cashmere
An indulgent pair of cashmere lounge pants that she’d never buy herself in a million years.
For the mom who loves nothing more than linen
An organic linen bathrobe, lined with cotton, from Coyuchi that’ll get softer with every wash.
For the mom who likes baths
Pair a comfy bath pillow with some honeydew-scented bubble bath. Throw in the Olivia Pope wineglasses from above, and she’ll really thank you.
For the mom who likes showers
Swedish luxury fragrance line Byredo makes a Gypsy Water shower gel (that’s a fraction of the price of its Gypsy Water Perfume). Note: This is currently sold out on Amazon. Until they re-stock, buy it here.
For the mom who worships Megyn Kelly
Or the mom who’s been following Gabe Sherman’s Fox News reporting: the new memoir from 2016’s breakout news host.
For the mom who worships Rachel Maddow
If she’s more of an MSNBC gal, she’ll probably enjoy (but also rage about) Jane Mayer’s investigation into how the Koch Brothers and their network of billionaires have rattled our political system.
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