63 Gifts for Every Type of Mom (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

Best Gifts for Mom
Gifts for the martyr mom, the fancy mom, the “funky” mom, and more.

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 like to drink. Some moms like cashmere. Some moms like lavender. 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. (We did the same thing for dad gifts last week.)

For the mom who says she doesn’t want anything

Glerups Slippers

Yeah, right. We call this DIY gift set for the hard-to-shop-for mom “The Three S’s”: slippers, soaps, and scarves. 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 scarves (we love this graphic and affordable number from Vince Camuto). Update: This scarf is sold out, but here is another similar one from Vince Camuto.

Savon de Marseille Olive Oil Soap
Vince Camuto Chevron V Logo Square Scarf

For the mom who has too many scarves

Umbra Pendant Hanging Scarf Organizer

But if she has too many scarves, get her this scarf rack, which she can hang in her closet and will keep her collection in order.

For the mom whose feet hurt

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager

If she stands on her feet all day, or if she just deserves to be pampered, this is one of the best-reviewed (and heated) foot massagers on Amazon. If she’d rather more of a foot-spa situation, try this one.

For the mom who likes cashmere

Lark & Ro Women’s 100% Cashmere Soft Topper Sweater

Hard to think of a material (second only to linen, maybe) that moms love more than cashmere. This sweater-shawl hybrid (which is currently 50 percent off) is from Amazon’s house fashion line Lark & Ro.

For the mom who just noticed that all the other moms have clogs

Sandgrens Wooden Clogs

She’ll fit in with all the other Brooklyn/Oakland/Silver Lake/Portland/etc. moms at the playground now. Note: These won’t arrive until after Christmas. Here’s another pair of Swedish clogs that will.

For the mom who kvetches about not seeing enough photos of the grandkids

Nixplay Original Digital Photo Frame, 15”

The best thing about this excellently reviewed digital picture frame is that it is very simple to set up, and has a very easy-to-use app, so you can remotely drop new photos in there, so she can be surprised with, say, a just-thinking-of-you selfie, or a real-time photo from the kid’s piano recital.

For the mom who kvetches about not having enough physical photos of the grandkids

Prynt Pocket

This little (Select All–approved) gadget will turn her iPhone into an instant camera and will print photos from her photo library, Facebook, Instagram, what-have-you in 30 seconds.

For the mom who thinks she’s Lucille Bluth

Alessi Chestnut Stainless Steel Pill Box

An Alessi pill box, for when mother needs her “postpartum depression drugs.” Note: This will not arrive in time from Christmas, but if you order it from Lumens it will.

For the mom who thinks she’s Olivia Pope

Lenox Tuscany Classics Grand Beaujolais, Set of Four

A set of four Scandal-size wine glasses.

For the mom who likes the smell of roses

Shiva Rose Glow Face Balm

This is Courtney Love’s favorite (rose-scented) facial moisturizer, and she told us: “It just makes my face feel fantastic and so soft. I take it with me everywhere. It’s a staple of my kit.” Update: This is sold out on Amazon, but you can buy it at the Goop store.

For the mom who likes the smell of lavender

DreamTime Spa Comforts Eye Pillow

Because, really, what mom doesn’t? This microwavable eye pillow that writer Hermione Hoby raved about recently sounds pretty darn great: “The thing is soothing as an object in my hands even before I plop its lightly fragrant weight across my eye sockets. The pillow is filled with organic flaxseed and lavender, which means that when you microwave it for 30 seconds, it becomes a warm, scented beanbag that immediately creates a state of relaxation … I’d liken it to throwing a blanket over a bird in a cage — my mind goes as flaccid as the pillow itself, and I’m fast-tracked to pleasant oblivion.”

For the mom who likes the smell of incense

Le Kit Papier d’Armenie

Introduce her to the joys of French incense papers, which she can either fold, accordion-style, and light in this burner, or stow in her underwear drawer.

For the mom whose phone is always dying

Mophie Powerstation, Rose Gold

She’ll never have to borrow your charger again.

For the mom who thinks she’s a movie star

Chende Frameless Hollywood Tabletops Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror

If she has a little “backstage Patti LuPone” in her, this light-up makeup mirror has very excellent reviews.

For the mom who loves Mr. Darcy

Paddywax Candles Library Collection Jane Austen Soy Wax Candle

A Jane Austen–inspired Paddywax candle made with gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine, and featuring a quote from the author: “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Note: This will not arrive in time for Christmas, but this Pemberley candle will.

For the mom who needs a vacation

Airbnb Gift Card

A night at a cabin in the woods, on you.

For the mom who likes to cook

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 12-by-9-Inch Rectangular Dish

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

DynaCube Manual Tabletop Vegetable Dicer

Okay, yes, $399 is a lot to spend. But giving your mom the DynaCube is essentially hiring a sous-chef for her to dice all of 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 whose knives are too dull

Dalstrong Knife Set

This professional-grade knife set is a Strategist best seller.

For the mom who likes to bake

Fox Run Marble Pastry Board

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. Here are some of our other favorite baking tools.

Marble Rolling Pin and Base

For the mom who really likes to bake

Modernist Bread

One of the most-well-researched cookbook sets of all time comes in five volumes and includes recipes for all types of bread, including parathas, crackers, and dosas.

For the mom who likes her cab

Aervana One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator

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

Coravin One Wine System

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. Update: This is sold out on Amazon, but it’s still available at Williams Sonoma.

For the mom who doesn’t want her Cab to go bad

Savino Wine Saving Carafe

Rather than sticking a cork in an already-open bottle, she can store her wine in this elegant contraption for up to a week. The “float” inside the carafe automatically adjusts (depending on how much wine is left) to maintain freshness.

For the mom who loves her LaCroix

LaCroix, Tangerine, 24 Cans

Two 12-packs of LaCroix to get her through the next couple of months. Note: This won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but this 24-can variety pack will.

For the mom who just became a mom

Morihata Binchotan Eye Mask

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 are some of our other favorite gifts for new moms.) Update: This is sold out on Amazon. Until it’s back in stock, you can buy it at The Line.

For the mom who hosts dinner parties

Bower Table Tiles

A set of festive coasters, designed by Brooklyn-based brand Bower.

For the mom who’s antisocial

The Original Authentic Ostrich Pillow

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 still #withher

What Happened

And who wants to know What Happened.

For the mom who worships at the altar of Ruth

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Socks

She’ll get a real kick out of these RBG socks. Update: These are sold out on Amazon, but you can still buy them here.

For the mom who likes salad

Salad for President

Over 75 salad recipes from artists like Tauba Auerbach and Laurie Anderson, courtesy of Julia Sherman, the genius mind behind the Salad for President blog. Bonus: The book features illustrations by Strategist contributor Joana Avillez.

For the mom who’s a little bawdy

Joan Rivers Confidential

A slightly overwhelming, but perfect for die-hard fans, collection of never-before-seen Joan Rivers personal archives — jokes written on airplane boarding passes, letters from famous friends — compiled by Melissa Rivers and Scott Currie.

For the mom who’s a little fishy

The Essential Fan Guide to RuPaul’s Drag Race

This illustrated guide to RuPaul’s Drag Race is written by a superfan of the show who claims to be able to recite the order of elimination of every Drag Race contestant — of which there are over 100 over the course of nine seasons, not including spinoffs. Needless to say, it gives a comprehensive and loving, albeit unofficial, look at the Emmy Award–winning show.

For the mom who’s a little neurotic

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s frazzled characters are front and center in this new graphic memoir that takes us on a tour of the streets, buildings, and sidewalk gum in Manhattan, as seen through the eyes of a Brooklyn family.

For the mom who got ‘Dark Money’ last year

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Get her Masha Gessen’s look at authoritarian Russia via portraits of four Russians born in the ’80s, which just won the National Book Award.

For the mom who needs new pajamas

Eberjey Women’s Gisele Two-Piece Pajama Set

A pair of supersoft Eberjey pj’s that look quite a bit more expensive than they are.

For the mom who needs a new bathrobe

Natori Women’s Shangri-La Robe

We have known a few mothers who’ve complained that they get too hot in those fleecy robes. This lightweight cotton one is a perfect year-round option from Mom Brand Natori.

For the mom who’s obsessed with her Instant Pot

Genuine Instant Pot Mini Mitts

If she won’t shut up about her Instant Pot, get her these mini–silicone mitts recommended by Instant Pot cookbook author Daniel Shumski: “They are particularly handy for getting the inner pot out of the Instant Pot because there’s sort of a ridge there that you’re having to reach under. So if your gloves are too thick or too big, you’re not going to catch it quite right.”

For the mom who’s obsessed with her Keurig machine

Mind Reader ‘Hero’$2 36 Capacity Single Serve Coffee Pod Storage Drawer

The idea is that she can place this little drawer underneath her machine and store her K-cups inside it (for easy access, and for saving counter space).

For the mom who spins

bkr Glass Water Bottle

A sleek, BPA-free glass water bottle for her regular 8:30 a.m. ride.

For the mom who gardens

Achla Designs Brass Watering Can

A decidedly non-dowdy watering can for tending to her houseplants that’s so handsome, it can be displayed on a windowsill.

For the mom who doesn’t garden

Richland Preserved Billy Buttons

These dried billy buttons will never need to be watered; pair them with a charming glass medicine bottle.

For the mom who’s a minimalist

Braun Women’s Classic Silver-Tone Watch

An incredibly handsome watch from Braun with a mesh bracelet band. Note: This won’t arrive before Christmas, but this Braun watch will.

For the mom whose favorite child is actually the cat

Licki Brush

So she can lick her cat just like a mama grooms her young. No judgments here. Note: This may not arrive in time for Christmas, but the very similar “Lick’em” will.

For the mom looking to dip her toe into K-beauty

Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch

These snail-slime eye patches that beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton buys in bulk have become something of a Strategist phenomenon. You two can wear these snail patches under your eyes together while binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel over break.

For the mom who has S.A.D.

Philips Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation

This soothing wake-up light from Philips is an alarm clock that uses sunrise-mimicking light (as opposed to loud beeps) to wake you up.

For the mom who drinks tea

Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot

If she’s just gotten into loose tea, this Japanese pot comes with a basket in which to steep her leaves. (Throw in some Kusmi for good measure.)

For the mom who drinks coffee

Zoku Iced-Coffee Maker

This Zoku iced-coffee maker turns regular hot coffee into iced coffee in just a few minutes. (You keep the stainless-steel mug in the freezer, pour in your coffee, et violà.) Update: This won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but if you order it at Bed Bath & Beyond it will.

For the mom who likes to Netflix and chill

Pendleton Double Sided Shawl

She can cuddle up on the couch with this Pendleton blanket-poncho, or even wear it while running errands. Update: This Pendleton shawl is sold out, but this lovely (and only $38) one from Woolrich is still available.

For the mom who’s fancy

Linda Rodin Olio Lusso

Linda Rodin’s olio 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

Jonathan Adler Banana Bud Vase

It’s a vase. In the shape of a banana! Update: This is currently out of stock on Amazon, but you can buy it here.

For the mom who chairs the library book sale

Out of Print Library-Card Tote Bag

It’s a tote bag. That looks like an old-timey library card! Note: This may not arrive in time for Christmas, but if you order it from Uncommon Goods, it will.

For the mom who could use a desk upgrade

Elago Aluminum Mouse Pad

A Champagne-gold mouse pad that’ll immediately gussy up her work space.

For the mom who already has a pair of Bean Boots

Tretorn Women’s Lina Rain Boot

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 Chap Stick

Rosebud Lip Balm

Upgrade her Chap Stick with this culty lip balm from Smith’s, a company founded in 1895.

For the mom whose idea of lipstick is cherry-flavored Chap Stick (who you want to spend more money on)

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint

This Tata Harper lip tint also doubles as a cheek tint. According to Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard: “[Y]ou just pat it on your lips and cheeks and go. The natural, moisturizing pop of pink stays on all day and is flattering on pretty much every skin tone.” Note: If you buy in on Amazon, it won’t arrive till after Christmas, so head to Nordstrom to get it in time.

For the mom who wears elegant jewelry

Melissa Joy Manning Huggie Hoops

A pair of incredibly dainty earrings designed by Melissa Joy Manning. Ana Gasteyer can’t live without these, and told us: “I’ve had two or three menfolk come up to me and ask me what my earrings are because their wives would just love them.” Update: These hoops are sold out on Amazon, but you can still buy them at Net-a-Porter.

For the mom who likes baths

Luxury Home Spa Bath Pillow

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.

Deep Steep Bubble Bath

For the mom who likes to read in the bath

Kindle Oasis

The new Kindle Oasis is both astonishingly thin and, most importantly for our purposes here, waterproof.

For the mom who likes to dry off

Ippinka Kontex Organic Cotton Towels

These organic towels hail from Imabari, the cotton capital of Japan, and claim to be “as soft and silky as cashmere yet durable enough for everyday use.” (For more bathroom-centric gift ideas, click here.)

For the mom who watches her “programs”

Flexi Sofa/Arm Chair Table

This little wooden contraption makes watching Masterpiece Theater while sipping espresso extremely easy (and spill-proof).

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A Gift for Every Type of Mom (That You Can Buy on Amazon)