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.
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, 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).
For the mom who has too many scarves
For the mom whose feet hurt
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
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
For the mom who kvetches about not seeing enough photos of the grandkids
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
For the mom who’s starting to get the hang of Instagram
For the mom who’s been going through old family photos
For the mom who thinks she’s Lucille Bluth
For the mom who thinks she’s Olivia Pope
For the mom who likes the smell of lavender
Because, really, what mom doesn’t? This microwavable eye pillow that writer Hermione Hoby raved about 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
For the mom who wants her home to smell like a spa
For the mom whose phone is always dying
For the mom who thinks she’s a movie star
For the mom who loves Mr. Darcy
For the mom who needs a vacation
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, $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
For the mom who likes to bake
For the mom who really likes to bake
For the mom who likes her cab
For the mom who really likes her cab
For the mom who doesn’t want her Cab to go bad
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
For the mom who just became a mom
For the mom who just became a mom for the second or third time
This white-noise machine might not be the most attractive nightstand accessory, but, as editor Alexis Swerdloff wrote in her review of the Dohm white-noise sound machine, “[i]t’s what puts me (and now my husband) to sleep every night, like a warm cup of milk,” which is just the kind of sleep a new mom needs.
For the mom who hosts dinner parties
For the mom who organizes family game nights
It might not sound like a family-friendly game, but Pandemic has over 2,200 reviews on Amazon, many of which taut the game’s collaborative setup. As one enthusiastic reviewer wrote, “Pandemic is a very fun game, and it is very competitive, but the competition is in trying to beat the game together. The first time we played it (on the easiest setting), we thought we were doing well, and the game was too easy, but then the cards ran out, and we lost! That was all we needed to get our competitive juices flowing and wanting to play again and again!”
For the mom who’s antisocial
For the mom who’s trying to be better about keeping a journal
For the mom still #withher
For the mom who worships at the altar of Ruth
For the mom who likes salad
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
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
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
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’s hosting the next book-club meeting
Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere has been buzzed about since it came out last September — and is being turned into a TV show, co-produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, so give your mom the heads-up with a copy of the novel.
For the mom who needs new pajamas
For the mom who needs a new bathrobe
For the mom who’s obsessed with her Instant Pot
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
For the mom who spins
For the mom who wants to cruise around town
Also a good gift for the mom who idolizes Barbara Corcoran, since it was the Shark Tank shark who told us about this comfortable, bright-yellow bike that she rides around Central Park. “This lets me sit up straighter, so I can really ride upright. It’s bright yellow, and the seat is this leather that’s almost like a great horse saddle. It’s just so happy.”
For the outdoorsy mom who likes to hike
For the outdoorsy mom who likes to sit by the pool
For the mom who gardens
For the mom who doesn’t garden
For the mom who’s already looking forward to summer concerts in the park
According to writer David Schwartz, this picnic basket looks like “a hip weekender bag,” but actually is perfect for an impromptu picnic, including “an eight-piece stackable-container set cradled within the bag’s insulating material, which keeps hot things hot and cold things cold.”
For the mom who’s a minimalist
For the mom whose favorite child is actually the cat
For the mom whose favorite child is actually the dog
For the mom looking to dip her toe into K-beauty
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 Queer Eye the next time you’re home.
For the mom who has S.A.D.
For the mom who drinks tea
For the mom who drinks coffee
For the mom who’s taken up knitting
For the mom who’s rediscovering her record collection
For the mom who likes to Netflix and chill
For the mom who’s fancy
For the mom who’s funky
For the mom who chairs the library book sale
For the mom who could use a desk upgrade
For the mom who already has a pair of Bean Boots
For the mom whose idea of lipstick is cherry-flavored Chap Stick
For the mom whose idea of lipstick is cherry-flavored Chap Stick (who you want to spend more money on)
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.”
For the mom who wears elegant jewelry
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.”
For the mom who likes baths
For the mom who likes to read in the bath
For the mom who likes to dry off
For the mom who watches her “programs”
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