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77 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. Photo: Courtesy of the retailers

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! (Best gifts for dads can be tricky, too.) 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

Glerups Slippers
From $90 at Amazon

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).

Savon de Marseille Olive Oil Soap
$15 at Amazon
Vince Camuto Women’s Anemone Flower Tissue Wrap
$38 at Amazon

For the mom who has too many scarves

Umbra Pendant Hanging Scarf Organizer
$15 at Amazon

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
$140 at Amazon

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 Slouchy Turtleneck Pullover Sweater
$70 at Amazon

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
$169 at Amazon

She’ll fit in with all the other Brooklyn/Oakland/Silver Lake/Portland/etc. moms at the playground now.

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

Nixplay Original Digital Photo Frame, 15”
$230 at Amazon

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
$130 at Amazon

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’s starting to get the hang of Instagram

LuMee Two Cell Phone Case for iPhone
$30 at Amazon

A Kardashian-approved light-up phone case will help your mom improve her selfie game, and save you from having to like her dark and yellow-hued photos.

For the mom who’s been going through old family photos

Epson Perfection V600 Color Scanner
$190 at Amazon

This scanner can handle old photos as well as slides, negatives, and medium-format panoramic film, which means your mom will be able to preserve all of the family’s memories.

For the mom who thinks she’s Lucille Bluth

Alessi Chestnut Stainless Steel Pill Box
$30 at Amazon

An Alessi pill box, for when mother needs her “postpartum depression drugs.”

For the mom who thinks she’s Olivia Pope

Lenox Tuscany Classics Grand Beaujolais, Set of Four
$34 at Amazon

A set of four Scandal-size wine glasses.

For the mom who likes the smell of lavender

DreamTime Spa Comforts Eye Pillow
$12 at Amazon

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

Le Papier d’Armenie - Set of 3 Booklets
$23 at Amazon

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 who wants her home to smell like a spa

doTerra Petal Diffuser
$70 at Amazon

Writer Lindsay Weber’s mom gave her this essential-oil diffuser as a housewarming gift, because it was “her ‘new favorite thing,’” which is how you know it’s a good gift for moms.

For the mom whose phone is always dying

Mophie Powerstation, Rose Gold
$44 at Amazon

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
$300 at Amazon

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
$27 at Amazon

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.”

For the mom who needs a vacation

Airbnb Gift Card
From $50 at Amazon

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

For the mom who likes to cook

Le Creuset Stoneware Square Dish, 9.5-Inch, Cerise (Cherry Red)
$50 at Amazon

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
$399 at Amazon

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
$280 at Amazon

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

For the mom who likes to bake

Fox Run Marble Pastry Board
$27 at Amazon

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
$18 at Amazon

For the mom who really likes to bake

Modernist Bread
Photo: Courtesy of the vendor
Modernist Bread
$559 at Amazon

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
$90 at Amazon

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
$200 at Amazon

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 doesn’t want her Cab to go bad

Savino Wine Saving Carafe
$50 at Amazon

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
$24 at Amazon

Two 12-packs of LaCroix to get her through the next couple of months.

For the mom who just became a mom

Birkenstock Women’s Gizeh EVA Sandals
From $31 at Amazon

“These Birks hit the new-mother sweet spot: slip-on, stylish but sturdy, and made entirely of lightweight EVA, so they’re waterproof,” writes Jancee Dunn Spewed. “Spewed bodily fluids rinse right off!”

For the mom who just became a mom for the second or third time

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, Tan
$47 at Amazon

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

Bower Table Tiles
$20 at Amazon

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

For the mom who organizes family game nights

Pandemic Board Game
$36 at Amazon

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

The Original Authentic Ostrich Pillow
$99 at Amazon

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’s trying to be better about keeping a journal

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
$12 at Amazon

This little memory book has enough space to write a line or two about what happened each day, every day for five years.

For the mom still #withher

What Happened
$17 at Amazon

And who wants to know What Happened.

For the mom who worships at the altar of Ruth

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Socks
$12 at Amazon

She’ll get a real kick out of these RBG socks.

For the mom who likes salad

Salad for President
$24 at Amazon

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
$20 at Amazon

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
$14 at Amazon

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
$15 at Amazon

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

Little Fires Everywhere
$16 at Amazon

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

Eberjey Women’s Gisele Two-Piece Pajama Set
From $76 at Amazon

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
$65 at Amazon

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
$10 at Amazon

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’ 36 Capacity Single Serve Coffee Pod Storage Drawer
$15 at Amazon

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
From $28 at Amazon

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

For the mom who wants to cruise around town

Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle
$243 at Amazon

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

Danner Women’s Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot
From $360 at Amazon

Yes, these are the same hiking boots from Wild, but no, your mom should not feel obligated to throw them from the top of a mountain.

For the outdoorsy mom who likes to sit by the pool

Sam Edelman Women’s Gwendolyn Tote
$75 at Amazon

This basket-woven tote from Sam Edelman is the ideal size for a book and a bottle of sunscreen.

For the mom who gardens

Achla Designs Brass Watering Can
$42 at Amazon

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

Preserved Billy Buttons
$18 at Amazon

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

For the mom who’s already looking forward to summer concerts in the park

Arctic Zone Insulated Picnic Carrier, Gray
$25 at Amazon

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

Braun Women’s Classic Silver-Tone Watch
$85 at Amazon

An incredibly handsome watch from Braun with a mesh bracelet band.

For the mom whose favorite child is actually the cat

Licki Brush
Photo: Courtesy of the vendor
Licki Brush
$25 at Amazon

So she can lick her cat just like a mama grooms her young. No judgments here.

For the mom whose favorite child is actually the dog

Zinus Elevated Pet Bed and 4-Inch Comfort Mattress Set (Medium)
$77 at Amazon

Give you mom’s favorite “child” a mattress of its own, with a removable mattress cover for easy laundering, of course.

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

Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch
$11 at Amazon

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.

Philips Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation
$105 at Amazon

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
$17 at Amazon

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 Purple Iced Coffee Maker
$33 at Amazon

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 voilà.)

For the mom who’s taken up knitting

Hagestad Yarn Bowl
$25 at Amazon

A yarn bowl, like this one made of rosewood, is a surprisingly chic way to keep a ball of yarn untangled while she’s working on her next set of socks.

For the mom who’s rediscovering her record collection

Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad Portable USB Turntable
$149 at Amazon

This handsome turntable from Crosley is compact and can be connected to your mom’s computer, so she can turn her old LPs into MP3s (with your help, probably — but that can be part of the gift).

For the mom who likes to Netflix and chill

Pendleton Double Sided Shawl
$136 at Amazon

She can cuddle up on the couch with this Pendleton blanket-poncho, or even wear it while running errands.

For the mom who’s fancy

Linda Rodin Olio Lusso
$134 at Amazon

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 Porcelain Match Strike I-Scream, White
$45 at Amazon

It’s a matchstick holder. In the shape of an ice cream cone!

For the mom who chairs the library book sale

Out of Print Library-Card Tote Bag
$20 at Amazon

It’s a tote bag. That looks like an old-timey library card!

For the mom who could use a desk upgrade

Elago Aluminum Mouse Pad
$30 at Amazon

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
From $73 at Amazon

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
$7 at Amazon

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
$39 at Amazon

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

Melissa Joy Manning Huggie Hoops
$99 at Amazon

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

Luxury Home Spa Bath Pillow
$20 at Amazon

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
$12 at Amazon

For the mom who likes to read in the bath

Kindle Oasis
$250 at Amazon

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

For the mom who likes to dry off

Kontex Organic Cotton Towels (Bath Towel)
$107 at Amazon

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
$25 at Amazon

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)