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

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Gifts for all kinds of moms. 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 linen. 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. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

For the mom who needs a cozy new scarf

Pendleton Women’s Oversize Featherweight Wool Scarf
$70 at Amazon

A scarf makes a perennially successful gift. We recently tallied up some of the best ones to buy for women, and geometric prints and blanket-size proportions kept showing up. We also like this striped wool one, which is both printed and oversized. And it’s Pendleton, so it’ll last forever.

For the coffee-drinking mom who’s retro

Ilsa Neapolitan 6-Cup Aluminum Coffee Maker
$40 at Amazon

Writer Matthew Kassel told us about this French stovetop-coffee-making invention: “Here’s what’s special about it: It makes the perfect amount of coffee for one person — I know it says six, but it makes about four cups’ worth max — and produces a clean but concentrated cup. The texture doesn’t get as muddy as French-press coffee, and its a little less intense than Moka coffee.”

For the coffee-drinking mom who’s minimal

Toast Living USA H.A.N.D Coffee Carafe Set
$50 at Amazon

Strat’s deputy editor Jason Chen uses this pared-down pour-over kit. In his words: “When I’m not drinking bad work coffee (I know), I like to make a pour-over at my desk with this guy. The dripping sounds are a little extra, but it’s perfect for making a cup or two for one person, and the double-walled glass just looks nice.”

For the mom who’s kind of Floridian

Vintga Bamboo Handbag
$37 at Amazon

If mom just noticed all those Cult Gaia Ark bags floating around at weddings and parties, may we redirect your attention to this bamboo handbag that’s $35, not $150. Writer Alison Freer pointed out that it’s not even a knockoff of Cult Gaia, because the Gaia bags are themselves a rip-off of vintage 1950s fan-shaped bags. This Vintga one, fortunately, is far less rickety than its pre-owned counterparts.

For the mom who misses Michelle

Becoming by Michelle Obama
$18 at Amazon

The odds aren’t bad that this will be the next book-club book, too.

For the mom who’s always asking for a foot rub

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager
$140 at Amazon

We put this in our guide for dad gifts, too, but it’s because 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 Cashmere Slouchy Turtleneck Sweater
$58 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 likes linen

Linoto Luxurious Pure Linen Bed Sheet Set
From $360 at Amazon

And speaking of linen: some of the best flaxen sheet sets can be bought on Amazon. We just updated our guide to shopping for linen sheets and were delighted to find that this small company, with a workshop in upstate New York, makes heirloom-level linen bedding.

For the candle-loving mom who’s kind of groovy

Boy Smells Candle — St. Al
$29 at Amazon

A recent investigation into the candle that would replace Diptyque’s yielded lots of votes for Boy Smells, a candle line from Los Angeles with scents more akin to incense and the outdoors than anything perfumy. St. Al is a lovely mix of sandlewood, clove flower, and ylang-ylang, but for the mom who doesn’t partake, we also recommend Stalker, a mix of celery, parsley, and oud, for the kitchen.

For the candle-loving mom who’s kind of fancy

Cire Trudon ~ Abd El Kader Candle
$95 at Amazon

And if your mom still loves Diptyque, get her an even fancier French candle. Anything coming from Ramdane Touhami, the skateboarder turned artist and designer who rebranded Cire Trudon in addition to Buly 1803 and Carrière Frères, “is very status-friendly for sure,” said Anna Polonsky from the New York design studio MP Shift.

For the mom with a Drybar habit

Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler Hair Styling Set
$919 at Amazon

Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, this is a $950 beauty appliance. It’s the newest Dyson hair tool, and is both a blow dryer and a waving device that uses hot air instead of hot metal to create salon-perfect waves. And there’s a case to be made for buying it: If mom spends $45 a week on a blow out, this thing will pay for itself in five months.

For the mom who needs a new bathrobe

LONTG Cotton Robe
$16 at Amazon

This kimono-style bathrobe is stylish to the point that you could almost wear it as a light jacket. Plus, it’s made of cotton, which keeps the whole thing from getting too bulky.

For the mom who needs new pajamas

Eberjey Gisele Two-Piece Pajama Sleepwear Set
From $96 at Amazon

These pajamas are a perennial Strat favorite. Among those who recommends them is Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard: “A few years ago, my husband and I went on a trip with another couple. The first morning, I stumbled into the kitchen, where my friend was making eggs in a classic pajama set. She looked so beautiful and elegant that I was immediately converted. Eberjey makes the softest, most buttery version.”

For the mom who’s part of the food co-op

Stoncel Cotton Net Shopping Tote (6-pack)
$18 at Amazon

We’re still pretty taken with the expandable fisherman net bags that were seen everywhere this year, from Chinatown to farmer’s markets. This colorful six-pack should be able to handle a full haul of groceries.

For the mom who can’t wait for season three of The Crown

Kikkerland Solar Queen
$20 at Amazon

If your mom can’t get enough of the royal family, then this is the figurine for her. The solar panel powers the queen’s signature wave. And it’s Kevin Kwan-approved.

For the mom who’s always redecorating

May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses
$50 at Amazon

Our very own Wendy Goodman has a book out, documenting all the eccentric, lavish, singular interiors she’s had access to over the past 20 years. Some of the home owners are famous — Amy Sedaris, Todd Oldham — but many aren’t. Regardless, inspiration and ideas abound.

For the mom who draws

Sara Berman’s Closet, by Maira and Alex Kalman
$19 at Amazon

Filled with illustrations, this book is “a charming, quirky, and sentimental tribute to the life of Sara Berman, beautifully illustrated by her daughter, artist Maira Kalman. It is an immigrant’s tale of reinvention and finding contentment in the simple things later in life,” say Michael Lyons Wier and Deanne Shashoua, the directors of the Lyons Wier Gallery.

For the mom always asking for more pictures of the grandkids

Nixplay Original Digital Photo Frame, 15”
$240 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 wants to hang the pictures of the grandkids on the fridge

The Prynt Case for iPhone
$100 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 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 gorpcore mom

Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket
From $30 at Amazon

Everyone loves a fleece pullover.

For the mom working on her core

Vivora Luno Sitting Ball Chair
From $50 at Amazon

Chiropractors still endorse sitting on balance balls at work, but the nice thing about this one is the fabric (or leather) zip covers. You can get the benefits without making your office look like a gym.

For the mom working on her gut health

The Nue Co. Prebiotic + Probiotic
$85 at Amazon

The latest in probiotics is actually prebiotics, which are essentially fibers (found naturally in foods such as bananas, leeks, and garlic) that help probiotics thrive. This stylish line carries several varieties, some for skin health, some for digestion, but this simple combination is good place to start.

For the mom who wants her home to smell like a spa

Tenswall Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
$17 at Amazon

This bamboo diffuser is perfect for the mom who is dipping her toe into a new, Zen lifestyle.

For the mom who wants her home to smell like New Mexico

Inciensio 7 Scent Sampler with Holder
$15 at Amazon

For those who love camping but don’t always have time to go camp, this line of incense is made from the bark of trees native to the Southwest. Writer Caroline Bankoff, who says the scent reminds her of Colorado, told us about it: “When burned, it gives off the invigorating, pleasantly rustic aroma of a campfire or fireplace, with no perfumey or musky qualities.”

For the mom who’s glamorous

HOMPEN Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror
$199 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 likes to cook

Dansk Kobenstyle Casserole, 4-Quart
$80 at Amazon

If you (or mom) watched Samin Nosrat’s Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, you probably noticed the sunny yellow pot in Nosrat’s very photogenic Berkeley kitchen. A quick investigation found that the pot is a Dansk Kobenstyle, and while it’s not widely available in yellow, this cherry-red one is just as good-looking.

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 who likes to cook (and hates clutter)

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set
$143 at Amazon

Among chefs, most knife sets are considered gratuitous. Strat writer Maxine Builder offers another way of looking at them: “Instead, think of kitchen knife sets as starter packs, not definitive tool kits.” This Mercer set is good for intermediate cooks, “angling at getting the most blades for their money.” One major perk: The knives are suspended neatly in this stand, so water and grime won’t collect in a wooden block.

For the mom who wants to make nut milk

Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Smart Blender
$393 at Amazon

Time and time again, we’ve pointed out that the much-hyped Vitamix really is as powerful and agile as the price tag suggests. “The Vitamix Ascent 2500 has ten speeds,” wrote Maxine, “and you can easily switch between them while you’re using the blender with the turn of a dial. That gives you way more versatility when you’re cooking.”

For the mom who likes her lattes

KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup (12 ounces)
$21 at Amazon

Designed by baristas, for baristas, the size and shape of the KeepCup travel mug makes it easy to measure out lattes versus cortados. And, crucially, for baristas to keep making latte-heart art for your mom.

For the mom who likes her Pinot Grigio

Corkcicle Wine Chiller
$13 at Amazon

A perennial favorite of ours, the Corkcicle is a wine-bottle-sized plastic ice popsicle that can instantaneously chill a bottle of white — with none of the dilution you get when you resort to ice cubes.

For the mom who likes her Nebbiolo (and who’s clumsy)

Riedel O Stemless Pinot/Nebbiolo Wine Glass
$50 for 4 at Amazon

Purists might still decline a wine glass without a stem, but the fact that this is Riedel — and came recommended by no less than the wine director at Eleven Madison Park — should dispel anyone’s doubt.

For the mom who likes her Cab Franc (but just one glass)

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 just became a mom

Birkenstock Women’s Gizeh EVA Sandals
From $28 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 time

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, Tan
$40 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 hooked on K-beauty

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
$50 at Amazon

Sulwhasoo is widely regarded as some of the best of the best in the K-beauty-sphere. Strat beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton likes the brand’s night mask, and K-beauty blogger Jude Chao told us that this youth-in-a-bottle serum is one of her all-time favorite products.

For the mom who’s moved on from K-beauty to Australian beauty

Red Earth Brighten Concentrate Oil with Kakadu Plum
$45 at Amazon

Rio recently swapped out all of her usual skin-care goods for all-Aussie skin diet (meaning fewer chemicals and more rare, natural ingredients) and says she was aglow more than ever. This oil has Vitamin C, making it a “double whammy,” Rio says, for brightening and moisturizing.

For the mom who believes Goop

Rose Quartz Facial Roller
$27 at Amazon

The rose quartz face roller is the quintessential Goop recommendation (second only to the jade vagina eggs). Besides the loving energetic vibes you (allegedly) get from rose quartz, these assist in lymphatic draining and boosting circulation in the skin. Good for tired moms.

For the mom who wears no-makeup makeup

Rodin Lip Balm
$34 at Amazon

Goes on lips, but also on cheeks and eyes.

For the mom who’s always behind on salon touch-ups

Color Wow Root Cover Up
$24 at Amazon

“My mom’s experience with the Color Wow was major,said Rio, after she used it to brush up her mother’s grays. “Within seconds, her bright-gray roots were completely and totally concealed, with no evidence that they ever existed. And, even better, she said it didn’t feel like there was anything in her hair, the way pigmented sprays can get dry and crusty.

For the mom who needs a bath towel upgrade

Kontex Organic Cotton Towels (Bath Towel)
$68 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 whose ankles swell

VIM & VIGR Stylish Compression Socks
From $20 at Amazon

“The beauty of Vim & Vigr is that it takes nice-feeling black or tan compression socks and injects them with actual style,” said Allison Freer, who actually gifted to these her post-op mom. (Her mom cried when she opened them.)

For the mom juggling lots of schedules

Hobonichi Techo Original Book
$34 at Amazon

Strategist editors Alexis and Jason are big fans and power users of this Japanese planner, which gives you a full page for each day but is still small enough to stick into most any purse or work bag.

For the bath-loving mom

Herbivore Botanicals Dead Sea Bath Salts
$18 at Amazon

Himalayan pink sea salt adds a detoxifying element to the bath.

For the mom who always has chapped lips

CCbeauty Pink Collagen Crystal Lip Mask (20-pack)
$11 at Amazon

It’s a sheet mask, but for your mouth.

For the mom who just heard of Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend
$15 at Amazon

It is possible — unlikely, but possible — that Ferrante fever could have bypassed your mom. But with HBO’s adaptation that becomes far less plausible. If she’s curious what the fuss is about, start her at the beginning.

For the mom who leaves you notes when you sleep in late

Juvale Fruit-Shaped Memo Pads (6-pack)
$8 at Amazon

Strategist’s Maxine recently wrote about her love for trompe l’oeil notepads, and we think these 3-D fruity memo pads are perfect for the mom who likes to leave little written reminders for you next to the coffee pot.

For the mom who wants to start composting

Bamboozle Food Composter
$40 at Amazon

This attractive compost bin is an eco double whammy: You compost in it, obviously, and it’s made out of biodegradable bamboo fiber.

For the mom ready to take composting to the next level

Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler
$300 at Amazon

Also featured in our recent roundup of actually stylish compost bins, this one only takes three hours to go from scraps to beautiful, garden-ready compost — no worms required.

For the Upper East Side mom

Orolay Thickened Down Jacket
From $114 at Amazon

Last year, a curious thing happened uptown: a puffy coat went real-life viral. “It’s like the Moncler, when it first came out,” said one stylish Orolay owner. Good looks were a factor, as was the $100 price tag. Nab one for the mom who lives in a chilly climate.

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