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25 Birthday Gifts for Every Type of Mom

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Buying a birthday gift for your mom can be stressful since, as a rule, moms are generally hard to shop for. On top of that, they oftentimes say they don’t want or even need anything. To help you find the perfect birthday gift for your mom — whether she’s a party animal or the type to celebrate over a quiet dinner with friends — we’ve rounded up 25 gifts (lots of which we’ve written about before) for practically every type of mom out there. And to make it even more stress-free, everything can conveniently be found on Amazon.

For the mom who likes to play hostess (even on her birthday)

Event planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli’s book will give her even more ideas for throwing the perfect party (writer George Wayne calls it a “total inspiration”).

For the mom who likes to cook dinner (even on her birthday)

This chef-approved olive oil comes from Tuscany’s famous Frescobaldi estate and is great for salads with seafood and vegetables — or whatever she has planned for her birthday menu.

For the mom who always sets the perfect birthday table

It may be a splurge, but we bet she doesn’t have (and will appreciate) this fancy pepper mill that has a traditional handle and drawer for the grounds.

For the mom who’s celebrating her first birthday as a grandparent

From $119

Rated the best facial cleansing brush for travel by skin-care experts, the Foreo Luna Mini 2 has a dual-sided brush head with three different zones that accommodate all skin types — including normal, sensitive, and oily — plus eight adjustable intensities that allow for a customizable cleanse that will help her feel better about what she thinks are her “problem” areas.

For the mom who always brings her cat to the party

This cat lounger that doubles as a scratcher is a favorite among cat lovers, including this avowed cat lady who says, “It’s great because it’s cool looking, and you can flip it over when your cat annihilates one side.”

For the mom who always brings her dog to the party

From $110

And for the dog lover, get her this memory-foam dog bed from Casper to show her that you know how much her precious pooch means to her — and that you have no hard feelings about it.

For the mom who loves to pop bottles

These classic lead-free glass flutes are timeless and will last for many more birthdays to come.

For the mom who’d rather uncork a nice red

La Tienda Pitcher

She can serve it from this traditional Spanish wine decanter that looks way more expensive than it is. The vessel doubles as both décor and an olive-oil dispenser, according to restaurant stylist Amy Morris.

For the mom who always has coffee with her cake

This coffee machine is expert approved (and respected industrywide) for its ability to brew at the proper water temperature, ensuring that it will always make the perfect cuppa to go with her slice of cake.

And for the mom who prefers tea


A beautiful minimalist teapot that is — believe it or not — dishwasher safe.

For the mom who makes café-level matcha

This tea-maker is beloved by Hannah Bronfman and writer Sydney Gore, who calls it the “best investment [she’s] made in a single-use appliance.” It’s a good option for the mom who makes her matcha lattes at home or the mom who misses the ones from her local café.

For the mom who always wants a dance party


The next day, her tired feet will surely appreciate this. According to one glowing review, it’s “so much better than [a] human massage therapist.”

For the mom who always wants a karaoke party

You (or she) won’t need to reserve a room with this portable karaoke microphone that allows her to have the party anywhere — at any time.

For the mom celebrating in an empty nest

With this Wi-Fi-enabled digital picture frame, she’ll never miss a moment, even if her kids (and grandkids) are in far-flung places.

For the mom who’s celebrating with a Zoom yoga class

Manduka’s mats are yogi approved for their cushioning and durability, but at this price point, she might not get it for herself — which is why it makes a thoughtful birthday gift.

For the mom who celebrates dressed to the nines

A long-lasting nail polish that will complete her birthday look.

For the mom who celebrates as comfortably as possible

For the mom who always loves a photo booth

Veteran beauty writer Linda Dyett swears by this glycolic serum that leaves her skin “radiant and energized” — a.k.a. perfect for the high-glare flash of the photo booth.

For the mom who takes her own party photos


Here’s a portable photo printer that turns iPhone photos into stickers that your mom will love showing off at her party and for weeks afterward.

For the mom who wants to exercise her green thumb

If your mom is limited on space yet has decided she wants to grow a so-called victory garden, gift her this vertical wall planter, which is suitable for planting flowers, vegetables, strawberries, and hanging plants and is homesteader approved.

For the mom who knows what contouring is

This affordable highlighter stick is easy to use (she can blend it in using only her fingers) and is said to be an inexpensive, convincing dupe for the popular Glossier Haloscope.

For the mom who appreciates a twofer

Darphin 8-Flower Nectar
From $100
From $100

Made by French brand Darphin, this fancy face oil is formulated with antioxidants and essences from eight different flowers (immortelle, iris, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, and ylang-ylang). It supposedly smoothes wrinkles, firms skin, and boosts radiance — and, needless to say, doubles as a perfume.

For the mom whose skin is perpetually parched