Buying a birthday gift for your mom — whether that’s your own mom, a mom figure in your life, or a mom you love — can be stressful. As a rule, moms are generally hard to shop for. On top of that, they have a habit of saying 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 homebody — we’ve rounded up 45 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, most picks can conveniently be found on Amazon.
For the mom who is loyal to her Birks
If she’s mourning her summer Arizonas, make the transition a little easier with this comfortable, cool, autumnal option.
For the mom who makes you take your shoes off at the door
Swap out her house slippers for something snugglier. The thick, plush sole on this pair looks supremely inviting.
For the mom who scrapbooks
For the mom who likes to stay organized
For the competitive mom
If Mom’s tired of wiping the floor with you all at Catan, here’s a lesser-known alternative, recommended by Strategist contributor Laura Guidry. She says it’s like a speedier, far more energetic version of solitaire. “I’ll persuade my husband to play a few hands between meetings as we both work from home and are slugging through the day,” she says. “The dopamine hit from a two-minute game gives me a euphoric separation from the stress of my Outlook inbox.”
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 always wants a dance party
For the CleanTok mom
This electric scrubber (which she’s probably already spotted on CleanTok) is ideal for hard-to-reach places like behind the faucet.
For the mom who misses her six-step skin-care routine
We love this gift for frazzled new moms, which soothes and depuffs your face. Sonya Li Casino, a senior account director in public relations, told us she “bought one for myself and like three other people I know. It’s very, very addicting and makes me feel so refreshed.”
For the mom whose kid won’t let go
Like a fanny pack with a cushy saddle for a little one, the Tushbaby is a hip seat carrier for moms whose babies have outgrown their slings (but not being carried).
For the mom who makes her own pesto
For the cat mom
For the dog mom
For the mom who collects cookbooks
For the mom with a discerning nose
For the mom who wants a better way to listen to her podcasts
For the mom who never says no to bubbles
For the mixologist mom
These stylish glasses might inspire a new favorite cocktail.
For the mom who’d rather uncork a nice red
She can serve it from this handsome glass decanter, which was recommended to us by Marissa Copeland, head sommelier at Junoon, and is a dupe for the four-times-more-expensive Riedel O decanter.
For the mom who always has coffee with her cake
And for the mom who prefers tea
For the mom who covets Gucci
For the mom who makes café-level matcha
For the mom who was already has everything else from Aesop
Aesop’s highly giftable hand sanitizer leaves a rather lovely waft of mandarin and rosemary.
For the mom who already buys herself flowers
This clothbound coffee-table book should give her inspiration (and, crucially, doesn’t need to be thrown out after a couple of weeks).
For the mom whose home office could use some light
For the mom who has a beach-day cupboard
For the mom whose bedroom gets too much light
For the mom who winds down with yoga
This yoga mat has an added bit of cushioning, making it extra-plush for moms who stretch out every day.
For the mom who lacks counter space
She can make all kinds of drinks (from iced coffee to hot matcha ) in this slim, do-it-all Ninja brewer.
For the mom who prefers a natural look
“You’re never going to put it on and look like a clown,” Jennifer Garner tells us. “You can use it to give some color to the apples of your cheeks, your lips, your eyelids, wherever.” It’s sure to look good on a variety of skin tones, and your busy mom will appreciate a one-and-done product.
For the mom who always finds the 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 whose skin is perpetually parched
For the mom who’s always achey
She won’t even need to leave the comfort of the living room to soothe the knots in her back with this handy tool.
For the mom who binges the Great British Baking Show
Completely cord free (and kid friendly), this mixer can whip up batters, creams, and frosting.
For the mom who has a monthly spa day
For the mom who loves a good seaweed wrap, Camila Alves McConaughey thinks this stuff is just as good as what they use at the spa — and she says it’s great for those with sensitive skin.
For the mom who says she doesn’t like to celebrate her birthday (but doesn’t mean it)
For the mom who likes your tattoos more than she thought she would
For the mom who never leaves the house in flats
For the mom who never leaves the house in heels
If she’s an active mom, this Fitbit covers all the basics, meaning she can keep track of her sleep and her heart rate and boast about her progress.
For the mom who always has a snack
For the mom who primps
A simple jade roller can “restimulate the skin, increase circulation, and de-puff,” according to Dr. Sheila Farhang of Tucson-based Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics. Plus, it’ll look pretty perched on her skin-care shelf.
For the mom who has ‘good’ soap for the guests
This particularly pretty bath soap will fit nicely within her sweet-smelling collection — and it gives back, too: A contribution from each purchase will be given to the New York Botanical Garden’s conservation efforts.
For the mom who refuses to upgrade her phone
With this Anker, she’ll be fully juiced whenever you dial in for an impromptu FaceTime (no matter how ancient her phone battery).
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