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79 Gifts for Every Type of Mom

Best Gifts for Mom
Gifts for all kinds of moms. Photo: Courtesy of the retailers

With the world turning upside down, we think mom is especially deserving of a gift, whether it’s for her birthday or just because. Of course, there’s no “one size fits all” gift for moms. Some are in their 20s; others are in their 90s. Some moms like to cook; others like to drink. Some like linen; others, a good blowout. So coming up with the best gifts for a mom can feel like an impossible task. (Gifts for dads can be equally tricky.) What we’ve attempted to do below is to find gifts for several dozen specific mom archetypes that we hope will at least spark some ideas. While almost all the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found many of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

For the mom who’s on TikTok

If she’s making TikTok videos with her iPhone 11, this case designed by one of teens’ favorite influencers, Devon Lee Carlson, seems like the perfect accessory to complete her setup.

For the mom who’s also a plant mom

A minimalist stoneware planter that she can use (with or without the included iron stand) to give her favorite rubber tree a place of prominence in the living room.

For the mom who’s a little glamorous

If she has a little “backstage Patti LuPone” in her, this light-up makeup mirror has very excellent reviews.

For the mom whose pajamas need an upgrade

These pajamas are a perennial Strat favorite. Among those who recommend 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 needs some help falling asleep

If it’s good enough for Tamara Mellon (the Jimmy Choo co-founder who went on to create her own eponymous line) and designer Karen Walker, chances are, Mom will love this sleep mask too.

For the mom who needs a bit more help falling asleep

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask
$16
Photo: Retailer

If she needs total darkness and a little padding for her eyes, you can’t go wrong with this memory-foam sleep eye mask that Rio swears by. “It forms perfectly to your eyes, sealing them from any outside light,” she promises. The mask, Rio adds, is also “thick, bouncy, and cushiony,” like a tiny pillow for your face.

For the mom who needs a lot more help falling asleep

Ben Trapskin, founder of the Sleep Sherpa, recommended this memory-foam mattress topper, which is not only lavender in color but actually infused with lavender.

For the mom who likes to be cozy

This “sloungey” mid-length cardigan is made of 100 percent sustainable Mongolian cashmere and looks supersoft and luxurious. We bet your mom will never want to take it off, which won’t be a problem because it looks nice enough to throw on over sweats for a walk or a run to the grocery store. Plus, it has pockets!

For the mom who’s always on her feet

$56

We’ve long been fans of Adidas’s classic silhouettes. The Gazelle, a style made for both sexes, is a timeless option that we’ve said goes “with everything” and feels “like a light blanket wrapped around feet” — which is something we could totally hear Mom saying, too.

For the mom who’s always on her feet (and won’t wear sneakers)

For more footwear that feels like a blanket (albeit a warmer one), you could give Mom a pair of Ugg Coquette Slippers, which podcast host Naomi Elizée told us help her reach “peak coziness levels.” Stylist Mecca James Williams also swears by Coquettes because of the support offered by their solid soles.

For the mom with cracked heels

Rio swears by these little “sleeves” for your heels. When paired with this heavy-duty foot cream from O’Keeffe’s, she says that “almost all of the redness on my feet fades, the wretched itchiness is majorly reduced, and the cracks and dry spots disappear.”

For the mom who’s always ‘misplacing’ things

$40 for 2

These smart stickers from our guide to the best tech (and techish) gifts for mom would definitely be appreciated by the mom who is constantly “misplacing” her keys, wallet, or other easy-to-lose essentials. The roughly nickel-size stickers can adhere to almost anything and use Bluetooth technology to keep track of whatever they’re stuck to. The next time mom misplaces whatever thing she puts one on, she just needs to open the accompanying Tile app to find it.

For the mom who’s hosting Zoom cocktail parties

She’ll love to (virtually) show off these lovely “museum quality” napkins in front of her friends.

For the mom who can’t get enough animal print

If she owns, say, a zebra-print vest or a leopard-print blouse, we imagine this tiger-stripe shopping bag will be a happy addition to her collection.

For the mom who loves to garden

Give her this pair of lightweight shears that Marc Hachadourian, the New York Botanical Garden’s senior curator of orchids, calls “my universal tool.”

For the mom who’s been gardening in her regular shoes

Crocs Classic Clog
$36

Crocs meet all of the requirements for a gardening shoe, says Sara Gatanas, a general manager at Urban Garden Center, noting that they’re close-toed and rubber so she won’t slip and slide. Consider gifting her these neutral-colored white ones, which can take her from her garden to her errands and back again.

For the mom who’s always washing her hands

$30

Make her new normal slightly more luxurious with this nondrying hand wash from Grown Alchemist, which has notes of citrus and sandalwood. It’s one of several gifts Rio suggests for moms who like to pamper themselves.

For the mom whose constantly-washed hands are always chapped

Not only will she appreciate having moisturized hands, she’ll love its subtle laundry-drying-in-the-French-countryside scent.

For the mom who just became a mom

“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 bodily fluids rinse right off!”

For the mom who just became a mom (for the second 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, “It’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 wants her home to smell like a spa

This squat little aromatherapy diffuser looks slicker than some of its bamboo counterparts, more closely resembling a mid-century Braun device.

For the mom whose hair is always perfectly coiffed

If mom is missing her salon treatments, putting some of her favorite shampoo onto one of these little brushes and then running it through her hair will feel “like a scalp massage at the hair salon,” promises contributor