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66 Gifts for Moms (at Every Price Point)

Best Gifts for Mom
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Coming up with a gift for your mom can feel like an impossible task — especially if she’s the “has everything, wants nothing” type. (Finding something for a dad can be equally tricky.) It’s useful to know what she doesn’t have, whether that’s a fancy fountain pen, luxe pajamas, or a tool that’ll help her become the next Ina Garten. But to help, we’ve done the hardest work for you, finding thoughtful less expensive presents that could be a component of a multipart gift, an array of mid-priced options, and a few big-ticket items you could go in on with your siblings or other family members. Every item on this list is available on Amazon — and if you’re shopping on a specific budget, you can jump to gifts under $25, under $50, under $100, under $200, and under $500.

Under $25

For the mom who owns one too many “calming” candles

Instead, go with incense — these sticks are a favorite of author Ottessa Moshfegh, who says there’s something “holy” about them. “I can tell the house likes it, and there’s just a good vibe when it’s burning,” she says.

For the mom who’s incapable of sleeping in

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This luxe skin- and hair-friendly pillowcase is a great dupe for Parachute’s silk pillowcases, according to beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton and it’s affordable enough to buy a pair.

For the mom who likes her condiments to be gourmet

If Heinz won’t do, introduce her to this truffle-flavored sauce, which actor LeVar Burton calls “the most elegant hot sauce I’ve ever eaten.”

For the mom who’s been hit hard by the sriracha shortage

“Weak Knees” is right: Strategist contributor Jancee Dunn explains that the fermented gochujang in this sauce gives it a more complex flavor “than the rooster brand we’re all so familiar with.”

For the mom who has to have something sweet after dinner

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When Strategist contributor Katie Quinn moved to Italy, she traded her Nutella habit for a pistachio-cream habit, which is “a beloved treat in Italy, a staple at markets and in cupboards across the country.” Her favorite spread (that’s also available in the U.S.) is made by Giannetti Artisans — unlike others, she says, it actually tastes of pistachios and isn’t too savory.

For the mom who can’t bear the sight of even one blemish

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
$12
$12

This cult-favorite drying lotion counts Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent and Fire Island’s Tomás Matos as fans. “I’ll apply it at night and when I wake up in the morning, the pimple is definitely flatter,” Matos says.

For the mom who’s diligent about sunscreen

Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens likes that this wide-brimmed cotton sun hat isn’t too precious as to get dirty — it’s something she can “sweat in and fold up and wash easily.”

For the mom who doesn’t have the patience to break in new shoes

For the mom who insists on hand-writing everything

This elegant fountain pen is a favorite of Call Me by Your Name author André Aciman, who calls it “the Volkswagen of pens, with a Jaguar engine.”

For the mom who hates carrying a purse

This sporty fanny pack is just compact enough for her essentials.