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Ask Chris Black: Gift Ideas for Moms Who Do It All, But ‘Want Nothing’?

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If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, those things can be easy enough to find. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I would love some recommendations for what to get the mom who deserves it all, but “wants nothing.”

Mothers are the best and deserve lavish gifts and long pricey brunches at five-star hotels on Mother’s Day. But that probably ain’t happening this year! Still, there are ways to make this Mother’s Day (that’s May 10) memorable, even if you’re forced to spend it apart.

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Everyone, especially moms, loves something that smells good. Help wean your No. 1 lady off of Glade Plug-Ins and Yankee Candles with something a little more advanced, like Portable Fireplace from cult favorite D.S. & Durga. It will make the house smell nice and cozy. (From Saks, orders will ship no later than May 2, according to the company).

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Give her the gift of comfortable, chic pants. This pair of easy, cropped trousers from Pleats Please by Issey Miyake can be dressed up or down — either way, they’ll elevate her sheltering-in-place style. And, if properly cared for, she will have them forever.

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Maybe your mom, like my mom, loves to go for a brisk (properly distanced) walk with friends. This Tory Sport color-block track jacket would be perfect to throw on for a stroll or to run an essential errand. Plus, it appears to be Anna Wintour–approved.

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If mom just discovered CBD (or is the type who’d enjoy discovering CBD), get her a bag of muscle soak from Weed Sport. It’s a careful combo of mineral-rich healing salts with essential oils and hemp-derived CBD. She will be so relaxed that she will forget to nag you!

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Maybe you have a “cool” mom? If so, she would appreciate this one of artist Peter Shire’s handmade mugs. She can enjoy a delicious espresso in it while watching Kathy and Hoda in the morning.