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    47 Thoughtful Gifts We Think Your Mom Will Absolutely Adore

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    1. A fill-in-the-blank book ready to hold all the reasons they're the best as an affordable customized gift.

    person holding a book that says "What I love about Mom by me"

    Promising review: "Great quality! Mom LOOOOVED it! I used this with Sharpie pens so it wouldn't smudge. Not sure how regular pen ink would fare. This book, once filled, melted my mom's heart. If you want to make your mom really happy and feel loved, get her one of these!!!" —Anon

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in a variety of styles).

    2. Or a set of letters to mom you can easily split up with your siblings for a *joint gift* because you're thoughtful like that and they're super forgetful like that.

    open book of letters

    Includes 12 fold-and-mail-style envelopes (10 prompted, 2 blank).

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A breakfast sandwich maker so YOU can make breakfast for *you both* instead of lazily dropping hints about wanting some McD's. (Besides, you can drive to get your own McD's.)

    double breakfast sandwich maker open so you can see how things are layered for it

    Makes one to two sandwiches ready in five minutes. Has a timer with audible tone and removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "It is easy to build a great breakfast sandwich with any toppings you want, and it always comes out perfectly. I usually set the timer for four minutes because I like my yolk a little runny, but you can tweak your time as you gain experience. Make sure it is preheated to minimize the mess from the egg (it will leak if the unit is not preheated), spray lightly with cooking spray, and you're off to a great breakfast sandwich." —Rob Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. Family tree wall art in case your mom (like mine) is elbow deep in ancestry research and could benefit from a beautiful way to organize it.

    framed family tree charts filled out with names

    I bought these for my mom a few years ago!

    Get two from Fresh Retro Gallery on Amazon Handmade for $22.35.

    5. Or a DNA testing kit as a jumping off point for diving into your lineage and so many stories.

    the kit

    Simply send in your saliva sample to our lab in the prepaid package, and your report will be ready in around 6–8 weeks. Detailed instructions are included. You can also gift mom with a subscription so she can connect with relatives and dig wayyyy deeper into her background.

    Promising review: "I got this for my mom for Christmas. She had been wanting it for such a long time, being that she didn't know anything about her father other than a name. She submitted the kit by the beginning of January and it matched her to a first cousin. Her cousin confirmed her father's name and was able to point us in the direction of my mother's siblings. By Feb. 2 she found out she had brothers and sisters and was able to communicate with them. This product changed my mom's life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.

    6. An *affordable* framed photo to help capture that moment from Thanksgiving last year when everyone actually smiled and had their eyes open in one take. Oh, and it ships for FREE!

    person holding up a framed pic of two kids standing in a pumpkin patch
    @keepsake / Via

    You can download the app, upload a pic, choose a frame, and have it shipped directly to your mom. My brother and I went halfsies on a Keepsake-framed photo for my parents last month for their anniversary and it turned out great!

    Get one from Keepsake for $25+ (available in a variety of sizes, styles, and frames).

    7. Or go in together for a custom gallery wall to fill up that blank wall in the foyer they keep meaning to decorate with pics from the 10 weddings you all attended last year.


    Seriously, stop trying to piece together your own gallery wall. I've also tried and loved this service! It helped me finally print out a few years of vacation, wedding, and holiday photos to make my apartment feel like home. Each gallery wall shipment comes with a paper format you can tape up to the wall with spots for the included hardware. So you can install it when she's distracted with wrapping some last-minute gifts for a heartfelt reveal without making a bunch of unnecessary holes in the wall.

    Get it from Framebridge for $249+ (available in 23 styles).

    8. A Versed instant resurfacing mask they'll only have to use once a week for some instantly smooth results. You know they'll never take the time to go get a facial. This is a quick and not-so-dirty (it's even cruelty-free!) fix.


    I recently incorporated this mask into my skincare routine. Tbh, some days I'm a skincare angel and double cleanse at night, apply my serum and potions exactly how I know I should, and guzzle lots of water and green tea. Other days I realize at 5 p.m. that I've only been drinking coffee today and then totally fail at wiping off my waterproof mascara before bedtime. Whoops! I give that ~context~ because, yes, skincare can feel like a side gig that pays off with consistency but sometimes I'm just so lazy. Knowing my flip-floppy habits, trust me when I say that this mask is VERY easy to use. I'm on week three of using it on Fridays. It goes on very cool and I've even made the genius discovery that, because you leave it on for two to three minutes, I can use my electric toothbrush while it works its magic! (Please, where is my Nobel Peace Prize?) It washes off very easily, which speaks volumes because I've abandoned many masks because they're hard to wash off. I have rosacea (the flat kind that's harder to treat but easier to cover with makeup) and my skin is a teensy bit redder than normal after. But using it as part of my nighttime routine solves that issue. Immediately after washing it off, my skin feels baby smooth and I catch myself running my hands over my cheeks, enjoying the results. So really, even for the mom who's unconcerned with aesthetics and does the bare minimum when it comes to self-care, you can sell 'em on how it's extremely easy to use and has some results you can feel ASAP.

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    9. A The New York Times Mondays crossword puzzle book so those poor peepers can get a break from screens.

    the book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69 (also available in Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).

    10. A crochet beanie kit for the mom who says "I don't need anything." With this kit they can DIY her own gift and know that 20% of its proceeds go to charity!

    the kit creator Jonah wearing his crochet beanie
    We Are Knitters

    This We Are Knitters x Jonah's Hands beanie was designed exclusively by this 11-year-old crochet prodigy. 20% of its sales will be donated to Roots Ethiopia, a charity that "partners with communities in Ethiopia to turn local ideas into lasting change."

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $60.

    11. A gift subscription to Acorn for the Anglophile mom who can't get enough British TV shows. And Australian ones, too!

    Acorn TV

    My mom and I ADORE watching British mystery shows and we just started watching Agatha Raisin (seen here), starring Ashley Jensen (who I already knew and loved from Catastrophe, which you can watch on Amazon Prime)! This will be like treating your mom to coffee once a month, but so much more satisfying.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95 a month.

    12. And a companion Midsomer Murders shirt that same mom's gonna love. Mine did!

    mannequin wearing a shirt that has John Nettles from Midsomer Murders on the shirt
    Retro Cult Tshirts / Etsy

    Get it from Retro Cult T-shirts on Etsy for $17.80+ (available in men's sizes XS–5XL and women's sizes 8–18).

    13. A bath bomb set for making the guest bathroom feel like a spa. Plus the packaging means that, tbh, you don't really have to wrap it. Presentation!

    gift box of bath bombs

    Get them from Amazon for $14.68.

    14. A Fire tablet with Alexa and your online library password so they won't have to complain about how they're "running out of books to read at the library" — which is a thing my mom said. And it was the truth!

    person sitting on couch holding the tablet easily in one hand

    With this beaut, you can complete tasks, enjoy movies on the go, browse recipes, or ask Alexa for the weather.

    Promising review: "Was a gift for my Mom (73 years old). Screen is perfect size for her to watch movies and read books. Very lightweight. Easy for her to navigate. Got her a pair of Bluetooth headphones, she was able to pair them to the tablet herself." —Sexy Puppies Design Studio

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in two memory sizes and four colors).

    15. A customizable family cookbook to make it easier to keep up with those heirloom recipes that taste better than anything you could ever get in a restaurant.

    the cover and then the open book with a photo pasted in there of the dish and a written recipe
    Uncommon Goods

    Do the grunt work of filling out the recipe book from the start as an even sweeter gift!

    Get it from Amazon for $28.75 or Uncommon Goods for $30.

    16. Or a custom photo book you can build with images of original recipe cards and family holidays past. And because you build it online, you can make lots and lots of copies to share!

    various photo books
    @shutterfly / Via

    My uncle did this a few years ago for our family with my Grandma's prized family recipes he scanned and uploaded as pics. Now it lives with my mom's cookbooks and she refers to it for family meals. (We miss Grandma Lilly dearly and she did *not* mess around when it came to good eats and clean plates. So this is a gift she definitely would've loved.) A few years before that I made a vacation photos book for my parents through Shutterfly and they thought it was wonderful!

    Get it from Shutterfly for $9.99+ (several book making options available, so you can get as creative or as minimalist as you'd like).

    17. Plus! A custom kitchen towel with a print of a handwritten family recipe as something to constantly leave out as a nice reminder!

    white kitchen towel with written recipe on it
    Flatlands Boutique / Etsy

    Get it from Flatlands Boutique on Etsy for $12.50.

    18. A puzzle plateau for working on a new puzzle as they pleases instead of waiting for a lull when no one's using the dining room table for a few days.

    tabletop with drawers that pull out in separated groups of puzzle pieces

    Measures at 21"x29" and fits most 1000 pieces puzzles (puzzle sizes may vary).

    Get it from Amazon for $69.98. Also check out a puzzle roll.

    19. Or a 750-piece scenic puzzle to give them a fresh view for their problem-solving ways.

    scenic mountain and lake picture on a puzzle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    20. A *very cool* roomy tote that, yes, they can pull off while throwing most everything they could possibly need for the day. Even their current read!

    cognac brown tote bag with a crossbody strap and fringe accent
    Parker Clay

    Get it from Parker Clay for $198 (available in three colors).

    I own this tote bag from this brand and it is TOUGH. Its longer-than-normal tote bag shape means I can put my 13-inch MacBook Air in it, along with other daily essentials. Plus, it's some serious compliment-bait!

    21. Or a cross-body that'll fit folks with all sorts of styles, especially mom whose complained about shoulder pain ::looks in the direction of that purse packed to the gills:.

    model wearing light pink rectangle shape crossbody bag
    All Saints

    Get it from All Saints for $198 (available in four colors).

    22. A box of British chocolate you can graciously offer yourself up as tribute to help polish off.


    Comes with one Curly Wurly, one Picnic, one Twirl, one Starbar, one Crunchie, one Wispa, one Dairy Milk Caramel, one Double Decker, one Dairy Milk, and one Flake.

    Promising review: "Just received several days ahead of estimated delivery which was very nice. All the chocolates/candy are very freshly dated and were protected by the packaging. The box itself was a bit dented but everything inside was perfect. I am very happy with this purchase. Several years ago, I went to a local British store and bought about $40 worth of candy for a British vs. American 'taste-off' for the kids, (we would read a book and then try to eat meals/snacks like the characters for a new experience). This was so much less expensive and I saved myself the two hour round-trip drive. Can't wait to show the kids and remind them of that taste-off picnic!" —dp

    Get them from Amazon for $14.94.

    23. A custom necklace with longitude numbers representing where you and your siblings live to remind them that distance is just a number.

    White Lilie Designs / Etsy

    Get it from White Lilie Designs on Etsy for $42.95+ (available in two metals).

    24. A pet odor-neutralizing candle so they won't have to buy stock in air freshener to keep the house smelling nice despite YOUR dog YOU insisted on adopting who now lives with your parents.

    the candle

    Who amongst us is not guilty? Read my full review of Pet House candles. (I'm obsessed!)

    Promising review: "Hands down, the best candle out there. Fills your home with such a lovely scent. I always get compliments from visitors. I have two dogs but would buy this candle if I didn’t have pets. That’s just how lovely the scent of this candle is. My favorite is Mandarin Sage." —Anadew

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 20 scents).

    25. A custom print to remind them of your special bond, even if you don't live around the block.

    framed print of U.S. map with a line between two locations that are marked with hearts
    Emma & The Bean / Etsy

    Get it from Emma & The Bean on Etsy for $22.50+ (available in six relationships and two map types).

    26. A ~tasteful~ frame that'll make that adorably awkward childhood pic of you that much more appealing because you can't time travel to tell yourself to NOT cut your bangs yourself.

    rose gold geometric frame

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in four sizes and four finishes).

    27. Or a digital photo frame with ~unlimited storage~ you can help top off with family pics so she they can take it out of the box g2g.


    Works with iPhone or Android. Facial recognition software via the Aura app identifies your closet relationships and sends photos to your frame automatically. The frame works vertically or horizontally.

    Get it from Amazon for $194.99+ (available in two frame colors).

    28. A snazzy new electric toothbrush set you can also gift with a subscription for replacement heads and whitening strips. You know they've been mulling over an electric toothbrush a while now but other models have felt too rich for their blood.

    Burst Oral Care / Via, Burst Oral Care

    Did someone just say sibling gift? This Burst Oral Care electric toothbrush that has charcoal bristles, three brushing modes, a long-lasting lithium battery, 33k sonic vibrations per minute, PLUS a lifetime warranty. The set also includes a USB wall adapter, USB charging base, and travel case.

    Promising review (for the brush): "I got my first Burst a few weeks ago...I honestly purchased it because it came in Matte Black and was able to sit on my bathroom counter without a cord - very important. After the first use I felt like I had just gotten my teeth cleaned and the quadrant timer makes sure you spend the right amount of time on your teeth:)" —Kenneth

    Promising review (for the whitening strips): "This is the best product for whitening OUT THERE! I’ve been recommending these strips to EVERYONE! Serious life changer, I’ve tried all the charcoal powders, chews, and pastes out there, nothing works like these! Pure MAGIC! And to have no sensitively after use is wonderful!!" —Sklya-Mae

    Get it from Burst Oral Care for $69.99+ (also available black or white).

    29. A custom family portrait that'll amp up that old pic you recently dug out of a photo storage box.

    family portrait edited to add in colorful African prints
    Frequency Of Love / Etsy

    BTW, Frequency of Love is a Black-owned biz based in the UK!

    Get it from Frequency Of Love on Etsy for $139.

    30. A Clinique makeup-removing kit as a gentle intro to how easy it CAN be. After all, how many times have you lamented over the phone about thinking you got every last bit of waterproof mascara to wake up to streaks on your pillowcase. (Oh hey, and it's cheap enough to buy one for yourself!)

    the set

    Includes Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (1oz/30ml), Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips (1oz/30ml), and Micellar Cleansing Towelettes For Face & Eyes (50-pack).

    Get it from Clinique for $25.

    31. A toasty scarf to express their love for classic literature because no matter how many times you watch Colin Firth in a wet T-shirt contest together, this is (unfortunately) the closest either one of you is getting to a nuzzle from Darcy.

    mannequin with a loop scarf with text printed on it
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48 (available in Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, and Sense and Sensibility).

    32. A tea discovery subscription box as a reminder to practice a little self-care.

    person holding an open box full of various tea bags
    Sips By

    Get it from Sips By for $45+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month gift subscriptions).

    33. A gorgeous kettle with a cool-touch handle so they don't have to worry about tracking down an oven mitt when the water's ready for tea.

    black and gold tone accents on kettle

    Promising review: "My husband and I enjoy a cup of tea before bed and we have several tea drinking friends. When i saw this tea kettle online and ordered it, I hoped it would arrive as a sturdy product. I was NOT disappointed. This kettle is handsome and looks lovely on my black stovetop. One caveat, though. After filling it, make sure the lid is on tight or it will not whistle. This is not a defect, though, just common sense." —Bonnie

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in white and red).

    34. A tea drops sampler, aka an impressive set of loose-leaf tea molded into fun shapes that are sure to impress.

    the gift box plus the tea drops in different shapes like flowers and hearts

    Promising review: "I bought these for my mom as a stocking stuffer. She’s not a huge tea drinker but I know she drinks it on occasion and wanted to get something fun that would let her try a couple different kinds of tea. She ended up loving these, to the point that it triggered a new love of tea, which she has used as a healthy lifestyle change. Great little product for people who like tea but aren’t tea aficionados. They are super convenient and don’t require you to have tea leaf strainers. Definitely recommend as a fun gift." —Kae Johnson

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    35. Personalized family mugs that'll make them feel all warm and toasty inside while you catch up on the phone.

    four coffee mugs with cartoons and names on them
    Uncommon Goods

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $30+.

    36. And a five-pack of adorable coffee spoons they can use to stir in the good stuff to get their java to the perfect color and taste.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    37. A Rosetta Stone subscription so you can both brush up on your Italian before you hit up the Amalfi coast in summer 2022.

    the Rosetta Stone app shown on two phones
    Rosetta Stone

    Check out pricing on Rosetta Stone (varies by package, language).

    38. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot because they've dedicated a whole Pinterest board to Instant Pot recipes (and sent you the link), so they'll finally be able to put them to use! Maybe you'll even get to savor the noms.

    Open instant pot with pulled pork in it

    Uses include a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Features 14 smart programs, like soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, sauté/simmer, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt, manual, and pressure cook. Unconvinced? Read why one BuzzFeeder loves it.

    Promising review: "I love this machine. I got it as a Christmas gift to myself and it's the best money I've ever spent. I'm on an elimination diet for my autoimmune disease. It means that I have to cook all my food myself. I CANNOT eat out. That is a huge amount of time and prep and work. This little machine is a lifesaver. There's a bit of a learning curve figuring out how long things need to go, and how to adapt recipes from slow cookers and oven braising to work under pressure, but once you figure it out, it's such a huge time-saver. Plus it does so many different things. Such a time saver, and so delicious." —CelesteEden

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes).

    39. A 32-pack of Lululun moisturizing skin masks that can be used over the course of the month, or however their schedule allows! Mom, welcome to the no-rinsing mask club!

    box of sheet masks

    Promising review: "Very moisturizing and easy to use. I use them several times a week." —Amy

    Get them from Skinstore for $18.75.

    40. A Book of the Month subscription – it can keep them filled with all sorts of literary tomes they may pass on to you after they've read them so you can discuss. (Fingers crossed!)

    five books
    @bookofthemonth / Via

    The recipient gets a gorgeous gift card with a custom note. Then they can pick one of five books available for each month and even skip a month if they're super busy then. So you don't have to sweat selecting the book they've love.

    Get a three-month gift subscription from Book of the Month for $44.99.

    41. A 2-in-1 folding knife with a set of replacement blades because they don't have the time to worry about buying a replacement knife.

    the knife, carrying bag, replacement knife blades

    Get it from Cabela's for $54.97 (also available in black).

    42. A nutcracker sweatshirt because their appetite for collecting nutcrackers is insatiable but there's only so much room in the attic.

    green sweatshirt with black nutcrackers on it
    The Trinigee / Etsy

    This is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop with tons and tons of wearable masterpieces that, tbh, you can use to satisfy your gift list for the whole family.

    Get it from The Trinigee on Etsy for $35+ (available in sizes S–3XL).

    43. Blue-light-blocking glasses they'll look so good in, they'll forget they're wearing them when they're not staring at their laptop.

    Promising review: "I have been looking for some blue-light-blocking glasses. I work on my computer doing designs many hours a day and have started getting headaches. I don’t have bad vision so my doctor suggested these. I am so impressed with the presentation of them. They are very nicely packaged and come in a box and then in protective bags. They are so cute (love the brown printed ones) and light weight. I am honestly so shocked at how much blue light is actually blocked. My husband is using the other pair for reading on his phone so this was a 2-for-1 kinda deal for us! Highly recommend." —Thomas

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $19.98 (available in four color combos).

    44. A desk name plate that'll spell it out for anyone who's unsure of their official title.

    name plate for desk that says "head honcho"

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    45. A custom Starbucks cup to keep in the car for THE extremely important morning caffeine ritual.

    stack of customized Starbucks style reusable cups

    Get it from Caffeine and Wine on Amazon Handmade for $18.99.

    46. And a compact jewelry storage box they can use to organize the gifts of the past and throw in their bag, easy-peasy.

    compact square zip-open jewelry organizer with small compartments within

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six colors).

    47. And to top off your gift, a sewing tin sticker as a throwback to all the times you got excited about cookies, only to open up that tin to a wave of disappointment.

    stickers that look like cookie tins used as sewing kits
    Fanesha Fabre Art / Etsy

    Get it from Fanesha Fabre Art on Etsy for $1.70 (also check out a matching cookie tin enamel bowl).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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