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28 Thoughtful Gifts Your Mom Will Absolutely Adore

Gifts that show your utmost appreciation, like a smart photo frame, puzzle with a hidden message, family cookbook you can personalize, and lots more! The products in this post were updated in February 2018.

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1. A sweet lil' fill-in-the-blank book where you can write all the reasons she's the best. Cue the waterworks.

Promising review: "I saw this and just knew I HAD to buy it! My mom is my best friend and to get a chance to leave some really sweet and loving notes and then some really funny make her laugh out loud notes I had to buy this book! She loves this gift so much! It made her laugh, and get emotional, too! She loved the cute, creative look of it! This was the best gift I've gotten her in a while." —Sarah SmithGet it from Amazon for $13.99.
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Promising review: "I saw this and just knew I HAD to buy it! My mom is my best friend and to get a chance to leave some really sweet and loving notes and then some really funny make her laugh out loud notes I had to buy this book! She loves this gift so much! It made her laugh, and get emotional, too! She loved the cute, creative look of it! This was the best gift I've gotten her in a while." —Sarah Smith

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

2. Or a set of letters to mom to easily split up with your siblings for a *joint gift*.

Includes 12 fold-and-mail-style envelopes (10 prompted, 2 blank).Get them from Amazon for $6.45 or Walmart for $6.45.
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Includes 12 fold-and-mail-style envelopes (10 prompted, 2 blank).

Get them from Amazon for $6.45 or Walmart for $6.45.

3. An ~affordable~ custom-framed photo that'll be criminally easy to handle by uploading digitally or sending in via mail. (Perf op for that vintage pic of your great grandparents, huh?)

Get it from Framebridge for $39+.
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Get it from Framebridge for $39+.

4. A breakfast sandwich maker so YOU can make breakfast for once instead of lazily dropping hints about wanting some McD's.

Makes 1 to 2 sandwiches ready in 5 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 CooperGet it from Amazon for $34.12, Jet for $34.49, or Walmart for $34.49.
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Makes 1 to 2 sandwiches ready in 5 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 $34.12, Jet for $34.49, or Walmart for $34.49.

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

Buffalo Pictures

You mom is going to looooooove curmudgeonly Doc Martin! Midsomer Murders has lots of crime solving in picturesque villages. The Heart Guy fulfills all the hot doctor needs. Also, you can compare yourself to Miranda next time she asks about your dating life! (Don't worry, it turns out pretty swell for Miranda. But you and your mom have to watch and find that out for yourself!)

Get it from Amazon for $4.99 a month.

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

Has up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes. Works with Kindle eBook and apps like Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more!Promising review: "Bought this for my 83-year-old Mom as her last one (which she uses constantly) stopped holding a charge. I think she put the charger in a little too often and maybe not as straight as it should have been. This one is larger than the last, but is thinner and lighter. I will probably have to get myself a new one, too! I like that Alexa is available as well as a camera...although Mom won't use either!" —Connie L. MintonGet it from Amazon for $79.99+ (two storage sizes and four colors).
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Has up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes. Works with Kindle eBook and apps like Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more!

Promising review: "Bought this for my 83-year-old Mom as her last one (which she uses constantly) stopped holding a charge. I think she put the charger in a little too often and maybe not as straight as it should have been. This one is larger than the last, but is thinner and lighter. I will probably have to get myself a new one, too! I like that Alexa is available as well as a camera...although Mom won't use either!" —Connie L. Minton

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (two storage sizes and four colors).

7. 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.

Do the grunt work of filling out the recipe book from the start as an even sweeter gift!Promising review: "We gave it to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day and she was thrilled. We can't wait 'til our next visit so we can start teaching our children their dad's favorite dishes! LOVE that we can tie it into quality time/making memories with Grandma." —MaryGet it from Amazon for $30 or Uncommon Goods for $35.
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Do the grunt work of filling out the recipe book from the start as an even sweeter gift!

Promising review: "We gave it to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day and she was thrilled. We can't wait 'til our next visit so we can start teaching our children their dad's favorite dishes! LOVE that we can tie it into quality time/making memories with Grandma." —Mary

Get it from Amazon for $30 or Uncommon Goods for $35.

8. A puzzle plateau for working on a new puzzle as she pleases instead of waiting for a lull when she won't be using the dining room table for a few days.

Measures at 21"x29" and fits most 1000 pieces puzzles (puzzle sizes may vary).Promising review: "Very sturdy and easy to move around without messing up your progress. Slides right under the couch when kids come over for a visit!" —janelle j mansfieldGet it from Amazon for $59.98.Have less storage room? Get a puzzle roll instead.
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Measures at 21"x29" and fits most 1000 pieces puzzles (puzzle sizes may vary).

Promising review: "Very sturdy and easy to move around without messing up your progress. Slides right under the couch when kids come over for a visit!" —janelle j mansfield

Get it from Amazon for $59.98.

Have less storage room? Get a puzzle roll instead.

9. Or a scenic puzzle with a sweet message in case she's into the idea of puzzles, but not really the 1000 piece ones.

Get it from ModCloth for $9.99.
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Get it from ModCloth for $9.99.

10. A 12-cup drip coffee maker the coffee-loving mom may make her increase her daily habit because its wide-mouth carafe is sooooo easy to clean.

My mom owns this and it's life-changing! The large capacity carafe is double-walled and vacuum-sealed to keep your coffee at optimal drinking temperature for hours. But really. It does!Get it from Jet for $48.84.
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My mom owns this and it's life-changing! The large capacity carafe is double-walled and vacuum-sealed to keep your coffee at optimal drinking temperature for hours. But really. It does!

Get it from Jet for $48.84.

11. A bath subscription box packed with salts and essential oils to make the guest bathroom feel like a spa.

Get it from CrateJoy for $29.95+ a month.
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Get it from CrateJoy for $29.95+ a month.

12. A Rent The Runway gift card so she'll have a gorgeous designer dress at her disposal for a special event or perhaps a chic cape *just because*.

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Get gift cards from Rent The Runway for $50+.

Rent this dress for $30+ (retail $169) and this cape for $120 (retail $650).

13. A custom bangle with longitude numbers representing where you and your siblings live to remind her that distance is just a number.

Get it from White Lilie Designs on Etsy for $14.40+ (available in two materials, up to six discs).
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Get it from White Lilie Designs on Etsy for $14.40+ (available in two materials, up to six discs).

14. A pet odor–neutralizing candle so she 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 her.

Who amongst us is not guilty? Read my full review here. (I'm obsessed!)Promising review: "I do love this candle. I like the smell and the container. I have two pets and this throws the right amount of fragrance into our kitchen and dining area where our pets often hang out. Frankly, I would buy this candle even if I did not own a pet. I have given it as a gift and the recipient also loves the smell. We have Fresh Citrus and Mandarin Sage varieties." —LMcQGet it from Amazon for $21.95 (17 scents).
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Who amongst us is not guilty? Read my full review here. (I'm obsessed!)

Promising review: "I do love this candle. I like the smell and the container. I have two pets and this throws the right amount of fragrance into our kitchen and dining area where our pets often hang out. Frankly, I would buy this candle even if I did not own a pet. I have given it as a gift and the recipient also loves the smell. We have Fresh Citrus and Mandarin Sage varieties." —LMcQ

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (17 scents).

15. A custom photo book — it'll *easily* corral all the cutest grandkids pics from this year. They grow up sooooo fast!

Get one from Snapfish for $19.99+.
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Get one from Snapfish for $19.99+.

16. A ~tasteful~ frame to 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.

Get it from Nordstrom for $35 (two colors).
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Get it from Nordstrom for $35 (two colors).

17. Or a digital photo frame with ~unlimited storage~ so mom doesn't have to make tough decisions about which photos to frame.

Requires downloading the Aura Frame app, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Currently compatible with Android, iPhone 4s and above, iPad 3rd generation and above, iPod Touch 5th generation and above (iOS 9+ required for all iOS devices).Get it from Amazon for $299 (two colors).
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Requires downloading the Aura Frame app, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Currently compatible with Android, iPhone 4s and above, iPad 3rd generation and above, iPod Touch 5th generation and above (iOS 9+ required for all iOS devices).

Get it from Amazon for $299 (two colors).

18. A loose tea subscription box as a periodic way to take a little time for herself.

And make her promise she'll enjoy it by herself! Sorry, no sharing!Get it from CrateJoy for $9+ a month (available in classic and decaf).
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And make her promise she'll enjoy it by herself! Sorry, no sharing!

Get it from CrateJoy for $9+ a month (available in classic and decaf).

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

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 here.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." —CelesteEdenGet it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).
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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 here.

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 $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

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

Get it from Emma & The Bean on Etsy for $20.
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Get it from Emma & The Bean on Etsy for $20.

21. A set of family mugs so your likeness can be sipping tea with mom while you're spilling tea on the phone.

Get them from Uncommon Goods for $30+.
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Get them from Uncommon Goods for $30+.

22. A tassel earring kit for the mom who adores some statement jewelry so she can build her own look to perfectly match that sweater she's going to wear next Tuesday.

Includes tassels that easily hook on and off with enough pieces to put together over 100 earring pairs. This gift set arrives in a ready to gift box, so basically you have to do zero work with this pick!Get it from Bauble Bar for $42 (originally $248).
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Includes tassels that easily hook on and off with enough pieces to put together over 100 earring pairs. This gift set arrives in a ready to gift box, so basically you have to do zero work with this pick!

Get it from Bauble Bar for $42 (originally $248).

23. A DNA testing kit — aka one of Oprah's favorite things this year — to open up doors to all kinds of information about your lineage.

Get a detailed breakdown of your ancestry from 31 populations worldwide and find and connect with new relatives from around the world. Provide a saliva sample using our at-home kit and send it back for results ready in about 6-8 weeks. You can upgrade to add health reports for an extra cost.Get it from Amazon for $99.
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Get a detailed breakdown of your ancestry from 31 populations worldwide and find and connect with new relatives from around the world. Provide a saliva sample using our at-home kit and send it back for results ready in about 6-8 weeks. You can upgrade to add health reports for an extra cost.

Get it from Amazon for $99.

24. Or a family tree map in case your mom (like mine) is already elbow deep in ancestry research and could benefit from a beautiful way to organize it.

I bought this for my mom for her birthday and she LOVED it. Measures at 22.5"x33.5" and sized for a 2’x3’ frame. Printed on high-quality parchment paper, displays up to 511 names with the 8 closest paternal lines shaded for reference and convenience in identifying your progress. Promising review: "As an amateur genealogist, I found this family chart to be easy to fill in and easy to read. This fan view of a family tree makes it easier to follow a lineage." —Christine MosierGet it from Amazon for $14.95.
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I bought this for my mom for her birthday and she LOVED it. Measures at 22.5"x33.5" and sized for a 2’x3’ frame. Printed on high-quality parchment paper, displays up to 511 names with the 8 closest paternal lines shaded for reference and convenience in identifying your progress.

Promising review: "As an amateur genealogist, I found this family chart to be easy to fill in and easy to read. This fan view of a family tree makes it easier to follow a lineage." —Christine Mosier

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

25. A house cleaning sesh so she'll take it easy while someone else makes the floor spotless.

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Get local rates from Amazon here.

26. A sassy name plaque she can park on her desk and point to when someone comes into her office asking a dumb question.

Get it from Lasercrafting on Etsy for $14.95.
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Get it from Lasercrafting on Etsy for $14.95.

27. A toasty way to express her love for classic literature because no matter how many times you watch Colin Firth in a wet T-shirt contest together, this is the closest she's getting to a nuzzle from Darcy.

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

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48 (also available in a lightweight version).

28. A custom photo fleece blanket she'll snuggle up with while watching a scary movie so it's like you're there screaming at all the jump scares together.

Get it from Shutterfly for $69.99+ (available in several materials, formats).
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Get it from Shutterfly for $69.99+ (available in several materials, formats).

When you and your mom both agree that you did an excellent job on her gift this year:

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