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19 Great Gifts For Practical Moms Who Are Hard To Shop For

Give her something she'll actually love and use.

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Choosing Mother's Day gifts is always hard for me — because my mom doesn't really like jewelry or perfume or flowers, and I think we're past the point where I can get away with giving her a photo of me glued to a construction paper flower.

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If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are a bunch of tried-and-true gifts that I've given to my extremely hard to shop for mom and grandma over the years:

1. A good looking lunch box.

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Get them all on Amazon — the Mier (comes in three colors) for $17.55, the Baloray (comes in three colors) for $8.99, the Hango for $21.99 (for a set that contains two sizes).

2. Or some beeswax wrap.

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Mom, if you're reading this, stop now.

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Everyone else...hello.

I am actually getting my mom some of this dope beeswax wrap for her birthday in June! It's great.

Get it from Amazon — a three-pack of the yellow (which I have and love) for $18, or a three-pack of the produce print for $17.95.

3. A squatty potty.

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I bought my mom a Squatty Potty for Christmas a few years ago. Don't @ me.

Get them from Amazon — white plastic for $24.99, teak for $59.99, bamboo for $72.57, or a travel one for $29.99. (GET YOUR MOM THE FANCY BAMBOO ONE, YOU MONSTER! JK, it's your money and you know your mom best, so do whatever you want.)

4. Or, depending on your family's comfort levels with this sort of thing, a bidet is another option.

Maaaaaaaybe don't make her open it at brunch though???Buy this one (a bestseller that BuzzFeed readers LOVE!) from Amazon for $34.75.
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Maaaaaaaybe don't make her open it at brunch though???

Buy this one (a bestseller that BuzzFeed readers LOVE!) from Amazon for $34.75.

5. A neck, back, and shoulder massager.

Getting her a massage gift certificate is nice...but a massager is more practical because she can use it again and again. This one has great reviews and a B on Fakespot, and my BFF swears by it.Get it from Amazon for $39.95.
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Getting her a massage gift certificate is nice...but a massager is more practical because she can use it again and again. This one has great reviews and a B on Fakespot, and my BFF swears by it.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

6. Or a tension-melting acupressure mat.

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I have the gray one, and it's great; meanwhile, my coworker Terri loves the green one.

Get the gray for $25.99 (available in seven colors).

7. A pair of smart plugs.

And then go ahead and set them up for her — not because she's old and can't figure out modern technology , but because smart plugs are a teeny bit fussy (I have them, from two different brands, and it's just how it is) and it's nice for her to not have to worry about it. (And also because that's always a nice thing to do when you get someone a gift!)Get them from Amazon for $19.32 each.
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And then go ahead and set them up for her — not because she's old and can't figure out modern technology , but because smart plugs are a teeny bit fussy (I have them, from two different brands, and it's just how it is) and it's nice for her to not have to worry about it. (And also because that's always a nice thing to do when you get someone a gift!)

Get them from Amazon for $19.32 each.

8. A new pillow.

I'm a huge fan of giving bed-related gifts/upgrading people's bedding, because it's something they often forget to do for themselves. Like, my mom recently bought a new mattress, for the first time in almost 20 years. TWENTY YEARS! MOM!!!!! WYD???? Anyway, the "Snuggle-Pedic" one pictured above has nearly 11,000 Amazon reviews, a 4.5-star rating, and a B on Fakespot. Get it from Amazon for $49.99.
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I'm a huge fan of giving bed-related gifts/upgrading people's bedding, because it's something they often forget to do for themselves. Like, my mom recently bought a new mattress, for the first time in almost 20 years. TWENTY YEARS! MOM!!!!! WYD????

Anyway, the "Snuggle-Pedic" one pictured above has nearly 11,000 Amazon reviews, a 4.5-star rating, and a B on Fakespot.

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

9. Just a really, really good umbrella.

Nearly 5,000 Amazon customers approve of this lil' one. (So do my cowokers and I! We all own it and love it!) Get it from Amazon for $23.95.
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Nearly 5,000 Amazon customers approve of this lil' one. (So do my cowokers and I! We all own it and love it!)

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

10. A portable phone charger.

This one has nearly 14,000 positive reviews (and a B on Fakespot), and it can charge an iPhone 5.5 times on a single charge. Get it on Amazon in white or black for $32.99.
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This one has nearly 14,000 positive reviews (and a B on Fakespot), and it can charge an iPhone 5.5 times on a single charge.

Get it on Amazon in white or black for $32.99.

11. And a a 6-ft. charger to seal the deal.

Get the extra-long iPhone charger from Amazon for $12.99.
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Get the extra-long iPhone charger from Amazon for $12.99.

12. Reusable bags for foodstuffs.

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Again: SO practical! I actually just added the silicone storage bags to my cart to order some for my mom.

Get them all from Amazon — a set of four silicone storage bags for $14.58; a set of five produce bags for $10.97; or a set of nine produce bags (in varying sizes) for $13.97.

13. A smart butter saver.

Does your mom have a cut-off stick of butter in the door of her fridge? Like my mother, and her mother before her? Get this little cap for it from Amazon for $5.99.
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Does your mom have a cut-off stick of butter in the door of her fridge? Like my mother, and her mother before her? Get this little cap for it from Amazon for $5.99.

14. A pair of cushy knee pads.

I have these and swear by them! Read more about why knee pads are so useful for anyone who gardens, does chores, or does any sort of DIY here, and then grab these for $24.99.
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I have these and swear by them! Read more about why knee pads are so useful for anyone who gardens, does chores, or does any sort of DIY here, and then grab these for $24.99.

15. A new shower cap.

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This shower cap isn't cheap, but it's beautiful, and as someone who wears a shower cap for most showers, I can tell you that it's incredibly practical and worth every penny. It also makes me feel like a queen.

Get it for $43 from Sephora or Bloomingdale's (available in 12 colors/patterns).

16. An incredibly practical book.

Even if your mom is some sort of Home Ec wizard, this book is pretty incred and I recommend it to everyone.See more: This Modern Home Ec Book Will Stop People From Asking, "You Live Like This???"Get it from Amazon $16.93, Barnes & Noble for $18.31, or a local bookstore through IndieBound.
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Even if your mom is some sort of Home Ec wizard, this book is pretty incred and I recommend it to everyone.

See more: This Modern Home Ec Book Will Stop People From Asking, "You Live Like This???"

Get it from Amazon $16.93, Barnes & Noble for $18.31, or a local bookstore through IndieBound.

17. A sunrise alarm clock.

It emits gentle light starting well before your actual wake-up time to slooooooowly ease you out of sleep, and is great for anyone who Not A Morning Person. Get it from Amazon for $89.99.
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It emits gentle light starting well before your actual wake-up time to slooooooowly ease you out of sleep, and is great for anyone who Not A Morning Person.

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

18. A cold brew coffee maker.

It's super easy to use and such a nice way to upgrade her coffee. I've had this particular one for seven years and it's never let me down. Get it on Amazon for $34.95.And, if she doesn't already have one, you could give her an electric coffee grinder. Get a highly-rated one from Amazon for $18.22.
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It's super easy to use and such a nice way to upgrade her coffee. I've had this particular one for seven years and it's never let me down.

Get it on Amazon for $34.95.

And, if she doesn't already have one, you could give her an electric coffee grinder. Get a highly-rated one from Amazon for $18.22.

19. And an electric toothbrush.

I love my Quip — read my full review of it here!Get the plastic Quip for $30 (comes in two colors), or the metal one for $45 (comes in four colors).
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I love my Quip — read my full review of it here!

Get the plastic Quip for $30 (comes in two colors), or the metal one for $45 (comes in four colors).