Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be incredibly difficult to come up with an amazing gift, especially for someone you cherish like no one else. There as many different Christmas gift ideas for mom as there are different kinds of moms and you want to be sure you not only find something she loves but something she’ll actually use and enjoy as well.
I’ve curated a list of some gift ideas that might be the perfect match for your mom or any special woman in your life. Under each category, I’ve included my favorite picks for your gifts this year and where possible, recommended items that I have personally used. Whether you use these ideas this year or you keep them in your back pocket for other upcoming gift exchanges, I think you’ll find this list saves you considerable time and frustration!
Christmas Gift Ideas For Mom
Let’s face it, even when moms set out to pamper themselves, how often are they running around doing dishes, laundry, cleaning, working, or tending to the family before and after their special time? While it isn’t always feasible to send mom to the spa for a getaway, there are lots of fantastic options that can help encourage her to take some time to herself, even in the middle of a hectic week.
Cushy robes and cute fuzzy slippers help set the scene for relaxing, especially coupled with an at-home pedicure setup. Think foot baths, bath bombs or nail polishes shades from the new season or those without all the nasty chemicals – all can help brighten up her pedicure rotation. Coupled with fresh files, cuticle oils, and new nail tools, mom will be set. You can also find at home gel nail kits that make easy and long-lasting nail treatments anytime.
Luxury beauty items such as face serums, hair oils, hand lotions or other special at-home beauty treatments mom might not splurge on for herself can not only make her feel loved, but they can make her feel better too. At times it can be difficult to figure out which products are worth the investment so check out actual customer reviews and ratings by beauty product gurus such as Allure.
Mom Needs Sleep
There is nothing more women complain about than not getting enough sleep. Mom or Wife, she works HARD and having a full nights sleep on a great mattress, sheets, and a smart pillow can make the world of difference for her personal and business life. I spent a lot of years on a bad mattress and there is nothing worse than waking up with a back ache, headache, neck ache, to start your day off on the wrong foot. The first mattress I have owned (provided by Protect-A-Bed) in 8 years that has NOT hurt my body is the Sleep 500 12-Inch Hybrid Memory Foam mattress. To be honest, because the price point was so reasonable I thought no way in heck it would be as good as a recognizable name mattress. I have owned an iComfort, Sleep number and Temperpedic and without a doubt, this is the first mattress that I have loved every day since I got it. Normally I do not share mattresses early so I have spent over 60 days on it before I am bringing it up and I have not had ONE back crack since. My husband with arthritis is doing great as well.
It’s a Christmas Miracle!
At One with Nature
Maybe mom is more likely to have her hands in the soil than tied up with beauty treatments – if so, there are lots of options for nurturing mom’s natural side. Gardeners will appreciate well-fitted and breathable work gloves, new tools, special plants or coveted seeds.
There are also lots of different magazine subscriptions that can tap into mom’s specific nature hobby or interest – magazine subscriptions are incredibly practical gifts for those with unique tastes or interests. Plus, they get to think of you and your gift all year!
For the mega-mom readers out there, it can be tricky to find gifts. Reading selections are usually highly personal, and books are a huge time commitment making it hard to find just the right book. However there are lots of different kinds of reading accessories that can help support any book obsession.
Obviously, if mom hasn’t checked out an e-book reader, there are lots of affordable options. While many diehards resisted e-book readers, the quality today makes them a viable option no matter how much mom might love the feel of pages in her fingers.
Beyond that, there are lots of different lap desks and stands that are handy for reading on the sofa on in bed – my favorites include nooks and crannies for storing reading glasses, pens or pencils, reading lights and more. Book lovers who frequently loan books will love customized labels with their name inside to make sure books make their way home one day. Ornate bookmarks, special reading lamps that don’t disturb sleeping partners or plastic dust jacket covers like on library books are other great options.
In the Kitchen
While there are mom’s who cook for us because we’d starve otherwise, others of us have moms that truly love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Usually, home chefs focus on either cooking or baking, but lots dabble in a bit of both.
There are endless kitchen gadgets to choose from, and if you’re thinking of going this route, it can be overwhelming to figure out what someone might need, want or use. Investing in large electronic kitchen appliances can inadvertently saddle mom with a huge thing she may not use, so choosing smaller more flexible options might be better. Consider things like a marble mortar and pestle for grinding spices with some high-quality spices such as saffron or others mom might enjoy.
Another option, especially in the heart of winter, is to share a live herb garden for a sunny spot in mom’s house. Basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, and others grow easily in small pots that you can decorate to suit mom’s specific style.
Enamel juicers, high-quality cookware and bake ware, and designer serving dishes are also great options. Enamel cast iron Dutch ovens in a wide variety of sizes and styles are also very popular and cook an amazing roast or soup. Finally, if mom has any favorite chefs, a new cookbook can add some pizazz to her repertoire.
In the gym or on the road
If mom instead leans towards the active and fitness-inspired, there are lots of things to consider for thoughtful gifts. While some fitness choices are highly personal and should be left to mom, others are more accessible. Runners and bikers appreciate high-quality gloves with touchscreen capabilities in colder weather. Yogis may need a new or specific type of mat to better help them with their poses. Weightlifters might appreciate gloves or noise canceling headphones for their workouts.
Kettle bells, weighted balls, and other at-home fitness equipment can also be a good option – especially as many of these items are a bit of an investment. Fitness bands, hand weights, or even a beautiful gym bag might just be the thing for your mom.
For the 9 – 5 Mom
Depending on mom’s career, thinking about her workday can also inspire lots of ideas. There are countless options for stylish computer or work bags and lunch bags out there to be sure mom is looking hip and trendy on her commute to and from the office. Speaking of the commute, think of things that mom might need to make her transportation easier or more enjoyable – think activities for a mass transit commute or audiobook subscriptions for car rides.
Maybe your mom is more of a crafty type and you need christmas ideas for mom in this area. Or maybe you might already know just what she’d love. However, unless you’re into her craft, walking into a craft store can be highly overwhelming. Scrapbookers love unique papers, stickers, acid-free pens, and quality scrapbooks. Knitters appreciate high-quality interchangeable needle sets and luxurious yarns. Of course you can always make her something yourself like this Mason Jar Lid Wreath! Mom loves a gift from the heart.
A new crafty trend is hand lettering – something just about anyone can do to create truly beautiful art. There are dozens of quality instructional books, tracing papers, and specialized pens that are essential for those interesting taking this up.
Sets of high-quality acrylic paints and brushes for sign makers or painters and unique or personal beads or charms for jewelry makers are sure to bring mom joy.
Whether mom embraces espresso or Cabernet, beverage choices can also give clues as to what might make mom thrilled this year. Invest in a gourmet coffee flavor, a new grinder for whole beans, or the perfect travel mug for coffee-lovers. Wine drinkers might appreciate decorative wine bottle stoppers (those corks NEVER go back in properly!), easy to use bottle openers, or mulling spices so she can whip up some spiced wine for winter evenings.
Wherever mom’s interests lie, no doubt you can find a charming, unique, and personal gift that she’ll get years of enjoyment out of. Think beyond the typical this year and show mom exactly what she means to you.