The Best Gifts for Moms 2021
She might seem like she has everything, but trust us — she doesn't.
Hardworking moms deserve indulgent gifts tailored to their personality, not something generic and pointless that they’ll end up regifting. When choosing the best gifts for the mom who has everything, consider her style, personality, and interests. Suffice to say that the best gifts for moms are thoughtful, a little luxurious, and don’t require her to do any set-up or clean-up. But don’t take our word for it. These gift ideas for moms were picked by real, actual human mothers. Whether she’s the kind of mom who appreciates fancy skincare, thoughtful keepsakes, or an upgraded version of something she uses every day, like a nice water bottle or silk pillowcase, there’s something for every mom on this list.
When life is stressful, it's the little things that make all the difference. Take this pillow. It gently massages her pressure points. And she breathes in the soothing, calming scents of lavender and chamomile when she places this cashmere pillow over her eyes. The removable organic cotton inner pillow is washable. Bliss.
Memories here and gone. And no, she won't remember when the baby first kicked. So get her a keepsake box that stores memories forever. It's got room for everything from the first sonogram to the favorite soft toy. There are acid-free drawers, vertical files for documents, and mini envelopes, plus illustrated labels so nothing goes amiss.
The founder of Mutha was pregnant with her first child when she started the brand. So you'd better believe that the products are top notch. This particular non-greasy body oil is loaded with rosehip, sweet almond, and joboba oil, among others. The end result: Soft, dewy skin, and a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.
Because self-care truly is everything to a harried mom: This decadent set includes everything she needs to feel like she went to a luxe salon. She gets a hair oil, a hair mask, a hair wash, and a conditioner, all infused with mirsalehi honey for shiny, glossy hair.
This brilliant wipe-clean bag goes the distance, and looks good doing it. Thanks to its reinforced strap construction, it's ideal for toting around a heavy load. It has ample interior pockets to store snacks, shoes and multiple wardrobe changes. And there's a central zip divider with a mesh top to air out sweaty gear, or any other detritus that accumulates as part of life.
For moms who appreciate a perfect cup of java, Fellow makes the best, and we do mean best, coffee gear you can buy. The brand's latest launch is the Clara, which takes pour-over to the next level. It's a stainless steel manual coffee maker that's easy to use, easy to clean, and does what it's meant to do: Keep her coffee very, very hot.
Coyuchi's linens are next-level soft. We use the sheets and throws and both are truly in a different category. And these organic cotton slippers, which are fully washable, are designed specifically for total indoor comfort. The back is made of ribbed knit that can be worn up or down. The interior is lined with terry.
You know what makes a special garment, well, special? When it doesn't require any special care. This silk slip dress doubles as a nightie and is machine washable. Thanks to its adjustable straps, the length and neck drop can go higher or lower. She can wear it out. Wear it to bed. In whatever color you think she'd love most.
Dry brushing is said to have myriad wellness benefits. And all we know is that a vigorous dry brushing in the shower makes you feel awake and invigorated, and ready to face the day. This beautiful brush has cactus bristles, and will give her an instant energy boost.
Again, perfume can be a tired gift. It's what you pick up at the airport, back when we used to fly for work. But this is a singular scent, not just because of the name. Tom Ford's voluptuous fragrance has notes of vanilla, almond, lavender, and amber. It's intimate, decadent, and luscious. Like her.
If she's an oenophile, give her what she wants: A virtual wine tasting with real wine. This selection is comprised of eight offbeat wines, each one difficult to find on its own. Once you receive the flight, set up the tasting and learn all about each bottle. After the kids are in bed.
Wine isn't her thing? Here's some truly decadent chocolate, which she'll get monthly. We're talking unroasted, bean-to-bar chocolate, and each delivery includes three small-batch, organic dark chocolate bars. Each bar is made from ethically-sourced single origin cacao beans, from a brand based in Brooklyn, specializing in pure, raw goodness.
Just, wow. This is a masterpiece made up of vanilla cake layered with sweet cream frosting, ribbons of strawberry jam, and buttery shortcake crumbs. The tanginess of the jam undercuts the sweetness of the cake, and honestly, it's the epitome of summer. Or any season. Just select your delivery date and this shows up on your doorstep in all its glory.
A humidifier is wonderful when she's feeling dried out. But let's face it: Most are hardly what we'd call design showpieces. Enter this one, which is sleek and curvy. It has a removable water tank and an aroma tray, so it doubles as a diffuser. And looks fine doing it. It has a 20-hour run time.
So she's into subtle scents, something unexpected and heady. This brooch, inspired by Renaissance perfume jewelry, has a perfumed ceramic that fits behind the brooch and diffuses the scent. It's from one of the most notable purveyors of high-end scents, dating back to 1961 in Paris.
If she's into doing her own nails, this is the best you can get in DIY gear. Zwilling doesn't play when it comes to tools, and this kit includes nail scissors, cuticle scissors, a 2-in-1 manicure instrument with nail cleaner and cuticle pusher, a sapphire nail file, and a slant tweezer. Everything is matte satin-finished stainless steel and it's all housed in a leather case. And it's made to last forever. Which it does.
The tulip symbolizes perfect and deep love. Need we say more? Surprise her with a subscription to the freshest tulips in all the land; she gets a different variety of tulip and each one is sourced directly from growers for true freshness. Go with the monthly option and every 30 days, she'll remember how much you love her.
If she, like most of us, hasn't seen the inside of a spa in a long while, bring it to her with this luxury masking set. All the products are plant-based and vegan. And these masks brighten, cleanse, or resurface. Plus, there's an applicator so she doesn't get her hands dirty.
If she's into yoga, she'll be into this ingenious (we don't use that word lightly) yoga mat, which fits into a tote or backpack and is made from natural rubber material that is sustainably sourced and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. It's lightweight and portable and simplifies her life. Which is the point.
Ah, the humble yet delectable s'mores get the gourmet treatment. This handmade wood board comes with a stone fire pit, metal skewers, glass skewer holder, and a snuffer. You can use it indoors, and you get 50 minutes of clean burn. This luxe s’mores station has slots for the chocolate, crackers, and marshmallows. The rest is up to you.
Speaking of chocolate: SShe'll get unroasted, bean-to-bar chocolate, and each delivery includes three small-batch, organic dark chocolate bars. Each bar is lovingly made from ethically-sourced single origin cacao beans, from a brand based in Brooklyn, specializing in pure, raw amazingness.
For the mom who de-stresses by being active, these are pretty much the best in understated yet totally effective one pound wearable weights. This is not you dropping any hints that she needs to shape up, but instead, you're empowering her to take time for herself and get active.
Buying underthings is tricky. You want it to be delightfully comfortable, while also making her feel sensual. This set checks all the boxes. The flat front pants have a side slit, and the top is just ever so slightly cropped so it hits perfectly at the waist. And the fabric is like butter.
Wine is not created equal. If she relaxes with a glass of pinot after the kids are in bed, make it taste all the better with this brilliant wine purifier that aerates wine and remove sulfites and sediment. Anecdotally, removing the sulfites helps to hangovers. Is it the most practical gift she'll ever get? Most likely not. But it definitely makes every glass of sauvignon blanc taste better.
Here's an idea: Make dinner (or better yet, order a feast). Set the table. Pour some wine. And put some thought into it by letting legendary scribes Charlotte Brontë, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, John Keats, and Virginia Woolf share their timeless words of love on these hand-screened cotton voile napkins.
Maybe you met in the 11215. Maybe you proposed in the 78704. Whatever the case may be, these personalized zip code pillows commemorate a place that matters to her. You choose the base material, the number color, and input the zip code. All the pillows are designed in New York using recycled felt.
The Spice House has been providing the absolute best in spices to home chefs and Michelin-starred auteurs since 1957. The sourcing is second to none. As for the flavors? Your palette will thank you, as will your significant other. And this 24 piece kit includes every single herb a cook needs, from French thyme to cracked rosemary to rubbed sage to whole Turkish bay leaves.
Whether she's walking kids to school, running out to grab a coffee, or simply sitting down for a conference call, this is the cardi she'll always have on. It hits mid-calf, which is universally flattering. It's made of 100 percent ZQ merino wool, so it's crazy soft yet structured. And because the yarn is thicker gauge, it won't lose its shape or stretch out.
Chances are, she has no time (or inclination) to hit a nail salon at the moment. But she likes tending to her digits. So bring it to her with this DIY set, which delivers the same results. The key product is the Poppy polish bottle handle that lets her paint both hands perfectly. The set includes seven essential tools, a glossy top coat, and polish in whatever colors she likes.
This pretty little round bag was designed to fit her phone, keys, wallet, and hand sanitizer, is made of soft leather, and features a strap she can wear close to her body so everything is within reach. Without loading her down. Oh, and you can monogram it, for that extra little oomph factor.
This is the smartest of smart mugs, and perfect for the mom who likes to have hot coffee on hand all day long. It keeps her morning java hot for 1.5 hours on one charge and she can control it from her phone. And the mug enters sleep mode when empty and wakes up when it senses movement or liquid, so it's hot when she wants it to be. Yeah, we said it was that smart.
Think of this as dreamy vacation in a bottle. This all-over oil nourishes and protects her hair, face, and body. It's a deeply conditioning yet non-greasy blend of lemon, black currant, olive, grape seed, and sunflower oil. And it smells like a day spent at the beach, or the vineyard, or anywhere but at home answering Zoom calls.
Here's the thing with heart-shaped anything: If it's too big, it's way too hokey. These tiny earrings (each just a quarter of an inch in size) make just enough of a statement without being overbearing. They're 18 karat gold, and from a gifted jewelry designer whose pieces have graced some of the world's most famous women.
For the mom who loves her sheet masks, but wants more from them: This ingenious device works with any sheet mask and by using heating and cooling technology, as well as LED light therapy, turns any mask into an at-home spa experience. The heat opens pores, the pulsations infuse the skin, and the cooling feature firms the skin. The set works especially well with FOREO's own masks, loaded with plant and fruit extracts, botanical oils, and other goodness.
If she's always forgetting to fill up, or clean, her water bottle, here's the answer. Make sure she stays hydrated with this self-cleaning water bottle, which uses UV-C LED technology to sanitize water and clean the gross inner surfaces of the bottle. And it keeps her aqua cold for 24 hours.
Surprise her with an unexpected but always welcome alfresco wine and cheese hour. It couldn't be easier thanks to this set, which includes a waxed canvas case with cotton handles. In it are solid satin brass-toned cheese and wine tools, and an acacia serving board. In all, you get one cheese knife, one cheese cleaver, one fork tipped cheese knife, one waiter-style corkscrew, one ring-style bottle stopper, as well as the cutting board.
Aromatherapy isn't just a ridiculous buzzword. It actually works. Certain scents are relaxing; others are invigorating. The teardrop design makes this diffuser stand out, as does its three hour continuous run time, and soft white light to set the mood. For bonus points, get her some luxury essential oils.
So she loves to root around in the garden and plant stuff? Get her this modern tote, with seven pockets, copper hardware and a key ring. Sure, she can use it in the garden. But it's just as at home when she's running errands or meeting friends for a socially distanced hang.
She's of course going to appreciate the 20 hours of battery life, and the funky purple color. But what truly makes these stand out is the Ambient Aware feature: She can focus on music when she feels like it, or become immersed in her surroundings when the kids need her. She just swipes the earbuds to activate them.
One of the simplest ways to center yourself is through meditation. And if that's her thing, or just something she wants to explore, get her this pillow, which is made from organic cotton and stuffed with plant-based buckwheat hulls. It gives her just the right amount of support, so she can focus on her practice, not her aching back.
Speaking of mindfulness, this headband, which has 10 hours of battery life, helps her with guided meditation and at night, helps her get into a calm head space for better sleep. Given how stressful our lives have become over the past year, anything that helps her unwind is welcome.
Bushwick Kitchen sources its honey from the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, and you can taste the difference. This set includes spicy honey, salted honey, and lemon honey. In other words, precisely what she needs to add a little zest or sweetness to drinks, steaks, or salads.
Listen, we're not here to tell you that a drink solves your problems. It doesn't. But that doesn't mean a gloriously refreshing drink like this one would go amiss when the kids go to bed. This boutique line of apéritifs are made using only natural fruits, herbs, and botanicals, and are low-ABV (alcohol by volume). And this one in particular tastes like delicate lemonade, with a kick.
If she likes to spice things up, indulge her taste buds with this trio of hot sauces. The set includes the flagship sauce, the hotter option (which is less sweet but hotter), and White Truff, made with white truffles and organic coriander. It's hot sauce, next level, and the packaging is gorgeous.
Merit is a new brand, which hues to the premise that less is way, way more. It covers all the bases, with universally-flattering shades. This is a highlighter that looks good on everyone. All the brand's products follow EU standards for clean beauty, and the packaging relies heavily on post-consumer recycled plastic, is reusable, or compostable. We suggest you group together a few products and really dazzle her.
Osea's products are centered around certified organic, bioavailable seaweed blended with steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils. Meaning, the stuff is good. Very, very good. And this set is like a spa day at home. The white algae mask brightens her skin, the red algae mask cleanses the skin, and the black algae mask resurfaces the skin. There's a headband to hold her hair back, and a brush to apply the stuff on her skin.
For the mom trying to reduce her reliance on single-use plastics, without sacrificing quality: By Humankind is a company founded on a simple yet smart premise. Marvelously effective skin care products, minus the plastics that wind up in landfills. This set includes the brand's bar shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. They're chic, efficacious, and far less wasteful than plastic containers.
Admittedly, buying someone shoes is a dicey proposition. Not these shoes. This wet-weather high top is made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water repellent shield, keeping her feet dry and cozy no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Allbirds are crazy-comfortable, washable, and durable.
Backpacks are a staple of every mom's arsenal. This one can be worn three ways: As intended, or as a tote or crossbody. It's sculptural, has detachable straps, and a felt body with leather details. There's an interior zippered felt pocket, leather trim, and nickel hardware. And it's made from the brand's signature featherweight, sustainable, and weather-resistant German Merino wool felt.
Growing stuff you can eat is immensely satisfying. If that's something that appeals to her, a smart garden is the answer. She can grow nine plants at one time, and a control panel tells her when to add water and plant food, and automatically turns lights on and off for the hydroponic growing system.
Fresh-ground beans bear absolutely no resemblance to the stale, dried-out ones you buy in bulk. And this grinder takes her beloved fresh beans to the next level. It's specifically designed only for brewed coffee, be it AeroPress, pour-over, French press, or cold brew. It has 31 settings, so she gets flawless beans every single time she brews up a pot. It's also ultra-quiet, and stylish enough to look good on the counter.
There's nothing cozier than a nook where she can read, alone, while curled up with a cushiony alpaca throw. This one is crafted by master weavers in the Peruvian Andes, and alpaca wool is naturally hypoallergenic. Plus, thanks to its neutral hue, it goes with everything.
So she loves having plants around, but doesn't one more thing to care for. This self-watering planter is handcrafted from aluminum, and is ideal for cascading plants. Each set comes with a plant pot and saucer. And because plants generally suffer from being over-watered, any extra water stays separate from the plant but gradually goes back into your plant, using a self watering system.
If she's into coffee, she'll very much appreciate getting to try a new one every month without having to leave the house. This is damn fine coffee. But it's also beans she can feel good about. Think works with farm owners to implement projects that benefit worker communities, like providing access to clean drinking water. And every order is roasted and baked to order.
We're all washing our hands like fiends these days. Make the process a bit more luxurious with this triple-milled French set, packaged in an eye-catching tin. It doesn't strip her hands of moisture. This set includes lemon verbena, cherry almond, coconut milk, shea, wild fig, and gardenia soaps. Happy handwashing.
Sleep is elusive for parents. So help her along with a custom pillow. You just need to answer some basic questions about her sleep habits, and Pluto does the heavy lifting for you. Each pillow is hand-made, breathable, temperature-regulating, and have that bounce back quality, so they never feel flat.
There's no such thing as having too many hoodies. They're a wardrobe staple. And this could well be the world's most perfect hoodie. It has ribbed panels at the sides and under the arms for extra freedom of movement, a hidden media pocket, thumbholes, and an elastic zipper pull that doubles as an emergency hair tie. Plus it comes in a ton of great colors.
Look, there are candles. And then there are candles. This set not only looks incredible, thanks to its colorful vessels. But each candle burns clean, is made from a custom coconut and soy wax blend, and made without any gross ingredients. The scents? Heavenly. Pick the three that would appeal to her, and you've got a custom and thoughtful gift that will, ahem, light her fire.
Look, she doesn't have time to spend on her hair. No one has the time. Which is where this Dyson styler comes into play. It works on multiple hair types and has barrels to curl and wave, and brushes to control, smooth the hair, or add volume, without using any damaging heat. In short, it's like having Adir Abergel (Google him) at her beck and call.
So you need the perfect gift for the foodie mom. The one who's discerning about her olive oils. The one who relishes every note and flavor. This it that olive oil. Alive pairs well with stews and pasta. Awake goes with salads and other greens. Both are sourced from heirloom olives grown at a family-run California farm.
Music marks some of life's most important moments. Think about your wedding song. The tune that played when you proposed. Commemorate it with this upcycled vinyl LP finished in a gold hue and suspended between two pieces of glass in a floating frame.
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