It’s a good idea to devote some time and thought to finding a great Christmas gift for your wife. Gifts for moms are usually not too hard to figure out, but if you struggle, start with these golden rules: Do not grab a wilted bouquet on your way home, don’t give her lingerie that’s all about you, and definitely don’t pull a Peloton husband move and surprise her with workout equipment. Getting her something she’ll appreciate, something she’ll cherish, isn’t an oblique mystery wrapped in a riddle, but if you’re unsure, here are the gifts that real moms want. Picked by real, actual moms.
Best Gifts for Moms
You don't have to be into birdwatching to dig this set of four glasses featuring the designs of the renowned illustrator.
Harper vibrantly painted all manner of animals and insects for more than 60 years. And these glasses elevate any dinner party, or table setting.
Single-use plastics are very bad. This water bottle, on the other hand, looks very, very good.
Help her stay hydrated with this beautiful glass water bottle; pick the silicone sleeve in a color she loves.
Speaking of winding down, an ultrasonic diffuser like this one will pretty much always be a winner.
The teardrop design of this diffuser makes it stand out. It has a four hour run time, and soft white light to set the mood. For bonus points, get her some luxury essential oils.
If she enjoys a nice glass of pinot noir, get her this brilliant wine purifier to remove sulfites.
Oenophiles, rejoice. This wine purifier both aerates wine and removes sulfites and sediment. And looks good while doing it.
A necklace that spells love in morse code? Do we even need to ask?
Julia Szendrel makes showpiece jewelry that’s also affordable. Each of her LOVE morse code necklaces is unique, and hangs from a 14K gold-filled chain.
A stylish canvas and leather bag that also doubles as an emergency kit, for the mom who loves being prepared.
No matter what situation she finds herself in, she can handle it. The backpack is filled with everything from three days’ worth of food and water, to a poncho, to toothpaste and a toothbrush, to chocolate (of course) and a full first-aid kit.
Soaps are not original gifts, but these ultra-luxe ethically sourced ones? Hell, yes.
This beautiful tin is filled with six soaps, which are triple-milled and hand-wrapped in France. They’re fully plant-based, not tested on animals, and smell absolutely heavenly.
A luxury candle that smells like champagne? Yes please.
Candles are a fairly generic gift, we absolutely agree. But not when you get one this pretty, this well-crafted, with hints of rose and violet.
If you're looking for something more offbeat, get her this fragrance created by fashion legend Nina Ricci's great grandson.
This non-perfume perfume is made of a single ingredient, so it’s elegantly simple and the opposite of basic. And it has zero allergens, if she has sensitive skin.
No woman under the sun has ever turned her nose up at super-soft pajamas that are also this pretty.
If she tends to run hot at night, she’ll stay cool and comfortable in this gorgeous PJs. They’re breathable and ultra-cozy.
This intricate sterling silver necklace represents yesterday, today, and tomorrow, a sentiment she'll love.
This 20-inch sterling silver necklace has three links that represent past, present, and future. The three interlocking circles are round, with edges that have been lightly hammered.
Winter is dreary, so give her a major splash of color with this stunning scarf.
We’re into the vibrant colors and the blocky prints on this silk scarf, which goes over a sweater or with a coat.
This gorgeous merino-and-alpaca sweater is cozy and stylish AF. It’s especially good for moms of babies, who will love playing with the woolly fringe.
Instead of flowers, get her a fragrance that smells like glorious spring.
This delicately floral fragrance has top notes bergamot and green tea, and a musk base. It’s heady without being overwhelming.
If mom plans on hitting the road, for work or play, get her this combo jewelry and makeup organizer.
It’s like a dopp kit, but upgraded. It’s made from vegan leather and features a zippered top section for skin care and zippered bottom compartment for jewelry.
If she's into sleeping under the stars, make sure she's comfortable with this packable pillow.
She can adjust how full, or flat, she wants the pillow to be. And it’s ideal for camping, because it’s durable and washable; it’s made from 20D ripstop nylon and polyester fleece.
If she can't start her day without a workout, get her the best workout headphones.
They’re ultra lightweight, waterproof, and sweatproof. And they have a perfect fit.
Here's a tip: Super-soft cashmere gloves will never be a gifting fail.
Made from pure sustainable Mongolian cashmere, these gloves will be something she’ll treasure on those very cold winter days. And beyond.
Every mom will appreciate this handy shoulder bag that's both understated and rugged.
This is the bag she’ll tote around when all she needs is space for her phone, credit card, tablet, and keys.
Rather than a tired nameplate necklace, get her a customized cuff bracelet.
This stunningly simple bracelet can be worn solo, or stacked with others. You can choose between a silver plated bracelet or a gold plated base or rose gold base. Engrave it with whatever name or phrase means something to you both.
For the woman who loves jewelry and Halloween, this skeleton holder is a winner.
We love the juxtaposition between delicate jewelry and this human skeleton hand, which has movable steel joints and natural solid beech wood base.
Slippers are stodgy and boring? These wool ones, however? She'll never take them off.
These fantastic slippers have a wool upper, and a leather sole for stability, to keep her feet warm without ever overheating.
Moms do not have time for elaborate morning hair rituals, so this heated styling brush is something she'll use daily.
Instead of having to dry and style her hair, she does it one fell swoop with this fantastic heated styling brush. It has ceramic technology and an ionizer for taming hair and eliminating frizz.
If mom loves shooting videos, get her this sleek and powerful 360-degree camera.
This tiny camera fits in any bag, and lets her record high-res natural 360 degree still images and videos with ultra-precise stitch image processing. Did we mention it weighs four ounces?
Sometimes, nothing beats taking notes the traditional way, in this gorgeous leather notebook.
You can choose whatever color she’ll love, and give her something that’s ideal both as a writing journal, or for taking notes during meetings.
If she has sore muscles from toting the baby around, or from too much time in the gym, get her the best handheld massager you can buy.
This thing will pound out any soreness, and make her feel instantly better. It’s small enough to fit into her hand. And it’s fully portable.
Give her a great night of shuteye in this super-soft sleep shirt.
We love the menswear-inspired cut of this ultra-soft sleep shirt. Which she’ll wear for years.
If she has a green thumb (and even if not), get her this DIY indoor herb garden. And then, cook her dinner with the herbs.
Each indoor basil and mint growing kit comes with organic plant-based soil, organic seeds, and a jar to grow everything.
The filigree design on these earrings is what makes them stand out.
These earrings go with anything, be it jeans, or something dressier. They’re 14k gold plated over brass.
If she's into outdoor picnics, or late-night barbecues, she'll love this inflatable solar-powered lantern.
This lantern weighs two ounces, packs down flat, and has a battery life up to 12 hours with a 12-hour charging time. It works indoors or out.
If you think she'd appreciate something fancier, get her this indoor six-herb growing kit.
This gardening kit does all the thinking for her. And she can grow six plants grow at a time, up to 12 inches tall with this indoor garden.
Does she need a portable fridge for her skin care products? If you have to ask, we feel bad for you.
She can also use this handy mini fridge to store snacks, cocktails, even breast milk. But we, of course, prefer letting her use it to keep her sheet masks nice and cool.
These wool slip-ons are so comfortable, she'll never want to take them off.
These fabulously cozy slip-ons mold to her feet, and will keep her dogs from barking. They’re made of wool felt with a cork sole.
This fleece-lined laptop sleeve looks damn good, and comes in a variety of sizes for different laptops.
A truly dope carry-on with the best wheels on any suitcase, ever, period, done.
Not only does this come with Tile so she can keep track of her bag, but these best-in-class roll easily over steps, curbs, snow, and gravel.
Bath products aren't quite mind-blowing in terms of creativity, but this is a useful, and gorgeously-packaged, shower set.
Yes, her showers are rushed. Yes, you can make them just that little bit more luxe with this set.
The secret sauce here are the coconut and hemp oils, which deeply moisturize her skin. While she soaks in the heady scents of eucalyptus and lavender.
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