Looking for great gift ideas for moms? These are some of my personal favorite things that I bet the mom in your life would love, too. Find great suggestions for moms who love to cook, moms who love tech gifts, moms who plan for busy families, and moms that want cozy, comfy gifts.
Moms spend most of the holiday season busily planning ALL the gifts on the Christmas list.
We spend so much time coming up with just the right thing for everyone else, it can feel nearly impossible trying to come up with the perfect gift for ourselves when our families ask for suggestions.
So what ends up happening? Our families are left to guess what we want and way too often, mom is the one who is disappointed on Christmas morning.
Don't Let This Happen on Christmas Morning
This SNL sketch really stings with truth.
My kids found this and shared it with me last year. I'm so thankful this hasn't been my own personal experience, but I have several friends who have reported back it reflected their holiday accurately:
This year, I want to encourage you to make a Christmas wish list for your family. To help you fill it up with things I think you'll love, I made a list of my own personal favorties.
Several of these were very special gifts from my husband or parents for Christmas. Sometimes they worked together to get the more expensive things, but there are several budget-friendly items I think you'll love, too.
Gift Ideas for Moms: My Favorite Things
It can be tricky to find good gift ideas for moms, these fun ideas are some of my own personal favorite things that I bet the mom in your life would love, too.
My list includes fantastic gift suggestions for:
- moms who love to cook
- moms who have busy families
- moms who love gadgets
- personal items that moms might not think to ask for
This is one of my very favorite gift ideas. I've been collecting both ceramic and melamine serving pieces from the Nora Fleming collection for years. Each piece has a small hole for adding a seasonal "mini" ceramic accent.
One base platter can then be customized for any holiday or special event with the simple swap of the mini.
You can see my favorite pieces in action here.
Get mom a base and a couple minis to start her collection.
I recommend this versatile candy dish and this adorable red bow that would work for a wide variety of special occasions.
These super budget-friendly tumblers from Tervis have been my favorite for years and years.
I use them to keep my daily iced coffee nice and cold for hours as I sip on it each morning.
The holiday and Disney designs are my personal favorite but you're sure to find something that is a perfect match for mom there.
Be sure to pair it with a straw lid, sold separately!
I discovered The Spice House over a year ago and we've been slowly switching all our spices in my pantry over to their phenomenal blends.
Of all the spices they offer, this California Bold Pepper Blend is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. We have a jar for sprinkling that we keep on the dinner table next to the salt but I buy the huge bag to refill it.
For a mom who loves to cook or a family member that needs to cut down on how much salt they use, this would be a fun surprise gift or unique stocking stuffer.
All my life I thought I didn't like honey. During a visit to my sister-in-law last fall, she took us to visit the Savannah Bee Company store in her town. The saleswoman offered me a taste test and when I declined, she told me I just hadn't been trying the right kind of honey.
Holy cats was she right!! This is the best honey I've ever had in my life and I immediately snapped up three large jars for adding to all our homemade breads.
My personal favorites are:
- Orange Blossom: you can taste a hint of citrus
- Sourwood: almost tastes like maple syrup
- Tupelo Honey: the best honey ever and can be hard to get
If your mom loves tea, or biscuits and honey, or loves to bake, this is a lovely gift.
We tested 5 major bread machines while developing recipes for The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook and for most busy families, I think the Cuisinart bread maker is the perfect fit.
This budget-friendly appliance will help get warm, fresh bread to the dinner table with just a few ingredients and a press of the button.
Even better?? Give this gift to mom with a note that promises YOU will learn how to bake the bread for her sometimes!
This is the best bread machine cookbook to bundle up with a new bread maker this Christmas.
50 EASY recipes for delicious, foolproof bakes for busy families.
Every last member of our family was easily able to bake fresh bread using the recipes from my new cookbook.
Yes, even my kids ages 10 & 13 were able to make loaves of bread all on their own when I was at my busiest.
From sweet to savory, this is "Not Your Mama's Bread Machine Book" and contains delicious breads you're sure to love.
We were baking DOZENS of breads in a very short amount of time and needed a way to store them. I took the gamble on this simple, classic bread box and it has become one of my favorite kitchen storage spots.
When it isn't filled with fresh breads from our bread machine, I use it to store the typical kitchen clutter of spice jars, etc. to keep my counters neat.
It would make a fun accessory to add to the bread maker and cookbook.
One of my very favorite dinner helpers is my mini Instant Pot.
This smaller size is perfect for cooking an easy rice side dish in just 3 minutes, hard boiling eggs for a snack in 5 minutes, or making many of our favorite Instant Pot recipes.
The smaller size is easier to store in a busy kitchen, too.
This is definitely more of a splurge gift idea, but I've been using my Le Creuset dutch oven for 20 years and it is still going strong.
It comes in several gorgeous colors including red, green, turquoise, and honey yellow but also is offered in lovely neutral grays and creams.
The 5qt size is the most practical and I use it to make my favorite beef stew, pulled pork, and several soups.
I've been using my Erin Condren Life Planner for almost a decade. I love the bright and cheery covers and the clean design of the pages.
You can customize a cover with personalized photos and mom can also swap the cover with seasonal designs if she likes.
I also adore the personalized notecards and paper pads for writing teacher thank you notes and including in gifts.
These colorful pens don't bleed through the pages of my Erin Condren planner and add a fun dash of happiness to my note taking.
For moms who love to doodle or make endless lists, this could be a fun splurge gift she might not indulge in for herself.
Or, you can see the full Erin Condren collection here.
I actually don't wear a ton of make-up at all but if you need a fun stocking stuffer, a new red lipgloss would be a sneaky surprise for mom.
This post covers why I picked my favorite one and where you can find it:
During a beach trip a few years ago, I bought a pair of sunglasses out of necessity at a random beach shop. They quickly became my very favorite sunglasses ever.
I accidentally scratched them this fall after 4 years of hard use. I was SO SAD! My daughter suggested I look inside the arms of the glasses for a brand name.
I discovered they are the Paso Robles design by Knockaround sunglasses and I quickly popped onto their web site and ordered FOUR MORE pairs! (Two for me, and one for each of my girls.)
It is a very flattering shape and I was sure to buy the POLARIZED lenses. They make such a huge difference when I'm driving in the intense southern sunshine.
They are super affordable and come in a wide variety of colors. Each pair of sunglasses also comes in a soft green drawstring pouch so they don't get scratched in mom's purse.
I am on my feet for hours on end in the kitchen, especially during recipe development days.
My parents gave me a pair of Haflinger clogs to wear around the house to help with some back pain I've been having and they make such a huge difference!!
My pair are navy blue with little white embroidered stars but this grey pair would be perfectly neutral and go with any lounge wear mom loves.
A couple years ago, I discovered the Cool Nights line of sleepwear by Soma. I splurged on a night shirt and could not even believe the difference it made in how comfortable I was while I slept.
The fabric is made out of some kind of amazing alien technology and I am remarkably cooler while I sleep. I was almost chilly the first night I wore it!
Cool Nights has sleep shirts/nightgowns like this but also comes in a variety of pajama pants, shorts, and tops that you can mix and match with fun seasonal patterns and colors.
They make coordinating robes that are super soft and usually have pockets, too.
If you're going to buy mom a robe for Christmas, I recommend also getting a coordinating pajama set to go with it so it feels more intentional!
During a really stressful time, my husband gave me a book for Christmas called something like: "Crochet for Stress Relief".
I think that one of the most lovely gifts for Christmas is something that tells mom she deserves to have some time exploring something new for herself.
Get everything needed to build a simple "Learn to Crochet" kit for mom here. Pick one of the FREE crochet patterns and assemble all the things she needs to get going right away.
Just like with the crochet set, creative moms might love a simple watercolor painting set for beginners.
There is just something so soothing and lovely about the watery colors swirling around on that gorgeous butcher tray.
BONUS: This is something fun she could share with kids if she wants.
I actually gave my daughter this bluetooth shower speaker as a birthday gift last year. She let me borrow it one day when I was feeling super stressed and wanted to take a long hot shower. She suggested I play soothing music to help unwind.
I ended up loving it SO MUCH that my family gave me my own shower speaker for my birthday this year.
I use it to play a wide variety of playlists from Spotify or to listen to my audiobook.
You can adjust the volume AND fast forward or back through songs on the playlist right from the speaker.
The first thing I do when I get a new iPhone is to pop over to Casetify to get a new phone case to protect it.
I LOVE how perfectly they fit on my phones but even more importantly, I love the hundreds of fun designs they offer.
If your mom loves Disney, there are some amazing inspired artful designs to pick from. I also love the florals and painted-looking designs.
I could not live without my HP Envy printer. It isn't just the printer, but the subscription to the Instant Ink that makes all the difference.
The HP Printer tells the Instant Ink program when the machine is starting to run low on ink. Replacement cartridges show up at my door without me ever needing to order them myself.
I have never had a project I couldn't print when I needed to and it is such a relief to have one less thing on my list of things to do.
This would make an amazing gift for moms who:
- have kids in school
- are crafty
- like to print seasonal home decor
- work from home
- like to print recipes
P.S. Is the mom in your life a book lover?? Don't miss my best gifts for book lovers here!
This is quite possibly the best "Great Gift Idea" list that I've ever read! How did you know so many things that I would adore! I rarely read these type of lists, because I seldom find meaningful ideas on them. This list, however, is GOLD! I'd never heard of Nora Fleming; but I love the versatility of switching out the "mini" and being able to use the same dishes for multiple holidays and get-togethers! That is such a genius idea! I'm going to have to forward the link to this entire list to my husband and kids! ?
Hi Amber, Oh my goodness I'm so glad you found this list helpful! Your comment made my day and I hope your family spoils you rotten with the items you're most excited about.