15 Gift Ideas for Moms

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I thought it might be helpful to create a list of gift items for those mamas or women in your life that you may want to purchase something for over the next several months or beyond.

Most of these ideas are intended for moms who may be more difficult to shop for, and would appreciate something on the fun side. I have organized the ideas by price range.

$25 and below

Fancy lotion— I found the brand pictured below on Target, their shea butter is available in Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rose & Vanilla. Better, yet, consider ordering directly from Eu’Genia. A Black owned-U.S. based mother-daughter company, which reinvests in their workers by putting 15% of profits into an education fund.

mother's shea Whipped Body Butter - Lavender - 6oz - image 1 of 5

Makeup & Other Bags— I’m not sure if it’s just me, but as a mom, I’ve found I can never have enough small containers or pouches. I have one for bandaids & first aid stuff, another for lipstick, and I find them awfully convenient for organizing “stuff” inside of my ginormous mom bag (another gift idea, for which I couldn’t find a great option to share.)

Holographic Loaf Makeup Bag - More Than Magic™ - image 1 of 3
This makeup bag comes in a few different options & could easily be filled with any sort of surprise, see next idea…

Nail polish— grab a few different fun shades for the person you’re shopping for! I love this sparkly one, eventhough it’s technically a top coat:

essie Luxeffects Top Coat - image 1 of 7

Mugs for coffee or tea-– The funny thing about parenting is, not only do many of us rely on our daily cup of whatever, but children have a habit of accidentally shattering things, like mugs. This creates the perfect opportunity to replenish our ceramic supply!

15oz Stoneware Parenting Survivalist Camper Mug Green - Threshold™ - image 1 of 9
15oz Stoneware Good Morning Diner Mug Light Pink - Opalhouse™ - image 1 of 9
15oz Stoneware Strong Mother Diner Mug Green - Opalhouse™ - image 1 of 9
Evergreen Flag Ceramic Cup w/ Ornament/Coaster Gift Set, 10 oz., Mom - image 1 of 2
16oz Stoneware Mama Bear Mug White - Threshold™ - image 1 of 9

Cake, in a mug— There’s a 100% chance I would want someone to get me this as a gift, to make in my new mug. If my microwave wasn’t broken. It’s a long story….

Betty Crocker Mug Treats Rainbow Chip Cake Mix - 4ct/13.9oz - image 2 of 4
There are several different options, too! Yassss!

Williams-Sonoma has a whole page dedicated to fancy teas in tins. I have purchased several from them before, as well as cookies in sweet tins. I bet if you have a shop in your neighborhood that sells teas and things, that could provide some interesting options as well! (We like to keep the tins and use them for knitting notions, buttons, and other things.)

A Cookbook Holder— This is something I’ve been thinking of for a while. You could also use it to hold up other books, such as ones you’d like to have on display, etc. I have seen many different kinds, from super delicate floral designs to the more utilitarian. I’d venture to guess this is the kind of thing that small local shops may also carry. Or perhaps you could find a seller on etsy or some other kinds of small business!

Decorative Wooden Cookbook Holder Easel - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 4

Writing stuff— At some point during the COVID shelter in place, I became a follower of the CW Pencil Enterprise page on Instagram. They’re a a New York based pencil carrier, with imminent expansion plans to get into general office supplies. Their posts are gorgeous, they’re obviously knowledgeable, and I was happy to purchase one of their sticker surprise packs for my kids as a special treat/to support their business.

Spiral Bound Notebook from CW Pencil Enterprise
A Sticker surprise pack from CW Pencil Enterprise

Something made out of wood, like a cutting board.

13"x18" Acacia Wood Nonslip Serving and Cutting Board - Made By Design™ - image 1 of 5
This board is 13″ x 18″, made out of Acacia wood, and is labeled as a cutting board or a serving board. Probably a good gift for someone who likes to cook? I have treated mine badly, and so I would be happy to get a new addition for our rotation!

Insulated mug— I like insulated mugs because they are so versatile. This one is metal, but there are some great ceramic options as well. I prefer the options with lids, as that makes them easier to transport in the car or whatever.

$25 – $50

A basic wristwatch— a few years ago, I got fed up with having to constantly look at my phone to check the time. The next thing I knew, I would be wasting a few minutes mindlessly doing something else, since “I was already looking.” I decided to interrupt this negative feedback loop by purchasing a basic wristwatch, designed solely to tell me the time.

Now, I do have a “smart” watch for running, but I don’t like wearing something that notifies me of texts or whatever, because I just don’t want that additional functionality. I try to minimize the amount of time spent using my phone, so this is one of my top recommendations for increased productivity as well (even if that productivity simply means being more present.) I have this watch in black, but I thought the rose color was also pretty. These are available in many places:

Women's Timex Easy Reader Watch with Leather Strap - Pink TW2R62800JT - image 1 of 4
Timex Women’s TW2R62800 Easy Reader 30mm Pink/Rose Gold-Tone Leather Strap Watch
Fortnum & Mason Spiced Christmas Tea
This is pricier than I would personally spend, but I once received a “Christmas tea” in a hygge box subscription, and it was my favorite tea I have ever had. I don’t know if this tastes the same, but it’s pretty!

Gift of Safe Water Through Life Straw

In addition to the option of purchasing lifestraw products (which give clean water to communities), you can purchase the gift of clean water directly. I’m a fan of these kinds of gifts, such as direct donation, for people who obviously have all of their material needs already met and would rather receive something more meaningful.

Cookbooks— if the person you are shopping for likes to cook, then I think these are a fun way to gift them something new! I have received some super interesting cookbooks as gifts, from vintage Russian recipes to a cute vegan volume.

My sweet friend bought me an instantpot for my birthday. Just as soon as I can figure out how to not make it explode, I am here for allll the instant pot recipes! This book has 834 ratings, with an average of 4.7/5!

Ina’s latest book– I find her recipes to be a good mix of straightforward and moderately labor intensive, with rewarding results.

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

$50 & up

A portable speaker— when I was in law school, one of my classmates shared somewhere about JammyPacks (I don’t know if that one is legit or a knockoff, but that’s what it looks like). Anyhow, it was kind of fun to imagine sharing music with people, assuming a setting where people actually want to hear your music. Then, I came across this outdoor speaker, which is also waterproof, and is camouflage (it also comes in other colors). This would be cool for a variety of purposes.

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Camouflage

Bonus, because I can’t count!

A mini-Keurig:

Keurig K-Mini Basic Jonathan Adler Limited Edition Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker - White - image 1 of 11
Keurig K-Mini Basic Jonathan Adler Limited Edition Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker – White — I’m not generally a Keurig person, but I thought this was super cute! I would get the adapter to use your own coffee.

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