15 Gifts for the Mom Who Says She Doesn’t Want Anything
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The holiday season is in full swing—and as usual, arrived here faster than we expected (or so it seems)! This means…shopping, shopping, more shopping…and sipping (wine, of course, to get through those stressful moments, although we do prefer a good workout!)
Here’s a gift idea round-up to help you out with the person who deserves the most, but isn’t always the easiest to shop for – mom!
1. A gift she’ll cherish all year
Artifact Uprising Desktop Photo Calendar – $35
Two things basically all moms love: photos and a way to organize upcoming events. This walnut desktop calendar by Artifact Uprising does both beautifully. Use photos recapping the year, cute pics of her grandkids, memories from a special trip, or classic oldies that you both love. Whatever you decide to use, your mom will cherish this gift all year.
2. The experience of audiobooks
Audible Gift Subscription – Starting at $15
This gift for moms who don’t want anything is kind of like thousands of gifts in one. With a gift membership (ranging from one to twelve months), your mom will have access to Audible’s expansive catalogue of audiobooks, podcasts, and more. You can also gift individual books if you have something specific in mind.
3. Something to cozy up with
Saatva Diamond Knit Blanket – Starting at $165
Wintertime is synonymous with snuggling up on the couch or bed with a lightweight knit blanket. Bonus points if it’s made from 100% cotton.
Literally every time you wash this hypoallergenic blanket, it gets softer and softer. It can be used underneath a duvet cover, as a blanket to lay at the foot of your bed, or as a comforter alternative. This isn’t just your average run-of-the-mill blankie—it’s bound in a sturdy cotton twill, giving it a touch of elegance, so it looks nice when neatly folded up on the sofa when not wrapped all around your body.
4. Kicks for kicks
Woolloomooloo Belmont Shoe – $150
If you prefer casual, everyday shoes that aren’t clunky, cumbersome, and rubber-dominated sneakers, you’ll jump high for these super comfortable no-socks-needed kicks. Made with 100% Merino Wool, making them super comfortable, lightweight, and breathable, these shoes are the epitome of looking good while feeling good.
Great for your travels through airports and on daily errands, these will be your “chilling out” shoes of choice when not working out, or when your feet need a break from traditional athletic shoes.
5. Luscious Lip Balm
Vacation Lip Trips Desserts – $25
Do you ever feel like your lip balm—and I bet you’ve tried many over the years–actually dries your lips out instead of making them pillowy-plush and dewey? Yeah, me too.
There’s finally a collection of balms on the market that taste good enough to eat (but don’t!) AND leave your lips super soft and hydrated. These five, dessert-inspired balms have a very gentle, subtle scent that isn’t overpowering and an SPF 30 for sun protection, which is crucial even in the winter.
It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, glides on smoothly without clumping, and doesn’t contain any icky chemicals.
6. A replacement for her old school iron
I can’t ever figure out why my clothes wrinkle easily even when I hang them up. An old-school iron is so clunky I don’t even want to bother with it, plus it always leaks.
This steamer has been a fashion lifesaver and saves me a trip to the professionals. Plus, it’s so easy to transport. It presses, steams, and refreshes clothes for the whole family, and you don’t have to whip out an annoying ironing board. It has six different heating settings for all sorts of fabrics, automatic safety shut-off when not in use, and two aluminum plates to iron both front and back at the same time. Game changer.
7. A huggable hoodie
Everyone needs a sweatshirt they wear so often it starts looking strange if they’re NOT wearing it. Also, as fun as it is to dress up and head out, there’s nothing like vegging out in comfy sweats.
Described by a fan as “baggy in all the right places,” this super oversized zip-front jacket with pockets feels like a warm hug on a cold day. From POPFLEX, it comes in plenty of shades, and even the hood part is extra large. This one sells out often, so grab it before it goes fast.
8. An at-home facial tool
SkinGym VODA Facial Steamer – $60
There are three types of people in this world: those who love facials, those who don’t, and those who love them but use a facial steamer at home in-between professional visits to clear out their pores, as well as their sinuses.
Facial steamers keep skin glowing, moisturized, super clean–and honestly, when used properly (as in, don’t get TOO close), the steam feels amazing on the face. This spa-quality one from VODA opens pores and leaves your skin feeling baby-bum soft.
9. Some TLC for winter skin
The Body Shop Wild Pine Gift Set – $26
This set from The Body Shop features three winter skin essentials: Shower Gel, Body Lotion-to-Oil, and Hand Balm. Each of these treats is vegan, and made with high quality, moisture rich ingredients like Trade shea butter from Ghana. And can we talk about the scent?! The pine essential oil is invigorating and fresh. This festive scent combined with the cute, done-for-you packaging makes this the perfect gift for mom.
10. A stylish and motivating bracelet
Chelsea Charles Count Me Healthy Bracelet – $89
It’s hard to find high-quality jewelry you can dress up or down. To me, it feels like most accessories look low quality or just don’t “go” with the casual vibe of your clothing. This Count Me Healthy Bracelet Collection by designer Chelsea Charles caught my eye because the bracelets look solid, trendy, and go with all of your mom’s favorite outfits.
Selena Gomez is a fan of this brand, and each bead on the wristlet represents a different personal goal you set for yourself, such as walking every day to getting 8 hours of sleep per night. The beads stay in place until you move them yourself. Set healthy goals, get inspired, and look fab!
11. Earbuds that actually stay in
On flights or road trips, when listening to podcasts, music or eBooks, do you ever start fidgeting with your earbuds because they just aren’t very comfortable? Yeah, me too. If you aren’t into bulky headphones, and really want buds that fit into both your pocket and your travel tote try these everyday Raycon earbuds that come in a variety of colors.
Designed to never fall out, these mini speakers pack a lot of punch and deliver crisp, powerful sound. Water resistant, they come with 3 sound profiles and a long-lasting battery life of more than 30 hours.
12. Something to freshen up her home gym
Blogilates Dumbbells – Starting at $15
I confess: Working out can be a real pain sometimes. It’s hard to find motivation to get up and just DO it, especially when you just want to lounge on the couch and binge Netflix in the cold weather. You can make that motivation a LOT easier with some kick-ass dumbbells you can’t find anywhere but at Target thanks to Blogilates’ exclusive workout gear and accessories collection.
These gold-toned weights are so darn cool your mom will smile when you see and use them because the traditional black gym ones are so boring. Sturdy, long-lasting, and awesome for upper and lower body toning, these hands weights (available in 3, 5, 8, 10 and 15 lbs) make working out—dare I say it?—freakin’ FUN.
13. The hair tool she didn’t know she needed
Hair is notoriously knotty for moms, especially in the back. Chances are she’s a) tossing it up in a messy bun using cheapy rubber bands b) sleeping on a cotton instead of silk pillowcase and c) not using enough or the proper conditioner when washing her tresses. Thankfully, there’s a brush combo on the market that combs out all those gnarly knots in your hair, which can also be caused by sweat and stress.
It works on all hair types including thin, curly, afro, and fine, can also be used on kids, and leaves hair tangle-free, healthier, and smooth. Great on wet or dry hair, the brush unravels your knots instead of tugging at them. This brush and comb set from Lily England sells out fast, so buy it ASAP; available in a variety of colors.
14. The ultimate travel set
Cure Travel Essentials Bundle – $50
When traveling for the holidays, mom will need some additional hydration to arrive at her destination feeling recharged, refreshed, and rejuvenated—especially her skin. Of course, drinking water is a must, but if she’s the type that can’t stand water and need a little kick in hers, pour some electrolyte mixes into your water for an extra boost of TLC. (And yes, electrolytes also curbs hangovers.) This on-the-go set from CURE contains four electrolyte mix flavors: Berry Pomegranate, Orange, Lime, and Watermelon Electrolyte, as well as a cute travel case, satin eye mask, peppermint gum, and more.
15. The perfect kitchen towels
Thyme & Sage Kitchen Towel Set – $36
There’s just something about the perfect kitchen towel – and moms know the struggle to find one. This set by Thyme & Sage comes with three towels, and each one has a specific purpose. One is designed for cleaning messes, one is tasks like covering rising dough and ringing out spinach. The third is “The multitasker,” designed to sling over your shoulder and use for everything else. Not only is this trio of towels genius, but they’re also super cute.
That wraps up our picks for gifts for mom who doesn’t want anything!
Hopefully this list helps you find something special! If you have any other go-to gift ideas for moms, let me know in the comments!