Best gifts for moms–here’s a list of favorite must-haves that make great Mother’s Day, Christmas, and birthday gift ideas for moms.
Here’s a list of the best gift ideas for mom, grandma, or nana you can make or buy that are perfect for HER. Choose from the fantastic gifts for mom below to add to your list for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or her birthday–and watch her face light up with joy and appreciation! You might also enjoy this gift guide with readymade and homemade gifts for the whole family.
Mother’s Day, Christmas, and Birthday Gifts for Mom, Grandma, Nana, or a Favorite Auntie
Whether you are looking for birthday gifts for Mom, Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom, or Christmas gifts for Mom, you have come to the right place. I’ll bet you have favorite things you would recommend to anyone, right? You know–those perfect items that you can’t live without?
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This list is FULL of my favorite staples and must-haves that make great gifts for mom, grandma, nana, or even your favorite auntie. On the list below are homemade DIY gifts for mom, sentimental keepsakes, personalized jewelry, cute and comfy gifts to pamper mom, and unique gift ideas for the mom with everything!
I wouldn’t know what to do without these fantastic finds for Mom! So I have also included a few things I want but don’t yet have–hint, hint–husband. 😉 You can’t make any mistakes with this list because I would love to have more than one of the items found below!
Best Gift Ideas for Mom, MUM, GRANDMA, OR NANA
Look through the gift ideas for Mom and find the perfect gift for her. Below we have created several categories of gifts (even gifts for the mom that has everything) that she will LOVE!
Personalized Jewelry Gifts for Mom
I don’t know about you, but I am a total sucker for unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry and kid-made keepsakes. My daughter and I have a collection of homemade gift ideas that are always a hit with friends and family. For example, I LOVE my keepsake jewelry dish!
And one of my favorite jewelry pieces is a thumbprint heart necklace with my daughter’s artwork encased in a gorgeous charm. I love to wear it on a long sparkling moon-cut chain–the perfect gift for any mom or grandma!!
Another fun handmade necklace is a homemade mom or mum necklace that the kids can make for grandma or nana. Or, invite children to make a DIY mother-daughter jewelry gift set with matching necklaces or bracelets. Click the link for the DIY details.
Other beautiful personalized necklace options that you can buy, and I would love, ahem, are:
- Personalized birthstone initial necklace gift for her
- Birth month flower necklace for mom
- Name necklace personalized for mom
I am also in love with this two-circle pendant necklace and sweet, delicate name rings that you can personalize with words, personal names, phrases, and dates. Yes, please!
Another item on my wishlist forever is a pair of diamond stud earrings. (And my husband finally gifted them to me on our tenth wedding anniversary–I was thrilled–thanks, honey, you are the best!)
I don’t know many mothers or wives out there that wouldn’t love a lovely necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings with a couple of gorgeous gems–diamond or not. Some of you don’t buy (or make) enough jewelry for the women in your life. But the good news is it’s never too late to start. Trust me. She will love it!
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Warm, Comfy, and Cozy Gifts for Her
Wrap mom up in this large tartan blanket scarf and watch her drift away to happy land—a staple for every woman’s closet. And, if you really want to make her swoon–gift her with a lambswool cape or 100% cashmere extra-large wrap–I would buy one of these in every color if I could afford it. Both are like wearing a warm hug that she will never want to give up.
Speaking of hugs, the new Sawyer Shacket from Woolx is my new fav. Believe it or not, I already own two. They are oversized, warm, and comfortable, and I no longer want to wear any other light jacket. And even though this style is new, it’s already at the top of my list of must-have favorites for moms and women everywhere, and I’m pretty sure it’s quickly reaching the top of their best sellers list, too. But they have several other comfy and universally practical women’s clothing options for spring, summer, fall, and winter that I promise she will love as much as I do!
Best Robes and House Clothes for Her
Another item that has forever changed my home life is plush cotton robes and wool throw blankets–they each made nursing a newborn much more comfortable. And, because I had my baby in the heat of summer, I fell in love with this Kimono robe that is 100% silk. Isn’t it gorgeous? There is also a short silk Kimono robe available that is equally amazing.
For the winter, I want the new loves of my life to be a cashmere robe and a pair of cashmere pajamas. Oh, and of course, I would also love another cashmere sweater and a cashmere scarf to go with it. And, yes. I am totally and completely in love with wool and other natural fabrics such as silk and linen–and I’ll guarantee your mother will love them too!
Booties and Slippers for Mom and Grandma
A few years ago, I found a pair of booties like these sweater knit booties, which forever transformed my winter home life. I like going outside without ruining my slippers when grabbing something from the garden or the mailbox.
Since then, I have also fallen for these Acorn slouch boots and Haflinger clog slippers that are super cute and strong enough to run errands. Who needs shoes when you have these? I guarantee Mom will want more than one pair of either of these!
Stylish Shoes and Comfortable Footwear for Moms
If your mom is anything like my mother and me, comfortable shoes which we can walk for miles are an absolute MUST. And as an ocean lifeguard, yoga instructor, and now a mother that has spent more of her life barefoot than anything, I also love stylish shoes and heels that I can wear for longer than five minutes when I want to dress up and go out on the town.
With that said, I was raised by a woman who wore nothing but Birkenstocks my whole life. True story. Even worse, she wore them with socks in the winter–how embarrassing! And yes, she also wore Levi’s and flannels and drove a Volkswagon Bus–lol! But that look is very much in vogue today, and I LOVE eating my words.
After avoiding them like the plague for over 30 years, I have turned turkey and fallen in LOVE with their brand and all the footwear they offer–Birkenstocks are the BEST! And today, I own several pairs of their sandals, wedges, and boots. Trust me when I tell you that she will love them too!
Every Moms Must-Have Wardrobe Staple
The wardrobe staple I love (and have worn more than anything I own since becoming a mom) is a vest. They are tough and packable, keep you warm when needed, have lots of fun pockets (trust me–moms need pockets), and pair well with everything!
And, best of all, mom can easily dress a vest up or down. They are great for heading to the park or store, heading out on the town, going for a bike ride, hiking, or camping. This Omni-Heat Vest is one of my current favs, and when my daughter was a baby and toddler, it was a down sweater vest by Patagonia that they don’t make anymore.
I seriously don’t know how I ever lived without either of them. But of course, today, I love vests made of wool because you can wear them indoors and outdoors, and they also make a comfy inner jacket layer for outdoor moms like me on cold days. And I adore a few fantastic wool versions by Woolx, Ibex, and Icebreaker, and I guarantee your mom will love them, too.
Cute and Casual Gifts for Every Mom
As a work-at-home mom and yoga teacher, I can’t do without my favorite yoga pants and my membership to Gaia Yoga (not affiliated–just sharing what I love). These crop yoga pants and capris are also a must-have in multiple colors for this mom.
However, since I first published this post in 2016, I have become obsessed with finding yoga pants and other everyday clothes made with wool and more sustainable natural fabrics instead of plastic fabrics like polyester and nylon.
I have always loved Lululemon–and I was an ambassador for their products as a yoga instructor and fitness professional, but today I love wool leggings more. Not only are they as cute as they are stylish and comfortable–they are better for HER—the planet, mom, and even more importantly–her children.
Best Leggings for Her
A few wool brands that make leggings with natural fabrics strong enough to be used as running or yoga pants and joggers strong enough to stand up to those crazy days with kids at the park are Woolx, Ibex, Icebreaker, Ridge, and Woolly.
They each have many fantastic yoga pants options that are not see-through and so comfortable that I never want to take them off. Just make sure you purchase the midweight and heavyweight options (not the thin base layers) so she can wear them as pants for a yoga class, hike, bike ride, to the office, and even out to dinner!
EveryDAy OuterWear For aLL SuperMoms
If mom likes cute and casual, she will love this cotton hoodie–I own three. They are fashionable, made to last, come with all sorts of bells and whistles to keep warm on the go, and are fit to flatter anybody.
Another of my old favorites is the Osito Jacket. It’s such a soft, comfy polar fleece sweater that mom will never take it off! And each of them pairs nicely with a vest too.
But today, as mentioned above, I collect all my shirts, pants, sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets in wool and other natural, more sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, linen, silk, or rayons made from bamboo or beech trees. So today, my favorite outerwear is my Sawyer Shackets. And I own two of them, too–lol!
Give Mom Clothes That Help Her Be a Part of the Change
Woolx, Ridge Merino, Woolly, Ibex, Icebreaker, Aran Sweaters, Wear Pact, Garnet Hill, Carve Designs, Carhartt, Orvis, Natural Life, Woolovers, and Pendleton are my go-to brands for shirts, skirts, dresses, sweaters, flannels, jackets, work, and workout wear, and other outerwear options for women that all moms will love.
I encourage you to search their online stores for fantastic wardrobe, home, and lifestyle offerings. Each company mentioned is doing its best to be the change they wish to see in the world and has fashionable, cute, and super comfortable clothing for every kind of mom. And I promise your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, or wife will LOVE anything you choose.
But of course, check the product details before purchasing to keep them honest, and remember our purchases and reviews are like casting a vote for the future we want to create for our children.
So, vote with your dollars and common sense by supporting any of these companies (and any others you find making changes to keep up with the needs of our time) when shopping for Mom. Or, even better, head to a local store or farmers market that sells quality clothes with sustainable natural fibers and fabrics to shop for mom.
Gift Certificates for Mom
Gift certificates are always a welcomed option when unsure of colors or sizes. So give her a gift certificate to one of your favorite local stores or brands or one of the brands mentioned above doing their best to be a part of the change. Most moms love any excuse to shop for themselves–which is always a true gift!
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Kitchen Gift Ideas for Mom
The best thing that ever happened to me in the kitchen was when I found this cook-and-pour saucepan. Its intelligent design allows you to pour water out of the pan without losing its contents–no colander needed. The easy-pour lid makes it easy to steam vegetables and cook mac and cheese for the kids like a pro. I have two in my kitchen; we use them more than our stock pot and most other pans.
Then there’s cast iron cookware–grandma knew it was the best, and my family is pretty sure of it too. It’s heavy and takes a bit of care–but the benefits of cast iron cooking make it more than worth it.
I recommend purchasing a few different sizes of skillets because one is never enough–we have six! A flat round griddle with a handle is also a nice gift to add to mom’s collection of pots and pans for pancakes, grilled cheese, french toast, and quesadillas. And, of course, an enameled cast iron Dutch oven or two never hurt!
The kitchen gift on my current wish list is an instant pot. Can you believe I still don’t have one? I think it’s time to change that husband–lol!
Tea & Coffee Gift Ideas for the Kitchen
Another one of my favorite things in the kitchen I use daily is an electric kettle with pre-set temperature options–love! I like to know that I am heating water to the correct temperature for the various teas I enjoy.
This durable cast iron teapot with a fully enameled interior is also one of my favorite things in my kitchen. The gradual heating from the cast iron infuses the most flavor from the tea leaves into the water. Not only does this strengthen the taste of the tea, but it can also infuse the positive nutrients from the leaves into the water.
When I feel like a cup of coffee, I use this stainless steel French press with fresh ground organic coffee beans that I grind with this excellent little coffee grinder. Mmm–mmm, good! My husband accidentally broke several of our glass carafes for our French press, so after about the fourth break, we opted for a stainless steel press to replace it, and we love it even more! It’s double-walled and provides more insulation than glass for moms who often forget their morning cuppa. And my husband hasn’t broken a carafe in over four years!
And here’s an 18oz coffee mug that mom is sure to love–trust me–mom needs more than 12 ounces! So, try this gorgeous set of 21oz mugs for mom. Or, give mom a reusable insulated coffee mug with a no-drip lid she can take with her and keep her drink of choice warm for hours. Scroll down to look at the gifts for mom on the go to see my other favorite reusable to-go mugs for coffee, tea, smoothies, and water!
Mixing and Blending Gifts for Mom in the Kitchen
I have been dreaming of owning a Vitamix Blender for many years now. It doesn’t come cheap, but it is the best of the best, and I must have one. As someone who likes to cook from scratch and make green smoothies daily, this must-have kitchen gift is still on my wishlist!
Another kitchen item I still dream of owning is a stand mixer. These are powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough, or whipping cream. If your mom does not have one, it’s probably on her wish list, too.
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Gift Ideas for Mom on the Go
When on the go, there are four things I must have besides my wallet, favorite pair of sunglasses, phone, and keys on the keychain my daughter made for me:
- A nice-looking tote bag (my new favorite bag) for mom that works well whether at the park with the kids, shopping with friends, a day at the office, a soccer game, or date night–with lots of room for this and that. Or, a practical crossbody bag or purse for mom with easy-to-reach spots for her phone, keys, sunglasses, and a water bottle holder, too! And here’s an excellent small purse for those on-the-go minimalist days.
- A large reusable insulated mug with an extra cap for coffee or tea. And it works just as well for cold drinks too!
- A styling food-grade steel reusable water bottle. Trust me. Moms need lots of water on the go, especially when their tiny humans forget to bring theirs.
- The best lip stuff on earth! I was an ocean lifeguard for 20 years, meaning I have tried more than my fair share of chapstick varieties. This lip stuff is my hands-down favorite because it’s the only one that can keep my lips feeling soft and supple morning, noon, and night indoors and out–year after glorious year. My one-and-only “true lip love!” It makes a great stocking stuffer for mom–Santa always seems to drop a few in mine! (Thanks again, husband!)
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Relaxation Gift Ideas for Mom to Help Her Relieve Stress
My favorite ways to relax and relieve stress are practicing yoga, baths with homemade bath salts, coloring, getting outside in nature every day, curling up with a warm wool blanket, and reading my Kindle.
I don’t think I could survive motherhood without my Kindle–I can’t tell you how many books I have read one-handed while breastfeeding over the years. It even has a light so you can read in the dark without disturbing the snoring bear next to you on those nights you can’t sleep.
The warm glow and negative ions that a Himalayan Salt Lamp provides are also a must-have in our home. We have three in our house, and I STILL want another one! You will never need another night light again with these in your home.
Or, gift her with an authentic handmade Moroccan selenite crystal lamp. Pure gypsum crystal stone is said to remove toxic negative energy and cleanse and calm the mind. Selenite is a calming stone that can instill deep peace and is excellent for meditation or spiritual work.
Best Coloring Books and Supplies for Her
Every mom should have at least one coloring book and a set of high-quality colored pencils, gel pens, or markers to go with it. Coloring books and coloring tools make great stress-relieving gift ideas for moms!
- Good Vibes Coloring Book
- Floral Coloring Book
- Designs Stress Relief Coloring Book
- Life of the Wild Coloring Book
- Amazing Patterns Coloring Book
- Adult Coloring Book Super Set
If you are looking for a Christmas present for mom, look at this collection of Christmas coloring books mom will LOVE!
Give Her a Spa Day or Weekend!
Another favorite gift idea for mom is a gift certificate to spend the day at a local spa or a membership to a gym or yoga studio she’s been wanting to try. Even better–send her away to a resort for the weekend. I promise that she will love on you like she’s been gone for years when she returns.
Best Gifts for Mom, Grandma, Nana, or a Favorite Auntie
This list is FULL of favorite staples and must-haves that make great Mother’s Day, Christmas, and birthday gifts for mom. I hope you’ve enjoyed this fantastic list of gifts for your Mom or Mum.
You might also enjoy this handy guide with readymade and homemade gift ideas for mom, grandma, nana, and the rest of the family.
I’m sure that I will be adding to this list over time, so be sure to bookmark this post and check back for more of my favorite things that make great gift ideas for Mom. Or, check out this list of gift ideas for dad, grandpa, or your favorite uncle!
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