We were sitting at lunch recently with all the daughters (a rare thing) and the middle one said, “No, really! What do you want for Christmas?” Ugh. The dreaded “Christmas gifts for mom” question…
“Erm . . . I don’t know . . .”
It’s how I answer pretty much any gift-giving day for mom.
It’s just that . . . I really don’t know what I want.
(You should’ve seen the look I got when I told them I wanted a book . . . ON EDUCATION.)
But, what are good Christmas gifts for mom who has everything (and doesn’t really want or need anything else)?
If the mom in your life is like me, we’re so used to thinking of everyone else that it’s HARD to come up with things for ourselves, right?
We really don’t want anymore clutter or knick-knacks.
And, we want useful gifts for mom, not just something to add to our stash of already overflowing closets.
I’m just to a point where I don’t want stuff just for the sake of getting a gift for the holidays.
I want something meaningful or useful (and my bet is the mom in your life wants that, too).
So, after lunch that day, I started giving some serious consideration to “gifts”–specifically, what can I REALLY use that won’t just count as more stuff?
Here’s what I came up with — and, I knew if it helped those around me, it may help your family, too!
(So, be sure to share it with your friends and family asking about “mom” presents!)
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42 Christmas Gifts for Mom (Who Has Everything)
Christmas Gifts for Mom #1: Comfort Items
Moms are really awesome at comforting everyone else, but often pretty lousy at taking care of ourselves. Probably because most often moms prioritize ourselves LAST.
(You know it’s true…)
If you want to wow your mama for the holidays, get her something comforting.
It sounds weird, but one of my two items on my list this year is a weighted blanket.
It’s a comfort item that moms will love when they’re snuggling down during colder weather and encourage them to give themselves down time.
Other ideas for comfort Christmas gifts for mom include:
• Shiatsu Foot Massager (I got one of these one year and LOVED it!)
• Tea Variety Gift Box (or coffee), a cute mug or this Zeppoli Electric Kettle (BPA Free) Fast Boiling Glass Tea Kettle, and a couple of good books. (You can see bestsellers here to get some book ideas.) THEN, give her some alone time to read!
• Contour Flip Pillow for working and reading in bed!
• Oil Diffuser because essential oils are all the rage! If your mom is into that or she’s been talking about it, get her an oil diffuser! (Also, check out this GORGEOUS Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet for Aromatherapy!)
• Kindle Oasis is a great comfort item because it is a waterproof reader and mom can use it in a bubble bath! You can even put together a whole spa/bath themed basket with the Kindle Oasis, Bath Bombs, and a comfy robe. You can take the spa theme to a whole new level and even install a Rain Showerhead for her, too!
Christmas Gifts for Mom #2: MEANINGFUL Health and Beauty Gifts
Forget just grabbing a random lip balm to stuff in her stocking this year. Moms today are as concerned with what they put ON their body as what they put IN their body.
Some of my new favorite stuff comes from Unsoaped, a company that does “uncomplicated body care.”
Personally, I LOVE their Unlotion, which is a lotion BAR (that looks like a soap bar).
It is some of the best “lotion” products that I’ve ever used and, when I traveled recently, I was able to carry the small lotion right through security with no issues.
(I’m a huge fan of their new Untangle Your Tinsel scent which is a little pepperminty to me. I hope they continue to carry it after the holidays, but grab that scent just in case it’s for a limited time!)
My daughter (age 10) has a lot of eczema issues and their Unsoaped bars have really helped.
The bars are exfoliants and pure butter moisturizers in one step and her skin is SUPER smooth and soft after.
(They also have some lip scrub that I haven’t tried yet, but plan on ordering soon.)
Christmas Gifts for Mom #3: Something to Play With
Moms just wanna have fun too, yo.
Christmas gifts for mom don’t need to be all serious. We like playing and creating and having fun too, so don’t rule out those things as presents.
One gift that might be cool for the moms on your list is this Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer.
It’s compatible with IOS and Android phones and allows the mom to print off some of those thousands of photos she takes — and she can do it RIGHT FROM HER PHONE.
(So, cool. I know. This may now be on my list, too!)
If your mama is less techy and more touchy, how about this beautiful Hagestad Yarn Bowl for Knitting & Crocheting and some beautiful, expensive yarn that she may never buy herself?
(That bowl is more like a work of art than something useful, right?)
Other Christmas Gifts for Mom To Play With:
• If you have a mom who loves to play games, add some new board games! (We have a three-part list with 60 game recommendations from parents.)
• Unicorn Head Squirrel Feeder. If you have a mom who loves animals, then this Unicorn head squirrel feeder will provide HOURS of entertainment (and laughs!) for her!
• Empower Poster Craft Kit . (I found this very inspirational and motivational!)
Christmas Gifts for Mom #4: Something AMAZING to Wear
Clothes are hard to buy for women. Unless she directs you to something very specific AND tells you the size, then do a HARD PASS on trying to buy that mama on your list some clothing.
You do something that is timeless or that works for everyone.
(UGH. I know, right?)
Here are some ways you can do that:
A couple of years ago I received a Double Sided Shawl.
Now, I’m not really a shawl/cape/wrap person, so I was kinda meh about that Christmas gift for mom.
However, I don’t like wearing a coat in the winter. It’s too bulky and I’m in and out of the car all day running my kid to different events.
One day, I grabbed the shawl on the way out and realized I LOVE IT.
I mean, like, REALLLLLLY loved it.
It goes with every outfit (casual or dressy) and is lightweight enough for the car, but warm enough for cold wind.
In fact, I loved it so much that I even bought another one (plain gray with faux fur trim this time) for myself!
The great thing about a shawl is that they look fantastic on everyone and you don’t even need to know her size because they’re one size fits most!
Each month (or every other month or every 3 months–you choose), you get a box of clothes based on a profile that you complete when you sign up.
If you don’t like any pieces, you send them back and pay nothing (except the small designer fee).
I’ve been doing it for months now and have kept something from almost every single box I’ve received!
I think they do a great job of listening to your preferences and making changes based on the feedback you give them for each box.
(Unlike some other monthly shoe or clothing subscriptions I’ve tried.)
You can sign your favorite mom up for one month (or more) as a gift and see what she thinks!
TIP: If you use my Stitch Fix link, the mama on your list can get a $25 credit on her first order!
Homeschool Mom T-shirts
If she’s a homeschooling mama, she’ll love some cute homeschooling t-shirts!
Check these homeschool tees out from our own shop:
Christmas Gifts for Mom #5: Something to Help Make Her Life Easier
Look, anytime you can make life easier for a busy mom you’re going to be on her favorite list.
And, for most of us, one of the BEST ways to make our lives easier is to get us something that helps out at home.
Hands down, one of THE BEST ALL TIME GIFTS that I EVER received was the iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum.
It is a pricey gift, but I guarantee you that if you add up all the little things here and there that you buy for mom, it will come close to the cost of this vacuum.
(Or, pool resources from a few family members to get it for her!)
The fantastic thing about the Roomba vac is that it works well on hardwoods AND carpet.
And, it even works when you have pets. (We have two cats and two dogs who shed A LOT and it even tackled all that hair with no problem!)
It also helps mom because she can program it to work while she sleeps. That way, when she gets up in the morning, the floor is one less thing she has to take care of for the day!
So, if you’re looking for one, big, bang-for-your-buck present for mom, the iRobot Roomba is definitely it. You’ll be on her favorites list FOREVER.
Other gifts to help make mom’s life easier:
• Ring Video Doorbell. The Ring Doorbell is a great addition to any home and will give that mom in your life peace of mind, especially if she spends time at home alone with the kids. You can see who is at your door and even speak to them through a speaker.
• Closet Organizer System — but don’t just GET her a closet organizer system, install it for her when she is out for the day and organize her closet. Or, do the kids’ closets. She’ll LOVE it!
• Monthly (or Weekly) Meal service box (like Blue Apron)
• Do Not Forget Door Knob Organizer–a super simple (AND SUPER CHEAP) way for mom to put everything she needs in one place to grab when running out the door (keys, phone, charger, notes, etc.).
• Pinch Provisions Tech Kit. This is a tech kit with extra charging cords, tablet/phone stand, mini lens, wall charger, ear buds, and MORE that mom can throw in her purse, car, or bag for tech emergencies.
• Zipit Bedding. This is equally for mom and child. If a kid can zip a zipper, they can make their own bed with Zipit bedding. And, anything that helps with keeping a kid’s room clean, us mamas are ALL IN!
Christmas Gifts for Mom #6: Something Handmade
Let’s just say it: most moms are suckers for something handmade, but the non-stop art projects can get overwhelming.
So, be mindful of the handmade items you’re making for mom. Try a knit or crocheted blanket, a personalized quilt, or a set of pictures with these awesome quick change picture frames where she can quickly and easily change out photos or artwork du jour.
You can even make some cool, personalized pieces that stay out during the holidays, but then are put away most of the year to reduce the clutter. Try this snow globe with a picture of the family inside or this awesome Christmas tree ornament where you can create a memory from an event, trip, or special time. (We did this for a beach trip and it’s one of my favorite ornaments to put on the tree each year!)
Christmas Gifts for Mom #7: An Experience
Trust me when I say that most moms will appreciate an “experience” more than a physical gift.
What do I mean by “experience”?
An experience is something that mom can do and cherish the memories, instead of just another “thing” for her or the house.
For example, maybe the mom on your list has always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride? So, you purchase and arrange a ride for her. It’s an experience that ticks something off her bucket list and that she will remember forever!
(Really step it up by hiring a professional photographer to photograph her while she completes her bucket list experience!)
Here are some ways you can help that mom on your list have an experience:
• Give her an Airbnb Gift Card and let her have a peaceful weekend away . . . ALONE!
• How about an Airline Gift Card and let her plan a trip?
• Surprise her with an awesome Bed and Breakfast Experience
• Make some fun family time coupons! (START HERE for ideas.)
What unique gift ideas do you have for the moms on your list? Share them in the comments so we can check them out!