The Best Mom Gifts You’ll Want to Borrow (and She Won’t Want to Share)
Like shearling-lined slippers and the softest mohair scarf.
Updated Dec 4, 2023 1:19 PM
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We’re constantly on the prowl for presents that’ll surprise and delight even the most discerning parent, and this holiday season, we found all kinds that will make the moms in your life feel seen and special. Whether they are practical and problem-solving (an elegant water globe for her plants), sit pretty and will make her smile (the pitcher-vase combo of the moment), or offer a bit of respite (one very comfy bathrobe), there’s something for just about everyone, and at different price points. Read on for our picks, organized by budget.
Best Gifts for Moms Under $50
Dad hats are here to stay, and Clare V.’s versions—adorned with the likes of lips and cute quips—are cheeky little accessories for Mom. The back strap is adjustable and you can add her monogram to personalize the whole thing. We say: oui!
Give her hands a little TLC with this twofer. Ten Over Ten’s Rose and Celery Oil set is all about the digits. Both are equipped with a roll-on applicator, and each oil is designed to target different areas: cuticle repair and nail strengthening. And as a duo, it could be split to gift more than one mom in your life.
Sweet Deliverance makes some of our favorite granola combos dressed up in beautiful packaging: pistachio rose and sour cherry; salted peanut and strawberry; and turmeric and superseed. Its latest debut, blueberry and sunflower butter, ranks right up there with the rest. One bag would be enough, but there are also tin trios and variety packs available.
Gingham is the game for Heather Taylor, and her 100% cotton tea towel would please any mom who likes a pattern in the kitchen. Pair it with a set of wooden spoons and some fancy salt, or use it as sustainable wrapping paper to give a little more.
An everywhere balm for the driest days of winter—or anytime she just needs a little extra softness. She can even hit her heels, elbows, or other spots with this butter moisturizer.
Papier makes some of our go-to stationery and even an extremely adorable Advent calendar. This darling recipe journal is made for the cook and meal tinkerer—it has sections for different meals, space to note tips and tricks, and blank lists to log her favorite shops and restaurants.
Maybe you’re gifting to a new mom versus your own mom, and they’ll welcome any way to cut steps out of processes. These discs, made in Italy, provide perfectly seasoned water to cook pasta in, no thought required.
This oversize thick glass vase is so affordable that you’ll be able to pick up her favorite flowers to put in it and gift them together as a bundle.
Best Gifts for Moms Under $100
This pattern-on-pattern playbook from Seattle-based designer Heidi Caillier is the coffee-table addition she needs this season. With its picture-perfect pairing of stunning photography and well-written walk-throughs, she’ll find inspiration on every page.
We turn to Hawkins New York for plush linens and relaxed-chic tabletop, but it has a trove of gifts, too. Stocked at present: this matte English porcelain mug from Oxum NYC, available in blush, ochre, and terracotta. We love its perfectly imperfect edges; she’ll reach for it every morning.
Okay, stay with us: Slide her favorite vintage into this wine tote and tie a big bow around the handle. After she’s pulled out the bottle, she can use it as an unusually shaped purse, a little spot to stash small trinkets or wrapped candies, and even as a vase for dried flowers.
Inspired by traditional Welsh tapestries, these 100% organic cotton throws from sustainably minded GreenRow are reversible and sport a fringed edge. Ethereally soft and adorned with checks, plaids, and other patterns, the blankets are under-$100 crowd-pleasers.
Wrap up a bit of PNW with these cobalt blue wind chimes from Portland, Oregon, darling Pigeon Toe Ceramics (it also makes a butter dish we can’t get over).
Enclosed in this Splatterware bottle—which is hand-painted in Puglia, Italy—is 100% extra virgin olive oil made with Ogliarola and Coratina olives from award-winning producer Frantoio Galantino. After she’s finished with the batch it comes with, Mom can keep the bottle to refill or use as she pleases.
Destined to be her favorite potted plant’s best friend. This dazzling glass water globe, handblown in France, can hold approximately a liter of water, which is often enough for 20 to 30 days. When not in use, she can place it on a shelf as an objet to admire.
Radicchio is the vegetable of the moment. If she’s a fan of the bitter lettuce, and also happens to love a dinner party, this one’s for her. Crafted in Italy, the 14-inch-wide ceramic platter sports a set of chicory that many other vegetables would look good nestled next to.
Best Gifts for Moms Under $200
These classic suede clogs will slip cozy shearling onto her feet. Made in Germany with leather and a natural cork and latex footbed, they’ll keep her cozy whether she’s lounging or running out for the mail.
Cheese knives are a dime a dozen around gifting season, but we were smitten with this take on the style. The curved handle, made by French artisans, allows it to rest upright without the blade touching the table. Pair it with a nice Roquefort—there’s a gift that’s bound to please.
Give her the gift of portable coziness with a gingham scarf made from lambswool—with six colors to choose from, there’s bound to be one she’ll love.
Australian brand Maison Balzac is known for cheeky glassware, whether that’s coupes adorned with pom-poms or martini glasses with already-installed olives. This decanter, topped with a stopper in the form of a bunch of grapes, takes the cake in our book.
A modern heirloom. Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s mirror-polished stainless steel pitcher is a true beauty, and a versatile one at that. Mom can arrange flowers in it, batch drinks, or just have it around to admire. The squiggle handle is the icing on top.
Nearly 100-year-old brand Matouk, based in Massachusetts, is well known for soft goods like towels, bedding, and table linens. When it comes to gifting, its linen aprons—made in Portugal and featuring four different Schumacher prints—are a never-fail. We’re partial to the artful blooming bouquets on the Gisele pattern.
A regular sweatshirt might not feel special, but this one from Staud and C.Bonz takes the article of clothing to another level. All you have to do is enter her pet’s name, include an image, select a color and size—and voilà! An ultra-personalized gift that’ll bring a smile to her face.
Pink and red makes for an eternally cool color combo, and we love it on this plush Turkish cotton robe from Brooklinen. Wide sleeves, pockets, and an adjustable tie at the waist make it versatile, even in the available large and extra-large sizes. Oversized is in, you know.
She’ll snuggle right into the champagne-hued fur of Farmhouse Pottery’s sheepskin. Made in New Zealand, this throw-slash-rug is inviting underfoot, tossed over an armchair, or draped over a bench. Cozy season: engage.
Best Gifts for Moms Over $200
Obakki prioritizes bringing handmade, small-batch items from across the globe to market. The purpose-driven brand sources decor, kitchen, dining, textiles, and lifestyle products through partnerships with a worldwide network of artisans. This incredibly soft, stylish, and warm mohair scarf is made in the Karoo region of South Africa, which has been known for its mohair production for centuries.
Ezcaray makes the most delicious blankets and scarves, and this one is a collaboration with one of our favorite gift retailers, Goodee. Made in Spain with mohair and extra-fine wool, the Matisse throw is a dose of sunshine even on the darkest day. She’ll treasure it for years to come.
The grande dame of mom gifts. A Le Creuset Dutch oven hardly needs an introduction, but we are particularly taken with the new matte navy it’s offered in—very reminiscent of Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, if we may.
She can wear this sweet woven leather purse as a fanny pack, over the shoulder, or as a cross-body; it’s roomy enough for all her essentials for everyday or travel.
If your mom is a coffee fiend, or has every other brew tool in the books, a Moccamaster will immediately find a place in her heart. The KBGV Select’s brewing speed and hot-plate temperature are adjustable, and we love that the brew basket automatically stops the flow of coffee when the carafe is removed. The matte white and polished silver are calling us, but there are cute pastels to choose from, too.