56 best gift ideas for moms: KitchenAid, J. Crew, lululemon and more

2022-11-09 16:34:42 By : Ms. Dorothy Meng

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Mom deserves the very best — so why can it be so hard to find the perfect gift for the mother figures in your life? Never fear: At Reviewed, finding the best products (and the best deals) is our mission, and we're always scouting (and testing!) the most thoughtful, unique and show-stopping gift ideas for Christmas gifts and holiday presents.

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Whether you're looking for something meaningful, practical, silly or sentimental, we've got you covered. From a versatile Staub pan that beats Le Creuset to some of the most delicious chocolates around, there's something for every type of mom—and a gift for every budget. So show her how much she means to you: She'll love what you pick—almost as much as she loves you.

Cashmere is the gold standard when it comes to cozy, and if your mom loves a warm sweater or a snuggly blanket, trust us: She needs these beyond-soft socks. Available in classic colors like camel and heather gray—as well as fun shades like Neon Dragon Fruit (a cheery pink) and emerald green—these socks are soft, supple and a little luxury she can enjoy all year round. 

If mom's dripping in diamonds—or, okay, if she has a few everyday sparklers she never takes off—then gift her this easy-to-use cleaning stick to keep things shining. More than 46,000 Amazon reviewers swear by this cleaning solution pen for keeping their jewelry looking "brand new."

She loved it in the 90s, and she''ll love it just as much today. This lightweight, deeply plummy lip stain had a major moment in the 90s, and today it's seeing another resurgence after it was discovered by the TikTok generation—stores haven't been able to keep it in stock. Our beauty editor tested the glossy, flattering-on-everyone stick and praised it as "foolproof"—but mom already knew that. 

If your favorite mom figure likes to entertain—or heck, just likes s'mores a whole lot—then this adorable, tabletop fire pit from Solo Stove is a gift she'll love to unwrap. We love Solo Stove's full-size Bonfire model ($259) for its ingenious smokeless design and inviting warmth, and the new-this-year Mesa takes those qualities and amps them up. This ultra-portable version weighs under 2.5 pounds, comes with a stand to save your tables and a pellet adapter so you have flexibility to fuel the flames with either pellets or wood. It even comes in six rich colors to match her décor (we're partial to the Mulberry version). Our only recommendation? Pick up some marshmallows and hope she invites you to share.

Honor your mom's classic design style with this chic, simple frame for her favorite picture of the two of you together. This stunning silver-plate frame accommodates a standard 5 by 7 inch picture, and will make mom smile every time she looks at it. 

Burt's Bees has a cult following for its moisturizing beeswax-based lip balms (Gift Guide Editor Jeaneen Russell and Managing Editor of Commerce Jennifer Ernst Beaudry both swear by Burt's Bees Pomegranate lip balm all winter long) and beauty products for the whole family. That's why we think this adorable Mommy & Me gift set is just the thing for any new or expectant moms on your shopping list this year. The limited-edition set includes a nourishing body lotion, shampoo and baby wash, chlorine-free wipes and 2-in-1 diaper cream for baby, as well as an overnight lip treatment and a trio of appealingly scented hand lotions for mom. It also includes an adorable bee-print pajama set — that one's for both babe and mom to enjoy. 

Don't sleep on Burt's Bees for gifts for even non-moms on your list. If you know a beauty lover, this four-pack of the brand's beloved lip balms in juicy limited-edition scents like Sweet Mandarin, coconut and pear and watermelon makes an incredible beauty stocking stuffer. 

Nothing feels quite as soothing as a good scalp massage, and the 28 arms of this lightweight head scratcher will give mom chills (in a good way). Made of stainless steel and tipped with rubber beads for comfort, this stress-reliever is a great stocking stuffer or gift.

If your favorite mother figure will be logging some miles this holiday season, get her a backpack that's got her back. Reviewed Style Editor Anthony Palliparambiil is "obsessed" with his Dakota backpack and how easy it makes life on the road. "The story with this backpack is storage," he said. "In addition to the main compartment, there's TWELVE pockets, and a strap on the back so you can loop it onto the handle of a rolling bag so it's perfect for travel—they've thought of everything."

If your favorite mom figure spends her weekends cheering on the home team, make sure she's sitting in style. This GCI chair folds up umbrella-style and has a carrying strap for easy transport to and from the field, but unfolds into a relaxed deep-seated chair that, yes, rocks. With a deep pocket for her phone and a convenient holder for her coffee, this chair has everything she need to keep her team spirit up. It even comes in five colors, so she can rep the team home or away. Your mom more into the great outdoors than the great American pastime? This compact chair is equally at home around the campfire.

This Uncommon Goods find is a favorite of multiple Reviewed staffers, who love its incredibly sturdy build and well-balanced handle. It's a pleasure to carry and can tote up to 20 pounds of vegetables, fruit, flowers or anything else she wants to carry. Make it even more special for Mom, and get it personalized for an additional $13.

Cozy, chic, comfortable? This Eberjay Gisele pajama set is a winner. Made of an ultra-soft modal jersey blend, this classic menswear-inspired pajama set with piping detail looks as good as it feels. Even better? It comes in a variety of colors and sleeve lengths, so whether she's always cold or sleeps hot, you can get mom something she'll absolutely love. 

There's nothing quite a timeless as a pair of chic gold earrings and this sparkling pair from Mejuri is a fantastic upgrade for any mom who's looking for a bit of shine. Crafted in vermeil (sterling silver overlaid with 18 karat gold), these graceful hoops add style to any outfit. 

Chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat makes some of the most interesting, most delicious chocolates around—the brand marries luxurious, intensely flavored ingredients from around the world with top-shelf chocolate to create treats Mom won't forget. The limited-edition holiday "Enchanted" collection includes 18 chocolate truffles with flavors like Hateruma brown sugar caramel, ancho and guajillo chilis, white peach and bitter almond and more. If more traditional tastes are more up Mom's alley, try the petite and perfect five-piece Champagne truffle box, each gilded with hand-placed leaf — or a gingerbread brittle? There's a seasonal flavor no matter what she loves.

Let Mom drift off to dreamland in sustainable comfort: Tuft & Needle (makers of our pick for best affordable mattress in a box) has the sheet set she never knew she needed. Made of 100% hemp fibers, the Hemp Sheet Set uses less water than cotton make, but has a luxe linen-like feel for cool comfort at night.

Ever wondered what life would be like if you only had one dish, not 20 cluttering your cabinets? Sure bet your mother has. Surprise her with the Always Pan, the magical piece of cookware that claims to be eight pans condensed into one. The pan can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry and boil, which is pretty much anything she’d need to do in the kitchen aside from actually serving food—and yes, we tested it and it lives up to the hype.

Bouqs is a flower delivery service that sends a fresh bouquet of flowers every month. It is, hands down, the best gift I’ve ever gotten my mom. She adorably texts me a picture of her bouquet every time it arrives and reminds me every month that I’m not allowed to cancel it. If mom loves flowers, it doesn’t get better than Bouqs. 

There is no kitchen tool more versatile than the Dutch oven. Mom can use it to prepare soups, simmer sauces, fry foods, sauté vegetables and so much more. If she doesn’t already own this kitchen staple, it’s time to get her our favorite model—the Staub (yes, it beat the coveted Le Creuset).  We found the Staub Round Cocotte performed equally (if not better) than the Le Creuset Dutch oven, but cost nearly half as much as the popular brand and we found it fits better on the stovetop. This version has a generous 4-quart size and a glass lid so your favorite mother figure can keep an eye on what's cooking.

If mom can’t wake up without a cup of her favorite tea blend, she needs the best electric kettle money can buy. Our kitchen team swears by the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle. This teatime tool comes with six preset heat settings and easy-to-use buttons that made warming water a breeze. We loved that it could keep water warm without having to worry about it boring over. If mom’s a tea fanatic, this one is a must-have.

Has it been a while since you and the family took a picture all together? Love adventure but didn't get a good shot on your last hike? This customized portrait by artist Mia Winfrey sets you, your family and even the family pets in a natural setting. Pieces are available framed and unframed, and prices vary depending on how many family members are pictured. Worried it's already too late for Christmas shipping? Don't be:  You'll get a proof of your design to approve within two business days. 

When it comes to the best digital meat thermometers, it doesn’t get better than ThermoWorks. The thermometers from this company are incredibly high-quality, providing near-instant temperature readings, ideal for meat-loving moms who rely heavily on their kitchen tech.

Our favorite is the ThermoPop, which could read temperatures accurately in just three seconds. It’s cute, it’s accurate and it's affordable. If you’re looking to splurge though, we highly recommend the Thermapen ONE, which was the fastest and most accurate thermometer we tested and would have been our top pick if it wasn’t so expensive. It’s more than double the price of the ThermoPop, but it’s waterproof, precise and fast-acting.

You know what’s fun? Celebrating mom. You know what’s not fun? Cleaning. Help mom save her time (and sanity) by picking up the best robot vacuum on the market—the iRobot Roomba j7+. The j7+ is hands down the greatest robot vacuum we tested, outperforming all its competitors in nearly every category. It can easily map her home, be controlled from her smartphone and empty itself, which is frankly, magical. 

Here at Reviewed, we are obsessed with The Sill, an online plant retailer that sells gorgeous potted plants and hosts virtual plant workshops. We’ve tried out The Sill numerous times and found that it exceeded our expectations with each order. If your mom loves new plants, you can’t go wrong with a customized pot and vibrant plant from The Sill. 

If Mom frequently regales you with stories of your ancestors—like that you're related to Abraham Lincoln or your second cousin was a British spy—help her discern fact from fiction by treating her to one of our favorite DNA kits, AncestryDNA. All mom needs to do is spit in a tube, ship off her DNA and in six to eight weeks she'll unlock the mysteries of her past, allowing her to view her ancestral roots in the easy-to-use Ancestry interface.

Leggings just don't get better than these editor favorites. This pair comes in 10 colors and a range of inclusive sizes. The tummy control top is comfortable and slimming, while the pockets hold my phone, keys, ID, credit cards and more. If mom is sick of jeans and pleated pants, it's time to invest in some high-quality leggings.

These casual low-top sneakers are ultra-popular and chic, and you bet your mom wants a pair. The company claims to be carbon-neutral and this particular product is said to be constructed entirely out of self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics. We especially loved how comfortable they were—our tester went so far as to call them the "most comfortable shoes" she's ever ordered. They're also available in multiple colors, so you can pick one out that best suits your mom's wardrobe. 

For any new mom, a new set of wheels (in this case a stroller) is the gift she needs to stroll through the neighborhood, park or mall with ease and confidence. The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 is one that combines top-notch performance and functionality without sacrificing style. The smooth, sleek stroller accommodates newborns, toddlers and children up to 50 pounds, and features all the bells and whistle a multitasking mama needs, such as one-handed multi-position recline and a one-hand release for easy loading.

Wrap mom in the same comfort she gave you when you were a child (and let’s be honest, the same comfort she gives you to this day). A weighted blanket can be great for reducing stress and anxiety, but honestly, it’s just comfortable to snuggle under while laying on the couch. Our favorite weighted blanket is the Gravity Blanket. We recommend it for all moms, as they won’t get too hot while sleeping and they’ll stay comfortable all night long.

There’s something special about products the whole Internet can agree on—like the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. We tested the cult-favorite Revlon for ourselves and were just as obsessed with it as the rest of the Internet was. If your mother loves her hair as much as she loves you, she needs the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer in her life. Bonus: The Revlon works on natural hair, too.  

After we tested Hunt A Killer, the first thing I did was buy a subscription for my mother. She is obsessed with true crime, and unsurprisingly, she’s now also obsessed with Hunt A Killer. The subscription box allows players to solve a crime, with monthly “episodes” that get the person closer to solving the crime every time. If your mother is just as obsessed with true crime as mine, she’ll be ecstatic to play detective for a few months. 

That’s right, we’re recommending Crocs for your mother. There are a wide variety of Crocs styles you can choose from, including fur-lined options and even platforms. But there’s nothing quite as good as the original rubber clog, especially if Mom spends a lot of time outdoors or running around the garden. 

If mom loves her daily yoga routine, get her the best yoga mat on the market—the lululemon reversible mat. It’s sturdy, reliable, and it’ll stay in place while she’s doing downward dog, which is all you can really ask for in a yoga mat. We loved it so much, one of our writers wrote a love letter explaining just why it’s worth every penny. 

Looking for an amazing gift mom didn't even know she needed? Check out Baked by Melissa, a small cupcake bakery that quickly became one of our favorite places to order sweets online. You can order mom 25, 50 or even 100 mini cupcakes in fun flavors like red velvet, chocolate chip pancake, Oreo cheesecake and mint chocolate chip. Just whatever you do, don't expect mom to share. 

There’s nothing better than a chilled glass of Chardonnay, right? Keep things cool with this set of cooling coasters that claim to do just that, keeping mom’s favorite adult beverage cold with a frozen gel core, meaning she doesn’t have to keep adding ice cubes to her glass. The coasters are made from stainless steel and come in a pack of two.

FTD is one of the best flower delivery services we’ve tested, so if you know a fresh bouquet will put a smile on mom’s face, you can’t go wrong with a colorful arrangement. FTD delivers to all 50 states and sources its bouquets from local florists, meaning you can get same-day delivery if you need (hello, last-minute gift). 

Whether she sits at home and reads every night or attends a monthly book club with her ladies, getting mom an e-reader is a great way to ensure she can always keep her book-of-the-month handy. The Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift for the mom who wants to get an e-reader, but doesn’t want to give up her paperbacks quite yet—it’s specifically designed to look and read like a physical book, so she won’t get screen fatigue. Plus, it’s waterproof, so she can keep bringing her books to the pool, beach or bath. 

There’s a reason everyone wants the KitchenAid standing mixer: It’s the best, period. If mom doesn’t own this iconic mixer yet, it’s time to get her one. She can combine baking ingredients, knead bread dough, whisk meringue, and even make her own pasta at home. Plus, there’s a wide range of useful attachments that can accompany her mixer, meaning you’ve got the next few years of gifts planned out for you. 

There are few gifts better than personalized ones, especially when it comes to the mom who pretty much already has everything. With services like Minted, you can upload your own photos for a collage and watch your beautiful creation come to life. Customize the frame and color theme to best match mom's style and watch her fall in love with her new heartfelt gift. 

Yes—you can give Disney+ as a gift. And if your mom loves singing along with Ariel, is there any greater present you can give her than a subscription to the wildly popular streaming service? In addition to the catalog of animated Disney films, mom can also watch most films and TV shows in the Star Wars canon, as well as all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sometimes you need a full purse to hit the town, but other times, you only need to carry a few things, which can make carrying a full purse more work than it's worth. Get mom a classy Coach wristlet for those days where she's just not in the mood for the whole shebang. 

There’s no substitute for high-quality coffee. Reviewer-approved brand BLK & Bold sells specialty teas and coffees, many of which are available on Amazon and Target. The brand also makes a strong social impact, donating 5% of its profits to supporting at-risk youths. Is there anything better than coffee that both tastes good and makes you feel good?

If your mom drinks iced coffee even in the dead of winter, this well-priced cold brew carafe would make a great gift. With a fine-mesh, cleanable filter and a carafe large enough for four cups of coffee, as well as a sleek design for in-fridge storage, the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker is perfect for the mom in need of a caffeine fix.

Sometimes it’s clear who mom’s favorite child is—it’s the dog. No shame, though, because there are lots of gifts out there perfect for dog moms and dog lovers. One of the best dog-themed subscription kits we've tested is the KONG Box, a subscription service from cult-favorite brand KONG. It comes with toys, snacks and more, and the best part is that it features new products each time, so you don’t have to worry about getting the same rubber KONG toy three months in a row. 

We tested the Goody Box from Chewy, which is essentially a gift box that’s filled with some of Chewy’s best cat toys and snacks. It’s the perfect gift for any proud cat-loving mom, as she’ll enjoy watching her kittens pounce around all day with their new toys. 

Mom may not be in the market for a fancy espresso maker, but she would likely love the opportunity to upgrade her current coffee maker to a more high-quality model. Our favorite drip coffee maker is the Technivorm Moccamaster, which ticks off just about every box you can think of to make the perfect coffee machine: It brews quickly, makes an incredibly delicious pot of Joe and looks good when displayed on the counter. Mom will thank you every time she pours a cup. 

If mom loves keeping cool as she sleeps, she'll love these luxurious pajamas. Our tester said these silky set from Athleta's Cool Calm collection made her feel like a glamorous "Bridgerton" protagonist and delivered on the promise to keep her cool and comfortable all night long. 

Does mom get teary-eyed when looking at old clay pots you made her when you were younger? Go the sentimental route and find a custom-made piece of jewelry from Etsy that will have her reaching for the Kleenex when she opens it. We’re partial to this engraved necklace, which can be easily customized with your mother in mind. You can include kids’ names, birthdates or meaningful quotes.

If mom already owns and loves a weighted blanket, take it to the next level with a weighted robe, which wraps mom in a layer of comfort as soon as she steps out of the shower. We tried the Gravity Robe, made by the same company that makes our favorite weighted blanket. It features a weighted collar that may help mom relax as she lounges around the house. (Don’t worry—you’re not giving Mom a 50-pound robe she won’t be able to walk in.)

Moms can never turn down cardigans. It’s a fact. They’re sensible, comfortable and perfect for fighting against drafty air. Barefoot Dreams sells this top-rated cardigan that is made from the same material as their celeb-loved blankets, which we love at Reviewed. It's perfect for wearing both inside and outside, whether she's out running errands or lounging on the couch.

You could get mom a nice bottle of wine, or you could give her a wine subscription service that will keep the vino flowing all month long. We tried Winc and quickly became obsessed with the service, finding that it consistently delivered high-quality wines and recommendations throughout the months. 

What’s better than a present you can eat? Whether mom prefers fruit or chocolate or assorted cheeses, you can find nearly every type of edible goody from Harry & David. We tried Harry & David and found that its gift baskets were chock-full of delicious foods that would make any person smile. We were partial to the Moose Munch and chocolate-covered pretzels, but if mom loves fresh fruit, you can’t get better than the classic Harry & David pears. 

When it’s so noisy in the house that Mom can’t hear herself think, she definitely needs noise-canceling headphones to surround herself in blissful silence. Our experts tested the best noise-canceling headphones and found the best pair to be the Bose QuietComfort 45 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, which are stylish and intuitive to use, with unsurpassed noice cancelation. When the football game is on in the family room and Lil Nas X is blasting out of a bedroom, she'll reach for them. She won’t hear a sound when she’s wearing these headphones, so text her if you need anything.

There’s never been a better time to learn a new language. Whether she dreams of learning French, Italian or Mandarin, help Mom live her dreams by gifting her Rosetta Stone, one of our favorite language learning softwares. The service is easy to use, intuitive and perfect for beginners. She’ll be planning the family trip overseas in no time.

Slippers are a gift straight from the heavens. We tested the best slippers for women and crowned the Ugg Scuffette II slippers the winners. Our tester found them to be ultra-comfortable, made of quality material and stylish. They’re the perfect gift for the mom who spends all day on her feet and just wants to relax.

Fitness-loving mamas rejoice: The new Fitbit Charge 5 is the best of all the fitness tracking devices we tested. Mom will love watching her step count rise as she completes her morning run—and she’ll love bragging about how active she is once she starts seeing her daily stats. Just don’t be surprised if she starts calling you asking you to go on more walks over the next few weeks after gifting it. 

There are some great gift options out there for moms who love tea. You can grab an adorable tea diffuser or a top-notch kettle, but if you really want to wow Mom this year, get her a subscription to the tea membership club Sips by. Our editor tested this service and raved about how wonderful her tea selection was. As with any food subscription service, there were clear winners and losers, but overall, she enjoyed the variety of teas she got to sample.  

If you're looking to splurge on a mom who enjoys spin class, we tested exercise bikes and found The MYX II model to be the best value pick on the market. This bike comes with a Polar heart rate monitor visible on the screen that lets mom hit three exertion zones. It's different from Peloton as the goals aren't RPMs (revolutions per minute of the flywheel), it's adjusting resistance so she can hit her targeted heart rate. The display can also swivel any way you giftee wants as well, so she can take non-spinning classes like HIIT and barre too, all from the comfort of her living room.

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