Ah, Mom. The woman forever insisting she doesn’t need anything for the holidays, her birthday or Mother’s Day. Whether she truly doesn’t think you should bother or she just can’t think of something she wants beyond a weekend alone in a hotel with a masseuse on call (not the worst gift idea, by the way), she deserves the world—or at least one of these elegant, indulgent, pro-approved picks.
For the mom who’s an open book
Questions About Me
Tell Me Your Life Story, Mom: A Mother’s Guided Journal and Memory Keepsake Book
Here’s a way to give Mom what she really wants: a connection to you. With 200-plus thoughtful prompts and quick-hitting questions (What food do you like to have made for you when you’re sick?), encourages her “to share her life lessons and wisdom with her kids,” says Vicki Broadbent, Yorkshire, England—based author of “The Working Mom” and founder of the lifestyle blog. Once her journey has been laid out, Broadbent adds, she can pass the newly minted keepsake “onto generations to come.”
For the mom who deserves a break
Comfier Neck Back Massager with Heat
This upgraded version of the back massager Broadbent got from her 12-year-old son Oliver several years ago now comes with a heating function, a nice extra to accompany the shiatsu back massage chair pad and adjustable neck massager. Made of linen, elastic fabric and breathable mesh, can be placed on any chair or sofa for a quick timeout while watching TV or between work calls. Broadbent uses hers when taking a break between deadlines, and claims, “Once she uses this she’ll wonder why she didn’t sooner.”
For the sentimentalist
With its simple, striking design and opportunity for personalization, caught Broadbent’s eye as she was doing some online window shopping ahead of her birthday. “I love incorporating my children’s initials or meaningful inscriptions into jewelry,” she says, and the fact that this bracelet is ethically made from recycled gold and lab-created diamonds “adds bonus points.”
For the mom who’s always rushing
Professional Plus Blender Duo
Help preserve her most precious resource: her free time, advises Dallas-based fitness trainer Monica Bencomo, founder of, who streamlines her mornings by whipping up fresh smoothies for her brood of four with . “I love that I can just throw in seeds, fruit, veggies and a natural protein like peanut butter or Greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast,” she says, and it also offers preset programming for your favorite frozen drinks, soups and more.
For the self-care enthusiast
C E Ferulic
Who says she can’t maintain that pregnancy glow even when her baby is out of diapers? For anyone who’s into skin care, with vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid makes an indulgent present, according to Los Angeles-based stylist Katie Bofshever, who started using it for her normally acne-prone complexion while expecting her now-9-month-old son. The formula aims to brighten skin tone and improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and Bofshever reports she’s “seen such a difference with clarity and texture.” At more than $150 for just one ounce, “it’s pricey,” she acknowledges—which makes it the sort of treat a mom might not shell out for herself.
For the mom who’s tired of getting flowers
Think of succulents as the gateway into plant parenthood. They’re easy to care for, says Kristen Chase, Philadelphia-based co-founder of the lifestyle blog. And with deliveries coming straight to her door every month, is a simple way to inject a dose of mood-boosting nature into her space. Each plant from the family-owned, fourth-generation of growers comes with all the necessities (pot, soil and more), plus user-friendly care and assembly instructions to ensure she’ll spend less time fussing over watering schedules and more time gazing at her new greenery.
For the mom on the go
Think of as an upgrade to her standard pony or top knot. A favorite of Bofshever’s, “especially for days when you haven’t had time to wash and or style your hair,” she says, it’s made of natural, renewable fibers, including lightweight and durable raffia. “I love a gift that’s stylish and practical,” she says, “and this hat is such an easy way to add interest to your look.”
For the mom who could use a pick-me-up
Dare we say this is the sort of offering that will have her buzzing? It’s a go-to gift for Chase, who loves that match java lovers with new blends from its roster of more than 450 taste-tested brews. After completing a quick quiz about how they like their coffee, they’ll receive shipments of anywhere from two to 24 bags grinded to their liking and delivered at their preferred intervals.
For the consummate host
Silver Coin Server Spoon
Though she may have platters aplenty, anyone who’s regularly throwing gatherings has use for extra serveware—and she probably doesn’t already have an artful little spoon like . Handcrafted in Italy from goldtone metal and green quartz, it’s one that Eunice Byun, founder of kitchenware line,, highly recommends for gifting. “It feels like jewelry to me,” she says, “but it’s usable”—and will remind her of you every time she has it in hand.
For the woman on the go
Ui Mug & Warmer Set
If she’s not the type to do cold brew, she’ll appreciate that ensures her morning pick-me-up never disappoints. With a special charger that uses magnetic induction energy to keep drinks at the ideal 135 degrees (and can also power her cellphone), “it’s a mom’s dream,” says Chase. “There are no complicated directions or apps required to control anything.”
For the gal with a sweet tooth
Few things bring more joy than indulging in truly tasty ice cream while bingeing your favorite streamer. And offers a sweet extra, allowing you to add photos and a message to each pint. “It will bring her joy every time she opens her freezer,” says Chase. There are 19 flavors to choose from, though she’s partial to Sea Salt Caramel Brownie for the fudgy bites mixed in.