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The 32 best gifts for the mom who says she has everything

Make her day with these unique gift ideas, ranging from personalized photo prints to useful kitchen gadgets.

Spoil her with these unique gift ideas, ranging in price, personalization and sentiment.
Spoil her with these unique gift ideas, ranging in price, personalization and sentiment. (Photo Illustration: Amanda Garrity/Yahoo News; photos: Birthdate, Uncommon Goods, Etsy, Furbish Studio)

Without fail, your mom says she already has everything she could ever want or need: you and your siblings. Even so, that doesn't mean you, as her son or daughter, can show up to her birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day celebration empty-handed. But really, are there any gifts as thoughtful and unique as she is? I think so — and this list of the best gifts for moms is all the proof you need.

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As Yahoo's gifting editor, I know exactly where to look to find creative, one-of-a-kind gifts for different recipients and occasions. And moms? They're my sweet spot. I turned to moms in my real life (including my very own!) to curate this list of gift ideas. Some picks I've tried out myself (like the ultra-soft Cozy Earth pajamas), others I've been recommended by women I love and trust. I've also thrown a few buzzy bestsellers into the mix — the shower steamers and Oprah-approved tote, for example.

Moms aren't one-size-fits-all, which is why this rundown includes a range of ideas that tackle different interests, styles and needs. Practical types will appreciate the anti-scratch gardening sleeves and memory foam slippers, while the emotionally (okay, sentimentally) inclined will shed happy tears upon opening the personalized birth flower sweatshirt or heart-shaped photo art.

Whatever you go with, be sure to pair it with a hug and handwritten card. (Psst: If you're also on the hunt for a gift for Dad, this list will help you out.)

When a regular blanket just isn't enough for drafty winter nights, it's time to get electricity involved. Mom will love feeling warm and cozy under this 50x60 inch throw, which comes with six heat levels. It's sherpa on one side, flannel on the other and all-around toasty. And an unexpected bonus: Built-in snaps, so it won't slip off Mom's shoulders.

$40 at Walmart

Like a plush towel you can wear, this Brooklinen robe is made of absorbent Turkish cotton — and it has pockets. One shopper called it "my new favorite thing about waking up in the mornings," and another said it "feels like putting on a pillow." Find it in 12 color options at varying price points.

$79 at Brooklinen

For the mom who needs a spa getaway, consider gifting, well, a spa getaway. But if that's not in the cards, this hot towel warmer might be the next best thing. This 25L model easily fits up to 6 towels, but she can also use it for her pajamas, robe or blanket on chilly winter evenings.

$109 at Amazon

She can pack her daily essentials (and not-so-essentials) in this faux suede carryall. The deep main compartment, comfortable drop handle and RFID-protected pockets make it a favorite among Amazon reviewers (and Oprah!). “I bought them for a student, an executive, a law enforcement professional and a stay-at-home mom. And I think just about anyone could find a use for them, ” one satisfied customer wrote of the “very expensive-looking” tote.

$45 at Amazon

She taught you how to apply makeup way back when, and now it’s time to return the favor. Introduce her to Charlotte Tilbury’s best-kept secret: Pillow Talk, the ultimate pink nude. With this set, she can layer the lipliner, lipstick and lipgloss to achieve the perfect everyday bouche, then add a dewy glow to her cheeks with a matching highlighter wand.

$54 at Sephora

Somehow, she manages to make her one cup of coffee or tea last all day. Instead of sipping on a lukewarm — or worse, cold — drink, she can pop it on this mug warmer to keep it at 131°F (aka the ideal drinking temperature).

$24 at Amazon

Breathe new life into her space with this colorful floral throw. As one Anthropologie shopper puts it, this wool-blend beauty is both “decorative and cozy.”

$88 at Anthropologie

With this cookie cutter, she can press out 24 shapes including stars, trees, snowflakes and other festive faves in one go. And if you’re lucky, she’ll give you the first batch!

$25 at Sur La Table

Your mom is tea-riffic — pun very much intended. That’s why it’s fitting to give her this seasonal sampler, which includes two each of raspberry ganache, sweet orange spice, cherry marzipan, harvest apple spice and winter chai.

$28 at Amazon

Feeling a little splurge-y? A top-notch pair of pjs goes a long way. Treat her to this pair made out of breathable and moisture-wicking fabric that’ll keep her cool year-round. Choose between regular and long lengths, along with 13 stunning colors and patterns.

$195 at Cozy Earth

A spa day might not be in the cards this year, but these aromatherapy steamers will do the trick in the meantime. When she needs a luxurious breather, she can place one on the shower floor and breathe in its calming lavender scent.

$20 at Amazon

Put her heart on display — quite literally. Round up 30 photos of her kids and grandkids, then Minted will arrange them in a shape of a heart. Order the print unframed (starts at $28) or let Minted do the framing for you (starts at $49).

$28 at Minted

Mom doesn’t mess around when it comes to jigsaw puzzles. That said, she needs this 45" x 25" felt mat so she can easily move around her unfinished work from one table to another. She can even sort puzzle pieces into the two included square bins to speed up the process.

$25 at Target

The moment she was promoted from mom to grandma, it was over for you and your siblings. So, give her what she really wants: pictures of her grandkids. Sign her up for a Chatbooks subscription (starting at $21 for three months) so she can see all the highlights from the past month in photo book form — either a mini board book, softcover or hardcover.

$21 at Chatbooks

Protect her arms from sun, scratches and bug bites while she’s tending to her garden. “The sleeves are easy to pull on, and the bands on the upper arm that secure them is fitted perfectly,” one happy customer wrote, while noting that gardening gloves are still necessary “because part of your hands are still exposed.”

$27 at Amazon

Enter the sweater — er, blazer — of the season. This gold-buttoned knit, available in four neutral shades, has become an instant classic among J.Crew shoppers. “Doesn't wrinkle easily so it’s great for travel and I get compliments everywhere I go,” one stylish shopper wrote. 

$90 at J.Crew

Your mom deserves the best … like these memory foam slippers with over 25,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. One reviewer gushed that they were the “best slippers to wear around the house” since they “give enough support and are very comfy.” Another added that “they're warm, but not like sweaty-feet warm.”

$17 at Amazon

Just the right size for her afternoon pick-me-up (or post-work wine and cheese), she’ll be transported to the turquoise waters of Tunisia each and every time she uses this tiled tray.

$30 at Uncommon Goods

Tell her how you really feel with this needlepoint pillow (14" x 8"). Our guess: She’ll put it somewhere where the message is clearly visible, so everyone knows the truth.

$106 at Furbish Studio

Style and comfort don’t always go hand in hand, but that certainly doesn’t apply to these kicks. Between the ankle-hugging heel collar and cork insoles, one reviewer said these canvas sneakers are “truly comfort heaven right out of the box.”

$85 at Cariuma

Show her that warmer, sunnier days will be here in no time. And once spring is here, she can fill the well of this ceramic sunflower with water, sand and salt to attract a bunch of winged beauties to her garden.

$42 at Uncommon Goods

Thanks to you (and, well, this brass bookmark), she’ll never lose her spot in her book ever again. Plus, she’ll be able to keep track of her favorite pen with this adjustable clip, which can be attached to the cover of most notebooks, journals or planners.

$20 at Papier

A symbol of your growing love for mom, this subscription (avaialble in three, six or twelve months, starting at $130) will send preplanted bulbs to her door each month. Her first order will arrive in a decorative planter that she can reuse in the months to follow.

$130 at Harry & David

Mom’s garden is bursting with love, and this sweatshirt will tell everyone (including your mom!) exactly that. Get your and your sibling’s birth month flowers printed on a crewneck sweatshirt, available in 11 colors.

$38 at Etsy

Your mom shows up for everyone — and this monthly subscription box will remind her to show up for herself, too. Each month, she’ll receive eight self-care goodies valued at around $200, everything from calming candles to nourishing face masks.

$40 at Amazon

Give her something that sparkles as much as she does. These crystal studs, available in gold, rose gold or silver, are the perfect everyday statement.

$38 at Kate Spade New York

Give her two bags for the price of one. She can remove the bottom compartment (which doubles as a packing cube) to make this weekender bag more suitable for everyday use. Inside, she’ll find a removable laptop case, key leash and pockets galore.

$128 at Béis

These vintage-style glass mugs look like something you’d find in an antiques shop, but you can score them on Amazon — with two-day shipping, no less. They’re not just pretty, either: “I dropped one from a good height (above the countertop) and even though it hit my linoleum floor, it didn’t break, chip or crack. The spoons are well made, too; one sat in my sink for a week and didn’t rust or discolor the way some fashion spoons do,” one caffeinated customer wrote.

$39 at Amazon

You’ve got some choices to make here. Get her a custom gold or silver necklace inspired by her birthday, yours or one of her grandkids. Using astrology and numerology, Birthdate selects four unique gemstones per pendant, which are said to bring positive energy and good fortune to the person wearing it.

$199 at Birthdate

Brighten her day with this refreshing ensemble, bursting with notes of Meyer lemon, lime, jasmine and rosemary. Here, she’ll be able to sample five of Beekman 1802’s bestselling goat milk products including their whipped body cream, bar soap and lip balm.

$58 at Beekman 1802

"Cold hands, warm heart" doesn’t apply to your mom — at least the first part doesn't, as long as she’s wearing these lambskin leather gloves. They're lined with cashmere, which Quince claims is three times as warm as standard wool.

$40 at Quince

Much more heartwarming — and creative — than a standard candle, this DIY kit comes with everything she needs — a coconut wax blend, cotton wick and speckled cream vessel — to make her very own. Made — or shall we say, baked — in partnership with Butternut Bakery, this candle will smell like a batch of freshly-baked maple cookies once lit.

$71 at Siblings

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