After looking to Nate Berkus and our astrological signs to curate personal holiday wish lists, it's time to start shopping for those gifts for your mom. Expressing your gratitude to the woman who gave you life (the greatest gift of all, in case you forgot) is a tall order. Since she's a VIP on the holiday gift list, it's probably best not to put your shopping off until the last minute. We know all too well that daunting tasks can lead to procrastination, but if you get a head start, we promise you'll thank yourself later. More importantly, so will she.
To make things a little easier, we curated a roundup of gift bundles broken down by different interests and lifestyles. This way, you can get your mom something you know she'll like based on what she already enjoys. Organized by passions, each category allows you to pick and choose for the ultimate goodie bag of gifts for Mom. Plus, we offer up some experience-oriented gift ideas that allow you to spend some extra time together. For example, does your mom love to stay active? Is she a foodie? Or is she a wellness nut? Perhaps she has a green thumb? Most likely, she's a renaissance woman who dabbles in all the above, so you'd better get started ASAP.
For a Culinary-Minded Mom
If your mom loves cooking, baking, and everything else food-related, consider gifting her with something that she's missing in the kitchen. Think cookbooks, gadgets, and tools.
The Keepsakes: We love these marble serving boards—they're a huge upgrade from the classic version. For another high-shine kitchen product, try this spider-like juicer. And you can't go wrong with a comprehensive group of cookbooks. Who knows? You may get treated to an epic meal or two in return.
The Experience: Book a cooking class for the two of you, either with a local chef she loves or at the nearest Sur La Table. You can pick and choose from the store's calendar online, so it's super easy. Don't forget to print it out and include it with your gift!
For an Active, Sporty Mom
If your mom is always on the go, loves hardcore exercising, or is a yogi at heart, she'll love any of the gift options below.
Keepsakes: A fun yoga mat with bright colors and cool prints or a bundle of Pilates tools can be great for at-home stretching. Even if your mom isn't a total Sporty Spice but has a busy lifestyle, consider giving her a hip water bottle. You'll play the role of the caretaker for a change by ensuring that she stays hydrated in style.
Experiences: Surprise your mom with a one-on-one lesson in an activity of her choice so she can fine-tune her skills, or take her to hike her favorite trail. You could also surprise her with a membership or subscription to a studio she enjoys so that your gift lasts all year long.
For the Stylish Mom
It can be difficult to shop the perfect wardrobe staples for the woman who's the best dressed person in every room she enters, so when in doubt, focus on accessories.
Keepsakes: You can't go wrong with a pair of unique yet versatile earrings, cat-eye sunglasses, or a cross body bag. Depending on her style, opt for something timeless or quirky, classic or cutting-edge. Either way, she'll think of you each time she wears it.
The Experience: In your note, include an invitation for a day of mother-daughter shopping so you can spend a day playing dress-up at her favorite shops. Or sign her up for a sewing class so she learn the craft herself. You could also check if there's a fun designer exhibit at a nearby art museum.
For The Mom Who Loves Music
Put a package together with some music-friendly gifts to elevate her at-home listening experience but also pack in the chic design.
Keepsakes: Sleek glass speakers or a geometric version are both great options, and you can't go wrong with metallic headphones like these.
The Experience: Include a pair of tickets to a concert you'll both love. Even if you don't have the same taste in music, enjoying this kind of event with a mom is truly special.
For a Mom Who Loves the Arts
If your mom is creative and has an eye for the arts, she'll probably appreciate anything from a new painting for the wall to an interactive adult coloring book or a pretty coffee table book.
The Keepsakes: This Vogue option is also good for the style-savvy. Modern Art Desserts is fun to flip through, so she'll enjoy it even if she doesn't love to bake. And lastly, this geometric print is from Tappan Collective, which is a great online resource if you're on the hunt for art.
The Experience: Plan a day for the two of you to check out the local museum, especially if there's an exhibit you've been dying to try. We suggest purchasing the tickets ahead of time and placing them in the envelope.
For the Mom With a Green Thumb
If you're convinced your mom was a botanist in a previous life (or if she's a gardener in this life), you can't go wrong with gardening tools, beautiful vases, and anything plant-related.
The Keepsakes: These troughs would be perfect for her small-scale gardening projects. If your mother likes sleek, moody styles, the cool vase would be perfect for her floral arrangements. On the other hand, this planter stand would be a good option for someone with a flair for edgy design.
The Experience: Give your mom a gift card to her favorite nursery along with an appointment with the resident specialist so she can learn even more about gardening. If she doesn't have enough outdoor space to cultivate a garden at home, purchase her a plot at the local community garden and spend a day setting it up with her.
For a Wellness-Obsessed Mom
She's not a regular mom; she's a cool mom! And by cool, we don't mean to suggest she's anything like Regina George's mother. We're thinking more along the lines of Joni Mitchell. Anything that encourages her to get centered or seek the rest and relaxation she deserves is a safe bet.
The Keepsakes: This pretty cushion is a great spot for meditating, and the atmosphere mist will make her ritual even more effective. This Simone LeBlanc gift set includes a variety of objects that'll turn her space into a mini spa, too.
The Experience: Plan a day at an actual spa with her. This is the best way to get some quality time together while also indulging in a rejuvenating treat yourself. If you're in Los Angeles, we recommend getting massage treatments at The Now for a stylish spa day.
For the Décor-Loving Mom
Whether she's redecorating the entire the house or refreshing the living room with some new throw pillows and blankets, she'll appreciate your thoughtful picks and think of you every time she looks at them.
Keepsakes: A throw pillow in a neutral color with some textural features accompanied by a cozy mohair throw will enhance any sofa. And a sleek, sophisticated candelabra is perfect for her console, coffee, or dining table.
The Experience: Look into upcoming designer showcase houses and plan on going to one together if you live close to each other.
For the Bookworm Mom
If your mom always has her nose in a book, she'll appreciate some exciting new reading material or pretty much anything literary-inspired.
Keepsakes: Help her stay organized and make her home feel a little more like her favorite place (the library, of course) with a stylish pair of marble bookends, give her a laugh with a punny matchbook (preferably one with her favorite cover on it), or a beautiful collection of books.
The Experience: Check if there are any touring authors coming to a nearby bookstore or college campus to speak or read from their books, and make a date out of it for the two of you.
This was originally published on November 28, 2017, and has since been updated.
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