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If there’s one person on your gift list who seriously deserves everything and more, it’s Mom—whether it’s your mom, your partner’s mom, your grandmom, your mom friends or the neighbor down the street who just so happens to be a mom. Every mom in this world deserves to be recognized for all that they do—and the holidays just so happen to be the perfect season for gifting.
When it comes to buying the perfect gift for a mom, it’s all about practicality. With such few free minutes (let alone seconds) in a mom’s day, she deserves to spend her precious time giving back to herself in the form of self care. We’re talking candles, bath salts, chocolates, wine, robes, slippers and all the good stuff that encourages what she needs most: TLC.
To give you some serious holiday shopping inspo this season, we’re sharing some of the best gifts for the mom in your life who needs a break—and some tender, love and care.
Perry Boyce Candles ($14; perryboyce.com)
To truly set the mood for relaxation, Momma’s going to need a candle with a luxe vibe—and one that lasts for more than just a few burns. This line of hand-poured candles from a Brooklyn-designed, female-founded and black-owned brand is right up her alley, with more than 10 premium candles featuring top-selling scents including Coffee + Break, Amber + Wood and Concrete + Jungle.
Dessert Gallery’s Sweet Endings Tray (100; dessertgallery.com)
A tray of gourmet cookies is just what the doctor ordered for Mama—and, if you’re lucky enough, there may be enough in this set to share with you. Shipped directly from Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café, which has been a staple in the Houston community since 1995, this tray includes an assortment of some customer favorites, including Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Chunk Cookies, White-Dipped White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Brookies, Snickerdoodles, Oreo Truffles, Peanut Butter Truffles and more.
Olive & Cocoa Blue Spruce Spa Crate ($138; oliveandcocoa.com)
For the mom who needs some relaxation and a bit of pampering, this spa set is pretty much all you need—and will last you more than a few sessions at least. It’s filled to the brim with spa favorites, including white tea and honeysuckle body lotion, a pine-scented bar soap, a soothing bath bomb, a bergamot and rose candle, a weighted eye pillow, and a petite potted live succulent—all for less than what you’d pay for a single spa treatment and already packaged and warpped together in a hand-crafted wood crate with ribbon.
The Sistain Home Spa Kit ($55; shop.thesistain.com)
If Mom has an eye for eco-friendly products, she’ll so appreciate this spa kit that’s just as good for the planet as it is for her. Made from sustainable materials, including bamboo and other natural ingredients, this set includes a dry brush (meant to be used instead of scrubs, plastic towlers and other exfoliating devices), bath salts that are plastic-free and an agave cloth to provide the ultimate at-home spa experience.
M.M. LaFleur The Emu Australia Teddy Slipper ($80; mmlafleur.com)
The ultimate self-care gift is a pair of cozy slippers, especially ones made from premium Teddy wool. This pair from M.M. LaFleur is the ultimate luxury. They’re so soft and give the feeling like you’re stepping on clouds. The footbed is made from soft wool for all-day comfort and the rubber outsoles help prevent sliding.
Schott Zwiesel Pure Cabernet 2-pc. Red Wine Glass ($37; jcpenney.com)
Mom deserves a high-class wine glass to sip her mom juice in. The problem? The kiddos running around are sure to ruin that pip dream quickly by creating a mess mom will have to end up cleaning. That’s where this set of break-, chip- and scratch-resistant glasses (yes, you read that right) come in handy. Made for cabernet sauvignons, they’re not only classy, but also dishwasher safe, which is a plus.
UnHide Marshmallow Blanket ($195; unhide.us)
Gift mom the most comfortable faux fur lightweight blanket she’s ever felt so that she can cozy up on the couch or in bed and binge on her favorite show (because, does she deserve anything less?). Animal- and cruelty-free, this blanket comes in six beautiful colors to match Mom’s vibe just right.
Kokak Chocolates Celebration Tower ($97; kokakchocolates.com)
Life should be like a box of chocolates for Mom—and it can be in the form of this mouthwatering tower of chocolate all wrapped up in a pretty holiday bow. Kokak, which means “ribbit” in Filipino, is inspired by the founder, Carol Gancia’s, Asian heritage. She brainstorms and designs each chocolate’s flavors. Included in this set are 4 pieces of the Tropical Fruit Collection, 5 from the Castro Pride Collection, 9 pieces from the Assorted Truffle Collection, 16 pieces from the Holiday Collection and an Artist Palette Heirloom 70% Dark Chocolate Bar.
Let Mom Lounge in Style ($99; standupinstyle.co)
This Long-Island based fashion and accessory subscription box not only helps mom stay “in” with all the trends, but they also give back by donating a percent of the proceeds to cancer research—something we all can appreciate. Each box includes two athleisure-inspired pieces plus two accessories. While this is a subscription box there’s no required membership and you cancel any time.
T3 Ultimate Style Smarter Set ($329; t3micro.com)
Mom deserves to feel like the most beautiful girl in the room—always. This means she’ll need some top-notch styling tools to help her look and feel her best. Enter: this style set that includes three of T3’s top-selling tools, including their lightweight T3 Fit hair dryer, T3 Lucea and T3 SingePass curling iron. All come with a 2-year warranty, 30-day returns and free shipping.
Pamper Yourself Bundle from Serena Loves ($108; serenaloves.com)
Can this gift be any more on point for the mom who just needs a minute (and a pampering one at that)? We love this curated gift box that really hits the nail on the head. Perfect for moms who need a self-care day, this bundle includes an essential oil-infused candle, a medium sage, a cleansing mist and a rose aura tumbled stone to harness some of that self love.
Drybar Ready Set Smooth Single Shot Blow-Dryer Brush Set ($150; sephora.com)
This is the ultimate styling set for at-home use or for travel, starring most of Drybar’s top-selling products in one collection, including their Liquid Glass Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner, Detox Dry Shampoo, Prep Rally Prep & Prime Detangler, Hot Toddy Protectant Mist, and their The Single Shot blow dryer.
Philips Premium TurboStar ($250; amazon.com)
Sometimes the best self-care activities are found in the kitchen, making something nourishing, delicious and healthy. If Mom doesn’t already own an air fryer, it’s time to get her one, but not just any air fryer—we’re talking top shelf. This one lets you fry, bake, grill, you name it—even reheat. Mom can whip up thousands of recipes in no time with little or no oil.
Room Service Long Pajamas Set ($74; nordstrom.com)One thing we hope doesn’t change in 2022 is the freedom to take Zoom calls in your jammies (at least the bottoms). This is a pair the mom in your life definitely needs. It comes in a fun store pattern with images of none other than a leopard—her fierce alter ego when she needs to get things done. They come in sizes XS-XXL and tend to run on the large side.