The 6 best gifts for mom
Our experts pick great gifts for your mother
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Shopping for mom can be tough. You’ve already bought her that perfume she likes, and maybe you’ve splurged on a gift card. But what about gifts that she’ll really appreciate?
The product testers at Reviewed.com know how to buy things. We've tested thousands of products in our labs over the past ten years, and researched even more. This year, we searched the web for products we’d buy for our own mothers—so you can be sure they’re good choices.
Whatever the mother in your life's interests are, and no matter how far away she lives, here are some great gift ideas for mom.
A painting set
It doesn’t matter if your mother has a stressful job, just had a baby, or is happily retired: Painting can be a fun way for her to relax and take her mind off the worries of the world.
Unless your mother already has a retrospective of her work at MoMA, these beginner paint sets should be a great way to start putting paint on the canvas. You can also buy oil painting and watercolor versions.
And, who knows—maybe she’ll paint you a gift for next year.
If your mother is of a certain age, chances are she still has some of her favorite albums from her younger days sitting in a closet somewhere.
Whether she grew up listening to Tommy Dorsey, Tom Jones, or Tom Tom Club, this turntable is a stylish, easy way for her to dust off that vinyl.
It's also portable, and includes built-in stereo speakers. The design is all-in-one: Simply plug it in, put on a record, and listen. When she's done using it, she can easily fold it up and put it away. It comes in eight colors and can even play old 78 RPM records.
Sometimes, the best things in life aren’t things. That’s where Amazon Home Services comes in handy. We like the idea of hiring a cleaning service to help out with a one-time deep spring cleaning.
It's a great gift for all kinds of mothers. If she's got young kids at home, professional cleaners can help clean up their mess. Or if the kids are all grown, you can enjoy time visiting with your parents while she lets someone else do the cleaning. It’s an especially great gift if mom lives far away, because Amazon will find someone local to do the work.
Services aren’t yet available in all areas, so be sure to check her zip code to find out if this gift is available.
Okay—we’ll admit it: This might seem like a weird gift at first, and it definitely shouldn't be the only gift you buy.
But if your parents live somewhere in the Snowbelt and are getting on in years, ice melt might be the difference between a safe walk to pick up the mail or a nasty fall.
Ice melt usually comes in heavy containers and can be a real pain to lug to the car—which is why we like the idea of ordering it online. If you have Prime membership, shipping is free for this particular pet-safe product.
Great British Bake Off Cookbook
If your PBS-loving mother can’t get enough of the world’s favorite baking show, we suggest buying her the official companion cookbook of 2016—the last season before Mary Berry’s exit.
Featuring 100 recipes for all kinds of baked goods, the book also includes Mary and Paul's technical challenges. Recipes range from easy to challenging, with all skill levels in between. Plus, there's a section for recipes that lack common allergens and restricted ingredients—so Mom can try something new that the whole family can eat.
This gift has the potential to be a win-win: Your mom will get to feel like she’s Star Baker, and you might even get a homemade pie!
Wireless headphones make a great gift—especially if mom likes to work out. And if you splurged and got her an iPhone 7, which famously lacks a headphone jack, they're not only a great accessory—they're a necessity.
We like the Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless because they have a crazy big range, 12 hours of playback per charge, excellent waterproofing, and awesome sound.
Yes, they’re really expensive—but we’ve also tested a bunch of great wireless headphones at all price ranges.
Sloggers Women's Rain and Garden Boots — Chicken Print
Garden Gloves with Extra Long Cuffs
Alessi Mediterraneo Fruit Bowl
Ulta Beauty $25 Gift Card
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
Marius Fabre Scented Soap from Marseille
Automatic Milk Frother
Infuser Water Bottle
Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem