There's no doubt about it: Moms are flipping awesome. So when the holidays roll around, it's crucial to snag something awesome for them, am I right? It's always nice to spoil mom with spa treatments and snuggly sweaters, but what are some useful 2017 gifts for mom? If you're like me, then you are always on the hunt for new ideas because, hey, I know so many wonderful moms who deserve all the lovin' around the holidays.
Of course, "useful" to moms can mean a number of things, whether it's quite literal in the case of organizing beloved family recipes or a much needed mood booster in the case of Erica Sara's handcrafted Badass ring. Then again, there's nothing like socks that earn her a solid glass of wine at the end of a long day.
Mamas, I've got your back with this list, so here's hoping your loved ones take good notes. If you need me, I will be curled up on the couch reading one of my favorite books (see below) and sipping from my witty handmade mug while my husband cooks dinner using my new recipe box.
Hey, no one said you can't treat yourself, too. Like I said, I gotcha, mama.
I seriously find reasons to buy Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life ($7, Barnes & Noble) for anyone and have done so for everyone from my sister to my aunt to my acupuncturist. You by no means have to be a mother to appreciate every word of this beautifully honest book. But, if you are a mama, then you will fall in love with Doyle's truth-telling writing style, especially when it comes to parenthood. Buy it for all of the people on your list and, if you don't already own it, then grab one for yourself, too.
Whether you have a friend whose back is sore from constantly bending over to lift a little one or her shoulders kill from sitting at a desk all day, this Back Buddy Jr. Trigger Point Therapy Self Massage Tool ($22, Amazon) is the gift for her. Seriously — she will love you forever.
What mom doesn't need a miracle every now and then? This Tiny Tags + Mama B. Bundle ($114, Mama B. Designs) is especially important because 20 percent of each purchase goes to The March of Dimes. Snag the 24k gold plated necklace and super soft matching shirt and not only will you have a gift for a special mama in your life, but you'll help do a little good. Romper readers enjoy 15 percent off sitewide at Mama B. Designs with the code ROMPER15 at checkout.
Whether you know a mom who needs a pick-me-up after a long night of feedings or a night out with the girls, this 4 am Recovery Mud Mask ($36, 10&Co) is a great gift for a gal on your list who needs a little bit of solo time. (OK, every mom.) The mask is created with Dead Sea Mineral Mud, Australian Green Clay, and natural hydrating oils to smooth and rejuvenate tired skin, and give it a healthy glow.
If you know a mom who is a serious whiz in the kitchen, then this Personalized Recipe Gift Set with Embosser ($70, Williams Sonoma) is the gift for her. The maple wood recipe box can be personalized with "Kitchen Of" and the name of your choice, and it holds approximately 500 recipe cards. Plus, the embosser plate will make her feel super official when she can personalize recipe cards, cookbooks, stationery and more.
With a tagline like "There’s nothing more badass than being yourself" it's hard to deny just how crucial this ring ($58, Erica Sara) is to every mom's jewelry collection. Handcrafted from sterling silver, the ring is available in sizes 3-10. Because all moms need this helpful reminder every now and then.
My mom was completely against books on audio — until I bought her an Audible Subscription. Two years (and more than 50 books later), she is completely hooked. If your mom is a multitasker like my mom (think listening to a book while cleaning or going for a walk), then this is the gift for her. Give three months for $45, six months for $90, or a year subscription for $150.
I don't know about your mama, but mine is always making sure that her kids — even as grownups — are warm. Throughout the years, that has meant giving up her gloves, sweatshirt, toasty spot in bed, and favorite blanket to keep us comfortable. So, I say it's time to return the favor with this heavenly Chunky Knit Blanket (starting at $75, Etsy).
In my family, sleeplessness tends to be genetic, so my parents, brother, and yours truly all sleep with white noise. That's why I was pretty stoked when I saw this Sound Oasis Portable White Noise Machine ($50, Sound Oasis) that you can take anywhere — I'm talking airplanes to hotel rooms — and earn a solid night's sleep.
Because what mom can ever find their keys when they need them? Whether they are tucked in your kiddo's favorite tote bag or hiding under a pile of stuff on your desk, it seems keys tend to go missing at the most inconvenient times. Pick up one (or five) of these Colorful Hand-Stamped Leather Keychains ($10, Etsy) and not only will you help a mama out, but there's a "Good Vibes" message that will make her smile, too.
What could be more useful than a cheeky wine tote? Snag this "Pairs Well With Yoga Pants and Another Bottle" Wine Tote ($15, Etsy) and slip her favorite bottle inside for the perfect gift.
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