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Ashlee Neuman
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Swoon-Worthy Holiday Gift Ideas for Moms and Moms-to-Be

Feel free to casually share this list with your partner, friends and family, because you deserve just as much love as you give. And sometimes loved ones need a hint (or two)…just sayin'!

What does mom really want this holiday season? We’ve got your answers. From one-of-a-kind photo displays to tech-savvy wearables, we’ve got something for every mom (or mom-to-be) on your list. Consider this our gift to you.

Personalized Gifts

Let’s be real: The mom (or mom-to-be) in your life has plenty on her plate year-round—so your gift ideas for mom need to be on-point. Nothing shows you care like a truly personalized gift.

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InkLaneDesign Custom Illustrated Family Portrait

Way cuter than those family bumper stickers on the back of every minivan, this personalized portrait illustrates that everyone in your household is special. And you guys would make a pretty good cartoon, huh?

Buy it: From $75,

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AHeirloom Engraved Cutting Board

On the hunt for the perfect holiday gifts for mom? Giving her a cutting board won’t illicit Nicki Minaj side-eye, we promise. At least not if you present her this gorgeous engraved cutting board created by Brooklyn-based husband and wife team AHeirloom. It serves as the perfect reminder that she’s the heart of the family.

Buy it: $45,

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Brevity Drawing Necklace

So she’s embraced the KonMari Method, but now has to deal with the hand-wringing over whether to keep every piece of artwork her little one has created. There’s nothing quite like mom guilt! Unload her conscience and upload one special doodle that Brevity will craft into a wearable Picasso masterpiece she can wear close to her heart.

Buy it: From $195,

Family Gifts

Gift ideas for mom that celebrate her family are classic go-tos for a reason. From a sweet photo display to a cool photo printer, these presents help mom feel closer to her loved ones than ever.

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OlloClip 4-In-1 Lens

These days we measure pictures by how many “likes” they’re worth (thank you, Selfish author Kim Kardashian). This four-in-one iPhone lens lets mom (aka the family photographer) capture and elevate all of her snaps in a way that’ll have turning her Insta feed into a gorgeous family album.

Buy it: $80,

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Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

And now you know what to do with all those snaps in her smartphone library. This collage can fit up to 30 pictures that when grouped together, make up the heart of hearts.

Buy it: From $42,

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Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar

Everyone has a digital calendar. But a beautiful, handcrafted magnetic wooden calendar featuring beloved family photos is one of those Christmas gifts for mom that’s truly special. So much so, it’ll earn a place front and center on the fridge for the year to come.

Buy it: $30,

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Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

If she’s the type who never gets around to printing the hundreds of digital pics on her phone, this cool little printer is the answer. A micro USB connects to a phone, printing directly from the device via Bluetooth. Ahh, instant gratification.

Buy it: $98,

Pampering Gifts

Some of the best holiday gifts for mom are the ones she can indulge in, guilt-free. You can’t go wrong with spa and beauty products and tasty treats.

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Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya Bath Bomb

Parenting is tough work—so Christmas gifts for mom that give her a moment to relax will be big winners. What’s better than enjoying a long, hot soak with luxurious, tropical bath bombs? She (and her skin) will feel fully rejuvenated.

Buy it: $15,

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eCreamery Ice Cream

One guess as to who’s gonna scream for ice cream? eCreamery’s Premium Holiday Ice Cream Collection, complete with four festive flavors, is the ultimate indulgence. Not into festive flavors? There are special Pregnancy Cravings and New Baby collections too.

Buy it: $80/4,

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Blue Apron

The gift of having family together at dinnertime? Priceless. The cost of actually getting a home-cooked meal on the table? Too high. A Blue Apron family subscription comes with all the ingredients, step-by-step instructions and, best of all, brings the joy of cooking back. It’s one of those Christmas gifts for mom that keeps on giving.
Buy it: From $70,

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Nailmatic Plant-Based Nail Polish

Moms-to-be have to give up enough during pregnancy—so manicures shouldn’t be one of them. Thankfully, this plant-based nail polish is pregnancy-friendly. It’s 10-free, meaning it’s clear of any nasty toxic chemicals. And with colors like rose gold glitter, the polish is sure to brighten any expectant mom’s holiday.

Buy it: $12,

Innovative Gifts

For the techy mom who appreciates a good gadget, we’ve rounded up some of the latest innovations that make for perfect holiday gifts for mom.

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Everyone in the family stays connected with this cool little speaker that sticks right to the fridge. The Triby lets you to make hands-free phone calls, play music and leave messages for one another. Connect it to your iPhone to send hand-drawn notes from wherever you are—a little reminder that mom’s never far.

Buy it: $199,

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Tile App

Imagine the lost and found wasn’t a cardboard box you had to rifle through but instead was a smart device that helped you find the stuff you keep misplacing. Meet Tile, the little square powered by Bluetooth technology. Attach it to whatever you’re prone to losing and locate it instantly.

Buy it: $25,

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Mighty Purse

One hundred percent battery with 100 percent style. This cool little clutch comes complete with a concealed slimline battery to keep mom’s phone charged on the go. Because the last thing she needs is to miss a text from the babysitter. Hooray for practical Christmas gifts for mom that don’t skimp on style.

Buy it: $120,

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Rose Gold Apple Watch

She’s not just a mom, she’s a cool mom. One who multitasks all the time. And she’s going to need a helper—one named Apple Watch, preferably in coveted rose gold. Now all her appointments, messages and apps are at her fingertips. Christmas gifts for mom don’t get much cooler than this.

Buy it: $349,

Mommy & Me Gifts

What mom wouldn’t want to match with her partner-in-crime? These mommy and me sets make for adorable gifts for mom and baby alike.

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EMU Australia Boots

Australian sheepskin? Check. Merino wool? Check. #Twinning? Double check. Put your best foot forward with these cute and comfy matching boots from Emu.

Buy it: EMU Toddle boot, $50,; and the Hakea Lo boot for mom, $180,

Mom and Baby Yoga Mats

Who is a yogi supreme? Obviously mom and her mini-me with matching yoga mats. Made just for infants, the Bendi Baby mat features a special ring to secure baby’s toys, just in case a distraction is needed while mom’s busy in downward dog. And for mom? Can’t go wrong with a Gaiam mat.

Buy it: BendiBaby yoga mat, $30,; Gaiam yoga mat, $30,

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7AM Enfant Mittens

Leave it to the French to make stylish mittens for baby and coordinating super-warm muffs for mom. Because braving the elements for a winter stroll should be chic. Mom can easily slip her hands out and tend to baby’s needs at a moment’s notice, mitten-free. Voilà!

Buy it: Classic Mittens for baby, starting at $7,; Warmmuffs for mom, $39,

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Disney X TOMS Snow White Slip-Ons

Matching mommy and me TOMS in a Snow White print? Nope, it’s not fairy tale. Not only are these kicks too cute, they also help others in need. Through your purchase, TOMS helps provide shoes, water, sight, safe birth and bullying prevention services around the world. Talk about Christmas spirit.

Buy it: Disney X TOMS Snow White Tiny TOMS, $49,; Disney X TOMS Snow White Women’s Classics, $65,

Updated September 2018

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