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Buy These 36 Gifts And You’ll Cement Your Status As Mom’s Favorite Child

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Don't let your siblings get the upper hand this gift-giving season.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh,…
Buy These 36 Gifts And You’ll Cement Your Status As Mom’s Favorite Child

Don’t let your siblings get the upper hand this gift-giving season.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Hey! While we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time for Christmas, shipping times are especially tricky this year and can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. Shop early and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for the 25th!


A create-your-own reel viewer with highlights from your childhood. Oops, did you forget to include photos of your siblings? Guess there’s always next year!

Uncommon Goods

Each gadget comes with one made-to-order reel (with seven images of your choice) but you can always buy more to add to mom’s collection. FYI: Reels ship within ~five business days of photo submission~ so make sure you factor that into your gift-buying timeline!Promising review: “Ordering was easy, building the reels was simple and intuitive on the website. My mom flipped when she opened it. Will be ordering again for other people!!!” —Alexa G.Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14.95+ or from Amazon for $29.95.

Vellabox, Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

Vellabox subscriptions start at just $10 per month (!!) and if you choose to pay upfront for a 6- or 12-month subscription, you’ll save even more $$$. No matter which size/frequency you go with, each box features small batch, hand-poured candles from American artisans. PLUS every box also comes with a ~free gift~ (i.e.; a reusable silicone straw or compostable sandwich bags). I just tried out this box and I LOVE it. The candles smell incredible, the jars/labels are soo aesthetically pleasing, and they’re even packaged in reusable drawstring bags. I also appreciate the little card that comes in the box which explains the scent and gives you a lil’ more info on the candlemaker. Promising review: “My entire family loves receiving Vellabox! Thank you for the exciting surprise each month and for giving me mom points.” —Laura M. Get it from Vellabox for $10+/month (you can purchase individual candles and accessories or a 6- or 12-month subscription).


A personalized calendar you can pack full of your favorite memories together — like that photo of you at the beach that was taken mere moments before a seagull flew off with your PB and fluff sandwich.

Artifact Uprising

The clipboard-style calendar comes with 12 5×7-inch sheets and you can choose your preferred font be it black script or a gold-foiled serif. Promising review: “I got this for my mother-in-law and she teared up going through the calendar. The paper is thick and I love the gold engraving. Production and shipping was faster than I expected. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift, this is it! Gather your photos and happy cropping :)” —Brianna M.Get it from Artifact Uprising for $30 (six different fonts are available).


A wearable blanket destined to become her most treasured item of clothing. It has a hood, sherpa lining, a massive pocket, and enough room for her to pull it over her legs while she sits criss-cross applesauce on the couch. What more could she want?, Amazon

Promising review: “I bought this for my mom because she’s ALWAYS cold. She LOVES IT. The outside is soft and the inside is very plush and soft also. It’s got a nice weight to it. The pocket on the front is large enough to put just about anything in it. It’s large enough for a 2X-sized man to wear comfortably. I will probably be buying these as gifts this year!” —KMartShopperGet it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in 10 colors).

Levain Bakery

The bow-wrapped bags include each of Levain’s OG flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and my personal fave, dark chocolate peanut butter chip. Get it from Levain Bakery for $27+ (available in three assortment sizes).


A stunning agate cheese board that’s an absolute compliment-magnet so the next time she entertains, she can brag about what a great gift-giver you are.


The one-of-a-kind stone boards are finished off with a brass edge and can easily be cleaned with a wet cloth. When mom’s not entertaining (or mowing down on a charcuterie plate for one), she can also use it as a coffee table accent or trinket tray. Promising review: “This is actually the third time I’ve purchased this (once for myself, twice as a gift). Each piece is unique in shape and color, and always beautiful. I highly recommend!” —Dg56654Get it from Anthropologie for $78 (available in five colors).


An ultra-nonstick Always Pan from Our Place because your household pans have grown tired after decades of use and abuse. The eight-in-one pan can truly do it all, including: braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve, and store.

Our Place

Each aesthetically pleasing pan comes with a stainless-steel steamer basket, a lockable lid, and a beechwood spatula that fits perfectly on the handle’s integrated spoon rest. Promising review: “This is the best and most versatile pan I have ever used — I love it so much I have bought seven of them to share — I cannot say enough great things about this pan — easy to clean up, steams veggies beautifully, cooks eggs perfectly, and I literally use it for everything — which is why I kept two for myself — love it 💕” —Linda S.Get it from Our Place for $95 (originally $145; available in six colors).


A heartfelt card because sometimes, all mom wants is a little recognition. Fancy gifts are fun and all, but a handwritten note is something she won’t soon forget.

Drawn Goods

This adorable card comes courtesy of Drawn Goods, a Chicago-based illustration studio run by artist Becca Gore.Get it from Drawn Goods for $5.


A cutting board personalized with a recipe that’s been passed from generation to generation. Let’s be real — that water-stained notecard you’ve all been relying on could really use some backup.


Send your recipe in to Etsy seller Amanda Doherty and she’ll engrave it on your choice of laurel, acacia, or cherry wood and preserve not only your loved one’s dish, but their handwriting, as well. PS: If you’re looking for other handmade gifts, Doherty also sells polymer clay earrings and wooden Christmas ornaments, among other things. Promising review: “I ordered two as gifts and they were so so beautiful in person and were very loved. Amanda was also so amazing to work with. She did such an incredible job and was very communicative. Highly recommend.” —Jennifer Stolle MarvinacGet it from Amanda Doherty Designs on Etsy for $62+ (available in three sizes and three woods).


A custom pair of pet socks because if you’re really being *honest* with yourself, mom’s favorite child is actually the dog she got after you left for college.


Promising review: “These socks are ADORABLE! I loved them so much I ordered more for the whole family. PupSocks did a fabulous job with the photos I sent, despite the fact that one was less than perfect! Too darn cute!” —CarolineGet a pair from PupSocks for $24.95 (originally $34.95; available in sizes XS–XL and five colors) or from Amazon for $15.95 (available in 41 colors).


A three-speed turntable so she can dig her old LPs out of storage and enjoy her favorite tunes the way they were *meant* to be heard.

The Bluetooth-enabled turntable combines a vintage aesthetic with modern features including the ability to pair it to your phone. Promising review: “I can’t believe how amazing this sounds!!!! I have records that haven’t been played in well over 30/40 years and they sound perfect. Well-made, nice and sturdy. Really exceeded my expectations. Very loud!! You can hear it across the whole house when you turn the volume up. So happy with this purchase. 🥰” —Julia WarriorGet it from Amazon for $58.99+ (available in two colors).


And/or a case so she can properly store said collection.


Promising review: “Purchased as a gift — the recipient is very happy with it. Holds about 30 LP albums. Cute, colorful, and handy for organizing vinyl.” —R G B Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $34.29 (available in seven colors/patterns).


A dainty, personalized necklace with your family member’s initials. The understated design can be worn alone or paired with other pieces if your mom is a jewelry maximalist.


Before you close out your cart, be sure to check out other offerings from Toronto-based CA Silver Designs. The handcrafted jewelry has racked up thousands of five-star reviews, so you might just find something for yourself, too. Promising review: “Beautiful!! I had been eying a MUCH more expensive brand for a long time and never could take the plunge price wise. This meets my expectations and then some for a mere fraction of the price. So happy with my purchase!!” —Linnane CarrascoGet it from CA Silver Design on Etsy for $23.33+ (available in three different metals, five lengths, and with one–10 initials).


A digitized version of your childhood home videos so mom never has to worry about outdated technology or something like a flood or fire wiping out the only footage of your first steps.


The digitization process is simple: Legacybox sends you a kit with a prepaid UPS shipping label as well as bar codes for every piece of analog media you send (VHS, reels, audio tapes, original photos). From there, the company converts your memories to a thumb drive, DVD, or uploads them to the cloud. And, of course, they send back your original copies in the same condition they were received!Promising review: “I have been talking about getting my photos and old movies digitized and I finally acted on it. I could not be more happy with the result. This company was so responsive to my needs and questions. I nervously sent the box of memories off in the mail. I received periodic updates letting me know where they were in the process and when to expect the delivery. With the updates and the speediness of the return I didn’t have time to get anxious. I highly recommend this company. You will not be sorry!” —Kellyjos65Get it from Legacybox for $27+ (originally $53.99).


A set of wearable weights so mom can get her sweat in while walking the dog, grocery shopping, doing an at-home yoga sesh, or just pacing the kitchen as she talks on the phone.

Bala Bangles, Bala Bangle

The weights come in every Roy G. Biv shade imaginable and they range from half a pound to 2 pounds. Promising review: “Love the color choices and how well these fit on both my wrists and ankles. They give my workout that extra edge and feel like a natural extension of my body when I’m wearing them. Super secure!” —Gillian R.Get them from Bala Bangles or from Amazon for $49+ (available in eight colors).


A Kodak instant printer that’ll pop out all of your family’s best holiday selfies in mere minutes. Just don’t be surprised to find your IG shots and Facebook profile pics plastered all over the fridge next time you visit…


The compact, Bluetooth-enabled device can be controlled via the Kodak app where mom can add frames, stickers, or filters before printing her fave pics on 4×6-inch fingerprint-proof photo paper. Promising review: “I’ve wanted to have this for so long and without any doubt, I love it! The photo quality is great and it us easy to use. What I love the most is that I can keep the pictures printed and look at right at home, not just on my phone! Would recommend it for sure!” —JKGet it from Amazon for $120.99.


A Wi-Fi-enabled robo vac ready to clean up any and all messes so mom can spend more time doing the things she loves and not vacuuming up the granola you “forgot” you spilled this morning.


The Roomba 675 is a straight-up cleaning machine. It sucks up pet hair and debris on carpet, wood, tile, you name it. An edge-sweeping brush guarantees crumbs aren’t just pushed up along the baseboards and a whole bunch of sensors ensure it doesn’t throw itself down the stairs or repeatedly bump into table legs. BEST of all, mom can activate it via voice once synced to your Amazon or Google smart device. Promising review: “Gifted this to my mom for her birthday and needless to say it’s been the best gift I’ve ever given her. She loves to keep the house tidy and my dad can not vacuum due to having issues with his hands and knees so the Roomba has become a great little helper for them both. It does a great job cleaning the carpets and moving around furniture. It’s very easy to open to clean out the bin. They have lovingly named the Roomba Daisy.” —JtwyGet it from Amazon for $249 (available in four different configurations).


A custom watercolor print that perfectly captures the essence of your childhood home. Maybe with this masterpiece vying for wall space, mom can finally take down your fifth grade photo (AKA the only evidence of you ever having braces).


Send your photo to Etsy seller Prin Obertun, of BP Create With Love, and she’ll turn it into a beautiful hand-painted piece. Before you’re sent the final product, Obertun even sends a proof for your approval so if you have any revision requests, she can tackle them before sending off your gift. Promising review: “A perfect experience and product. Prin was so responsive and produced incredible work! I got a print of my grandmother’s childhood home made, and it brought (happy!) tears to her eyes. Everyone in my family now wants a copy. Thank you, Prin!” —Julia ZeldinGet it from BP Create With Love on Etsy for $38.50+ (available in five different sizes).


An LED ring light because she’s segued from making cameos in your TikToks, to launching her own account and the people want content! (But actually because she has a whole lotta Zoom meetings and could use some extra light.)

The 360-degree rotatable light is compatible with *basically* all iPhones and Samsung phones. It has a built-in battery and Bluetooth-enabled remote for on-the-go selfie-stick use, but can also be charged via USB when used as a tripod. It’s quite a nifty gadget if we do say so ourselves!Promising review: “This Ring light is awesome! It is very convenient if you do not want to carry a big tripod, it fits into any small bag. I was shocked to see how snug it held on to my iPhone 6 Plus! Very sturdy! I also like that the light ring is rechargeable. The small remote is a plus to take pictures! This is a great gift for anyone starting a vlogging video! Highly recommended!” —Sam SiuGet it from Amazon for $20.99.


A subscription-based letter service that will send your history lovin’ mom *real* letters from historical figures — each reproduced on cotton paper or parchment and sealed with a stamp.


The weekly letters cover a variety of timely topics and events from the 1600s onward and come with additional info for context. According to Letterjoy, recent themes have included Supreme Court battles, the birth of the automobile, and Civil War spies.Get it from Letterjoy for $49.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions; letters are sent weekly).


A tiny ceramic planter with an easy-to-care-for air plant. Her azaleas, orchids, and fiddle-leaf fig didn’t fare too well, but this lil’ guy is a trooper.


Each planter is handmade in Portland, Oregon by Anna VonRosenstiel, the artist behind Carter & Rose, and a starter air plant comes included. Promising review: “I love them. They are beautiful to look at and my air plants are growing. Could NOT be better.” —Rhonda R.Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


A mini donut maker so your household can make its own sweets and stop asking mom for daily rides to Dunkin’ Donuts.


The cutesy appliance makes seven donuts at a time and you don’t even have to flip them! Just set the timer and wait for the buzzer to signal they’re ready to decorate and eat. 🍩Promising review: “I cannot say enough about the Dash Mini Donut Maker. It is so much fun to use and make donuts at home. Rather than going to the local chain donut restaurant, you can make your own specialty donuts at home. It is very easy to use and cleans up quickly. My children love to decorate the donuts after they are cooked. It’s a fun family activity and the donuts taste great! Also, it comes with a neat design and stands out among my other boring looking kitchen cooking appliances. If you like donuts this product is for you.” —JoshHGet it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors/patterns).


A monogrammed jewelry case designed to protect all of the special pieces you’ve bought her over the years. The vegan leather case has three earring tabs, four necklace compartments, and room for seven rings. (For maximum effect, cue the Ariana Grande as you relay this info 🎵)

Mark and Graham

Get it from Mark and Graham for $49.99+ (originally $69; available in 19 colors).


A set of geode bookends ready to draw some serious attention to her collection. PS: The bottoms have rubber bumpers, so they won’t scrape her favorite bookshelf., Amazon

Promising review: “I got these for my MIL for Christmas and these are exactly as they described them to be. They are beautiful and so vibrant in color. They are a fantastic price for the item as well. I highly recommend.” —Danielle J.Get a pair from Amazon for $27.99 (available in six colors and four weights).


A mind-bending gradient puzzle in case regular ol’ jigsaws are no longer a challenge. The 1,000-piece puzzle isn’t for the impatient; reviewers say it can take days or weeks to complete depending on how much time you put in., Amazon

Promising review: “The perfect jigsaw for quarantine 2020! Brilliant quality, incredibly challenging but addictive! Perfect for personal use or a great gift. Delivery was earlier than expected and will most definitely be ordering my next one very soon! Thank you BetterCo.” —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $25.


And — to go with the above — a puzzle plateau so no pieces go missing. That name really has a ring to it, huh?


Promising review: “This was a gift for my mother. She called to tell me that by using the drawers for the puzzle pieces, she was able to work her puzzle with comfort and ease…no more standing over the puzzle pieces spread across the table, looking down for hours, which always hurt her back. She put her puzzle together much faster than usual, and all from the comfort of her chair! She loved it!” —chris wintersGet it from Amazon for $69.98.


An Olive & June polish kit with eight winter-appropriate shades that’ll keep mom’s nails on-point this holiday season.

The nine-piece set comes with a long-lasting top coat and eight salon-quality shades including XOXO (hot pink), Nailfie Time (true ruby), Obsessed (dark ruby), Yes Please (true turquoise), Besties (deep emerald), OMG (deep navy), Exclamation Point (silver glitter), and Obvi (gold glitter) 💅Promising review: “I love the winter colors and the very high quality of the polish. It looks and wears like a gel manicure.” —Lisa G.Get it from Olive & June for $72.


A limited-edition Drunk Elephant kit with mini versions of all of her favorite products (and a full-size micellar water to boot!). The brand’s skincare is usually très expensive, but this under-$100 collection comes with six long-lasting serums, creams, and cleansers that will have her skin ✨ glowing. ✨


What’s included: A 0.5-ounce Lala Retro Whipped Cream, a 0.5-ounce F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, a 1-ounce T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, a 1-ounce Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, a 3.3-ounce E-Rase Milki Micellar Water (full size, baby 💃), and a compact mirror. Promising review: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Drunk Elephant releasing holiday kits is like Christmas came early. You get a full size product as well as several midi or minis all for the price of one full size product. Their packaging is always the cutest and I love the compacts this year.” —rottenbratenGet it from Sephora for $98 (valued at $146).

Counter Culture Coffee, Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

The 2020 winter blend is a combination of coffee from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Latin America and for each bag sold, the company donates $1 to their Seeds fund—a program that sponsors on-the-ground sustainability projects. I’m not a mom, but I give this coffee an A+. Get it from Counter Culture for $18.25.


A pair of Ugg Wrin slippers that will put her old house shoes to shame. Say hello to water-resistant suede, ultra-cozy sheepskin, and a solid sole that’s suitable for coffee runs.

Promising review: “Very comfortable and well-made slippers. The slipper lining is plush, soft and supportive and I love the braid-like detail around the edge of the slipper. The rubber soles provided plenty of comfort and support. Well worth the price.” —Susan M. EvanoffGet them from Amazon for $99.95+ (available in women’s sizes 5–12 and two colors).


Promising review: “I saw this coat on another website for more than twice the price. Shocked that I got it for such a great price here on Amazon. It’s a well-made, lined ‘bouclé’ coat with the contemporary, boxy, European lines I was looking for. It makes a great casual walker/car coat that can be dressed up or down. It’s warm and comfortable, and does not itch like a wool coat would, which is why I like it. I’d buy this coat again if it came in berry and other gemstone colors.” —Madre2Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in women’s sizes XS–XL and five colors).


A set of shampoo and conditioner from Function of Beauty that’s custom made to meet the needs of your mom’s hair. Every formula is sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free as well as vegan. Plus, you can choose the color and scent she’d enjoy most.

Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty’s personalized hair quiz helps you whip up the perfect formula. Start asking mom some stealthy questions now ’cause you’ll need to know her hair type, structure, scalp moisture, hair goals, and preferred fragrance. That seems like a lot when written out, but it’s really not!Promising review: “Love how tailored to your needs Function of Beauty is. I’ve never felt my hair so soft and nourished. Will never go back to anything else!” —AliceGet it from Function of Beauty for $39.99+ (available in eight different size combinations and as a one-time purchase or on a 1-, 3-, or 6-month delivery frequency)


A crisp rosé, bubbly brut, or fruity red so mom can wind down her night with a generous pour. No more cracking open an entire bottle and having to finish it (what a pain, right?…). Now, she can bounce between corkscrew-free single-serve bottles!

Usual Wines

Usual Wines is all about small, sustainably farmed batches and au naturel ingredients. Their grapes are sourced in California and their process is additive free. That means no sugar, sulfites, or pesticides to be found. Promising review: “The wine is so good and the best part is you don’t have to open an entire bottle of wine if you just want one glass!” —Alison KanarekGet it from Usual Wines for $40+ (available as a one-time purchase or monthly subscription in boxes with 6–24 glasses).


A copy of Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Person because since quarantine started, mom has graduated from boxed cake mix and this is a natural next step. As a bonus — for her, definitely not you — you’ll even selflessly serve as her recipe tester.

Penguin Randomhouse

In her first cookbook, Saffitz — of Bon Appétit YouTube fame — has compiled more than 100 accessible recipes as well as problem-solving tips for any issues that may arise. Reviewers say her approach to recipes is the same on paper as it is on video; she offers a whole lot of information but in an easily digestible way. Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ or Bookshop for $32.20 (to support local bookstores).


An irresistibly soft loungewear set with rib-knit cuffs and sherpa lining designed to keep mom as comfortable as possible.


Promising review: “I bought these for my elderly mom and they are a HUGE hit! They tick a lot of the boxes that were problems with other PJs and her getting a good night’s sleep is paramount. The cuffs at wrist and ankle were NOT too tight, but keep her covered without sliding up during the night. The long length of the top also stays down — so no chilly back. Most of all, she adores the soft collar. She has very sensitive skin and the softness on her neck and skin overall made her SO happy. Pocket for Kleenex — also a must! I’m guessing she will wear the top on its own as these are also very cute. I line dry them so can’t speak to shrinkage, but these were a big win. Santa will probably bring another pair soon!” —W.E.Get them from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and five colors/patterns).


Or, a straightforward mug that sends your message loud and clear!


FYI: Etsy seller Inky and Indigo has ~hundreds~ of customizable mugs so if you’re shopping for others, too, you may want to take a look!Get it from Inky and Indigo on Etsy for $14+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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