Every December we face the same challenge—finding just the right Christmas gifts for mom. How do you come up with exciting new ideas, year after year, worthy of the woman who gave you life? Especially if she also happens to be rather picky and set in her ways and she’s not one to fake enthusiasm for a present that doesn’t quite cut it. Talk about holiday stress! Victoria Beckham (who we suspect is one of the pickiest moms around) says, “I’m not materialistic. I believe in presents from the heart, like a drawing that a child does.” But will she still feel that way when her kids are adults? If you’re still on a quest for the one thing that will truly please, maybe even delight, the ultra discerning mother who has everything, don’t panic. We’ve rounded up 15 Christmas gifts for mom that even the pickiest parent will adore.
1. Gift Card
Okay, this is a no-brainer but a gift card from her favorite store is a little classier than an envelope full of cash and she’s guaranteed to like a present she chooses herself.
2. Spa Day
Every mom can use a day of luxurious pampering and relaxation. If you make it a mother/daughter spa day, you can get in some real quality bonding time along with your post-holiday rejuvenation.
3. Cashmere Robe
Why not get your mom something a little extravagant that she’d never buy for herself? A decadently cozy personalized Cashmere Robe from Restoration Hardware will make every day a spa day.
4. Memory Album
Create a family photo album or scrapbook with mementos of special events in your lives. It covers all the bases for Christmas presents for mom: thoughtful, meaningful and budget-friendly. Milk Books lets you create a personal, beautifully designed photo album on artist quality paper and scrapbook.com has inexpensive kits to preserve your memories.
5. Subscription Box
These days there’s a niche subscription box for just about everyone. Even if she doesn’t love everything that arrives each month, the surprise is half the fun. Escape Monthly ($49.95mo) delivers a mini vacation each month with luxury products and artisan goods from destinations around the world. For dog lovers, Barkbox ($29mo) delivers a curated package of treats. They also donate 10% of their profits to dogs in need. And to give to your mom and a good cause, Love with Food ($10-24.50mo) sends an assortment of organic snacks and for each box they donate a meal to hungry children in America.
6. Audible Membership
An Audible membership is perfect for the mom who loves literature but never finds time to make a dent in her reading list. Membership includes one free audio book a month and 30% off additional books.
7. Rolling Foot Massager with Infrared Heat
We defy you to find a mom (or anyone for that matter) who wouldn’t love to be able to get a heated reflexology foot massage whenever she feels the need? This Rolling Foot Massager ($139) from Sharper Image is one of those gems that she’d never buy herself but may actually use every day.
8. Flower of the Month Club
Fresh cut flowers make everything a little brighter and cheerier. The Flower of the Month Club delivers a different gorgeous bouquet each month.
9. Tory Burch for Fitbit
For the fashionista fitness enthusiast, the Tory Burch for Fitbit collection of bracelets and pendants that look like fabulous jewelry but secretly hold your Fitbit tracker should top your list of Christmas gifts for mom.
10. Season Tickets
Season tickets for sporting or cultural events are always a treat. Museum memberships are also a great investment for mom.