If your mom is the kind of mom who has everything, you might be hesitant to buy her something for the holidays that has the possibility of sitting around and collecting dust in her house. You know that it's not that your mom won't appreciate your gift, but if she already has too much stuff, there's a higher chance you'll buy her something she already owns. So if she absolutely doesn't need another necklace or cute decorative figure, what do you get her? Skip the strictly pretty gifts this year and instead opt for a useful gift for your mom she *actually* wants.
If the only thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase "useful gift" is something boring, think again. There are so many pretty, fun, and downright brilliant products that make exciting presents while also making your mom's life easier, more relaxing, and potentially even more fun. Which, let's be real — isn't that what everyone wants in a gift?
A prime example of a useful gift any mom who loves to cook would love is the Food52 x Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Colander & Pour Bowl Set, which also happens to be budget-friendly at only $32. And though it may look like a boring kitchen item, it has a multitude of uses so genius, you may be convinced to buy one for yourself, too.
The set allows you to, of course, wash your vegetables, but when used with the bowl, you can collect the water underneath to reduce waste and instead use the leftovers to water your plants. You can also just use the bowl as a place to mix things like muffin batter, and then utilize the spout to pour the ingredients into a baking tin (and say goodbye to baked-on messes around your muffins). Even if your mom barely uses the kitchen, she's sure to find a use for this gift.
If your mom really, really doesn't like to cook, though, there are plenty of genius present ideas that don't involve any kitchen gadgets at all. Instead, give her something that'll help her relax at the end of the day. A subscription to a meditation app, like Calm's year-long choice for $59.99, is an easy and inexpensive way to give her an excuse to unwind.
If you really want to go all out, put together a set of pieces she can use every day to help her chill even more. They may not be cool tech gadgets, but the Le Kasha Cashmere Travel Set, a pair of chic Sleeper slippers she can wear indoors and outside, and a cozy Frette robe will make for a package that'll have her blissed out in no time.
Is your mom always looking for the newest gadget to play with? She'll definitely appreciate something that helps her get ready in the morning. Though simplehuman is largely known for its great kitchen products, the brand also makes high-tech mirrors with built-in lighting to make it easier to see color variations. If your mom's bathroom lighting leaves something to be desired, she'll definitely appreciate one of these.
If you've gifted your mom a necklace the past few years, skip the jewelry and give her something she really wants — and will actually use in her everyday life. Ahead, 23 presents she probably already has on her wishlist.
This genius colander and pour bowl set will make any chef's life so much easier. There's a perforated bowl she can use to rinse vegetables, and it sits in a larger bowl that collects the water and has a spout to pour it out with.
LARQ's minimal bottles don't just look pretty — they use UV-C LED light to get rid of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle. Give your mom this set of two, which also comes with chic bottle holders, so she can keep one everywhere she needs to hydrate.
Sometimes your mom just needs something to help her relax. Instead of giving her another bottle of lavender spray, buy her a subscription to the meditation app, Calm, so she can learn to be more mindful in everyday life.
This ultra luxurious cashmere set includes a bag with tube socks, an eye mask, and large travel blanket that comes with a discreet button so your mom can secure it over her shoulders. Whether she keeps it with her on the plane or just uses it around the house, it's full of plenty of ways to keep her warm, cozy, and feeling luxe during the winter.
Replace your mom's perpetual clutter pile with this beautiful, sleek leather basket. It can hold anything from magazines to mail, and will look pretty in any home.
Simplehuman's sensor mirror uses the brand's tru-lux light system to help users see color variations more clearly. Any makeup lovers will undoubtedly appreciate this gift.
These slippers are ridiculously chic and made to be worn both inside and outside for a warm, home-friendly alternative to those big chunky boots your mom throws on when she has to run outside. Honestly, no one would blame you if you bought yourself a pair, too.
There's nothing worse when the phone of the person you love is always dead — so give them this wireless charger to ensure giving their battery some life is easier than ever.
Yogis will love this reversible mat, which comes with a top layer that absorbs moisture so your mom doesn't slip during her practice. Plus, it comes in tons of pretty colors, so you can give her one in her favorite shade.
Replace your mom's blow dryer with this fast drying option that'll help prevent heat damage and protect shine — plus a few products from OUAI for good measure.
If you inherited your coffee obsession from your mom, chances are she'll love this mug that allows you to set the coffee temperature for an hour, so drinks stay warm longer.
This luxe jewelry roll will allow your mom to travel with all her favorite pieces with ease.
The Row's cashmere-and-wool coat and scarf will ensure your mom stays cozy no matter the weather. And, its style is simple enough to wear every single day.
If your mom doesn't have an Instant Pot yet, chances are it's on her list.
This set has everything you need to open and preserve a bottle of wine, all in one place.
Everyone can always use another umbrella, and this one is designed so that it basically can't blow inside out.
Your mom deserves to unwind, so make it easier for her with this bath caddy that will allow her to read her book while she relaxes (and maybe throw in a candle and bath salts while you're at it).
Don't let your mom continue to use that old cosmetics case she got for free 10 years ago; instead, give her this customized option she'll be proud to pull out of her suitcase.
This humidifier also acts as a diffuser so you can stay hydrated and still reap the benefits of essential oils. Whether your mom has dry skin or just loves the smell of lavender, she's sure to appreciate this.
Upgrade your mom's worn-out bathrobe to this luxe one from Frette she'll never want to take off.
Your mom will love pulling this pretty water filter out of her fridge every day.
Let your mom replace her worn out shopping bags with this sustainable, hand-woven piece perfect for farmer's market trips.