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23 Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom from Daughter (+2 to Avoid)

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Looking for the prefect Christmas gift for your mom? Whether she’s a busy working mom or enjoying her golden years, we’ve identified ideas moms of all types will appreciate from their daughters. After searching hundreds of options, we narrowed them down to 23 top picks–with a bias toward products you can order quickly online.

A hand-painted plate is a keepsake mom will treasure for years to come. This kit makes the process as easy as can be. Paint the plate, bake it, and it’s ready for display. Note these plates are decorative and not to be washed.


With all the electronic records that exist today, we take memories for granted. But your mom has many stories in her in her memory from a time when email didn’t even exist. Help her keep these family memories alive in this journal.


This veristile little dish can be used for rings, paperclips — whatever your mom likes. The important part is the message: remember I love you. Whether you still live at home or are separated by long distance, it’s a message mom will love.


Give mom the gift of rejuvenation with this three-pack of quality bath salts. Includes unscented, eucalyptus and lavender varieties. Unlike other bath salts, this Dead Sea Salt is mineral rich and is not diluted in any way.

$23.99 ($0.29 / Ounce)
$28.99 ($0.35 / Ounce)

A thoughtful idea for the tea-loving mom, this microwave safe teapot adds a classy touch to one’s afternoon tea ritual. Includes two blooming teas and an infuser so she can enjoy a special moment with her daughter right away.


This stylish floral glass mug is a great complement to our glass teapot recommended above. Brighten her day with every sip of coffee or tea.


If your mother loves to cook but hasn’t organized all her favorite family recipes, consider this cooking journal where she can document everything. Includes space for 80 recipes as well as photos if desired. Mom will see this not only as a fun project, but as something she can pass down through generations.

DNA Test Kit
Help mom discover her ancestors with a DNA test kit. She’ll learn what regions of the world her descendants hail from and discover living family members around the world. We recommend the AncestryDNA kit for moms because it plugs in nicely to the family tree took kits.

Your busy mom is going to be exhausted from all the holiday festivities. Help her rejuvenate into the New Year with this kneading massage pillow that will make her back, neck and calf muscles relax. Comes with straps so it can be affixed to her chair if desired.


Fill the interior of this diffuser with water, add a couple drops of oil, turn it on and let the scent transform your home into a spa. It will humidify the room and reduce any existing odors.


Keep mom’s feet cozy and warm with these attractively styled fleece socks made my Ugg. Her girlfriends will all want a pair just like them.


All the rage right now, air fryers are versatile convection-style cookers that use little or no oil. Enjoy delicious meats, veggies and even desserts cooked in a whole new way. Help your mom discover something new in the kitchen with this stylish fryer.


Available in six different animal styles, this silver plated necklace symbolizes the close bond between daughter and mother. Embedded with real crystals, it’s a fun sparkly gift that will absolutely delight her.


The character Eloise’s “oh slinkles and trinkles of joy!” refrain is our best reaction to this stunning blue heart necklace. Comes in a cute little gift box for easy wrapping.


A unique gift idea that may just bring your mother to tears, these custom-drawn portraits are not only a wonderful keepsake but a great value for the price. You just email a photo to the artist and, in three weeks, you’ll get your portrait back as a digital file to print.

Keep fresh herbs growing in the kitchen with this ingenious little grower. It uses an LED grow light so your herbs stay green and healthy through the winter. You can pick from 50 different seed pods ranging from standard herbs to wild strawberries. A fun project your mom will love.


This pillow spells “mother” with the words amazing, loving, strong, happy, selfless and graceful. Sometimes it’s important to remind mom how great she is. This positive affirmation pillow will make her feel great every day.

An adorable hand-painted wooden box with a mother and daughter engraved on the surface. Perfect spot to keep little memories like old pictures, jewelry, theater tickets, and other small keepsakes that remind your mother of you.


Mom will be thrilled to curl up in this fantastical mermaid blanket on cold winter days with a book and some tea. Available in six different colors, it’s a cozy and warm luxury she’ll adore.


After all the holiday hubbub, mom’s feet will appreciate a little bit of roller therapy. Using principles from Shiatsu acupressure, this roller will bring her feet a newfound comfort.


These two little hanging terrariums will add some life to your mom’s windows. The succulents are sold separately (see the frequently purchased together section for options). A great semi-DIY idea for mom.


Help mom preserve your family’s analog memories in digital format. This scanner is specifically designed for print photos and other fragile documents. In addition to standard scanning, it allows you to include audio recordings along with the pictures.

Add a little touch of spring to mom’s front porch with these light-up, solar powered hummingbirds. A beacon of color on dark winter nights and a fun year-round decoration.


What should you avoid giving mom for Christmas?
1. Fitness trackers or gym memberships. This may be interpreted as a nudge to get in shape, rather than a fun holiday gift.
2. Hand or face creams. As with fitness gifts, these suggest physical imperfections.