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26 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 26 top picks–with a bias toward products you can order quickly online.

Mom Tell me Your Story – Keepsake Journal
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.

Macaron Soap Gift Set
Surprise mom with this fun set of macaron-shaped soaps to keep her smelling sweet. Made with all natural ingredients, the five “flavors” included are lavender, citrus, cappuccino, rose and Santorini.

Massage and Reflexology Kit
Help mom relax with this lovely gift bucket packed with massage and bath-oriented goodies. Comes with wooden massage comb, scrub Loofah, bubble bath and more. Everything is delivered in an appealing two-toned wooden tub.

Paint a Plate
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.

Remember I Love You Dish
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.

Bath Salt Variety Pack
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.

Glass Teapot w/ Blooming Teas
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.

Flower Glass Tea Mug
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.

Family Recipe Book
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.

Back and Neck Massager
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.

Essential Oil Diffuser
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.

Fleece Lined Socks
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.

Air Fryer
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.

Crystal Critter Pendant Necklace
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.

Swarovski Heart Mom Necklace
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.

Personalized Long-Distance Gift for Mom
Does your mom live in a different state? Show her that distance is just a state of mind with these lovely dishtowels. You can customize the towels to represent your states.

Kitchen Herb Garden
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.

Embroidered Pillow
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.

Mother-Daughter Memory Box
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.

Crochet Mermaid Blanket
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.

Love You Mom Clay Pears
A simple reminder to mom that you love her very much. A great decoration in the mantlepiece, kitchen or dining room, these little pears are handmade in Colorado.

Foot Massager Roller
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.

Glass Hanging Planters
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.

Mobile Scanner
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.

Solar Hummingbird Wind Chime
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.