The Greatest Gift Ideas


When we release our 2018 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.

Finding the perfect gift for mom is a challenge! Not only can they be picky (sorry, Mom), but you probably already got your mom a gift Mother’s Day and her birthday, so ideas might be running thin.

That’s why we put together this list of some of our favorite must-have gifts for one of the most important women in your life this Christmas.

  • 1. Fitbit Versa Smartwatch, $200, Amazon

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Also available at Walmart, Target and other major retailers.

New Fitbits are here! Mom can reach her fitness and health goals in no time with this pretty smartwatch. It tracks heart rate, exercise and sleep stages to provide actionable insights. Plus, it works with Windows, Android and iPhones and the battery is meant to last four days or more.

  • 2. Bathtub Tray, $22, Amazon

It’s going to be really hard not to buy one for yourself. This bamboo bath caddy comes with adjustable arms, a smartphone slot, a wine glass holder and a book stand. Imagine how much “me” time mom can get with this little treasure!

  • 3. Gaiam Cargo Yoga Mat Bag, $15, Walmart

Any zen mom would love this yoga bag from Gaiam to carry her mat to the studio. It’s also a great size for toting around any oddly shaped items. And, if she needs a brand new mat for all those downward dogs, check out the Cap Fitness Yoga Mat — it’s only seven bucks!

  • 4. Oster Wine Opener, $30, Amazon

If your mom loves wine but has a harder time with corkscrews, this is the gift for her! This cordless wine opener easily uncorks bottles with the click of a button. Plus it comes with a stainless steel chiller to keep her pinot cool.

This precious 18-inch chain features a sterling silver mama bear with up to four bears in tow. It’s the ideal necklace for a proud and brave mama! This is one of TODAY Contributor Julie Loffredi’s favorite gift picks this holiday.

  • 6. Kate Spade ‘Heart of Gold’ Bracelet, $28 (usually $32), Amazon

If your mom really does have a heart of gold, gift her this bracelet as a reminder and a thank you.

  • 7. Kendra Scott Tessa Earrings, $65, Nordstrom

These sparkly studs are perfect for a mom’s night out or for a day at the office. Complete the look with the Elisa Pendant Necklace ($60-65) if you’re feeling like splurging.

  • 8. Heart Pendant Necklace, $31, Walmart

This 18-inch sterling silver and 18-karat gold plated necklace will fill any mom or grandmother’s heart with love. The inscription makes this piece of jewelry extra special.

  • 9. Domenica Fiore Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $40, Amazon

If she’s all about playing around in the kitchen, a good olive oil will be key to her arsenal. This Domenica extra virgin olive oil is totally addictive and will surely surprise the family with new and tasty experiences. Trust us, good olive oil tastes different!

  • 10. Krups Air Fryer, $90, Amazon

Fry little oil or even without oil? Yup. This air fryer promises to make crispy french fries, veggies and chicken in minutes. Mom will love how easy it is to make her favorite family meals. Plus, its healthy too!

  • 11. Oster Hand Mixer with HeatSoft, $99, Amazon

This smart mixer melts butter in seconds with heat technology. It’s great for last-minute baking projects! Plus, it’s easy to clean since it’s dishwasher safe.

  • 12. The Instant Pot Cookbook, $9, Walmart

If your mom already has an Instant Pot — or is getting one this year (wink) — this cookbook is filled with easy recipes.

  • 13. Instant Pot Pioneer Woman, $99, Walmart

If Mom loves florals as much as she loves cooking, check out this pretty pot by Ree Drummond aka Food Network’s Pioneer Woman.

  • 14. “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies,” by Joy Bauer, $14, Amazon

Does Mom love cooking healthy meals for the family? This beautiful book by TODAY health expert Joy Bauer offers recipes to heal everyday ailments, highlighting five power foods.

For other great books to give this holiday season, check out where to buy our favorites.

  • 15. Mom Coffee Cup, $15, Amazon

Remind mom how special she is with every sip. This coffee cup comes in a nice gift box too.

  • 16. Heys Marble Spinner, $144, Amazon

Mom will look stylish and stay organized on her next trip with this carry-on from Heys. The lightweight luggage piece is easy to haul around whether by plane, train or automobile.

  • 17. Tempur-Pedic Pillow, $90 for Queen, Amazon

Is Mom in desperate need of a great night’s sleep? This pillow, which is filled with Tempur microcushions, comfortably cradles your head and neck. No more tossing and turning at bedtime!

Mom’s piggies will always be warm this winter, thanks to this pair of cozy fleece socks. Bonus: The fuzzy pompom ties look adorable and they come in four colors.

  • 19. Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Weekender Legging, $108, Zappos

Similar available at Lilly Pulitzer.

Athletic moms — and moms who simply love being comfortable all day — will feel stylish in a pair of these Luxletic Weekender leggings by Lilly Pulitzer.

  • 20. Dogeared “Amazing Mom” Necklace, $68, Amazon

Show your own “amazing mom” some love with this gorgeous necklace featuring a pearl disc at the center.

  • 21. Fortune & Frame Flowered Vines Locket, $82, QVC

The locket covered in flowered vines is one of our favorites! The best part? You can leave a special love note inside for mom to find.

  • 22. Drybar Glitter Gang, $215, Sephora

This Glitter Gang kit is packed with everything mom needs to create a beautiful Drybar-inspired blowout at home.

For a more affordable option, check out these great hair products.

  • 23. T3 SinglePass Compact Flat Iron, $89, Amazon

From straightening to curling, the SinglePass Compact offers full styling capability for a mom on-the-go. If you want a more powerful option, the larger T3 SinglePass goes for $180 at Sephora.

  • 24. Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set, $15, Amazon

If your mom loves to take warm baths on cold winter nights, this bath bomb set is for her. They are extra fizzy and come in six different fragrances from lavender to moonlight rose. Now, that’s a treat!

  • 25. Dafni Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush, $50 (originally $60), Amazon

As seen on “The Check Out,” this ceramic hair straightening brush can help a busy mom get a salon-worthy style in minutes.

  • 26. Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker, $69, Walmart

Crock-Pot recently launched new Express Multi-Cookers in 4-quart and 8-quart sizes. They can make everything from hard-boiled eggs to chicken dishes and cooked rice. Mom will love to know she can whip up a meal in less than 30 minutes.

  • 27. KitchenAid Limited Edition 5 Quart Mixer, $400, Walmart

This holiday season, splurge on a limited-edition misty blue mixer. Mom will love that this kitchen tool is full of power — it can mix up to nine dozen cookies at once!

  • 28. Ninja Blender, $90, Amazon

This powerful blender only rings in at $90 and has an impressive, 1000-watt motor that can handle fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.

  • 29. Vitamix Disc Container, $132, Amazon

If mom already splurged on a Vitamix blender, this accessory is a must. Use it to mix cocktails and drinks (without crushing ice) and master culinary tricks like whipping, foaming and muddling.

  • 30. illy Y3.2 iperEspresso and Coffee Machine, $150-199, Amazon

On a cold day, Mom will be thrilled to make a one-touch espresso or cup of coffee with her new stylish illy machine.

  • 31. Amazon Echo Dot, $50, Amazon

The new Amazon Echo (3rd generation) is here! This voice-controlled virtual assistant is a gift your mom will adore. Ask Alexa to check the weather, read the news, control your lights or play songs.

  • 32. AncestryDNA, $78 (usually $99), Amazon

Also available at Ancestry.

AncestryDNA will give mom a look inside her family tree and give her the chance to connect with relatives and learn more about her ancestral past.

  • 33. 23andMe, $20 (usually $30), Walmart

Also available on Amazon.

Since last Christmas, 23andMe upgraded its genetic test. In addition to genealogy, mom can also discover quirky genetic traits like whether she likes cilantro, attracts mosquitos or hates the sound of people chewing. Cool, huh?

  • 34. $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card, $50, Amazon

Finally, if you are still stuck on what to give Mom this holiday, a gift card to her favorite online marketplace is always a winner!


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