53 Mother’s Day gifts under $50 that still feel thoughtful and personal

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  • Mother’s Day is this weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to get a nice gift for her.
  • It’s a great opportunity to show thanks for your mom or guardian with a thoughtful gesture.
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune – there are plenty of great gift ideas for mom under $50.
  • See more Mother’s Day gift ideas here.

Mother’s Day is this weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to get mom something nice. While nothing shows your appreciation for mom like year-round love and support, a Mother’s Day gift she’ll love is always a thoughtful and appreciated gesture.

And you don’t have to spend a fortune either. Thankfully, most of the mom figures I know genuinely prefer something that says how much you love her, or how actively you thought about her needs, more than a high price tag. There are plenty of wonderful Mother’s Day gift ideas under $50 to be found – and 53 of them are listed for you below.

Here are 53 of the best mother’s day gifts under $50

A personalized tea towel with a family recipe

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Gift the Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel, $24

Take a favorite family recipe and turn it into the ultimate personalized Mother’s Day gift thanks to Etsy. You can upload a photo of a recipe card with your order so the recipe is printed in the original handwriting of a loved one.

A colorful scarf she can craft herself

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Gift Free People We Gather Warm Kaleidoscope Dye Kit, $45

If mom loves to craft, consider getting her this fun dye kit as her next project. The kit walks you through the basics of working with fiber reactive dyes and comes with a cotton scarf and three dyes so she can create her own tie-dye masterpiece. Plus, she can use the dyes again on future crafting endeavors.

A cheerful vase

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Gift Anthropolgie’s Lizzie Vase, $28

These chic vases come in three beautiful colors and a variety of shapes. It looks great as a colorful decor item on its own, but to really up the ante you can always add some fresh blooms for mom too.

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Gift the SpaRoom Mysto Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, $39.99

This chic essential oil diffuser blends in with just about any decor and is super simple to use. Just pop open the top, pour in some tap or bottled water, add a few drops of essential oil, plug it in, and it fills the air with mom’s favorite scent.

A decadent treat for mom’s sweet tooth

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Gift Harry & David Artisan Macarons, $49.99

This delivery sure to satisfy mom’s sugar cravings comes with 12 macaron cookies, handcrafted from scratch. Flavors range from Espresso Coffee to Raspberry for a nice variety and express two-day shipping is including with this gift to ensure it gets to mom on time.

 

A wine holder for an extra soothing bath

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Gift the Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder, $38

This handy and smart wine holder suctions right onto the shower wall so mom can take a glass of wine into the bath with her for extra relaxation. It even comes with a plastic wine glass so mom doesn’t have to worry about any potential broken glass and can get straight to unwinding.

Super cozy slipper socks

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Gift the Bombas Gripper Slippers, $40

Easy to slip on and wear around the house these super soft slipper socks feature a brushed lining and silicone grippers to prevent any sliding. Plus, Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair bought so you can feel good about giving mom this gift and giving back at the same time.

A heart-shaped succulent

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Gift Urban Stems The Cora Plant, $35

Urban Stems makes sending fresh flowers and plants to mom a breeze if you won’t be seeing her in person this year. This cute succulent is in the shape of a heart for an extra touch of love.

An at-home spa kit

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Gift the Little Pampering Gift Set, $44

Help mom unwind and have a pampering day from home with this gift set. It includes a lavender boil oil, soap, shower steamer, lip balm, and a scented candle.

An all-in-one hairdryer and brush

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, $41.51

This all-in-one brush and hairdryer is one of our favorite products and makes it a breeze for mom to style her hair and easily create volume and soft curls.

A lightweight yoga mat

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Gift a Manduka Eko Superlite Travel Yoga Mat, $50

Manduka is known for making some of the best yoga products, and this five-star-rated mat is no exception. If she loves fitting a yoga class into her busy schedule, she’ll appreciate this mat. Not only does it have a great grip and come in plenty of fun colors, but it’s super light, so she can easily tote it around with her to class and back. 

A box of unique Japanese snacks

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Gift the Bokksu Classic Gift Box, from $39.95 per month

If she loves to travel and experience new cultures through food, she’ll love receiving a Bokksu Box. The classic gift box is filled with a selection of 20-25 unique Japanese snacks, sourced directly from artisan makers in Japan, so she can get a little more adventurous with her snacking. 

A pure silk sleep mask

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Gift the Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50

Give Mom a little bit of luxury with this silk sleep mask. Not only will it block out light and feel great on her skin, but it’s made with Slip’s proprietary Slipsilk which won’t tug or leave creases on her skin. 

A luxurious body moisturizer

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Gift the Nécessaire Body Lotion, $25

If body lotion doesn’t sound that exciting to her, Nécessaire’s version will probably change her mind. The formula is simple — clean ingredients, full of nourishing vitamins, and quick-absorbing. It’s so good we’ve fought over it

A “book of the month” membership she can look forward to every month

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Gift a Book of the Month Membership, from three months for $49.99

If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, we can’t recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month, she’ll find a curated selection of the best new hardcover titles spanning a broad range of genres. The mix of both fiction and nonfiction titles is sure to impress even the pickiest bibliophiles. 

A beautiful bouquet of farm-fresh flowers she can keep in the house

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Gift a bouquet from The Bouqs, from $36

You can grab her a potted plant if she enjoys caring for them over time, but another great option is sending her a beautiful bouquet of flowers that she can enjoy for a few weeks with minimal effort and then throw out. If you want to get her something more lasting, you can pick up a vase ($10-$249), too. 

A Himalayan salt block she can use for just about every use cooking

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Gift the Himalayan Salt Plate, $49.95

If your mom likes to cook (or, if someone else does the cooking and she just loves to eat good food), a Himalayan salt block may be a thoughtful gift. People love how they give meals enhanced flavor that can’t be mimicked by a frying pan. Plus, the minerals in salt are supposed to give a more nuanced flavor than table salt, and the amount of saltiness will be regulated by the type of food (moist food absorbs more, fatty foods repel it).

Himalayan salt has a very stable crystal structure, which allows it to hold a temperature very well. Mom can chill it to serve as a platter for sushi or heat it over the grill or stovetop to cook veggies. 

A good-looking, efficient cold brew bottle

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Gift the Blue Bottle Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35

Does mom love cold brew? Grab her this elegant glass cold brew bottle from the popular coffee startup Blue Bottle. It’s slim enough to fit in the fridge without displacing anything else, and it looks much nicer than the plastic versions you’ll find at a similar price point on Amazon. 

A pro-level photo book

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Gift an Artifact Uprising Custom Softcover Photo Book, from $15

These beautifully designed photo books look just like a personal magazine, curated by you for her — and full of 30 pages of your best and most cherished memories and people. 

A scratch-off that benefits charities

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Give a card from LottoLove, from $5

When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won’t win any money. Instead, you “win” a charitable prize that’s donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. Each card costs just $4.95, but gives back in invaluable ways. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries.

A hidden gem $30 cast iron fry pan

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Gift Large Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, $29.99

The Victoria Cast Iron 12-Inch Skillet Fry Pan is the perfect skillet for cooking just about anything. It’s well-designed, extremely affordable, and durable like you’d hope a cast iron pan would be. It has a long primary handle and a shorter secondary handle for steadying the pan as you carry or move it, and it has good depth and a wide surface perfect for searing steaks. The large pour spouts on either side make it easy to rid the pan of grease without any mess. It’s also our top overall pick in our guide to the best-cast iron skillets. 

A set of sheet masks to relax and keep her skin hydrated

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Gift a Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask, $4.80

Make sure she has the fun tools to take a night off whenever she wants. These five sheet masks will hydrate her skin and keep it looking its best, but they’re also just a lot of fun to put on after a long day — and it’s nice knowing they were a gift rather than something she had to go out and buy herself. 

Framed memories

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Gift a Framebridge custom-framed art or photo gift, from $45

Moms really do love looking at pictures of their kids. Why not make an impactful gift by framing a family memory or a great picture of the two of you? Plus, sites like Framebridge make it easier by letting you customize each step of the process online instead of grabbing a frame from the store and having to figure out how to correctly size and print something yourself. Framebridge will guide you through the process and let you know if the resolution is high enough to look good on mom’s mantle. 

A pair of beautiful earrings she can wear with anything

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Gift a pair of Mejuri Midi Hoops, $50

There’s something satisfying about being able to afford to give your mom something delicate, luxurious, and special. Too often our moms put us first and themselves last, and something that isn’t strictly “necessary” is a good way to make sure they feel pampered from time to time.

Mejuri is an Insider Reviews favorite, and the Canadian company will likely be a new one of hers as well. 

A coffee service that figures out what flavors she likes and gets smarter over time

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Gift a Driftaway Coffee Set, from $44

If mom likes coffee, she might love Driftaway. The Brooklyn-based startup is helping people figure out which flavor profiles of coffee they really love, and then uses that information to customize shipments of fresh coffee to them that their taste buds should really love.

The first delivery will be a tasting kit to help determine what flavors she loves most. From there, the service will get smarter at catering to her preferences every time. 

A silk pillowcase

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Gift the Celestial Silk Pillowcase, from $36.99

Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. They also reduce the likelihood of forming new wrinkles and they won’t absorb skincare products as easily as cotton pillowcases. 

This particular Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet’s hidden gems. It’s $40 on Amazon and we rated it the best silk pillowcase you can buy in the Insider Reviews buying guide. Read a personal review here

Dedicated makeup towels

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Gift the Weezie Makeup Towels, $40

We’ve personally discovered Weezie’s makeup towels are unexpectedly useful, and so will your giftee. These small, dark towels won’t reveal unsightly makeup stains and they come in three cute embroidered styles.

A popcorn maker and a movie night in with you

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Gift the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, $39.99

Bring over a comfy throw blanket she can keep and turn on Netflix for a quality movie night with your lifelong best friend. It’s no joke that quality time goes a long way for a gift, especially when it’s for your mom.

Board games and a fun night with the family that she doesn’t have to plan

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Gift the Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition, $15.99

You may be too old to glue macaroni to a card and call it a present, but your mom still doesn’t equate value with money.

If you grab a couple of family-friendly board games and head to your parents’ place for a night in with them and your siblings, that might be the most memorable Mother’s Day gift you could give. Bring along some flowers, chocolate, wine, or one of the smaller gifts on this list as a token offering as well. Then, offer to do the dishes at the end of the night.

An Echo Dot or Google Home Mini

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Gift the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), $24.99

Gift the Google Home Mini, $29.99

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo products can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, play music, order a pizza, tell Dad jokes, or any number of things Mom should find both helpful and fun. Be aware this isn’t the newest model, but it still works great and comes at a lower price point. 

The Dot is also kind of the entry-level Echo product, which is perfect if your mom is just getting used to the technology. If your family is already ingrained in the Google ecosystem for tech, you might want to grab the Google Home Mini instead for the same price. 

A subscription to try out new and well-loved beauty products without having to find or buy them herself

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Gift a Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $45

In general, subscriptions are some of the best gifts that you can give. A monthly treat can be a really nice thing to look forward to, especially when each delivery reminds you of your family. Every time an installment is delivered, your mom is reminded of how much you care.

Birchbox is a particularly good one for mom. It combines monthly deliveries of small personalized beauty and skincare samples with an easy-to-use e-commerce shop. Birchbox will send an assortment of highly-rated or brand-new items for her to test every month instead of having to go in blind to Sephora and buy full-sized versions. If she really loves something, she can buy herself a bigger size on Birchbox or elsewhere easily.

You can gift a woman’s subscription gift card for 3 months for $45, 6 months for $84, or a full 12 months for $156.

The best reading subscription online

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Gift a Scribd membership, $8.99/month

Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines for less than $10 a month with Scribd (or $13 per month for access to Scribd and the New York Times). If she wasn’t a bibliophile already, Scribd will make her one. I’ve been a subscriber for years and I think it’s hands-down the best deal for online reading

A new lipstick from a natural makeup company that she’ll love

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Gift the RMS Beauty Lipstick, $28

One barrier to smarter, healthier makeup is figuring out which of those natural brands out there actually do the job. One great and thoughtful gift for mom could be introducing her to a brand that actually works, and one which requires no research or risk.

RMS Beauty is a fan-favorite for its lipsticks on their own merit, with the clean ingredients as a huge plus. 

Childlike cereal for adults

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Gift all four Magic Spoon flavors, $39

Gift a Magic Spoon subscription, $35.10 per month

Magic Spoon is a new “childlike cereal for adults” that’s high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. If you want to treat your mom without incurring any dentist-related concerns, Magic Spoon may be a fun way to introduce her to a new brand. 

A stylish toiletry bag

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Gift the Dagne Dover Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, $35

Self-care should make us feel good, from beginning to end. A nice toiletry bag with ample smart organization is one way to make sure that ‘beginning’ and ‘end’ are clutter-free and beautiful. This bag is made out of a really cool neoprene material and comes in a variety of pretty colors, from a bright poppy red to more muted tones like the mossy green seen above. Dagne Dover is also best-known for its thoughtful, next-level organization.

A luxe diffuser that smells amazing and she can feel good about keeping out in the house

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Gift the Snowe Rinse and Repeat Diffuser, $40

More stylish than a plug-in, this fresh floral diffuser uses custom-blended essential oils and will look nice, take up little space, and fill mom’s house with a relaxing blend of Calla Lily, green leaves, and dew drops. I actually have one of these diffusers in my own house, and I love the look and how subtle but effective it is.

A cleaner, more efficient multivitamin

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Gift the Essential for Women Multivitamin, $30 per month

Ritual is most known for its Essential for Women multivitamin, which fills in the gaps of women’s diets and was inspired by founder Katerina Schneider’s own experience of shopping for vitamins while she was pregnant. Earlier this year, it dug deeper into its original prenatal health roots with the launch of its second product, a prenatal vitamin. Regardless of where women are in their life, Ritual works to build health with cleaner, more efficient vitamins.

Wireless charging pads

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Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone, $38.90

Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for Android, $31.97

We tested the Belkin BoostUp charger with several iPhones and Android phones, and it worked perfectly — which is why we ranked it the best wireless charger that you can buy. It looks great, has excellent traction so your phone won’t slide off while charging, and it juices up any phone quickly.

Wireless charging is traditionally slower than wired charging, but the Boost Up pad with 15 watts of power should charge your devices faster — so long as they support fast wireless charging.

A Daily Harvest gift card for healthy smoothies and soups that take 30 seconds to make

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Gift a Daily Harvest Gift Card, from $25

Help your mom start off 2020 on a healthier note with Daily Harvest, a subscription service that sends healthy, pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies, overnight oats, soups, and more to your home either weekly or monthly. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams. We tried the service’s smoothies and really enjoyed them.

A next-gen hair wrap that uses threads finer than silk to dry wet hair faster and without friction damage

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Gift the Aquis Chevron Weave Hair Turban, $30

These Aquis hair towels have become extremely popular in the last few years. They’re designed with AQUITEX technology that uses ultra-fine fibers that are split into strands thinner than silk, so this towel won’t grab at hair cuticles like regular bath towels that break and damage wet hair — which is when it’s most vulnerable. It also claims to reduce drying time by up to 50%, which sounds hyperbolic until you’ve tried it yourself. This is the one I own and it works far, far better than I had even dared to hope. 

A cute tea infuser

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Gift the Fred & Friends Brew Bunny Tea Infuser, $9.98

Let mom take a cue from this reclining bunny and spend some time relaxing, sipping her favorite kind of loose tea (which you could pick up as an accompanying gift). 

A streaming media player

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Gift the Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, $24.99

Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Express is a good entry-level system that comes at an affordable price. Your giftee can stream TV shows and movies from all their favorite streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. If you’re able to spend a bit more, the Roku Ultra is our top pick overall.

A beautiful hand-poured candle

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Gift a Brooklinen Wake Scented Candle, $35

Bring the fresh scents of a salty sea tide, kelp, and driftwood into mom’s house with this chic, hand-poured candle from the ever-popular home startup, Brooklinen. 

A reusable smart notebook

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Gift the Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook, $24.98

Handwritten notes can help keep her organized and manage a seemingly endless to-do list. It’s a $30 notebook, but surprisingly handy. It sends notes to the cloud so she can access them from her devices later, and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

A rose-scented roll-on perfume she can carry with her and reapply when she’s on the go

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Gift the Kai Rose Perfume Oil, $50

Kai’s rose perfume oil features a blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics, layered with rose absolute, and comes in a small, easy-to-use roll-on vial. The rose scent packs an extra punch while remaining subtle and not overwhelming. We’re big fans of the beauty brand, and we have a feeling your mom will like it, too. 

A keepsake ‘What I love About Mom’ book

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“What I Love About Mom by Me” Book, $9.95

You know she’s the greatest, but maybe you haven’t been telling her that enough. Fill this little keepsake book with all the reasons you love her, so she can always be reminded of how appreciated she is.

A custom quote print

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Gift a personalized quote print, from $38

Spotlight a quote from her favorite film, book, or song, or even quote mom herself. There are many font colors, sizes, and frames to choose from.

A personal-styling service

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Gift a Stitch Fix gift card, from $20

Shopping isn’t everyone’s favorite activity — or, if it is, not all of us have the time for a trip to the mall. That’s where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy moms, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point. 

A travel-planning service that does all the work for her

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Personalize a travel itinerary at Journy, $25 a day

An expert trip designer will curate the perfect travel experience based on her interests and preferences, and can even help make hotel or restaurant reservations.

An REI membership

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Gift an REI Co-op Membership, $20

An REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here

A passport cover that will age well

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Gift a Leatherology Standard Passport Cover, $50

Grab mom a beautiful leather passport cover that will age well and make traveling abroad easier. This one comes in 17 different colors, too. Leatherology is one of our go-to gifting shops, since the leather is high-quality, surprisingly affordable, and comes in beautiful gift-ready boxes. For a personal touch, monogram it for $10.

A stainless steel mug that will keep her coffee hot for hours on end

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Gift the Hydro Flask Mug, $24.95

This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company’s proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous among outdoorsmen and the average person alike. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of it here.

A mini Jo Malone set

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Gift the Jo Malone London Mini Luxuries Set, $50

Pamper mom with this starter set from Jo Malone that includes a Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne for a fresh new fragrance, The Peony and Blush Suede Body Crème, and a delicious English Pear and Freesia Miniature Candle.

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37 gifts for new dads that will help them through the first year as a parent

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  • No dad is ever 100% ready to take on the first year with a baby, but handy gifts can make it easier.
  • These gifts are great for adding some coffee, comfort, and relaxation back into a new dad’s life.
  • Here are 37 gifts new dads will appreciate as they go through the wonderful but sleep-deprived first year.
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No baby book or anecdotal advice will ever fully prepare someone to become a dad. There are, however, some thoughtful gifts that will be invaluable for maintaining some semblance of normalcy during this truly remarkable time in a new dad’s life.

These gift ideas for new dads have been curated by the people who know all too well the first few months of sleepless nights, spit-up-stained shirts, and days without showers. From coffee to footwear to a portable white noise machine, these gifts make life easier for dads – and that’s priceless.

Here are 37 thoughtful gifts for new dads:

A travel mug for coffee time

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Gift the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug, available at Stanley, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon, from $20

New dads rarely have both hands free, so eliminating the need to twist, pop, flip, or open their coffee container makes life so much easier. They can simply add their coffee, screw on the top, and pull the trigger to open up the world of caffeine goodness.

Comfortable shoes that slip on

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Vasque Satoru Moc, available at Backcountry and Vasque, $99.99 

As any parent will tell you, getting out the door is rough. And getting your shoes on can be downright annoying when you’re holding the baby, diaper bag, keys, and much, much more. Thankfully, footwear brand Vasque has a new dad’s back…or their feet. The sock-like upper and memory foam footbed means they’ll probably just wear them all day, but the easy on and off makes them infinitely versatile.

A portable white noise machine

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Marpac Portable White Noise Machine, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $28.54

The compact Marpac produces impressive volume, has a variety of white noise options, and offers a small nightlight. It also comes with a clip for connecting to the stroller for a walk (remember the outside?), in the car for an errand, or on the carrier as they bounce baby to sleep.

Instant pourover coffee

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Kahawa 1893 Coffee Box, available at Kahawa 1893, from a 12-pack for $18

Restless nights and uncertain mornings may have dad missing their morning pourover coffee ritual. Turns out they can still have that rich flavor thanks to third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer Margert Kemunto Nyamumbo. Kahawa has created a single serve coffee that looks more like a tea bag, is ready in five minutes, and 100% compostable. Bonus: You can send a tip directly to the women who picked the coffee.

A fitness app with extras

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Centr Fitness App Subscription, available at Centr, from $30/month or $120/year

Built by Thor and his legion of trainers, Centr is a one-stop-shop for workouts ranging from yoga to full gym routines as well as guided meditation and delicious meal recipes. The app includes short, effective workouts that are perfect for that new dad schedule and the guided mediation will slow dad’s anxiety.

A wireless charging station

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Nomad Base Station, available Nomad, $99.95

If the secret to success as a new parent is organization, the Nomad’s beautiful wireless charger fits the bill. It’s slim, sleek, and able to power two devices simultaneously while also allowing for a USB-C and USB-A cord to be plugged in for a total of four devices at once. Mom and dad’s phones, AirPods, and the portable white noise machine will all be full and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

A device to keep track of everything

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Tile Essentials 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $61.99

This grab bag of Tile options lets new parents rely on technology instead of their overtaxed brains. New dads can attach tiles to their keys, diaper bag, and wallet in order to make sure those items never stay lost for too long. And if they have their keys but not their phone, they can double tap the tile to make it ring. 

One tool for almost every job

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Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, available at REI, $59.95

There’s something about being a dad that really brings out their inner handyman. The Leatherman Wingman is loaded with 14 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle openers, and even a 1-inch ruler, so they can fix just about anything and pop open a cold one when they’re done.

Comfortable underwear

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Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs, available at Amazon, from $25.60

The right underwear makes everything go so much smoother. The lightweight material is soft and breathable, and the patented BallPark Pouch keeps everything in place, whether they’re getting up for an early morning feeding or pushing a stroller around the park on a hot summer day.

A hammock

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Newdora Garden Hammock, available at Amazon, $16.99

Stealing away for a midafternoon nap in a hammock is an incredible way for a new dad to take a break from diaper changes. The Newdora Garden Hammock is easy to set up, adjustable, and packs down small enough to take anywhere.

A diaper backpack

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Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $44.95

Made with the same look of a commuter bag, this 14-pocket backpack is durable and carries all the essentials, from diapers to bottles and everything in between. There’s even a foldout changing pad.

A new set of sheets for parents and baby

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Gift the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, from $110

Brooklittles Crib Sheet Set, available at Brooklinen, from $26.50

Sleep, when it does happen for both dad and baby, is so much better on a set of soft sheets that make them feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud. These are great for delicate skin and hot sleepers, too, and they come in a variety of colors and prints.

A comfortable pillow

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 Coop Home Goods Original Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

A comfy pillow might be the most important ingredient for a restful night. The adjustable fill on the Coop pillow means it works for every kind of sleeper, and a 100-night trial means they’re not stuck with it if they don’t like it.

Stroller phone mount

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Skip Hop Stroll and Connect Universal Phone Holder, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $14.99

Made with tough plastic and rubber grips, the Stroll and Connect mounts easily to a stroller or shopping cart and won’t fall off in crowded aisles or on bumpy terrain. It lets a parent keep their hands free in case they need to use the phone on the go.

A quick hang

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Metolius Project Board, available at Backcountry, $64.95

With a variety of holds, from jugs to crimps to pockets, the Metolius Project Board is great for releasing tension with a quick upper body workout. It can go just about anywhere inside or outside, and the fine texture is easy on the skin.

A funny book about fatherhood

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Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting, available at Amazon, $16.69

Nothing will fully prepare him for the chaos and confusion of being a new dad. However, Matt Coyne’s sleep-deprived take on parenting will give him a hilarious and honest reassurance that he’s doing alright, no matter how stressful it seems.

A shaving kit

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 Harry’s Truman Shave Set, available at Harry’s, $15

This essential shave set includes a razor with a comfortable handle and textured rubber grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect the blades.

A cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, Black

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $21.41

Dad will love a cup of cold brew coffee, with less acidity and a smoother taste, when they need a pick-me-up after sneaking in an afternoon nap. The Takeya Deluxe makes up to 1 quart of concentrate. Plus, it’s easy to use and an incredible value. 

An Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 (6-Ot.), available at Amazon, $89

The Instant Pot makes cooking dinner for the whole family a breeze. It makes soups, meats, yogurt, and pretty much everything else, even baby food. Easy cleanup means more time to spend with the little one too.

A meat or seafood box

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Crowd Cow Gift Box, available at Crowd Cow, from $39

Give a new dad something delicious to cook with a gift box of meat or seafood that’s sourced from independent producers that practice sustainable farming and ethical treatment of animals.

Single-origin coffee beans

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Colectivo Coffee—Sumatra, available at Colectivo, from $14.25

If they’re a coffee fanatic, they’ll love a bag of single-origin beans. Grown in the volcanic soil in the rugged mountains of the Indonesian island Sumatra, this rich, complex blend has notes of molasses and pineapple. And for those mornings where there’s no time to hassle with a French press, don’t overlook instant coffees, which have caught up in quality to the whole bean version.

Super soft lounge pants

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Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants, available at Tommy John, $68

New dads will love a pair of comfortable pants for sleeping or lounging around the house that won’t embarrass them when the in-laws show up announced. These soft, light micromodal pants from Tommy John are perfect, and they hold up nicely wash after wash.

A play kit of curated toys

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Play Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $36/month

Make those long hours playing on the floor count with a subscription to Lovevery curated age-appropriate toy kits. Delivered every two months, each one includes guides that show how each toy helps with a child’s development. They’re also a lot of fun.

A pair of chinos

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Bonobos Chinos, available Bonobos, from $98

Unfortunately, a new dad can’t wear lounge pants all the time. But just because they’re leaving the house for a bit, doesn’t mean they’ve got to sacrifice comfort. Bonobos chinos come in multiple fits and sizes, and the signature curved waistband give them an unobtrusive fit that makes them great for the office, a trip to the store, or a playdate in the park. 

An interactive photo journal

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“The Story of You” Baby Book, available at Artifact Uprising, $99

A phone full of pictures and videos is great, but they’ll want something to capture and hold onto the most special moments. This photo book, featuring a fabric cover and foil stamped title, lets him write down his memories and the details of each milestone.

A lightweight button-up for a put-together look

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Tie Bar Short-Sleeve Shirt, available at Tie Bar, from $45

It’s nice for dad to feel put-together sometimes. The light, 100% cotton button-ups from Tie Bar are perfect for a rare night out or day at the office.

A shaving set

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Dollar Shave Club Complete Shave Gift Set, available at Dollar Shave Club, $35

This set comes with a razor handle and four four-blade cartridges that make for a great shave for when dad needs to clean up a little. It also includes a gentle prep scrub, shave butter, and hydrating post-shave cream.

A durable water bottle

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Hydro Flask Wide Mount Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, $37.95

When life gets as hectic as it does for new fathers, it’s easy to forget to drink water. This durable insulated metal bottle keeps water cold and within arm’s reach.

A basketball jersey for baby

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NBA Baby Jersey, available at NBA Store, from $29.99

It’s going to be a while before baby gets into it, but it’s still a lot of fun for a new dad to watch the game with his progeny decked out in their very own jersey.

An adjustable baby carrier

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Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Carrier, available at Buy Buy Baby and Ergobaby, $179

Whether you’re running errands or spending a day in the park, a good baby carrier makes it so much easier. Made with 100% premium cotton, the Ergobaby Omni 360 is super soft and easily adjustable to fit waists and shoulders of all sizes. It works in multiple positions, too, front or back, face-in or face-out. 

A foam roller

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TriggerPoint GRID foam roller, available at Amazon, $39.95

Knots and tight muscles go hand in hand with parenting. He’ll appreciate the textured surface pattern of this foam roller to roll away the aches and pains of being a new parent.

A tool kit

CARTMAN Orange 39 Piece Tool Set

Cartman General Household 39-piece toolkit, available at Amazon, $18.99

There’s just something about being a dad that turns everyone into an overnight handy man. This tool kit includes all the basics he’ll need for assembling or repairing all that new gear in the nursery and beyond.

A soft cooler

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CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Cooler Tote, available at Amazon, $34.99

Dad is going to need a good cooler for bringing food home from the store or packing up milk and baby food for a road trip to see the grandparents. This one has a 50-can capacity, but it still folds up small enough to stash under the seat when they don’t need it.

A delicious baby blanket

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Tortilla Baby Blanket, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

This blanket is made of breathable cotton/polyester blend fabric that will keep baby comfortable and cool. And the flour tortilla print that makes them look like a bundle of burrito joy is impossibly adorable.

A custom print of baby’s footprints

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Baby Footprint Art Print, available at Etsy, from $18

It’s always hard to believe how little they used to be. This is an attractive, thoughtful piece that fits nicely anywhere in the home.

A smart speaker for baby’s room

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Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $29.99

A smart speaker is a nice addition to baby’s room. It can play lullabies or classical music at bedtime, or dad can use it to listen to the game while they’re playing with toys. 

An REI membership

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REI Co-op Membership, available at REI, $20

Getting active and outdoors is great for kids, and something a new dad can do right from the start. With an REI membership, they’ll get annual dividends, exclusive offers, and more to get the gear they and their family will want. 

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36 fun and practical gifts that new parents will love

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The best gifts for new parents are practical and fun – stuff they can use to make their lives a little easier during a difficult but rewarding time. They’re bound to love any of these 36 gift ideas, while putting them to good use too.

We’ve got gifts that will help them wake up or get some sleep when they have the chance. There are handy items here that they can use in the nursery or on the road, along with some fun stuff, like mustache pacifiers, that are great for a laugh.

Read on for 36 of the best gifts for new parents:

A safe, easy-to-use nail trimmer

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Bblüv Trimö Baby Electric Nail Trimmer, available at Buy Buy Baby, $29.99

Baby nails can get really sharp. And because they’re so small and delicate, they can be intimidating to take care of. This electric trimmer makes it easy to gently cut fingernails and toenails without having to worry about getting them too short. The electric file gently rounds off the rough edges.

Delicious homemade baby food

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Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker, available at Buy Buy Baby and Target, from $99.99

Buying baby food by the jar gets expensive, and it leaves you with an ever-expanding pile of empty containers that may or may not be getting recycled. The Baby Brezza solves that by letting you steam and puree your own baby food. It comes with a handy recipe book to get started.

A comfortable seat for baby

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Bumboo Infant Floor Seat, available at Buy Buy Baby and Target, $39.99

Made from soft, durable foam, the Bumboo seat helps babies learn to sit upright, starting at three months. Parents will appreciate its portability as well as how easy it is to clean.

A fun way to clean up snot-nosed kids

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Frida Baby Nose Frida the Snotsucker, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, from $15.99

Stuffy noses can make a baby uncomfortable. Since they can’t just go blow it out with a tissue, they need a little help. The Nose Frida Snotsucker looks, well, weird, but it’s safe, clean, easy to wash, and if we’re being honest, it’s kind of fun too. 

Cozy moccasins for baby’s first steps

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TPMOCS Custom Moccasins, available at TPMocs from $74

Handcrafted at every step of the way by Native American artisans, these beautiful, durable customized moccasins keep baby’s feet comfortable with every step. A portion of all purchases goes toward addressing poverty for Native American communities in need.   

A pillow spray to help parents get a good night’s sleep

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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, available at Dermstore, $29

Sleep is a tenuous proposition, at best, for new parents, so when they finally get the chance to turn in for the night, this spray will help them fall into a deeper and more relaxed sleep. Featuring a pleasing blend of lavender, chamomile, and vetivert, the relaxing scent helps a person doze off. One of our reporters swears by it for a better night’s sleep.

A cleverly designed towel that quickly dries and comforts babies

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Parachute Hooded Baby Towel, available at Parachute, $29

Getting out of the bath is cold for babies, too, but this this absorbent towel keeps lets you wrap them up to keep them cozy while drying off. The adorable hood adds extra warmth.

A keepsake calendar filled with sweet photos

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Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, $25

Parents can’t get enough photos of their newborn. Take some of those photos to create a unique, practical calendar featuring their little one that they can use every day.

An essential supply they can never get enough of

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Honest Diapers, available at Honest.com, $10.95/pack

Cloth diapers aren’t for everyone, but these absorbent disposable diapers made from Earth-friendly materials are a good alternative for the eco-conscious. They also feature fun prints, even holiday designs. And to up the convenience factor for busy new parents, the company also has a diapers and wipes subscription box to save money and precious time. 

A comfortable and flexible baby sling

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Baby K’tan Original Carrier, available at Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, and Target, $49.99

Hands-free carrying is a convenient way to keep baby close that parents will appreciate, whether they’re grocery shopping or talking on the phone. This sling is comfortable for the baby as well as parents. It’s a gift one of Business Insider’s own gives to new parents after having used it with her kids from the time they were born until they were toddlers. You can check out our top picks for the best baby carriers here.

Crib sheets in cute prints

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Brooklittles Crib Sheet Sets, available at Brooklinen, from $28.80

From spit up to diaper blowouts, crib sheets have to endure a lot, so it’s essential that there’s always a clean one handy. Parents will really appreciate such a practical gift when they need one. Brooklinen’s line of sheets for little ones feature fun patterns and prints that look great in any nursery.

A baby book parents will actually want to fill out

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Lucy Darling Flower Child Memory Book, available at Maisonette, $34.99

Parents always appreciate looking back on the special memories they otherwise might have lost to sleep deprivation during baby’s first year. Jotting down moments to savor won’t feel like more paperwork with this spiral-bound baby book adorned with fun floral patterns. There’s even a place for the baby’s hand and foot prints.

A warm cup of coffee on a cold day

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Contigo Autoseal West Loop Insulated Travel Mug, available at Amazon, $17.24

Life with a baby doesn’t pause so parents can rest, so having a little caffeine on hand can be a lifesaver when a parent’s running morning errands on five hours of sleep. This leak-free travel mug keeps drinks hot or cold for up to seven hours, and it comes in 30 colors and a variety of sizes.

An Amazon Prime membership so new parents can order supplies

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Amazon Prime gift subscription, three months, $39

Nobody wants to make an extra trip to the store, especially busy new parents. A Prime membership lets them avoid the hassle, allowing them to order whatever they need and have it delivered instead, in two days.

A full-year subscription is $119. And if they already have a Prime membership, they’ll be able to convert your gift to credit so they can spend the money on anything they need.

A portable gadget for fussy sleepers

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Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle, available at Buy Buy Baby, Walmart, Amazon, and Target, $34.99

White-noise machines are useful gadgets to have around because they’re helpful for getting a fussy baby to fall asleep. The Baby Susher plays a real human voice, and it’s easy to use at home, in the car, etc. 

A pacifier that won’t keep falling to the ground

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Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder with Detachable Pacifier, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, from $14.88

This pacifier features a plush animal that can be detached to make cleaning both pieces fast and easy. You can choose from a variety of animals, including elephant, giraffe, monkey, and seal, that make it easy to find and comforting for babies to snuggle. 

A swaddling blanket that transforms their baby into a burrito

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Tortilla Baby, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

What’s better than a delicious burrito? A swaddling blanket that looks like a burrito and helps baby sleep tight after a long day.

A warm, embroidered blanket that will last for years

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Metallic Star Sherpa Baby Blanket, available at Pottery Barn Kids, $38.99

This cotton jersey blanket with a soft Sherpa backing is great for trekking outdoors when the temperatures drop. In addition to the stars, it can be personalized with the baby’s name or initials.

Socks for tired feet

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Gift a Bombas Gift Box, from $65

Bombas’ comfortable gym socks feature a blister tab and cushioned footbeds that wrap feet in luxury. Busy, tired parents will appreciate comfortable socks. Also, Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased. 

A jolt of caffeine after a sleepless night

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Agaro Free-Dried Coffee (6 cup box), available at Swift Cup Coffee, $15

Instant coffee isn’t what it used to be; it’s actually good now, and that’s excellent news. Tested by our experts, these six individual packets of freeze-dried Ethiopian coffee will give sleepy parents the quick jolt they’re looking for, and all they have to do it add 10 ounces of hot or cold water and stir.

A sleek bassinet that rocks crying babies to sleep

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Snoo Rental Gift Card, available at Happiest Baby, from $29.69/week

There’s nothing new parents will appreciate more than a little help with a baby who doesn’t sleep well. Sensing when a baby is tense, the Snoo automatically rocks them to sleep with a gentle motion. There’s also a built-in white noise machine and a swaddle to help calm fussy little ones. Parents can control the bassinet and monitor it via the app. And while the Snoo is expensive, the company has a rental program for a more affordable option.

Bilingual board books for early learning

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Canticos Board Books, available at Amazon, from $5.99

It’s never too soon to start learning a second language. These books help by introducing important early words like numbers, shapes, and more in both English and Spanish.

A mustache pacifier

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Mustachifier, available on BuyBuyBaby, $9.99

This pacifier will have everyone doing a double take to see if that baby really does have a hipster mustache. And don’t overlook the value of peace and quiet that comes with it too.

A meal kit delivery service so they can cook for themselves

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Blue Apron Subscription Gift Card, from $60

Cooking can be an extra hassle for frazzled new parents, but a delivery service like this can make it a little easier to get a healthy, home-cooked meal. Blue Apron boxes come with preportioned ingredients and three easy-to-cook recipes. They’ll get one week of meal kits for $60.

Check out our guide to the best meal kit delivery services, which includes options for special diets.

A gadget to make diaper changes easier

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Diapertainment, available at Amazon, $19.99 

Diaper changing is much easier when a squirming baby is occupied. This smartphone mount does helps hold a little one’s attention with their favorite short videos so parents can get down to business.

An interactive play mat

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The Lovevery Play Gym, available at Lovevery, $140

This activity gym has different learning zones and a range of accessories designed to engage a baby as they grow. Designed by childhood development experts, there are features here for infants as well as toddlers.

A pregnancy journal to track progress and memories

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“Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal”, available at Amazon, $13.46

Pregnancy is a journey, and this journal gives new parents the chance to track their memories and experiences. Whether they end up using it as a reference for subsequent children or just as a way to look back on a special time, this keepsake journal makes a timeless treasure for parents.

A portable way to secure babies to their seats

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Inglesina Fast Table Chair in Black, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $69.99

A popular choice for an easy-to-use high chair because of its convenience, the Inglesia Fast Table Chair can be used with any table up to 3.3 inches thick. And it can be used for children ranging in age from 6 months to 3 years.

A 5-in-1 machine to help baby sleep

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Baby Dream Machine, available at Baby Dream Machine, $99

On top of smoothing “pink noise” sound that help infants relax, the Baby Dream Machine is also a cool-mist humidifier as well as an aromatherapy machine. It even provides red light and night light therapy with an adorable bear design that will great in the nursery. 

The gift of getting some shut-eye

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Halo Sleepsack Swaddle Wrap, available at Buy Buy Baby and Target, $21.99

Swaddling helps a baby feel more relaxed, and a more relaxed baby is a better sleeper. This transitioning swaddle features a unique design that allows a baby to be wrapped with their arms in or out, which is important for safety once they start rolling.

An adjustable, washable pillow to ensure a good night’s rest

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Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

Few things help exhausted parents fall asleep faster than a comfortable pillow. This customizable pillow is hypoallergenic and works well for all sleeping positions.

Fun PJs’ for any occasion

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Earth Day Baby Zip Sleeper, available at Hanna Andersson, $42

Whether they’re cozying up to watch a parents’ favorite show or settling in for a special holiday, matching family pajama sets are a fun way for families to share an experience. Hanna Andersson makes a comfy set of pajamas featuring everything from holiday prints to dinosaurs to popular characters.

A time-saving food hack parents can feel good about

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Cerebelly Pouches, available at Cerebelly, $2.17 each

With organic vegetable-based recipes that babies will love, these handy little pouches are perfect in a meal-time pinch. They’re self-stable, so they’ll last long enough to be around when you need them. Created by a neurosurgeon, this go-anywhere babyfood is also loaded with nutrients that help with brain development.  

A smart home device to act as an assistant

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Echo Dot 4th generation, available at Target, $29.99

A smart speaker is the perfect nursery assistant. It can play gentle music to help lull babies to sleep or set timers for feeding times. They’re also compatible with a long list of smart home devices, which makes it easy to turn off light or set the thermostat while parents are busy changing diapers.

An Instant Pot for easy meals

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Instant Pot Duo 60, available at Amazon, $89

Our favorite Instant Pot includes a number features and functions, from pressure cooking to sautéing. Parents can make delicious one-pot meals for themselves and the baby with just a few easy steps and a lot less cleanup.

Something to soothe and protect baby’s delicate skin

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Baby Dove Derma Care Body Wash, available at Walmart, $8.86

Baby Dove Eczema Care Cream, available at Rite Aid, $8.69

Newborns have delicate skin that requires gentle, soothing products to keep them clean and their outer layer soft and hydrated. Developed alongside pediatric dermatologists, Dove’s wash and cream are free of dyes, parabens, phthalates, steroids, and fragrances.

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88 gift ideas for women – from cult-favorite candles to a monthly book subscription

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  • You’ve likely landed on this guide in search of the perfect gifts for the women in your life.
  • Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say thanks, we’ve found 88 great options.
  • From cooking classes to chocolates from Goldbelly, there’s a gift for every woman in your life.
  • Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration.

When it comes to gifts for women, you can always go the functional route with tech gadgets and cookware, or you can celebrate them with fun gifts like a personalized photo calendar and coffee table book.

There are countless gifts for women to sift through, but we’re here to help you choose the perfect ones for every woman on your list. Though you can never go wrong with flowers and a thoughtful card, we’ve also included some more unique gift ideas, like a custom map poster and a painting kit.

Check out all 88 gifts for women:

A DIY birth month flower kit

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Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $34

For a twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers, give her this flower kit to nourish within the confines of her own home. She’ll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold.

A luxurious box of truffles

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection – 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $94

Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn’t get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. 

Read our full review of Goldbelly here.

A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast

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ProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $95

For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It’s a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.

A coffee table book for her home or office

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“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” by National Geographic, available at Amazon, $27.82

You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book gift for her, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. There’s no reason to not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom, sister, or friend.

A wallet and passport holder all-in-one

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Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet, available at Kate Spade, $110

There’s nothing better than a wallet that can fit just about all of your essentials, from cash and coins to cards and even your passport. This wallet ticks off all of these boxes, and in a soft saffiano leather. You can learn more about this wallet, in our guide to the best women’s wallets.

Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chef

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Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per household

Gifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time  with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.

A personalized photo calendar for her desk

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, $30

A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her loved ones makes for an even better gift. She’ll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories.

An easy-to-use painting set

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Uncommon Goods Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35

Painting isn’t only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she’ll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.

A sleek, leather AirPod case with her initials

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Saffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40

The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There’s an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro, and in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.

A refillable, leather journal with her initials

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Leatherology Medium Journal, available at Leatherology, $70 + $10-$15 monogram

For the one who loves to organize her thoughts and jot down to-do lists, a monogrammed leather journal is the perfect gift for her. And this one is sure to last, since she can order as many paper refills as she needs.

A heated massager to melt the day away

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InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager with Heat, available at Amazon, $39.99

After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less. 

A Disney Plus gift subscription

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Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $69.99

Give her unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox — pretty much everything she needs to pass the time at home.

Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here and, if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

The best socks she’s never tried

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Bombas Gripper Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $53.20

They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Bombas spent two years perfecting its gym socks, and we think they got it right. With thoughtful innovations, like a blister tab and cushioned footbeds, her feet will notice the difference as soon as she slips them on.

Read more on Bombas here.

Hot sauce with a sweet twist

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Trinidadian Blazin’ Mango Pepper Sauce, available at Etsy, $15

Spicy and sweet: Is there a better combo than this? This handmade sauce packs the heat of habanero peppers with a hint of fruity mango, adding an element to dishes that Etsy reviewers call “so full of flavor, there is no comparison.”

A simple, yet elegant bracelet

Mother's Day gifts: Gifts for her Baublebar Pisa Bracelet

Pisa Bracelet, available at BaubleBar, $22

This bracelet’s simple beaded design is available in four different sizes to add a subtle, yet fun accent to nearly any look. If they’re looking for something a bit more personalized, BaubleBar’s Pisa Bracelet is also available with letter charms, hearts, birthstones, and more

A sweet surprise

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Sugarwish Treat Boxes, from $19.98 for two selections

Sugarwish takes the guesswork out of gifting as you’re able to entirely customize the kinds of candies, cookies, or popcorn added to the gift, and the recipient chooses their favorites. They’ll receive an email or text message prompting them to pick out their Sugarwish contents immediately following the purchase, and you can add a custom message to further personalize this sweet treat.

A set of face masks for all of her skin woes

Gifts for her Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit, available at Sephora, $19

Whether she wants to hydrate or purify her skin, this set can help address all of those concerns while she catches up on Disney+. It features five of Peter Thomas Roth’s bestselling masks, all in cute mini sizes. 

A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things

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Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/year

MasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It’s interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site’s classes for the year.

The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.

Read our full review here.

A pasta of the month subscription

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Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription, available at Food52, $65-$120

Sfoglini’s organic, Brooklyn-made pastas are an exciting addition to her pantry. Choose from either a 3- or 6-month subscription — each month she’ll get two 16-ounce boxes of pasta (one signature option and one seasonal option) along with recipes and pairing ideas. In the past, seasonal pastas have included locally-sourced ingredients like ramp, fennel, and chili pepper, so you can be sure she’ll be surprised with something unique. 

A luxe cashmere tee

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Everlane The Cashmere Tee, available at Everlane, from $45

Gift an Everlane E-Gift Card, from $25

We love how soft, cozy, and affordable Everlane’s cashmere sweaters are. This fitted tee is a great way to add some cashmere into her spring wardrobe — it’s lightweight, comfortable, and an elevated take on a classic T-shirt. 

Read our full review here.

A sentimental scented candle

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Homesick Candle, available at Homesick Candles, from $34

Homesick Candles are made to smell like cities, states, and other places that make you nostalgic like the sweet and sentimental aromas of Summer Camp or the celebratory Champagne Toast.

Read our full review here

A sweet treat delivered to her door

Gifts for her Milk Bar Red Velvet Trufles

Milk Bar Red Velvet Truffles, available at Milk Bar, $24

If you can’t bake her a cake this year, this may just be the next best thing. We love gifting Milk Bar’s creative confections, like these Red Velvet Truffles. 

Read our full review here

A cute and challenging puzzle

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Areaware Gradient Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $12

A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The minimalist design will look nice splayed out on any table. 

A reusable bag that comes in dozens of fun prints

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Baggu Standard Baggu, available at Baggu, $12

You can never have too many reusable bags, especially when they’re as cute as the ones Baggu makes. The Standard Baggu is designed to hold up to 50 pounds and folds into a flat 5-inch by 5-inch pouch for easy storage in her purse. 

Read our full review here

A fun pair of summery shoes

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Soludos Swimmers Embroidered Espadrille, available at Soludos, $25

If they’re dreaming of warmer weather or love to plan ahead, espadrilles make a great gift. Soludos espadrilles are lightweight, easy to slip on, and come in tons of fun designs. This pair is embroidered with little swimmers for a summery feel, but if it’s not her style there are plenty more cute options to choose from

Read our full review here.

A calming weighted blanket

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Casper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $179

Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. 

A luxe body lotion

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Nécessaire The Body Lotion, available at Sephora, $25

Upgrade her post-shower routine with this super hydrating, skin-smoothing body lotion. It’s filled with nourishing, clean ingredients that will keep dry skin at bay. 

Read our full review here.

A cold brew coffee maker for her mornings

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OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $49.95

If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.

A pain-relieving seat cushion

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Purple Seat Cushion, available at Purple, from $39

Sitting all day in uncomfortable chairs can really strain her back. Show her you care with a seat cushion to help alleviate some of the pain. Purple makes pillows in different shapes and sizes to target and support specific areas, but all are very supportive and comfortable.

Read our full review here

A creative subscription for coffee lovers

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Atlas Coffee Club Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $50

Atlas Coffee Club is an affordable subscription service that’ll send her a new bag of globally-curated, single-origin coffee beans each month. Each shipment comes with brewing information, a postcard from the country of origin, tasting notes, and packaging inspired by the country of origin’s culture for an immersive and educational experience. 

Read our full review here

A sheet set that makes bedtime better

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Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, from $240

Brooklinen has a well-earned reputation as the internet’s favorite bedding startup. Its bedding is comfortable and luxurious, and any of the 14 colors and patterns can instantly elevate the look of her bedroom. If she’s not ready to revamp her whole bedding set, gift her a pair of pillowcases to start. 

Read our full review here

A cute and practical charging pad

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Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charger, available at Courant, $122.50

While charging pads are useful tech gifts, many are made with generic and unsightly plastic. Courant is changing that with the Catch:3. The wireless charging pad is made with sleek aluminum and pebbled leather that comes in appealing colors like Dusty Rose, and doubles as a catchall tray for all their knick-knacks.

A little box of cute trinkets

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Greetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $13

Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you’d like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It’s a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.

Read our full review here.

A gift set of delightfully scented candles

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Otherland Single Flame Candle, available at Otherland, $36

Otherland Threesome Candle Gift Set, available at Otherland, $89

Candles make a great gift for just about any woman who loves to make their home smell good. Otherland combines gorgeous packaging with incredible scents for candles that will transport her with their whimsy. Choose from scents like Canopy, which blends fresh fig with herby ivy greens and mint, or Chandelier, which mixes light Champagne with saffron and musky leather.

Read our full review here.

A nourishing hair mask for dry hair

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, available at Sephora, $36

Heat-damaged, color-treated, or just plain dry hair will love this deep conditioning mask. Rosehip and almond oils, B-vitamins, and algae extract will help refresh her strands with some much-needed moisture.

Read our full review here.

Hand sanitizer that looks cool while fending off bacteria

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Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $12

Let’s face it — no one has ever loved the gift of hand sanitizer. But it’s actually really practical! Touchland is a new startup that’s out to make attractive and efficacious hand sanitizers that they’ll want to use. The spray formula is moisturizing, doesn’t smell like alcohol or leave hands sticky, and comes in a sleek modern packaging they’ll be proud to show off. 

Read our full review here.

A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhere

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99

While there’s no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it’s time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We’re partial to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.

Read our full review here.

A smart fitness tracker

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Fitbit Inspire HR, available at Best Buy, $79.95

This Fitbit is an all-in-one smartwatch and a fitness tracker with plenty of great features she’ll enjoy using. From 24/7 activity and sleep tracking to water resistance, call and text capabilities, and more, she can wear this everywhere she goes. 

Read on for the different Fitbit versions here.

A Polaroid camera for instant snapshots

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Urban Outfitters, $69

In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life’s everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she’ll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.

An Amazon Echo that matches her style

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Amazon Echo (4th generation), available at Amazon, $99.99

The Echo is the perfect addition to her nightstand or countertop. It uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon and comes in five colors that’ll complement her style.

Read our full review here

A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balm

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Tower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Credo Beauty, $14

This clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen of a lip gloss but with the nourishing ingredients of a lip balm. The non-sticky consistency is perfect for everyday wear and the pocket-sized tubes are easy to stash in a handbag. 

Read our full review here

A new and entertaining Echo Show

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Amazon Echo Show 5, available at Best Buy, $74.99

Whether she has a host of Alexa-enabled devices or is new to smart home technology, she’ll love using the Echo Show. The latest version is sleeker and more compact than ever before, with a bright display which she can use to watch her favorite shows, video call her friends, keep an eye on her security cameras, and more. 

A mini waffle iron for cute and quick breakfasts

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $9.99

Not only does this mini waffle maker take up a little counter space, but it also heats up in minutes, so she can make her favorite breakfast in a flash. 

A small smart speaker

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Google Home Mini, available at Best Buy, $39.99

This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. 

An electric toothbrush she didn’t think she needed

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Goby Brush Kit, available at Goby, from $55

The direct-to-consumer model has found its place in almost every industry, toothbrushes included. Goby is a startup making great electric toothbrushes at more reasonable prices than most by selling them straight to their customers. Plus, the bright colors will make brushing her teeth a little more fun.  

Read our full review here.

A cult-favorite candle

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Diptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale’s, from $38

Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She’ll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands

A set of silk hair scrunchies

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Slip Pure Silk Scrunchie Set, available at Sephora, $39

These silk scrunchies create less friction than cotton ones, which means less breakage and frizz for her strands. If she wouldn’t likely splurge on these for herself, she’ll appreciate receiving them as a gift. 

A book club that will never cancel on her (unless she wants to skip a month)

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Book of the Month 3-Month Gift Membership, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99

A Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift to satisfy the bookworm on your list. This gift membership gets your bookworm their pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to gift (three, six, or 12 months). They can also request extra books for an additional $9.99 each if they read more than one book a month. We included this membership in our roundup of the best book lover gifts, too.

A piece of cast iron cookware she’ll use to make all of her favorite dishes

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Le Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, from $200

Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.

It’s wide enough and deep enough that she won’t have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It’s also great for cooking meats and veggies since there’s plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.

Read our full review here.

A fresh take on classic pearl earrings

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Catbird Baby Pearl Hoops Pair, available at Catbird, $176

Gift a Catbird E-Gift Card, from $25

Pearl earrings are a classic gift for women who love extra feminine touches in their jewelry. This pair blends the timeless style with a modern touch, with little pearls wrapped around a small, ear-hugging hoop that’s great for everyday wear and special occasions.

A stylish and comfortable pair of shoes

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Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $95

Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can’t go wrong with any of its styles, but if she’s already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. 

Read our full reviews of the Wool RunnersWool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.

A frame to show off her favorite Polaroid shots

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Instax Collage Frame, available at Michaels, $49.99

This frame is the perfect addition to go with her Polaroid camera. With slots made to fit the miniature prints, she’ll love using this to show off her best snapshots. 

Beautiful floral bouquets

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The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., from $36

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, from $50

Both of these online florists offer stunning arrangements made from only the freshest blooms, and they’re delivered quickly too. 

Read our full reviews of The Bouqs and UrbanStems here.

A practical everyday bag that looks good too

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Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag, available at Dagne Dover, from $135

Gift a Dagne Dover E-Gift Card, from $25

We’re huge fans of Dagne Dover’s thoughtfully designed bags. The Weston and Ryan bags are laptop bags with the brand’s signature sleek neoprene fabric and smart design that keeps everything she’ll need organized and easily accessible.

Read our full review here

Easy-to-care-for succulents to add some green to her space

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Check out The Sill’s selection of succulents, from $20

Bring some life to her space with these adorable succulents. With little attention needed, they’re a great gift for amateur plant parents and experienced ones alike. 

Read our full review here.

A surprisingly elegant headband

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Lele Sadoughi Velvet Pearl Padded Headband, available at Bloomingdale’s, $150

Sleek velvet is studded with faux-pearl accents for a headband that’ll add a feminine touch to every outfit she pairs it with. 

Cups of healthy food she can take on the go

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Daily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75

If she’s always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. 

Fancy olive oil

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Brightland Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37

If she spends a lot of time in the kitchen, she’ll appreciate this high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in her kitchen. 

Read our full review here.

A pair of leggings that are just as fashionable as they are comfortable

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Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings, available at Outdoor Voices, $78

Outdoor Voices has made its name in the athleisure world for offering high-quality workout apparel that women feel great and look great in. This pair comes in six color options and has a unique color-blocked style, plus a snug compression fit that actually works to keep her comfortable through a long workout.

A luxurious and relaxing bubble bath

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L’Occitane Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39

Just because she’s not a kid anymore doesn’t mean she’s too old for a bubble bath. This foaming bubble bath is the upgraded adult version, with the calming properties of lavender sure to soothe her body and mind. 

A set of loose-leaf teas that even Oprah loves

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Vadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $34.99

This set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah’s Favorite Things back in 2018. It’s filled with three variations of chai that she’ll enjoy sipping. If she’s exclusively a tea drinker, check out our gift guide for tea lovers

A sleek suitcase that’ll be her travel go-to

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Paravel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $255

If she’s trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It’s a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she’ll love using when it’s time to travel again.

A pressure cooker she’ll use to make everything

Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart, available at Amazon and Walmart, $89

Whether she loves to cook decadent meals, is adamant about meal prepping, or likes to make her time in the kitchen as efficient as possible, the Instant Pot can help her out. The kitchen gadget has 14 smart programs, like saute, simmer, and slow cook, that make cooking a breeze and can save her lots of time in the kitchen. This one’s even named the best overall in our guide to the best Instant Pot and electric pressure cookers.

A customized map of her favorite place

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49

Nostalgic gifts always make great ones. Pick any location you want, whether it’s a whole city or a very specific address, then customize the map with colors, labels, frames, your desired orientation, and more. It’s an undeniably cool gift and one that’s sure to make her sentimental.

Read our full review here.

Chocolate-covered strawberries

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Shari’s Berries Dozen Gourmet Dipped Fancy Strawberries, available at Shari’s Berries, $44.99

Chocolate covered strawberries are a woman’s best friend. These are so good that she’ll want to eat all of these rich milk, dark, and white chocolate strawberries all by herself. 

A cookbook full of unique and delicious recipes

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, available at Amazon, $19.54

Urbanite turned farmer’s wife with a Chinese and Jewish background, Molly Yeh has lots of unlikely stories and recipes to share. Her book delves into her life story between recipes which blend cooking techniques, ingredients, and dishes she’s picked up from all corners of her life. The result? Unusual and delicious creations, like Scallion Pancake Challah and Asian Scotch Eggs. It’s a great pick for adventurous cooks who can appreciate a good laugh along the way. 

A Champagne flute that’ll keep her bubbles chilled

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Corkcicle Stemless Champagne Flute, available at Williams Sonoma $19.95

She enjoys her bubbles best when cold, so make sure they’re always just the way she likes them, with the inventive Corkcicle flute. The shatterproof stainless steel and triple insulation promise crisp champagne every time. 

A dainty jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32

A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It’s a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.

A watch that nails the minimalist aesthetic

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Linjer Petite Watch, available at Linjer, $249

With smartwatches and phones that act like appendages, it might seem like the classic analog watch is disposable. Yet, there’s something about the timeless style of an analog watch that no piece of modern tech can match. This watch is well made and dainty, with a small face that is prominent without being obtrusive, making it her next great accessory.

Read our full review here.

The one that she’ll never be able to put down

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“I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends” by Kelsey Miller, available at Amazon, from $14.69

Real “Friends” fans have already seen every episode (more than once), but they probably haven’t read this book. Miller dives into “Friends,” analyzing the show’s history, ’90s history in general, and more to create a picture of how this show came to be the phenomenon that we’re still watching today. 

A great pair of wireless earbuds

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case, available at Target, $129.99

Once she tries wireless earbuds, she won’t want to go back to the wired kind. AirPods are a reliable gift for nearly any occasion, and they’re compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device. 

Read on for the different AirPod versions here.

A powerful wireless speaker

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Sonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $199

Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won’t overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won’t be unsightly cords to deal with either.

A pair of joggers made for just lounging around

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Tommy John Lounge Jogger, available at Tommy John, $78

Gift a Tommy John E-Gift Card, from $25

Sometimes, she just wants to lounge around in something super soft. And by sometimes, we mean all the time. Treat her to some super-soft loungewear so she can feel great when loafing around. 

Read our full review here

A set of great makeup bags

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Leatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $180

Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.

A cute way to show off her zodiac sign

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Mejuri Zodiac Collection, available at Mejuri, from $90

To the average eye, this necklace just looks like a cool piece of jewelry, but it actually represents her zodiac sign. It’s a fun way to gift her some jewelry with a special meaning, but subtle enough to make its way into her everyday wear.

Read our full review here.

A really good mug she can take camping or into the office

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Yeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti, from $29.99

With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she’ll want to use. 

Haircare products that have her name written all over them

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Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, available at Function of Beauty, $29.99

Ordinarily, it might seem strange to gift someone bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but not with Function of Beauty’s highly giftable products. They take her hair concerns into account when developing her personalized haircare system. She can also choose the color and fragrance of her formula, and even the labels on the bottles.

Read our full review here.

A serum that holds up to its name

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Maelove Glow Maker Serum, available at Maelove, $27.95

There are a lot of serums out there, making lofty claims about how much they’ll improve skin, but Maelove’s Glow Maker really lives up to the hype. If the fact that it was developed by MIT scientists is not enough, it also costs less than $30, and it really will get her skin glowing in no time.

Read our full review here.

A soft robe she’ll love to wrap up in

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99

A plush bathrobe will make every morning feel like a trip to the spa for her. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This fluffy gift for the woman in your life will become her go-to pick. 

Read our full review here.

A handy streaming device

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Roku Ultra, available at Walmart, from $66.90

Maybe she’s trying to cut the cord with cable, or maybe she’s just sick of watching Netflix solely on her laptop. Whatever it is, a Roku Ultra is an easy-to-use device that gives her access to plenty of awesome content to stream. 

Read our full review here.

A flask that brews her tea on the go

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T2 Tea Stainless Steel Flask, available at Amazon, from $35

She loves having her tea every morning, but there’s no way for her to brew the loose-leaf in an insulated mug. That’s exactly what the T2 does. All she has to do is fill with water, load up the infuser with her favorite tea, and let it brew. Plus, the T2 keeps tea warm for up to six hours, so she can enjoy it throughout the day.

A hype-worthy pullover

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Patagonia Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T Pullover, available at Patagonia, $149

There’s a lot of hype around Patagonia apparel, but we think it’s warranted. This sweater embodies the Patagonia ethos of great fitting, high-quality, performance apparel with its super-soft, warm cotton and a quilted exterior that looks nice too. 

Read our full review here.

A surprise set of new undies

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MeUndies Custom Pack, available at MeUndies, from $45

MeUndies makes shopping for underwear a lot more fun, and this gift set is just one example. You can choose from MeUndies’ unique designs to assure the pack is suitable to her style. 

Read our full review here.

A month of unlimited shopping

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RTR Gift Card, available at Rent The Runway, from $69

Okay, so not all the shopping, but Rent The Runway is a great choice for shoppers who constantly want to update their wardrobe without spending major bucks. Rent the Runway has great luxury brands for her to choose from, with everything from casual weekend wares to special occasion outfits.

Read our full review here

The gift of delicious cheese

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Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheese Collection, available at Williams Sonoma, $79.95

Delight her with a gift box of handcrafted cheeses from Vermont. There’s some English-style cheddar, a cave-aged semi-firm cheese, a mild and salty blue, and a bright rind cheese, so she can stick to what she knows or try something new. Let’s face it, it’s all delicious.

A set of dark towels that won’t show her makeup stains

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Weezie Makeup Towels (Pair), available at Weezie, $40

These gentle and fluffy towels were made to help her wash off the day’s makeup with ease. There are three different patterns you can choose to embroider onto the towels, all of which are adorable.

Read our full review here.

A face mask fanatic’s dream set

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La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask, available at Sephora, from $35 

A luxurious face mask from La Mer will give her everything she needs to achieve a radiant glow and smoother skin. The women in your life, and their skin, will thank you for this self-care gift.

An indoor garden for her green thumb

Click and Grow

Click and Grow Indoor Herb Garden, available at Amazon, $99.95

Give the experienced or aspiring green thumb this countertop herb garden — it’ll add some much-needed color and delicious herbs to their space. The device is effortless to use, so even amateur gardeners won’t mess it up. 

Read our full review here.

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29 thoughtful high school graduation gifts she’ll actually use

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  • Help her celebrate high school graduation with these 29 thoughtful gifts.
  • Whether she’s headed to college, work, or figuring out her next step, there’s something for her.
  • Some of our favorites include an instant camera, a custom map, and astrology-themed jewelry.

Graduating from high school is a big deal. After 12 years of schooling, finally receiving that diploma is a big moment that merits lots of celebrating.

There are a few ways to go about gifting your new high school grad. She might be heading off to college, in which case you want to give her something functional and useful for the next step of her education. Maybe she’s gearing up for future travel plans and you want to help curb some of the costs. Or perhaps she’s not sure what she’s doing next, but you want to commemorate the journey up until this point and help her chart her next course.

Regardless of your new grad’s post-high school plans, you can show her how proud you are of everything she’s accomplished with the following 29 gifts. A simple card, sweet treats, beauty and style accessories, and tech devices are all thoughtful presents that she’ll love and appreciate as she celebrates with her fellow graduates.

The top 5 best high school graduation gifts for her:

  1. A customizable map to remind her of home, from $49
  2. Dainty jewelry with her astrology sign, from $90
  3. A mini instant camera to document future memories, from $69
  4. A personalized leather portfolio to help her stay organized, from $95
  5. A book that helps her optimize her next life stage, from $11
A Tile Pro tracker to find lost items

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Tile Pro, $72, available on Amazon

You can’t go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Pro is compact and useful for pretty much everyone, especially if their dorm or apartment charges a fee every time they accidentally lock themselves out. 

A book about making the most of your twenties

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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How To Make The Most Of Them Now, $10.81, available on Amazon

They will make big, impactful decisions in the years ahead. And the best defense is a good offense. Your high school grad may benefit from knowing now, before any of those decisions crop up, how to get the most out of their “defining decade.”

A planner that guides them through a five- or 10-year plan

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Best Self Co. Journal, $31.99, available on Amazon

The Best Self Co. Journal helps people map out their five- or 10-year plans in a tangible, easily managed way. It’s a nice way to provide growth and direction after graduation, whether they’re on their way to college, a new job, traveling, or anything else.

Convenient, compact sport headphones

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Gift the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, $129, available at Walmart 

These are among the best deals we know of on earbuds. Be it for commuting, working out, submitting applications, or just kicking around the house, a nice pair of headphones is a huge upgrade.

SoundSport headphones have six hours of battery life and they don’t take up much space to store, making them convenient for working out or listening on the move. They’re also not so dainty that you run the risk of losing them.

A monogrammed planner

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Personalized Notebooks, $14.99, available from Moleskine

Life is busy. A monogrammed Moleskine planner is a thoughtful and useful gift, gifting them with a professional-looking, organized way to start off the year. It will also look nice in a meeting, interview, or internship.

A candle that smells like home

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Homesick candles, from $34, available at Homesick

Read more about our experience with Homesick candles

This candle will make it easy for her to remember home even if she’s far from it. Homesick’s soy wax candles are an ideal going-away-after-graduation gift, available in custom scents from every state as well as select US cities and a multitude of different countries.

An all-purpose canvas tote

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L.L.Bean Large Hunter’s Tote Bag, $39.95 (+ $8 for monogram), available at L.L.Bean

Read more about our experience with the Hunter’s tote

Whether she’s doing laundry, getting groceries, or taking a quick weekend trip home, this sturdy bag will be her new go-to. Its classic design and roomy, waterproof interior make it ideal for bringing along while taking care of errands. Choose the customizable monogram option to make it feel a bit more personal.

A custom college rambler

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College Logo Custom Rambler, $19.99-$59.99, available at YETI

Yeti offers just over 180 colleges to choose from to start showing collegiate spirit. You can even add a custom monogram for no additional charge to this stainless steel, powerfully insulated mug that she’s sure to carry around with her all day during school.  

A map that reminds her of home

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Create a custom map poster for $49 at Grafomap here

Read more about how Grafomap works here

Remembering her roots looks cooler than ever with Grafomap’s custom maps. Zoom in to a hyperspecific location and choose from nine different design themes to find one that will represent her neighborhood well. You can also write your own title, subtitle, and tagline. 

A carry-on suitcase

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The Carry-On, $225, available at Away

Leather Luggage Stickers, $15, available at Away

When it’s time to travel again, she’ll love having this sleek and popular carry-on suitcase at her side. The durable polycarbonate hardshell is adventure-ready, and there are tons of cheerful colors to choose from. An optional ejectable battery keeps tech devices charged while on the move, too.

Comfortable wool loungers

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Women’s Wool Loungers, $95, available at Allbirds

Deemed “the world’s most comfortable shoes,” Allbirds’ merino wool loungers boast the comfort of a house slipper with the look and versatility of an outdoor shoe. They’re moisture-wicking and machine-washable so maintenance is a breeze. 

A personalized piece of jewelry that doesn’t have her name or initials

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Zodiac Collection Rings and Necklaces, $90-$375, available at Mejuri

Read more about Mejuri here

Get her a subtle ring or necklace in her zodiac sign. It’s not as obvious as a name or initials, but will still make her feel special when she wears it. The necklaces are available in gold vermeil or sterling silver, while the ring is available in gold vermeil.

A bouquet of flowers

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Shop all flower bouquets starting at $39 at The Bouqs Co.

Fresh and vibrant blooms are sure to set a happy, celebratory mood. From roses and orchids to succulents and tropical flowers, The Bouqs Co. is the place to find arrangements to make her smile.

A stylish backpack that also gives back

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Lorimer Backpack, $90, available at STATE Bags

Read more about STATE Bags here.

If she’s going back to school, she’ll appreciate a new backpack. While you support her future educational goals, you’ll also support a child in need. STATE Bags donates a backpack filled with school supplies for every bag purchased. 

A mini instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, $68.99, available at Amazon

The years are only going to fly by faster after graduation. She can capture and cherish all the most important moments with her loved ones thanks to this must-have accessory. 

A box of new and popular sheet masks

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Gift a FaceTory subscription box starting at $19.90 here

Read more about how FaceTory works here

FaceTory makes it easy and affordable to try out the latest and greatest in the Korean sheet mask world. From luxurious foil masks to royal jelly firming masks, the service is a must-try for skincare enthusiasts. 

An affordable electric toothbrush

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Rose Edition Goby Toothbrush, $65 with subscription or $80 without, available at Goby

Read more about our experience with Goby here

Dental hygiene doesn’t get less important as you grow up. Goby’s brush has a smart design, is surprisingly effective for its price, and takes up minimal countertop space. You can subscribe to receive a fresh brush head every 1-3 months, so she doesn’t even have to think about it changing herself. 

An Echo Spot

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Echo Spot, $34.08, available at Amazon

Play music, get the news every morning, call family members, and more just by using your voice with the compact Echo Spot. It’s simple to set up and there’s a seemingly endless number of commands to play around with. 

A fun, easily stashable game

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Bananagrams, $14.99, available at Amazon and Target

Combine an open door policy and a game everyone loves to create a foolproof way to make new friends during the first few months of college. This classic game is a great addition to any collection, and convenient to carry around, too. 

A stylish watch

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Beverly 38mm Watch, $115, available at MVMT

Read more about MVMT here

A real “grown-up” watch (that’s not terribly expensive) makes a great gift for a fresh-faced grad. Rose gold hands and markers pair with gray 100% genuine leather for an elegant look that matches well with everything. 

An iPad and Apple Pencil

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iPad (32 GB), $329, available at Apple

Apple Pencil, $99, available at Apple

It was recently announced that the Apple Pencil now works with the regular iPad, letting you easily add diagrams and annotations to your documents without having to import them from separate paid apps. Instead of lugging around a laptop from class to class, she can use the much lighter iPad to take notes and access important files. 

A rapid ramen cooker

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Rapid Ramen Cooker (Pack of 2), $65.37, available at Amazon

What’s college without a few packets of ramen? Prepare her for the inevitable with this funny gift which will at least cook the noodles for her more quickly. The block of ramen fits perfectly in the bowl and there’s no need for measuring since the water line is marked.

A charming, handmade card

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A Toast to Your Graduation Card, $5.75, available at Etsy

Send a cute food pun card to congratulate your graduate. You can even customize the cap colors to fit the specific school colors. 

A pair of sunglasses

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RAEN Norie Sunglasses in Brindle Tortoise, $134.95, available at Backcountry

These flattering, slightly oversized cat-eye glasses from celeb-favorite brand RAEN will always be in her bag as she enjoys a hopefully relaxing summer after graduation. They’re lightweight and polarized for 100% UVA/UVB protection. 

A photo box frame

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Brass & Wood Display Box, $55, available at Artifact Uprising

Square Print Set, from $9, available at Artifact Uprising

Display and store up to 50 5″x 5″ prints in this beautifully crafted photo box made of brass and real hardwood. Just slide in your preferred image into the frame, and switch it out whenever you want a change. 

A personalized leather portfolio

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Organizer Portfolio, $95 (+$10 monogram or +$40 hand paint), available at Leatherology

First impressions are a big deal at internship interviews and job fairs. This well-organized portfolio is made from full-grain leather and available in a variety of gorgeous colors starts her off on the right foot. 

A lamp that lets her know you’re thinking of her, and vice versa

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Two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, $170, available at Uncommon Goods

Read more about our experience with the Long-Distance Touch Lamps here

If she’s moving away, you can stay connected to her with a simple touch of this cool lamp. The corresponding lamp lights up whether she’s an hour’s drive away or across the country.

An efficient breakfast sandwich maker

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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $24.99, available at Amazon

Read more about our experience with the sandwich maker here

Mornings don’t magically become easy once you become an adult. But they’re at least a little more pleasant with the help of a kitchen appliance that lets your grad make a full breakfast sandwich in just five minutes. 

Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards

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At the end of the day, the most helpful present is a gift card that can help get them through what is likely to be an expensive life change. Below are a few options for everything from books to travel.

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51 Mother’s Day gifts under $50 that are still thoughtful and personal

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  • Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show thanks for your mom or guardian with a thoughtful gift.
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune – there are plenty of great gifts for mom under $50.
  • We did the tough digging and found 51 of the best gifts for Mother’s Day under $50.

While nothing shows your appreciation for mom like your year-round love and support, a Mother’s Day gift she’ll love is always a thoughtful gesture. While most of us have outgrown the years where a misspelled card made out of raw noodles was pure magic, not all of us have the budget to spoil Mom with fancy jewelry or a big-ticket item like a new car.

Thankfully, most of the mom figures I know genuinely prefer something that says how much you love her, or how actively you thought about her needs, more than a high price tag. There are plenty of wonderful Mother’s Day gift ideas to be found under $50 – and 51 of them are listed for you below.

Here are 51 of the best mother’s day gifts under $50

A cheerful vase

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Gift Anthropolgie’s Lizzie Vase, $28

These chic vases come in three beautiful colors and a variety of shapes. It looks great as a colorful decor item on its own, but to really up the ante you can always add some fresh blooms for mom too.

Super cozy slipper socks

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Gift the Bombas Gripper Slippers, $40

Easy to slip on and wear around the house these super soft slipper socks feature a brushed lining and silicone grippers to prevent any sliding. Plus, Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair bought so you can feel good about giving mom this gift and giving back at the same time.

A heart-shaped succulent

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Gift Urban Stems The Cora Plant, $35

Urban Stems makes sending fresh flowers and plants to mom a breeze if you won’t be seeing her in person this year. This cute succulent is in the shape of a heart for an extra touch of love.

An at-home spa kit

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Gift the Little Pampering Gift Set, $44

Help mom unwind and have a pampering day from home with this gift set. It includes a lavender boil oil, soap, shower steamer, lip balm, and a scented candle.

An all-in-one hairdryer and brush

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, $40.99

This all-in-one brush and hairdryer is one of our favorite products and makes it a breeze for mom to style her hair and easily create volume and soft curls.

 

A lightweight yoga mat

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Gift a Manduka Eko Superlite Travel Yoga Mat, $45

Manduka is known for making some of the best yoga products, and this five-star-rated mat is no exception. If she loves fitting a yoga class into her busy schedule, she’ll appreciate this mat. Not only does it have a great grip and come in plenty of fun colors, but it’s super light, so she can easily tote it around with her to class and back. 

A box of unique Japanese snacks

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Gift the Bokksu Classic Gift Box, from $39.95 per month

If she loves to travel and experience new cultures through food, she’ll love receiving a Bokksu Box. The classic gift box is filled with a selection of 20-25 unique Japanese snacks, sourced directly from artisan makers in Japan, so she can get a little more adventurous with her snacking. 

A pure silk sleep mask

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Gift the Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50

Give Mom a little bit of luxury with this silk sleep mask. Not only will it block out light and feel great on her skin, but it’s made with Slip’s proprietary Slipsilk which won’t tug or leave creases on her skin. 

A luxurious body moisturizer

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Gift the Nécessaire Body Lotion, $25

If body lotion doesn’t sound that exciting to her, Nécessaire’s version will probably change her mind. The formula is simple — clean ingredients, full of nourishing vitamins, and quick-absorbing. It’s so good we’ve fought over it

A “book of the month” membership she can look forward to every month

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Gift a Book of the Month Membership, from three months for $49.99

If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, we can’t recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month, she’ll find a curated selection of the best new hardcover titles spanning a broad range of genres. The mix of both fiction and nonfiction titles is sure to impress even the pickiest bibliophiles. 

A beautiful bouquet of farm-fresh flowers she can keep in the house

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Gift a bouquet from The Bouqs, from $36

You can grab her a potted plant if she enjoys caring for them over time, but another great option is sending her a beautiful bouquet of flowers that she can enjoy for a few weeks with minimal effort and then throw out. If you want to get her something more lasting, you can pick up a vase ($10-$249), too. 

A Himalayan salt block she can use for just about every use cooking

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Gift the Himalayan Salt Plate, $49.95

If your mom likes to cook (or, if someone else does the cooking and she just loves to eat good food), a Himalayan salt block may be a thoughtful gift. People love how they give meals enhanced flavor that can’t be mimicked by a frying pan. Plus, the minerals in salt are supposed to give a more nuanced flavor than table salt, and the amount of saltiness will be regulated by the type of food (moist food absorbs more, fatty foods repel it).

Himalayan salt has a very stable crystal structure, which allows it to hold a temperature very well. Mom can chill it to serve as a platter for sushi or heat it over the grill or stovetop to cook veggies. 

A good-looking, efficient cold brew bottle

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Gift the Blue Bottle Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35

Does mom love cold brew? Grab her this elegant glass cold brew bottle from the popular coffee startup Blue Bottle. It’s slim enough to fit in the fridge without displacing anything else, and it looks much nicer than the plastic versions you’ll find at a similar price point on Amazon. 

A pro-level photo book

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Gift an Artifact Uprising Custom Softcover Photo Book, from $15

These beautifully designed photo books look just like a personal magazine, curated by you for her — and full of 30 pages of your best and most cherished memories and people. 

A lotion that uses technology to auto-regulate moisture throughout the day

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Gift the Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, $49

Beautycounter is beloved equally for its clean beauty mission and consistently excellent and award-winning products.

This bestselling lotion not only provides up to 24-hours of hydration but actually self-regulates throughout the day to provide the right level of moisture. The formula uses breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology to match — and mimic — the structure of skin. 

A scratch-off that benefits charities

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Give a card from LottoLove, from $5

When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won’t win any money. Instead, you “win” a charitable prize that’s donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. Each card costs just $4.95, but gives back in invaluable ways. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries.

A hidden gem $30 cast iron fry pan

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Gift Large Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, $29.99

The Victoria Cast Iron 12-Inch Skillet Fry Pan is the perfect skillet for cooking just about anything. It’s well-designed, extremely affordable, and durable like you’d hope a cast iron pan would be. It has a long primary handle and a shorter secondary handle for steadying the pan as you carry or move it, and it has good depth and a wide surface perfect for searing steaks. The large pour spouts on either side make it easy to rid the pan of grease without any mess. It’s also our top overall pick in our guide to the best-cast iron skillets. 

A set of sheet masks to relax and keep her skin hydrated

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Gift a Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask, $4.20

Make sure she has the fun tools to take a night off whenever she wants. These five sheet masks will hydrate her skin and keep it looking its best, but they’re also just a lot of fun to put on after a long day — and it’s nice knowing they were a gift rather than something she had to go out and buy herself. 

Framed memories

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Gift a Framebridge custom-framed art or photo gift, from $39

Moms really do love looking at pictures of their kids. Why not make an impactful gift by framing a family memory or a great picture of the two of you? Plus, sites like Framebridge make it easier by letting you customize each step of the process online instead of grabbing a frame from the store and having to figure out how to correctly size and print something yourself. Framebridge will guide you through the process and let you know if the resolution is high enough to look good on mom’s mantle. 

A pair of beautiful earrings she can wear with anything

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Gift a pair of Mejuri Midi Hoops, $50

There’s something satisfying about being able to afford to give your mom something delicate, luxurious, and special. Too often our moms put us first and themselves last, and something that isn’t strictly “necessary” is a good way to make sure they feel pampered from time to time.

Mejuri is an Insider Reviews favorite, and the Canadian company will likely be a new one of hers as well. 

A coffee service that figures out what flavors she likes and gets smarter over time

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Gift a Driftaway Coffee Set, from $44

If mom likes coffee, she might love Driftaway. The Brooklyn-based startup is helping people figure out which flavor profiles of coffee they really love, and then uses that information to customize shipments of fresh coffee to them that their taste buds should really love.

The first delivery will be a tasting kit to help determine what flavors she loves most. From there, the service will get smarter at catering to her preferences every time. 

A silk pillowcase

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Gift the Celestial Silk Pillowcase, from $36.99

Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. They also reduce the likelihood of forming new wrinkles and they won’t absorb skincare products as easily as cotton pillowcases. 

This particular Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet’s hidden gems. It’s $40 on Amazon and we rated it the best silk pillowcase you can buy in the Insider Reviews buying guide. Read a personal review here

Dedicated makeup towels

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Gift the Weezie Makeup Towels, $40

We’ve personally discovered Weezie’s makeup towels are unexpectedly useful, and so will your giftee. These small, dark towels won’t reveal unsightly makeup stains and they come in three cute embroidered styles.

A popcorn maker and a movie night in with you

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Gift the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, $24.99

Bring over a comfy throw blanket she can keep and turn on Netflix for a quality movie night with your lifelong best friend. It’s no joke that quality time goes a long way for a gift, especially when it’s for your mom.

Board games and a fun night with the family that she doesn’t have to plan

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Gift the Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition, $15.99

You may be too old to glue macaroni to a card and call it a present, but your mom still doesn’t equate value with money.

If you grab a couple of family-friendly board games and head to your parents’ place for a night in with them and your siblings, that might be the most memorable Mother’s Day gift you could give. Bring along some flowers, chocolate, wine, or one of the smaller gifts on this list as a token offering as well. Then, offer to do the dishes at the end of the night.

An Echo Dot or Google Home Mini

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Gift the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), $39.99

Gift the Google Home Mini, $39

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo products can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, play music, order a pizza, tell Dad jokes, or any number of things Mom should find both helpful and fun. Be aware this isn’t the newest model, but it still works great and comes at a lower price point. 

The Dot is also kind of the entry-level Echo product, which is perfect if your mom is just getting used to the technology. If your family is already ingrained in the Google ecosystem for tech, you might want to grab the Google Home Mini instead for the same price. 

A subscription to try out new and well-loved beauty products without having to find or buy them herself

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Gift a Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $45

In general, subscriptions are some of the best gifts that you can give. A monthly treat can be a really nice thing to look forward to, especially when each delivery reminds you of your family. Every time an installment is delivered, your mom is reminded of how much you care.

Birchbox is a particularly good one for mom. It combines monthly deliveries of small personalized beauty and skincare samples with an easy-to-use e-commerce shop. Birchbox will send an assortment of highly-rated or brand-new items for her to test every month instead of having to go in blind to Sephora and buy full-sized versions. If she really loves something, she can buy herself a bigger size on Birchbox or elsewhere easily.

You can gift a woman’s subscription gift card for 3 months for $45, 6 months for $84, or a full 12 months for $156.

The best reading subscription online

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Gift a Scribd membership, $8.99/month

Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines for less than $10 a month with Scribd (or $13 per month for access to Scribd and the New York Times). If she wasn’t a bibliophile already, Scribd will make her one. I’ve been a subscriber for years and I think it’s hands-down the best deal for online reading

A new lipstick from a natural makeup company that she’ll love

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Gift the RMS Beauty Lipstick, $28

One barrier to smarter, healthier makeup is figuring out which of those natural brands out there actually do the job. One great and thoughtful gift for mom could be introducing her to a brand that actually works, and one which requires no research or risk.

RMS Beauty is a fan-favorite for its lipsticks on their own merit, with the clean ingredients as a huge plus. 

Childlike cereal for adults

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Gift all four Magic Spoon flavors, $39

Gift a Magic Spoon subscription, $35.10 per month

Magic Spoon is a new “childlike cereal for adults” that’s high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. If you want to treat your mom without incurring any dentist-related concerns, Magic Spoon may be a fun way to introduce her to a new brand. 

A nighttime glycolic acid cream that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin

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Gift the Night Renewer, $27.95

Maelove was engineered by MIT grads as a way to democratize effective skincare —and its entire product line is under $30. The Night Renewer is one of Maelove’s best products. It’s a gentle glycolic acid night cream that’s safe and effective on sensitive skin. Cofounder Jackie Kim told Business Insider this may be her personal favorite of the lineup.

A stylish toiletry bag

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Gift the Dagne Dover Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, $35

Self-care should make us feel good, from beginning to end. A nice toiletry bag with ample smart organization is one way to make sure that ‘beginning’ and ‘end’ are clutter-free and beautiful. This bag is made out of a really cool neoprene material and comes in a variety of pretty colors, from a bright poppy red to more muted tones like the mossy green seen above. Dagne Dover is also best-known for its thoughtful, next-level organization.

A luxe diffuser that smells amazing and she can feel good about keeping out in the house

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Gift the Snowe Rinse and Repeat Diffuser, $40

More stylish than a plug-in, this fresh floral diffuser uses custom-blended essential oils and will look nice, take up little space, and fill mom’s house with a relaxing blend of Calla Lily, green leaves, and dew drops. I actually have one of these diffusers in my own house, and I love the look and how subtle but effective it is.

A cleaner, more efficient multivitamin

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Gift the Essential for Women Multivitamin, $30 per month

Ritual is most known for its Essential for Women multivitamin, which fills in the gaps of women’s diets and was inspired by founder Katerina Schneider’s own experience of shopping for vitamins while she was pregnant. Earlier this year, it dug deeper into its original prenatal health roots with the launch of its second product, a prenatal vitamin. Regardless of where women are in their life, Ritual works to build health with cleaner, more efficient vitamins.

Wireless charging pads

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Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone, $33.99

Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for Android, $55.06

We tested the Belkin BoostUp charger with several iPhones and Android phones, and it worked perfectly — which is why we ranked it the best wireless charger that you can buy. It looks great, has excellent traction so your phone won’t slide off while charging, and it juices up any phone quickly.

Wireless charging is traditionally slower than wired charging, but the Boost Up pad with 15 watts of power should charge your devices faster — so long as they support fast wireless charging.

A Daily Harvest gift card for healthy smoothies and soups that take 30 seconds to make

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Gift a Daily Harvest Gift Card, from $25

Help your mom start off 2020 on a healthier note with Daily Harvest, a subscription service that sends healthy, pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies, overnight oats, soups, and more to your home either weekly or monthly. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams. We tried the service’s smoothies and really enjoyed them.

A next-gen hair wrap that uses threads finer than silk to dry wet hair faster and without friction damage

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Gift the Aquis Chevron Weave Hair Turban, $30

These Aquis hair towels have become extremely popular in the last few years. They’re designed with AQUITEX technology that uses ultra-fine fibers that are split into strands thinner than silk, so this towel won’t grab at hair cuticles like regular bath towels that break and damage wet hair — which is when it’s most vulnerable. It also claims to reduce drying time by up to 50%, which sounds hyperbolic until you’ve tried it yourself. This is the one I own and it works far, far better than I had even dared to hope. 

A cute tea infuser

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Gift the Fred & Friends Brew Bunny Tea Infuser, $9.79

Let mom take a cue from this reclining bunny and spend some time relaxing, sipping her favorite kind of loose tea (which you could pick up as an accompanying gift). 

A streaming media player

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Gift the Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, $24.99

Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Express is a good entry-level system that comes at an affordable price. Your giftee can stream TV shows and movies from all their favorite streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. If you’re able to spend a bit more, the Roku Ultra is our top pick overall.

A beautiful hand-poured candle

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Gift a Brooklinen Wake Scented Candle, $35

Bring the fresh scents of a salty sea tide, kelp, and driftwood into mom’s house with this chic, hand-poured candle from the ever-popular home startup, Brooklinen. 

A reusable smart notebook

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Gift the Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook, $24.98

Handwritten notes can help keep her organized and manage a seemingly endless to-do list. It’s a $30 notebook, but surprisingly handy. It sends notes to the cloud so she can access them from her devices later, and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

A rose-scented roll-on perfume she can carry with her and reapply when she’s on the go

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Gift the Kai Rose Perfume Oil, $50

Kai’s rose perfume oil features a blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics, layered with rose absolute, and comes in a small, easy-to-use roll-on vial. The rose scent packs an extra punch while remaining subtle and not overwhelming. We’re big fans of the beauty brand, and we have a feeling your mom will like it, too. 

A keepsake ‘What I love About Mom’ book

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“What I Love About Mom by Me” Book, $9.95

You know she’s the greatest, but maybe you haven’t been telling her that enough. Fill this little keepsake book with all the reasons you love her, so she can always be reminded of how appreciated she is.

A custom quote print

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Gift a personalized quote print, from $38

Spotlight a quote from her favorite film, book, or song, or even quote mom herself. There are many font colors, sizes, and frames to choose from.

A portable battery charger

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Gift the Lavender Grow Kit, $35

This self-watering lavender grow includes a ceramic pot, lavender seeds, soilless growing medium, and even plant food so mom can grow the ultimate calming plant. Once the plant is big enough, she can use it in baking, cocktails, or just as a nice fresh scent in around the house.

A personal-styling service

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Gift a Stitch Fix gift card, from $20

Shopping isn’t everyone’s favorite activity — or, if it is, not all of us have the time for a trip to the mall. That’s where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy moms, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point. 

A travel-planning service that does all the work for her

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Personalize a travel itinerary at Journy, $25 a day

An expert trip designer will curate the perfect travel experience based on her interests and preferences, and can even help make hotel or restaurant reservations.

An REI membership

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Gift an REI Co-op Membership, $20

An REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here

A passport cover that will age well

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Gift a Leatherology Standard Passport Cover, $50

Grab mom a beautiful leather passport cover that will age well and make traveling abroad easier. This one comes in 17 different colors, too. Leatherology is one of our go-to gifting shops, since the leather is high-quality, surprisingly affordable, and comes in beautiful gift-ready boxes. For a personal touch, monogram it for $10.

A stainless steel mug that will keep her coffee hot for hours on end

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Gift the Hydro Flask Mug, $24.95

This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company’s proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous among outdoorsmen and the average person alike. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of it here.

A mini Jo Malone set

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Gift the Jo Malone London Mini Luxuries Set, $50

Pamper mom with this starter set from Jo Malone that includes a Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne for a fresh new fragrance, The Peony and Blush Suede Body Crème, and a delicious English Pear and Freesia Miniature Candle.

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66 unique gift ideas for Mom, from a custom photo book to a sunflower gardening kit

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  • If you’re looking for the perfect gift for mom, we rounded up many thoughtful and unique ideas.
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Although mothers may be challenging to shop for – humbly resigning to the phrase “you don’t have to get me anything” – I can safely say she’ll love anything from this gift guide.

As a professional product reviewer and as someone who’s gifted their mom many of these items, this list can help you find what you’re looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration.

Whether she’s into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there’s something for her, below.

Here are 66 of the best gifts for Mom:

A tablet that does it all

Fire HD 10 Tablet

Fire HD 10 tablet, $149.99-$249.96, available on Amazon

The Fire Tablet will be Mom’s new best friend. Choose from four different colors and 32 GB or 64 GB storage. She can spend up to 12 hours reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music before needing to recharge. It’s the perfect handheld size for switching between her emails, video calls, and shopping lists, too.

Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend

Margaux Slippers

Slippers, $138-$158, available at Margaux

Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She’ll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house. Margaux Fit Specialists are also available to chat about sizing questions.

Popular leggings with a no-slip fit

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Daily Legging, $89, available at Vuori

Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand’s smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.

Read more about the Daily Legging here.

A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs

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Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $49.99, available at Amazon

She can access hundreds of streaming services, including HuluNetflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. 

A weighted bathrobe

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Gravity x Modernist Terrycloth Weighted Robe, $130, available at Gravity

Help your mom relax in comfort with the new terrycloth weighted robe from the Gravity x Modernist collection. It features a removable inner weight aimed to reduce stress with its deep pressure stimulation.

A hardcover photo book for any mother figure

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Hardcover Photo Book, starting $69, available at Artifact Uprising

Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.

A DIY knit sweater

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Julia Sweater Easy Knitting Kit, $84, available at Wool and the Gang

Gift the mom who loves crafting with an easy DIY knitting set. This kit includes a pair of knitting needles, a sweater pattern, and your pick from 29 yarn colors. She can create a hip-length sweater that’s lightweight enough for the summer or to layer under winter clothes.

A personalized watercolor pet print

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Custom Pet Portrait, starting at $39, available at Etsy

Does your mom have a pet she treats like her own child? Honor the family pet with this custom, hand-painted portrait. Send in a favorite photo and this Etsy store will transform it into beautiful, high-quality artwork. 

The weighted sleep mask that’s the ticket to instant sleep

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Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, $34, available at Anthropologie

Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position. 

A cardigan that’s a crossover of style and comfort

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Everlane Texture Cotton Cardigan, $98, available at Everlane

You can never go wrong with a cardigan, especially one as comfy as this. If your mom is like mine, she has a go-to “restaurant” sweater or “movie theater” sweater. Gift her a new favorite with this minimalist ribbed design.

Read more about our favorite cardigans here.

Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals

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Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $29.99, available at Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that’s based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula’s color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $240, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are the ones I always recommend to friends, family, and readers who email me, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.

The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

A fancy candle set

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Otherland Candles The Threesome, $89, available at Otherland

Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that’s a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift.

Read our review of Otherland here.

Barack Obama’s bestselling book

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama on Kindle, $17.99

If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama’s bestselling book ‘A Promised Land’ is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version. 

A cozy lounge kit

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The Cozy Lounge Kit, $95 (originally $123) [You save $32], available at LIVELY

If anyone deserves a relaxing day off, moms are often at the top of the list. This chic lounge set includes LIVELY’s All Day Lounge Set, “Hit Snooze” Sleep Mask, The Best Day Ever Socks, and The Cotton Duster to maximize coziness — and it comes in a gift box for easy wrapping.

A high-speed charger for her phone

Anker Fast Charger

Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $16.99

The latest iPhones don’t come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if Mom is getting a new phone soon, she’ll definitely need one of these. It charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.

Alexa-enabled glasses

Echo Frames

Echo Frames Smart Glasses, $249.99

If your mom loves tech, she’ll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon’s Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa’s skills.

A water bottle that solves all pain points

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

Hydo Flask’s products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that’s otherwise thought of as ordinary. 

A gift card for fun frames

Warby Parker

Gift Card, from $50, available at Warby Parker

If Mom is on the hunt for a new pair of glasses, Warby Parker is an excellent place to start. The brand’s versatility, size flexibility, and relatively reasonable prices will give Mom plenty of options to choose from, and she can try up to five pairs at home for free

Read our full review of Warby Parker’s at-home try-on service.

A luxurious bathrobe

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, $99, available at Parachute

A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone (pictured). 

Read our full review of Parachute’s Classic Bathrobe here.

A Disney Plus gift subscription

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Disney Plus Gift Subscription, $79.99 for a year, available at Disney Plus

In addition to hundreds of classic Disney movies, old shows, and original programming, Disney Plus has tons of new content, including everyone’s favorite “The Mandalorian.” If Mom doesn’t already have Disney Plus, now’s the time to get it for her. Bonus points if you pair it with a Baby Yoda gift.

Here’s everything to know about Disney Plus and about its gift subscription.

A sunflower growing kit

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Backyard Safari Garden Grow Kit, $18.99, available at Amazon

Kickstart Mom’s gardening career or add a pop of color to her existing crops with this foolproof gardening kit. This kit includes six varieties of seeds, all within a recycled egg carton to sustainably start the growing process.

The Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo, $99.99, available at Amazon

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. 

A fresh flower bouquet

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The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., $39 and up

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $60 and up

We’ve ordered bouquets from The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems and both offer gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they’re delivered quickly, too. 

A cute potted plant instead of flowers

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Shop The Sill’s selection of plants from $20

The Sill is a relatively new startup that’s making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. 

The gift of comfortable loungewear

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Shop all women’s loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy John

Tommy John E-Gift Card, $25-$250, available at Tommy John

The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John’s loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women’s underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too.

A personalized bracelet

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Custom Coordinates Bracelet, from $7.99, available at Etsy

The subtle engraving on this small, delicate bracelet will always remind Mom of somewhere special. You can choose from silver, gold, or rose gold to match her daily jewelry, while the coordinates will still allow this piece to stand out in her mind.

A chic convertible bag

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Maestra Bag, $895, available at Senreve

She never has to worry about this bag going out of style — it’s three styles in one. The Maestra can switch between a shoulder bag, top-handle bag, and backpack, so she can wear it with all sorts of looks. While it’s a pricey purchase, the high-quality materials and design will last a lifetime in Mom’s wardrobe. 

A blanket that demonstrates your love

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Love Letter Blanket, from $135.15, available at Etsy

Handwritten letters are always heartwarming, and this blanket takes the sentiment to the next level. The custom text can be woven into the blanket in a pre-made font, or you can choose to emulate your own handwriting for an extra personal touch. 

Pearl hoop earrings

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Mejuri Pearl Hoops, $65, available at Mejuri

Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so I’m guessing a lot of moms will love this Canadian company’s delicate jewelry too.

A delicious treat from Milk Bar

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Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar’s Gift Shop from $24

Milk Bar’s treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B’Day Truffles, and plenty more.

A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside

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Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, $95, available at Murray’s Cheese

Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray’s Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. My mouth is watering just writing this caption …  

A custom map poster

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap

Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom’s hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.

Read a full review here.

A really good mug she can take camping or into the office

Gifts for Mom Yeti

Yeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, $29.99, available at REI

With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she’ll want to use. 

A skincare gift set for glowing skin every day

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Mini Fresh Faves Skincare Set, $35, available at Sephora

This facial gift set from Fresh is made up of a flight of travel-sized masks, so she can roll out of bed with dewy, glowing skin every day.

Check out even more great and affordable beauty gifts she’ll actually use.

A heated massager to melt the day away

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InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager with Heat, $49.97, available at Amazon

After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.

A ‘book of the month’ membership

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Book of the Month Monthly Membership, $49.99, available at Book of the Month

If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month. 

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

On the other hand, if she’s tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is waterproof too! 

Read a full review here.

Comfortable, breathable slip-on shoes

Wool loungers

Allbirds Wool Loungers, $95, available at Allbirds

Cult-favorite footwear startup Allbirds is a great destination for gifts. Its Wool Loungers are ridiculously soft, breathable, and supportive — and even machine washable! We tried them and loved them, so we can safely say your mom will too. They currently come in six colors and are suitable for indoor and outdoor wear. 

A weighted blanket to help her sleep better

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, $169, available at Bearaby

Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in.

An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $99.95, available at Click & Grow

Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and how truly effortless the process was.

Super comfortable, high-waist leggings

Mother's Day Gifts: Spanx Active leggings

Spanx Booty Boost Active Leggings, $98, available at Spanx

Whether or not she wears yoga pants to work out or to run errands, she’ll feel comfortable and stylish in this pair from Spanx. They’re breathable, supportive but not suffocating, and surprisingly comfortable, offering more stretch than similar compressive leggings I’ve tried that make them much easier to get into and out of. I’m not sure what witchcraft went into the design, but they also manage to create a smooth-all-over look that I love. 

Read more about Spanx’s Active Leggings here and every Spanx product we’ve ever tried here.

A bottle of lavender bubble bath

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L’Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, $39, available at Amazon

This lavender-scented bubble bath from L’Occitane is one of the best ways to relax after a long day of work. 

A marble watch

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MVMT Laurel Marble Watch, $96, available at MVMT

She’ll love this unique, marble-face watch featuring gold detailing and a caramel leather band. 

A Le Creuset Dutch oven

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Le Creuset 5 1/2-Qt. Signature Round Dutch Oven, $160, available at Williams-Sonoma

At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom’s favorite. 

A cookbook for ‘Girl Meets Farm’ fans

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, $19.54, available at Amazon

Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes (make the Asian Scotch Eggs!), you’ll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family.

A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home

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Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, $29.99, available at Amazon

Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor.

A Daily Harvest gift box

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Daily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, $75, available at Daily Harvest

If she’s always trying to find new ways to prioritize her health, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. 

A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat

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Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, $129, available at Amazon and Target

The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. I got my mother-in-law one for Christmas a couple of years ago, and she still sends me pictures of how amazing her food comes out almost every time she uses it.

A roomy work bag with tons of pockets

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Dagne Dover Legend Tote, $149, available at Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover’s Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go. 

Read why we’ve dubbed Dagne Dover as the best work bag for women here.

A Rent The Runway Unlimited membership

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Rent The Runway Gift Card, from $69, available at Rent The Runway

Perfect for the woman who “never has anything to wear,” Rent The Runway lets her rotate her wardrobe with the latest styles from more than 450 fashion brands, like Diane von Furstenberg, Tory, Burch, and Tibi. She’s able to rent up to 16 items at a time — and Rent The Runway takes care of all her dry cleaning, shipping, and insurance costs. We tried the membership and loved it

An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials

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Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet, $175, available at Cuyana (+ $15 for monogram)

A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman’s everyday style and keeps her organized when she’s on the go. You can get this Italian leather wallet from Cuyana in seven colors. We really love the Stone leather version that has a surprise red lining on the inside for a pop of color. 

A jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at Catbird

This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that’ll dress up a bathroom countertop or nightstand.

A foam pillow from a popular mattress startup

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from one of our favorite mattress startups, Leesa. It’s so good it’s listed in our buying guide to the best pillows.

A room diffuser

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Room Diffuser, $98, available at Nordstrom

A more modern alternative to potpourri, a diffuser is a grown-up way to add a subtle fragrance to her home.

A personalized T-shirt

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Known Supply Personalized Women’s Fitted Crew, $32, available at Known Supply

You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with “mom” or “mama” — or any other name up to nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive. 

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $60, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. 

A pair of sunglasses that will stay on

Gifts for Mom Maho

Tulum No. 2 Sunglasses, $150, available at Maho Shades

If Mom loves to spend time outside but doesn’t want to sacrifice style for functionality, these shades have an extra sturdy grip meant to keep them snug through more intensive activity. 

A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram

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Leatherology Meadow Mini Camera Bag, from $110, available at Leatherology (+ $40 for hand-painted monogram)

This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $40, you can customize it with hand-painted monogram. 

A retro-inspired electric kettle

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SMEG 50’s Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, $159.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she’ll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red.

A box set of loose-leaf teas

Gifts for Mom T2

T2 Tea Five Greatest Greens Assorted Tea Sampler Gift Box, $15, available at Amazon

Let her sit back and relax with this set of fragrant green teas, including China Jasmine, Sencha Peach, and Japanese Sencha. If green tea isn’t her thing, T2 also has gift boxes for black, herbal, and fruity teas. Choose the “Subscribe & Save” option and she’ll always have a stocked tea supply. 

A heart snapshot

Heart Snapshot Mix® Photo Art

Minted Filter Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art, from $29, available at Minted

Collect some of her favorite pictures and turn them into unique photo art for as little as $29.

A DNA test kit

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23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, $199, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who’s interested in learning more about her family history.

A FabFitFun box

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FabFitFun E-Gift Card, $49.99 -$179.99, available at FabFitFun

Sign her up for FabFitFun, a quarterly beauty subscription box that sends its members full-size products instead of those tiny samples.

An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at Amazon

Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn’t mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.

Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure she’ll love it.

A pendant necklace

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Set & Stones

Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, $198, available at Nordstrom

Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart.

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54 clever, affordable gifts from Amazon under $50 that anyone would love

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  • Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts.
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Your friends and family don’t necessarily want an expensive gift, and it’s a myth that a higher price tag means a present is more meaningful. It doesn’t take more than $50 to bolster your mother’s watercoloring hobby, or improve your brother’s morning routine with a new coffee thermos.

Finding a perfect gift also doesn’t necessarily need to require an hour of your time in the trenches of Amazon search results. Below, we’ve rounded up 54 of the best finds on Amazon – with all the perks of easy, fast shipping and saved payment information.

Check out all 54 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:

A watercolor set that’s great for beginners

 Norberg & Linden Watercolor Paint Set Under $25

Norberg & Linden Watercolor Paint Set, $15.99

Everything they need lives in this watercolor starter kit: a 36-color palette, a 12-page watercolor pad, and six brushes of various sizes. Not only does this set contain all of the essentials for a newcomer, it’s also portable. The pad measures in at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the watercolors themselves come in a lightweight, covered pan. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy painting with this kit.

A journal for maximizing productivity and organization

SELF Journal by BestSelf

BestSelf Co. Self Journal, $31.99

For the high achiever in your life, this productivity journal can help further motivate them to be their best self. This journal’s 240-page, 13-week, daily layout provides templates to get them headed in the right direction to accomplishing their many goals. It also includes spaces for them to jot down what they’re grateful for, wins, tasks, and lessons.

A jade roller for the beauty enthusiast

Roller Anti Aging Jade roller Therapy under $25

Ginger Chi Jade Roller, $23.99

They can pamper themselves on the regular with this jade roller from Ginger Chi. It’s made from 100% certified Xiuyan jade along with silver nickel. The double-sided roller helps to reduce puffiness and increase elasticity, with a larger end for all over your face and a smaller end for tighter areas. A travel pouch and a tester of the brand’s Regenerating Serum also come with the jade roller, making it perfect for novices and travelers alike. This product has even earned a spot as best for beginners in our guide to the best jade rollers.

A portable cooler bag for spring and summer excursions

Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag

Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag, $29.99

Look no further than this convenient, hefty, and compact cooler bag. They can travel in style to spring and summer picnics, camping trips, and beach days. The padded handle and removable shoulder strap make it comfortable to carry, while its ability to collapse makes it easy to store. It’s also large with a 24 liter capacity, meaning they can fit all of their essentials in one insulated bag.

A stylish bucket hat for any season

A stylish bucket hat for any season

The Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, $10.99-$13.99

They’ll appreciate this bucket hat that’s both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun.

A coffee table that’s more than just decor

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“Humans” by Brandon Stanton, $17.50

A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It’s an expansion of Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photography project. Page after page follows Stanton’s travels across the world, documenting portraits and short, but impactful stories of the people he’s encountered. 

The gift of light

LED Ring Light

AIXPI LED Ring Light, $19.35

Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews’ best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that’s easy to move and adjust to your angles. You can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find your perfect glow. 

An ambient moon lamp

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DTOETKD Multi-Color Moon Lamp, $17.99

Earning the title as Insider Reviews’ best multi-color moon lamp, this light basks the room in 16 different soothing hues. Its wooden stand props up the 3D moon and, thanks to its sleep timer, you can fall asleep to its glow without needing to worry about leaving it on all night. 

A portable picnic blanket

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Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote XL, $32.99

The Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote is a huge blanket that fits six people easily. Our Insider Reviews team loved it so much they named it the best picnic blanket overall. Its soft fleece interior has water-resistant backing that folds up quite compact.

A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke

Rose Gold Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Wireless Karaoke Microphone, $19.99

It’s a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not you can carry a tune. You can connect your phone and play music through the microphone’s speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on your comfort. It’s the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a holiday gathering.

A vintage puzzle that doubles as cute home decor

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Cavallini Papers & Co. Butterflies 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $26.49

All the puzzle lovers in your life will be beyond grateful for this gift. From house plants to constellations, Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzles are both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Once they’re done, they can frame it and hang it up as wall decor. 

A smart home camera at a fraction of the cost

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Wyze Alexa-Enabled Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera, $25.98

With 18,000+ five star reviews, the Wyze Indoor Camera is a popular and inexpensive smart home option that rivals expensive models. It’s Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled and lets you view anywhere on your mobile device.  

The viral all-in-one hair dryer that’s like an at-home blowout

Revlon One-Stop Hair Dryer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $42.71

This all-in-one hairdryer gained a cult following on TikTok and won the hearts of the Insider Reviews team. It rivals luxury hair tools like the Dyson Airwrap at a tenth of the price. It’s a gamechanger for cutting down on time spent getting ready, without sacrificing your look. 

A media streamer that can turn a basic TV into a smart one

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $43.99

Essentially, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is your standard media streaming stick and can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It’s Alexa-enabled, too, so you can control it by voice.

Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker

Amazon gifts under $50 Dash

Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $17.99

Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  

A wooden caddy tray for the world’s most luxurious bath

Amazon gifts under $50 bathtub tray

Royal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, $44.97

Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. 

A compilation of the love letters of great men

Amazon gifts under $50 LLOGM

“Love Letters of Great Men”, $13.95

If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more. 

A calendar for dog lovers

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $13.83

If they’re a dog person (and even if they’re not), they’ll appreciate waking up each day to a new pup photo with an exciting backstory. The calendar follows the same format as WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that people swear by

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Hydro Flask 12 oz Travel Coffee Mug, $18.71

Hydro Flask is a cult favorite for its water bottles, and these vacuum insulated stainless steel mugs work just as well. They’ll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to twenty-four hours.

A USB-C hub adapter for MacBooks

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Lionwei USB-C Hub Adapter, $29.99

Upgrading laptops do come with a few annoyances. If their new MacBook only has USB-C inputs, this hub adapter will give them access to other devices, including SD cards, flash drives, and USB printers. 

Anker Nano 20W USB C Charger under $25

Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $16.99

This year’s iPhones won’t come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if you’re getting someone a new phone during the holidays, they’ll definitely need one of these. The Anker Nano charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.

Echo Dot with Clock

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Echo Dot 4th Gen with Clock, $49.99

The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa’s other skills. 

A soap bar that’s a great life hack for tough stains

Amazon gifts under $50 Laundress

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, $6.50

This is another early Insider Reviews favorite because it’s relatively cheap and works exceptionally well. The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar is one of the only things that can bring white clothes back from the brink of donation piles, as we’ve attested in our roundup of the best things we bought on Amazon under $25

An unfussy cookbook meant for hosting one person or many

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“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat, $18.81

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is a New York Times bestseller and a James Beard Award winner for a reason. This book offers a great explanation of exactly why food tastes so good, breaking it down into four main elements.  

A powerful wireless charger for their desk

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Anker Wireless Charger, $41.95

Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first. 

A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet

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Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99

Amazon’s Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you’re not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they’re a good fit. It’s Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. 

You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.

A portable laptop desk

Amazon gifts under $50 lap desk

AmazonBasics Adjustable and Portable Laptop Table, from $39.98

As more and more people find themselves working from home, a laptop desk is essential for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. This model is height-adjustable, so it can easily double as a breakfast tray or writing station. 

A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memories

Amazon gifts under $50 travel journal

Maleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $12.99

If they’re always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.

A popular reusable shopping bag in a fun print

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Baggu bags are popular for a reason — they come in tons of fun prints and can fold down to pretty much nothing even though they can hold 50 pounds of stuff. If you’re looking for another option, we also like Ecobags

A candle that pays homage to their favorite place on Earth

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Homesick Candles, $34

Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway. 

A bestselling book

Amazon gifts under $50 Crawdads

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, $11

A bestseller and one of the most talked-about books, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is an ode to the natural world and a heartbreaking coming-of-age story. It’s set in a coastal town in North Carolina and follows a possible murder and the local suspect, the misunderstood Kya Clark, who’s been known simply as “Marsh Girl” for years.

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely upon

Amazon gifts under $50 umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $21.95

Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it’s the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they’ll find themselves thankful for it often. 

A portable and waterproof speaker

Amazon gifts under $50 Anker

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, from $39.99

This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes. 

Another noteworthy book

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“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel” by Ocean Vuong, $9.67

Ocean Vuong is an American poet, and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is his much-anticipated debut novel. Published in 2019, it’s a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read that delves into family history, addiction, violence, trauma, compassion, and tenderness. If they’re a bookworm looking for the next bittersweet American classic, you may want to start here. Looking for other options? Amazon has a list of 2020 bestsellers, and a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime

A cast-iron skillet with almost 10,000 five-star reviews

Amazon gifts under $50 Lodge

Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, from $17.90

This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online and garnered over 62,000 Amazon reviews. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. 

An electric bottle opener

Amazon gifts under $50 Oster

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, $19.99

This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it’ll open 30 bottles per charge. 

Highly rated in-ear earbuds

Amazon gifts under $50 Panasonic

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, from $8.48

Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won’t connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.

A famous hot sauce made from peppers grown in over 30 community gardens in the Bronx

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Small Axe Peppers Variety 3-Pack, $17.99

This all-natural, tangy hot sauce is best known for its part in the popular Youtube series “Hot Ones.” It’s made from peppers grown in community gardens across the US. 

Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling culinary and travel memoir

Amazon gifts under $50 Anthony Bourdain

“A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines” by Anthony Bourdain, from $13.19

This is Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling chronicle of traveling the world in search of the globe’s greatest culinary adventures. From California to Cambodia, Bourdain spent much of his adult life searching for the perfect meal.

A cold brew coffee maker

Amazon gifts under $50 cold brew

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $19.99

This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can even save hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there’s also a two-quart option under $40. 

The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internet

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95

The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that’s driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog.  

It’s been called “the world’s most powerful facial,” and it’s also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar. You can read a full review here.

A universal USB wall charger that fits four devices

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Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $25.99

Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means their tech will charge faster than average.

An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world’s strangest and coolest places or festivals

Amazon gifts under $50 Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day 2021 Calendar, $15.99

The Atlas Obscura calendar is a fun, novel way to infuse each day with an anchor of appreciation and wonder for the world. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world’s strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one.

A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from home

Amazon under $50 Powerlix

PowerLix Milk Frother, $17.95

A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you’d buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.

The best travel pillow we’ve found

Amazon gifts under $50 Trtl

Trtl Travel Pillow, from $29.99

We know it sounds gimmicky, but these travel pillows from Trtl really do make a difference, which is why we’ve voted them the best travel pillows you can buy. Once traveling is safer, it will offer a better, more restful sleep on the move. There’s a slightly more expensive version that’s even better, too. 

A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treats

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Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $37

For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. 

A hair turban that will cut drying time in half

Amazon gifts under $50 Aquis

Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, from $20.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.

The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that’s composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair’s drying time by 50%.

A keychain that finds their keys for them

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Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery, from $34.99

Never let them lose their keys again. This Tile keychain pairs with their smartphone so they’ll always be able to locate them. Conversely, you can press the Tile button to locate your phone if it’s lost, even if it’s in silent mode. 

A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the go

Amazon under $50 Mophie

Mophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $20.89

This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. 

Alexa-enabled smart plugs

Amazon gifts under $50 Wemo

Wemo Mini Smart WiFi-Enabled Plug, $29

These plugs turn your devices into smart tech. They help your giftee control their lights and appliances from a free app on their phone, or by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. 

A hilarious card game

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What Do You Meme? Party Game, $29.99

This hilarious popular card game brings together the funniest memes of the Internet with over 350 caption cards for funny combinations. 

A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longer

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The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $16.99

This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keeps open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a “click” sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal and has almost 3,000 five-star reviews.

A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers

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“Polar Obsession” by Paul Nicklen, $38.81

Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He’s a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes. 

A powerful external battery

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Elecjet PowerPie, $49.99

It’s not groundbreaking to give your partner a portable charger, but they’ll find themselves grateful for it repeatedly. It’s perfect for traveling and commuting, when it’s safe to again, and acts as insurance for long days away from home. It reportedly charges iPhones twice as fast as the original iPhone charger.

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27 personalized gifts that feel unique and thoughtful

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Ideally, every gift you give should feel as though it were selected just for your recipient. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, gifting a personalized gift can make your selection feel even more special. These customized gifts can reference their interests, allow them to try something new, and even serve as a reminder of a past event or memory.

Below are 27 personalized gifts that include a monogrammed card holder, personalized wine and tea subscriptions, and even a made-to-measure suit. Each of these gifts offers giftees a unique item that they surely haven’t received before.

Due to the custom nature of these gifts, it’s likely that they will take a while to arrive. If your gift is expected to arrive late, you can order them a gift card instead, so your recipient can personalize the gift exactly to their liking. If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.

Here are 27 personalized gifts that feel special and unique:

A stylish monogrammed notebook

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Colourblock Notebook, available at Papier, $26.99

If they’re a writer, list maker, or note-taker they’re sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal.

A custom star map

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Custom Night Sky Star Map, available at Etsy, from $46

Celebrate a special event or time by gifting them a snapshot of that night’s sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment.

A curated wine subscription that’s based on their tastes and preferences

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Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60

If they’re new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite flavors by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try.

A handcrafted recipe board

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Personalized Family Recipe Board, available at UncommonGoods, $100

Help them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that’s available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe and it will be transferred onto the board in the original writer’s handwriting.

A candle to express your gratitude

Homesick Thanks Candle

Thanks Candle, available at Homesick, from $34 [add a handwritten card note and printed candle note for $20]

This candle is a great way to thank the people you care about in a more personal way. Scented with lemon, cucumber, and patchouli, this candle adds a refreshing scent into any space. For an additional cost, you can add a personal message to the candle’s packaging or on the candle itself. Homesick also offers a Thank You, Mom Candle that makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friend

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Pet Portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $79

Buy a digital gift card instead

A desktop photo calendar

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $30

Buy a digital gift card instead

This walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos makes an ordinary calendar feel more special, but choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult.

A puzzle customized with their favorite picture

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Customizable Photo Puzzle, available at Etsy, $34.99

Provide them with entertainment and sentimentality with this customizable gift. Choose their favorite picture of a vacation, an event, or even of themselves. This puzzle also comes with a customizable box.

A set of coasters with their favorite memories

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Custom Travel Photo Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, from $65

With cross country travel being a distant memory, gift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.  

A monogrammed leather cardholder

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Zip Cardholder, available at Cuyana, $75 [add monogram for $15]

This stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. The sleek wallet offers a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization.

An apron loved by professional chefs

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The Essential Apron, available at Hedley & Bennett, from $85 [add embroidery for $15]

Buy a digital gift card instead

The sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap. You can choose from script or block font and a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, now might also be a good time to take advantage of their limited edition aprons. 

A made-to-measure suit

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Gift Card, available at Indochino, from $50

Nothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino just makes that gift a bit more achievable, and a lot less expensive. 

A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earth

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Customized Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49

Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you’re only limited by your imagination.

A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startup

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Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant, available at AUrate, $250

Buy a digital gift card instead

AUrate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools. 

A leather toiletry case they can take with them on the go for years to come

Leatherology, $85

Double Zip Toiletry Bag, available at Leatherology, $120 [add monogram for $10 and up]

Buy a digital gift card instead

This luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory I never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you’re looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming.

Membership for new vinyl records based on their music tastes each month

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Three-Month VNYL Gift Membership Subscription, available at VNYL, $69.99 (originally $120)

VNYL’s team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you’ll love. Then, they send you a vinyl of their tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to love. 

Customizable Nikes

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Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $115

Buy a digital gift card instead

Nike makes great products, and they’re popular for that reason. But it’s nice to get the benefits of the big budget, years of product development, and design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike’s for them, or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. 

A personal styling service that helps them build their closet

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Gift Card, available at Stitch Fix, from $20

Shopping can be difficult and time-consuming, which is where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy people, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point. 

Tumblers personalized for family members’ hobbies

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Personalized Hobby Tumblers, available at Uncommon Goods, from $32

Buy a digital gift card instead

These fun tumblers celebrate each family member’s unique passions — letting them feel seen and appreciated by you as well as enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations. 

An engraved shave set

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Winston Set, available at Harry’s, from $25 [add engraving for $15]

Buy a digital gift card instead

If they take pride in having nice tools or taking the necessary grooming routine as time for themselves, they’ll appreciate Harry’s luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don’t dull during travel, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather. 

A coffee subscription that caters to their taste preferences

Driftaway, $40

Three-Month Subscription, available at Driftaway, from $44

Driftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they’ll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup.

A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the world

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Personalized Tea Gift Card (3-month Subscription), available at Sips by, $45

If they’re more of a tea person, there’s a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There’s enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter. 

Bath towels embroidered with a monogram or full word

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Piped Edge Starter Pack, available at Weezie, $230 [add embroidery for $15 per towel]

Buy a digital gift card instead

Weezie’s soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles, or spell out an entire name in a cursive script. There are a few embroidery colors that are more unique, like bright pink and mint. 

A print of their favorite lyric, poem, or quote

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Custom Quotes, available at Minted, from $38

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Get their favorite lyric, poem, or quote printed for them so they can be reminded often of something that inspires or brings them joy. It’s especially special that you remembered what it was. Minted is a cool company that curates what it carries based on design competitions, with the Minted community voting on what is eventually sold — but, if you’d like more options, Etsy also has great ones 

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29 thoughtful cookbook gifts for any occasion

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To me, there’s no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking.

Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.

Here are 29 of the best cookbooks gifts for every type of cook:

For the friend who cooks with the seasons

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“My Shanghai” by Betty Liu, $28.41, available at Amazon

This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family’s roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn’t put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I’ve already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can’t wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress. 

For the cook who wants to master their grill

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“Rodney Scott’s World of Barbecue” by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, $24.99, available at Amazon

My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott’s Loaded Pork Skin “Nachos,” Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott’s positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you’ll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.  

For the parent planning their next trip

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“Dishoom” by Shamil Thakrar, $16.40, available at Amazon

Whether it’s London or Bombay that is your giftee’s next destination, “Dishoom” is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve “tipples,” snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pau Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In “Dishoom,” you’ll learn to cook the restaurant’s entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay’s cafes (complete with a map) along the way. 

For the coworker who has *opinions* on babka

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“Jew-ish” by Jake Cohen, $23.49, available at Amazon

At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen’s philosophy in “Jew-ish,” which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. “Jew-ish” is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen’s Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You’ll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition.

For the family member intimidated by their new Instant Pot

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“The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook” by Jeffrey Eisner, $10.78, available at Amazon

Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He’s been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they’re easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn’t taken the plunge yet.

For the history buff

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“Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin, $20.39, available at Amazon

Toni Tipton-Martin’s personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in “Jubilee.” Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. “Jubilee” is a masterful work of American history, as told through food.

For the person who loves pie but fears making it

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“Pie Academy” by Ken Haedrich, $21.66, available at Amazon

A compendium of 255 pie recipes, “Pie Academy” is likely the last pie cookbook you’ll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don’t go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting. 

For the home cook that also loves to read

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“Black, White, and The Grey” by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, $15.69, available at Amazon

While not a cookbook, “Black, White, and The Grey,” tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way.

For the friend who wants to master the essentials

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“My Korea” by Hooni Kim, $22.94, at Amazon

Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim’s debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book’s tagline is “traditional flavors, modern recipes,” and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan’s Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you’re looking for some solid foundation recipes, “My Korea” delivers.

For the person with quarantine cooking fatigue

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“Indian-ish” by Priya Krishna, $18.69, available at Amazon

In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021. 

For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdough

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“New World Sourdough” by Bryan Ford, $13.42, available at Amazon

This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We’re not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken.

For the cousin who’s just learning to cook

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“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat, $19.43, available at Amazon

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you’ll want to frame and hang in your kitchen.

For your family member who loves “Emily in Paris”

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“La Buvette” by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, $14.99, available at Amazon

“La Buvette” is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook’s namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France’s vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights. 

For your friend who knows all the best restaurants

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“Xi’an Famous Foods” by Jason Wang, $22.51, available at Amazon

Xi’an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi’an in western China.

For the fan of the ‘Great British Baking Show’

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“Baking with Kim-Joy” by Kim-Joy, $14.89, available at Amazon

Fans of GBBO will likely remember series nine runner-up Kim-Joy’s adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with “space turtles,” or her “Silke the vegetarian mermaid” pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake. 

For the person experimenting with a plant-based lifestyle this year

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“Vegetable Kingdom” by Bryant Terry, $17.39, available at Amazon

James Beard Award-winning chef and food activist Bryant Terry offers 150 vegan recipes in his most recent cookbook. Instead of trying to imitate meaty dishes, Terry’s book celebrates the vegetable and all its parts: skin, husk, flowers, roots, and all. You’ll find recipes for Pea Shoot and Peanut Salad, Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon-Thyme Oil, Cornmeal-Fried Oyster Mushroom Po’Boys, and more. A special hallmark of Terry’s books is that they often contain a playlist to listen to while you’re cooking, and “Vegetable Kingdom” is no different, featuring recommended tracks by Duke Ellington, Santana, Björk, and more.

For the sometimes-vegetarian

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“Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, $19.96, available at Amazon

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi were both born in Jerusalem in the same year — Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This cookbook is a unique, cross-cultural homage to the vibrant flavors of the city in totality with more than 100 recipes. 

For the hummus lover

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“Falastin” by Sami Tamimi, $18.99, available at Amazon

Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of “Jerusalem,” another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem.

For the friend who lives for the next Li Ziqi video

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“The Breath of a Wok” by Grace Young, $30.08, available at Amazon

Grace Young, a self-described wok therapist and advocate for the future of America’s Chinatowns, has been teaching the next generation the ins and outs of wok cooking. I bought my first wok on her recommendation and it’s easily my favorite pan to cook in. Her book “The Breath of a Wok” outlines key techniques for cooking in this versatile pan, like making use of the hot and cool zones and using the large bowl of the wok for deep frying.

For the person who recently moved

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, $19.54, available at Amazon

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm” and winner of the Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award. “Molly on the Range” explores home, family, her Jewish and Chinese heritage, and Yeh’s Midwestern farm life. You’ll find recipes for Sufganiyot, Chicken Potstickers, Challah Waffles, and more.

For the person who gets all their news from Twitter

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“Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen, $21.32, available at Amazon

Supermodel, mom, and prolific tweeter Chrissy Teigen is also the author of two cookbooks. Her first, “Cravings,” is a celebration of all things comfort food and includes selections from her Thai-American upbringing (Jok Moo), recipes from her husband John Legend (John’s Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Butter), and favorites inspired by her travels to Italy and beyond (Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe). The book is filled with anecdotes and Teigen’s signature humor, and the recipes are delicious and approachable.

For the person who can’t get enough of “Cravings”

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“The Pepper Thai Cookbook” by Pepper Teigen, $17.84, available at Amazon

If your giftee already has and loves “Cravings” and “Cravings: Hungry for More,” they’ll be thrilled to know that Chrissy Teigen’s mom Pepper is getting a cookbook of her own. Pepper is a beloved fixture in both of Chrissy’s books, on her website, and on her YouTube channel, where she has her own mini-series: Pepper’s Corner. You can expect “The Pepper Thai Cookbook” to include dishes like Pad Korat (the version of Pad Thai served in her hometown of Korat), Pad Thai Brussels Sprouts, and Nam Prik Sloppy Joes. This cookbook is shipping in April, and already gearing up to be one of the most anticipated cookbooks of 2021.

For the pint-sized cook in your life

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“The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs” by America’s Test Kitchen, $11.85, available at Amazon

I worked for America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK’s series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I’ve gifted it and the kid’s baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered.

For the person always posting pictures of their cheese board

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“Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion” by Shelley Westerhausen, $16.39, available at Amazon

In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It’s also a visual cornucopia that’s just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it’s safe to do so.

For the friend who likes to Instagram all their food

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“Ottolenghi Flavor” by Yotam Ottolenghi, $25.49, available at Amazon

Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London’s most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. “Flavor” is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 ‘gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream.

For the self-described dessert person

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“Dessert Person” by Claire Saffitz, $24.94, available at Amazon

Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she’s a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook “Dessert Person.” In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It’s sure to please the dessert lover in your life.

For the person who had to cancel their vacation last year

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“Pasta Grannies” by Vicky Bennison, $18.99, available at Amazon

Each episode of the “Pasta Grannies” YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home.

For the person homesick for their grandma’s cooking

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“In Bibi’s Kitchen” by Hawa Hassan, $18.69, available at Amazon

This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you’ll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It’s the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother.

For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophy

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100 Cookies by Sarah Keiffer, $23.99, available at Amazon

A good ol’ chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You’ll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you’ve probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies.

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