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69 Gifts for Moms, Because Mama Deserves Something Good This Year

From foot massagers to fancy espresso machines, here are some of our favorite unique presents for mom this holiday season.
April 28, 2021, 3:20pm

Bonjour, mon bébé. It's time to get a gift for Mommie Dearest, and try to (somehow?) pay back the woman who literally grew us in their wombs (so weird when you really think about it), made us infinity macaroni and cheese, and literally and figuratively wiped our tuchuses as we slowly, painfully blossomed into the funky little freakazoids we've come to be. We salute you, people who raise children. It sounds hard.

But those are our moms. We're thinking about your mom. Man, she is really something… a goddess. A wildcat! We sure like her. In fact, we spent a couple of days and long, candlelit nights—just like the video for Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me"—thinking all about her and what she might want to receive this holiday season. Here are 69 lock 'n' load ideas for what to get your sweet, squishy mommy. These are the true, actual, best gifts for moms, or for whoever is the literal, spiritual, or metaphorical mama in your life. Something for everyone. We promise.

1. Shrimps Shrimp Motif Crystal Earrings

All garlic shrimp everything—even jewelry. 

Shrimps

Shrimp Drop Earrings

2. Vaccination Card Holder

Because we love Mommy but she loses everything, and we don't want her to lose the vax card that will eventually get her back to Club Med. 

QueensPresents

Vaccine Card Holder

3. Daddy Baseball Hat

So Mommy can stan Daddy or be Daddy :) 

4. Master Cleanse scalp wash

No one is mad at a refreshing, tingly scalp massage. 

5. The Mixed Pack

Mommy's sunset-watching juice, conveniently packaged into cute single-serving vials. 

6. Rolser Stair-Climbing Rolling Cart

So Mommy can easily haul her stuff up the stairs if you're not around to help. 

Rolser

Stair-Climbing Rolling Cart

7. Stainless Steel Spaetzle Maker

Have you had spaetzle? It's really good. 

HICOOK

Premium Grade Stainless Steel Spaetzle Maker

8. I'd Rather Be Dancing Bumper Sticker

We've all seen Mommy have a couple of glasses of Beringer chardonnay and cut loose on the dance floor of our cousin's wedding the second "I Will Survive" blasts outta those speakers. 

StarshineArtsStore

I'd Rather Be Dancing Bumping Sticker

9. Psychedelic Scarf

Maybe Mommy did LSD, maybe she didn't, but either way she may wish to protect her gorgeous coiffure should she find herself riding shotgun in a Thunderbird. 

New Season

The Elder Statesman

10. Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies book

It's never too late for Mommy to become the next E.L. James.

Leslie Wainger

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies

11. Collina Strada Green Rhinestone Water Bottle

We want to see your mother shimmer and glimmer while she quenches that thirst.

Collina Strada

SSENSE Exclusive Green Rhinestone Water Bottle

12. Vintage 90’s BOB SEGER 1996 It's a Mystery Tour Shirt

Moms love Seger. It's fact. 

eBay

Vintage 90’s BOB SEGER 1996 It's A Mystery Tour Concert T-Shirt

13. Breville Espresso Machine

Spoil Mommy with this stupidly luxurious espresso machine, which she will hopefully someday bequeath right back to you. 

Breville

Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine

14. Faux Leather Lobster Mini Shoulder Bag

Take her out for steak, call it surf 'n' turf. 

CarmeliaAccessories

Crayfish Handbag

15. Coleman SaluSpa Hawaii 4-Person Outdoor Portable Inflatable Hot Tub

Again, you've gotta use the ol' bean and choose gifts that you will also have access to the pleasures of using. 

Coleman

Coleman SaluSpa 4-Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Square Hot Tub Spa

16. Grune Fluffy Pom Pom Slippers

Silly, sexy muppet puppet energy that is also bizarrely chic. 

Grune

Fluffy Pom Pom Slippers

17. The Painter's Wife Sarah Style 07 Blue + Yellow Dog Raincoat

So Mommy can spoil Mommy's fluffy baby.  

The Painter's Wife

Sarah Style 07 Blue + Yellow Dog Raincoat

18. Hanega Vinegar Minis Set

These little vinnies make perfect salad dressings or spritzers for tart, healthy mommies. 

Hanega Orchard

Hanega Orchard Minis Set

19. Unger Professional Nifty Nabber Reacher Grabber Tool

You know who went through 16 hours of labor to bring your dumb ass to this Earth, changed too many diapers, did googolplex dishes, and shouldn't have to get off the sofa to grab the remote? Mama. 

Unger Professional

Nifty Nabber Reacher Grabber Tool and Trash Picker, 36-inch

20. Emma Hardy Studio Wiggle Oblongs / Patterned Statement Earrings

For funky art teacher mommy energy. 

EmmaHardyStudio

Patterned Statement Earrings

21. Easy Grip Hand Health Mug

Cool-looking and ideal for the klutzy, coffee-sloshin’ mamacitas among us. 

Allen and Diana Arseneau

Easy Hold Ergonomic Mug

22. Revolution R180 High Speed Smart Toaster

For mommies who love gluten and gadgets, and want the latest in crust-caramelization technology. 

Revolution Cooking

Revolution InstaGLO Toaster

23. The Day Off Bouquet with Vase

Some of you were just scanning this list looking for flowers. Typical. Fine. Here are some particularly pretty ones. 

The Sill

The Day Off Bouquet Kit

24. Grateful Dead Apron

So that Mom looks hippie chic whether she's whipping up an entire spread or just a PB&J. 

Hedley & Bennett

Grateful Dead X H&B Tie Dye Bears

Hedley & Bennett

Grateful Dead X H&B Denim Bears

25. Giant Holographic Dominos Set

So Mommy can play strip dominoes with Daddy. 

26. Milk Bar Fall Assorted Truffles Gift Box

Have you had these? UNFFFGH. Should be illegal. Great gift. 

Milk Bar

Fall Assorted Truffle Box

27. Light Phone 2

Because social media is hell, and we don't want your mom to suffer in hell, so we give her a super-streamlined, purposely low-feature phone for keeping her beautiful mind clear of BS. Just texting, calling, and pretty much nothin’ else. (We want one, too.)

Uncrate

Light Phone 2

28. The At Home Adjustable Oxygen Bar

So 90s, we just love it. This "personal oxygen bar ... increases the concentration of oxygen inhaled from 35% to 90% for calm relaxation." Serve with an appletini on the side. 

Hammacher Shlemmer

The At Home Adjustable Oxygen Bar

29. Mutha Body Butter

This gorgeous stuff is "a whipped trifecta of shea, cocoa, and mango butters, [plus] vitamins, fatty acids, and pure seed extracts." [extremely deep voice] Ohhh yeahhhh baby, that's smooth. 

MUTHA

MUTHA Body Butter

30. Jumbo Wine Glass

It’s always glug ‘o clock, and not just for wine. Fill this giant chalice with a non-alcoholic spritzer, rose petals, or ranch dressing. 

SassyCreationsXOXO

Jumbo Wine Glass

31. Mongolian Cashmere Robe

It’s actually bananas to get a cashmere robe for this price. 

Quince

Mongolian Cashmere Robe

32. Brightland Lemon-Infused Heirloom EVOO

Hereby making a plea for heritage olive oil to be its own micro-influencer.

Brightland

LUCID Lemon-Infused Extra Virgin Heirloom Olive Oil

33. Recycled Glass Country House Flutes (set of 4)

“Oh, yeah. They use these at Soho farmhouse, too,” she’ll brag to the ghouls when she hosts her next vaccinated brunch.

Soho Home

Country House Flute, Set of Four

34. Candle of the Month Club 6-Month Subscription

Pine tree scents for winter, peony for spring. This candle subscription is a swank-ass scratch ‘n sniff situation, basically. So much better than an advent calendar.

Brooklyn Candle Stuido

Candle of the Month Club 6-Month Subscription

35. Earth, Wind & Fire Tote

There is no mom, not a single one, who will not shake it to Earth, Wind & Fire. This makes her the coolest one of all at the farmers market. 

Black Gusto

Earth Wind & Fire Tote Bag

36. Tushy Spa 3.0 Bidet

As someone recently told us, “If your face fell in poo, you would fully wash it. So why don’t we do that for our bums?”

37. Area Silver Crystal Fringe Mask Cover

Is it mummy’s mouth, or the entryway to a fortune teller’s den at St. Marks Place?

Area

Silver Crystal Fringe Mask Cover

38. Me Time CBD Bath Salts Gift Set

Bath salts. CBD. Sounds fun. [Beavis and Butt-Head snort] 

Foria

The "Me Time" Trio

39. Wagwear WagWellies

Dog shoes. Nothing wrong with that. My hands look like this so her paws can look like that. 

40. The Comfy Oversized Microfiber & Sherpa Wearable Blanket

One of our writer’s mothers wears this to the YMCA (pre and post-pool), and at home while watching Huell Howser on California’s Gold reruns. 

THE COMFY

The Comfy Original

41. 90s Vintage Sleepless In Seattle Movie Promo Hat

Mommies love rom coms. Sleepless in Seattle is THE rom com. Special vintage hat for Mommy. 

Vintage

Sleepless in Seattle Promo Hat

42. Madly Hadley Organic Vegan Coconut Bacon

Vegan bacon bits for wedge salads, BLATs (that's a BLT with avocado, duh), or just out-of-bag snackin' on the sofa. 

Paleolicious Bread Co.

Organic Vegan Coconut Bacon

43. Neve White Patent Shoes

Whiteboard platform sandals that come with their own dry erase marker. Perfect for the Miss Frizzle mom. (The OG Jewish lesbian Frizz, not the reformed one.)

Amelie Pichard

Neve White Patent "White Board" Shoes

44. Hot Sox Women's Cosmo Cocktail Sock

It's about time the Cosmo got a little respect. Plus, good for pampering Mommy's tired feet after she slathers them in $150 worth of Crème de la Mer. 

Hot Sox

Cosmo Cocktail Sock

45. Nature Spring Green Foam Kneeling Pad

One of our writers bought this for her parents, who love it for kneeling whilst gardening and picking up the grandbaby’s tantrum tater tots.

Nature Spring

The Kneeling Garden Foam Mat

46. Carmel Original Boyfriend Muscle Man Arm Novelty Pillow Insert

No matter Mommy's relationship status, ain't nothing wrong with being embraced by a disembodied muscle man pillow to keep actual or potential daddies on their toes. 

Alwyn Home

Muscle Man Arm Novelty Pillow

47. Sunnylife Lucite Tower

It's a big rainbow crystal Jenga, for both enthusiastic display and highly competitive game nights. 

Sunnylife

Lucite Jumbling Tower

48. HUE Women's Pajama Legging Set Infused with CBD Oil

Yes, they make CBD-infused sleepwear stuff now. Of course we did a test run for mother.

Hue

Womens Pajama Legging Set Infused With CBD Oil

49. Optimist Botanicals Bright distilled non-alcoholic spirit

Not all mommies are wine mommies. Optimist is perfect for booze-free spritzers and sippin', with zero hangover so she'll still make it to pole-dancing class tomorrow morn. 

Optimist Botanicals

Bright Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

50. Kirin Faux-Fur Logo Print Hat

This hat has swallowed an entire box of crayons just to be here. And thank god!

ChubbyBubbleDesigns

Soft Fluffy Bucket Hat

51. YETI Rambler One-Gallon Jug

Read YETI’s description, and just tell me it wasn’t written by a mom: “Thirst is not something we take lightly. The Rambler One Gallon Jug is designed to be damn near indestructible while keeping every drop of precious water perfectly cold.” Also, this color is delightfully called “King Crab Orange.”

Yeti

Rambler One Gallon Jug

52. HoMedics Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat

Send Mommy’s feet into the void. Prepare to carry her everywhere, as she may never pull her piglets out of this relaxation station.

HoMedics

Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat

53. Sport Pogo Stick

Is she in the market for a new set of teeth? Lose them in high-flying style. 

Flybar

Super Pogo Pogo Stick for Kids and Adults

54. Oyster Bottle Opener

To be used whilst that one Cole Porter oyster song plays in the background. 

Mau House

Oyster Bottle Opener

55. Longworth Dog Sofa

Mommy isn't just your mommy; she is also Precious's mommy. And Precious deserves a Chesterfield sofa. 

Sunbrella X Wayfair

Sarah Sharkfin Sofa Bed

56. Modern Society Kyoto Water Cup and Water Jug  

Crafted in Los Angeles by two bluebirds. 

Modern Society

Kyoto Water Jug and Cup

57. Kicky Mats P. Wagon Keychain

This way to the station wagon/Gremlin/tandem bicycle. 

Soul Brew

Ginger Mango Peach Kombucha (12 Pack)

Black Owned Everything is a Black-owned business selected as part of Black+, an initiative by VICE Media Group and The National Urban League to support Black Entrepreneurs with free marketing and mentorship opportunities.

58. Drayton glasses

Because her face is the marquee, and it deserves some razzle dazzle framework. 

59. Original Puffy Blanket

Basically a puffer as a blanket for all impending outdoor activities (hiking, camping, drinking on lawns).

Rumpl

Easy Rider Original Puffy Blanket

60. Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

The bowl is classy and strong, but embellished. The bowl is a metaphor (for mom).

Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl

61. Nostalgia MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita & Slush Maker

This, in addition to a Cameo video greeting from The Real Housewives’ Vicki Gunvalson, is the best gift any breathing human could receive. 

Taco Tuesday

64-Oz Frozen Margarita & Slush Blender

62. A lavender plant

Lavender is supposed to ease anxiety, and scare away spiders. Or, Mommy can pick it and sprinkle it in her candlelit bath.  

63. Life Without Chocolate 520-Piece Puzzle

For the mom who is both Live, Laugh, Love and Sk8 or Die.

Zazzle

Life Without Chocolate is a Life Without Sunshine

64. Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

She will want her own personal bird bath for this oil of ylang ylang tree, patchouli plant, and lavender. Guess that’s a bathtub. 

Susanne Kaufmann

Oil Bath for the Senses

65. Nubia Silk-Lined Headwrap

Handmade and ready to protect her tresses. More than mere mortal hands can do. 

Cee Cee's Closet

Honey Velvet Headwrap

Cee Cee's Closet is a Black-owned business selected as part of Black+, an initiative by VICE Media Group and The National Urban League to support Black Entrepreneurs with free marketing and mentorship opportunities.

66. Women/Men's 3D-Print Slayer Sweatsuit

“I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a Slayer mom.”

Wish

3D-Print Slayer Sweatsuit

67. Rubik's Cube Satchel Bag

For the mother with eternal sudoku or Pee-Wee Herman energy.

ROMWE

Rubik's Cube Satchel Bag

68. Sitting Pretty Oversized Brown Bear Statue with Paw Seat

Lumbersexual momma bear, hovering over her cubs Design Toscano style. 

Design Toscano

Bear-Zerk Giant Sitting Black Bear Statue

69. The Barrel Sauna

Don’t sweat it. Sweat aaaaall of it, in a giant barrel full of Finnish wonder. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MA. 


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