Great gift ideas for that impossible-to-shop-for shining star in your life.

It happens every year, the holidays approach and the parental-present panic sets in, what do you get the mother who has everything?? What was that blouse she commented on at the mall? What size is she, again? Never fear, ye sons and daughters, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite go-to gift ideas to delight your favourite discerning matriarch.

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Time for Zen / Essential Scents

Show us a mother who couldn’t benefit from a little more zen. Self-care and #wellness is always a welcome gift. And not only can a gift set of therapeutic essential oils from cool kids Vitruvi soothe and calm in scents like lavender and spruce, but their sleek modern diffusers are easy on the eyes, too. Refill her aromatherapy collection or start her off with the full set.

Fit to Print

Help mom get her favourite snaps off the mobile and out on display where everyone can enjoy the memories. In an ever-crowding market, the online photo-book e-tailer Artifact Uprising keeps coming out on top, thanks in no small part to its chic and high-quality prints. We love the colour series photo books in particular, which come in muted on-trend colours and you can custom title books with the name of your last trip together.

A You + Mom Weekend Getaway

Pick a city you love to go together or start a new tradition with a trip to any short-haul destination for a mother-progeny weekend getaway to remember. Think New York City, San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans, Harry Potter World and book a charming boutique hotel for your stay. Our pick is the High Line hotel in NYC: it’s a boutique stay that’s been designed for design-lovers with one-of-a-kind rooms (hello, Instamoments) and it even has a private garden oasis.

The Only Bag She’ll Ever Need

The good-looking Lo and Sons Catalina Deluxe bag has multiple compartments for packing clothes and accessories, plus a special luggage sleeve so it can slide over suitcase handles like nobody’s business. It’s perfect for weekend trips, hitting the gym or doing a beach day in style.

Professional Photo Shoot

You can’t go wrong gifting an experience she’ll never forget. Whether your mom wants to take a solo adventure, or travel with friends or family, she can book a shoot around the world and get a local photographer to show her a different side of the destination, and capture those memories she can remember for years to come. It’s the ultimate vacation gift!

family with a baby having fun on the beach in Maui, Hawaii
family of three with a baby boy, holding the child and playing on the beach in Maui, Hawaii
family of three with a baby boy, holding the child and playing on the beach in Maui, Hawaii
family with a baby having fun on the beach in Maui, Hawaii

Coffee Mate

This Japanese-engineered, leak-proof beauty, otherwise known as the Kinto Travel Tumbler, is a thoughtful gift for moms who love to take their coffee to-go (read: every busy mom, ever).

It’s Not Linen, It’s Brooklinen

The feel of a divine set of sheets on the skin is one of earth’s most heavenly pleasures! And while she normally picks up her Ralph Laurens at Winners, it’s Christmas, so there’s no better time to treat her to an everyday luxury linen sheet set from cult-fave Brooklinen. Each sheet is washed and dyed in small batches and made from Belgian and French Flax. Take that, other siblings!

Spa Day

Book mom a session or two at a local spa so she can get positively pampered with massages, facials and eucalyptus steams far away from work emails and mom responsibilities. It will be so  therapeutic, the mom you send in there might not be the same mom that comes out.

Taste the World

Subscription boxes are hot right now, but Try the World is the perfect gift for a mom who loves to experience different tastes and cultures. Instead of lipstick she’ll never wear, each month these boxes come packed with a curated selection of gourmet foods, snacks and drinks from all over: tapas from Spain, meatballs from Sweden, tea from Portugal—the world is soon to be her oyster.

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