16 Holiday Gifts for Mom to Show How Much You Care

These delicious and stylish presents will earn you serious holiday gifting cred.

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November 02, 2021
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It’s hard to put into words how much you love and appreciate your mom, but a thoughtful gift is always a good start. Naturally, we’re partial to all things food and cooking, and this holiday season there’s no shortage of giftable goodies, from chocolates to spices to cocktail mixes. We’ve got you covered with gifts for mom, whether she's got cheese board goals, needs to spruce up her kitchen or just wants to eat and make all the things.

These diminutive cocottes are hands-down the most stylish and economical way to gift Le Creuset. They’re perfect for baking up individual cobblers and pot pies, but these dishes are also super versatile. Use them as prep bowls, a salt cellar, candy dishes or to serve holiday snacks and dips. The stoneware glazes come in a variety of hues that boast a scratch-resistant and stain-resistant finish. They are safe for the freezer, oven and microwave, and best of all, they’re dishwasher safe. You can also purchase the mini cocottes as a set of four, which comes with a cookbook, too.

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$42.00

High Fiber’s husband-and-wife team make all their hand-printed textiles in their Asheville, North Carolina studio using solvent free and environmentally friendly screen-printing inks. We love their natural, un-bleached cotton kitchen towels, which are as beautiful as they are functional. These soft, flour-sack style towels are absorbent and lint free, making them an indispensable addition to mom’s kitchen. With this set of three kitchen towels, you can customize your prints selection to mom’s style. Naturally, we’re partial to the food-related prints, such as strawberry, blueberry, carrot and radish, but there’s a bevvy of cute animal, plant and flower designs, too.

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Harry & David have earned a reputation for their top-notch fresh fruit and gourmet goodies. Give mom the best of both worlds with the sweet-savory Merry Mix-Up Box, which includes the company’s signature sweet and juicy Royal Verano Pears, aged white cheddar cheese and a bag of roasted mixed nuts. The presentation is lovely, with the pears nestled alongside the cheese and nuts in a box—be sure to keep the box for the pears to ripen in. Don’t feel like waiting for those pears to ripen? The Royal Riviera Pear Candle is made from coconut wax and smells like a juicy, just-cut pear when lit.

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$17.99

This beautiful deck of cards provides ample inspiration for the mom who lives for a good cheese board. A trio of women worked on the project, including stylist Meg Quinn, writer Shana Smith and photographer Haley Davis. The holidays section feels especially festive, with spreads like "Charcuter-Tree" and "Brie Merry". If you want to take things fancy, go for the Plateau de Fromages, a lush, fancy cheese board option that’ll dazzle and delight. Bonus points if you gift the deck with a cheese board (see below) or a thoughtful assortment of cheeses and accoutrements.

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$69.95

Los Angeles based duo Tiffany Yu and Tarek Alame have an impressive resume between them, but we think their claim to fame of being the first company to design a cutting board with a cracker well is pretty cool. There are eight original designs in their collection, each built with versatility in mind, whether it’s a reversible board with charcuterie compartments or the aforementioned cracker well (which the team tested with 30 kinds of crackers, chips and baguettes). We love the Winsome Maple, a classic cutting board with a deep juice groove on one side, and the signature cracker well on the other, ideal for prepped ingredients or cheese and charcuterie boards. The boards ship in a beautiful gift box—just add a bow!

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Encourage mom’s self-care practice with a gift basket that invites relaxation and supports global artisans. The palm leaf basket, handwoven in Mexico, comes with a ceramic handmade mug from Morocco, a handwoven cotton scarf from Thailand and cocoa powder from Ghana. Mom will feel extra good while she sips—the cocoa is made by, Divine Chocolate, a global, famer-owned company that sources fair trade cocoa products.

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$31.95

This beautiful travel mug keeps beverages hot for up to three hours or cold up to nine hours, so mom can sip in style whether she’s doing school drop off or working from home. This mug is functional too. It’s made from 18/8 durable stainless steel, is dishwasher safe, fits in a standard coffee cup holder and has a handle, so it feels more like a mug in your hand. Plus, it comes in more than 40 colors and prints to match mom’s style.

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For their latest cocktail mix collaboration, Williams Sonoma teamed up with renowned Kentucky distiller Woodford Reserve. The trio of easy-to-use elixirs include Mint Julep, Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour, and they are equally delicious paired with bourbon as they are with seltzer. For extra holiday gifting points, wrap one up with a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon or the non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip. If mom needs a barware upgrade, we can’t get enough of Williams Sonoma’s oh-so-pretty copper bar tools set.

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$34.99

For a taste of Paris minus the airfare, gift mom a virtual trip to France. She can sample her way through some of the country’s most iconic flavors with a picnic-ready feast or a solo snacking session. The assortment includes a drawstring gift bag, crispy waffle-style crackers, which are perfect for topping with the accompanying baby Brie and fruit spread, small-batch saucisson sec seasoned with herbes de Provence. And for dessert, ready-to-eat rolled French crepes.

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$39.99

We’ve long been fans of Red Clay’s bourbon-barrel-aged hot honey and vibrant hot sauces. But the Charleston based company has outdone itself with this gift-ready spice set in which Red Clay’s chef/founder, Geoff Rhyne, cleverly dehydrates the leftover pepper mash from his signature sauces and transforms them into a variety of flavorful rubs and spices. Try sprinkling the Everything Spice Salt on avocado toast, rimming a cocktail glass with the Spicy Margarita Salt or sprucing up shrimp cocktail with the Charleston Bay.

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At Lady Falcon Coffee Club, master roaster and San Francisco native Buffy Maguire combines thoughtful sourcing and a commitment to craft into every bag of beans. The company’s name and Instagram-worthy packaging pay homage to the decades-old Falcon Ladies Bicycling Club in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood. Opt for The Original Lady Falcon Classics, which includes a trio of best-sellers: Atta Girl, a blend of Ethiopian, Rwandan and Guatemalan beans with tasting notes of cacao nib, donut peach and honeysuckle; Epic, a blend of three Ethiopian beans, redolent of dried blueberry and Mexican hot chocolate; and Stoked, a blend of three Colombian beans with notes of milk chocolate and hazelnut.

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$75.00

Great Jones has earned a reputation for its stellar cookware, and now it’s getting into the utensils game. Meet the Whole Grain Family, a trio of essential cooking utensils that includes an oversized ladle, ideal for scooping up servings of soup, stews and sauces; a spatula, designed to scrape up those last flavorful bits from the corners of pots and pans; and a slotted spoon, ideal for pasta, taste-testing, mixing and serving. The beautifully crafted utensils are made from warm-toned ash wood, making it a seamless addition no matter mom’s kitchen color scheme. Great Jones has also collaborated with lauded ceramics company, East Fork Pottery, on a utensil and spoon rest gift set, starring an extra-wide spoon rest glazed in the company’s signature Lapis hue.

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For the mom who loves a good glass of wine, a Coravin is a thoughtful gift many sommeliers swear by. The Pivot is a newer, affordable model designed to preserve any bottle of wine (sans sparkling) for up to four weeks after opening. That means she can enjoy a red on Monday and open a new bottle of white on Wednesday without any waste.

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$50.00

Whether your mom loves to bake cookies or just snack on the cookie dough, NoBaked Cookie Dough is a win-win gift. Since Megan Feeman founded her business in 2017, NoBaked has expanded to scoop shops and bragging rights as Amazon’s #1 selling cookie dough. Pair a pint with a bottle of wine or mom’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage for extra brownie points. Speaking of brownies, the cookie dough flavors come in brownie batter, confetti sugar, chocolate chip and cookies 'n' cream. There are several giftable multi-packs to choose from, including two-, three-, and four-pint-jar packs, and even a dairy-free pint jar three-pack. Or you can customize your own variety pack!

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$75.00

BlueCut’s line of hand-crafted, California-made aprons are beloved by chefs and home cooks alike. The SJ apron was designed by Karam Kim in tribute to her mother, Soo Ja Choo, to pay homage to Parents Day, a beloved tradition she grew up practicing in as a child in Seoul. The embroidered pink carnation corsage is a nod to the handmade paper carnations (which represent love and gratitude) children place on their parents’ chest. The apron is made of super durable French linen, garment-dyed for a stylish worn-in look and then washed for a soft feel. Thoughtful design details include cotton webbing waist straps to ensure a snug fit, comfortable, adjustable neck straps, and antique brass hardware. Plus, 20% of sales from the SJ apron benefits The Abundance Setting, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of working mothers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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As much as we love the convenience of digital recipes, we can’t help but swoon over these charming, heirloom-worthy recipe tins from fan-favorite stationary company Rife Paper Co. Each box includes 24 recipe cards and 12 recipe cards, a gold-framed label on the front and a gold metallic interior. For an extra thoughtful touch, write down some of your family’s favorite recipes to stash inside the tin. The boxes are available in different floral patterns and are guaranteed to bring a pop of color to kitchen countertops or cookbook shelves. The tins are also versatile and can be used to store spices, small kitchen tools or a secret stash of chocolate.

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