17 Foolproof Gifts Guaranteed to Impress the Mom Who Is Impossible to Buy For

Kristine Cannon and Tamara Kraus
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Moms can be impossible to shop for, so finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her can be a real challenge. Whether she already has it all or she’s Fort Knox and refuses to divulge any information, not even the slightest hint of what she wants, moms make us second-guess ourselves like crazy, with thoughts like, “But will she even like this?” and “Will she use this?” or “Does she already have this?” passing through our minds. But this year, forget all that and have a little fun finding a unique gift for her this Mother’s Day.

We scoped out the latest-and-greatest gifts from our favorite of-the-moment brands like Olive & June, Winc, and Bloomscape, and pulled the items she likely wouldn’t purchase for herself but would actually use. From the chicest olive oil you’ve ever seen to an at-home pedicure kit that’ll make you reconsider ever going to the salon again, we’ve got goodies for every picky mom out there. And we even found gifts that you can send instantly, like a gift card to Masterclass, for all you procrastinators out there.

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From stylish and fun to practical and functional, here are 17 gifts guaranteed to impress all the impossible-to-shop-for moms (and everyone else!) in your life.

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Portable Blender

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This ultra-smart blender has been taking over the internet as of late, and once I tried it, I wondered how I ever lived without it. The BlendJet charges via USB, so she can take it with her on the go, and the sleek shape makes it easy to drink out of directly—no extra cup (or cleaning!) required. With 8 pretty shades to choose from and a compact design, it puts that bulky blender she currently has to shame. She can whip up everything from smoothies and milkshakes to hummus and salad dressings in just minutes, so with this handy tool, she’s sure to feel like a pro in the kitchen.

Gorgeous Kitchen Oils & Candle

We’re going assume that art-worthy bottles of olive oil are not something that someone would buy for themselves, so these gorgeous gourmet olive oils are at the top of our foolproof-gifting list for mom this year. Brightland offers different types of delicious extra-virgin olive oils created for specific needs (like for cooking or to make dressings) or ones infused with unique flavors. The brand just released this pretty gifting trio that includes an olive oil, vinegar, and their brand new Digestif candle, which is designed to be burned during or after cooking. From notes of pear to chili-infused oil, these olive oils are anything but standard. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to add these to your cart for yourself too, the bottles are made with a special UV-powder coating that protects the prized olive oil from damaging UV rays. Pretty smart, huh?

Perfect Pedis

Too many months have passed since we last had a professional pedi, but thanks to this genius invention, we just might not ever need to step foot in a salon again. Olive & June crafted the pedi kit of our dreams that makes it a cinch to paint your toes — no professional training needed. The smart foot rest (her name is Posey!), doubles as storage for all your pedi essentials and it’s also a foot-boosting stool to help you prop your foot up at the perfect angle. The kit also has everything from a foot file and nail polish remover pot (so long, cotton balls) to foot serum and cuticle remover. We’re snagging this for our mom and ourself.

Chic Recipe Box

Help mom store her treasured recipes from family and friends in this gorgeous recipe tin from Rifle Paper Co. It comes in four spring-ready patterns that’ll cheer up her kitchen and includes 24 recipe cards and 12 dividers so she can keep things organized.

Next-Level Coffee Concentrate

Moms run on coffee and don’t have time to waste, so gift her some delicious java that’ll make her feel like a barista at home. Jot is a concentrated liquid coffee that she can use to make cold brew, espressos, and more in just seconds. Simply add a teaspoon (there’s one included) of the liquid coffee to water or your milk of choice—and presto! Gourmet coffee that tastes like the $7 latte she’d buy at the local coffee shop.

Eco-Friendly Flat

We just discovered a Rothy’s lookalike, otherwise known as Meghan Markle’s favorite flats, and they’re a fraction of the price. Made with recycled plastic bottles, these eco-friendly flats by Vivaia are good for the environment and mom’s feet. They come in a range of chic colors and other shoes styles too.

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Pro Cooking Lessons

If she’s obsessed with Ina Garten and Martha Stewart as much as we are, then all you need to get her is a gift card from MasterClass so she can take Gordon Ramsay’s classes or world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s baking class. Or, they can brush up on their interior design skills with Kelly Wearstler or learn to French tuck with Queer Eye’s Tan France.

Internet-Favorite Pan

Everyone and their mom (see what we did there?) wants to get their hands on this viral pan, so if mom doesn’t have one yet, you’ll make her Mother’s Day if she unwraps this. This multi-tasking kitchen pan does the work of 8 pieces of cookware, and comes in a bunch of gorgeous colors, so it’ll save up cabinet space and elevate her kitchen decor at the same time.

For the Dog Mom

Chances are mom’s completed all the puzzles she pulled out of the back of their closet months ago, so add one to her collection that she’ll actually want to display. This dog mom-approved version by JIGGY features a colorful design that’s stylish enough to display as art when you’re finished. It comes beautifully packaged, and even comes with special glue to permanently hold it together. You can also choose from a variety of other designs by artists from around the world.

A Chef-Approved Accessory

You’ve already given her Ina Garten’s favorite Lodge skillet and her kitchen is stocked to the brim with Le Creuset cookware, but we bet she doesn’t have this nifty accessory. This heat-resistant sleeve fits all standard cookware handles, and will be a large improvement — looks-wise and for safety reasons — over the kitchen towel they’re using now.

A Cult-Fave Necklace

Baubles tend to be a crowd pleaser, so we suggest perusing the sparkly virtual aisles of Kendra Scott for all the covetable pieces mom could ever dream of. Our top pick? This colorful new Mama beaded necklace will add some fun to any outfit—from sweats to a dress. There’s also an adorable matching bracelet calling her name—literally.

Wine Not?

“I don’t want wine,” said no one ever. A bottle or two of vino is always well received, but if you don’t know whether she likes red or white, leave the picking up to her with a gift card or subscription to Winc. Once she receives the gift card, she can take a short quiz that’ll suggest wines based on her likings and dislikings, and she’ll get tasty vinos delivered right to her door.

Cooling Beauty

The weather’s heating up, which means it’s time to bring out the cooling, de-puffing beauty products. Tru Alchemy just launched last year, and the brand’s mantra is that skincare is self care—and that’s all mom really is asking for this Mother’s Day. Gift mom a new complete skincare set from this line that’ll help her take care of her skin while feeling pampered. One of the all-star products from the holistic line is this genius eye elixir, which features a cooling applicator that helps the product glide on with ease while de-puffing the under-eye area.

Stress-Free Hair Removal

Laser hair removal may sound intimidating or expensive, but with an at-home hair removal handset like this one from Kenzzi, it’s actually a breeze. Their IPL employs intense pulsed light technology (hence, IPL), which uses broad spectrum light with multiple wavelengths and is safe for any body part — including your face and bikini area. So save mom money and time by introducing her to this game-changing tool.

Maximum Cleanliness

OK, we know this isn’t a traditional gift but hear us out. Back during the Great TP Shortage of 2020, people started looking into alternative methods of cleaning themselves in the bathroom. Enter: the rise of the bidet. Bidets started flying off the shelves are people were loving them! They quickly became one of the hottest items of 2020 and now that everyone is aware of their greatness, we predict their popularity will only continue to grow. We love this bidet from Tushy because it allows you to change the water pressure, water temperature and is by far the chicest looking bidet you can find.

Coffee Table Book

The creative mom in your life will appreciate this gorgeous illustrated book. Featuring 50 of the most inspiring female artists around the world — some famous and some not — this coffee table-worthy gift is sure to inspire her to pick up a new art medium.

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