14 Gift Ideas for Your Notoriously Picky Mom

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Is it just us, or are moms impossible to shop for? We've waded through the typical gift-guide fare and found the standard selection of candles, gardening supplies, and spendy hand creams to be ... well, somewhat lacking. So this year, we've rounded up a slightly more polished, sophisticated, and discerning cast of gift options for the mom(s) on your list.

Whether she uses her home as a place to relax or as an impeccably styled venue for entertaining, we've got you covered with mom-approved options that feel personal and special, not generic. Just don't forget to write a nice card.

1. Staub x Food52 Turmeric Cookware, from $99

Le Creuset-level impact without the Le Creuset price tag? We're sold. Food52's new, on-trend turmeric collection with iconic French cast iron maker Staub is perfect for the mom who cooks — or just the mom who likes to show off her collection of coordinated cookware on Pinterest-y open shelving.

2. Cultiver Silk Velvet Throw Pillows, $150

"Velvet" means different things to different people — but no matter how you slice it, these pillows are several cuts above whatever trendy "velvet" throws you'll find at H&M. Meticulously crafted from Turkish silk velvet and backed with natural linen, each print is surprisingly modern (even while the process of making them is decidedly old-school). Plus, they come pre-loaded — and ready to gift — with the most luxurious, overstuffed feather inserts you've ever seen.

3. Graf Lantz Monstera Trivet Multipack, $72

For when your actual mom is also a #plantmom. Natural merino wool makes these trivets heat-safe, water-resistant, stain-resistant, and ultra-durable (we just wish we could say the same for actual monstera plants). She'll love sprinkling them around the kitchen counter to provide a landing space for hot roasting pans, and showing 'em off at the dinner table when it's time to serve.

4. OddBird Co. Handwoven Turkish Asya Robe, $159

Is there any better gift than one that encourages the recipient to lounge around and live their best hygge life? We didn't think so. OddBird Co.'s handwoven Turkish robe feels nice and comfy from day one and only gets softer with regular wear, and its mid-weight texture is perfect for year-round use. And since it's machine washable (basically a Turkish towel you can wear), it's a great gift for new moms who might be encountering more than a few messes in the early days of motherhood. Fans of this robe have even been known to wear it out of the house as a duster coat from time to time, too.

5. Jungalow Chi Chi Pom Pom Hook Pillow by Justina Blakeney, $50

Decor-savvy moms have probably noted the shift from traditional animal prints to ones featuring, well, actual animals. This statement-making lumbar pillow is a chic, easy way to get the look.

6. Aervana Electric Wine Aerator, $132

She's too sophisticated to sip down a glass of her favorite wine without aerating it, but she also doesn't have a schedule that allows for hours of breathing time. Solution? A speedy wine aerator. Now there won't be any reason to delay wine & cheese night.

7. The Citizenry Diamanta Alpaca Throw, $155

Hand-loomed, hypo-allergenic baby alpaca makes this throw heavenly soft, while its unique pattern brings just the right amount of visual interest to the living room or foot of the bed. It's styling and self-care coziness wrapped into one thoughtful gift.

8. Yield Matte Sand Ceramic French Press, $120

Your coffee-loving mom may be a loyal disciple of the Keurig, but what she might not know is that making up a French press in the a.m. is almost as quick (and a lot better for the environment). This stunning matte ceramic piece by Yield features a subtly glam copper plunger pull for a little added shine and insulates your coffee as it goes from kitchen to breakfast bar.

9. Upstate Hand-Dyed Silk Pillowcases, $136 for two

The easiest addition to her beauty routine ever. Upstate's silk pillowcases are slinky-soft, offering a luxe sleeping experience that has been shown to decrease wrinkles, tame frizzy hair, and even subtly moisturize your skin as you snooze. Oh, and the organic patterns from the small-batch dye process look pretty nice plopped on the bed, too.

10. Kin Euphorics High Rhode Botanical Beverage, $39

A non-alcoholic addition to the bar cart — and one that may eventually replace everything else on it. Kin's unique blend of botanics and adaptogens creates a soothing effect similar to that of an after-work drink, but without the hangover or ill effects. Mom can sip it over ice or play mixologist and doctor it up with juice, seltzer, or other mixers to her heart's content.

11. Lund London Skittle Thermos Flask, $39

On the go, this mighty little thermos keeps drinks hot or cold for 12-24 hours. On the bedside table, it makes for a striking art object that also keeps thirsty sleepers satisfied. And with its enticing array of color options, it's a surefire crowd-pleaser no matter Mom's style.

Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.

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