The 11 Best Christmas Gifts to Buy Mom in 2018

Perfect picks for the mother in your life

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Being a mom at Christmas is one of the most wonderful, exciting times, but it can also be flat out exhausting. Between trying to take care of the kids’ needs as well as keeping the household running smoothly, it’s a difficult job year round, no matter how much help you have.

So, at Christmas, why not give her something that helps lighten her load a bit? Whether it’s something to help her relax, put a little sparkle in her day or save her time and energy, there are a host of great gifts that she’ll love. To help you find the best gifts for the moms in your life, we rounded up some great ones that will let her know just how much you appreciate all she does.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Vera Bradley Lighten Up Expandable Tote

What mom couldn't use a new bag. Whether she needs one to use as a diaper bag or just wants a nice bag to carry around town this bag has it all. It is just the right size to store everything she needs and it is also carry-on acceptable so she can take it on any flights she has planned. It's lightweight so it won't weigh her down and it is also waterproof so she won't have to worry about the permission slips in her bag getting wet.

Available in eight bold and vibrant prints this bag is sure to be her new favorite carry-all. Reviewers praise it for its durability, size, and weight.

Best Smart Home: Fire TV Cube

All moms can use an extra set of hands, and while you can’t give her that per se, you can give her this Fire TV Cube with Alexa that frees up the hands she does have. It allows her to control the television with the power of her voice. From changing the channel to searching for shows and adjusting the sound, she can do it all without lifting a finger—literally.

It also allows her to access thousands of TV shows and movies as well as content from YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Prime Music, and more. Talk about an entertaining gift!

Best for On-the-Go: Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones

For moms on the go, these Bluetooth headphones are ready to go with her. Water-resistant and sweatproof, they’re made for action, whether she’s into running, biking, yoga, hiking, or all of the above. One 1.5-hour charge will last for up to nine hours of playing time, so the beat can go on and on.

Customers have reviewed these earphones on Amazon, giving them high marks for comfort and sound. At this price, they also make a great stocking stuffer.

Best Jewelry: Tiny Gold Initial Necklace

Tiny gold initial necklace

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Add a little sparkle to her days with this delicate initial letter necklace. Simple and elegant, it adds a bit of flair no matter what she chooses to wear. You can choose from one of four chain lengths between 15–18 inches and even elect several in varying lengths to represent the names of her children for a layered look. They’re sure to be a conversation starter and something she cherishes for years to come.

Best for Relaxing: Natrogix Nirvana Essential Oils

For pure relaxation, there’s this set of 18 essential oils from Natrogix. Essential oils are beautifully scented oils that boast an abundance of health benefits without the harmful side effects of drugs. They’re thought to help with everything from relaxation to better sleep, improved moods, and inflammation relief.

This set includes 18 of the most popular oils, including lavender, lemon, peppermint, turmeric, and eucalyptus. It also comes with a free e-book with hundreds of recipes for oil combinations that will specifically target her needs. The oils are 100-percent pure therapeutic grade and come with a lifetime, money-back guarantee. Pair this set with a diffuser for an extra special gift.

Best Time-Saving Gift: ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum

ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum

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Vacuuming is one of those tedious but necessary chores, but it’s not always necessary that she be the one doing the vacuuming with this time-saving robotic vacuum from ILIFE. All she has to do is charge it, program it, and it goes to work picking up dirt, debris, and pet hair.

It can be used on carpet (low-pile is best) and hardwood floors, and it will get into all the places dirt gets, like under beds and furniture. When it completes the job, it automatically returns to its dock and recharges itself. The only thing better would be if the kids could be programmed to automatically go to bed when they need recharging.

Best Beauty: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

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Busy moms want to look good too, and this tool from Revlon helps them do just that. It’s a volumizer, blow dryer, and straightening iron all in one, and it cuts serious time out of her routine. As it dries her hair, it also smooths it out and infuses amazing body into it. It’s incredibly easy to use (just one hand needed), and the results look like you just had a professional blowout. It works great on all types of hair, and once she uses it, she’ll wonder how she ever lived without it.

It has developed somewhat of a cult following among women who use it then recommend it to their friends. There are more than 2,000 reviews of it on Amazon currently, and the overwhelming majority rave about this styling tool. “Best hair tool ever invented,” one customer wrote.

Best Sentimental: Personalized Wall Calendar

Personalized Wall Calendar

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For a gift that keeps giving all year round, choose a personalized wall calendar from Shutterfly. It will let her relive the past year (or years) with a calendar for next year. You can choose from a wide variety of styles and customize them with various backgrounds and embellishments.

The real magic of these calendars, of course, lies in the pictures you choose, which you can import directly from Shutterfly. If there’s a gift that’s going to make her tear up with sentimental tears, it’s likely going to be this one.

Best for Mom Who Has Everything: Cashmere Wrap

Cashmere Wrap

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Elegant and classic, this wrap will delight her no matter what her style. It’s soft and plush and comes in a gorgeous array of colors from basic black and cream to vibrant marine green and a soft pink blush. There are 17 colors to choose from in all, but one size fits most, so you don’t have to worry about choosing the right size. Lightweight, yet warm, it’s a gift she’ll reach for again and again when the chill sets in, and it’s great for travel.

Made of 100 percent cashmere and two-ply thread to prevent pilling, these wraps are made to last. This gift also gives to others, as a portion of the proceeds from sales of these wraps goes to help provide education to children through the Room to Read organization.

Best for Busy Moms: Tile Mate

She’s ready to walk out the door, and then… where are her keys? Her phone? There’s a mad scramble to find them… Put a stop to that scenario, with Tile Mate. It will save her precious time searching for lost items as she’ll always be able to locate them right when she needs them.

She puts one of the tiles on her keys, purse, or anything else she tends to lose, and with a push of a button on her smartphone, that object will ring. If it’s her phone that frequently goes missing there’s a button on her Tile Mate to make it ring, even when it’s set to silent. She’ll thank you for this gift over and over again.

For Traveling Moms: TravelWise Packing Cube System

Whether for work or vacation, one of the most tedious parts of travel can be packing, but these packing cubes make it simple. This set comes with five separate cubes to help her organize what she needs. She can organize by type of clothing (shirts in one, pants in one, undergarments in another, etc.) or by outfits. Once she fills them, she simply stacks them in her suitcase, with everything neat and organized inside. They’re soft and flexible, so they fit well in most suitcases, and they come in a variety of sizes to accommodate various needs.

Once she gets to her destination, she can simply slide the cubes into drawers to “unpack” without having to truly unpack. Customers say these cubes  are life-changing when it comes to traveling and say they’ll never pack another suitcase without them.

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