Starting from personal experience, we will go on record to say that Mom is the best. She brought you in, she brought you up, so when you want to bring mom a gift, this is the place to be. Take it from Mr. T, who famously recorded the song Treat Your Mother Right. “Mother. There is no other like mother. So treat her right, treat her right.” Who can argue with Mr. T or his sentiment? But we realize that the power of mom is so strong, that you don’t need a gold-chain-wearin’ celebrity (or a product review writer) giving you reasons to seek out unique gifts for mom.
What Makes a Unique Gift?
The challenge with lists of “unique” gifts is to find something that fits the definition of unique. Unique, by definition, is “one of a kind.” Nothing else like it. We didn’t seek out one-offs. We didn’t seek out the obscure. Our goal was to, A) create a list of gift ideas that mom won’t buy for herself and, B) create a list of high quality products that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive as a gift.
UPDATE: This list was updated on January 16, 2018. We replaced a gift with the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt.
Of course, there’s nobody like Mr. T. But, more importantly, there’s nobody like mom and we know she’ll love something from our Top 10 Best Unique Gifts for Mom.
1. Handmade Bath Bombs Essential Oils Bath Kit
When it’s time for mom to have some “me time,” you can equip her with a little luxury for the bath. These bath bombs — or fizzers, if you like — are small two and a half ounce globes that you just unwrap and plop into a nice, warm bath. As they fizz away, they release the 100 percent organic, vegan and gluten free ingredients into the water, providing mom with a fragrant, good-for-her-skin experience. Each golf ball sized bath bomb includes organic sunflower oil, cocoa butter and organic shea butter. Six different types come in each package:
* Yoga Sunrise (lemon, lime, orange and bergamot oils)
* Garden of the Gods (lavender, geranium and lime oils)
* Vanilla Surprise (vanilla oil)
* Pink Energizing Grapefruit (grapefruit oil)
* Stressed Moms (lavender, marjoram and ylang oils)
* Sinus Congestion Relief (eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, pine and cypress oils).
The company that makes this product, Rejuvelle, created them because they were looking for something for their daughter, who’d been diagnosed with a chronic auto immune disease. You can meet the daughter and her mom here. They obviously hit a home run with this one: there are more than 4,300 reviews on Amazon, with an average of 4.7 out of five stars! The package comes in a reusable tin that’s tied with a red bow. There’s no dye or coloring and the bath fizzers won’t leave a ring in the tub. Just remember: when mom’s in there enjoying her bath, don’t bother her! For another possibility, check out these bath bombs from a different company, Relaxcation, which are bigger (4 ounce balls) and at a higher price point. As for the bath bombs from Rejuvelle, take a look at this video to get an in-depth idea about these very popular products.
2. Sunbeam Microplush Electric Throw Blanket
Have you ever noticed how there are some people who always think “it’s cold in here”? If your mother is one of these wonderfully sensitive types*, she will think you’re the greatest person ever when you present her with this warm gift for mom. The Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw is one of those 100 percent poly microplush fabric blankets. So even without the heating aspect, it’s already super cozy. (I know, because my wife has so many microplush blankies she could keep an entire ski team warm.) What takes this plush blanket to the next level is that, basically, it’s an electric blanket. It’s designed as a throw, though, so it’s super easy to use in the living room or wherever. There are 18 different colors and patterns available and some are less expensive than others. The lowest price is the zebra pattern, which was just about $30 — a 23 percent savings off the MSRP. The throw is controlled by a PrimeStyle lighted controller with three warming settings and, in case mom gets so comfy it’s lights out, there’s a convenient three hour auto-off function. Check it out.
* According to a recent article in Glamour Magazine, “There’s a Scientific Reason Women Are Always Colder Than Men” (January 2017), there are five reasons for the chilly willy difference: 1) women have a higher core temperature; 2) women on birth control have an even higher core body temperature; 3) women’s hands and feet are colder than men’s by a few degrees; 4) women have slower metabolic rates; 5) buildings are designed with men’s metabolic rates in mind. (We realize this is not fair.)
Price: $30.68-$53.49 (depending on color selected)
3. Brimma Leak-Proof Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Whether mom’s working at home, in the office, in the rig or in the warehouse, she needs to hydrate! And what better way to do it, deliciously, with a 100 percent BPA free premium water infuser bottle?! This unique gift for mom is shatter-proof (Eatman Tritan Plastic) and leak-proof. The 32-ounce bottle is top-rack dishwasher safe and it couldn’t be easier to use: just add your favorite fresh fruits (like any berry or melon) and/or veggies (like cucumber) and herbs (like mint). The goods go into the “infuser tube” and then the tube clicks into the bottle. Fill it with water, secure-lock the top and you’re good to go. And just in case you needed a refresher on the benefits of staying hydrated: * protects against kidney stones; * human cells need water to keep working; * helps against constipation; * the Institute of Medicine (nonprofit, non-governmental organization that makes nutritional recommendations in the U.S.) says an adequate intake of water is from three cups a day for babies up to 16 cups for lactating women. There’s another version of this product by a different company, Savvy Infusion, that comes in 24-ounce or 32-ounce sizes — it’s a very popular brand. The Brimma also gets really high marks from reviewers on Amazon, with more than 900 reviews and a great average rating (4.5 out of five stars). Take a second to look at the vid so you can see how simple it is to get your delicious H2O groove on.
4. Duxtop 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop
Here’s the thing about this gift: yes, it’s something that requires mom to work. To cook. But we want to point out the very good reason for including this unique gift for mom: it’s an induction cooker, and that means it’s fast. In other words, you’re saying, “Mom, if you gotta cook, we want it to be as easy as possible for you.” Induction cooktops have been around for a long time, and they’re finally very affordable. According to a recent Consumer Reports article (May 2017), “no other cooking technology that we’ve tested is faster than the fastest induction elements.” One very important key to using the induction cooktop is that you have to use a pot or pan that is induction capable. That is, if a magnet sticks firmly to the bottom of your pan, it will work. The Rosewill RHAI-13001 induction cooktop comes with a pot (and lid) and is at a much lower price point (almost half) but we’re recommending the Duxtop 9600LS because it was recently named the best portable induction cooktop by Ezvid Wiki. Check out the video here.
The Duxtop 9600LS has an LCD sensor-touch control panel, a fast boil button and a keep warm button. It features a built in digital timer, 20 different temperature ranges from 100 degrees (F) to 460 degrees.
5. Clarisonic Mia 1 Holiday Gift Set
Another item from the “pamper mom” section of gift giving. Because when you think of unique gift ideas for mom, isn’t it fully reasonable to narrow your choices down with the search word “pamper?” The Clarisonic is, to put it simply, a rechargeable cleansing brush for washing the face. It uses sonic cleansing and oscillation technology: 300 “micro massage” movements happen every second as the brush is being used. According to Clarisonic, the patented technology leaves the skin cleansed six times better than by using hands alone. Clarisonic says it is U.S. dermatologists’ number one recommended cleansing device. This set includes:
The Clarisonic Mia 1 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System
Clarisonic Radiance Brush Head
Four ounce refreshing gel cleanser that works for all skin types
USB pLink Charger
The brush can be used in the shower, which makes it really convenient. Or, of course, it can be used in the tub…and if you pair it with our first item on this list, you’ll be mom’s favorite forever. Or until she’s done with her pampering session.
6. Amazon’s All New Echo (2nd Generation)
When you’re talking about unique gifts for mom, the Echo fits the bill on every corner. To just name a few expected, almost cliched uses that a mom would get out of this famous gadget:
* Great timer for cooking or anything else
* Does recipe conversions or solves any other math problems
* Works as an alarm clock
* Plays your music
But there are so many other uses for the Amazon Echo. In no particular order, we use ours in this house for playing Jeopardy, finding lyrics to songs, getting the correct spelling for a word, asking what day a holiday is going to fall on, turning our thermostat up or down, turning our lights off or on. What we’re trying to say, in a nutshell, is that there’s a reason the Echo is so popular and well known now and there are a million reasons this is a great Christmas gift idea for mom. There are a handful of models. The Echo Plus, the Echo Show, the Echo Dot, and the Echo Look (you have to ask to be invited by Amazon to buy this one). I actually have four Echos (I purchased all of them for full price). For a guy like me (read: someone who is lazy and wishes all of life was on cruise control), the Echo is my best friend. If the mom you’re buying for has even the slightest interest in cool gadgets that are uber-simple to use, this one is a touchdown.
7. Instant Pot Six Quart Cooker
And now for what is possibly the second most popular “gadget” on the planet: the Instant Pot. This thing has taken the U.S. cooking world by storm (it’s been popular in other countries for a long time) and, from all evidence, there’s a good reason for it. The Instant Pot is seven appliances in one:
* Pressure cooker
* Slow cooker
* Rice cooker
* Yogurt maker
There are many other brands making this type of product, but the Instant Pot is the number one selling multi-cooker, and it’s an “Amazon’s Choice” product. Check out New York Times food journalist Melissa Clark’s overview on using the Instant Pot, which she says will transform your weeknight cooking. “There’s no other single gadget that can make weeknight cooking easier,” Clark writes. Besides the six quart version, there’s a larger eight quart for about 30 bucks more.
And if you think we’re saddling mom with a unique gift that is, really, something that means “work,” just keep in mind our secret strategy with the Instant Pot: dad — or anyone else in the house — can jump on board and use the thing, giving mom plenty of nights off from the stove.
UPDATE: This post was updated on January 16, 2018. As of this writing, the six quart Instant Pot is unavailable but the three and eight quart versions are available. It is likely that the six quart will be available very soon.
8. Italian Sterling Silver Ankle Bracelet
Primary reason we’re throwing this one in the list is because it’s probably a safe bet that this is not something mom would buy for herself. It may also — we say MAY also — be true that mom wouldn’t necessarily get herself one of those discreet tattoos on, say, her ankle area. But this will very stylishly let her run a little more on trend. And, we will say, it can all be done very frugally, because this unique gift for mom is super affordable. The piece is made in Italy and it gets huge, positive reviews. One reviewer says “It’s incredibly sparkly, yet delicate looking enough that it doesn’t look tacky or like costume jewelry. It catches the light just right and looks so so pretty on. It fits my ankle perfectly (I got the 10″), and it’s light and comfortable to wear.”
9. Ullo Wine Purifier With Carafe
On the off chance that she enjoys the occasional glass of wine, this is a very cool — and practical — unique gift for mom. The Ullo Carafe Set includes the hand blown custom designed glass carafe, the wine purifier, the travel bag, display base and six selective sulfite capture single filters. The idea here is that the Ullo purifies any wine by removing sulfites and sediment. It also has the optional switch to aerate the wine, which is a way of “instant aging” a younger wine. Sulfites, which are added to wines worldwide, act as a preservative. It has been suspected, not proven, that sulfites may be the guilty party for giving some people the infamous “red wine headache.” I’m no scientist, but I am an excellent brother-in-law and my sister-in-law has one of these. She loves it and swears that it has eliminated her headaches. (Personal moment here: Hey, Christy, this doesn’t mean you need to go crazy with the red wine.) The Ullo’s “selective sulfite capture” removes the sulfites, which reveals more of the wine’s natural aromas and flavors. The way the Ullo is designed allows the purifier to be used on top of the carafe OR on top of an individual wine glass.
If you don’t want the carafe, Ullo also offers just the purifier with the display base, a travel bag and four filters (at a lower price point than the carafe and purifier).
Price: $129.99 (seven percent off MSRP)
10. Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt Body Scrub
It’s a quick way to get mom something she can really use: nab her some face wash or moisturizer. Keeping her face beautiful is an everyday thing for mom and scoring her something to help in the effort is a can’t miss. This unique gift for her takes it a step further. The Dermasuri Body Mitt is for elsewhere on the bod, not the face. It’s a really simple three-step gift:
1. Mom softens the skin with a warm bath or shower — no soap
2. Mom puts the mitt on and gets to exfoliatin’
3. Mom rinses off
That’s all there is to it, just once every two weeks. Once she sees the results (or when her significant other does), she’ll thank you. According to Dermasuri, this gift has been featured in Glamour, Essence, Vogue and Cosmo. It gets great reviews: almost 225 customers have commented, giving the gift a 4.2 out of 5 star average rating.
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