Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas for Moms

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Who is the hardest to shop for on your holiday list? I will take a wild guess and say that it is probably a mom in your life. Moms are notorious for insisting they do not need anything more than a hand-scribbled card (if even that) when it comes to holiday gifts. If they want something they just buy it and if they don’t buy it, it’s because it is a very high ticket item. Here are some stocking stuffers and gift ideas for moms to get you thinking.

Tip: If you are THE mom that people have trouble shopping for, share the link of this post with your partner or other family members – they’ll be thankful you did 😉

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Bigger Gifts for Moms

Tip: The bigger gifts are perfect to go in on with siblings, a parent, or another family member!

A night away (by herself!) at a hotel or AirBnB with a hot tub, sauna or fireplace.

Noise-canceling headphones – for music, and podcasts, and to drown out tantrums and lower the octave of shrilling screams.

A gift certificate for an individual photography session for herself- unless mom is in a professional workplace setting, she may not have had a professional picture taken of herself since her wedding day, or possibly her senior photos may have been the last (even though we sure hope not!). Michaela Rai or Laura Jean Media Services would be our two options to suggest at the moment.  Both have completely different styles of photography, check them out and decide which would suit mom best.

Nespresso Machine – I prefer the Nespresso Machine over other machines because there are so many more choices of flavor profiles and liquid amounts, and you can recycle the pods effortlessly.

Mid-Priced Gifts for Moms

Cozy items that are considered more luxurious than the everyday versions and you know mom would never buy for herself are great mid-priced gifts. These include matching athleisure sets, throw blankets, nice footwear or slippers, etc. Also, gifts that help create a memory are also special – a Polaroid camera, and experiences such as a gift card to make her own chapstick at Mix Cosmetiques are great examples.

Stocking Stuffers for Moms

Tip: Consumable items are a great place to start when it comes to stocking stuffers for mom. Practical daily-use items are acceptable too. Here are a few ideas:

Something from Duluth Mom’s Online Shop – winter hat, mama necklace, tote bag. (Coming soon! Vinyl stickers & note cards.) 

Candles – Both Naturalight and Woodfire Candle Co. have stocking stuffer sizes of their seasonal scents.

Good socks – my favorites right now are Uggs slouchy crew socks, Bombas, and I am dying to try just released botanically dyed cotton socks from ARQ.

Chocolate – like the real deal, handcrafted from a local candy shop.

Coffee pods – if you gift the Nespresso machine.

Polaroid film – if you gift the polaroid camera.

Coffee gift cards.

Fun Clay earrings from a local maker.


Bonus Tip: Don’t get mom something like a vacuum or a carwash membership unless she specifically asks for one – like it genuinely would bring her joy and excitement to receive those items. Gift-giving is meant to be an act of thoughtfulness and appreciation. Therefore, receiving a gift ideally should make you feel thought of and cared for. A gift shouldn’t imply a chore or maintenance waiting to be done.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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A lake girl at heart, Andrea is thrilled to be a Duluthian! She lives in the Hillside with her husband, daughter (plus two angel babies that are with them in spirit), and two rescue pups. As a bi-racial and multicultural family, they have hopes and dreams of visiting her husband’s family in South Korea someday soon. Tiny joys that make her heart happy include: doodling, searching for sea glass, coffee with friends, fiber art, plants, a good vintage thrift find, music and great food & drinks. She also finds purpose in serving on the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice (DEIJ) committee at her daughter’s school, and also on City Mom Collective’s Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) committee. You will find her building community, connections and friendships in the northland as the owner of Duluth Mom. She invites you to visit her on Instagram or on LinkedIn.

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