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The 25 Best Gifts for Mom, from a Working Mom

A roundup of holiday gifts and birthday presents for moms from moms.

Perfect presents for your whole posse—including working mom friends, too.


Your boss

Your boss

DeLonghi kMix Kettle

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Wouldn’t the delicious color of the electric DeLonghi kMix Kettle look fine on your tea-loving supervisor’s desk? ($80, shopdelonghi.com)


Your holiday-spirited great aunt

Your holiday-spirited great aunt

Classic Tidings Santa Pillow

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Everyone knows how much Auntie loves all things Yuletide. Support her holiday spirit with the festive Classic Tidings Santa Pillow ($15, target.com).


Your fashionista sister

Your fashionista sister

Boden Tan Leopard Skinny Belt

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Give the trendy Boden Tan Leopard Skinny Belt to your fashion-forward sister and she may just let you borrow it ($54, bodenusa.com).


Your Working Mom Friends

Your Working Mom Friends

Working Mom Survival Guide

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Yes, this is an unabashed plug! But we do think this is a great gift for our working mom friends.

Every day, working mothers–whether new moms or experienced ones–encounter and overcome challenges large and small at home, at work, and on the road. From the editors of Working Mother, the Working Mom Survival Guide offers surprising solutions and must-know shortcuts. With practicality and humor, the book collects the wisdom and experience of working moms who have been there too ($11, amazon.com).

Look for Working Mom Survival Guide excerpts at workingmother.com


The au pair

The au pair

Kate Spade “I Need a Vacation” Ski Hat

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Aptly named, the Kate Spade “I Need a Vacation” Ski Hat shows your au pair you totally agree that she should take a week off to go skiing in Canada ($85, katespade.com).


Your so-valuable assistant

Your so-valuable assistant

Urbanears Plattan Headphones

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Your music-loving assistant will be stylishly plugged in with Urbanears Plattan Headphones ($60, urbanears.com).


Your child’s teacher

Your child’s teacher

Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Set

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How cute is the Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Set? A thoughtful gift for your child’s teacher, who’s way into BYO healthy lunch ($33, amazon.com).


Your best friend

Your best friend

Cinda b Yoga Bag

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She’s your always-there-for-you pal and yoga buddy, and she gets you to class every week. She more than deserves this Cinda b Yoga Bag to spruce up her sun salutation ($84, cindab.com).


Your mom

Your mom

Tassimo T20 Brewer with Color Insert Kit

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You know your mother—and Mom needs her morning caffeine fix fast—so give her the Tassimo T20 Brewer with Color Insert Kit to plop right on top of her night stand ($120, tassimodirect.com).

Your sister-in-law

Your sister-in-law

Hues & Brews Birdcage Mugs

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When Hubby's sis invites you for coffee, she can serve in these pretty Hues & Brews Birdcage Mugs ($30/set of 4, amazon.com).


The new baby

The new baby

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Owl Activity Toy

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Your work buddy’s little bundle of joy is celebrating her first Christmas. Give her a hoot by giving the darling Skip Hop Treetop Friends Owl Activity Toy—it’s a keeper ($18, giggle.com).


Your clever cousin

Your clever cousin

Built Neoprene Tablet Envelope

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Your cousin caved in and bought a new tablet on Black Friday. What she needs now is the Built Neoprene Tablet Envelope to protect it from the elements ($30, builtny.com).


Your nephew

Your nephew

Speck iGuy Cove

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Your precocious nephew is always on his parents’ iPad. Hand over the Speck iGuy Cover so he can easily watch movies with this freestanding device ($40, amazon.com).


The high school friend

The high school friend

Modern Family: The Complete Second Season

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You and your high school bud see yourselves in Gloria and Claire. Help her relive the moments anytime with Modern Family: The Complete Second Season ($45, target.com).


Your tech-savvy younger brother

Your tech-savvy younger brother

X-treme Geek Waterproof iPod Boombox

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If your techie bro goes for the latest gizmos, surprise him with the X-treme Geek Waterproof iPod Boombox—and never be labeled “uncool” again ($32, jcpenney.com).


Your mentor

Your mentor

Paddywax Tangerine Clove Diffuse

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Offer a bit of calm to the mentor who helped you keep your cool in many a workplace crisis with the scent-sational Paddywax Tangerine Clove Diffuser ($28, paddywax.com).


The middle schooler niece

The middle schooler niece

TKO Slap Watch

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Like so many tweens, she goes for anything she can strap on her arms. Win cool aunt points by giving your niece the TKO Slap Watch ($55, gifts.com).


The carpool mom

The carpool mom

Uglydoll Babo Ceramic Cookie Jar

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Show the nice mom who picks up your kid after school—and brings him homemade cookies—how thankful you are with the Uglydoll Babo Ceramic Cookie Jar ($30, amazon.com).


The helpful kid down the block

The helpful kid down the block

iLuv Sound Cubes

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Young Steven from down the street has been mowing your lawn for years. Surprise this alternativerock lover with the sound quality of the iLuv Sound Cubes iSP160 ($40, i-luv.com).


Your gadget-loving guy

Your gadget-loving guy

Quirky Switch Pocket Knife

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Any hands-on, tool-toting partner is sure to be grateful for the Quirky Switch Pocket Knife ($60, amazon.com).


Your neat-freak colleague

Your neat-freak colleague

Patterned Power Strips

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Perfect for your neat-as-a-pin cubemate, these Patterned Power Strips will keep her space pretty and pristine ($15, containerstore.com).


Your kids' grandparents

Your kids' grandparents

Photo Coasters

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With a personalized treat like these Photo Coasters, doting Grandma and Grandpa will always have their eye on your kids ($20/set of 4, shutterfly.com).


Your babysitter

Your babysitter

Towne & Reese Harper Necklac

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The Towne & Reese Harper Necklace will thrill your kids’ favorite sitter ($50, shop queenstreet.com).


Your good neighbor

Your good neighbor

Cindy Crawford Style Mercury Glass Hurricane

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You’ve suffered power outages together, so gift your neighbors with a Cindy Crawford Style Mercury Glass Hurricane ($20, jcpenney.com).


Your mother-in-law

Your mother-in-law

NOOK Simple Touch Reader

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The small but powerful NOOK Simple Touch Reader will introduce your magazine-loving mother-in-law to the power of e-book technology ($139, bn.com).

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