34 gift ideas for mom that she'll really love ... and actually use

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Finding the perfect gift for mom is a challenge! Not only can they be picky (sorry, Mom), but you probably already got your mom a gift Mother's Day and her birthday, so ideas might be running thin.

That's why we put together this list of some of our favorite must-have gifts for one of the most important women in your life this Christmas.

  • 1. Fitbit Versa Smartwatch, $200, Amazon

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Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

Also available at Walmart , Target and other major retailers.

New Fitbits are here! Mom can reach her fitness and health goals in no time with this pretty smartwatch. It tracks heart rate, exercise and sleep stages to provide actionable insights. Plus, it works with Windows, Android and iPhones and the battery is meant to last four days or more.

Bathtub Tray

It's going to be really hard not to buy one for yourself. This bamboo bath caddy comes with adjustable arms, a smartphone slot, a wine glass holder and a book stand. Imagine how much "me" time mom can get with this little treasure!

  • 3. Gaiam Cargo Yoga Mat Bag, $15, Walmart

Gaiam Cargo Yoga Mat Bag, Tree of Wisdom

Any zen mom would love this yoga bag from Gaiam to carry her mat to the studio. It's also a great size for toting around any oddly shaped items. And, if she needs a brand new mat for all those downward dogs, check out the Cap Fitness Yoga Mat — it's only seven bucks!

  • 4. Oster Wine Opener, $30, Amazon

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, "You're great," try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, "Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience."

Oster Wine Opener

If your mom loves wine but has a harder time with corkscrews, this is the gift for her! This cordless wine opener easily uncorks bottles with the click of a button. Plus it comes with a stainless steel chiller to keep her pinot cool.

Mama Bear Necklace

This precious 18-inch chain features a sterling silver mama bear with up to four bears in tow. It's the ideal necklace for a proud and brave mama! This is one of TODAY Contributor Julie Loffredi's favorite gift picks this holiday.

  • 6. Kate Spade 'Heart of Gold' Bracelet, $28 (usually $32), Amazon

Kate Spade "Heart of Gold" Bangle Bracelet

If your mom really does have a heart of gold, gift her this bracelet as a reminder and a thank you.

  • 7. Kendra Scott Tessa Earrings, $65, Nordstrom

Kendra Scott Gold Stud Earrings

These sparkly studs are perfect for a mom's night out or for a day at the office. Complete the look with the Elisa Pendant Necklace ($60-65) if you're feeling like splurging.

  • 8. Heart Pendant Necklace, $31, Walmart

Sterling Silver and 18K Gold Plate Crystal Border "Mom Is The Heart Of Our Family" Heart Pendant

This 18-inch sterling silver and 18-karat gold plated necklace will fill any mom or grandmother's heart with love. The inscription makes this piece of jewelry extra special.

  • 9. Domenica Fiore Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $40, Amazon

Domenica Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If she's all about playing around in the kitchen, a good olive oil will be key to her arsenal. This Domenica extra virgin olive oil is totally addictive and will surely surprise the family with new and tasty experiences. Trust us, good olive oil tastes different!

  • 10. Krups Air Fryer, $90, Amazon

KRUPS Air Fryer with Adjustable Temperature

Fry little oil or even without oil? Yup. This air fryer promises to make crispy french fries, veggies and chicken in minutes. Mom will love how easy it is to make her favorite family meals. Plus, its healthy too!

  • 11. Oster Hand Mixer with HeatSoft, $99, Amazon

Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with Heatsoft

This smart mixer melts butter in seconds with heat technology. It's great for last-minute baking projects! Plus, it's easy to clean since it's dishwasher safe.

  • 12. The Instant Pot Cookbook, $9, Walmart

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

If your mom already has an Instant Pot — or is getting one this year (wink) — this cookbook is filled with easy recipes.

Plan not-so-random acts of kindness. Kids need to know that helping others is an everyday practice, not a visit-a-soup-kitchen-at-the-holidays grand gesture. Challenge yours to complete small tasks every week, like throwing away another kid's trash at lunch or raking a neighbor's lawn. Training your children to focus on others helps curb entitlement. "Gratitude becomes woven into who they are," says Jeffrey J. Froh, a coauthor of Making Grateful Kids.

  • 13. Instant Pot Pioneer Woman, $99, Walmart

Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60 Vintage Floral 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute, Steamer, and Warmer

If Mom loves florals as much as she loves cooking, check out this pretty pot by Ree Drummond aka Food Network's Pioneer Woman.

  • 14. "Joy's Simple Food Remedies," by Joy Bauer, $14, Amazon

"Joy's Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever's Ailing You," by Joy Bauer

Does Mom love cooking healthy meals for the family? This beautiful book by TODAY health expert Joy Bauer offers recipes to heal everyday ailments, highlighting five power foods.

For other great books to give this holiday season, check out where to buy our favorites.

  • 15. Mom Coffee Cup, $15, Amazon

Mom Coffee Cup

Remind mom how special she is with every sip. This coffee cup comes in a nice gift box too.

  • 16. Heys Marble Spinner, $144, Amazon

Heys America Marble 26" Spinner

Mom will look stylish and stay organized on her next trip with this carry-on from Heys. The lightweight luggage piece is easy to haul around whether by plane, train or automobile.

  • 17. Tempur-Pedic Pillow , $90 for Queen, Amazon

Tempur-Pedic Pillow

Is Mom in desperate need of a great night's sleep? This pillow, which is filled with Tempur microcushions, comfortably cradles your head and neck. No more tossing and turning at bedtime!

UGG Fleece Lined Socks

Mom's piggies will always be warm this winter, thanks to this pair of cozy fleece socks. Bonus: The fuzzy pompom ties look adorable and they come in four colors.

  • 19. Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Weekender Legging, $108, Zappos

Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Weekender Legging

Similar available at Lilly Pulitzer .

Athletic moms — and moms who simply love being comfortable all day — will feel stylish in a pair of these Luxletic Weekender leggings by Lilly Pulitzer.

  • 20. Dogeared "Amazing Mom" Necklace, $68, Amazon

Dogeared Amazing Mom Necklace

Show your own "amazing mom" some love with this gorgeous necklace featuring a pearl disc at the center.

  • 21. Fortune & Frame Flowered Vines Locket, $82, QVC

Fortune & Frame Locket

The locket covered in flowered vines is one of our favorites! The best part? You can leave a special love note inside for mom to find.

Tackle fears with common sense. If she's scared of dogs, don't hustle her across the street when one is coming. Demystify the fear. ("Oh, a puppy! Let's ask the owner if we can feel how soft his fur is.") In tense moments—shots come to mind—be sympathetic but not too emotional, says Atlanta-area pediatrician Roy Benaroch. Say, "It will be OK. It will be over in a few minutes," not, "I know—it hurts! It hurts!"

  • 22. Drybar Glitter Gang, $215, Sephora

Drybar Glitter Gang

This Glitter Gang kit is packed with everything mom needs to create a beautiful Drybar-inspired blowout at home.

For a more affordable option, check out these great hair products.

  • 23. T3 SinglePass Compact Flat Iron, $89, Amazon

T3 SinglePass Compact Iron

From straightening to curling, the SinglePass Compact offers full styling capability for a mom on-the-go. If you want a more powerful option, the larger T3 SinglePass goes for $180 at Sephora .

  • 24. Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set, $15, Amazon

Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set

If your mom loves to take warm baths on cold winter nights, this bath bomb set is for her. They are extra fizzy and come in six different fragrances from lavender to moonlight rose. Now, that's a treat!

  • 25. Dafni Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush, $50 (originally $60), Amazon

Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush

As seen on "The Check Out," this ceramic hair straightening brush can help a busy mom get a salon-worthy style in minutes.

  • 26. Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker, $69, Walmart

Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot recently launched new Express Multi-Cookers in 4-quart and 8-quart sizes. They can make everything from hard-boiled eggs to chicken dishes and cooked rice. Mom will love to know she can whip up a meal in less than 30 minutes.

  • 27. KitchenAid Limited Edition 5 Quart Mixer, $400, Walmart

KitchenAid Limited Edition 100 Year Heritage Artisan Series 5 Quart Mixer

This holiday season, splurge on a limited-edition misty blue mixer. Mom will love that this kitchen tool is full of power — it can mix up to nine dozen cookies at once!

  • 28. Ninja Blender, $90, Amazon

Ninja Blender

This powerful blender only rings in at $90 and has an impressive, 1000-watt motor that can handle fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.

  • 29. Vitamix Disc Container, $132, Amazon

Vitamix 065421 Aer Disc Container, 48 oz, Clear

If mom already splurged on a Vitamix blender , this accessory is a must. Use it to mix cocktails and drinks (without crushing ice) and master culinary tricks like whipping, foaming and muddling.

  • 30. illy Y3.2 iperEspresso and Coffee Machine, $150-199, Amazon

illy Y3.2 iperEspresso and Coffee Machine, Black

On a cold day, Mom will be thrilled to make a one-touch espresso or cup of coffee with her new stylish illy machine.

  • 31. Amazon Echo Dot, $50, Amazon

Echo Dot

The new Amazon Echo (3rd generation) is here! This voice-controlled virtual assistant is a gift your mom will adore. Ask Alexa to check the weather, read the news, control your lights or play songs.

  • 32. AncestryDNA, $78 (usually $99), Amazon

AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing

Also available at Ancestry .

AncestryDNA will give mom a look inside her family tree and give her the chance to connect with relatives and learn more about her ancestral past.

  • 33. 23andMe, $20 (usually $30), Walmart

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early: When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why.

23andMe Personal Genetic Service

Also available on Amazon .

Since last Christmas, 23andMe upgraded its genetic test. In addition to genealogy, mom can also discover quirky genetic traits like whether she likes cilantro, attracts mosquitos or hates the sound of people chewing. Cool, huh?

  • 34. Amazon.com $50 Gift Card in a Greeting Card, $50, Amazon

Amazon.com $50 Gift Card

Finally, if you are still stuck on what to give Mom this holiday, a gift card to her favorite online marketplace is always a winner!

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