24 Thoughtful, Useful Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom Friends of All Ages

If you’re looking for some really awesome Christmas gift ideas for mom friends, then you’ve come to the right place!

As a busy mom and advocate for thoughtful, yet useful gifts, I came up with a list of Christmas gift ideas for mom friends that I either own and/or would love to receive. And below I’m sharing it with you!

These mom gifts could work for women of all ages.

A great majority of them are under $20, and many of them are consumable Christmas gifts!

Scroll down to see and shop this carefully curated gift guide for moms!

A collage with Christmas gift ideas for mom friends including a Stanley tumbler, satin pillowcase, and Amazon belt bag.

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Good Book

A good book makes the perfect Christmas gift for mom friends who love to read! Find something that you think they’d like, and write a sweet message on the inside to make it extra personal.

Guided Journal

I especially love the concept behind Tell Me Your Life Story, Mom: A Mother’s Guided Journal and Memory Keepsake Book. It’s an extra special gift because it’s something your mom friend could pass down to her children, allowing them to really get to know their own mother once they’re older.

Personalized Mama Sweatshirt

I actually sell some personalized mama sweatshirts over in my Etsy shop! The best part about them, in my opinion, is that they’re keepsakes. They’re one of those Christmas ideas for mom friends that will actually get used for a long time. That’s what my Etsy shop, The Joyful Co., is all about!

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Luxe Candle

You can never really go wrong with a candle! I love the soy candles made by Sweet Water Decor. You can buy them on Amazon, and they have several different jars and scents to choose from. I love that because it allows you to match the candle to your mom friend’s home aesthetic. It’s a more personalized touch!

Coffee Mug Warmer

If you’re a coffee-drinking mom, you know how impossible it can be to get through an entire hot cup of coffee in one sitting. I know I put mine in the microwave at least once a day because of constant interruptions.

That said, a coffee mug warmer is one of those useful gifts that keeps on giving! You just plug it in and use it as you would a coaster. It’ll keep your surfaces clean and your coffee hot.

Air Fryer

Air friers make great gifts because they give busy moms back some of their time! They are key for quick meals. I honestly don’t know how we lived without ours.

While you can find air fryers at a variety of price points, I highly recommend the Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 8 qt, 2-Basket Air Fryer with DualZone Technology if you can swing it. You can air fry two dishes at once (like an entree and a side) and time them up to finish at the same time. It’s definitely a higher price point, but it’s sure to be put to good use.

DIY Gift Basket

With a little creativity, DIY gift baskets can make really unique gifts. And they make great Christmas gift ideas for mom friends because you can buy items in bulk to build a bunch of them on the cheap.

If you want to DIY a gift basket for the moms on your list this holiday season, this post will give you some good ideas: This is How to Make Awesome Gift Baskets for Women (On a Budget).

But if you don’t want to DIY, you could always buy a pre-made gift basket on Etsy.

Dainty Gold Earrings

This is one of the best gifts you can give to new moms as babies and infants tend to pull at dangly earrings like hoops. I personally love my Fantasy Stud Earrings from Uncommon James. I also love Gorjana jewelry – the quality is fabulous for the price points!

Daily Planner

I use a daily planner to document my daily routine, appointments, and other commitments. I personally use and love the Erin Condren Life Planner, but even Target has great options! Regardless, I think this is a gift every mom would find to be handy.

Weekly Planner Notepad

Weekly planner notepads are the perfect gift for moms managing schedules for multiple family members. With one she can lay out everyone’s activities, commitments, etc. for the week ahead so everyone’s on the same page.

Belt Bag

The famous Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag is one of those affordable luxury gift ideas that’s guaranteed to surprise and delight. But if you can’t get your hands on one, Athleta’s Revive Convertible Waistbag is very similar.

Amazon also has some well-rated belt bag options under $20, and they come in TONS of colors.


The Stanley Tumbler is majorly trending right now, so that’s another one of those Christmas gift ideas for mom friends that would absolutely wow. They sell out quickly, but as I write this they are currently stocked – so run if you want one!

As an alternative, I love my Reduce 40 oz. tumbler from Target. I bought them for my parents, too, and we all use them daily.

Satin Heatless Curling Set

As I write this, the Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set has over 400 reviews and is rated 5 stars! That’s how you know it’s good. It makes achieving beautiful, heatless waves virtually effortless. And it’s under $20!

Satin Pillowcase

Even more impressive, the Kitsch Satin Pillowcase is rated 5 stars and currently has over 7K reviews!! It’s designed to prevent frizz, hair damage, and even reduce breakouts. Multiple colors, prints, and sizes are available. And it’s under $20, too!

Family Adventure Book

I happened upon these family adventure books at Kohls, and I think they’re such a great idea! They prompt you to go on and document a random adventure with your family. I mean what is better than the gift of time? This is truly such a special experience gift!

PS: If you’re looking for experience gift for kids, check out this post: 50+ Awesome and Affordable Experience Gifts for Kids.

Family Tree Bracelet

These family tree bracelets have birthstone charms reflecting the birth month for every child. You could add one for her significant other, too.

Name Necklace

Similar to the family tree bracelet, a name necklace can be customized with the names or initials of her kid(s). I think a dainty name necklace is best as it can be used for everyday wear.

Heated Neck Wrap and Eye Pillow

This heated neck wrap and eye pillow make a great relaxation gift for mom, and the Etsy seller that makes this particular set allows you to choose from several fabrics and scents for personalization.

Hat Clip

A hat clip is great for the mom who loves to travel.

There’s a lot to carry through the airport when you’re traveling with kids. So much so that on our last few vacations I’ve opted to not bring my sun hats just not to deal with them.

But with a hat clip you can carry hats through the airport without needing extra hands.

And these are sold in bulk, so they’re SUPER affordable little gifts!

Beauty Product Gift Set

You can get products she loves or a set that allows her to try a bunch of new ones! Either way, the holiday season brings so many fun beauty product gift sets to market, and I know I’ve never been disappointed when receiving one.

My personal favorite is the Sephora Favorites Gift Set! It comes with a bunch of popular products in miniature sizes. I like buying this to test new products. But I also love buying it to have high-quality, travel-sized products on hand for our trips.

Press on Nails or Nail Stickers

While I’m all about moms taking time for themselves, sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the nail salon. A nice set of press on nails or nail stickers are great to have in case of an emergency!

While I’ve tried a lot of different press on nail sets and stickers, my favorite have been the Ohora Semi-Cured Gel Strips. The stay on longer than press on nails for me, and they’re easier for me to apply.

I will say, though, I have family members that swear by Impress Press on Nails. I think my nail beds are just too round, so the edges lift on me.

But my sister-in-law and niece wear them constantly and for weeks at a time. So if you’re wanting a press on solution, I do think they’re worth a try!

Portable Charger

This is one of those great gift ideas for moms on the go!

Keep her from having to hunt down a charger AND outlet while waiting in the karate lobby or at the gymnastics meet. With a portable charging port, she’ll be able to charge her phone wherever she finds a seat.

Cell Phone Strap With Kickstand

One of the best Christmas gifts a mom can get is time with her family. But let’s be honest, she’s rarely ever in the pictures because she’s the one always taking them!

A cell phone strap with a kickstand can totally eliminate that problem.

Your mom friend will be able to take secure cell phone selfies using the strap. And when she wants to take bigger group shots she can use the kickstand and her phone timer to do so!

Cell Phone Tripod

If your mom friend really loves taking pictures – and being in them – a cell phone tripod could be a better idea. This will allow her to set up a shot anywhere, without having to find a table or ledge to prop her phone up onto.

There are so many great cell phone tripods at Walmart. I recommend finding one with a bluetooth remote so you don’t have to mess with using a timer. It’s much easier!

I hope this post helped you find some Christmas gift ideas for mom friends that you’re extra excited about!

For an extra thoughtful touch, be sure to pair your gift(s) with a note including a kind or inspiring message.

If you have any questions or additional ideas, please drop them in the comments. But no links, please, as they will not be published.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.

Do your best today!


A collage with Christmas gift ideas for mom friends including a coffee warmer, Erin Condren Life Planner, and Amazon belt bag.