One of the hardest people to shop for is your boyfriend/girlfriend’s mother.  I mean who doesn’t want their significant other’s family to love them? Whether you’ve been dating for a month, a year or 5 years it’s never easy to pick a gift for the person you want to impress the most.


1) Soap Sets 

Soap Sets are great options for those who don’t know their significant other’s mother very well.  Luxury soaps are perfect for them to use themselves or to put around the house.  L’occitane has beautiful sets ranging in price and amount of pieces that are packaged for you.  For a more personal use product, Laura Mercier’s soaps and creams smell divine.

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L’Occitane Fragrant Lavender Collection Set, $79.00:,19,1,89283,1288734.htm#s=85993

Laura Mercier Vanille Luxe Body Collection, $80.00é/luxe-indulgences-ambre-vanillé-luxe-body-collection-12704601.html?cgid=cat550001


2) Candles 

Candles are another option especially if you are newly together with your significant other or you don’t know his/her mom very well.  Who doesn’t love candles?  Jo Malone and Dyptique are two of the best brands making candles and are therefore impeccable for this occasion (or any occasion).  Both brands offer holiday scents, so if you are looking to give a Christmas specific gift, these are excellent, as are their classic scent such as Jo Malones’ Lime Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir and Orange Blossom as well as Dyptiques’ Baies, Figuier, Feu de Bois and Vanille.

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Diptyque Amande Exquise Candle Limited Edition, $98.00:—Limited-Edition/p/4310907433

Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Home Candle, $88.00:—Limited-Edition/p/4310991536


3) Makeup Sets 

For the make up loving mom, cosmetic companies always have great limited editions for the holidays including lipstick sets and particularly luxury sets. Pat McGrath Labs, Dior and Tom ford all have stunning small sets.

Tom Ford 3-piece Lipstick Set, $132.00:

Pat McGrath Lust Lipstick Trio, $32.00:


4) Silk Pillow Case and Eye Mask

Silk is known to be the best material to sleep on for both your skin and your hair.  Although this can be a bit pricey it is a luxury that any mother would appreciate.  Self care items are always an amazing gift idea.

Sephora Silk Pillow Case, $128.00:

Sephora Silk Sleep Mask, $58.00


5) Slippers

These are always a great idea. They’re a cozy present that most people love to wear in their house and Ugg has plenty of options for the thoughtful gift of cozy feet.

UGG Australia Genuine Shearling Slipper, $167.00:

UGG Scuffette Slipper, $105.00:


6) Side dishes/ Small Trays

This is a gift that you don’t often think of, but they are perfect and can even double as a gift for his/her father as well.  Home style purchases are difficult as everyone has their own vision for the style of their home but a small side tray/ dish is a gift that doesn’t need to be completely style specific.  Two beautiful options are Jonathan Adler trays and Fornasetti trays.  They are both well made and provide options in different styles and colour ways that can match any home.

Johnathan Adler Rectangle Tray, $90.00:

Fornasetti Astrology Dish, $424.00:


7) Scarves

Living in Canada, a Scarf is a thoughtful Christmas gift, not only is it practical and necessary but they can be oh so cute.  With millions of options from classic to modern a few great options are Burberry’s classic check scarf and Wilfred’s classic wool scarf.  Both of these options come in many different colour ways so depending on how well you know his/her mother’s taste you can pick her favourite colour that you’ve spotted her wearing or pick a classic neutral.

Burberry Classic Check Cashmere Scarf, $550.00

Aritzia/Wilfred Classic Wool Scarf, $88.00


8) Luxury Cosmetic Bags are a wonderful gift idea for any woman, this is a little treat that most people wouldn’t purchase for themselves.  You can find these at all price points, some options are Louis Vuitton cosmetic cases, Kate spade, and Ted Baker.

Louis Vuitton GM Damier Cosmetic Case, $580.00:

Kate Spade Cosmetic Case, $68.00:

Ted Baker Cosmetics Bag, $69.00:


9) Jewellery Box 

For the mom who has it all, a Jewellery Box can hold her excessive amount of stuff and probably some of the jewellery she will be getting over the holidays.  You can find these anywhere and at any price point.

Silver Plated Jewellery Box, $177.00:

10) Home Décor

Picture frames and coffee table books are also wonderful gifts for mom’s, if you know what she is into buying a coffee table book is perfect, it shows you listen and makes a beautiful display in their home.  Picture frames are ideal because who wouldn’t love a frame to put a picture of their kids in?

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Additional Last-Minute Gift Ideas: 

Wine, candy, chocolates and flowers are also great gift options.

Flowers are a classic item to bring over on Christmas Day or any day you are celebrating the holidays together. Chocolates from Godiva are delicious and thoughtful, and perfect for any chocolate lover. Candy from Sugarfina is an impressive candy gift due to their beautiful holiday packaging and luxurious look. For any wine lover, a bottle of wine is great but going the extra mile could include a wine decanter, a bottle stopper or a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of wine. Lastly, gift cards to their favourite store, spa, nail salon or hair salon are also thoughtful gifts.

Any of these gifts are sure to please and make a lasting impression and maybe help you get an invitation back for next Christmas!


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