29 Holiday Gifts Made To Please Your Difficult Mom

Every year, we run through a frustratingly familiar line of questioning with our moms: “What do you want for [insert holiday/birthday/gift-giving occasion] this year?” And, every 365 days, the answer is the same: "Oh, I don’t really need anything.” Mo-om! Why are you so difficult to shop for? As a person who’s spent her life doing things for other people, she may not have her personal wish list at the ready. Plus, her taste is so specific — you’ve discovered many a previous year’s present collecting dust in a basement cabinet or stashed, still shrink-wrapped, in a dresser drawer. When it comes to the hard-to-crack giftees in your life, we will happily rise to the challenge — and the holidays are one of our qualifying Olympian events.
Using our vast knowledge of the present-scape, we put on our “ungiftable” hats and combed the internet for inventive and useful holiday-ready tokens that have your impossible-to-shop-for mom’s name written all over them. Whether it’s an ultra-cozy organic cotton coatigan, a candle reminiscent of her favorite plant, or a DIY wine kit, there’s a crowd-pleasing present ahead that will pass muster with your tough mother.
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