60 Gifts to Give Every Type of Mom

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This Mother's Day, give your mom a gift she'll love. Here are a few of our suggestions for gifts for every type of mom, from coffee lovers to skincare enthusiasts to Doctor Who fanatics.

For Moms Who Love to Cook

1. Anatomy of a Cheese Plate Dish Towel; $18

A dish towel with an illustration of cheeses and a cutting board on it

Jodi Kostelnik, UncommonGoods

This dish towel is a must-have for cheese lovers and party hosts. It "highlights everything you need for a successful fromage experience, from 'something sweet' to 'share and enjoy.'"

Find it: UncommonGoods

2. Mason Jar Herb Garden; $20

Mason jars with herbs growing out of them on a windowsill

Sarah Burrows and Nick Behr, UncommonGoods

These mason jars are a cute way to grow herbs. Simply add water and find a nice sunny spot for the plants to grow—the jars have an interior hydroponic system that makes sure the plants get the right amount of moisture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

3. Chop Wizard; $25

A Chop Wizard with an onion in it near a tomato, a red bell pepper, a carrot, and a stalk of celery

Vidalia Chop Wizard, Amazon

If your mom is looking to save some time in the kitchen, this device will make quick work of dicing up onions, peppers, or any other vegetable in need of chopping.

Find it: Amazon

4. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; $20

The cover of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'

Simon & Schuster, Amazon

If your mom was a big fan of Netflix's Salt Fat Acid Heat with chef Samin Nosrat, give her the cookbook that started it all. This innovative cookbook (which features 100 core recipes with endless spin-offs) teaches home chefs how to harness the four elements of cooking—salt, fat, acid, and heat—for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

5. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit; $35

Hot sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit comes with gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything needed to make six 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

For Moms Who Love Coffee and Tea

6. Animal-Shaped Tea Infuser Set; $17

Tea infusers shaped like a platypus, a shark, a squirrel, a monkey, and an elephant with a cup of tea

Tilevo, Amazon

These charming animal-shaped silicone devices can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked onto the side of a mug to steep. The five-piece set comes with a shark, a monkey, a platypus, an elephant, and a squirrel.

Find it: Amazon

7. Death Wish Coffee; $20

A bag of Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Coffee Co., Amazon

If your mom is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce her to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 708 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

Find it: Amazon

8. Heat-Changing Constellation Mug; $16

Two mugs showing the before and after look of the heat-changing mug with constellations on it

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This mug just shows a blank starry sky, but with a little hot liquid, constellations will appear.

Find it: Amazon

9. Blooming Tea Flowers and Teapot Set; $48


Flower Pot Tea Company, The Grommet

These tea-infused flowers blossom when they're placed in hot water, creating a beautiful (and delicious) teatime experience. Each flower is good for about three infusions, and you can choose two flavors from six options. The set comes with a glass teapot with a built-in wire filter.

Find it: The Grommet

10. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System; $180

The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System on a countertop

Ninja, Amazon

Whether your mom is a coffee snob, a tea connoisseur, or a latte lover, Ninja's all-purpose brew machine can do it all. The smart system can detect whether it's brewing tea or coffee and adjust water temperatures accordingly, can make specialty drinks with frothed milk, and can make cold brew in just a few minutes. It has a delay-brew function and can be adjusted to make everything from a single cup of coffee to a travel mug to half a carafe to a whole carafe. Though there's a cheaper glass-carafe version, both Mental Floss Editor in Chief Erin McCarthy and Associate Editor Shaunacy Ferro swear by the slightly pricier model with a thermal carafe, which can keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Find it: Amazon or Walmart

For Moms Who Are Into Wellness

11. Fitbit Inspire HR; $100

The Inspire line packs a lot of features in to a small band that doesn't take up too much wrist real estate. The sleek bracelet keeps track of heart rate, steps, and sleep patterns, among other health information. It can also guide the wearer through breathing exercises based on their heart rate, keeps track of pace and distance in real-time, and automatically recognizes different types of exercise. Oh, and it is waterproof, so it works in the swimming pool. If mom doesn't love the original band, Fitbit also makes plenty of alternative accessories that will allow her to personalize and dress up her tracker.

Find it: Fitbit

12. N.O.W. Mindfulness Tone Therapy System; $149

The N.O.W. meditation kit with speakers

Solu, The Grommet

Solu’s N.O.W. (New Origin Waveforms) meditation speakers are designed to help the user attain inner peace in a cacophonous world. The dual speakers generate calming tones that are designed to aid in focus. The relaxing tones, which never repeat, play for three minutes, then shut off automatically, giving mom the perfect moment of calm.

Find it: The Grommet

13. Running Belt; $21

A woman slides an iPhone into her running belt

Build & Fitness, Amazon

Running with a smartphone can be tricky, what with the lack of pockets. This subtle fanny pack offers a zippered belt to store items while jogging.

Find it: Amazon

14. 20-Ounce Infuser Water Bottle; $13

An infuser water bottle filled with strawberries

Young & More, Amazon

Fruits like strawberries and lemons can give water a nice little kick. This water bottle has a chamber for fruits and vegetables that give the water a refreshing taste.

Find it: Amazon

15. Doga; $4

The cover of 'Doga' shows a woman in a back bend with a dog perched on her stomach

Hamlyn, Amazon

Yoga is a lot more fun with a furry friend. This hardcover book comes with full color photographs and tutorials showing the reader how to incorporate their pets into their yoga routine.

Find it: Amazon

16. My Athlete Subscription Box; $20 to $51

If your mom loves to hit the gym, then get her a box filled with goodies that will make her workout even better. The My Athlete Box from Cratejoy is a monthly subscription service that sends out healthy snacks, apparel, and fitness and beauty products geared toward women. If your mom has a particular athletic passion, you can also choose a more tailored subscription box—Cratejoy offers subscriptions for hikers, yogis, jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, cyclists, tennis players, lifters, and more. (See the site’s full health and fitness options here.)

Find it: Cratejoy

17. Sunski Sunglassess; $58

These stylish, durable sunglasses are lightweight (they're made with polycarbonate), and, thanks to flexible arms, they stay put on your face—they won't slide down your mom's nose during a workout. They're not so expensive that mom will be kicking herself if she breaks them, but even if she does, it's not a big deal: They come with a lifetime warranty.

Find it: Sunski

18. Chacos Outcross Evo 1.5 Hiking Shoe; $115

A gray hiking shoe

Chaco, Amazon

These hiking sneakers slip on and off easily, breathe well (and dry quickly) thanks to a mesh upper, and have an antimicrobial treatment to keep them—and your mom’s feet!—from getting too stinky.

Find it: Amazon

For DIY Enthusiast Moms

19. Slice Ideal Cutting and Crafting Set; $55

A box cutter, safety cutter, precision cutter, and scissors on a craft table

Slice, The Grommet

Crafty moms will love the award-winning tools in this craft set by Slice. It includes a box cutter, a precision cutter, a safety cutter, and a pair of scissors. The unique ceramic blades never rust and stay sharper for longer than steel blades. The tools—created with the help of celebrity designers like Alfredo Muccino, Karim Rashid, Scot Herbst, Michael Graves, and Yves Behar—have built-in safety innovations that will prevent mom from slicing open her fingers while still allowing her the sharp precision she needs to cut through paper, cardboard, packing tape, and more.

Find it: The Grommet

20. Fix It Kit; $30

This vegan leather case pretty much has all the tools your mom might need to fix things around the house. The case, which comes in black or pink, contains a hammer, flashlight, long-nose pliers, tape measure, screwdriver, interchangeable handle, four sockets, 10 screwdriver bits, and a socket extension.

Find it: UncommonGoods

21. Geometric Terrarium; $20

A geometric glass terrarium with a cactus inside

NCYP, Amazon

Why give mom flowers when you can give her a DIY garden that will let her express her creative side? This 5.9-inch-tall glass geometric case can house all sorts of succulents, moss, or any other items your mom wants to pack inside.

Find it: Amazon

Note: This model is currently in low supply on Amazon. Should it sell out, we also recommend these geometric terrariums from Cost Plus World Market, which run from $20 to $40.

22. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures; $18

The cover of 'The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures'

Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon

This how-to book from Alexandra Redgrave and Jessica Hundley is designed to teach the reader how to be an expert at all of life’s tasks, from the simple (brewing the perfect cup of coffee) to the utilitarian (reading the night sky). In each of the five sections—kitchen, outdoors, home, gardening, and grooming—your mom can find numerous projects that will allow her to “experience the singular satisfaction of doing it yourself.”

Find it: Amazon

23. Beer Making Kit; $40

A beer making kit in a box next to a grain mixture that says 'Everyday IPA'

Brooklyn Brew Shop, Amazon

Beer tastes so much better when someone you know brewed it. This kit provides everything needed to create an IPA right at home. With replacement ingredients, the whole kit is reusable.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Are Skincare Obsessives

24. Conair Double-Sighted Lighted Makeup Mirror; $35

A round makeup mirror with a lighted edge

Conair, Amazon

Light-up mirrors are so helpful, your mother is going to wonder why you didn't buy her one sooner. The ring around the mirror gives off a natural hue with LED lights—with low, medium, and bright settings operated by touch control—and offers magnification that helps her see tiny details for precise makeup application. Oh, and it's great for selfie lighting, too.

Find it: Amazon

25. Nature Republic Sheet Mask Variety Pack; $9

A selection of Korean face masks in individual packages

Nature Republic, Amazon

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mom will love these luxurious pre-moistened sheet masks from Korean beauty staple Nature Republic. This variety pack comes with 10 masks in great smells like aloe, cucumber, green tea, and avocado. (If you know your mom really loves face masks, we also recommend this massive 100-pack of Korean masks for just $40.)

Find it: Amazon

26. Bath Bomb Gift Set; $27

A set of bath bombs in a gift box

LifeAround2Angels, Amazon

Bath bombs can be a pricey luxury, but this set offers 12 for just $27. The scents included are angel, black raspberry vanilla, shower, beach, kiwi strawberry, lavender, lemongrass green tea, love, mango papaya, melon ball, shea and coconut, and Victorian rose.

Find it: Amazon

27. PEACE OUT Microneedling Dark Spot Brightening Dots; $28

Not everyone can afford laser treatments to minimize dark spots caused by aging, sun, or acne. If getting a laser session for mom is out of the question, PEACE OUT’s budget-friendly alternative will make a great gift. The patch’s microneedles deliver a type of Vitamin B called nacinamide, skin-brightening licorice extract, and tranexamic acid directly into the skin; all mom has to do is press the patch, microneedle side down, onto clean skin for 10 seconds, then leave on overnight. Doing so twice over two weeks, for four treatments total, will visibly lighten dark spots.

Find it: Sephora

28. Dermalinfusion Facial; Prices Vary by Location

The freckled face of a woman who is sitting back with her eyes closed
iStock.com/PeopleImages

This skin-resurfacing treatment is so relaxing, your mom might drift off to sleep. The facial combines exfoliation and extraction while injecting serums that target conditions like aging, hyperpigmentation, congestion, and dry skin. Aestheticians run a tool equipped with an exfoliating, recessed diamond tip and pneumatic suction across the face. The tips come in various levels of abrasion and can be swapped out based on your skin type. (They can even be used under the eyes and on the lips!) Mom’s skin will be plumper—and glowing—after treatment, and she’ll get to see all the stuff that came out of her skin, which ends up in a jar she can scope out afterwards.

Find out where you can book one at EnvyMedical.

For Moms Who Love to Travel

29. Shrimp Travel Pillow; $10

A shrimp-shaped pillow

SPIRITUP, Amazon

Have a humor-loving mother who loves to fly but hates neck trouble? This neck pillow will help mid-flight naps be more comfortable—and best of all, it looks like a gigantic shrimp. For Francophiles, there's also a croissant version. (If your mom wouldn't be caught dead with plush seafood around her neck, the compact, unobtrusive Trtle travel pillow is an excellent low-key choice.)

Find it: Amazon

30. Scratch-Off World Map; $23

A scratch-off map of the world

Landmass Goods, Amazon

Travelers can mark their progress on this world map by using a coin to scratch off areas of the map after they've visited. After enough trips, the maps will turn from gold to Technicolor.

Find it: Amazon

31. Pack This! List; $7

A notepad that reads "Pack This!" at the top with checklists underneath

Knock Knock, Amazon

When packing, it's good to have a mother around to ask "did you remember to bring … ?" But who helps mothers pack? This helpful pad lists out all the usual things that someone might want to bring on a trip.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love Books

32. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy; $40

Reading in the bath is a lot easier with a place to put the book. This bamboo stand balances over the lip of the tub and even has a place for a glass of wine.

Find it: Paper Source

33. SCRATCH-OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

Like the scratch-off map, this poster lets the owner show off. The chart has 100 "essential novels" with gold covers. As your mom works her way through the books, she can scratch off the foil and reveal a new cover underneath.

Find it: Pop Chart Lab

34. Bicycle Book Ends; $65

Two bicycle-shaped book ends with four hardcover books between them

Eric Gross, UncommonGoods

These carbon steel bookends look like a bicycle, suggesting that each book is a journey.

Find it: UncommonGoods

35. Tequila Mockingbird; $12

The cover of 'Tequila Mockingbird' shows an illustrated bird perched on a martini glass

Running Press Adult, Amazon

Fans of literature and puns will be tickled by this clever book, which features cocktail recipes with names inspired by classic books. There are 65 recipes in total along with blurbs about the books' history, recipes for bar snacks, and charming illustrations.

Find it: Amazon

36. STORIARTS Book-Themed Infinity Scarf; $48

An infinity scarf with text all over it

STORIARTS, The Grommet

Whether your mom is a fan of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl, or Louisa May Alcott, STORIARTS has the scarf for her. The literary-themed jersey cotton infinity scarves come in a variety of colors and fonts designed to match the text it celebrates, from “The Raven” to “A Tale of Two Cities, to The Little Prince.

Find it: The Grommet

For High-Tech Moms

37. Tile Bluetooth Tracking Tags; $40 for Four

Tile trackers sitting in a tray inside a wallet and attached to a keychain.

Tile, Amazon

Save your mom the trouble of searching for missing belongings with tracking devices for her keychain and wallet. Tile trackers connect to the an app via Bluetooth so that the user can easily locate them. The combo pack comes with two Tile Mate keychain trackers and two Tile Slim trackers designed to be slipped into a wallet or bag or stuck to a laptop.

Find it: Amazon or Tile

38. Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera; $69

A Fujifilm instant camera on a table with several printed photos

Fujifilm, Amazon

This fun, brightly colored camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cubicle or on the fridge. The four-piece starter bundle comes with enough film for 10 prints, a carrying case, a strap, and batteries.

Find it: Amazon

39. ECHO DOT; $50

The Echo Dot is the perfect virtual assistant for all your smart home needs. Moms just need to say "Alexa," and they can turn smart devices off and on, order pizza, or call a cab.

Find it: Amazon

40. Oculus Go VR Headset; $200

A light gray Oculus Go headset

Oculus, Amazon

Proof that we're living in the future: Virtual reality is now a thing, and it's relatively affordable. This lightweight headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment, playing 360 degree games, videos, and images. It has social features that allow users to watch movies together, play a game, or meet up in virtual reality—get one for yourself, too, so you and mom can get some face-to-face time when you're far from home.

Find it: Amazon or Best Buy

For Audiophile Moms

41. DOSS Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $27

A portable speaker on a table with people eating pizza and drinking beer in the background

DOSS, Amazon

Give mom the gift of some sweet tunes with this Bluetooth speaker. Though runs for less than $30 on Amazon, it punches above its weight in terms of sound quality. It offers impressive stereo sound and enhanced bass on the move. With 12 hours of battery time and a weight of just over 1 pound, it's perfect for the park, the camp ground, or a backyard barbeque.

Find it: Amazon

42. Record Player Briefcase; $37


Moms can take tunes on the go with this record player hidden in a briefcase. The baby blue device comes a with a 3-speed vinyl record player and mp3 player that takes USB and auxiliary inputs.

Find it: Amazon

43. Music Transposition Ring; $17

This ring comes with a music transposition chart that can be kept on hand at all times. The lovely homage to music theory is both fashionable and practical.

Find it: UncommonGoods

44. JBL Noise-Cancelling Headphones; $200

A pair of black wireless headphones

JBL, Amazon

As much as your mom loves you and your family, she probably needs some peace and quiet occasionally. Give her the ability to tune out the chaos of the world with sound-cancelling wireless headphones. These wireless JBL headphones boast Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility and 30 hours of battery life, and were one of CNET's best noise-cancelling headphones for 2019.

Find it: Amazon

For Geeky Moms

45. Doctor Who Cookbook; $12

The cover of the 'Doctor Who' cookbook

Harper Design, Amazon

Have a Whovian for a mother? Now she can make all kinds of meals and treats loosely based on the popular franchise. The cookbook comes with 40 time-bending recipes to try.

Find it: Amazon

46. Beaker Salt and Pepper Shakers; $30

Two salt and pepper shakers shaped like glass beakers with cork stoppers

MOD, Amazon

These beaker-shaped salt and peppers shakers make cooking feel like the science it is.

Find it: Amazon

47. Solar Orbit Necklace; $10-$24

Deck your mom out in jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch sterling silver or brass chain comes with the sun, Mercury, Venus, the moon, Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and of course Pluto.

Find it: ThinkGeek

48. Mother of Dragons Stemless Wine Glass; $15

A tapered stemless glass with the Targaryen Sigil on it

HBO

If you and your siblings ever acted up, your mom might have felt like a mother of dragons. Get her this set of stemless wine glasses with the Targaryen sigil as a nod to her patience.

Find it: HBO

For Moms Who Love Animals

49. Custom Pet Portrait; $169

Three pet portraits

My Pooch Face, The Grommet

Your mom may already have at least one studio portrait of you hanging at home. Now, give her the chance to celebrate your pet sibling(s) in the same way. Send in a photo of your mom's dog or cat (or any other pet species) to My Pooch Face and an artist will render them in loving color, either in natural hues or with a pop of extra rainbow flair. The portraits are printed with archival-quality ink and paper and mounted on a 1-inch display that begs to be given prime placement around the house. If your mom has multiple beloved pets, you can upgrade to a portrait of two animals for $279. As one reviewer notes, "Don’t give it a second thought. Order your Pooch face product and be amazed!"

Find it: The Grommet

50. Boston Terrier Umbrella; $26

A clear umbrella with a black-and-white design of two French bulldogs on it

SMATI, Amazon

This umbrella has a bubble shape that allows your mom to protect her face from oncoming rain. It's clear so she can still see while walking, but is adorned with two fun illustrations of Boston terriers. (There is also a cat version.)

Find it: Amazon

51. Pet DNA Test; $95

A cat stands next to the DNA test
Basepaws

If your mom is a proud cat lady, she'll love getting the opportunity to learn even more about her furry friend. Basepaws, which calls itself the world's first cat DNA test, helps users learn about their cat's breed origins and other genetic information. Mom just needs to send in a little bit of her cat's hair, mail it in, and wait for the result. (If your mom is a dog person, there is a test for that, too.)

Find it: Basepaws (Save 15 percent with the code MEOWRCH-I5W3RH)

For Moms Who Are Art Connoisseurs

52. Frida Kahlo Doll; $19

A doll modeled after Frida Kahlo

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This 11-inch-tall plus doll of painter Frida Kahlo is clad in a traditional Mexican dress and has a little monkey on her shoulder. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Little Thinkers series also features plush versions of other artists, like Andy Warhol, as well as historic luminaries in fields like science, politics, psychology, and more.

Find it: Amazon

53. Vigvog Art Socks; $17

Eight pairs of socks decorated with images of the Mona Lisa, the Statue of Liberty, and more

VIGVOG, Amazon

This set comes with eight pairs of socks, all dedicated to different pieces of artwork. Your mom's feet will love paying homage to the classics.

Find it: Amazon

54. Starry Night Puzzle; $20

A puzzle box with a reproduction of 'Starry Night' on the cover

EuroGraphics, Amazon

Van Gogh's Starry Night makes for a surprisingly good puzzle. This 1000-piece jigsaw promises a great family night trying to reconstruct the classic painting.

Find it: Amazon

55. Garden of Earthly Delights Figurine; $49

A figurine of the Devil On Night Chair from Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights'

Parastone, Amazon

Action figures aren't just for kids—moms will love them too, especially when they're modeled after classic paintings. Amazon has a whole collection of nefarious characters from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Find it: Amazon

56. The Scream Bandages; $6

A tin of bandages designed to look like 'The Scream'

Archie McPhee, Amazon

Most moms of younger kids have a few bandages hiding up their sleeves in case one of their children gets hurt. Arm your mom with special bandages featuring The Scream. There are 15 large strips in each tin (plus a free prize).

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love the Classics

57. Flowers

Purple flowers against a white wood background
iStock.com/Chiociolla

If you want to keep it traditional, you can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. The Bouqs is a wonderful flower company that gets its supplies from eco-friendly farms. You can order ahead or use their same-day delivery option.

Find it: The Bouqs

58. ScentBird Perfume Subscription; $15 and up per month

Mail your mom a fresh bottle of her signature scent with the ScentBird subscription service. There are over 450 different fragrances to choose from, all of which come in .27 ounce bottles.

Find it: ScentBird

59. Harry and David Gift Baskets

A Mother's Day gift basket filled with cheese, cookies, and more
Harry and David's Mother's Day gift basket

Harry and David has long been a favorite destination for family gifts. After all, who can resist their chocolate covered fruits or their sea salt caramels? And if your mom doesn't have a sweet tooth, the company offers gift baskets with things like coffee, wine, and other food items. The company's Mother's Day gift basket starts at $89.

Find it: Harry and David

60. Handy Home Cleaning Services

Sometimes, the simplest gifts can be the best. Give your mom the peace of mind of coming home to a spotless house by hiring a cleaning service. (Perhaps one that can arrive while you're taking her out for Mother's Day brunch?) Just tell Handy the size of her space, any extra tasks you'd like the cleaner to perform—we suggest upgrading to an oven cleaning and a fridge scrubbing—and preferred time, and the service will send over a cleaning professional. If you truly want to win Mother's Day, you can set mom up with a recurring appointment. (Or at lesat get her an autonomous robot vacuum.)

Find it: Handy

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A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

8 Fun Bookmarks to Keep Your Place

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iStock

Why settle for a torn piece of paper or receipt when you can have something way more exciting? These bookmarks are for readers who want to add some extra whimsy to their reading routine.

1. Sprouts; $12.50

These ingenious silicone markers don’t work like normal bookmarks. Shaped like adorable sprouts, they fit inside your book and mark the exact line you’re at on the page. Because they’re made with a flexible material, you can close the book easily with the sprout inside and it will spring back to shape when you open the book again. The sprouts come in sets of six. For a little luck, check out the four-leaf clover iteration.

Find it: Amazon

2. Butterflies; $10


If you've ever wanted to have a real Disney princess moment, consider buying these bookmarks, which will make it look like butterflies have perched on your books. The set comes with 10 pieces in a variety of designs.

Find it: Amazon

3. Crocodile; $13

These clever placeholders create the illusion that a crocodile is lurking on top of your book. When you lift up this intimidating bookmark, it shows the reptile’s sharp teeth, warning others not to dare lose your place. (If mammals are more your style, there is also a hippo option.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Lamp; $13

Let this lamp-shaped bookmark illuminate where you left off. The lamp shape sits on top of the book while the yellow light-beam fits snuggly between the pages. It comes in three colors: white, red, and gray.

Find it: Amazon

5. Literary Feet; $24

Remember that scene in The Wizard of Oz when the house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East and only her feet stuck out? You can recreate that iconic movie scene with a bookmark. Even better, the design isn’t restricted to just the witch: You can get all kinds of famous book character feet to stick out of your book. Just some of the literary legs available include Alice from Alice in Wonderland, a direwolf from A Song of Ice and Fire, and a magician from Harry Potter. There are also some non-book selections, like animals, ballerinas, and Yoda.

Find it: Amazon

6. Food; $30

Let some of your favorite food keep your place. The plush bookmarks feature a slice of pizza, ice cream, coffee, and an ice cream sandwich.

Find it: Amazon

7. Magnetic pals; $5

You’ll be even more motivated to read if you have a small buddy smiling at you from the side of your book. You can attach them to any place on the side of the page, so you know exactly where you are in the story.

Find it: Amazon

8. Pointers; $7

These bookmarks also mark the exact place in the book, but without the help of magnets. Instead, they come with stretchy loops that wrap around the entire book. A hand pointing can pinpoint the exact word, in case you’re the type that stops reading mid-sentence. They come in packs of three.

Find it: Amazon

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Get Cozy With Bob Ross Slipper Socks

Always Fits
Always Fits

Setting aside the evening to binge-watch The Joy of Painting videos is a foolproof way to have a relaxing time. In case Bob Ross's inspiring mantras and soothing landscape paintings aren't comforting enough, now you can boost the coziness factor with a fluffy pair of slipper socks branded with the beloved artist's likeness.

These socks from Always Fits capture the warm and fuzzy feeling of watching Bob Ross craft his masterpieces. The inside is lined with wooly sherpa material, and the outside is made from a velour blend. Non-skid grips protect the bottoms, so you can pause your binge session to get a fresh canvas or refill your tea mug without slipping across the floor. The socks are patterned with cartoon versions of Bob Ross—complete with his paintbrush, easel, and signature perm—against a background of happy little trees.

The comfy footwear is available in two sizes: small/medium (women's shoe sizes 5 to 8) and medium/large (sizes 8 to 10). One set is available for $18 online, with discounts applied to bulk orders of five or more.

If you're looking for more ways to get in the Bob Ross spirit, you don't have to stop with slipper socks. Mugs, T-shirts, and coloring books inspired by the artist are all available to purchase.

Bob Ross slipper socks.
Always Fits

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