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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.

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CHEFS

1. CHEESE OF THE WORLD TOWEL; $14

This dish towel is a must-have for cheese lovers. It features 49 types of the delicious food from around the world along with their origins, characteristics, and flavors, plus handy cutting diagrams and a wine pairing guide.

Find it: UncommonGoods

2. MASON JAR HERB GARDEN; $20

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; $23

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; $23

This innovative cookbook (which features 100 core recipes with endless spin-offs) teaches home chefs four elements—salt, fat, acid, and heat—for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

COFFEE AND TEA DRINKERS

5. TEA INFUSER SET; $17

These charming, sea creature-shaped silicone devices can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked onto the side of a mug to steep.

Find it: Amazon

6. DEATH WISH COFFEE; $20

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 660 milligrams of caffeine per 12 fluid ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

Find it: Amazon

7. CONSTELLATION MUG; $14

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

Find it: Amazon

TECHIES

8. BLUETOOTH TRACKING TAG; $40

Save your mom the trouble of searching for missing keys with a tracking device for her keychain. It connects to Bluetooth so the keychain can be hunted down on a smartphone.

Find it: UncommonGoods

9. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI CAMERA; $69

This fun, brightly colored camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cubicle or on the fridge.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

10. 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

11. SAMSUNG GEAR VR; $50

Proof that we're living in the future: Virtual reality is now a thing, and it's affordable. This lightweight headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment, playing 360 degree games, videos, and images.

Find it: Amazon

ATHLETES

12. FITBIT; $150

This sleek black bracelet keeps track of heart rate, steps, and sleep patterns.

Find it: Amazon

13. RUNNING BELT; $16

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. INFUSER WATER BOTTLE; $12

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

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. WODBOM BOX OF THE MONTH; $35

If your mom has hopped on the crossfit bandwagon, then get a box filled with related goodies. The Wodbom subscription service sends a different box each month filled with fun items, shirts, and snacks.

Find it: Wodbom

17. SUNSKIS; $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: Sunskis

18. CHACOS OUTCROSS EVO 1.5 HIKING SHOE; $115


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

DIYERS

19. MAKE YOUR OWN HOT SAUCE; $35

Hot sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit comes with gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything needed to make five 6-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

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. DULUTH TRADING COMPANY RAILROAD STRIPED OVERALLS; $90


These adorable overalls are lightweight enough for summer, but come equipped with enough pockets—13 in total—to make your mom a walking tool box. The chest pocket system has pen slots, a cellphone sleeve, and a sunglass loop, and there's a deep utility pocket that's perfect for pliers.

Find it: Duluth Trading Company

22. TERRARIUM; $20

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

JET SETTERS

23. SHRIMP TRAVEL PILLOW; $7

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.

Find it: Amazon

24. SCRATCH-OFF TRAVEL MAP; $30

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

25. MOUNTAIN HARDWARE CITYPASS TRAVEL DRESS; $90


This adorable dress dries quickly and resists wrinkles, making it perfect for the mom on the go.

Find it: Mountain Hardware

26. PACK THIS LIST; $5

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

27. CUSTOM SANDBOX CUBE; $100-$110

If your mother has a favorite beach, you can bottle up a piece of it for her to bring with her wherever she goes. Handmade in Massachusetts, these cube pendants are filled with a pinch of sand. Buyers can send in their own sand or choose some from one of the thousands of beaches the artist has in her Sand Bank.

Find it: UncommonGoods

28. BATMAN ROLLING LUGGAGE; $45

Now your mom can travel in style with this hardside rolling luggage. Four 360-degree wheels make it easy to turn on a dime and fight crime in the airport.

Find it: ThinkGeek

BOOK WORMS

29. NOVEL TEA TIN; $30

What first appears to be a Jane Austen novel is actually a tea tin. Each "book" comes with 12 servings of herbal mint tea leaves. If Pride and Peppermint isn't the right piece of punny literature, there's also Matcha Do About Nothing and Oliver Lemon Twist.

Find it: Amazon

30. BOOK PILLOWS; $25 - $50

Have a mom who loves to read long into the night? Give her a book that's at least comfortable to fall asleep on. These book-shaped pillows are perfect for cuddling with. Choose from Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Find it: ThinkGeek

31. 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

32. 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

33. BICYCLE BOOK ENDS; $65

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

Find it: UncommonGoods

AUDIOPHILES

34. BEACH RADIO; $48

This turquoise radio combines the best of the old and the new: It comes with retro dials to help tune to the right radio station, and inside, there's a place to secretly connect a smart phone or iPod with an auxiliary cord.

Find it: Amazon

35. RECORD PLAYER BRIEFCASE; $70

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

35. 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

36. WIRELESS HEADPHONES; $69

According to Lifewire, these lightweight headphones are the best bang for your buck. The Bluetooth-compatible device is adjustable and provides eight hours of use.

Find it: Amazon

DRINKERS

37. TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD; $9

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

38. WINE TABLE; $22

Enjoying a glass of wine at the beach or on a picnic is suddenly very possible with a transportable table that can be speared into any soft ground. The 16-inch-long table has enough room for two glasses of wine, plus some snacks.

Find it: UncommonGoods

39. SPACE WINE TOTE; $5

If you decide to give your mom a bottle of wine this year, at least put it in a tote bag that she can enjoy in the future. The navy carrier comes with metallic silver constellations like the Little Dipper and Pisces.

Find it: ModCloth

40. BEER MAKING KIT; $32

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

GEEKS

41. PI BLANKET; $20

This snuggly fleece blanket is covered with the first 413 digits of pi. The 45-inch-by-64-inch throw is perfect for cuddling up at home with some complicated math problems.

Find it: ThinkGeek

42. DOCTOR WHO COOKBOOK; $12

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

43. BEAKER SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS; $14

Cooking is a science, especially when the salt and pepper shakers look like beakers.

Find it: Amazon

44. DEATH STAR TEAPOT; $25

The Death Star is a lot less imposing when it's serving tea. Pick up the top and reveal a hidden teacup underneath.

Find it: ThinkGeek

45. SOLAR ORBIT NECKLACE; $40-$80

Deck your mom out in jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch 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

46. MOTHER OF DRAGONS WINE GLASS; $15

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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

ANIMAL LOVERS

47. BOSTON TERRIER UMBRELLA; $20

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.

Find it: Amazon

48. CAT ZODIAC BOOK; $5

Horoscopes aren't just for humans: Now your mom can decode the perplexing actions of her pet with this cat zodiac book. Now when Socks knocks over a vase, she can chalk it up to typical Scorpio behavior.

Find it: Modcloth

ART LOVERS

49. FRIDA KAHLO DOLL; $19

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.

Find it: Amazon

50. ART SOCKS; $14

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

51. STARRY NIGHT PUZZLE; $17

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

52. GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS FIGURE; $49

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

53. THE SCREAM BANDAGES; $6

Most moms 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

BEAUTY ADDICTS

54. LIGHTED MIRROR; $19

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 and offers magnification that helps her see tiny details for precise makeup application.

Find it: Amazon

55. FACE MASKS; $16

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mom will love these luxurious pre-moistened masks that come in great smells like aloe, wine, and avocado.

Find it: Amazon

56. BATH BOMBS; $27

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

57. TOO FACED NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW; $59

A pallet of natural colored eye shadows is a must-have for any beauty maven. This highly regarded set from Too Faced is a win whether your mom is a summer or a winter.

Find it: Sephora

FOR MOMS WHO LOVE THE CLASSICS

58. FLOWERS

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

59. PERFUME

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

Find it: ScentBird

60. GIFT BASKETS

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.

Find it: Harry and David

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Say ‘Cheers’ to the Holidays With This 24-Bottle Wine Advent Calendar
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This year, eschew your one-tiny-chocolate-a-day Advent calendar and count down to Christmas the boozy way. An article on the Georgia Straight tipped us off to New District’s annual wine Advent calendars, featuring 24 full-size bottles.

Each bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine is hand-picked by the company’s wine director, with selections from nine different countries. Should you be super picky, you can even order yourself a custom calendar, though that will likely add to the already-high price point. The basic 24-bottle order costs $999 (in Canadian dollars), and if you want to upgrade from cardboard boxes to pine, that will run you $100 more.

If you can’t quite handle 24 bottles (or $999), the company is introducing a 12-bottle version this year, too. For $500, you get 12 reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines from various unnamed “elite wine regions.”

With both products, each bottle is numbered, so you know exactly what you should be drinking every day if you really want to be a stickler for the Advent schedule. Whether you opt for 12 or 24 bottles, the price works out to about $42 per bottle, which is somewhere in between the “I buy all my wines based on what’s on sale at Trader Joe’s” level and “I am a master sommelier” status.

If you want to drink yourself through the holiday season, act now. To make sure you receive your shipment before December 1, you’ll need to order by November 20. Get it here.

[h/t the Georgia Straight]

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10 Filling Facts About Turkeys
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Don’t be fooled by their reputation for being thoughtless. These roly-poly birds have a few tricks up their wings.

1. THE BIRDS WERE NAMED AFTER THE COUNTRY.

The turkey is an American bird, so why does it share its name with a country on the other side of the world? Laziness, mostly. Turkish traders had been importing African guinea fowl to Europe for some time when North American explorers started shipping M. gallopavo back to the Old World. The American birds looked kind of like the African “turkey-cocks,” and so Europeans called them “turkeys.” Eventually, the word “turkey” came to describe M. gallopavo exclusively.

2. THEY NEARLY WENT EXTINCT.

By the early 20th century, the combination of overzealous hunting and habitat destruction had dwindled the turkey populations down to 30,000. With the help of conservationists, the turkey made a comeback. The birds are now so numerous that they’ve become a nuisance in some parts of the country.

3. THEY’VE GOT TWO STOMACHS.

Like all birds, turkeys don’t have teeth, so they’ve got to enlist some extra help to break down their food. Each swallowed mouthful goes first into a chamber called a proventriculus, which uses stomach acid to start softening the food. From there, food travels to the gizzard, where specialized muscles smash it into smaller pieces.

4. FEMALE TURKEYS DON’T GOBBLE.

Turkeys of both sexes purr, whistle, cackle, and yelp, but only the males gobble. A gobble is the male turkey’s version of a lion’s roar, announcing his presence to females and warning his rivals to stay away. To maximize the range of their calls, male turkeys often gobble from the treetops.

5. THEY SLEEP IN TREES.

Due to their deliciousness, turkeys have a lot of natural predators. As the sun goes down, the turkeys go up—into the trees. They start by flying onto a low branch, then clumsily hop their way upward, branch by branch, until they reach a safe height.

6. BOTH MALE AND FEMALE TURKEYS HAVE WATTLES.

The wattle is the red dangly bit under the turkey’s chin. The red thing on top of the beak is called a snood. Both sexes have those, too, but they’re more functional in male turkeys. Studies have shown that female turkeys prefer mates with longer snoods, which may indicate health and good genes.

7. THEY HAVE REALLY GOOD VISION.

Turkey eyes are really, really sharp. On top of that, they’ve got terrific peripheral vision. We humans can only see about 180 degrees, but given the placement of their eyes on the sides of their heads, turkeys can see 270 degrees. They’ve also got way better color vision than we do and can see ultraviolet light.

8. THEY’RE FAST ON THE GROUND, TOO.

You wouldn’t guess it by looking at them, but turkeys can really book it when they need to. We already know they’re fast in the air; on land, a running turkey can reach a speed of up to 25 mph—as fast as a charging elephant.

9. THEY’RE SMART … BUT NOT THAT SMART.

Turkeys can recognize each other by sound, and they can visualize a map of their territory. They can also plan ahead and recognize patterns. In other ways, they’re very, very simple animals. Male turkeys will attack anything that looks remotely like a threat, including their own reflections in windows and car doors.

10. IN THE EVENT OF A TURKEY ATTACK, CALL THE POLICE.

They might look silly, but a belligerent turkey is no joke. Male turkeys work very hard to impress other turkeys, and what could be more impressive than attacking a bigger animal? Turkey behavior experts advise those who find themselves in close quarters with the big birds to call the police if things get mean. Until the authorities arrive, they say, your best bet is to make yourself as big and imposing as you possibly can.

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