Santa’s sleigh is on its way, but the holidays can be hectic for moms. It’s easy to forget about your own Christmas wishes when planning parties and shopping for kids. Although typical mom gifts include house slippers and wine tumblers, a practical gift can be enjoyed long after the tree comes down. Whether you’re a mom making your wish list or looking to find the perfect present for your own mom, these four useful gift ideas will keep giving all year long.

 

Coffee Maker

 

There’s nothing better to start a busy mom’s day than a hot cup of coffee. If the mom in your life is still using that ancient drip coffee pot, why not splurge on a brand-new brewer? For light coffee drinkers, a single cup brewer like a Keurig or The Scoop by Hamilton beach makes a great gift. Coffee connoisseurs may enjoy a more gourmet model like a French press, moka pot or Nespresso machine.

 

Vacuum Cleaner

 

How about a gift that sucks? A new vacuum cleaner is a practical gift that anyone can use. For pet owners, consider one of the cat and dog models from miele vacuums. Technology lovers and lazy housekeepers alike will be impressed with a robotic vacuum that can keep their floors clean with minimal effort, while busy moms will love a heavy-duty shop vac to handle big messes.

 

Blender

 

A blender may sound like a boring gift, but not if you go for a high-end model that does more than just smoothies and margaritas. A fancy Vitamix or Blendtec blender quickly becomes mom’s favorite kitchen helper. These blenders can make everything from nut butters to hot soup all in one machine. They also come with recipe books and videos to help you get started.

 

Cookware

 

A new set of cookware is a great mom gift that the whole family can also enjoy. For experienced home chefs, consider a nice set of copper or stainless steel pots and pans. Novice chefs may prefer foolproof non-stick cookware, such as a set of ceramic-coated or hard anodized pans. Kitchen gadgets like meat thermometers, food scales and measuring cups also make great gifts for budget shoppers.

 

Still stuck on gift ideas this Christmas? Consider a gift card to a favorite store or a donation to a charity instead. Handmade crafts and food also make great gifts if you’re pinching pennies this year. Remember, it’s not the gift itself but the memories made that matter most.

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