I know, I know. It’s only October 7th. I should not be allowed to think about Christmas yet. We haven’t even gotten to Halloween yet. I KNOW. But I’m not trying to thrust Christmas upon you! I’m just trying to prepare you. A few years ago, I was getting myself in stupid debt trying to buy a lot of Christmas presents at once. But once I grew older and wiser, I realized I could spread out the present buying so I didn’t have to spend a small fortune all at once. I understand this is very, very obvious. But I still like starting to think about the Christmas presents themselves a bit ahead of time. So over the next few weeks, I am going to write a series of gift ideas for the various people in our lives. And this will also help me build my own Christmas list.

I decided to start with the Moms because I’ve been thinking about my friend Mikey who lost his mom to her battle with cancer last night. Life is short, y’all. Buy your moms nice presents.


I think we all know that the best gift is one that keeps on giving… like a subscription box. Birchbox is a fun one to give because the contents are almost like a fun stocking. When I gift Birchboxes, I like to gift 3 months at a time for $30. This helps your recipient know how thoughtful you are for months to come! But if you want to get bonus points, you should give them a POPSUGAR Must Have gift subscription for a few months. What’s easier than leaving the gift giving to someone else?


A&R Cashmere and Wool Blend Cableknit Throw ($389)

Last year I got my mom and my mother-in-law some beautiful throws from Pottery Barn. They were like a big chunky cable knit sweater and I was very jealous because I wanted one for myself but I was a generous daughter and gave them away. But what if I had given them a CASHMERE throw? Best daughter ever.  Or you can give something a bit personalized and give them a monogrammed throw blanket and pillow.


Diptyque Tuberose Scented Candle ($60)


Michael Aram Butterfly Ginkgo Candle ($60)

Candles make wonderful gifts. Especially really expensive, fancy candles. These are things Moms always appreciate but would never buy for themselves. Also candles make really nice hostess gifts because neutral ones like these don’t clash with the decor. But I’d recommend these for a hostess gift, as your mom is the one that deserves the $60 candle.


Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set ($89)

This is probably pretty specific to my mom because I know she loves Philosophy products but they make so many fun sets that get better around Christmas! Like this Gingerbread House set. Or this Christmas Cookbook set. Philosophy makes some fun Christmas stuff.


Clarisonic Mia 3 Facial Sonic Cleansing System. ($199)

Several years ago, I got my first Clarisonic for Christmas. It was the original one. Obviously, I have my ear to the ground when it comes to beauty trends and I always have to have the latest gadgets. However, my mom was eyeballing it pretty hard so I think she got one pretty soon after. Washing your face can be such a chore but the Clarisonic leaves your skin clean and glowing. Don’t get the knock-offs– if you’re going to buy, go for the original! You could even try the last model, the Mia 2, if you wanted something a bit cheaper. Your mom deserves to be pampered and a Clarisonic is the ultimate luxury skincare tool.

These are just a few of my ideas that I’m thinking about right now. What do you get for your moms for Christmas? Tell me in the comments! I might do a Part 2 about gifts for Mom later on!


A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

8 Comments on Boxy Ladies Gift Guide: For Your Mom

  1. MeaganS
    October 7, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    I can appreciate you starting these lists early for the same reason. So, thanks! My mom and mother in law get a budget of $50 each so that makes choosing something extra challenging.

    • laurenelectro
      October 7, 2015 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

      Yeah, it’s definitely challenging. Maybe my Part 2 of my Gift Idea list will be $50 and below! I have some ideas!

  2. Amy
    October 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t believe how many boxes you get!! Your bathroom must be over-flowing. Did you see the Neiman Marcus Pop Sugar box coming soon? Sounds so nice!

    • laurenelectro
      October 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

      My bathroom is definitely overflowing but I’m stocking up a pile to donate so that helps. I saw the Neiman Marcus box– it’s out of my budget but I hope Jill gets it. I’m curious to see what’s inside! They are always so nice.

      • MeaganS
        October 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm (2 years ago)

        Donations are a great idea. In addition to that, one of my friends who gets tons of boxes puts together makeup grab bags for some of her friends/kid’s teachers etc for gifts.

        • laurenelectro
          October 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

          I am in the process of putting together a giant gift basket for a charity campaign at work. I hope I can raise some money with it!

          • MeaganS
            October 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

            Fantastic idea. I have NO doubt it will get bids!

          • laurenelectro
            October 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

            Yeah, I think I am going to make it travel themed since obviously so many of the products lend themselves to that. And I’ve gotten several travel items that I won’t ever really get a lot of use out of so I can throw them in for fun also.