2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Dude-Approved Gifts for Mom
Gifts for Mom. Where do I even begin? I say that because, if you were here yesterday, you know this dude presented his qualifications as the GOAT for gift ideas for Dad, despite not being or having much interaction with dads himself. And today, today I am undertaking the even harder task of proving I have also consolidated and curated the best, most dazzling, and sure-to-be most cherished gifts for Mom.
Well, seemingly even harder task.
Dude-approved gifts for Mom are actually a piece of Mom's Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake for me, because I not only have the most excellent and exceptional mama in the world as a source, but that mama also happens to be very vocal and pushy about the products she loves, and the gifts she would like her son to buy for her.
So these Dude-approved gifts for Mom aren't just approved by the GOAT for gift ideas Dude, but also by the GOAT for moms Dude's mama.
Note: All Dude-approved gifts for Mom are priced as they were at printing on November 21, 2023. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Snow Globe Spice Jars & Seasoning Shakers
Let it snow (salt)! Let it snow (paprika)! Let it snow (chili flakes)! Even better if you've got the 4 seasons or some animal friends dancing around in your spice and seasoning snow while it's coming down.
These sets of spice jars and seasoning shakers feature either spring, summer, fall, and winter themes for real seasonal seasonings, or bunny, camel, deer, and polar bear figurines for those of you who like your herbs and spices a little more wild. Buy all 8 as a set, and shake it up like an animal all year long.
Wine Bottle Topper Cheese Board Set
Wondering what to do with that recycling bin full of empty wine bottles you can't fathom having generated in just one weekend? The Wine Bottle Topper Cheese Board Set is every wino lush's dream! Arrange this set of bamboo platters in any configuration you like atop the necks of empty cabs, pinots, and chardonnays to create an elegant and elevated way to serve cheese, charcuterie, and other appetizers.
The Wine Bottle Topper Cheese Board Set also provides a swell option for reusing and displaying wine bottles that carry good memories, or have labels you love.
AC Infinity AIRTAP HVAC Register Booster Fan
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the AC Infinity AIRTAP HVAC Register Booster Fan. It's a quiet fan system with an LCD display, smart thermostat control, and customizable fan speeds that looks and fits in place like your standard wall or floor registers, but uses its built-in blowers to increase the warm or cool air emitting from your ducts. The AIRTAP system is especially useful for registers with weak airflow, and perpetually cold ladies who insist on setting the thermostat at 76 in the winter because they "can't feel any heat coming out! Is it even on?!"
LoafNest Super Easy Dutch Oven Bread Maker
The LoafNest kit consists of a 2-piece oval cast iron dome, with a removable silicone liner that sits inside the bottom piece. When baking bread the liner prevents your dough from sticking, and the dome injects it with 360-degree heat - dutch oven-style, but shaped like a loaf of bread.
The benefit of using the dutch oven and liner is that they do all the work for you, eliminating the need to knead, shape, and fuss with your bread dough to prep it. You preheat the LoafNest in the oven for at least 45 minutes, and then dump your risen dough into the liner to bake for another 45 or so.
Doorhickey Hands-Free Sliding Glass Door Opener
The Doorhickey consists of a wavy plastic extension and a suction cup base. The plastic "handle" is designed for pushing and pulling with an elbow, allowing you to move the slider when your hands are full, or if you have problems gripping a traditional handle. The suction cup, according to Doorhickey, adheres to your glass door using vacuum suction that produces "a Herculean hold!"
Better Breader Batter Bowl
Claiming to eliminate the hassle, mess, and waste of the old fashioned batter 'n' bread method, the Better Breader Batter Bowl is a 3-piece prep station that does all the coating from within the confines of its polypropylene basin and lid. The Better Breader Bowl is the breading and seasoning reservoir, where you mix up your secret ingredients. Secured above it is the Sifter, a vented platform that holds pre-moistened food. The Airtight Lid latches everything shut so you can shake, shake, shake it up, and send a tornado of breading across the wet surface of your food.
Banana Leaf Silicone Lid for Food Storage & Cooking
This silicone lid for food storage and cooking isn't bananas. It's banana leafs! ... Fine, grammar police (aka Mama), banana leaves.
The Banana Leaf Silicone Lid is a Charles Viancin design, one of several in his line of brightly colored, plant-themed covers for bowls, pans, and casserole dishes. The Food-grade, BPA-free Banana Leaf is made to create an airtight seal on any surface with a smooth rim. It's also rated for extreme temperatures, -40 to 428 degrees F, so you can use it to cook dinner on the stovetop or oven, store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer, and then reheat them in the microwave.
Shibumi Shade Wind Powered Beach Tent
Windy days at the beach usually spell bad news for your beach tents and sunshades, but the Shibumi Shade doesn't just thrive in windy conditions, it's powered by them. An ocean breeze of as little as 3 MPH is all it takes to keep the Shibumi Shade floating and blocking out the sun overhead. And speeds of up to, well, as much as you can take before you're sick of spitting out sand and rubbing its granules out of your eyes, will only make it fly that much more. To beach winds this canopy says, Bring it on! Boo-yeah! And Shibumi!
simplehuman Paper Towel Pump
simplehuman has come up with the Paper Towel Pump, a paper towel holder with a removable cleaning solution spray bottle as its core, and yet another product that makes a simple human task a little bit easier. And a little more design-y. And a lot more expensive for simple humans.
OtO Smart Automatic Lawn & Garden Sprinkler
OtO is an above-ground smart automatic lawn and garden irrigation system. Which is to say, a high-tech, low-effort, fancy-pants sprinkler you control with your phone.
Each OtO unit - you can buy as many as you need, individually - is a slim, oblong box with a rotating, spherical sprinkler head on top. Mount it to a wall or set it on the ground, and then connect to your garden hose and WiFi to get started. The process should take minutes.
From the OtO app, you can then create watering schedules and custom-shaped watering zones, so you water only what you need (i.e., plants and grass, not patios and sidewalks) when you need to. OtO says its "unique precision nozzle" allows for establishing these boundaries and patterns. The sprinkler system also senses the weather, and won't run as scheduled if it's raining.
Whale Water Splash Guard for Sinks
Made for the front, back, or side of kitchen, bathroom, or any other splash-happy sinks you got, the silicone whale cutout serves as a barrier between flyway droplets and your midsection / crotchal region. Or, in my case, the midsection / crotchal region / chest / face of the husband sitting on the barstool directly across from the water source. Who thought that was a good idea, installing the kitchen sink in the same counter, and on the same plane as the kitchen bartop?
NETVUE Birdfy Lite Smart Bird Feeder with Camera
Equipped with a 1080P color night vision camera, the Birdfy Lite snaps clear, selfie-like images and videos all day and night. It also has 8X magnification capabilities, so you'll be able to zoom in on the details, and get way more than a bird's eye view of your feathered visitors. Using the NETVUE app, the bird feeder's 5dBi antenna, and a 2.4ghz Wi-Fi connection, you can view birds at the feeder in real time, or at any time, from anywhere you're connected to the internet. Set up alerts and NETVUE will ping you anytime the camera detects motion.
NightWatch Magnifying Clock Dock for Apple Watch
I don't have an Apple Watch, so I don't need a NightWatch Magnifying Clock Dock for my Apple Watch. But. My mama has an Apple Watch. And, based on the imprints of a square with rounded edges and a little dial sticking out one side I often see on her face when I go to her house on Sunday mornings, my sense is that my mama could use a NightWatch Magnifying Clock Dock for her Apple Watch.
Yeah, I know not wearing the watch means it won't track your sleep or your sleepwalking steps, but my mama only uses hers to tell time, read messages, and yell into the speaker phone when she gets a call. So having its hours and minutes magnified and projected onto the solid lucite, mirror-finished surface of the NightWatch would be a better use of her time at night. (Teeheehee, to my pun connoisseurs out there.)
Golden Girls Christmas Ornaments
Make Christmas spectacularly silver (-haired) and Golden (Girls) this year with a set of glass Golden Girls Christmas Ornaments. Head-to-toe you'll get Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia in moderate facial likenesses, and 10/10 outfit replicas. Certainly there's no doubt which magnificent Miami retirees the 4 ladies in the set are meant to represent.
Chunky Braided Chenille Throw Blanket
"Holey" isn't typically a characteristic I look for in blankets, but despite being all holey this Chunky Braided Chenille Throw Blanket still manages to look warm, inviting, and ready to go with you and give you rest as soon as you accept it into your home and your heart.
Oh, and to be clear, by "holey" I mean, "full of holes, not "consecrated to Jesus," though I appreciate your eagerness to jump all over me for thinking "holy" is spelled with an "-ey." Mama. She-Ra: Princess of Power. Aunt Jan. She-Ra: Princess of Power's mom. The three other Karens reading this right now, one of whom is almost certainly my black-hearted ex-girlfriend, whose actual name is Karen.
YouCopia FreezeUp Freezer Food Block Maker
Oh, Mama. Have I got a YouCopia of goodness coming your way! These FreezeUp Freezer Food Block Makers might be the best invention since the freezer itself. Do you realize you will now be able to make me, like, triple the food as before since we'll just dump it all into quart- or gallon-size Ziplocs, and do a FreezeUp to turn it into 2.5" thick blocks that will stack neatly in She-Ra: Princess of Power and my's small, crappy, pull-out drawer freezer.
Butter Bell Crock for Fresh, Spreadable Butter
Butter Bell Crocks store your butter fresh without refrigeration, so you'll always have smooth and spreadable churned moo juice set right on your countertop.
A dude, L. Tremain, designed these Original Butter Bell Crocks after the French butter crocks, which somehow use water and bone china to keep butter fresh and at the perfect spreading consistency for up to 30 days. No fridge, no spoilage, no odors, and no destroying your toast with hard hunks of butter.
Butter Bell Crocks get their name from their bell-shaped internal container, an extension of the lid, which holds up to 1 standard stick, or 1/2 cup of butter. So you store your spreadable gold upside down, hovering over the crock, which you fill with cold water, and then refill with fresh water every 2 or 3 days. Butter Bell Crock says the process creates an airtight seal that preserve butter flavor and freshness.