The 9 Products Alicia Keys Thinks Would Make The Best Gifts For Moms

“This is for every woman who is moving and shaking and out there getting things done.”

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Alicia Keys

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Shopping for moms should be easy, but ask them what they want, and you might get a vague “I’d love anything” or the famous “I don’t need anything,” which, to be honest, is not too helpful. But for how much moms do for us, we want to spoil them this holiday season. To help you shop, we got a little help from Alicia Keys — mom of two, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur… Do we even need to continue? — whose newest Christmas Album and collection with Athleta launched this week.

“The best gift comes from the heart,” Keys tells InStyle, elaborating that even something as simple as letting mom sleep in or giving her breakfast in bed will delight her to no end. But for anyone looking for a more tangible gift, don’t worry, together we picked out a bunch of excellent gifts your mom will be sure to love this year.

Read on for all of her picks.

Martha Stewart Croissant Assortment

Croissant Assortment

“I'm always super grateful for anything that anybody's taking the time to give me, but it's the ones that are meaningful and thoughtful that say they care about me that I love the most,” says Keys. She loves when her kids give her breakfast in bed (after letting her sleep in, of course). You can make your own breakfast for mom, but for anyone who may not be that confident in their culinary skills, we won’t tell if you order it in instead from somewhere like Goldbelly. This box of 12 buttery, chocolate, and raisin swirl croissants comes frozen and unbaked, so technically, you are baking something. You just pop them in the oven and they’ll be ready to enjoy.

Price at time of publish: $80

Keys Soulcare Soulful Kiss Tinted Lip Balm Set With Avocado Oil

Soulful Kiss Tinted Lip Balm Set With Avocado Oil

Moms are busy. Anything you can give her to cut down her routine will be sure to become their new favorite, like the tinted lip balms from Alicia Keys’ own line Keys Soulcare. Yes, this is her brand — so, of course, she loves it — but we love it, too. We’ve named these lip balms as having the best moisturizing formula you can buy. It gives you a subtle tint, while also deeply nourishing lips with camellia seed and avocado oils. Your mom will be sure to use all three in this fun gift box every day.

Price at time of publish: $36

Ohom Leiph Teapot Set

Leiph Teapot Set

If sitting down and enjoying a ritual together — like drinking tea or coffee — is integral to your relationship, think about how you can upgrade that. Keys thinks moms will be sure to appreciate this “meaningful” teapot that comes with a heated plate, tea strainer to insert in the pot, and two cups (one for you and mom).

Price at time of publish: $99

Athleta Keys Wool Cashmere Socks

Keys Socks

Universally, moms love soft things — it’s almost a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. “I think cashmere is just so special,” says Keys. While a new sweater may be a little bit out of the budget this year, opt for these socks instead that Keys ensures will give mom “such a good cozy feeling.” Even though they are a wool blend, she promises that they “don’t have any of that itch” that sometimes comes with blends, yet can still be machine washed, unlike many cashmere products.

And because balletcore and leg warmers are having a bit of a moment right now — just look at Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Garner, and basically anyone on TikTok — Keys suggests “putting them over a legging, with a skirt, or even a cute pair of shorts”, in case you needed some style inspiration to pass on to your mom.

Price at time of publish: $89

Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book

Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book

Artifact Uprising

You’re probably not surprised to see a photo album on this list. Keys calls a photo book one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone could buy a mother. “It's curated! You put it together, and it's these memories of your time together. That's something that's super timeless,” she says. While any album will do, we like this one from Artifact Uprising. You upload the photos you want to feature and Artifact Uprising prints them into a simple, elegant book your mom will love.

Price at time of publish: $62

Rustico Soft Leather Binder

Soft Leather Binder

More of a do it yourself kind of person? That’s great. Keys recommends this leather portfolio from Rustico for the craftier folks among us. The soft leather comes in six different colors, and you can even personalize it with two lines up to 25 characters each.

Price at time of publish: $89

Aerin Wave Gallery Frame

AERIN Wave Gallery Frame

Williams Sonoma

Additionally, Keys thinks a single photo within a beautiful frame could be a hit, too. Sure, it’s simple, but there’s a reason this is considered a go-to gift for parents. This high-end frame from Aerin not only will look beautiful on your mom’s desk or mantel, but it’s also a bit more elevated than your typical frame.

Price at time of publish: $95

Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera

KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera


Oh, you thought we were done recommending photos? Well, we have one more for you. As someone who is “all about” multi-functional items, Keys appreciates anything that cuts down steps and time, so she suggests getting mom this camera, too. With this, mom can take more memories without having to print them out later on — the camera automatically does that for you. Because of how often she’ll use this, we suggest getting her a spare pack of photo paper, too, to ensure she doesn’t run out too fast.

Price at time of publish: $50

Athleta Keys Goddess Bodysuit

Keys Goddess Bodysuit

“I am so into a bodysuit right now,” says Keys. “It makes things so easy. Just pull it on and keep going.” This bodysuit from Athleta, which goes up to a size 3X and comes in a cherry red and dark maroon, caught our eyes for how versatile it is — it’s moisture-wicking, breathable, and UPF 50+, on top of being super soft for all-day comfort. 

“As a mom, as a businesswoman, as a person who is out and about getting it done, I need these pop pieces that don’t sacrifice style for comfort and ease. I love to create effortlessly chic looks — you don’t have to think too much about it in the morning, you can just put it on and go,” she says. Your mom will deeply appreciate an all-in-one outfit that makes getting dressed in the morning a little easier. As Keys puts it, “This is for every woman who is moving and shaking and out there getting things done.”

Price at time of publish: $179