Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I’m generally guilty of skewing my mother’s day gift guides toward my wish list. But whether you’re shopping for you, your wife, your friend, or your mother, I hope there’s something inspiring here to treat someone you love.

If not, here are dozens more gift guides that might help.

  1. First of all, spruce up breakfast in bed. A bouquet of flowers may be all you need, but if you’d like to add something sparkling, consider Mumm rosé. What could be more appropriate?
  2. Some just-because stationary, just because she’s the kind who takes the time to send actual mail.
  3. Is food her love language? Consider these gorgeous—and well-reviewed—new cookbooks: Six SeasonsOttolenghi SimpleSouk: Feasting at the Mezze Table; or The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook. Everyone wins.
  4. Eberjey pajamas are the softest. She’ll love the piping on their tuxedo robe, which is light enough to wear through summer.
  5. A beautiful (filled) picnic basket with—and this is the important part—the promise of a picnic.
  6. A guilty-pleasure TV series on instant video. I love Sharon Horgan and have suggested Catastrophe in the past, but she also has a new show called Motherland coming to Sundance just in time for a gift subscription.
  7. Comfortable sandals that go with everything. (I’ve been living in these. Just note that they do run narrow.)
  8. Is she a gardener? (Or at least an aspiring one?) Go high—A petite wood greenhouse ; or low—Heirloom tomato seeds and some new garden gloves.
  9. For dashing out the door every morning, a classic pair of slip-on Converse.
  10. Would she prefer something homemade? These candied hazelnuts are so delicious. Make a large batch and then seal them up in Weck jars, with a sprig of rosemary tied into the bow. Be sure to include the recipe.
  11. The perfect orangey-red nailpolish that she’s always looking for.
  12. A breezy cover-up she can wear all summer. This one would also look beautiful over drawstring pants after a day at the beach.
  13. Let her know how much you love laughing with her over board games, and plan a game night to play Reverse Charades.
  14. A cutting board so beautiful she may never let a knife near it. (But it’s endlessly handy as a serving board, too.) Here’s a smaller olive-wood alternative.
  15. Everyone loves the original transport tote, but the medium tote might be even more practical with it’s cross-body option.
  16. Hot Sauce packets that show how well you know her. Bonus Beyoncé (or Clinton) reference points if you put them in the tote.
  17. A kindle she can use anywhere—one-handedly, or just to read in bed. (Tip: Preload a book. Bossypants is always a safe bet.) The newest one is super-thin and light, waterproof, and comes in champagne gold, but you can still get the basic model for under $100.
  18. A lip tint trio that she can keep in the car next to the baby wipes. (Without worrying about melting.)
  19. These salt & pepper mills are impossible not to touch—so pretty. They also have an adjustable grind: substance and beauty.
  20. A gift card to one of her favorite stores to go shopping (and a promise to watch the kids while she tries several pairs of jeans on).

And a last-minute suggestion: Assemble her favorites from your local grocery store. Everything pictured came from the shop around the corner—even the brown paper bag wrapped around the box. Here’s the how-to.

Of course, not pictured, but perhaps best of all: Special plans (that you made for her) for the day. Breakfast in bed. A hike. The beach. Something for everyone to be together. And while you’re at it, take some photos of her with her children. So many moms are always the ones behind the camera—she’ll love this. And if you don’t have one yet, order a remote (here’s how to use it) to get everyone in the scene.

Mothers, what would be on your wishlist? 

P.S. Scenes from last year’s Mother’s Day

[Photos in grid: Mumm image via / all others via respective links]

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