A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Maybe because I just had a baby (and because about five friends just did or are about to as well), this mother’s day gift guide is a bit more skewed toward my wish list than usual. I think if I were shopping off this list for my mother (instead of leaving it open on the computer for someone else to see), I would just have to make a few adjustments: she’d like a hat… but probably one with a wider brim; and she’d like stationary… but maybe notecards with a bit more of a pastel than neon hue. I think, however, we’d both enjoy reliving freshman year on Felicity, but the point would be to consider some guilty-tv-pleasure DVDs or instant videos. So whether it’s for you, your wife, your gal pal, or your mother, I hope there’s something inspiring here. (And if not, check out the last mother’s day gift guide. I still stand by all of those suggestions, too.)

    1. My annual favorite: an accordion brag book from Pinhole Press. (I’ve talked about how much I love these before.) Use the code hither15 for 15% off at Pinhole Press through Mother’s Day.
    2. A stack of good reads she won’t find at the grocery store. These three (KinfolkThe Gentlewoman, and Darling) are all for sale at Anthropologie. Add a cup of coffee and an hour of quiet to make it complete.
    3. Something pretty for her bicycle. Nantucket Bike Baskets
       are lovely. (image via Anthropologie)
    4. That perfectly long and simple necklace that she’ll love and that goes with everything. From BRIKA.
    5. A walnut bowl that’s equal parts practical and beautiful. From Food52.
    6. Lovely office supplies—neon stationary and a pen she’ll be happy to pick-up
    7. A classic Panama Hat. I love this one from JCrew. (There’s also an option for less at Old Navy.)
    8. The perfect basic T-shirt in whichever color suits her best.
    9. Sleepwear that toes the line of sexy and demure. Try an Eberjey Chemise.
    10. An extravagant hairbrush
      she’d never splurge on herself.
    11. A beautiful (filled) picnic basket with—and this is the important part—the promise of a picnic.
    12. A guilty-pleasure TV series on instant video. (Felicity
      or Gilmore Girls
      gets my vote.)
    13. A gift card to one of her favorite stores to go jeans shopping (and a promise to watch the kids while she tries several pairs on)
    14. That photograph she still loves, framed, even though she’s seen it everywhere. (Or, perhaps, get her the book of the entire Praia Piquinia series
    15. Special plans (that you made for her) for the day. Breakfast in bed. A hike. The beach. Something for everyone to be together. (Not pictured, but maybe the best gift of all.)

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