First things first: I love my mom. She’s always been just plain fantastic to me, from putting up with my 7:30 AM phone calls to cheering me up when I’m sobbing to making me small batches of plain muffins as a kid because I was averse to blueberries even though everyone else in the family was really, really down with them. Therefore, this Mother’s Day, I’m planning on getting her a truly fantastic gift. Why? Because I am pretty sure if she weren’t nearly as patient and kind of a person, she would have thrown me out a window by now–and not having done so totally deserves a solid present on this fine May the 11th.
As a result of my search for the perfect present, I wound up compiling a list of unique gifts for those who are on a similar quest. If you are seeking something different than the typical flowers and card, you’ve come to the right place! Whether she’s an animal lover, a beauty fanatic, or simply the type of woman who wants to support other women, we’ve got a present that’s perfect for her. Here it is: your Mother’s Day 2014 Gloss gift guide.
1. Personalized Pillow Cover
This simple, modern design is great to give to a mom who’s faraway. Just send the designer your coordinates and have it printed onto the case. Bonus: Get one with your mom’s coordinates for your own couch, so you guys can have a matching set!
2. Artwork inspired by her favorite movie
My mom loves Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, so when I spotted this $20 vintage-style posted from Etsy shop TeamWelser, I fell in love. No matter which movies your mom loves, you can likely find some artwork inspired by it on Etsy that will allow for a unique gift that she won’t be able to find anywhere else.
3. Hair Care Trio: Shampoo, Beach Waves and Detangler
The Gnarly Whale, $20
First of all, the name “Gnarly Whale” is adorable enough to warrant checking this company’s Etsy page out as is, but the products themselves are really wonderful. Plus, you an order this pack in a wide variety of scents–everything from Thai Coconut to Bubblegum to Spearmint–so no matter what your mom’s favorite type of fragrance is, you can snag it for her here.
4. DIY Pickling Kit
Backyard Farmer, $24
If your mom’s really into crafts but doesn’t know where to start, Backyard Farmer is a perfect way to get into pickling. And you two can do it together, making this a great Mother’s Day weekend project!
5. Mint, Lavender, & Citrus Soap Bar
MSC Skin Care, $8.50
Soap sounds like a less-than-fantastic gift, right? That’s because you’ve never tried Metropolis Soap Company’s options. This particular one is refreshing, relaxing and revitalizing; it’s basically a total win for your skin and for my alliterative tendencies.
I’m a firm believer in never giving anybody (including yourself) an animal unless you’re 100% certain they want and are able to care for it. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to give animal lovers the perfect gift that isn’t a living, breathing financial responsibility and time commitment, including making a donation in their name!
Okay, ready for some shameless (sort of) self-promotion? I volunteer at Ollie’s Place, a cat shelter a couple times a week that offers supporters the ability to sponsor cats as well as dogs! It’s only $20 a month, so if you’re interested in that type of thing, check it out! If a more general sponsorship is your thing, the ASPCA and Humane Society are amazing organizations that you can donate to in your pet-loving mom’s name.
7. Two Mothers On Mother’s Day Card
If you’ve got two moms, this is the perfect card for them! Few companies acknowledge lesbian or gay couples on Mother’s and Father’s Days, so it is awesome to see a card maker who wants to create cards for all families.
8. Plant Brooklyn Organic Body Wash
Twisted Lily, $20
This fantastic body wash comes in multiple scents ranging from the calming (“Get Happy”) to the sexy (“Get It On”). And at $20 a pop, this falls into the “fancy beauty gift that isn’t crazy pricy” category. Oh, and did I mention it’s sold at my favorite apothecary in New York City, Twisted Lily? It is. And you should totally go there and look at/smell everything.
9. Sterling Birthstone Stacking Rings
Red Envelope, $25+
Instead of the typical random jewelry, check out this fun set. You pick the birthstone that is put on each ring, so you can rep yourself and your siblings right on her fingers!
10. Artisanal Warrior’s Razorburn Relief
Sustainable Shanti, $15
Fun story: I was at this little street fair that’s near my apartment this past weekend and I happened to stop at a booth that smelled particularly lovely. That same day, I had gotten awful post-shaving bumps right around my ankles, so I was a little itchy and displeased at the time. As it turns out, this booth actually had an aftershave balm that smelled delightful and claimed to help ingrown hairs after shaving, so I asked if it was decent for women to, which the creator said it was. Lo and behold, she was right–my ankle already looks and feels better. In conclusion, if your mom (or you) has really sensitive skin and is interested in natural, handmade products, you should absolutely gift her this one.
11. Mums Goodies
As you may have noticed in past gift guides, we’re pretty obsessed with LUSH around here, what with its ethical practices and incredibly fun beauty products. How cute is this little set that contains multiple relaxing, pretty bath products?
12. Personalized Photo Coasters
Etsy, $25 for set of 4
How adorable are these customized coasters? Pick some awesome photos and order these right away. They’re also excellent for holidays, birthdays, and weddings, so I definitely recommend bookmarking this Etsy shop ASAP.
Check out the next page for a brilliant invention for busy jewelry lovers, a pair of pajamas that can achieve more than you’d imagine, and the best card ever for long-distance mom/kid pairs!
13. Jewelry In The Dishwasher
The Grommet, $20
Wanna get your mom something useful for Mother’s Day? If she has lots of jewelry and very little time to clean it, this little kit allows her to simply put what she needs washed inside, then pop it in the dishwasher along and let it run. After the cycle is over, she can just take out the
14. Punjammies Pajama Shorts
International Princess Project, $19
These are adorable and ultra-comfy pajama shorts that are perfect for summer, but this present goes beyond that. The International Princess Project is on a mission to create escapes and opportunities for girls and women who have been victims of human trafficking and sex slavery. Purchasing these lovely little shorts doesn’t just give your mom a fun pair of pajamas for the season, they also can offer another woman a way to achieve her dreams.
15. Go for a long bike ride
Pressed for cash? Going for a long walk, bike ride, or drive with your mom might just be the perfect present. You’ll spend time together doing something fun. What could be better than that?
16. Hand Caddy Duo
Out of Africa, $14
This hand wash and lotion pair come in Lemon Verbena, Vanilla, and Lavender–basically, every relaxing scent on the planet–and do not contain any parabens or sulfates, nor do they test on animals! On top of that, Out of Africa works with women’s cooperatives in West Africa and sends proceeds from its products to School Children Unite in order to support school-aged kids in Benin.
17. Super Mom Temporary Tattoo
Scare the crap out of your mom and/or make her laugh with this adorable Rosie the Riveter temporary tattoo that honors her.
18. Have a long chat
If you two aren’t close in proximity, shoot her a long phone call. Just make sure it’s significantly more fun than Colin Ferrell‘s was. Let her rant, ask her for advice, tell her what’s going on with you–don’t just do a quick catchup.
19. Shampoo & Conditioner
Sweet Salvage Skincare, $16
This is a great, practical present for moms who are always in a big hurry in the morning–particularly ones who are sensitive to lots of beauty products, as this one is free of perfumes, dyes and artificial ingredients!
20. Long Distance Mother’s Day Card
This is another great gift for kids who are far from their parents. The designer puts a little heart on each location–one for the sender, one for the receiver–and it makes for a sentimental, pretty card to get on Mother’s Day (or any other holiday).
21. Personalized Wood Necklace
Okay, so this is one dollar more than my original price point, but how cute is it? You can put a child’s drawing or little handwritten note on it for engraving so she’ll always have a little memento to wear whenever she wants.
22. Agave Mason Jar Candle
I am obsessed with agave as a candle scent. It is nothing like you’ve ever smelled and perfect for anybody who typically can’t stand florals or other heavy fragrances.
23. Rustic Toiletry Bag
Does your mom have an affinity for simple things that are pleasant to look out, but not flashy? This is a nice change from all those neon makeup bags you see at Target or the mall, yet it still is the perfect size and shape for keeping cosmetics organized. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even go out and pick up some of her favorite products as well as new recommendations and stuff this full of ’em.
24. Bake her something amazing and decorate them for her personality
Yes, you could just order her some cupcakes, but isn’t that a little boring? Make some fantastic baked goodies and decorate them in a way that best fits her personality. If she loves power tools, make little fondant ones. If she’s super down with bacon, make some maple syrup cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting and crumble burnt bacon on top. If she’s a big rainbow lover, try your hand at doing a bit of frosting art!
25. Thanks Mom! Mug
Because let’s be honest: you totally did, and that’s her fault.