The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2018
Mother’s Day puts the pressure on in a most under-the-radar way. Because it’s not as if Mama would ever make a big fuss about getting the perfect gift or having the perfect day—yet this only makes the thought of seeing her in any way disappointed even worse. On this day, she deserves to know how much she’s loved, appreciated, and (this is key) listened to. If you’ve been listening, you’ll know the perfect Mother’s Day gift when you see it. If she’s in need of a little pampering, some luxurious beauty products that she’d never buy herself will make a fitting choice. If she loves hunting for new recipes to whip up for friends and family, some new cookware or specialty ingredients will get great use, of which you’ll most likely enjoy a taste. And if she’s the sentimental type, we have a few personalized picks that will bring a tear to her eye. You’re going to win her heart with these creative Mother’s Day gifts perfect for Southern mamas of all styles, so get ready to gloat to your siblings.
‘What Are Moms Made Of’ Book
Buy It: $13; papersource.com
This sweet book documents all the reasons our mothers are simply the best, from their invaluable advice to most admirable qualities. It’s full of heartfelt sentiments, showing your mom just how much you love her.
Buy It: $88; nordstrom.com
Make cozy and comfy the defining characteristics of your Mother’s Day gift this year with these adorable polka-dot pajamas from Kate Spade. If you’re feeling cheeky, get yourself a pair to match your mama.
Turkish Beach Towel
Buy It: $29; turkish-t.com
Get your mom ready for a girls’ trip to the beach with this lavish, soft Turkish towel that can double as a stylish sarong. The chic beach towel comes in endless colors, from cool neutrals to summery bright hues.
The Honey Hutch Gift Set
Buy It: $74; anthropologie.com
Your mama will feel utterly pampered with this selection of pure raw honey and honey-based body care products from The Honey Hutch’s top-notch honey. The lip balm works wonders for nourishing dry lips.
Buy It: $34; riflepaperco.com
This cheerful pick gives an old-fashioned touch to any kitchen, and the floral tin makes the perfect, long-lasting spot for your mother to keep her family recipes. You’ll know just where to look before making her most prized dishes.
Buy It: $30-110; birchbox.com
There’s nothing better to get a beauty lover than a few months of curated samples tailored to her hair, skin, and personal style. She’ll get a welcome surprise each month with fresh, trending products to make her feel special. Choose from a three-month subscription for $30 or a yearlong subscription for $110.
Buy It: $33; thesill.com
For the mothers we envy for their green thumbs, this adorable miniature planter will make a thoughtful pick that requires little attention. (It is a gift after all!) The American-made ceramic pot comes in an array of colors to match every style.
Buy It: $240+; baublebar.com
This custom piece will let your mom wear you and your siblings not on her sleeve, but closer to her heart. Choose letters that represent you and your siblings’ names, and you can completely personalize it to your mom’s style with different metals, lengths, and up to three letters. It’s pricey, but will last.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Buy It: $79; anthropologie.com
From helping prevent wrinkles to keeping split ends at bay, a silk pillowcase is the beauty product your mother never knew she needed. The luxurious, hypoallergenic must-have will make sure her beauty rest is relaxing and restorative.
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Le Creuset Casserole Dish
Buy It: $75; lecreuset.com
Though we love just about any of the brightly hued Le Creuset pieces, we know Mama can always use another casserole dish! This pretty purple, called Provence, will stand out at any holiday celebration or potluck.
Voluspa French Cade Lavender Candle
Buy It: $28; nordstrom.com
This candle makes for a gift that keeps on giving with its soothing lavender scent. The elegant glass jar makes a pretty finishing touch to any side table.
’Mom’s One Line A Day’ Memory Book
Buy It: $14; amazon.com
Go sentimental this year with this five-year memory book that will give an invaluable keepsake to revisit later in life and eventually pass down. It’s great for the busy, on-the-go woman because it just asks for single thought, quote, or event from each day to capture the everyday moments of motherhood.
Buy It: $50; katespade.com
Treat your mama to a bold home or kitchen accessory that she wouldn’t get for herself, such as this bright red tea kettle that looks pretty as a picture on the stovetop. The whistle is engraved with a fun message: “Whistle while you work.”
Diner Stripe Kitchen Towels
Buy It: $10 each; katespade.com
We’re firm believers that kitchen towels need not be boring or plain, and we also think one can never have too many linens. Since these sentiments were passed down from our Southern mamas, grab a couple of these Kate Spade striped towels with fun sayings to jazz up her kitchen for spring and summer.
Buy It: $35; swellbottle.com
We like to keep hydrated and healthy in style with our S’well bottle and just don’t know how we lived before it. Treat your mother to this practical, yet cute gift in the traditional water bottle or the new travel tumbler that’s perfect for coffee too.
Savory-Sweet Pickles & Preserves
Buy It: $45; blackberryfarmshop.com
It’s no secret that we love Blackberry Farm over in Walland, Tennessee. Luckily, we can enjoy their special touch all year long through their farmstead products. This trio of sweet-savory preserves and pickles will please the foodie and the hostess. Bacon jam, smoked onion jam, and pickled ramps make for a great cocktail hour.
Buy It: $125; nordstrom.com
A statement clutch is always a good investment, but not always one that Mama is going to make for herself. Pick out a patterned pouch that fits her style and personality, and she’ll have the perfect accessory to bring on vacations or to cocktail parties. We love a spring take on snakeskin á la this aqua Rebecca Minkoff clutch.
Mini Trinket Tray
Buy It: $18; draperjames.com
Put a smile on your mama’s face with this sunny trinket tray that she can use in any room and for any need. The bright stripes and Southern sentiment make this little gift simply perfect.
Specialty Olive Oils
Buy It: $49.95; williams-sonoma.com
If your mom is a foodie, this small array of Enzo’s olive oils and balsamic vinegar will please her palate. You’ll both be tempted to whip up some fresh-baked bread to try out these delicious olive oils.
Book of the Month Gift Subscription
Buy It: $45-150; bookofthemonth.com
If your mother burns through books like no other, she’ll love the treat of this subscription box that comes with a new hardcover novel each month, with the option to skip the month if she’s simply swamped. Gift her three months, six months, or a year for varying prices.
Food Storage Containers
Buy It: $25; katespade.com
Get these glass containers for a functional, yet totally fun update for your mother’s Tupperware collection. She’ll know just which containers to whip out for travel or parties.
Buy It: $38; anthropologie.com
Southern women know how to host and need at least one pretty cheese board to set out an impressive spread, whether for a mother-daughter movie night or holiday cocktail party. This marble board with brass inlay makes a statement!
’Dinner in an Instant’ Cookbook
Buy It: $14; amazon.com
For the Instant Pot cook, this cookbook provides easy, yet elevated dishes that can be made in the pressure cooker. The author provides instructions when possible for making the recipes in either a slow cooker or the Instant Pot, making it versatile and approachable. While we want this book for ourselves, we think Mom might like it even more.
Buy It: $24; anthropologie.com
Venture outside the box with these sculptural, summery vases that will provide a welcome home to stray roses and blooms all season long in your mother’s kitchen or powder room, or on her bedside table. Choose between the two bright color options of this Anthropologie pick.
Miniature Shower & Bath Oil Collection
Buy It: $66; goop.com
This is picture perfect for a beauty queen who loves bubble baths—and we all have a mother, aunt, or grandmother who loves a good hot soak. These ten therapeutic oils cover your reviving, de-stressing, relaxing, and supporting needs using different ingredients.