Mother’s day is around the corner, y’all! I am ashamed to admit prior to having Amelia I never thought much into Mother’s Day. I know, I know, I’m a terrible daughter. I mean, I love and appreciate my mother every day, but now having a child myself, I am way, way, way into Mother’s Day. Not so much because I love presents and cards and flowers (well, I mean, I do), but because I am into showing my love and appreciation to the mothers in my life way more now that I too am a mother.
I know gift giving can be difficult, and because of that, I have put together a neat little gift guide. Fellas, if you are looking for ideas, chances are something on this list will work (I am into almost everything on the planet at least a little, and I am very much a typical “girl”, so chances are something on this list will work for your leading lady). Mamas, feel free to forward this to your man, use it for ideas for your mom or MIL (or important mother figure in your life), or even buy yourself a little something. You deserve it!
Almost everything on this list is less than $50, because I know I am not the only person that needs to pinch their pennies, but everything is lovely and thoughtful, and a lot of it is even useful. A lot of it is also frivolous because sometimes gifts should be. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
For the Coffee Lover
Adorable coffee cups (Like these, these, or these)
A French Press. I LOVE COFFEE. I seriously have two coffee makers on my counter, but I don’t have one of these, and the more I read about them the more I want one.
For the Tea Drinker
Ridiculously cute, vintage tea cups (use these, these, or these for inspiration)
A tea kettle. I always made my tea in the microwave (all the hard core tea drinkers are gasping in horror right now), until John got me a tea kettle for Christmas. I won’t say it changed the way I drink tea, but it is adorable and nice to have.
Loose leaf tea/infuser (I love this robot infuser and want him for myself!)
Tea brewing system. John got me this Tea Forte tea brewing system for Christmas, and I love it. It’s a really convenient way to make loose leaf tea!
For the Wine Aficionado
Wine glass charms (How stinking cute are these? I am seriously in love with them.)
Stainless steel wine glasses. Summer is upon us after all, and summer is the season for picnics, outdoor concerts, and camping. While I am not above drinking wine out of a Dixie cup, every now and then it’s nice to look cool and classy, no?
In-bottle aerator. You know, if you care about things like “letting wine breathe” instead of just immediately chugging it out of the bottle. Oh, is that just me? Never-mind then.
For the Foodie
Spiral Vegetable Slicer. Making your veggies look like pasta is ALL THE RAGE on Pinterest right now, y’all.
My Family Cookbook. Better than a box of recipe cards.
For the Stylish Mama
Fun jewelry! Not necessarily even nice jewelry, just something fun, like a cool statement necklace or chunky bracelet.
Birthstone earrings. Especially good if she already has a pendant or ring with your kid’s or your birthstone.
A cute clutch (pair it with an invitation for a fun night out if this is given to your wife, hint hint)
A subscription to Stitch Fix (I haven used this for myself, but I really want to, and I have heard great things about it. You could also do BirchBox or Ipsy if makeup is more her bag).
For the Artsy-Fartsy Mama
Fun, original artwork. Etsy is a great place to go for stuff like this! I myself am partial to this, this, and this.
DIY something with your kids. Pinterest is filled with easy crafts to do.
For the music lovin’ mama:
CDs. Does anyone actually buy CDs anymore? If she has a band she buys all the singles on iTunes for, get her a few of their CDs, especially if they have older stuff she doesn’t know. Or rebuy some of her favorite CDs from high school or college, especially if it’s band you both loved and the songs have significance.
Cool old vinyl
Make a mix tape! Fill it with songs that mean things to her, to you, to you both, and to your kids.
For the Nerdy Mama (I told you I would have something for everyone)
Harry Potter nerds: This, this, or this, all awesome.
Doctor Who nerd. I never was able to get into Doctor Who, but even I still find this, this, and this cool.
Supernatural nerds. If you can’t get Jensen or Jared to make a personal appearance at her house, this or this is a good consolation prize.
Random things from around the Internet that I think are cool
Because who doesn’t love cheeky embroidery. I would want any of these in my house.
Personalize your voice sound wave. This is just plain awesome.
I feel like even a brown thumb like me could handle the moss in this adorable, recycled wine bottle terrarium.
Beach lover? Then she needs this!
If you are willing to spend the big bucks, this “A History of Existing Life” framed print is awesome.
These engraved, stackable rings are beautiful, but again, cost a lot of money.
My favorite online places for gifts: Etsy, Amazon, and Uncommon Goods. Sale sites like Zulily, One Kings Lane, and Rue La La are also great, but products often have short shelf lives and long shipping times, thus requires forethought.
Also a good idea: Hire a photographer for a family session, and whip up a cool gift certificate (this is pretty easy in almost any desktop publishing software, and there are plenty of free templates online). Most moms wish they had more pictures of them with their kids. I for one am always saying we need to do a family portrait session, but never seem to get around to doing it. Bonus: Everyone knows at least one budding photographer that needs material for a portfolio, so you can even do it on the cheap.
And don’t discount the power behind homemade cards and breakfast in bed, either!