While moms deserve to be recognized and celebrated all year-round, Mother’s Day is a welcomed opportunity to show the most important women in our lives just how much they mean to us.
Beautiful bouquets and handwritten cards are lovely, tried-and-true acknowledgements, as is spending quality time together (click here for some fun activities). But if you’re looking to treat her to something a little different this year, consider picking a gift she’ll appreciate — and use — long after Mother’s Day is over.
Featuring unique picture frames, kitchenware that’s as eye-catching as it is practical, washable silk pajamas, and more, our roundup of 11 thoughtful items has something special for every mom.
Gifts for the Home
For a touch of green that keeps on growing, we love Bloomscape. The company offers everything from lush and vibrant tropical plants to potted rose bushes and this adorable mini pineapple plant. Unique packaging technology — made mostly from recycled and biodegradable materials — holds your plant securely in place so it arrives safely, and plant care is easy with the detailed care instructions and real-time support.
If a picture says a thousand words, think of the frame around it as a sort of exclamation point. Framebridge offers class, quality, frames in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes. We especially love The Ventura, shown above in antiqued gold, which comes with a floral printed mat developed in collaboration with watercolor artist Kelly Ventura.
Caraway makes the kind of cookware this writer’s mother-in-law would refer to as “kitchen jewelry.” This gorgeous ceramic set comes in 10 stunning colors, and not only are the pieces nonstick, their coating “does not include potentially toxic materials like PFOA, PTFE, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, or toxic metals.” It even includes convenient holders for both pots and lids.
Elevate mom’s morning hot drink ritual with one of Anthropologie’s beautiful mugs. Choose from mosaic-inspired motifs, earthenware sets of four, and whimsical handcrafted pieces like the floral lilypad mugs pictured above. Many are dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, or both!
Gifts That Smell Good
Set the scene for relaxation with one of these unconventional scented candles by Malin+Goetz. Hand poured by a father-and-son team in Brooklyn, the candles are crafted with high-quality perfume oils and a vegetable wax blend, for a slow burn and vibrant aroma. Plus, each comes in a glass vessel that can either be reused, or upcycled as a drinking glass or decorative container.
Those who favor the feel of luxury will relish in the superb skin-softening properties and aromatic formulations in Aesop’s products. The brand’s Mimamori set, “an ensemble to show appreciation for parents, caregivers and other guiding figures,” includes balms and a cleanser, and makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Jo Malone crafts luxurious fragrances like the limited-edition scent shown above, which is part of the Highlands collection and was inspired by “purple heather covering misty moors, wildflowers entwining castle walls, and the noble thistle, ruggedly beautiful flower of Scotland,” according to perfumer Céline Roux. Even better, the company values the restorative power of nature and has donated the equivalent of over $2 million to mental health charities worldwide.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping (that’s 26 years for the average person), so staying comfortable during all those horizontal hours is definitely a top priority. For a gift that offers optimum coziness and hotel-style luxury right at home, turn to Brooklinen sheets this Mother’s Day. Choose from a variety of colors and styles available in classic percale, luxe sateen, washed linen, organic cotton, and heathered cashmere.
Made from sustainable fabrics, these stylish two-piece sets are designed to keep you cool and cozy, so you can enjoy all the comfort you crave from a pair of pajamas and look good at the same time — even in your most relaxed state. A female-founded company, Eberjey was shaped by the belief that sleepwear should allow women to feel authentic, confident, and sensual at the same time.
Baabuk’s sustainable slippers are inspired by traditional wool felted footwear, but upgraded with modern Swiss design, bringing you the best of both worlds. And the company’s commitment to making a positive socio-economic impact has elevated the lives of its workers in Nepal, to boot (pun partially intended).
Last but not least, these Baloo weighted blankets, available in king, queen, and throw sizes, are a longtime Nice News favorite. Associate Editor Ally Mauch can personally attest to their comfiness and snuggle factor!