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The best of the best: Mother’s Day gifts

Mother’s Day is right around the corner- have you thought of what you are going to get your beautiful mother/grandmother/aunt/other important lady yet? I know I am struggling with it this year, because we didn’t want to be cliche or get my mom and mother-in-law the same thing over and over again- so I tried to spice it up.

Me with my wonderful Mom (right) and Mother-in-law (left)! Happy Mother’s Day to them!

My sister and my two beautiful grandmas- Happy Mother’s Day to them, too!

I’ve compiled a list below of my top picks for Mom this May, which can help you spice up your gift-giving skills, too! Though I can’t speak from experience yet, these are all things I would love if I were a mom! (Subtle hint to Mr. R for the future- bookmark this!)

Jewelry: A classic. There are so many ways to show your Mom how much you love her through jewlery, but below are a few of my favorite sites to shop for jewelry! You won’t find the typical jewelry here, though, so be prepared for a little adventure when you check these out!

  • Origami Owl: You can customize your own locket necklace with a special message for Mom
  • Stella and Dot: This is like the Mary kay of jewelry- and awesome jewelry, at that! Visit the site to find out how to order (or even become a host!)
  • Kendra Scott: Love her bright colors and unique designs, as well as the customizable color bar!


Home Goods: Getting goods to beautify the house is always a good move, especially if you are in-tune with your Mom’s style and design preferences. It’s the little touches that will let her know you care.

  • Picture frames/ Canvases: This is always a favorite- frame a picture of you and your mom, of your wedding, a sibling picture or her favorite picture of her grandkids. She will love it.
  • Scentsy: Of course I can’t buy my mom Scentsy, since she sells it, but it’s a great option for other moms! Check out her collection of wickless scents for the house, that are so cute!


Relaxation: Moms- tell me: What mom doesn’t want relaxation for Mother’s Day? That’s what I thought!

  • Books: Is your mom a reader? Find a great romantic novel or that new cookbook she’s been looking for, or a Barnes & Noble gift card if she’s an e-reader!
  • Spa/massage: This is a classic, and definitely something I’d love one day when I’m a mom (hint hint, Mr.R!) Whether it’s a full body massage, a foot massage or a trip to the spa for a facial, I’m sure she will appreciate the relaxation!



  • Beauty Products: Beauty products are another go-to! A basket of smell goods will always do the trick, and will help get Mom glamourous before any Mother’s Day celebrations!
  • Perfume: Love the way Mom smells? Refill whatever she already loves, or ask for help at the store with trying to buy something new, but similar enough that you know she’ll love.


Tech gadgets:

  • Smartphone/tablet: Got a tech-savvy Mom? If she already has a smartphone or tablet, accessories are always nice. If not, think about buying her one, or maybe having all the siblings chip in! She’ll love having it as a way to stay connected if she lives far, and as a way to see her kids and grandkids whenever she wants.
  • Nook/Kindle: See “books” above- if you do have a tech-savvy mama who likes to read, think about a Nook or a Kindle for ease-of-use and a cheaper way to read (did you know you can check out books for free through the library, just like a real book?


What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day? Is it found in the list above, or did you choose to go creative this year?



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  • Reply
    Laura DeLuca
    May 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Great gift ideas. My mom would love the Origami Owl.

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    Paula -Growing Up Bilingual
    May 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    love personalized gifts and also the gift of time, a spa treatment or taking her somewhere special like a vacation would be awesome.

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    Erinn S
    May 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Scentsy is always a good gift!!

  • Reply
    May 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I have no idea, now >_<'

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    Melissa Moreno
    May 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Great gift ideas! I’d Love to go to a spa!!

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    May 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    My mother is older and doesn’t really want “gifts” where she will have to find a place to put them. She loves fresh cut flowers and a nice dinner out and that is what I plan to doing for her.

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    Tricia W.
    May 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I got my Mommy an fruit and cheese basket … she loves those !

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    Holly @ Woman Tribune
    May 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Totally agree with having Scentsy on the list. My dad has actually been hunting down an apple Scentsy tart burner for my grandmother for Mother’s Day. Also, I have been a big fan of Stella and Dot since first seeing some of their products.

  • Reply
    May 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    In the past it seems like the biggest hits in terms of gifts to my mom for Mother’s Day were beauty products (I’d splurge and get her sets she couldn’t afford herself), and relaxation items. Although one year I gave her a cleaning product in the form of paying for a local carpet cleaning company to come out and professionally scrub her carpets – is that weird?

    • Reply
      May 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      No, not weird at all! Sometimes practical gifts are the best kinds, in my opinion!

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