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Mother's Day Gifts Fit For Any Budget
Stuck on the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Here are some suggestions that will make mom’s day, fit for any budget. Whether she’s a homebody, loves the outdoors or is always on the hunt for the latest fashion accessories, we’ve rounded up some of the most useful, stylish and covetable gifts for mom.
The mom who’s constantly in vacation mode, and enjoys a fine cocktail or glass of wine, will surely make use of The Beach Glass. The pointed stem can be inserted into snow, sand or ground, perfect for the beach outings or wherever a table isn’t available. They even float on water! Made of shatter-resistant acrylic, they’re dishwasher safe and more durable than glass or plastic. ($9.99 each, thebeachglass.com)
If mom’s favorite place is the kitchen, she’ll appreciate having the Reverso Plus Measuring Cup from UrbanTrend around. It’s made with an internal cone design with measurement markings, so she’ll be able to easily measure without lifting the cup or bending down to see at eye-level. It also comes with five measuring spoons that latch onto the bottom of the cup, so mom won’t have to search kitchen drawers when she’s ready to use them. ($12.95, urbantrend.com)
Give the new mom in your life something to laugh about while she’s cleaning spit-up off her shirt for the third time in a day. The Overly Honest Baby Book: Uncensored Memories from Baby’s First Year by Dawn Dais (Seal Press) is an honest approach at memory-keeping that encourages parents to chronicle everything about baby’s first year, not just the sweet and photogenic moments. The book has pages to record things like “The Most Disgusting Things You Put in Your Mouth” and “Your First Visitors: You Peed on All of Them” instead of the usual “Baby’s First Smile” and the like. ($15, sealpress.com)
Adult coloring books are extremely popular right now as many people find them to be great stress-relieving tools. The Floral Adult Coloring Journal (HarperCollins Publishers) by Fay Martin is full of fun botanic designs and is unique in that it’s also a journal, with over 100 pages of calming activities for coloring, sketching, and recording your thoughts. Bundled with a box of colored pencils or markers, it’s the perfect gift to give mom some much needed relaxation time. ($17, harpercollins.com)
Schedule tea time at mom’s and bring her the Kate Spade New York Pretty Pantry Tea Kettle ($50, macys.com); the teacup and citrus print make it a happy kitchen addition. Pair it with the Kate Spade New York All in Good Taste “Sunny Disposition Tea” Travel Tumbler ($25, macys.com), which holds 17 ounces and can keep mom’s iced tea cool for up to nine hours, or keep her favorite tea hot for up to three hours.
One of the hottest trends in jewelry is message jewelry, or pieces with inspirational quotes on the metals. From the Spoken by Chamilia “Treasures” collection, sterling silver pendants feature messages like “Joy” and “Treasured” in a pretty handwritten font and are reversible, with designs on both sides. The Spoken line also carries bracelets, like the “Always in my Heart” ID bangle made from 100% recycled sterling silver. The bangles have an oval shape that contours to the wrist, so they’re especially fun to stack up. (pendants, $65, and bracelets, $49, chamilia.com)
For the mom who’s obsessed with beauty and style, a FabFitFun box is filled with full-size products from her favorite brands like Dr. Brandt and Deborah Lippmann, and lesser known brands she’ll get to discover. Gift a single box for $49.99, or a yearly subscription for $179.99 and she’ll get a new box of goodies for every season. The Spring Box has a little of everything, with skincare items, haircare, makeup and nail polish, jewelry, a water-resistant zip pouch — great for the pool — and a “roundie” blanket for warm weather picnics. You can also send an e-gift card so she can choose when to order a box. (fabfitfun.com)
Moms who love to cook will enjoy Food Swings (Ballantine Books) by Jessica Seinfeld. The wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld lends her own sense of humor to her fourth cookbook. Divided into two sections, Virtue and Vice, half of the book is comprised of healthy recipes, like lettuce cups with chickpeas, carrots, raisins and pepitas, while the other highlights recipes that aim to comfort, like corn chowder with bacon. Seinfeld includes recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free. ($32, penguinrandomhouse.com)
For fit moms, the versatile Asics Fit-Sana Tote can be worn as a tote or backpack for easy transport. The side pockets with straps securely hold a yoga mat and there’s an inside zippered wet/dry pocket for stowing sweaty clothing post-workout. There’s also plenty of internal organizing pockets and an outer zippered pocket for stashing keys or other easy-reach valuables. The spacious tote fits everything mom will need for her packed day of running errands to Pilates and beyond. ($68, asics.com)
Moms who spend a lot of time hiking, or who work on their feet all day, can always use a fresh pair of comfortable shoes. The Ahnu Sugarpine Air-Mesh shoes have breathable air mesh, waterproof leather and patented technology that cushions the heel while promoting stability. Reviewers love that there’s little to no break-in time, and the fun colors that stand out compared to most brown hiking boots. ($110, teva.com)
Busy moms will love a smartwatch that doesn’t sacrifice style. The super slim Skagen Hald Connected Leather Hybrid Smartwatch looks sleek enough to wear to work and has an activity tracker and sleep monitor. It can send notifications for texts, emails and calls when connected to an Android or iPhone, and automatically updates to the correct time and date, so no more having to remember to wind back or forward. The face is available in gold, silver or on-trend rose gold, and the straps can easily be swapped out for others of the same size. ($185, skagen.com)
Is mom a literary fanatic? Gift a subscription to the Book of the Month club. Mom will be able to pick one new hardcover book from a list of five to read each month, delivered straight to her doorstep. She can also join discussion forums to chat with others reading the same book. Choose between a 3-month plan ($44.97), 6-month ($83.94) or 12-month subscription ($143.88), with free shipping at bookofthemonth.com. Going on now through Mother’s Day, you’ll get a free month of membership for yourself when you gift a subscription. Or, check out Book of the Month’s suggestions for the seven best books for mom.
Give fashionable moms a dose of star style with a chic pair of designer sunglasses from Kate Young for Tura. The celebrity stylist has dressed Hollywood idols like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Natalie Portman, Dakota Johnson and Sienna Miller, who have all been seen wearing her shades. Young’s designs range from classic to trendy and high fashion, so there’s a look for every mom. The Lolita style in the color Khaki is a timeless shape in a fresh color, with gradient lenses and 100% UV protection. ($236, coolframes.com)
If the mom you know lives for taking photos, splurge on the Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera ($446.95, amazon.com). The beginner-friendly digital camera has landed on multiple “best digital cameras of 2017” lists, even though it’s not the newest model in Nikon’s line. Reviewers like how easy it is to use, thanks to the Guide mode, and the high-quality photos it takes. Add a WU-1a Wireless Adapter ($39, amazon.com) so she can instantly share photos to her smartphone or tablet; she’ll also be able to use her smartphone to fire the camera shutter, so no one is left out of group family photos.