Mother's Day Gift Guide: What We're Buying Our Moms
BEAUTY IN BLOOM BIRCHBOX
Lydia Price, Features Editorial Assistant:
Spring means the return of my mom's beloved gardening marathons, so this floral-themed Birchbox ($64) was the perfect way to pay homage to her favorite hobby while treating her to some luxe pampering. From the rosewater spray to the lavender hand lotion and the grapefruit candle, this collection has a little bit of each of her favorite things with a fun seasonal twist – and you can't beat the variety!
GALVANIZED SHEET METAL VASES
Amy Jamieson, Senior Editor:
In another life, my mom and I would be Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. We're constantly texting each other ideas inspired by Joanna's classic style. Vintage pieces! Subtle greenery! Shiplap! When my mom travels from Virginia to visit me in Connecticut in May, she's bringing a vintage scale she found at a garage scale for my kitchen – that is the kind of stuff I live for! Now that some of the items from the Gaines's Magnolia store in Texas are on their shop.magnolia website, I plan to give my mom a #shiplap T-shirt (THE sign of a true Fixer Upper devotee) and two galvanized sheet metal vases ($18 each). Every good mom needs more galvanized sheet metal in their lives!
TORY BURCH 797 MADISON CANDLE
Jennifer Velez, Site Producer:
My mother is a full-blown scentaholic – soaps, perfumes, body lotions – she hoards it all. This Mother's Day I'll be feeding her addiction with this oh-so-elegant Tory Burch candle ($68). With fresh notes of peony, amber and apricot, the divine fragrance is right up my mom's alley – and I know she'll want to display the gorgeous container the second she takes it out of the box.
CHATBOOKS CUSTOM PHOTO BOOK
Laura Cohen, Assistant Editor:
Sure, we all use Instagram and Facebook nowadays, but my mom is still a loyal fan of a photo album you can hold in your hands. She loves looking back on old family photos, so it only makes sense to gift her a custom-made photo album filled with all of our newest memories. Making a custom photo book from Chatbooks ($8 per book) was super easy and definitely brought out my sentimental side – and this way we can look through the good times together for years to come.
SAVOR THE DARK BOOK CLUB SUBSCRIPTION
Diana Pearl, Writer/Reporter:
When I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother's Day, her answer was simple: Dark chocolate. And since candy didn't seem like quite enough, I decided to appeal to her literary side as well with this dark chocolate and book pairing subscription from Ghirardelli ($40). Tasty, interesting, and will last her months!
OM AROMA & CO. MOTHER'S DAY GIFT SET
Grace Gavilanes, Writer/Reporter:
My mom is super into all things organic – particularly when it comes to skincare. I love this Mother's Day Gift Set ($159) from N.Y.C.'s Om Aroma amp Co., which features a trio of heavenly scented products (including Rose Toning Mist, Carrot Rose Serum and Manuka Honey Masque) that are packed with antioxidants and nourishing oils to promote smooth and hydrated skin. Bonus: They're all locally produced.
NESPRESSO PIXIE MACHINE
Carey Purcell, Freelance Editor:
My mother taught me that cooking at home always saves money, and the same goes for coffee. So an espresso machine shows her I know how to cut back on spending but definitely not on caffeine. espresso's Pixie machine ($229), which is so compact it will barely take up any counter space, can brew short and long servings that are perfect for a fancy drink or a simple espresso shot. Made from recycled Nespresso capsules, the Pixie is eco-friendly and it automatically turns off after nine minutes, so it won’t run up the energy bill. Throw in a milk frother so Mom can make a pair of perfect lattes or cappuccinos for herself, and you, to enjoy before brunch.
MEMBERSHIP TO THE PUBLIC THEATER
Julia Emmanuele, Writer/Reporter:
My mom is notoriously hard to pick out a Mother's Day present for – she doesn't like chocolate that much, perfume gives her a headache and all she seems to want this year are tickets to Hamilton. While I probably can't scrounge up a pair by the time Mother's Day rolls around, I can treat her to a membership ($65) to the Public Theater (where Hamilton had its first run), which will give her discounts and first offers on their latest shows – featuring actors like John Krasinski and Daniel Radcliffe – and invites to cool and artsy events. And if she decides to take me with her, well, that's just a bonus.