Mother's Day Gifts for Every Mom
For The 'It's Five o'Clock Somewhere' Mom
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I have learned so many wonderful lessons from my mom. For instance: Always wear sunscreen. Be kind to people on the way up. And you never need an excuse for a glass of wine. I love these patio-friendly Kate Spade New York wine glasses and coordinating gold-dot ice bucket to ensure that a chilled bottle of sparkling rosé is at hand all summer – and I plan to give her this Minted “Mom Libs” card for added laughs after she's had a glass or two.
Minted “Mom Libs” card, $5.99; minted.com
For the Mom Who Loves a Bargain
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: My mom rarely buys anything that's not on sale. According to her, if you pay full price you're not doing it right. So even though this isn't in the sale section, it does only costs $158, it's made of super high-quality vegan leather and part of the proceeds go to charity. So it may not be a door-buster giveaway, but even she'll have to admit – it's a pretty fair deal.
Buy It: Angela Roi Sunday tote II, $158; angelaroi.com
For the Laid-Back Ladylike Mom
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: She does ballet and is obsessed with stationery, but sadly I've exhausted almost all gifts relating to those two categories for my darling mom. So, one of the ideas I have for her is a mani-pedi gift card and these charming floral flip-flops from the new Liberty London collaboration with Havaianas. This springy sandal is the perfect pairing for her fave polish color, pinky coral.
Buy It! Liberty for Havaianas Lonicera Print Slim Flip-Flops $42; liberty.co.uk, havaianas.com starting May 2
For the Shoe-Obsessed Mom
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: There's no doubt that I've inherited my mother's love of shoes over the years. (She has an entire closet dedicated to sneakers.) So this year, I'll be gifting her this fruit-adorned pair of denim slip-ons – they're the perfect shoe for spring and make for an adorable addition to her growing footwear collection.
Buy It! Soludos Smoking Slipper Embroidery in Pineapple Denim Blue, $65, soludos.com
For the Artsy Mother Who Swears like a Sailor
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: My mom is a very gifted artist, so while she wouldn't necessarily need a coloring book in order to get creative, I can't help but feel like she'd appreciate the swear-word riddled messages on every page. You see, my mother curses like a sailor. In fact, she curses so much, seemingly without realizing it's happening at all, that she'll occasionally surprise herself and apologize as though that's not how she talks 24/7. So maybe this coloring book could help get some of those repressed vulgarities out of her system.
But It! Swear Word Coloring Book #2, $8.99; booksamillion.com
For the Mom Who Always Arrives First to Spin Class
Sharon Clott Kanter, Deputy Style Director: My mom is a spin class devotee! She has her gaggle of spin friends, her favorite teacher (Fran is the best and hardest!) and, obviously, brings her own seat cover for extra cushion. This Mother's Day, I want to make her spin experience even more enjoyable, so I'm picking up this gym bag from Carrie Underwood's athleisure line, Calia. She's a huge Carrie fan and her favorite color is hunter green, so it's already a winner. Plus, it's got space for her water bottle, spin shoes and a cell phone pocket so she can call me after class. But the best part is that it's already on sale—and there is nothing she'd love more than knowing I got a deal.
Buy It! Calia, $59.99 (on sale from $80!); caliastudio.com.
For the Hot Mom...
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: My mom has more bikinis than shoes (and she has a lot of shoes), but with a six-pack like hers, who can blame her. This year she told me she's on the hunt for a “chic and sexy” one piece that's a little more “age appropriate.” Enter this black Solid and Striped style which not only looks super-flattering, but has a subtle plunge and lace-up back that's bound to meet my hot mom's requirements.
Buy It! Solid and Striped “Alexandra” two-tone swimsuit, $150; net-a-porter.com
For the Mom Who Will Use Anything on Her Face...
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: On a recent mother-daughter trip, I witnessed my mom wash her face with the complimentary hotel bar soap. And as if that wasn’t horrifying enough, she also used the hotel body lotion. ON HER FACE. I lectured her for like an hour about the importance of a good skincare regimen, but she just laughed and shrugged. She’s not deliberately trying to hurt my beauty editor heart, it’s just that she’s not even a little bit vain, which is crazy considering she gave birth to me. So this year, I’m going big and getting her the iconic (and expensive!) Crème de la Mer, because she deserves the best even if she doesn’t have a clue what she’s using.
Buy It! Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, $170; nordstrom.com
For the Makeup-Loving Mom
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: As an esthetician and makeup artist, my mom's beauty product collection is so massive (and amazing) that it could easily rival Sephora's – but even with her vanity drawers (and my childhood bedroom-turned-beauty-closet) filled to the brim, she still freaks out at the sight a fresh eyeshadow palette. So I'm almost positive that this one will make her happier than the fanciest wallet or piece of jewelry – not to mention that it's sure to keep her makeup requests to a minimum for at least a few months.
Buy It! Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Collector's Palette, $280; makeupforever.com
For the Mom Whose Vanity is Overflowing with Fragrances
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Fragrances can feel like a cliché gift, but not for the mom who genuinely loves to switch up her scent. So for those scent-obsessed mothers out there (that includes you, mom), I suggest this set of 10 beautifully packaged (purse-friendly!) bottles created by designer Derek Lam. Each was inspired by the location of his flagship store, 10 Crosby Street in N.Y.C, but these fragrances aren't just for the urban woman. They range from floral to refreshing, to sweet to slightly spicy, meaning mom is bound to find a few in the bunch that hit all the right notes.
Buy It! Derek Lam 10 Crosby Collection Gift Set, $95; sephora.com