Oh haiiiii -- totally been MIA over here in 2016. We've been buried deep in planning beautiful weddings, putting together the cutest welcome boxes, setting up elaborate installations for parties, fulfilling a couple bridesmaid/MOH duties (#2016yearofthewedding), attending many a cake tasting, and making some dreams come to life. No big deal, right? ;) Oh, and also spending ample time with my ONE YEAR OLD (!!!). Yep, just like that, it happened. One year. One year down in the parenting track. Can't handle. Won't handle.
Anyways, now that I'm a mom, I understand the importance of celebrating the mothers in your life even more than ever before. These women birthed you, reared you, cheered you on, prayed for you, stayed up with you when you wouldn't sleep, took care of you when you were sick, probably got bitten by you, gave up their previous lives for you... you get the picture. Even if she's not your biological mother, I pray we all have someone (s) who serve in this capacity.
So even if you're a procrastinator (Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8, y'all!), here are a few suggestions for something lovely to express a token of your gratitude for that person who answers to "Mommmmmmmmm!!!!" (Or you know, just answers your late-night sobbing phone call when you can't take college anymore / feel homesick / have a sick newborn baby of your own / fill-in-the-blank.)
Okay, yes, this is maybe the most generic of all mother's day gifts, but even as someone who sees a lot of flowers in my day, I still appreciate their beauty and love getting a bouquet that was specifically picked out for me. (As opposed to taking home a centerpiece or two after an event.) Tulips, dahlias, peonies, garden roses, big pink lilies... can't go wrong unless she's allergic.
SPA/SALON GIFT CARD.
This is another one-size-fits-most gift. Pedicures were a way I took time for myself a couple weeks before I had Lilly, and the first thing I did when I got a couple hours alone the month after she was born. Massages are also an A+! Pampering = good idea.
You obviously have to know your audience, but I feel like a beautiful piece of everyday jewelry is a great idea. Doesn't have to be anything insane (I'm not saying you should go out and buy that wedding band topper ring unless you really want to), but a pretty pair of freshwater pearl stud earrings (make sure you get the right size -- some of us are PICKY), a gorgeous druzy pendant necklace (I haven't met a woman yet that didn't like SOMETHING at Kendra Scott. Am I crazy? Or is her stuff that crowd-pleasing?), something sterling silver or gold engraved with her baby's birthday or initials, a nice twisted cuff bracelet, or even just a pretty monogrammed right-hand ring would be so lovely. Bonus points for engraving / personalizing / tying in her children or grandchildren into the design. But maybe not the little square picture bracelets that were popular in the early 2000s. Think legitimately wearable. Less is more!
On the other hand, maybe she'd appreciate something fun that she wouldn't otherwise buy herself (but still fits her style / is legitimately wearable). A statement necklace, a pretty set of stackable beaded bracelets, a lovely pair of earrings, maybe a fun watch. J Crew Factory is a goldmine for gorgeous statement jewelry that doesn't break the bank and even Charming Charlie's has some fun pieces (that are also excellent and inexpensive for buying in bulk for your matching bridesmaids -- brides take note!).
An excellent addition to anything else (champagne & peonies go GREAT together, don't they?!), you could also opt for a stand-alone bubbly like Veuve Cliquot orange label. YUM!
THE GIFT OF SHOES
Maybe she resigned herself to wearing sensible shoes after the birth of her baby. A gift card to DSW would help her find her shoe mojo again, right? Or at least replace that nasty pair of wedges she's worn and loved since the pre-baby years?
If it's been since her wedding that she's had a professional take photos of her, wouldn't it be nice to gift her a photography session of her & her little (or big) ones? It doesn't matter if her children are adults, it's always nice to have moments in time captured beautifully. OR, alternatively, if she has all the images but never takes the time to print them, it would mean so much to have beautiful prints or an album or photo book to look back rather than scrolling through years of instagram feeds. With companies like Chatbooks (that literally print your instagram) and even high-quality Apple photo books, it's so easy to make these! I love Mpix for prints, too.
A TROPICAL VACATION
Perhaps the best idea of them all, what mom wouldn't like to get away with a fruity cocktail in a coconut with no responsibilities?! Call up my good friend Carlie and find yourself thousands of miles away with just the ocean breeze. But maybe avoid the Zyka virus areas if she wants more kids soon... (Yikes.)
You don't have to spend any actual money. It's the THOUGHT, the APPRECIATION, and the effort that makes a difference. Saying Happy Mother's Day, going a little out of your way to do something nice for her (change all the diapers that day? let her get away with no laundry or cooking? wash her car?), or writing a super sweet note to express your gratitude for who she is and what she's done can mean the world to a mom. Maybe she wants a day to just chill at home, no plans. Maybe she wants to go out to brunch at a cute restaurant and get some bottomless mimosas. Maybe she wants a hot shower, a nap, and a meditative yoga class. (Doesn't that sound nice?!) Know the mom you're honoring. What would she love? What would she delight in? Do that.
For me, I'm hoping for some baby snuggles (I'm in luck -- snuggliest baby ever over here), taking a lot of posed photos with nobody complaining (ahem, Drew), and a sweet card. Last Mother's Day was a hormonal blur -- we had a two-week-old and were traveling to three different family members' houses, it was the official last day of Drew's paternity leave, and anxiety was high.
Here's to a beyond-survival-mode Mother's Day, and honoring all those incredible women who made us who we are today!