Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and while there are some gifts that you can't put a price tag on (hello, a restful night of sleep) but it is nice to be appreciated as you enjoy some quality time with your family. That being said we've also found some of the best finds and gifts for you from fitness gear to beauty finds to charitable gifts to some our favorite baubles. Here are some of our best picks - all for YOU.
Charitable Gifts that Give Back:
Giving back is what motherhood is all about, and this Mother's Day you can find a collection of inspiried gifts from UNICEF. This includes everything from traditional Mothers Day cards to beautiful gifts such as a Peacock Bangle, Cast Iron Lanterns in Yellow, Orange, and Blue and the Tree of Life Bread Basket. Another idea is to purchase their Safe Birthing Kit, a gift that will go towards the purchase drugs, renewable supplies, medical equipment and basic sterilization and resuscitation equipment to support health workers and midwives for deliveries to 50 babies.
Another way to donate is through the organization, Mothers 2 Mothers via their Double Your Mommy Mothers Day campaign. How it works is that people can donate to m2m in honor of their mother or an important woman in their life and that donation will be doubled by a matching gift from an anonymous donor up to a total of $25,000. In recognition, m2m will send an e-card or card by mail to the individual who is honored for Mothers Day!
Another way to celebrate Mother's Day is the fair trade way by purchasing items that support moms around the world. This year, Mothers Day falls on the same weekend as Fair Trade Day a perfect time to celebrate hardworking moms. When you buy Fair Trade Certified products, youre providing hard-working moms who produce the goods with fair prices and wages to support their families and live a better quality of life.Some of our favorites for Mother's Day are Allegro La Duena Coffee, Sweetriot Fabulous Flax Chocolate, Traditional Medicinals Womens Teas and One World Flowers.
For the Business-Minded Mom:
As someone that doesn't leave home without her business cards, I always have to make sure that I have enough and recently they have been organized thanks to my business card holder from Bespoke Custom Gifts. Their Leather Card Case is a great way to hold everything from business cards to credit cards that can also be monogrammed for mom.
Another fun product for moms is the NOOK® HD Snow 16GB from Barnes & Noble. Available at Target, moms can download their favorite stories and relax to a good book. We love this covered with the Barnes & Noble Jonathan Adler Book Reader Cover to protect your reader in style.
For the Fashionable Mom:
We love the bright and vibrant collection of clothes from J.McLaughlinwhere you can find springtime looks such as the Charlotte Maxi Dress, the Gypsy Dress, and the chic Alyssa Bag to hold all of your everyday essentials.
We couldn't do a guide without highlighting some of our favorite fashions, and with it being spring we are wild for the sunglasses from DLL Rainwear. Devoted to making rainy days less dreary with their colorful assortment of boots, shoes and umbrellas, DLL Rainwear is dedicated to fun, fashionable raingear. Some of our favorites are the Chooka Crododilla in black and the dav in plaid and red.
We love the collection of practical and fashionable bags from BASIL that are ideal for the active mom. Available in scarlet red, diva blue or gardenia white floral designs, the bags listed below fit perfectly on a bike or on her arm. Some of our favorites are the chic BASIL Bloom Carry All Bag that is made of water-repellent polyester and complete with a shoulder strap and carrying handles. It is also super wide and offers a roomy shoulder bag is perfect for the moms-on-the-go. We also love the BASIL Bloom Shopper, a tailored and slender, yet deep shoulder bag made of water-repellent polyester with bonus outer side pockets and the BASIL Bloom Double Bag, a trendy double-bag complete with bands and a spring clamp for secure attachment, this bag is ideal for the active, fashionable mother.
For the Mom who Loves to Sparkle:
Kay Jewelers is a great place to find Mother's Day jewelry, and some of our favorite pieces is the Open Hearts Family Collection from Jane Seymour. This includes some timeless pieces like the Diamond Open Hearts Family by Jane Seymour in Sterling Silver and the Diamond "Mom" Necklace - both of which are in Sterling Silver.
Acrylic Nameplate or Monogrammed Necklace: The acrylics are wildly popular from Nik's Naks where you can choose Mom's initials for a monogram or what about baby's initials for the monogram? You can even get Mom the nameplate with her new baby's name!
KidzCanDesign is a great way to preserve your child's art and keep it close to your heart. How it works is that you take a childs drawing (or even a babys handprint) that can then be turned into a beautiful pendant for mom to share forever.
We also love Y-CLAD.COM and their fun collection of hand curated accessories from independent fashion accessory designers. This includes a gorgeous combination of pieces like the Bronze Lace Cuff and the fun Cross-Body Handbag. As part of Mothers Day Y-CLAD.COM is running a promotion where customers can receive 20% off their final purchase when using the promo code MomsRock20 from now until May 31st.
For the Mom who Loves Beauty Products:
We love the sweet smelling line of fragrances from Tru Fragrance, a leading boutique fragrance development company, with some favorites being the sophisticated Francescas Signature fragrance, the Tru Blooms Chicago First Harvest Eau de Parfum and Francescas Tuileries, the latest fragrance from Francescas Collections. Offering an airy scent reminiscent of a walk through a Parisian garden on a windy spring day, it features sparking citron and apple with soft white amber and musk.
One of our favorite new natural skincare lines is DeVita Natural Skin Care with their collection of all-natural, 100% paraben free and PETA Certified cosmetic line. This includes the launch of Moisture TINTS, a natural, vegan and paraben free option that includes a tinted SPF 15 sunscreen moisturizer that incorporates enlightening pigments and age-defying ingredients. Some other favorites are the Chamomile Cleansing Crème, a blend of blend of pure plant extracts like Certified Organic Aloe Vera, chamomile and calendula to help maintain the skins natural pH moisture balance.and Creamy Aloe Eye Make-Up Remover - featuring Certified Organic Aloe Vera, avocado oil and green tea, gently removes eye makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Sometimes it is great to test out a variety of products, and Revlon Edition Collection -- a custom Collection curated exclusively for pampering moms, makes it easier to check out a collection of products from Revlon that is shipped right to your door. We love how this box featured bright and vibrant blends for spring by offering a full size of Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet, Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade, Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Trade Winds and Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Sea Mist.
Moms will need a case to hold all their makeup, and we love the Small Monogrammed Make-Up Case from Nik's Naks. A personal favorite of founder Nicole, this small cosmetic case that is perfect for any bag! Customers often order with their children's initials and use it in a diaper bag.
Treat mom to a day of rest and relaxation at Nordstrom Spa. Valid May 12th until June 1st, Nordstrom Beauty Spas are offering a unique, limited-time-only Mother's Day Facial with a complimentary Thalgo Collagen Eye Mask Treatment for $45. Please let us know if you'd like more information on the offering, or about Nordstrom's exciting new beauty line (eye palettes, lotions, hair chalk and more!).
For the Mom who Loves Home Decor:
We love the new collection from India Hicks, 'India Hicks Island Living' with their collection of bedding, quilts, throws and home décor accents,all representative of Indias coastal style. The collection is divided into four groupings: Harbour Island, Paradise Toile, Tropical Garden, and Trade Winds, each based off of a different coastal genre where you find fun decor accents like shells, composition of coral, markings in the sand, natural color palette, forest designs and much more. Some of our favorites are the India Hicks Marine Life Decorative Pillow and the chic India Hicks Pintuck Chambray 100% Cotton sheets.
Art.com, an online destination for experiencing and buying art is a great place to find mom a unique piece of art. Some of our favorite pieces are the Joyful Garden piece, Blues Come Through and the unique way to share photos via Art.coms Photo to Art iPhone application where you can transform a simple image into a beautiful gift.
For the Pregnant Mama-to-Be:
Thyme Maternity is one of our favorite maternity lines (check out Brianne's review here) - offering moms stylish pieces like the Thyme cap-sleeve nursing dress that is comfortable and flattering for mom. We are also loving the sleeveless U-Neck Top that brings a pop of color to your mom-to-be Spring wardrobe. Pair it with a pair of our denim shorts or jeans to complete the look.
We are loving the line of swimwear from Aqua Sphere for expectant mamas. Featuring their unique Body Control System, which offers bust support, tummy control, and other advanced-fit features to help her feel her best!
For the Fitness Minded Mama:
Joining a gym is not always easy, but Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone and friendly prices, has a Mothers Day promotion that gives back in very meaningful ways. From May 8 through May 15, people can join for just $10 down and then $10 a month, and Planet Fitness will donate 100% of the enrollment fee to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.
With your new gym membership you will need to workout in style. We love the line, Ellie and their collection of chic, fashion-forward and functional fitness pieces with some favorites being the Dynamic Duo Top, To Die for Capri and the Call me Coy tank.
To stay supported we love the line of sports bras from Champion with their Absolute Double Dry II Workout Bra. This chic and functional bra is super soft and light as it supports you during intense workouts. This is thanks to its light two-layer fabric and Double Dry fabric technology that wicks sweat, allows you to stay cool and dry.
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