For those of you who need a little reminder: MOTHER’S DAY IS TOMORROW.
Now, if that statement just gave you a full blown panic attack, don’t worry, I got you covered. I’ve compiled a list of quick and easy gift ideas for that special lady in your life.
For the Makeup Lover
Universal: My go-to gift for pretty much anyone is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which you can pick up at Sephora for $20. This is my absolute holy grail lip product that I cannot live without. It leaves your lips soft and nourished if you slather it on before bed, but also looks just as nice as a juicy lip gloss.
A Little Extra: If you’re brave enough to select a lipstick shade for mom, I’d go with the Milk Makeup Lip Color which you can snag from Sephora for $24. It’s not too matte, not too shiny, and won’t ever dry out your lips which makes it a perfect gift without having to know someone’s personal preferences. My favorite shade is Name Drop which is a universally flattering shade of red/orange that would look stunning on any skin tone. They also have a good selection of nudes as well for those whose mom’s aren’t quite so bold in day-to-day makeup.
Inexpensive: I’m just going to keep with the lip theme here, because you really can’t go wrong with lipstick. It’s much easier than trying to go for eyeshadow or skincare. Anyway, my favorite inexpensive lipstick is the Sephora #LipStories line. They run about $8 and come in a ton of shades. They’re a creamy and pigmented formula that won’t ever dry out your lips. It’s truly a win win.
For the Book Worm
Universal: Have you heard of Audible? Of course you have. If your mama likes to read, you’ve gotta get her into Audible. They have like a hundred million billion of the coolest books available and your mom won’t know what to do with herself.
A Little Extra: If your mom isn’t a fan of audiobooks, try getting her hooked on a Kindle. They’re not as pricey as you might think, running you right around $90 but you can certainly find cheaper options. Similar to the Audible subscription, you’re giving your mom the gift of endless books in one place. Trust me, she’ll love it.
Inexpensive: If you’re really tight on budget this year, make your mom a playlist of books to read or listen to. Make it a mix of books you think she’ll love and throw in a few stories from when you were a kid and watch the water works take off.
For the Self Care Queen
Universal: Has anyone not read my blog on the perfect bubble bath yet? If you haven’t, definitely check it out. Stay at home moms, working moms, and soon to be moms can all agree that there is no better way to relax than with a luxurious bubble bath after a long, hard day. This one calls for a few ingredients, but you can put together a wow-factor level relaxation basket with some nice Epsom salts, a good bubble bath, and a few bath bombs, perhaps from Lush’s spring collection.
A Little Extra: Face masks are always a great gift because they’re that perfect level of extra that not everyone will splurge on for themselves. I always love me a good sheet mask, but for super moms on the go, we’re looking for something low maintenance. Milk Makeup stick masks are a great place to start.
Inexpensive: Did you know you can DIY some super fancy body scrubs for like basically no money at all? This is my favorite recipe, fan favorite Christmas gift too, for sure.
For the Chef
Universal: Cratejoy is this super awesome subscription service where you can buy your mom a box of all sorts of cool things from flowers to books to makeup and most importantly, food! As an added bonus, you can also buy boxes based off dietary restrictions. It’s a great service, check it out!
A Little Extra: If you want to go a little further for mom, I’d spring for the infamous Instapot. This is definitely a little pricier, but you’ll win extra brownie points for sure once she realizes she can cook a whole frozen chicken in no time at all.
Inexpensive: If you’re trying to save a few bucks, try creating a homemade recipe book with all your favorite and her favorite recipes. To really pull on the heartstrings, scribble down your favorite recipes from when you were a kid.
For the Homebody
Universal: This is a personal favorite of mine. I love love love my diffuser that i picked up on Amazon for just $30. It disperses throughout my entire living room no problem, and has three timer settings. If your mom is one to hang out around the house, be sure that house is smelling so fresh and so clean clean.
A Little Extra: I like subscription boxes, can you tell? Along the same lines, if your mom likes to be home, make sure it feels extra homey. A subscription from The Sill will send fresh plants to your mom monthly, so even if she isn’t exactly Dr. Greenthumb, she’ll always have another chance.
Inexpensive: Give your mom a stay at home date night. Netflix and Chill with whatever movie she wants. Bring her some popcorn and a bottle of wine and just hang out with her. Chances are, she wants to spend time with you more than she really wants any kind of gift.
For the Fitness Expert
Universal: Does your mom drink water? Of course she does. You know what the coolest beverage receptacle in the world is? It’s a Hydro Flask. These bad boys cost a pretty penny up front, but boy oh boy are they nice. I’ve had mine for about a year now, and even with a few dings and scratches along the way, this thing will still keep my water ice cold for at least 48 hours. You can buy them online with some rush shipping, or you can snag one at your local REI, Whole Foods, or Dicks.
A Little Extra: Is your mom like super over the top into fitness? Try gifting her some cool supplements. My favorite supplement is collagen which is also high in good proteins. You can use consume this in pill form or powder form. If you haven’t already, check out my blog on all the ways to integrate collagen into your diet here.
Inexpensive: Chances are your fitness loving mama has some kind of tracker like a FitBit or an Apple Watch that she wears religiously. An easy option is to get a cool band or face cover. You can buy them pretty cheaply on Amazon, or you can pick them up in your local Walmart, Target, or Best Buy.
For the New Mom
Universal: What do new moms want more than anything? Cute onesies? Top of the line but totally educational toys? A happy and fulfilling life for their child? No. New mom’s want sleep. Get that girl some nice, expensive coffee and send it her way. Lord knows she needs it.
A Little Extra: As previously mentioned, new mom’s don’t have much free time for themselves, and chances are they have about as much expendable cash. Gift your fave new baby mama a gift card to a nice dinner or a relaxing spa and be sure it’s something she can’t go spend on those little rugrats. She deserves a night off too, you know.
Inexpensive: If you’re looking to go the free route, you can always donate your time. Pro babysitters cost some serious dough, and if she really wants a night out, I’m sure she’s happy enough to dump that monster on you for a night and I’m sure you’re capable of making sure it survives for six hours. Volunteer to spend some time with the munchkin and you’ll see how easy (or not so easy, who knows) it is to become Auntie or Uncle **insert your lovely name here**.
For the Broke Kids
Universal: Everyone likes getting flowers. They’re easy, they smell nice, and they make your life brighter for a few days. If you’re like me and you’re balling on a budget, I’m going to let you in on my secret. Trader Joe’s has awesome flowers for like $10. Seriously, they have bouquets or arrangements of specific flowers and you just can’t go wrong! The only downfall is that the selection will be lesser by the end of the day so be sure to stop by early!
A Little Extra: If you’re the kind of person who likes to go a little over the top for mother’s day, nothing says “I love you” like some good old fashioned blood, sweat, and tears. Invite your madre over for a nice, homemade brunch and pull out all the stops. I’m talking french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, puree some blueberries to go with some fresh pancakes; the sky’s the limit!
Inexpensive: See above; mom’s dig child labor. Whether you’re 15 or 51, no one likes doing housework. Take the load off your mama and pick up a broom or something. Make your childhood home sparkle like it did that time your aunt came over for Thanksgiving when you were 7. We all remember that day, amiright?
At the end of the day, mother’s day is more about showing some appreciation for the person who brought you into this world (and can take you right out!) and less about the actual dollar amount that you spend. Quality time, thought, and effort make such a difference. Tell that lady you love her and tell her I think she did a great job.
And to my mom, if she’s out there reading this somewhere, I love you. Happy mother’s day.
To my Nana, thanks for always listening to me. You’re the best and I’ll never be able to thank you enough.
To Mena, a woman who is so strong and caring, you deserve the world. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
To Karen, my almost mother-in-law, I miss you every day. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and everything you continue to do.
And here’s to STRONG women. May we KNOW them. May we BE them. May we RAISE them.