Tell Mama — Check Out Our Mother’s Day 2013 Gift Guide!
Sure, she nagged you about eating your vegetables, reminded you incessantly that she was neither a maid nor a short order chef, and monitored your every utterance in case a curse word slipped out, but she also cooked you chicken soup when you had a cold, kissed every scraped knee and tiny boo-boo, read your favorite bedtime story so many times she could recite it from memory, stitched up your favorite stuffed animal for the 100th time, cut the crust off your sandwich, drove you to ballet or baseball practice at obscenely early hours, and displayed every excellent report card or sports team trophy with the pride others would reserve for Nobel Peace Prizes. This Sunday, show your mom she’s appreciated with a gift she’ll treasure forever.
Below, you’ll find some great goodies that will make mama sing (pun intended).
Kate Spade Pack A Picnic Wine Tote, $238. Available at Kate Spade stores and KateSpade.com
Spring is upon us which, of course, means plenty of opportunities for picnics in the park or at the beach. This wicker-inspired tote features a turquoise blue vinyl top lid with matching shoulder straps, and three slotted interior compartments, with the central one designed to hold a wine bottle so that, even the top flap incorporates a round cut-out through which to position the neck of the bottle, ensuring it remains upright during transit. The outer compartments, meanwhile, are perfect for stashing sandwiches, bags of sliced apples and carrots, napkins, and other picnic must-haves.
L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Jasmin & Bergamote Collection, $95. Available at L’Occitane stores and USA.LOccitane.com
Just in time for Mother’s Day, L’Occitane launched a new collection of fragrances inspired by Grasse, the town within Provence known as the Capital of Perfumery. Incorporating shower gels, eau de toilettes, bar soaps, and body lotions, the L’Occitane La Collection De Grasse consists of four new signature scents: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mure, Vanilla & Narcisse, and Thé Vert & Bigarade. If your mother loves the grace and femininity of the jasmine flower, she’ll appreciate the Jasmin & Bergamot scent, which combines this delicate and romantic scent with the sunny citric quality of bergamot. And, in turn, mom will swoon over this gorgeous gift set, which includes a 2.5 oz. Jasmin & Bergamote EDT bottle, a 5.9 fl. oz. bottle of the Jasmin & Bergamote body milk, and a 5.9 fl. oz. bottle of the Jasmine & Bergamote shower gel.
Bing Bang NYC Oversized Ray Heart Button Earrings, $55. Available at Shop.BingBangNYC.com
A mother’s love is unconditional. Show her the same is true of her brethren with these heart-shaped button earrings from Bing Bang NYC, which feature a ridged texture, with ray-like beams emanating from the core of each earring. Measuring 0.75″ in diameter, these rose gold-plated sterling silver earrings have a slightly vintage, worn-in feel that adds to their charm.
Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Couture 5-Piece Brush Set, $14.99. Available at Target stores.
If your mom is a makeup lover, chances are she’s always looking for some top-notch brushes with which to apply her favorite powders, blushes, and eye shadows. This chic set from Sonia Kashuk incorporates five pieces — a Powder Brush, Synthetic Concealer/Foundation Brush, Fluffy Eye Shadow Brush, Angled Contour Crease Brush and Flat Shader Brush — all featuring ultra-soft bristles and boasting a mosaic-like print along their handles that makes them all the more worthy of prime placement on a vanity table or dresser.
Khirma Eliazov Oversized Chain Wallet, $325. Available at KhirmaEliazov.com
Looking for a real splurge item for your mom? Then consider this elegant wallet, made of vibrant cobalt leather and brown lizard skin. Measuring 5″ in length. 4″ in height, and 1.5″ in width, this piece features a removable gunmetal chain that allows it to be worn as a dainty cross-body bag.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine Edition EDT, $78 for 2.5 oz. bottle. Available at Macy’s and Macys.com
As soon as you lay eyes on the Marc Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine Edition EDT bottle, you’ll be struck by the colorful interpretation of the now-classic Daisy fragrance’s packaging — from the pink juice inside the clear bottle to the candy-like, fruity, Carmen Miranda-worthy color of the rubbery daisies adorning the golden cap. The Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine Edition fragrance composition, similarly, is a perkier and flashier version of the original, with juicy top notes of strawberry, apple blossom, and pink grapefruit in lieu of the original’s strawberry, violet leaf and ruby red grapefruit top notes. The fragrance heart, meanwhile, stays true to the original in that they both incorporate jasmine petals, but this one surrounds this feminine note with day lily and rose notes instead of the traditional gardenia and violet petals. Lastly, the base notes for the Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine edition consist of violet leaf, white oak moss, and amber wood, a more exotic and warmer mix than the smooth and straight-forward base notes of vanilla, white woods, and musk found in the original Daisy EDT.
Blee Inara Beaded Tassel And Heart Charm Stretch Bracelet, $52. Available at MaxandChloe.com
Bohemian and street chic influences converge in the most harmonious manner in this stretchy Blee Inara bracelet, which features round cyan blue resin beads with metallic gold beads dispersed intermittently. A bulbous, 18k gold-played heart charm gives the bracelet a sweet energy, while the accompanying 1″-long tassel lends it a free-spirited edge.
Maggy London Print Jersey Shift Dress, $78. Available at MaggyLondon.com
Appropriate for both work and play, this sleeveless jersey shift dress features a perky abstract print that radiates from the side so as to create a slimming effect while captivating onlookers with its painterly vibe.
Tory Burch Larissa Pumps, $325. Available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com
Even if she hasn’t worn Mary Janes since her days as a uniform-clad schoolgirl, your mom will jump at the chance to dip her toes into these classic Mary Jane pumps, which feature modern details like perforated uppers, a black toe cap, a sexy 3 1/2″-tall heel, and a slim strap with a bow-adorned buckle closure.
Erickson Beamon Earrings, $139.50. Available at ClubMonaco.com
Though they nod to Art Deco aesthetic norms, these Erickson Beamon earrings feel modern and even futuristic but, most importantly, they’re incredibly glamorous. Measuring 2 1/2″ in length, the earrings feature faceted, diamond-shaped, clear resin beads, with two silver-set periwinkle blue beads adorning their bottom tip, two faceted rectangular beads adorning the top edges and positioned in an upside down V shape, an oval-shaped blue stone between these two beads, and smaller pyramid-shaped beads in a green citrine color at the ear post position.
Diane Von Furstenberg Printed iPad Case, $225. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saksfifthavenue.com
Has mom finally gone high tech? Then embrace her dive into the digital realm and make sure she maintains her trendsetter status with this ultra chic iPad case from Diane Von Furstenberg, featuring a black-and-white palm leaf print and neon yellow handle bars that make the graphic print really pop.
Alessandro Alberti and Giulietta Piccioli Bi-Color Pitcher, $65. Available at the MOMA Store and MomaStore.org
Next time your mom whips up a batch of sweet tea or pink lemonade to serve her guests, she can serve it in this stunning, mouth-blown Italian glass pitcher,boasting a ribbed texture and a stunning amethyst color, with a turquoise handle adding a perky and modern touch.