Mom’s The Word — Even More Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!
No need to throw up your hands in frustration, you last-minute shoppers! It’s not too late to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Here are more gift options to help you on your quest!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Heroes Collection, $146. Available at Elemis.com and Nordstrom stores.
One of the many things all moms have in common, whether we’re 23 or 73, is that we all want to look young — we may not want to resemble perky teenagers but, at the very least, we all want to look young for our respective ages. We want to be 35 and still get carded when we order a glass of wine. Heck, we want to be 55 and still get carded for that Pinot Noir! With the Elemis Pro-Collagen Heroes collection and some simple lifestyle changes (cutting down on alcohol, staying out of the sun, exercising regularly, and so forth), those wishes might just materialize. This anti-aging collection contains a Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, and Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, and it comes with a round white case shaped like a vintage hat box, replete with a jaunty top handle. All three skincare products are formulated with padina pavonica, a brown algae found in the Mediterranean Sea that has been shown to encourage the skin’s production of Glycosaminoglucan molecules (GAGs), which are responsible for maintaining elasticity. As we age, our skin produces less and less GAGs, which can result in wrinkles and sagging skin. Padina pavonica, then, kickstarts synthesis of GAGs, thereby preventing skin from losing its firmness.
The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, for starters, purifies the skin without stripping it of any vital moisture or nutrients thanks to a clever combination of rose and mimosa waxes infused with elderberry and starflower oils, along with padina pavonica extract. It initially feels extremely dense but, when you vigorously rub it in between the palms of your hands and warm it up, the balm liquifies and even develops a bit of a lather. When you massage it atop your face, it removes makeup, dirt, and grime. To enjoy a spa-like experience at home, you can use the cleansing cloth included in the kit, running it under hot water and then placing it atop your face so that it can open up your pores while removing some of the cleanser, repeating the process several times, then rinsing your face one final time.
The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, meanwhile, relies on a combination of padina pavonica, ginkgo biloba (which contains antioxidants that protect the skin against environmental aggressors that can trigger premature aging), chlorella (a blue-green algae that is rich in vitamin C and amino acids that promote collagen production and increase overall firmness), and rose and mimosa extracts. Together, these ingredients create a hydrating powerhouse that leaves skin supple and radiant.
Last but not least, you can keep crow’s feet from perching on your face with the Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, which contains padina pavonica, blue flower linseed (which is rich in omega-9 fatty acids), and a patented amino acid complex.
What mom wouldn’t appreciate a road map to youthful-looking skin? With this regimen, she’ll be well on her way to that fresh-faced destination.
Natari Peony Printed Pajama Set, $180. Available at Neiman Marcus stores and NeimanMarcus.com
Your mom may be perfectly comfortable snoozing in T-shirts and shorts, but she certainly won’t complain if she’s given the option of sleeping in a gorgeous and ultra-soft satin pajama set! This Natori set includes a button-front, long-sleeved shirt with a front patch pocket, notched lapels, and banded cuffs, as well as long, wide-leg pants with a drawstring waist. Not only will the fabric caress her skin as she gets her beauty sleep, but she’ll feel sexy and confident thanks to the lively peony print.
Michael Kors Mom Heart Keychain, $28.50. Available at MichaelKors.com and Michael Kors stores
Every time your mom slides her car key into the ignition, opens the front door to her home, or fiddles with the lock of her post office mailbox, she can look down at this key ring and remember that she has the key to your heart. The jaunty, 3″-long, 100% zinc keychain features three heart-shaped charms: one filled with red enamel, one featuring pavé-set crystals, and a larger one dangling from a curb link chain and with a golden arrow piercing the word “Mom” stamped across the heart.
Banana Republic White Straw Hat, $48. Available at Banana Republic stores and BananaRepublic.com
Whether she’s wearing shorts and a peasant blouse or a long maxi dress, mom can upgrade her beach style with this straw hat, which comes in a summer-ready crisp white hue and features a nautical-flavored band with diagonal blue-and-white stripes of varying thicknesses.
Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson, $24.99 . Available at BoxLunch.com
If you’ve watched Gilmore Girls episodes with your mom and laughed at the similarities between Lorelai and Rory’s banter and your own mother-daughter dynamic, then this cookbook is the perfect Mother’s Day gift: a useful resource filled with legitimately delicious recipes and, at the same time, a book steeped in a pop culture lexicon in which you’re both fluent. The 261-paged book includes over 100 recipes — all inspired by dishes eaten, served, or mentioned on Gilmore Girls — so that anyone can give their kitchen and dinner table a bit of Stars Hollow charm. The best recipes are those that center around foods that were casually referenced on the show . For instance, the book includes a Pumpkin Pancakes recipe inspired by the episode in which Luke, after hiring Froggy to help him at the diner, offered the girls the tasty hot cakes with homemade cinnamon butter.
Nine West Tatiana Pointy Toe Pump, $79. Available at NineWest.com
Women with a fervent appreciation for beautiful shoes don’t just trade in their stilettos, strappy sandals, and coquettish wedges for cumbersome Crocs upon becoming mothers. If your mom dreams of a Carrie Bradshaw-sized shoe closet, then you can’t possibly go wrong by gifting her these scene-stealing, tropical-flavored pumps, which feature sky-high 4″ heels.
Cynthia Rowley for Staples Cosmic White Floral Notebook, $5.99. Available at Staples stores.
Moms like me can’t get through the week without making lists — lots and lots of lists. After all, there are groceries to buy, bills to pay, soccer practices and dance rehearsals to remember, meal plans to make, doctor’s appointments to schedule, and so forth. This stunning 100-page notebook, featuring 8.5″ x 11″ college ruled sheets, is the perfect place to jot down those helpful lists, along with phone numbers, addresses, and random thoughts and musings.
Dogeared Karma Open Circle Multi Colored Beaded Bar Necklace, $62. Available at Dogeared.com
This necklace is meant to function as a constant reminder to harness positive vibes, maintain an optimistic outlook, express your gratitude for the small wonders of life, and embrace principles of solidarity and selflessness. The dainty necklace features a 19mm sterling silver open circle charm with a single bar running horizontally along the circle’s inner frame, the length of the bar adorned by 1mm white, black, turquoise, red, gray, navy, and pink seed beads. Packaged in a Dogeared gift box, the necklace comes with a Karma card that describes the symbolic meaning of the design. “What goes around comes around, wear your necklace as a reminder to keep the circle positive, peaceful, and loving,” it reads.