I don’t know about you but my mom is the ultimate “mom.” What I mean by this is – she’s devoted her whole life to my siblings and I and selflessly always put our needs before her own. I don’t think I fully understood how complicated motherhood is until I had my own kids, nor did I fully understand the kind of sacrifice she made to make sure she was there for us no matter what. While this weekend is the day we set aside every year to say “thanks” to the people who brought us into this world and help keep us safe, secure, and loved each and every day, it’s a great reminder that a little bit of acknowledgment goes a long way. Whether you are shopping for your own mother, your mother-in-law, a close friend, your sister, or your wife, this year, we put a little additional effort into our Mother’s Day approach. I chatted with everyone on the W&D team and put together a list of fun activities, outings, and unique gifts you can give to all the mamas in your life that will make them feel like they’re one in a million. Browse our outside the box gift guide below and let us know what you think! Is there anything special or different you are planning this year for all the important mamas in your life? We would love to hear in the comments below.
Maggie Louise Confections makes the most beautiful hand-painted rose chocolates I have ever laid eyes on. At first glance, I thought they were made of porcelain! (That’s how pretty they are.) But they are real and so delicious. You can feel good about your purchase too, because 100% of the proceeds are donated to an organization called Every Mother Counts, a company whose sole mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Talk about bringing Mother’s Day full circle.
As you may have noticed we launched our W&D stationery line last week. Insert hands up to the sky emoji! If the mom in your life is into cards, writing notes or loves placing little self-affirmation notes around the house, we have the perfect array of gifts for you! Try our W&D Affirmation Cards Starter Pack, or browse our entire Essentials Collection where you’ll find notebooks, card sets and everything an organized mama would need to feel complete.
Thanks to Francine, our local design maven at W&D, I recently discovered Book of the Month Club. Every month you choose one—out of five new books—to test drive. The Book of the Month Club makes their top 5 selects every month from hundreds of new releases. I am really excited to buy this for my mom this year, but then I am going to sign myself up, too. I can’t help it, how fun. Each month your new book will arrive in a pretty package beckoning you to complete your month’s reading list.
With Mother’s Day falling on May 13th this year, this is prime spring planting time. So for the lady in your life with the green thumb, what about gifting seedlings or a freshly planted flower? Purchase a beautiful pot with a pre-planted flower or sprinkle in your own seeds. Here are a few of our favorite easy-to-grow flowers that are currently in season: dahlia, chrysanthemum, cosmos, and pansies. And here are a few of our favorite pots to choose from Speckled Ceramic Hanging Planter, Sagebrook Ceramic Planter, Patricia Ceramic Planter, and the Threshold Ceramic Planter.
For the mama on the go that loves yoga, jogging, hiking or working out in general – check out our favorite Outdoor Voices Leggings and Athletic Sports Bra. These workout staples are oh so adorable and sure to get people asking where you bought them. I have these super durable leggings in navy and wear them non-stop!
For the mom in your life that’s a total foodie here are a few of our favorite cookbooks at the studio that we would all gift to our moms in a heartbeat: The Love & Lemons Cookbook, Sunday Suppers, The Minimalist Kitchen, and Healthyish.
We all have a mom in our life that has killer style. For her, we love this Aria Wicker tote, white flowy Blouse from Madewell and these Madewell Linen Blend Wide Leg Pants. She can use these breezy summer essentials all season long. Any of these items would be absolutely perfect for a day out on the boat, a yummy beach day, or a simple summer stroll.
For mamas with young babies, there might not be a better gift than a relaxing day at the spa! Or if a full day at the spa is out of your budget, a 60-minute back massage or facial is probably one of the best gifts on the planet for a mama with children of any age. But sometimes it’s also nice to have a little getaway care package hiding in your very own bathroom. New nail polishes, makeup, body scrubs, bath salts, candles, face masks, or essential oils bundled together in a pretty gift basket could make all the difference in making a mama’s daily beauty and wellness routine a little more therapeutic. Here are just a few of our handpicked favorites Osmia Himalayan Body Buff, Voluspa 3 Wick Candle, Aura Cacia Discover Relaxation Oil Kit, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, and Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme.
BY Kate Arends - May 8, 2018
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.