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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Being on lockdown with my family for the past two months has made me appreciate all that women do even more. Sure, dads are wonderful and tons of fun, but moms–moms are different. Moms are the magic makers, the organizers, the worriers, the appointment keepers, the ones who get stuff done (even during a global pandemic). So, I wanted to put together a Mother’s Day gift guide to thank all the women in my life.

With Mother’s Day just a week away, I’ve been looking for special ways to honor women, from my own mom to my kick-ass friends—and I even want to treat myself! Lord knows we all need it right now. In that spirit, this gift guide features items that are sure to make your favorite women smile. Bonus: These gifts start at $15, and feature six independent artisans, for those who want to support small businesses. Happy gifting!

1. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple $18  

When you’re cooking every meal at home, you need to keep it simple. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Tieghan’s cookbook that features 125 easy, comfort food–inspired recipes consisting of fewer ingredients, one-pot meals, and make-ahead dishes. There are even vegan and vegetarian options. 

2. Madame Glass $15 

Because every lady of the house needs her own personalized glass. (See also: whiskey.)

3. Instant Pot $79 

We’ve fallen in love with the Instant Pot, especially the vegan tikka masala recipe I talked about in this post. It’s the best way to cook all in one pot–and the clean up is super speedy.

4. Drinking with Chickens Cocktail Book $20

I adore chickens and a strong drink, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with Kate’s insta account—and her garden-inspired book of cocktails. It contains recipes for more than 60 “garden to glass” drinks, like a lilac apricot rum sour and a cantaloupe mint rum punch, all of which are photographed with a sassy chicken. Does it get any better? 

5. Tango Key Fob $20 

I’m partial to leather goods and supporting my community, so this stylish keychain from an Austin brand is a win-win. (And hopefully we will all be driving more again soon!)

6. Horseshoe Necklace $40

We all need some good luck right now, so I think any mama would appreciate this sweet rosegold neckace. The dainty horseshoe is the creation of an artisan based in Nevada. 

7. Personalized Stationery $17 

Using personalized stationery is such a nice touch when writing a card or connecting with someone. I like this one from a Missouri-based artist because it’s simple and elegant.

8. Lavender Bath Soak  $21 

Because we all need a little (ok, a lot) of R&R right now, especially the mamas. This rich blend of essential oils and salts smells and feels luxiourious. I love that it comes in a pretty glass apothacary bottle.    

9. Personalized Cutting Board $48

With all the time we’ve spent in the kitchen these last two months, I think we deserve a little name recognition. These elegant teak cutting boards can be customized with her name to personalze her prep work and presentation.  

10. Whatknot Necklace $89

The pretty frosted stones on this necklace remind me of the sea glass I’d find on the beach with my mom as a kid. 

11. Concrete After Lightening candle $65 

I live for this candle by Brooklyn-based fragrance house D.S. & Durga. Inspired by crackling thunderstroms on hot summer days, the unisex scent freshens up any room.

12. Breville Juicer $179 

Hands down, one of the best ways to start your day is with fresh juice. This juicer is quick, efficient and easy to clean.

13. Dr. Strum Serum Set $329 

Definitely a splurge, but money well spent. Dr. Strums products are truly amazing and do your face good. This gift set comes with four serums that hydrate, brighten, soothe and smooth to keep skin looking fresh.

14. Ilia Eyeshadow Palette $38 

This clean-beauty company continues to blow me away with their beautiful products. I love that this palette can be worn both day and night.


What are you gifting the moms in your life this Mother’s Day? 

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  • michaela kilbride

    Hey Gen, In the UK we have already had our mothers day two days before we were lockdowned in March. It was nice having that timne with familiy considering how isolated we all are now! I got my mum seat covers for her car (pink) no joke that is what she wanted. I always buy her perfume, a flower garden in a pot type thing (ha!) , flowers and chocolate just because I like to spoil her. Oh yes and I bought her her favourite candle and another that I think she would like, which was a little more money. She is worth it. I agree with you mums need to be celebrated, we only have a little time on this earth, so our loved ones need to know they are ‘LOVED’. Lovely pictures of you and Odette. Keep smiling, love to you all xxxxx

  • Maya

    In my country people got offended that there isn’t a father’s Day, so we have family day, and it was already…

  • Valerie Goike

    I got my Mom a Panic at the Disco t-shirt.

  • Lid

    All these are great 🎁 enough to cover all the women on my list.

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  • Erin

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of Simply Mazzara’s LLC, but she handmakes all these bar soaps and things like that out of natural ingredients! It’s really cool and her prices are pretty affordable 🙂

  • Tami

    I always love your gift ideas and product recommendations, and have ordered many of them!

    I also promote your blog posts whenever I can.

    I can’t find any reference here to the book club.

    Is there a specific sign-up, ot is it more informal?

  • Laura Darnell

    Hi Gen – love the gift ideas! My mom has dementia and it’s been pretty difficult losing her to that horrible disease. We are glad to still have her with us but the mom we knew is gone. We are getting her a cupcake bouquet made by a local bakery and a framed picture of her little dog that she loves. Hope you have a happy Mother’s Day! Love your pictures of your life and family. ❤️ I am reading the book club book and love it. How are we going to discuss it

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