Mother’s Day is May 12, 2019. Less than a month away!
If you are looking for a meaningful and memorable gift for your mother or grandmother, I have some ideas!
Shoes are one of the very best Mother’s Day gifts. Here is why. They are practical. Plus, they are a somewhat universal gift – meaning that they are sure to be used and appreciated, whether your mom has only two pairs of shoes or an entire closetful. Finally, it’s relatively simple to get the sizing exactly right. This year, I’m showcasing a number of different hand-picked shoes to suit a variety of activity levels, interests, occupations, and styles.
Timelessly beautiful, ballet flats look good on anyone. They are dainty and stylish, while offering excellent comfort. Perfect for running errands, attending a fundraising gala, or a day at the office. Unlike cheaper flats, the Emmie offer a cushioned footbed and some support. There are a number of different colors, patterns, and materials to select from in this same ballerina shoe profile.
Add some sunshine to her days with a new pair of rainboots. If she lives in a wet climate, she’ll wear them constantly. If she lives in a mild or sunny climate, she will delight in the novelty and wear them cheerfully when clouds appear.
We love the subtle mint green of these neutral boots by Bogs Footwear. They are 100% waterproof and offer a contoured footbed with gel cushioning.
People often think of work boots for dads, but hard-working mothers will be equally thrilled to receive a pair that will pull double-duty in both the style and durability departments. The Liberty Alpine by The Original Muck Boot Company is 100% waterproof and has plentiful features to help women as they pursue carpentry, construction, and outdoorsy projects. Plus, you’ve got to admit – they’re just all-around cool.
Spring is here and summer is on its way! These dressy sandals by Charleston Shoe Company offer both beauty and comfort. They are great because they can be dressed up with a skirt or dressed down with a pair of shorts. You can choose from a variety of wedge heights, colors, and patterns for exactly the right sandal to carry her through the warm weather months.
Based in South Carolina and founded by a woman, we love that Charleston Shoes offers “comfort, without sacrificing style.” They bill their shoes as excellent for travel and we can’t help but agree.
- BUY the Benjamin or the Cannon Solid.
- FOLLOW Charleston Shoe Company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
As sizzling temperatures approach, a new pair of flip-flops will be a welcome gift. Even if she has another pair, it’s likely that they are getting worn out and, besides, it’s always nice to alternate. Peruse the collection of colors and styles at Gumbies USA – “Gumbies follow the contours of the foot, the arch of the sole and most importantly provide comfort between the toes, whilst using the most practical, natural, and recycled planet-friendly materials where possible.”
WATER AEROBIC SHOES
A friend showed me her Ryka water sneakers last year – and I was immediately sold! No more sore or ripped feet from swimming pool surfaces! With Ryka’s athletic water sneakers, you can get a great workout in the pool, while cushioning your feet. Slip on your shoes and step into the pool to run in place or join a water aerobic class. These would be an excellent gift pick for any active mom who has a pool or who regularly uses a pool in her community. Water sneakers are also excellent for use at indoor & outdoor water parks since they offer protection for your feet, but are designed to get soaked.
The Hydro Sport Water Shoe offers a speed lace system with toggle for easy on/off (no tying necessary!) and a sticky rubber outsole with drainage ports.
I first heard about LipSense from my sister (who has her cosmetology license and has tried dozens of beauty products). As a mom of four, the premise and promises of the product intrigued me: “lip color that lasts until you take it off…waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off!”
From that point on, I kept bumping into other LipSense enthusiasts. After I received a friend’s Christmas card, I texted her and asked, “What lipstick are you wearing?” “LipSense!” she gushed, “You will love it.”
It’s a little odd to get used to (it almost “stings” a little bit when you apply it, although painlessly). It really does stay on though. No need to reapply throughout the day! No more lipstick on my teeth!
Of note: SeneGence products do not contain aluminum or lead.
PRETTY NOTECARDS IN A KEEPSAKE BOX
This collectible book box has twenty foliage-themed cards inside – each imprinted with a line from one of Emily Dickinson’s poems. The set also includes a small ruled pocket journal and twenty feather pen sticker seals. The sage-colored keepsake box is sturdy enough (and beautiful enough!) to put on your bookshelf.
- BUY the Emily Dickinson Deluxe Notecard Set.
- FOLLOW Insight Editions on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Whenever mothers are surveyed about what they wish for most on holidays, two things generally come out on top: a family picture and a good night’s sleep. Help her with that last goal by gifting her a luxurious, satiny-soft set of sheets. Cloudten has won numerous awards for being comfortable, non-toxic, and responsibly crafted. They even have a 100-night guarantee. Plus, all of their sheets sets are the same price – regardless of the size or color. I love the sultry smoke gray, don’t you?
The Amora Sateen Sheet Set (pictured above) is crafted from 100% hyper-combed long-staple Egyptian Cotton. It feels subtly satiny and is wonderfully lightweight, keeping you cool through the warm summer months.
Searching for a non-greasy, moisturizing sunscreen with a subtle tint? Allow me to introduce you to CōTZ, “the healthier sunscreen.” CōTZ stands for Contains Only Titanium and Zinc. All of their products use only the mineral sunscreen active ingredients Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. If you’ve tried other mineral sunscreens, however, you may be dreading that typical white sheen that you just can’t get to rub in. Not CōTZ! It’s sheer and lightweight, blending with ease. I prefer sunscreens with a tint, but non-tinted versions are also available. Try it!
A SET OF RAMEKINS
Incredibly versatile and oh-so-beautiful, ramekins serve so many purposes in the kitchen. They can be used for parfaits, sundaes, creme brûlée, hot chocolate, cookies-in-a-cup, or any number of fruit crisps. The gorgeous ones pictured above are from Emile Henry and are the perfect size. I made individual cups of peach crisp two days ago – delicious! Let me know if you want the recipe.
A handsome address stamp is such a time-saver. Consider all of the hours you’ve spent handwriting your return address on envelopes (I did 150+ envelopes alone just for Christmas cards). The self-inking address stamps at PurpleTrail are a good way to go! Easily stamp your envelopes in the design of your choice. Note that the simple editor is far more intuitive than the full editor.
Step 1: Order a Legacybox. Step 2: Wait for it to arrive and then fill it with your tapes, film, pictures, and audio from years goneby. Step 3: Send it in and they’ll send it all back to you on dvds and optional thumb drive. A mama’s dream come true, right?
This is a marvelous way to digitalize old wedding pictures, negatives from your childhood, and old videos from special events. Super easy to do – with no technology knowledge needed.
What Mother’s Day gift ideas would you add?