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Hi Group Chat,
Mother’s Day is coming up. Any Mother’s Day gifts you recommend for mom this year? I need help!
Sincerely, Mother’s Kid
Jamé Jackson, who believes a mother’s hug can fix the world, says: Mother’s Day this year will be very different for a lot of people. As someone who can admit that she sucks at gift-giving, I always think of practical gifts someone will appreciate. Mother’s Day gifts are no exception. For my mom, she loves gardening and plants. A beautiful flower pot can instantly elevate your home, both indoors and outdoors. And no matter how much of a green thumb your mom may have (or not have), a flower pot can hold more than just flowers. No matter what, it’s super cute, affordable and chic.
Gladia Planter, $24
Daniel Menendez, who admits he is a certified momma’s boy, says: As a certified momma’s boy, I know that the simplest things can go a long way for mom — as long as you put some thought into it. One year I framed a picture of my brother and me from when we were kids and included a card that explained why she’s the best mom. It’s simple but VERY effective. If you want to include a side gift, another thing you can shop for is a White Barn candle. They’re the absolute best!
White Barn Candle, $23.30
Jeanine Edwards, who unashamedly buys herself Mother’s Day gifts, says: First and foremost, please don’t get the moms in your life something that is not actually for them. One Mother’s Day, I received a potty. Really. Yes, it was a practical gift, and I appreciated not having to buy it for myself – but like, a necklace would have been nice. That’s my not-so-subtle way of saying, I really like jewelry gifts. Personalized jewelry with initials and birthstones is really popular right now and makes a great gift. One of the best presents I’ve received is a simple gold necklace with an S charm for my daughter’s first name. I wear it every day.
Julia Webb, who Facetimes with her mom at least once a day, says: When it comes to Mother’s Day, I always look for a gift that is personalized in some way. Between birthdays, Christmas and other gift-giving holidays, it can be hard to find something unique come May. But when I need something special, I head to Etsy.
If your mom has a favorite recipe or is a total pro in the kitchen, you can also turn one of her handwritten recipes into a decorative cutting board. These boards are surprisingly affordable on Etsy and are a great addition to any kitchen that will make your mom smile everything she passes it.
Madison Alcedo, whose love language is gift-giving, says: If you can’t decide on a gift for mom, jewelry is always the answer. BaubleBar’s best-selling Alidia rings now come with cubic zirconia stones for the first time, which gives the rings more sparkle than ever. Even Julia Roberts has even been spotted wearing them. If Julia loves them, it’s guaranteed Mom will too.
But if your mom has one too many photos on her iPhone, do her a favor by giving her an Aura Digital Frame. It allows multiple family members to import photos to the frame. It’s something practical, but it will also tug at her heartstrings every time she sees your face pop up on the screen — trust me.
Or if Mom is obsessed with candles, there’s nothing better than a Homesick candle that literally says, “Thank you, Mom.” It comes with an area on the back to write a personalized message.
Aura Carver Frame, $169 (Orig. $199)
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