We all called the local flower shop in a panic in early May. say it with flowers, they tell you. What they don’t tell you is that a beautiful floral arrangement is shockingly expensive, especially for something that inevitably starts to hang within a few days. So why not buy a Mother’s Day gift that Mom will enjoy longer? A fabulously scented bath oil or luscious face cream will last for months; an elegant vase, a pair of earrings or a gua sha stone for eternity. Whether the mom in your life is an outdoorsy type, accomplished hostess, couch potato, or magpie, we’ve found something chic, happy, and under $100. Just make sure you get it in the mail soon – or you’ll have to haggle with the florist.
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When it comes to beauty gifts, avoid prepackaged sets and focus on products that feel timeless, luxurious, and useful. You can’t go wrong with Susanne Kaufmann or Chanel Beauty, and we love the heavenly scent and feel of Leonor Greyl’s multipurpose oil. If mom is into makeup, the new lip oil from Hermès or a trio of shimmering eye shadows from Westman Atelier are guaranteed hits.
Chic and cheerful jewellery
Jewelry doesn’t always have to be a big investment. (But if you want to treat yourself this year, check out our guide to the season’s best.) Sometimes a pair of mismatched earrings or a go-anywhere brass necklace is more popular than a classic pearl necklace.
What’s more luxurious than a day on the couch? Arq’s cotton tank tops and underwear (which come in a rainbow of shades) have become a niche favorite for their super soft, slightly compressive feel – they make for the perfect sleep set on summer nights. We also love Araks’ cute bralettes and Alo’s buttery soft ribbed jumper. And Suzie Kondi’s popular velor loungewear pieces just happen to be on sale.
For the bath
Upgrade her relaxation routine with a large, fluffy towel, refined oil, or a “sauna kit” that includes a wet/dry brush, exfoliating mitt, reusable cotton pads, and bar of soap made with black sesame seeds, sea salt, and blue sea salt Volume. For a transcendent wellness moment, Flamingo Estate’s new mud bath fragrance is designed to evoke the smell of the atmosphere after a rainstorm.
Increased household goods
Often the best gift is an upscale version of something you use every day: hand soap, a jar that sits on the kitchen counter, or a mug for your morning tea or coffee. A stylish vase makes hand-picked foliage or wildflowers look like a high-design moment. And we’re fans of Homecourt’s new candles, Courteney Cox’s new line, which come in reusable clay pots and a variety of fresh, bright scents.
Maybe mom needs a new wallet, or her iPhone case is fraying at the seams. Or maybe she’s been using that beaded keychain you made for her in the ’90s just a few years too long. When it comes to cheerful, colorful accessories, little is enough.
For the great outdoors
With summer coming, why not gift your mom gear that supports her favorite hobby? If she’s an avid swimmer or bodysurfer, a fun towel or stylish pair of fins are sure to please. Or she’s looking for a new pair of shoes for long walks in the sand. If she’s one of the millions of Americans who have come to pickleball in recent years, a new paddle might be perfect.
Practical but not boring
Any true adult knows that socks make an excellent gift. Ditto for other practical items, as long as they feel special — like a one-of-a-kind crocheted sun hat to stash in your luggage for weekend trips, or a set of glass straws for your morning smoothies.
A good book, a beginner’s gua sha tool (be sure to send her the tutorial link), an eye mask—all things that can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. A small tray for your jewelry and a stylish tube of hand cream are the icing on the cake.
For the hostess
A good party depends on the assembled company. But as anyone who hosts frequent gatherings knows, great table accessories – and a good speaker for music – don’t hurt either. New York distiller Forthave Spirits’ red aperitivo is a great way to pour a pitcher of Negronis for a crowd — it’s basically fancy Campari in small batches.
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