this year has been a little tricky for mother’s day gifts for me. with my nana gone, i’ve been trying to come up with something extra special for my mom this year. and while i did come up with something i think she’ll love (can’t tell, of course…it would ruin the surprise!), i thought i’d share my runner-up ideas with all of you!
as i said, i’ve been a little bit more sentimental than usual about moms this year, so i loved the idea behind this book before i even saw it. photographer jeannette montgomery barron decided to share her memories about her mom by photographing some of her most memorable outfits and using them to tell the story of her mom’s life, and the result is my mother’s clothes. it’s incredibly touching, and the photos are beautiful. i imagine giving this to my mom with a photo of her stylish self pasted into the front.
if your mom leans more heavily toward the martha stewart side of things, jo malone’s candle collaboration with farrow & ball is absolutely sure to be a hit. they’ve paired their five most popular fragrances with limited edition containers from the famed paint company, and the result is a candle that looks utterly perfect and smells divine. my favorite is the lime basil & mandarin, but pomegranate noir is also pretty wonderful.
alexis bittar is offering to personally sign a piece of jewelry for your mom this year, if you buy from their website by may 4 (include code ‘LOVEMOM’ and her name in the comments when you check out). their signature lucite bangles are so perfectly timeless and chic, they’ll be the perfect update to her wardrobe, no matter what her style. and prices start at $55, so you should be able to grab something on most any budget. the styles i’ve pictured above are my personal favorites for mom…clockwise from left, buy them here, here and here.
while i was out shopping with my dear friend jocelyn when she was in town last weekend, i came across this moleskine recipe journal ($20), and my heart skipped a beat. it would be perfect for anyone that loves to cook and experiment, but what a perfect gift for your culinarily-inclined mom! now she can write down all of her “top secret” recipes for you, and tape all of those recipes she’s torn from magazines and newspapers to the pages.
if you’re set on sending flowers (and really, what mom doesn’t love flowers?), i happened on these stunning sugar cookies from miette, one of my favorite pastry shops in san francisco. they’ll ship anywhere, and i think they might be even prettier than actual flowers.