Present Perfect: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 27, 2018

If anyone deserves the perfect present, it’s mom. After decades of baking birthday cakes, playing Tooth Fairy, and hosting holidays, she’s about due for a thoughtful token herself.

But of course, it’s never that easy. Ask her what she wants for Mother’s Day, and she’ll likely say, “I just want to spend time with you.” Or the equally unhelpful, “Oh, I love everything you get me.” (True? Perhaps. But good enough for mom? No.)

Not to worry. We put together a personalized Mother’s Day Gift Guide for every type of mama. Whether she’s spending spring planting her garden or traveling the world, we have just the gift to make her day.

For She Who … Lives Amongst the Flowers
Flowers pop up in Mother’s Day traditions around the world – so much so that in the Netherlands, the holiday was briefly rebranded as Bloemendag, or “Flower Day.”

You can never go wrong with fresh blooms. For that, our friends at Terrain have you covered with designer Mother’s Day bouquets crafted in partnership with San Francisco’s BloomThat. For a gift that lasts long past spring, we have floral prints aplenty, from journals to dish towels to serving ware. Don’t forget a vase – or, if mom has a green thumb, a pot for her garden. Naturally, we have your llama planter covered.

For She Who … Has Shown You the World
From mama-of-three Annie Londonberry, who biked around the world in 1894, to NASA astronaut Anna Fisher, the first mother in space, moms have a long history of adventurous streaks.

If mom is a globetrotter, send her off on her next trip in style. We love these cheeky passport holders and luggage tags in classic cabana stripes, as well as painter Barbra Ignatiev’s dreamy watercolor collection. For on-the-go musings, this handy clutch pulls double duty as a journal.

For She Who … Wears Her Brilliance Beautifully
If you always find yourself “borrowing” mom’s earrings or admiring her bag, fresh spring accessories are the way to go.

We’re loving all things straw this season, from structured crossbodies to floppy sunhats. Our favorite part about the “World’s Greatest Mom” tote from Apolis? The matching “Best Daughter Ever” version.

For the mom who prefers a glimmer of gold, perhaps a personalized necklace, whether monogrammed or “mama” charmed.

For She Who … Always Sets the Mood
What makes a house a home? In a word, mom.

For the mom who loves décor and is always happy to host, consider a thoughtful accent. You can never go wrong with our fan-favorite Capri Blue candle, or a votive gift set scented with spring. When it comes to tea time, Florence Balducci’s whimsical set is quite the charmer – as are the Parisian artist’s matching monogram mugs.

Last but not least, don’t forget the card! Add a thoughtful note to one of these, and you’re well on your way to being the favorite child.

Visit the Mother’s Day Shop here.