Do super heros really exist? Of course they do. Whether we call her Mother, Mom, Mama or even Mum. She is a force of nature – giver of unconditional love, enforcer of the house rules, mistress of time schedules and all around badass when she needs to be…I think we’d all agree Superman has nothing close to the power of “the Mom voice”.
Mother’s Day is our time to remind this amazing person just how much we respect and appreciate all the things she does for us. From the expecting mom-to-be to the grand matriarch, our editors have put together some of our favs for this year. (Editor’s note: while no one can put a price on your Mother’s love, we understand it can be challenging times for some of us. For this reason, the SLH team has made a conscious effort to include gifts of all price ranges. We hope you find something here that you, and your Mom, will love)…
GIFTS FOR THE ACTIVE MOM
Whether it’s hiking, biking, sailing or skiing, the active Mom is always on the go. Here are some great gift ideas to help her on her way…if you can catch her!
Whether her workout involves cardio or weights, a great pair of shorts is a staple. They need to be light and breathable but tough and durable…and they need to stretch easily without stretching out. So we start with our Editors’ fav – the Halo Performance Short. Not only is their DreamKnit ™ fabric moisture-wicking and breathable, it’s a 4-way stretch material – so no matter how she bends, it stays with her and bounces back to keep its shape. The Halo Performance shorts are made from 89% recycled polyester, which comes from recycled plastics that are broken into chips and then turned into yarn. Amazing!
For the gal who’s serious about her asanas. This super-grippy mat towel goes overtop of her fav yoga mat, absorbing sweat while keeping her 100% stable through all her moves. It’s machine washable and fast drying, and at 74″ length she will have plenty of square footage from Downward Dog through Proud Warrior.
If she’s into her tunes while working out, this gift is a home run. Compatible with Siri and Google Assist this bluetooth over-ear earbud fast-charges in 2 hours and lasts for 9 hours on a single charge. The ear-hooks are made of ergonomic material that keeps your buds in place without pinching. It’s also sweat proof and water resistant so taking it on a run is a can do, whether it’s rain or shine.
GIFTS FOR THE STYLISH MOM
She taught you that value is always better than volume. Her style is something others enviously aspire to, yet somehow she makes it all look effortless. But don’t be fooled, because for this Mom isn’t about the price tag of your present, but the quality of it. Here are some well-thought out gifts that she will truly cherish…
TOUS, Gold Mama Pendant w/Mother-of-Pearl $234 and 45 cm Gold Chain Choker w/Interspersed Balls $390
For over a hundred years, the TOUS brand has been synonymous with fine jewelry. Each piece is carefully crafted and comes with a certificate of authenticity as well as a unique after-sales service that includes repairs and jewelry care. They stand by their pieces with a guaranteed 2-year warranty that covers any manufacturer defects. All that aside, their pieces are classically beautiful. This gold pendant, with its Mother-of-Pearl backing, is a gift she’ll happily wear for years to come. (EDITOR’s NOTE: When you purchase both these items together, TOUS will also give your Mom an exclusive towel w/the brand logo and an adorable beauty pouch. See website for details)
For the flower-loving Mom with discerning taste, here’s her ultimate gift — a three-month prepaid Bouqs subscription. Their Roses Collection features a curated selection of dreamy single and multi-colored roses. Flowers are cut-to-order and shipped directly from the farm, so they stay fresher and last longer. Bouqs, short for bouquets, aren’t like other online flowers. The Bouqs Co. partners with sustainable farms that minimize waste, recycle water, and protect workers’ well-being. This also means their flowers stay fresher and last longer. Talk about farm fresh!
Rent The Runway, Plans $69 to $235 a Month
If you have a true fashionista on your hands, this is a great gift they’ll appreciate. Plans work off a monthly basis which she can choose as little as 4 items a month all the way up to 16. This premier subscription fashion service will give Mom an unlimited closet to rent designer styles for work, weekends and events. And if she truly falls in love with a special item, she has the option to purchase it as well at a reduced price.
GIFTS FOR THE EXPECTING MOM
Whether she is a first time soon-to-be mama or joyously awaiting the newest addition, all expecting moms appreciate a gift of some maternal self-care.
Quite possibly the cutest damn baby bag ever. Waterproof vinyl combined with calfskin leather ensures it will wear like iron and is super easy to clean. Inside it has all the bells and whistles a baby momma (and pappa) could need, including a bear-shaped diaper changer, toiletry bag and strips on the strap making it adaptable to any stroller.
With solid 5-star reviews from thousands of mums-to-be, these maternity jeans from NYDJ (Not Your Daughters Jeans) are practically their own cult. Sure Stretch® Denim is designed for moms-to-be by lifting and supporting from behind while also supporting the baby bump through all stages of pregnancy. Wide, stretchy waistband provides coverage and keeps them in perfect condition, thanks to a high-performance fabric that helps them retain their shape, wear after wear. All this and yes, they are ‘real’ jeans, including the classic five-pocket styling.
For a new mother-to-be there’s no such thing as too much pampering. Elemis’s blossoming, sensorial experience will leave her feeling petal soft. The Milk is made from a blend of English Rose Extract and wild harvested British Elderflower Hydrolat to leave skin feeling soft, smoothed and replenished with hydration. The Cream is formulated with English Rose and British Echium Seed Oil that’ll leave skin feeling soft, smoothed and beautifully hydrated. With natural ingredients and rigorous testing, it’s no wonder Elemis was named the 2020 Best Premium Skincare Brand by The Sunday Times Style in the UK.
GIFTS FOR THE HOBBYIST MOM
Maybe it’s all about crafts, or gardening, recipe perfecting (or maybe just perfecting the foodie in her) – the great part about having a Hobbyist Mom is you never have to guess what she’s into. She’ll tell you all about it, while showing off her latest and greatest creation and/or adventure. Getting her a gift that speaks to her passion will absolutely thrill her…
Is your Mom a proud, card-carrying bookworm? Is her answer to the question of Book Clubs not which, but how many? The PaddyWax library collection is a series of candles with scents dedicated to a variety of classical authors. Let her enjoy Charlotte Bronte’s bergamot and fresh nutmeg, or Edgar Allen Poe’s dark eucalyptus and golden apple, or John Steinbeck’s cinnamon bark and pine needle…just to name a few. If she’s a true bibliophile, why not get her several?
Sur la Table, Cooking Classes $29 to $79 (per Class)
Have a Mom who loves to cook and looking to expand her repertoire? Sur la Table offers online and in-store classes. Online classes are in a password-protected Zoom environment, with expert chefs that she can safely interact with directly as she cooks. In store classes happen at a store nearest to her and include all of the ingredients needed for each class. Classes range from beginner to advanced and cover all sorts of meal creations including meats, vegetarian dishes, pastas, soups…just about anything you can put on a plate. Calendar sign ups are listed on the site, allowing her to choose in advance what she’d like to try. It’s such a great price point, you might want to get this so you can both take the classes together!
Is your Mom a serious coffee lover, or perhaps truly into her tea? Little did she know her mug could be doing so much more! This ceramic mug not only looks like a piece of art, it also self heats. Metal particles in the base of the mug interact with the wireless charging base to keep the liquid inside at a toasty 135 degrees. The best part? When the base isn’t heating your mug, she can use it to charge her phone.
GIFTS FOR THE ECO MOM
Because Nature is a mother. If yours is actively doing her part to make the world a little bit better than it is, we’ve got some great gifts that’ll leave others green with envy.
Nutr, Nut Milk Maker $189
Almond? Cashew? Macadamia? Whatever the choice, just add your favorite nuts, and the spinning blades will do the rest. Seriously, this nut milk machine will be the breakout star of her countertop. Free up fridge space, avoid weird additives, and keep unnecessary packaging out of the landfills all with this small, powerful pitcher.
Made from no less than twenty-three recycled plastic bottles, this weekender bag from Dagne Dover is Mom’s new favorite travel buddy. Inside is a laptop sleeve (holds up to 16″) as well as plenty of internal sections and pockets for segmenting your clothes, shoes and other items. Plus it comes with a slider sleeve on the back so Mom can easily slide it over her carry on extended handle. Comes in 8 color options and 3 sizes (large in Violet is shown above).
These year-round, best-selling, and ultra-comfortable camping boots from Inkkas are sure to help Mom leave a lighter carbon footprint. The design, called Zocalo is inspired by Alebrijes – brightly colored, powerful mythical creatures originating in Mexican folk art. Made of vegan suede, with a soft woven gray lip for added comfort. So what makes these boots perfect for Eco-Mom? Inkkas partners with skilled artisan shoemakers in Peru to create their sneakers and boots, using authentic Peruvian textiles. They only work with partners throughout the supply chain are paid fair living wages and work in environments that prioritize health, safety, and respect. They’re also part of the OneShoeOneTree project, and have planted one tree for every shoe purchase (over 250k trees to date).