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Mother’s Day Best Gifts for 2017

It’s heeeeere! Out of all the gift guides I do, Mother’s Day seems to be my favorite. And no, it’s not just because I am a mom – I’ve been doing gift guides long before I had any children. It’s just that we women are hip and complex creatures and we enjoy cool things. (At least, that’s my two cents.)

SO, without further ado…let’s dive right in!

Peacock Pop-Up Card. First order of business: the card. You know it, I know it – it’s the most important part of the gift. Sure, you could go to your local card store and pay way too much for a generic card, but this card? This card WOWS. And it’s bound to impress the Mom in your world. Peacock Pop-Up Card

We Love You Mom Wood Mother’s Day Card. While most cards are wasteful, these wood cards are 4″x 6″ (1/8″ thick) and are laser cut on certified, sustainable wood. All cards come with a 100% recycled brown kraft envelope. Show her you care about her, and you care about what she cares about. We Love You Mom Wood Mother’s Day Card

Baby’s Heartbeat Necklace. Thoughtful, personal, and full of heart: this one is perfect for the new mom on your list! It’s handmade and the bar can be engraved on one or both sides. Baby’s Heartbeat Necklace

New Moms Need Some Swear Words Coloring Book. The expecting Mama who excels in colorful language will likely need to make some changes…at least for a little while. She’ll laugh her you-know-what off while coloring hilarious alternatives like Crikey! Shiitake! and more. New Moms Need Some Swear Words Coloring Book

What a Good Eater! Cookbook. Since we’re talking new moms, what better gift could you give them than the gift of healthy eating? Chances are she’ll want to know things like, which foods are safe to feed baby, and at what time? This book breaks down every age group, from baby’s first bites all the way through toddler-hood and beyond. It’s filled with healthy meals the whole family can enjoy, so the new mama isn’t cooking twice. I just may know the co-author (ahem). What a Good Eater! Cookbook

I Love Mom White Pearl Necklace. Elegant, classic, one-of-a-kind – just like Mama. I Love Mom White Pearl Necklace

Personalized Long Distance State Coffee Mug. This one is really sweet. Show Mom you care, even when you are far away, with this personalized mug. It comes with the quote, “My mother forever never apart maybe in distance but never at heart.” She’ll think of you each morning (as if she doesn’t anyway) as she cozies up with her coffee or tea. Personalized Long Distance State Coffee Mug

Mom’s Coffee Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon. I’m a firm believer that it’s the little, subtle details of our homes and lifestyles that make the biggest difference. This charming, cheerful spoon is sure to set the day off to a happy start. Mom’s Coffee Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon

Tea Beyond Teapot Fairy with Tea Warmer Cozy. My favorite gifts are the ones where beauty meets functionality, and this one hits all the marks – a tea lover’s must-have! It comes with 3 pieces: 1 glass teapot lid, 1 glass strainer, 1 glass teapot body, and has a specially designed non-dripping feature. This stunning teapot can also be used to brew loose leaves, iced tea or used as a pitcher. The tea warmer Cozy has a heat resistant glass body, a standard tea light candle and a metal rack. It keeps your perfect tea warm and create great tea drinking atmosphere and allows tea lovers to watch each bloom unfolding. Dishwasher top rack. Tea Beyond Teapot Fairy with Tea Warmer Cozy

And don’t forget to get her the Blooming Tea to go with it.

Yoga Joes. There is so much I love about this set, I don’t even know where to begin. These non-violent figurines come in nine different poses, and even come packaged in a “mini yoga studio” clear box with a bamboo floor. Ooooommmazing Yoga Joes.

Peonies Laser Cut Wood Journal. This beautiful, handcrafted wood cover journal, has 80 blank sheets/160 pages (24lb. paper) and a cover that is Laser cut on certified, sustainable wood (1/8″ thick) – It’s a gorgeous way to allow her to finally catch up on that journaling she’s been wanting to do. Designed and crafted in Southern California. Peonies Laser Cut Wood Journal

Floral Fantasy Origami Flower Bouquet. If she has an eye for the arts and appreciation for the non-traditional, this GAWgeous bouquet will absolutely wow her. This handmade bouquet comes with 12 origami flowers in a stunning mix of floral patterned origami papers in clear glass vase with randomly spaced bubbles. Floral Fantasy Origami Flower Bouquet

Silpada Metallic Mix Brass, Citrine, Copper and Sterling Ring. I love to mix things up when it comes to my jewelry and I LOVE this ring. It’s a gorgeous statement piece, and no matter what she wears, this ring will work. Silpada Metallic Mix Brass, Citrine, Copper and Sterling Ring

Dew Drop Earrings in Rose Gold. I gasped when I saw these. The color. The shimmer. The natural beauty of the design, the fact that they are handmade, faceted natural blue topaz stones framed by rippling organic rose gold plated bronze evoking the purity of morning dew….I can go on and on. DO YOU HEAR ME, GREG? Ahem. Dew Drop Earrings in Rose Gold

14k Gold Tri-Color Hawaiian Flower Stud Earrings. These are beautiful, fun, and playful – just like her. I LOVE these for summer! And the gift box is high-quality, making the presentation top-notch. 14k Gold Tri-Color Hawaiian Flower Stud Earrings

Metallic Temporary Tattoos. Speaking of mixing metals, I love, l-l-l-love these. How cute are they for a summer date night out, or Mom’s night? Paired with a nice summer tan she got when you took the kids for a few hours and let her catch up on some Vitamin D (whaaaaat?!). They are cute, and noncommittal. Remember, when Mama looks good, Mama feels good. Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Sunstone Ring by Colby June Jewelry. I’ve had a love affair with Colby June Jewelry ever since I ran a giveaway with them last year. All of their pieces are so carefully crafted, beautiful, and natural. “The sunstone ring is part of the Bone Collection, which tells the story of the woman with a warrior spirit. Certain pieces evoke the raw fierceness of a warrior and others the sensuality and tenderness of a goddess.” Available in silver, 14k gold, 14k rose gold, or 14k white gold. Sunstone Ring by Colby June Jewelry

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Latitude Longitude Meaningful Personalized Bracelet. One of the very best gifts I ever received from Greg were 3 bangle bracelets, each engraved with GPS coordinates: one from where we had our first date, one where we got married, and one where our children were born. I absolutely loved how meaningful they are, and I where them regularly. Do the same for her with these handmade bracelets. Latitude Longitude Meaningful Personalized Bracelet

Indigo Itajime Butterfly Silk Scarf. Much of the time I want to appear put together, but since I am constantly chasin small children I usually look more like I crawled out of the bottom of my laundry pile. Let’s face it: there’s not much time for styling these days. I’m always on the hunt for one simple piece with a pop of color to make me feel good, and this silk scarf is it. “Light weight, breezy and 14″x72″, Itajime shibori was applied (a shaped-resist technique) and then dipped in natural indigo.” All I know is it doesn’t require any special washing – a win in my book. Indigo Itajime Butterfly Silk Scarf

The Gatherer Handcrafted Vintage Bag from Peg + Awl. I’m a fan of stylish, functional, well-made bags that are not covered in labels, and this handmade do-it-all bag hits every mark on my list. “When closed, the bag is neat and tidy and a workhorse for everyday carrying, be it for tools, diapers, or daily hauling. Basket-like when un-zipped, the bag is a treat for small garden harvesting, going to market, picnicking or any kind of over-stuffing.” They had me at “over-stuffing.” The Gatherer Handcrafted Vintage Bag from Peg + Awl

Handbag Illuminator. If I want to send Greg into a rage-filled tizzy all I have to do is begin a sentence with: “Can you reach in my bag and find my…” He HATES rummaging. And I can’t blame him, because let’s face it: I can never find anything in that bottomless pit, either. Illuminate her purse, and save her hours of precious time with this purse light by NOOR. It’s easy-to0use and motion-activated, don’t worry – you won’t have to go looking for it. Genius. Handbag Illuminator

Child Artwork Frame Shadowbox. For the Mom who adores her kids artwork, but adores order almost just as much. Child Artwork Frame Shadowbox

Everyday I’m Snugglin’ Pillow. For the unabashed homebody. She’ll love to get cozy with this unbleached, handmade pillow that has the same goals she does. All day, every day. Every Day I’m Snugglin’ Pillow

Home is Wherever Mom is Pillow. Let her know that, no matter where you go, home is wherever she is. Home is Wherever Mom is Pillow

Handmade Reclaimed Wood Tub Caddy. I almost always include a tub caddy in my gift guides and there is a reason for that: they are constant reminders and invitations to take a bath and relax. And without those reminders, it’s easy for Mom to neglect this simple yet effective ritual. Bonus points for you if you run her a steaming bath, place her favorite book on it and a nice cup of tea or glass of wine, and take the kids for a few hours or put them to bed. “This caddy will cause skin pruning.” That’s my kind of product warning. Handmade Reclaimed Wood Tub Caddy

Natural Vegan Bath Bombs. I own these, and I have re-bought them three times already because they are that good. They are 100% pure, clean, natural, and non-toxic, and they are made in the USA. It’s the perfect addition to the bath that takes it up to spa level. (And if Mom suffers from sinus or allergies, they have a set for that, too.) Natural Vegan Bath Bombs

Cactus Candles. I can’t express in words why she needs these. But trust me, she does. Cactus Candles

Reclaimed Wood Planter Boxes for Herbs and Flowers. Wow. These are gorgeous! These handmade, American-made vertical garden boxes are a great solution for a small space. They are fit for indoor or outdoor use, and as a rustic storage container, it’s great for vegetables, kitchen supplies, bathroom towels, or kids’ toys. If she has an eye for beautiful design, she will love this gift. Reclaimed Wood Planter Boxes for Herbs and Flowers

Organic Gardener’s Bug Repellant Body Spray Gift Set with Lemon and Citronella. She eats clean, she gardens green, and makes sure there are no parabens in her skincare. And that is also why she comes in from the garden with four hundred and fifty-two bug bites each night. Help a sister out, will you? This outdoor Gardening Care Gift Set consists of 1-8oz. natural bug repellent (lemongrass citronella) soy candle in amber glass jar with silver lid, 1-2 oz.100% natural bug repellent body spray in silver spray bottle and 1-10 ml 100% natural travel size bug repellent body spray in small glass spray bottle, and is 100% DEET FREE. Organic Gardener’s Bug Repellant Body Spray Gift Set

Garden-in-a-Can Mini Planters. No need for loads of acreage here. Each organic herb variety can includes everything you need to start growing, including: organic, non-GMO seeds, nutrient rich soil, and moisture-balancing biochar — all pre-blended for low-maintenance, organic herbs right on your kitchen or classroom windowsill. Garden-in-a-Can Mini Planters

Suncast Garden Scooter. THIS is what the Garden Mama needs. It provides 8.5 gallons of rolling storage space and doubles as a comfortable gardening seat. It includes a small accessories bin for gathering produce or organizing supplies, along with a pull strap for easy transportation around the yard. The foam cushions can also be removed and used as a kneeling pad. And this scooter even has a pair of cup holders. (Think it will fit a wine glass?) Suncast Garden Scooter

Garden Genie Gloves. These things are cracking me up, with their “built-in claws.” But they are functional! The gloves are puncture resistant and the claws are made with durable ABS plastic to protect Mom’s fingers and hands. Garden Genie Gloves rinse clean keeping hands dry and clean. Now Mom can tend to her garden, and when the kids come bother her she can wave these babies around chanting, “I’ll get you, my pretty!” Garden Genie Gloves

Portable 3-Speed Turntable in Turquoise. A friend was just telling me how she had to explain to her kids what a turntable was, and here we are. This baby has built-in stereo speakers allow listening to music without having to connect it to a speaker system. Personally, if I was going to give this as a gift to someone, I’d be so jealous that I would want to keep it for myself! Also, I did a bit of research into record players and I came across products such as Phono Preamps that can be used to help increase the volume of your vinyl records if they don’t sound as loud as they used to. To find out more about this, be sure to do your research into sites like, just so you can learn a bit more about it and the benefits this has on music. I thought this would be a nice little addition that they would appreciate, along with the record player.

She can have fun with this and show the kids that it’s not all about the iPod. Portable 3-Speed Turntable in Turquoise – and don’t forget to get her a fun vinyl record to go with it.

Sport Ear Buds with Mic. Between the kids, the dog, and the rest of the daily agenda, it’s hard enough to find time to work out. These ear buds are tangle-free, sweat-resistant & noise-filtering. “We’ve used Military Grade Bulletproof Fibers to ensure SLIDE is the most durable workout earphone you’ve ever used – And we GUARANTEE them for LIFE.” Sport Ear Buds with Mic

Women in Science Postcards. Lots of times all the correspondence and “kin-keeping” falls on a Mom’s shoulders. I think these “Women in Science” postcards are an awesome way to tackle that task, and an even cooler reason to connect. This lets Mom know you appreciate all she does, and all that women do – and allows her to help spread the word in a cool way. Women in Science Postcards

Chef’s Vision Color Landscape Kitchen Knife Set. These knives are beautiful! It makes me happy just looking at them. If the Mom on your list enjoys cooking, these add beauty and cheer to the kitchen. And they are dishwasher safe, so no extra work needed. Chef’s Vision Color Landscape Kitchen Knife Set

Ellis Walnut Rolling Pin. If the Mom in your world has a passion for baking, check out this beauty. Made of reclaimed Walnut or Maple and available in two sizes, each Ellis Rolling Pin is hand-turned and truly one of a kind, bringing just the right charm and warmth to the kitchen. Just make sure she really likes baking and cooking, okay? Because if not, this one might be used in a way that could hurt you. Think about it. Ellis Walnut Rolling Pin

Slate Cheese Board Set with Cheese Markers. For the Mom who loves to entertain. These give her one more reason to party – and you don’t need another reason to eat cheese. Slate Cheese Board Set with Cheese Markers

Green & Black’s Romance Collection Assorted Dark and Milk Chocolate Library. Chocolate lovers, unite: this is the ultimate “library.” It’s filled with high-quality, ethically sourced, fair trade chocolate. If you’re going to get her chocolate, do it right. Green & Black’s Romance Collection Assorted Dark and Milk Chocolate Library

Take-a-Wine Travel Wine Pouch. A genius gift for the adventurous wine-lover Mama on your list. It’s flexible, unbreakable, and completely bad-ass. Sound like someone you know? This is perfect for beaches, pools, concerts, tailgates, camping trips, and more. I personally am a fan of thoughtful combo gifts, so here’s an idea: fill this baby up, and pack a picnic with fresh cheeses and chocolates in the gift ideas above. I’ve even found the perfect picnic basket. You’re welcome. Take-a-Wine Travel Wine Pouch

Flexicups. The perfect gift to compliment the above pouch. Flexicups

“Bring Me Some Wine” Socks. This Mother’s Day, give her a reason to kick her feet up. Bring Me Some Wine Socks

Samsung NX500 Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera. An ideal choice for casual photographers and enthusiasts alike, the Samsung NX500 Mirrorless Camera packs exceptional image and video quality, fast shooting, and versatile connectivity features into a compact package. This camera is equipped with a 28MP sensor and a high-performance autofocus system, helping you capture even the fastest-moving subjects with speed and precision. The camera also boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for easier sharing and photo uploading. A big-ticket item I won’t buy for myself, that will make it easy to snap and store photos? Yes, please. Samsung NX500 Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera

Plush Bread Pillow. Women know what we want. Lots of times, it’s bread. And we’re not sorry about it. For the unapologetic carb-lover in your life. Plush Bread Pillow

Himalayan Glow Natural Crystal Salt Lamp. Let me share a secret with you (listen in, Greg): this is on my personal Mother’s Day wish list. This unique salt lamp is made from Natural Himalayan salt crystals hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains. It’s 100% Himalayan salt and heating the salt with the included 25 watt bulb releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect similar to an ionizer, purifying the surrounding air. And doesn’t your lovely mama deserve the gift of clean air? You’re damn right she does.

Himalayan Glow Natural Crystal Salt Lamp (and don’t forget to pick up some Himalayan Salt Body Scrub to go with it).

Marble Macbook Case. This design immediately caught my eye. How freaking cool is this? Since most of us have portable “offices”, now she can bring a little bit of class everywhere she goes. Marble Macbook Case

Dropdown Secretary Desk. Give her some space – some personal workspace, that is. With our second child came happiness, lots of love – but the loss of the only office space I had in our home. I’ve now resorted to a pile on our bedroom floor when it comes to my “workspace.” But this dropdown secretary desk is the perfect, charming way to reclaim a corner of my own. It’s a great project space where you can just close it and hide the mess when it isn’t in use, and can even double as kitchen storage. Made from lumber salvaged from barns in rural Missouri. Dropdown Secretary Desk

Obsessive Crochet Disorder Mug. Crafty Moms will totally appreciate this mug! Obsessive Crochet Disorder Mug

Rustic Handcrafted Yarn Bowl. The cut-out curved swirl design allows yarn to easily flow when knitting, while keeping your favorite knitter’s yarn tidy and tangle free. Using beautiful things, so she can create more beautiful things. Rustic Handcrafted Yarn Bowl

Letters to My Grandchild. Sometimes, it’s hard to know what to get the grandparents of your children. Last year I gifted this best-selling book to Penelope’s grandparents, and it got rave reviews. Full of great prompts, and even a section for keepsakes, it will allow grandparents to connect with their grandchildren in a unique way that will be treasured for lifetimes. Letters to My Grandchild

‘Rescued’ Wine Soy Candles. Using the best ingredients available and choosing to be environmentally responsible, this creator repurpose wine bottles with new candle life. Wine bottles are collected, cleaned and cut by hand, creating eco-friendly soy candles with fragrances inspired by wine. The purchase helps animals in need by donating a portion of our sales “not profit” to rescue groups. Rescued Wine Soy Candles

The Best Dog Selfies Pooch Selfie-Stick. I always give dog moms love because of all the love they give their dogs. This little attention-grabber works with both front and rear facing cameras, iPhone and Galaxy phones, and here’s the best part – a portion of each sale is donated to help sheltered animals. You know what to do to make Mama happy. The Best Dog Selfies Pooch Selfie-Stick

100% Organic Cat Grass Kit (Hairball Control). Every day almost, without fail, right after I put my kids down for a nap, Marcus unapologetically tosses his cookies all over our hardwoods. Greg thinks he is doing it on purpose to be a jerk but I still have never seen him run to the corner and stick his paw down his throat. The real problem? Hairballs. And this is a natural remedy for cats that a proud and good cat Mom will love. You can read all the science and product details at this link: 100% Organic Cat Grass Kit

Check Meowt Stainless Steel Water Bottle. For the cat Mom on your list. Me-OW. Check Meowt Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Sorry I Can’t Cat Shirt. Let her wear her excuse right there on her shirt and save her from having to explain anything to humans. Marcus would be super proud of me for this. Sorry I Can’t Cat Shirt

Post-it Cat Figure Note Holder. This is sure to bring a smile to a cat-Mama’s workspace. Post-it Cat Figure Note Holder

More to come! Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out my other gift guides, here.


Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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