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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts there are just a few simple rules I recommend you follow:

  1. Don’t purchase a cookbook (unless you’d like to know what it feels like to get whacked upside the head with it);
  2. Don’t forget the card;
  3. If you’re not going to see your own mother, look into fresh flowers by post;
  4. And DON’T be late.

Anything beyond that, is fair game – and all depends on the personality and style of the lovely lady in your world. With that, I bring you…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide, 2015

Mama doesn’t mess around, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned From Our Mothers. This book, filled with essays from some of your favorite writers, will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, and truly enjoy the lessons we’ve learned from influential women in our lives. It’s full of heart and I guarantee this book will be a huge win for anyone on your list. (And you’ll find an essay in here from yours truly!)

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Mothers, $12.95

Blueyes Collection, “Hot” Mix Color India Agate Bead on Genuine Leather. I always love chunky wrap bracelets, and this one is no exception. You can dress it up or down, and the best part is that India Agate is a gemstone that is known for its healing properties and aiding in meditation. And if you’re not into all of that, know that the box is just as pretty as the bracelet.

Blueyes Collection, “Hot” Mix Color India Agate Bead on Genuine Leather Bracelet, 3 Wraps, 4mm/bead, $22.95

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera. This camera will allow your lady take better pictures with a softer look, perfect for portraits.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink), $69.99.

And don’t forget the sheets of instant film that you can write on!

Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film, 10 Sheets x 5 packs, $34.95

Beautiful Cuff For the long distance mom. This cuff bracelet is the perfect way to show mom you love her, even when you’re miles apart. Check out the inscription, which reads “The Love Between a Mother and Daughter Knows No Distance”:

Sterling Silver “The Love Between A Mother and Daughter Knows No Distance” Heart Cuff Bracelet, $76

“Journey” necklace. Because I’m all about a well-placed inspirational quote. I like this one for “mom-preneurs”:

Sterling Silver “The Journey Is The Reward” Twisted Pendant Necklace, 18″, $25

“I Just Want to Drink Wine, Save Animals, & Take Naps” tee. This applies to just about every pet mama I know.

I Just Want To Drink Wine, Save Animals, & Take Naps Womens T-Shirt, $15.99

“I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie” Mug. This one made me snort-laugh!

“I Like Big Mutts” Ceramic Coffee Mug Woof Animal Pet Lover Gift Grasslands Road, $11.79

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship. A sweet, sweet gift that will hit you right in the feels.

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship, $17.13

“Don’t Judge My Dog” Tote bag. Well oh, snap. I’d say it’s a fair deal.

Don’t Judge My Dog Tote Bag, $19.99

Umbra Aquala Bamboo Bath Spa. This one is everything we could ever want: encouragement to stay in a nice, warm, relaxing bath. Bonus points for you if you give this gift with a great book and a fancy bottle of wine.


Umbra Aquala Bamboo and Chrome Bathtub Caddy, $47.45

iPhone Charger Case for the mom on-the-go. We’re always running, we’re tired of seeing low-battery, and we could all use a little extra juice every once in a while.

Jackery® Leaf Premium iPhone 5S Charger Case Power Bank for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 (White & Orange), $39.99

Mom’s One Line a Day memory book. I LOVE this one. I always have the best intentions of keeping a journal for Miss P and now #2, but sometimes the days get away from me. This little memory book is perfect, asking only for you to write one line per day, be it a single thought, a family quote, or a special event each day to be remembered for years to come. And it fits right into mom’s pocketbook.

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $9.12

Kindle Fire, HD, Wifi. You don’t need my convincing on this one. Just know that the lady in your life needs one of these in hers.

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black, $99

Tower Paddle Board, Inflatable. Perfect for the outdoor mama. I don’t even paddle board, but I’ve seen plenty of my Facebook friends posting pics cruising around the water on these, looking leisurely in style with their flat bellies and sun-kissed hair. (I’m not a lesbian; I’ve just been pregnant for a really long time.) But this thing makes me want to start.

Click the link for a video on the awesomeness of this thing: Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10” SUP Package, $595

For the stylish gardener. She may be an earth mama at heart, but there’s always a place for pink in the dirt.

Apollo Precision Tools DT3795P 18-Piece Garden Tool Set, Pink, $61.59

Cocktail Garden Kit. Because there’s no use wasting time puttering around in your garden if you can’t drink your harvest. (And watering is much more fun with a beverage in-hand!)

Cocktail Garden Kit – 6 Varieties to Grow – Great Gift for the Gardener who Enjoys a Cocktail!, $16.99

(This company, Plant Theatre, has other fun gardening kits in their collection – see them all here: Plant Theatre Full Collection)

A Personal Chef. I’m not kidding – this is totally possible. You can hire one to come to you, make meals for a week, and even give suggestions for meal planning.


Personal Chef Meal Service, prices vary

For the earth mama. Because you know she needs some “namaste” in her world.

Gaiam Yoga Beginner’s DVD Kit, $13.28

Colorful Mary Jane’s for the Fashionable Mama. These. THESE. Mary Janes seem to be making an epic comeback, and I can see why because these are adorable. And there are TONS of patterns to choose from – you can see them all here: See all styles
Hot Chocolate Design Chocolaticas Cherry Women Mary Jane Flat, $59.49

For the brides: The Bitch’s Bridal Bible. If you know a mom who is also planning a wedding, you know she does not have time to mess around. Gift her my bridal guide – she will thank you forever!

The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides.

Peacock Sequined Scarf. There is something about this gorgeous piece that I’m loving. It’s great for every season, and will bring your average LBD (little black dress) up about 10 notches on the elegant scale. And, just like your LBD, it’s timeless and classic – just like the mama in your life.

All Hand Made Peacocks Sequined Scarf . Beautiful Designs ,Elegant, Soft Touch Good For All Seasons. $19.95

“Mama Stays” Tank: This tank, from, says it all. (And couldn’t be more spot-on for yours truly.)


“Mama Stays” Tank, $24.99

“Big Betty” wine glass, holds 1 bottle of wine. Because let’s face it: some days call for a Big Betty.

The Big Betty XL Premium Jumbo Wine Glass – Holds a Whole Bottle of Wine! $14.95

Elegant Vodka Teacup. Hey, not everyone’s a wino.


Elegant Vodka Teacup, Etsy, $45

Mambino Organics Pampering Kit for For Mom-to-Be. Stretch marks, be gone! Give mom-to-be the gift of keeping her skin healthy and cared for, au natural. It’s made with certified organic ingredients, so she can slather it on, free of guilt.

Mambino Organics – Bun In The Oven ($55 Value) *made with certified organic ingredients, $39.99

Ora’s Amazing Herbal Naturally Beautiful Pregnancy Gift Box. Also a pampering gift set, this one is high on the “green” scale and includes tea, all-over natural skincare all safe for pregnancy, healing body butter, healing repair, and more, all wrapped up in a sustainable recycled box. If you’re looking for the gift that says “I support your natural pregnancy”, this is it.

Ora’s Amazing Herbal Naturally Beautiful Pregnancy Gift Box, $74.99

Spa Perfect Essential Oils Gift Basket. This one pulls out all the stops: essential oils, toffee chocolates, tea, foot massager, back massager, 3 aromatherapy candles, a beautiful faux leather tote – it even has a bath loofah and a sisal back loofah. (I don’t know what a sisal back loofah is, but I’m pretty sure it means business.)

Spa Perfect -Women’s Spa Gift Basket, $124

Mum Cook Book. Full of nutritious, simple recipes for mom, so she can still indulge her cravings – the healthy way.

BEABA Mum Cookbook, English, $16.95

“Happy First Mother’s Day” baby onesie. Ok, seriously?! If you’re pulling out all the stops and trying to top the charts of cuteness, dress your little one in this adorable onesie and have him greet mama in bed. And bring mimosas. and waffles.

Happy First Mothers Day Mommy Infant Baby One Piece, $4.50 – $6.99

“To My Mommy on Our First Mother’s Day”. The only thing sweeter than a picture of the little adorable monster you two created is this adorable frame and poem to accompany it.

New Mom – To My Mommy On Our First Mother’s Day – Touching Poem – 5×7 Inches , $26.99

Big Mouth Toys Prescription Coffee Mug. Because, yep, it’s at that level.

Big Mouth Toys The Prescription Coffee Mug, $8.28

Jiusko 21-Jeweled Heart Skeleton Luxury Mother of Pearl Dress Watch, Red. This one is elegant, and sometimes a pop of red is all you need.

Jiusko Watches, various styles and colors, price varies

For your mother-in-law: “Thank You For Raising the Man of My Dreams” mother/son necklace. You may not agree on everything, but one thing’s for sure: you and your mother-in-law both love the same man. Wait a minute – that sounded weird. I think you know what I was going for, and she will too if you get her this gift. (And you’ll get bonus points toward being “Rock Star Daughter-in-Law of the Year.)

Mothers Day “Thank You for Raising the Man of My Dreams” Love Between a Mother and Son Necklace, $26.50

A gorgeous photo book. “Send me a pict-cha!” If you’re anything like me and this is all you here, a sleek little photo album filled with grand kids (or grand pets!) will do just the trick. If you read me then you know by now that my favorites are the Mosaic ($20, easy, you can do it from your phone) and Montage (a little more elegant, prices vary). You can see my reviews in detail for these items both here and here.



Mosaic photo books, $20; Montage photo books, prices vary

The Grandparent Gift of Life Story Frame. This one’s a tear-jerker, so bust out the tissues. You add a picture of your mom as a little girl, then as a young mother with you, then as a grandma, to your little one. Slam. Dunk.

The Grandparent Gift Life Story Frame, Grandma, $24.99

For the Crafty Mama: Cutting Machine Starter Bundle. Use this to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, and more.

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine Starter Bundle, $269.99

“Project Runway” computerized embroidery and sewing machine. For your SERIOUS crafter.

Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine with Included Rolling Carrying Case, $360

Hopefully you’ve found some items you know the woman in your world will love this year. And remember, when all else fails: breakfast in bed, sleep, junk food, booze, and chunks of time with no children are always welcome gifts for any mama.


Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. Sheโ€™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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The Mamastays Yoga shirt takes the cake!! Great list Ali!

I’m obsessed with that one! Thanks Sara ๐Ÿ™‚

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