One of those weighty days of recognition that can either be completely joyous…or fraught with anxiety. Sometimes, we feel so much pressure for pleasing mom with an event or gift that we procrastinate, occasionally waiting so late that we end up settling for a picked over card from the big box pharmacy store and a sad bouquet of flowers. The flip side to that is going over the top with a gift, in terms of price and grandeur, because we get so fixated on impressing mom instead of opting for a gift that simply represents our appreciation of her. (Wait, am I the only one who’s done that??)
Some mothers feel the celebration is no biggie and take it in stride, while others fully embrace the day, while yet others wait for the day with crossed arms, a tapping foot, and expectations that seem impossible to meet (hey, these women do exist!) But, be honest. We kids tend to put undue expectations on ourselves to cook the perfect meal, choose the perfect restaurant for brunch, or pick out the perfect gift for mom. Don’t fret. At To&From, we are all about gifts and thanks to our own shopping and our Gifting Intelligence™, we have found great options that are sure to be perfect for your mom. Here’s just a small selection of great gifts for Mother’s Day, or, really, any day.
$69.99 per month
Flowers don’t have to be a cliché. In fact, mom should enjoy flowers all year, not just on Mother’s Day. Each month, a bouquet curated with the New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) floral experts will be delivered complete with a limited edition postcard featuring an archival botanical illustration, and a proprietary flower food blend. A portion of each sale is donated to the NYBG. Subscriptions can be month to month, or at three, six and 12 month intervals.
For the aficionado with a sense of adventure, the hot chocolate mix in this set has the added zest of ginger, cardamom, and orange oil while the truffles also boast subtle tastes of teas and spices native to Ghana, where they are produced from locally sourced cocoa. “Midunu” means “Let us eat” in Ewe, one of the largest ethnic populations in Ghana.
Let the entertainer make unique, spritz cocktails with this set of four handcrafted all-natural aperitifs made in California using farm-to-bottle fruits, herbs and other ingredients. The kit includes 200 ml bottles of Lemon Lavender, Citrus Flower, Pomegranate Rosemary and Rose Rosé (really, strawberry, raspberry and wild rose) that can be enjoyed on the rocks, with sparkling water, or mixed into more elaborate drinks following recipes on the Haus website.
The pretty print of this silk sleep mask combines the creativity of New York’s Alice+Olivia fashion label with the beauty benefits of silk fabric embraced by Slip. A perfect combo for great beauty sleep.
A touch of the tropics on your wrist. The mix of green and pink beads is a reflection of the sea and sand of the Bahamas, and the sparkle adds a hint of glam. The bracelets, sophisticated and feminine, can be mixed and matched, or worn stacked together.
This sophisticated take on a classic link bracelet boasts a freshwater pearl strung alongside abstractedly shaped links and textured gold. The mix of materials is stylish and eye-catching.
These contemporary earrings were designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based sculptor and designer Simone Bodmer-Turner. Available in gold vermeil and sterling silver, their edgy yet organic shape makes them suitable for both day and evening.
The pendant on this delicate necklace can be engraved with anything from an initial to a name. The simple, graceful design is also available in sterling silver, and 14k yellow or white gold for an additional cost.
In 14k gold, this necklace features a hand-carved amazonite stone and is accented by a tiny bezel-set tourmaline. The asymmetry of the piece with the subtle, uneven surface of the stone heart gives this feminine necklace a fashionable edge.
This luscious, hydrating exfoliating scrub is to be used on dry skin and then rinsed off. There are five different exfoliates in the 100% natural formula that contains 80% organic ingredients.
Botanicals are the key ingredients for the high-performing skin care products of this California-based beauty company. This set includes The C Drops, a fresh pressed vitamin C serum, and The Luxury Body Serum, rich in plant oils, both of which will deliver petal soft skin.
Have mom raise a glass to herself with this elegant set of a wine chiller and matching wine glass. Featuring a spill proof lid, the glass will keep her vino cold and fresh. Thanks to stainless steel on the outside and glass on the inside, there is no metallic taste.
THE TARTAN BLANKET CO.
A blanket that is both stylish and traditional. One side is blankety, made from a blend of recycled wool and recycled man-made fibers. The backing is made from waterproof polyester. Perfect for a picnic anywhere. Leather carrier sold separately.
Give mom a new set of wheels. This stylishly retro bike with a handy backrack is completely modern, complete with seven speeds. The two-inch tires allow for a remarkably smooth ride
Made from the softest lambskin, this designer clutch can also be used as a hand, crossbody or belt bag thanks to the removable strap. A perfect springtime accessory, the bag is available in 13 colors.
This handbag in soft, full-grained leather paired with a bamboo handle is simple and sophisticated. It is handmade by Plinio Visona, an artisan from one of the carefully selected independent Italian leather goods companies on Mirta, a platform highlighting the luxury leather craftsmanship native to Italy. Available in six colors, this bag is a standout not only thanks to its design, but also because it is not mass-produced, unlike so many accessories from global luxury brands.
REBECCA DE RAVENEL
This made-to-order bag, that pairs casual straw with glamorous glass crystal monogram letters, epitomizes designer Rebecca de Ravenel’s casual chic background, having grown up in the Bahamas and Paris. Allow two to three weeks for production.
Everyone needs a great apron, especially Mom. The fabric for this one is contemporary, eclectic and even mid-century modern, thus perfect for entertaining in style.
$40 per month
Keep mom’s home fragrant with the lovely, scented candles from Nest. The subscription, available in three, six, and 12 month options, brings a note of surprise with a new scent each month.
These soft leather house shoes are inspired by the Moroccan babouche, or heelless slipper. Handmade in Los Angeles, they are cozy, casual and chic, perfect for lounging and even entertaining. Mom will love them!
The perfect shawl for any season. This 100% cashmere scarf in seven-gauge yarn is a great weight for cool summer nights or frosty winter days. $50 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Dubbed after the name for the last take of a day of filmmaking, these bath salts are made with pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts, Omega-rich chia-seed oil, and fragrant ingredients including myrrh, sandalwood and frankincense. A soak in these salts promises to be relaxing, and we think adding a real martini bathside will round out the experience.
$78 for 3 months
Blue Bottle Coffee is a California-based coffee importer and roaster with a network of cafés around the world. Eighty-five percent of the company’s imported coffee is certified organic and many of the suppliers are also Fair Trade certified. With a subscription, mom can enjoy her Blue Bottle Coffee right at home, plus there are options to customize subscription frequencies and coffee blends. “Bright” is our favorite.
With fit being such a personal subject, it’s hard to buy shoes for someone else. That’s where this gift card comes in handy. Mom can use it to buy a pair of Rothy’s flats, made from recycled one-use plastic bottles with soles made from harmful algae. An added bonus is that the shoes are 100% machine washable! Rothys also offers up small accessories and handbags knit from recycled marine plastic.