I love my mom (hi mom, love you!), and of course I want to express my love and appreciation for her on Mother's Day. But not all mothers cherish the bizarre array of lady baubles and gewgaws we seem to be inundated with at this time of year. Most moms of adult children, mine included, don't want another necklace adorned with her kids' birthstones or a heart-shaped jewelry box engraved with sweet missives about a mother's love. And unfortunately, I'm a grown-ass woman (according to age anyway) so a handmade collage with a poem scribbled on it ain't gonna cut it. Trust me, I've tried. So let's break free of the tchotch and flowers and give mom something nice and thoughtful that she can use! Here are 5 not-so-sappy, but thoughtful gift ideas for your kickass mom:
Beautify Her Wellness
7 Day Compact Wood Pill Box, $59.00
I'm gonna guess your mom takes pills. I mean, most of us take pills. Come on, you should at least be taking vitamin D. The bummer thing about taking pills - aside from many many potential side effects - is the choice between keeping a sad little stash of bottles on your nightstand or dosing out your weekly allotment in that crappy plastic organizer you got at CVS next to the canes and reading glasses. So I read all of the internet and finally found this beautiful wooden pill box that will hold your mom's weekly pills in a clever little swiveling disk. I got one for myself (it's for vitamins, don't question me) and I absolutely love it. It looks awesome on the nightstand and keeping it in plain sight is a good reminder to pop 'em. Unique, beautiful, and useful - what's not to love?
Connect To Her Past
Ancestry DNA Test Kit, $68.94
Fun fact: moms love genealogy! Okay, maybe yours doesn't...yet. She will when she discovers that her great grandfather was lying about being a quarter Cherokee and she's actually 12% Scandinavian! The above story is based on actual events. Be warned, she will get into it and you will have to hear about a litany of quasi-famous great-great-third cousins twice removed. Just smile and take it as evidence that she loves her gift.
Cozy Her Up
Heath Studio Mug, $30.00
Imagine your mom cupping a well-crafted mug close to her face and staring out the window with a self-satisfied smile like she's in a Folger's ad. What's cozier than that? She needs that mug! I really love this ceramic one from Heath (if you're not familiar with them, get into it), designed by Edith Heath in the 50's specifically so she could slip her ring finger through the handle and still hold on to her cigarette. Ahh, when smoking was sophisticated. Regardless of smoker behavior, this one is classic and fun. Throw in a favorite book for a little personalized flair.
Class Up Her Correspondence
Deco Scallop Custom Address Stamp, $29.96
Nothing says class like a personalized return address stamp. Nothing! Help your mom keep her handwritten correspondence alive (hipsters are into it, so it's coming back). I like this art deco one from Paper Source, but there are also loads of nice ones on Etsy.
Like Flowers, But Better
Laherte Freres Brut Ultradition Champagne, $31.98
Champagne is the flowers of drinks (quick, copyright that), and some, like this crowd-pleaser, are even cheaper than a few posies from 1800flowers. Grower champagne - champagne made by the folks who also grow the grapes - is the cool kid of sparkly wine right now. And because we don't know any better than the big, over-priced well-knowns like Veuve Clicquot, grower champagne is still an amazing value. Bonus: tipsy mom will love you even more.