Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When it comes to the human being who’s responsible for your entire existence, showing your appreciation with a gift can be a difficult task. No one wants to overshoot and outshine their siblings (or make mom feel guilty beyond the perfunctory “Oh, you shouldn’t have!”), and certainly no one wants to be the kid who phoned it in–literally–and ordered their creator a wilted Edible Arrangements catastrophe. We scoured the boutiques, department stores, and websites to give you a little cheat sheet on things all moms will love. As a show of good faith, I bought my own mother something on this list for her special day. Good luck guessing, mom, and no, it’s not the Chloé bag.

1. Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box


Amend for years of surreptitiously swiping mom’s lipstick with this sleek set of Tom Ford limited-edition lippies and matching nail varnishes. The eight colors included range from coquettish nude to vampy plums, so ask your mother nicely and maybe she’ll let you borrow one for your next night out.

Bergdorf Goodman, $656


2. Chloé Marcie Satchel


Fact: Our mothers are physically incapable of carrying a small purse. It started with our childhoods during which they had to carry virtually an entire pharmacy with them at all times to keep us happy and healthy, and the big bag habit stayed with them from there on out. I routinely tell my own mother to unhand the LV Neverfull, as a trip to the post office doesn’t require a bag big enough to fit our German Shepherd. This deceivingly roomy satchel from Chloé is the perfect compromise, roomy enough to fit all of mom’s necessities but still remain chic enough for a dinner out with you–your treat, of course.

Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,990


3. Ferragamo Vara pumps


Feminine but stylish, these new-twist-on-an-old-favorite shoes would look pretty with a cuffed pant, a summer dress, and everything in between. The low heels keeps things navigable while the bowed-toe is pure Parisian. Seven color variations are available, but the Cinderella blue color is particularly gorgeous, especially for the warm months ahead.

Bloomingdale’s, $525


4. Georgetown Cupcakes


Here’s another fact: Everyone loves cupcakes. Your mom deserves something as sweet as she is, so treat her to the best. Cult favorite bakery Georgetown Cupcakes has teamed up with Saks to offer an assortment of their best-selling flavors for delivery. And with an affordable price to boot, you’ll worry less about your credit card and a little more about if mom is going to share. Just be sure to place your order well ahead of time!

Saks Fifth Avenue, $45


5. Kate Spade Ellis Street Rosebowl


If you do decided to go the flower route, make your mother’s delivery extra special with this girly, soft pink rosebowl. The perfect height for–you guessed it–roses, but the pearlescent finish and blush-toned hue is pretty enough to display with or without flowers.

Kate Spade, $75


6. SFERRA Celine throw



Whether draped across a chaise or around your mom’s shoulders, these impossibly soft throws are nothing if not versatile. Made of 100 percent cotton with a subtle herringbone weave, they can be stretched out like a pashmina or folded into a neat square for on-the-go, perfect for chilly restaurants or theaters. Offered in an array of soothing sorbet tones.

Bloomingdales, $90


7. PANDORA rose silver pendant 



As a part of their new Shimmering Rose collection released just in time for Mother’s Day, this sparkling pendant is elegant, understated, and classic–not entirely unlike our mothers. Whether paired with a matching piece from the collection or worn alone, the rose is perfect for moms who live far away as they can keep it quite literally near to their heart.

Pandora, $125


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