A Special Day for Mom

Mother's Day was easy when you were younger, wasn't it? Remember the days when there were fairs in school where you'd get to leave the classroom for a few minutes to go check out the selection of plants and “Best Mom in The World” magnets, mugs, and keychains. As children, our means of gifting was small unless Mom or Dad slipped you a five dollar bill to make do. We opted instead for a hand made macaroni picture frame, or a hand written book of IOU's full of back massage, 'free car wash' and 'I'll help you do the dishes' coupons that garnered praise, hugs, and gratitude. With countless ads on TV reminding us that Mom deserves more, we're left reeling. Can we still give her macaroni picture frames when we're well into our 20's, 30's and 40's? Probably, actually. Heartfelt, thoughtful—and, of course, homemade gifts, too—are underrated, and never go out of style. So, we've rounded up some awesome gift ideas that are outside the (every kiss begins with Kay jewelry) box. Splurge (or don't) On A Spa Day Who doesn't love a good spa day? Show your appreciation for all that she's done for you, and all that she still does by giving Mom a day of rest, relaxation, and pampering, too! The possibilities are endless, and of course, you can make this a spa day for two. Facials, massages, and mani pedis = a day seriously well spent. This can, as many well know, be a very expensive day—though after a deep tissue massage most would argue well worth it. Who says you need an actual spa to have a spa day, though? How about treating Mom to a spa day right in the comfort of her own home? Set her up with a Mother's Day Gift Set courtesy of Max & Madeleine, grab her favorite nail polishes, and whip together a DIY at home face mask.   Here's an easy face mask recipe from Self that uses ingredients you've probably already got at home: Anti-Aging Red Wine Face Mask (Yep, you read that right. Oh, and enjoy that leftover wine!) 1 tablespoon red wine (this recipe used Estancia Monterey County Pinot Noir) 1 green teabag 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with active cultures 2 tablespoons organic raw honey Sweet And Sentimental: Make A Scrapbook There's something to be said for a tangible photo, especially these days when all of our precious moments and memories are stored on our phones and computers. Scrapbooks can now be the adult, upgraded, version of a macaroni picture frame. Let your creative juices flow and sprinkle pages with memories. A quick trip to a near-by craft store can bring a scrapbook to the next level, too. Add ons like ribbon, glitter, construction paper, and stickers can really make your pages, and pictures, pop. It's easy to get lost in the sticker section, though—trust me, we've been there—so, try to keep focused and create a book theme, or per-page theme, so you don't end up coming home with the whole sticker aisle. Side note: Perhaps consider opting out of those terribly embarrassing photos, there's a good chance that Mom will be showing off this gift to her friends. Be Babes Who Brunch We all know this one thing to be true as we grow older: the one thing Mom seems to want most is to spend time with her kids. Let her in on your Sunday Funday tradition, and have a brunch date. Have siblings? This is the prefect way to round everyone up for some quality time together. Ask around, I'm sure you'll find that as much as Mom loves a good present (who doesn't, really?) having an experience like this with her family is truly the best gift there is. Girl Power: Gifts That Give Back While we, obviously, spend Mother's Day celebrating the most important women in our lives, we can—at the same time—celebrate other Moms and women, too. If you're buying Mom a present this year consider looking for gifts that give back. For jewelry options, check out brands like Same Sky, 31 Bits, and Raven + Lily that empower, employ, and educate women around the world. For apparel and accessories check out Humanity Unified, Naja, fashionABLE and in honor of Mother's Day the company The 2 Bandits is donating 20% of all sales of their Bandit Mama Tee “to the Homeless Prenatal Program to help benefit pregnant homeless women and their families in San Francisco.” Make Time For Mom What should be the easiest thing to do—just carving out a block of time in the day, for something even as simple as a phone call—is generally the hardest thing to do. If you're half a world away, or even two towns away and can't schedule real FaceTime, find the time to at least make use of that iPhone feature. Checking in and saying hi telephonically can be just as much of a gift as showing up on her doorstep. So, as you can see, the possibilities are endless, and some don't even require spending a dime. Celebrate this special day and honor your mothers, and the most important women in your life. Check out this great promotion from Max & Madeleine 13012855_1615988858720903_2267232548780774927_n