It’s time to recognize the hardest working people on Earth: moms! Whether you know one, live with one, work with one or are one, these ladies juggle a lot to keep the family dynamic intact. In honor of Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, May 8), we’ve collected some of our favorite May FINDS that would make great presents for that special lady in your life. Happy Mother’s Day!
For Eco-friendly Mamas
The Sheenan bag from Matt & Nat is a vegan doctor bag with a cool shape that will fit all your accessories, as well as make you feel good about its eco-conscious origins. The bag, $146, from Sole Shoes & Accessories, is the perfect way to finish off a killer outfit.
For a Mom in Need of Pampering
Turn Mother’s Day into a staycation at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, as the hotel is offering the Girls’ Southern Sojourn package in partnership with nearby Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square. Besides the two-night stay at the elegant Mandarin Oriental, guests will get a customized, private beauty luncheon at Bloomingdale’s (including a makeover, champagne lunch and gift bag), as well as two 80-minute Oriental Essence massages and daily American breakfast at The Café & Bar or in the room, all from the hotel. The package starts at $1,500, plus taxes and gratuities.
For the Beach Bunny Mommies
Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer or just want to pretend that you are, head to H. Stockton Atlanta for this super cute tote bag, $144, featuring graphics of ladies lounging by the pool. Make sure to show off the other side of the bag as well, so everyone knows you consider your look from all 360 degrees.
For the Hostess With the Mostest
OK, so gifting a chip and dip bowl might not seem like a very glamorous Mother’s Day gift, but for those ladies who love entertaining, this is a great item. This set, $42.95 from Fragile Gifts & Registry in Sandy Springs, is a clever way of serving necessary party yummies. This also makes an excellent hostess gift if you are attending an upcoming summer fiesta/barbecue/fill-in-the-blank.
For Skin-Conscious Moms on the Go
Besides loving all the amazing products at Seraphim Skin Care in Miami Circle, we also love the story behind this skincare line and the fabulous ladies who work there. Treat a special mom in your life with their Facial in a Bag, each consisting of the fruit peel of your choice (we went with the cranberry peel in this case, $210), an active cleansing gel, eucalyptus glycolic toner, post-peel mango mask, moisturizer, body scrub cloth and fan brush for peel application.
For the Well-Dressed Mom
Squash Blossom’s embroidered mini dress, $168, makes a great addition to any woman’s closet. The dress isn’t stuck in one style — it’s a bit bohemian, a bit artsy and works for any age. We would suggest pairing this lovely look with great shoes, like perhaps a laser-cut gladiator sandal.
For Moms With a Sweet Tooth
As the weather warms up, we’re all thinking about light bites in the park and cool cocktails by the pool. But let’s face reality, hot chocolate is good year-round, and adding a twist to this classic midnight snack with a touch of mint will really satisfy any sweet cravings. Try gifting Penzeys Hot Chocolate Mix with a Hint of Mint, $9.95, for any chocoholic in your life.
For the Mom With a Gorgeous Coif
Bad hair days will be a thing of the past after adding this Elizabeth Heard You’re a Gem barrette to your ‘do. This turquoise, agate slice barrette, $34.50, is a gorgeous way to make your updo shine. There are lots of colors and sizes to choose from with the You’re a Gem line, and you can buy the Atlanta-based hair accessories throughout the city or online.
For Out-of-the-Box Moms
Paper clips for paper’s sake are so 2015; now they make the cutest jewelry! We think these necklaces, $50, from Vella Mode, are super cool and would totally raise your outfit’s style factor. The line is available at The Beehive, home to many other handcrafted brands, many of which are based in Atlanta or the Southeastern region.
For a Local Mama
Dress up the kitchen for a homegrown Atlantan with this clever tea towel, $19.99, at The Cook’s Warehouse. The towel focuses on the ATL, and the item comes in a sweet buttoned fabric envelope which will impress on gift-opening day.
For a Mom Who Loves a Deal
Aveda makes some of our favorite products — effective, earth-friendly and sweet smelling. So the only thing we like better than an Aveda product is a discounted Aveda product! Right now, head out to the Atlanta Aveda Institute — buy your mom a $100 product or gift card purchase, and you will receive a free $25 gift card. Plus, make a purchase during Mother’s Day weekend (May 5-8) and you will get Aveda Pure Privilege double points!
For Moms Who Like Exotic Snacks
We ladies need to give ourselves a break sometimes, and you know what that means: cake. It’s hard to narrow down a specific sweet treat when visiting Alon’s Bakery in Dunwoody, but we tried these Spanish-made fig almond cakes, $9.99, and date almond cakes, $10.49, and think that both make great Mother’s Day gifts, as well as hostess gifts (and gifts to yourself when you’re in need of a great dessert).
For the Mom Who Has Something to Say (or Write)
We realize “writing implement” doesn’t sound too personal, but bear with us. Trinity Mercantile & Design Co. has these totally wonderful sculptures, $55, that write like a pencil in cool shapes including rabbit, bird, feather, twig and our favorite, the finger. These works of art that create works of art are great for ladies who love to be creative in new and interesting ways.
For Moms With Little Rugrats
For moms with young kids, turn off the devices and spend some quality time together by playing a great game. We like the Fantastical Fairies Matching Game, $14.99, from Little Shop of Stories, which is not just whimsical and fun, but also helps with cognitive development for little ones (and hones your skills as well).
Whether you spend a lot of money or none at all, the point of Mother’s Day is just to show how much you care for the women in your life. We’re sharing a big hug to everyone who is a mother, has a mother, will one day be a mother herself or just likes eating Mother’s Day brunch — have a great day to all!
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