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“All I want is to spend time with my whole family around me.”
That’s what readers are telling us is at the top of their list for Mother’s Day gifts now that kids are leaving the nest or have long ago flown. But the thing is, husbands and kids still want to get us something tangible, especially if the family can’t all be together. So we’re helping you out here with some ideas for what to ask for (or what to give your own mom if you can’t be with her). Happy Day!
A Gorgeous Kimono
Kimonos are comfy, stylish and, well, just fun to look at. Eons better than having your kid get you a sweater and calling it a day. This little number from Free People will not disappoint. Not your favorite kimono ever? We found 7 more to choose from, and they’re all listed right here.
An Aromatherapy Diffuser
Even when your kids are full grown, being a mother is stressful with a capital “S.” Hooking mom up with a little therapy is totally in order—aromatherapy, that is. A quality diffuser and some yummy smelling oils (like this kit of 8 therapeutic grade bottles for $4.95) will have anyone feeling all relaxed in an instant.
A Fur Mom Necklace
When you have pets, you’re a mom. Period. Whether you’re a human child who has been replaced by a fur child or are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for someone who tends to dogs instead of people, Kate Holmes Design’s beautiful necklaces will be a big hit.
A Charcuterie Set
Wine, cheese and the proper carbs all in one place. Need we say more?
An All-Encompassing Bathtub Caddy
Speaking of wine…being able to have a glass while reading in the tub sounds pretty heavenly. And having a tray that keeps everything from dumping into the water? Perfection. Throw in some expensive bath salts that your mom would never buy for herself and you’re on your way to Son/Daughter of the Year.
A Cute Travel Mug
We’re busy…and caffeine is a must. Schlepping coffee (or tea) around in a regular mug is a hazard to the road—and all of our cute clothes. This “Sooner Or Later We All Quote Our Mothers” mug is eerily accurate, yet still manages to remain adorable.
A Sleek Vase
Flowers quickly fade and serve as a gut-wrenching reminder of E.T.’s sad little alien death, but a fabulous vase lasts forever—or at least until it gets knocked over by a visiting grandchild. Don’t get us wrong, fill the sucker up to the brim with some perky daffodils or yellow roses. We still want them.
A Smartphone Wallet
There comes a time in almost every woman’s life when she realizes that carrying a 20 pound shoulder bag isn’t doing her back any favors. But as smartphones continue to get bigger (who knew we’d be missing Razor phones so much?), it’s impossible to slip your cell into a jeans pocket. Enter this handy dandy Fossil zip around wallet. It’s big enough to handle your credit cards, some cash, your phone and a lipstick—but it’s small enough to carry around with ease. Love.
Still Can’t Home In On the Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts? Go With an Amazon Gift Card
If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Yes, gift cards seem a tad unsentimental, but they also kick ass because Amazon has pretty much anything you could ever wish for. And they also have a cute little Mother’s Day box.