Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Still not sure what to give your mom? Here are a few suggestions for thoughtful, useful, conscious, do-good gifts for the special mom(s) in your life.
For the New Mom: The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba
Like all new moms, Jessica Alba wanted to create a safe, healthy environment for her family but found herself frustrated by the lack of trustworthy, sensible information on how to live healthier and cleaner life. In 2012, she launched The Honest Company, a brand that makes products that are at once safe, stylish, and affordable. In The Honest Life, Alba shares her personal journey and the insights and strategies she has developed along the way — tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish. Offering a candid look inside her home and daily life, she shares her favorite tips for clean eating, eco-friendly home products, eco beauty routines and style.
For the Mom with a Conscience and a Taste for Luxury: Kawa Luri Gris Shawl by Fibre Tibet
We’ve already told you all about Fibre Tibet and their amazing cashmere knit shawls, but clearly we’re obsessed. If your mom has an affinity for cashmere, we think she’d love it too. You can take it as an opportunity to talk to her about how not all cashmere is created equal(ly fair). The Endless Knot is a Buddhist Symbol that represents interdependence and eternal harmony. Each shawl is handmade by Himalayan artisans, from cashmere collected by Tibetan nomads.
For the Mom Who Wants to Look Younger Than Her Years: Pacific Topical Marine Treatment by Marie Veronique Organics
This anti-aging treatment has been called “the natural beauty world’s Creme de la Mer,” and the results do not disappoint. The Topical Marine Treatment helps the skin produce more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, and increase the number of fibrocytes, the building blocks of beautiful, youthful skin. It’s expensive, yes, but studies have shown that one round of treatment (two of these bottles) gives far better results than more expensive (and toxic) treatments. And mom is worth it, right?
$375, Marie Veronique Organics
For the Jet-Setting Mom: Mercado Global Matea Weekender
If your mom likes to travel, make sure she does so in style. This handwoven rope dyed weekender bag is roomy enough to fit all the essentials for an extended weekend getaway — whether she’s glamping or staying in five-star hotels. There are also plenty of pockets to keep track of those gadgets and a zipper closure to keep the pickpockets at bay. Mercado Global was started in 2002 to help indigenous women in Guatemala overcome severe poverty and oppression. The program combines wage-earning opportunities with business education and leadership training so that the artisans who make these bags can address systemic problems and help change their communities for good.
$298, Mercado Global
For the Foodie Mom: DIY Mozzarella/Ricotta Cheese-Making Kit
This DIY cheese-making kit from Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian collection is the ultimate foodie gift. Who knew it was so easy to make your own all-natural ricotta and mozzarella? In less than an hour nonetheless. All you need, in addition to the kit, is basic kitchen equipment and (organic) milk from your local store. The kit makes ten batches of pure, flavorful and tender fresh-made cheese that mom can incorporate into some of your favorite childhood recipes (homemade pizza!).
For the Crafty Mom: Sewing Kit in Vintage Mason Jar
Is your mom the crafty type who likes to sew, make and mend things? Then this charming kit — an old mason jar filled with useful things like brass scissors, measuring tape, safety pins, needles, vintage wood spooled thread, pins, a thimble, and needle threader — may just be the perfect gift. The lid is topped off with a handy linen pin cushion. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can easily make one of these kits yourself. Otherwise, this one is available on Etsy.
For the Oenophile Mom: EcoVine Organic Wine Club Membership
Almost every mom enjoys a good bottle of wine, especially if she knows that the grapes were organically grown. A membership to the EcoVine Sulfite-Free “NSA” Wine Club allows her to enjoy 100% organic, award-winning, hard-to-find wines produced from organically grown grapes every month (bimonthly and quarterly subscriptions are also avaiable). Featured wines are measured against rigorous criteria and taken through a meticulous tasting and evaluation process. Two-bottle shipments start at $39 (plus shipping) and can be cancelled any time. Select reds only, mostly red wines, or a red and white mix.
$39 and up, EcoVine
For the Mom Who Has Everything: Deco Perfume from Soap & Paper Factory
Is your mom one of those people who always says that she has everything she needs in life? She’s probably right, but we think a bit of delicious scent is always a welcome gift. The Deco Collection from Soap & Paper Factory is inspired by the era of luxury, glamour, and opulence. The packaging is elegant and each fragrance is feminine, bold and beautiful — just like your mother. Choose from Tuberose (with hint of jasmine), Marine (fresh citrus, basil and green tea leaves) and Neroli.