Honor all the moms in your life (including yourself!), with these gifts for every budget.
Mother's Day is this Sunday, and if you've been good, chances are that you've already got the perfect gift picked out and on its way to dear old mum. She's earned it, right? Of course she has!
But what about all the other people in your life? Those folks who represent, in some way, all the virtues that motherhood embodies—sacrifice, nurturing, unconditional love? For example: your wife, your single father, your new-mommy friend. They're worthy of gifts, too.
And how about the women in your life who may or may not display such virtues, but are "mothers" in other ways, like your step-mother or mother-in-law? Finding a gift for them can most certainly be tricky.
With this in mind, we've created a gift guide with suggestions for all the moms in your life. And since we know not everyone's bank account is different, we've provided gifts at the bargain, mid-price and fantasy level.
Happy Mother's Day!
Bargain Gift: Girlfriend
It's quirky, artsy, and amusing. Just like she is. Little People in the City: The Street Art of Skinkachu is not some child's game with a high-pitched voice; it's a collection of photographs from the Banksy-esque London-based artist who's been painting tiny people throughout the city in poignant, humorous, and everyday scenes. The book is as entertaining as a trip across the pond to hunt the little folks out for herself... almost (cogandpearl.com, $14.95).
Mid-Price Gift: Girlfriend
Show how much you appreciate her by gifting her with a bit of bling. This stainless steel chain bracelet, tied in the center with a bit of soft leather, is both sleek and funky. And not at all "motherly" (goldandcitrus.com, $73).
Fantasy Gift: Girlfriend
It's chic, it's classic, and it's not a diaper bag. Exactly what she deserves. This Ted Baker weekender is so much more than a purse—it's a statement. A gorgeously constructed statement, made out of sleek calf hair and textured leather, one she'll be making long after she's past the diaper days. Now you just need to plan a trip so she can show it off (nordstrom.com, $395).
Bargain Gift: Wife
If you can't afford to lavish her with jewels right now, give her a place to keep the baubles she already has. This elegant tray, imprinted with a bright blue Victorian design, should do the trick, and since artist Raquel Masri molds, stamps, and fires each piece herself this oh-so-pretty gift is as unique as its recipient. (etsy.com, $28).
Mid-Price Gift: Wife
A miniature lemon tree will continue giving long after Mother's Day has passed. The plant will cheer up her patio and its flavorful fruit and fragrant blossoms will add a little zest to her days (organicbouquet.com, $64.95).
Fantasy Gift: Wife
For something truly memorable, give her a piece of heirloom jewelry that she'll pass on to your daughter. Erie Basin is a well-curated shop with a carefully selected collection of stylish antique trinkets, like this fiery carnelian cabochon ring that dates back to the 1880s (eriebasin.com, $695).
Bargain Gift: Mother-in-Law
You may not always share her taste, but you know she'll love these gorgeous traditional silk sachets. Each is made with colorful, hand-loomed silk and finished with a silk rose and satin ribbon. They're filled with French lavender, so they smell as pretty as they look (nybgshop.org, $9 each).
Celebrate her family by helping her document it. This family tree kit comes with a family history book for sharing old and new stories, charts for tracking backgrounds, and incredible tools like interactive maps and timelines. The program is simple and the tools extensive, so she'll remain fascinated (and less likely to bug you!) for some time to come (store.ancestry.com, $39.95).
Fantasy Gift: Mother-in-law
Something vintage for the vintage (just don't tell her that)! Seriously, though, she'll love an antique trinket to put on display. Illinois-based Shop Careful Peach has a great collection of unique treasures, like this silverplate teapot from Chicago's famous Drake Hotel is inscribed with Sir Francis Drake's crest (stores.shopcarefulpeach.com, $240).
Bargain Gift: Single Father
Performing the work of mom and dad can be exhausting, so help him out with a little Vim & Vigor. The peppy name is just the beginning of what this all-natural remedy can do. The age-old Pennsylvania Dutch Amish recipe (which includes ingredients from apple cider vinegar to licorice) will help him stay healthy and energized even after shuttling from school to soccer to dance lessons. Better yet, he can mix it with a little prosecco for a special Daddy treat (omhu.com, $25).
Mid-Price Gift: Single Father
Give the on-the-go dad a bit of organization. The SmartShopper is a handy voice-activated tool that allows him to rattle off his errands and then print them out. This electronic personal assistant adds items as he thinks of them and then organizes them by category to make those grocery store trips less frazzled. It will also organize his errands and chores. Now if only it could do them... (brookstone.com, $79.95).
Fantasy Gift: Single Father
The guy tries hard, but most nights it's just spaghetti with butter and English muffin pizzas. Throw him a bone (or a turkey burger) with a meal package. Dinewise will deliver healthy, delicious frozen meals to his door, so when the witching hour comes along all he has to do is defrost and serve. The family favorites package includes 32 kid-friendly meals, from grilled chicken to spaghetti bolognese; the mix-and-match plans allow him to create his own meals (dinewise.com, $459.99, gift certificates available from $50).
Bargain Gift: In Memory Of Mom
What better way to honor the woman who gave you life than to record a story about hers? StoryCorps is a nonprofit that collects and archives the real stories of real Americans. Simply recruit a sibling or other loved one to join you in conversation about your mother, and either find a StoryCorps location or do it on your own. Your conversation is recorded on a CD and joins the annals of one of the largest oral history projects ever (storycorps.org), free.
Mid-Price Gift: In Memory Of Mom
Pick a pleasant space, read the simple growing guide and get to planting. You'll officially register her rose name with the International Rose Naming Registry and receive a personalized certificate in return. It's the ultimate tribute, and a gift to you as well since she'll return to you every blooming season (perpetualkid.com, $34.99).
Fantasy Gift: In Memory Of Mom
She put a roof over your head. Now do the same for someone else, in her honor. Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build program brings women together to build homes for low-income families. You don't need any construction experience to get in on the action, simply find a building site in your location (or head out to one of Habitat's foreign trips) and sign up. Training is provided, or you can donate or volunteer in other ways (habitat.org, your time).
Bargain Gift: Surrogate Mothers
Give the woman who taught you to ponder, wonder and question a little inspiration of her own. The Keel's Simple Diary is more than just a journal. The simple leather book provides prompts, questions, and quirky bits of wisdom to get and keep her creative juices flowing (taschen.com, $15).
Mid-Price Gift: Surrogate Mothers
Show her how much her guidance meant to you by creating an heirloom for the two of you to share. Ice Milk Aprons is a celebration of the bonding women do via when they cook. The apron gift package comes with a gorgeous custom monogrammed apron and an incredible heirloom kit that allows you both to put your mark on her apron and her kitchen. You'll both hand-stitch your initials on the heritage tag and pen a recipe on one of the provided cards to create a family collection. The last piece is, of course storytelling, and even her apron will come with a story (icemilkaprons.com, $75).
Fantasy Gift: Surrogate Mothers
Whether she's always been a tad bohemian or she's the practical voice of reason, she deserves a little artistic fun. The limited edition Leica camera is one of 30 devices signed by edgy artist Gilles Ouaki. Plus it's red leather, and an incredible picture-making-machine (farfetch.com, $3,051).
Bargain Gift: Step-Mothers
Show you know step-mom's cool factor with a fashionable accessory. This gauzy Thomas Paul scarf is sophisticated and fun. The hand-screened design has the look of watercolor, making it the perfect breezy addition to any springtime outfit (velocityartanddesign.com, $24).
Mid-Price Gift: Step-Mothers
If this cheery floral picnic set doesn't make her smile she really is a wicked stepmother. Decked out in bright enamel, the cups and pitcher have a vintage feel to add a little whimsy to her next garden party. And the lightweight tin is perfect for carting along if she and Dad want to head out on a romantic al-fresco date (vivaterra.com, pitcher $45, cups $55 for four).
Fantasy Gift: Step-Mothers
Welcome dad's new lady to the family with a sweet set of stationery that bears her new name. Egg Press hand-made letterpress paper is nothing if not artful. Custom sets are available with one or two color options and your choice of typeface. The complete set includes colling cards and stationery with matching envelopes, but the stationery is also sold separately (eggpress.com, from $250)
Bargain Gift: New Mothers
She's obsessed with the little guy, and with good right. The charming accordion book is a special way for her to catalog her passion. Handmade from a single sheet of quality acid-free paper, the book is folded to hold up to 10 photos of mementos. It ties with a silk cord or can be left open on her desk, a lovely mini-scrapbook of baby bliss (ragandbonebindery.com, $24).
Mid-Price Gift: New Mothers
Exhaustion, emotions, aches from carting around a new bundle of joy... all side effects from the joy of new-motherhood. And all eased by the miracle massage balls. The portable massage kit comes with two little balls that she can use to relieve pressure on her back, feet, even her head, plus essential oils that will help reduce fatigue and stimulate alertness (tspheres.com, $30).
Fantasy Gift: New Mothers
She's exhausted and drained. What better relief than a yummy coffee treat made from her own state of the art one touch coffee center? The Jura-Capresso creates cappuccinos, lattes and more with the touch of one button, which, hey, is all the time she has now (neimanmarcus.com, $1,799).
Bargain Gift: Yourself
Sometimes when the house is a wreck and the kids are fighting, you'd like nothing more than to hop the next plane to Paris. But there's dinner to get on the table and the PTA meeting to plan and the soccer game to watch... Gift yourself with a mini-vacation with these incredible, museum-quality prints that evoke quintessncial Parisian moments with bright pops color. Then, just send the kids outside, grab a cup of java, and gaze. It's almost like the real thing... (littlebrownpen.com, $25 for four 5x5s).
Mid-Price Gift: For Yourself
Ah, the days of dressing up when you didn't have to worry about someone spitting up on your favorite blouse. This year, treat yourself to a floral frock, then get a sitter and head out on the town (yes, you can still walk in heels). This drapey number is comfy and flattering, perfect over jeans or on its own, and just hippie enough to make you feel like a free spirit again (plumprettysugar.com, $68).
Fantasy Gift: For Yourself
Remember all those artistic dreams you had? Why not set a good example for the little ones and pursue them. Sure, it's no spacious loft, but an eye-catching, paint-spattered easel is a good start: a colorful addition to the playroom and a bit of inspiration for diving into a few sketches while the kids nap or play (anthropologie.com, $2,100).