Mother’s day is the time of year when we show appreciation and thanks to our mothers, and the women who have cared for us as one of their own.
Knowing how much these women mean to us is the easy, but buying a gift to express that love is the difficult part. Each year, about 84% of American celebrate the holiday in some way and in 2016, an estimated $21.4 billion were spent on gifts. Whether you choose to splurge on expensive gifts or go the frugal route, choosing the right gift for the mom in your life is no easy task. Gifts come in all forms too, with cards, flowers, and outings all serving as a token of your appreciation. The greeting card business definitely gets a boost with 78% of all Americans at least buy a card for Mother’s day.
Here’s 10 gift ideas for the inspirational women in your life:
1. The Up South Cook Book by Nicole Taylor
Southern cooking meets the Brooklyn foodie scene, keeping charm (and grits) intact. Georgia native Nicole Taylor spent her early twenties trying to distance herself from her southern cooking roots--a move "up" to Brooklyn gave her a fresh appreciation for the bread and biscuits, Classic Fried Chicken, Lemon Coconut Stack Cake, and other flavors of her childhood. The Up South Cookbook is a bridge to the past and a door to the future. The recipes in this deeply personal cookbook offer classic Southern favorites informed and updated by newly-discovered ingredients and different cultures.
Price: $20.60 on Amazon
2. Ainkas Jewels
The dream and vision of Ainkas Jewels began in 2005 but, was cultivated in 2012 by Lamara Davis the CEO. Lamara had years of experience in the fashion industry as a buyer and stylist and with her love for jewelry and accessories Ainkas was born. Ainkas has quickly grown to become a worldwide online jewelry destination.
They collection of fashion jewelry is a mixture of contemporary jewelry, with chic styling and a hint of fabulosity. They provide a variety of signature custom jewels mixed with hand selected collections to appeal to the evolving modern women.
Price: $34.00 Dainty Initial Necklace
3. Kashmir Thompson
Kashmir Thompson is a 25-year-old visual artist from Cleveland, Ohio currently residing in Georgia. With work heavily inspired by 90’s and Hip Hop culture (think Living Single and Kanye West), her work has developed a cult following across the country. Thompson is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts where she majored in Visual Communications and minored in Creative Writing
Price: $45 shop here.
4. Skincare products
Cleanse was created by Lauren Napier who decided as a minimalist and makeup artist, she wasn’t happy with the makeup removal products being sold. She’s been featured in Essence, Vogue and appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show. It’s not just a makeup remover but great for just cleaning your face and prepping for makeup application.
Price: Starting at $10 available for shop here
The Lip Bar was created by Melissa Butler in 2012 when she realized that wearing the right lipstick made all the difference in her confidence – and there weren’t shade that accommodated women with darker skin tones.
Price: $12 available on the Lip Bar website
6. Message In a Bottle Amazing Mom Tee
Mess in a bottle is an expressive brand that allows you to say whatever you want, without ever saying at all. You can select a MESSage, whether standard or custom, your message is then applied onto a premium cotton t-shirt, then lastly your MESSage is dropped into the water (shipped!) to arrive to you packaged in a reusable bottle
Price: $26.95 via Message In a Bottle
7. Rachel Stewart Jewelry
Treat your mom to some new jewelry styles from Yumnah Najah. She launched her hand-painted jewelry line in 2010 when she graduated high school and never looked back. The line was created to make art more practical but the mom in your life is sure to like some attention-grabbing earrings for special occasions.
Price: All pieces are custom made and available for order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Fanm Djanm Headwrap
Fanm Djanm, which means "strong woman" in Haitian Kreyol, was founded in 2014 as a collection of eight headwraps, which Paola sold directly from her apartment on the weekends. Today, Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. You can find some amazing options that would be the perfect Mother's Day gift.
Price $30 via Fanm Djanm
9. Courtney Noelle
Courtney Noelle is a fashion line dedicated to serving plus size women. But with this line, the clothes don’t get less stylish because the sizes are bigger. There are dresses, rompers and dusters that have color, texture and comfort.
Price: Starting at $25, available online at shopcourtneynoelle.com
10. Drop The Ball by Tiffany Dufu
An inspirational and insightful guide for women who want to get it all by doing less. For women, a glass ceiling at work is not the only barrier to success - it's also the increasingly heavy obligations at home that weigh them down. Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only eighteen per cent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others―only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.
Price: $13.68, available on amazon.
What do you typically get your mom on Mother's day?