My Mom Gave Me Style
My mother was passionate about parenting in a way that encouraged dreaming, creating, and inventing. I have numerous memories of fabric stores, crafts shops, and art supplies. But unlike my brothers who could draw X-Men characters with their eyes closed, I was a terrible artist, drawing awkward faces and dresses in barely-used notebooks.
Despite my inept rendering skills, my mother’s arty enabling was infectious. I barely noticed my lack of genius — the possibilities of who I could be and what I could do seemed endless. It was more out of boredom than realizing I had no talent, that I dropped my sketch pad and picked up her Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Instyle magazines. The moment I saw my mother tear-out sheets of beautiful images from the Condé Nast pages, I wanted to do that too. I only had to ask once before she started giving me most of her fashion and decór magazines, and eventually my own magazine subscriptions. Once a magazine was in my hands, I followed suit and tore out the images I found interesting or beautiful. Soon my drawing pads were filled with style collages.
I only recently realized that tearing up fashion magazines was the beginning of my path as a personal stylist. As a stylist, you curate, not create. Sifting through magazines, finding the best images, and putting them together to form an attractive collage was practice for what I do today. It was my mother who provided me with the prerequisite tools I needed to become the successful stylist I am.
Career inspiration is just one of the uncountable gifts many of us have received from our moms. With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, May 9th, let’s talk about the gifts we can give mom to show our appreciation.
Best Gifts For Mom
Mother’s Day gifts are so fun because it’s actually a bit hard to go wrong on Mother’s Day. Moms just love getting gifts, amiright? But we aren’t going to settle for just anything your mom will attach sentimental value to. Obviously, the best gifts for mom are thoughtful ones. But figuring out what tangible items relate to your mother right now can be difficult. Not to worry, I am delighted to be your shopping concierge. Below is a collection of the best gifts for every kind of mom, from utilitarian gifts that will make her day-to-day that much better to fashion-forward items that will enhance her style.
Montarbo Beauty Elixir 20% Vitamin C Antioxidant
Beauty products make such great gifts for mom and I swear by Montarbo’s Vitamin B +C serum. It has radically changed my skin. It helps with acne, age spots, wrinkles, under eye discoloration — everything! Plus, it feels amazing on and has no smell or stickiness of other high-end serums. This is a truly magic product that I cannot rave enough about. It’s one of my favorite beauty products ever made. My fella is equally obsessed and has very different skin than mine, which has me believing this is a product for everyone, including your Mom.
VersaDesk 36″ Electric Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Riser
I just got myself the VersaDesk 36″ Electric Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Riser and I cannot rave enough about it! It sits on your current desk. Plus, it’s stylish and utterly functional. This is a gift for mom that could really change her life.
Paige Christy Pant – French Waters
Fitflop Barra Silky-Weave Back-Strap Sandals
You know I never stop talking about Fitflop and now they have come out with this new version of my favorite sandal they make: the Fitflop Barra Silky-Weave Back-Strap Sandals. Have your mom be one of the first to sport them.
The Drop Women’s Francine V-Neck Button Front Cozy Cardigan
I just had to add this cozy cardigan to my list of the best gifts for mom. The Drop’s Francine V-Neck Button Front Cardigan is crazy soft and forgiving. Your mama won’t want to take it off.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season 1
The mom who loves murder mystery anything or Downton Abbey will adore Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries 1.
Vuori Performance Jogger
You must give your mom the Vuori Performance Jogger. They’re comfortable, flattering, soft — did I mention flattering? All of my clients are loving these pants — and so will your mama. These joggers are available at Vuori, Nordstrom, and REI.
Blenders Eyewear Sweet Diva – Sydney
For the cool mamas, these Blenders Eyewear Sweet Diva sunglasses are one of my favorite pairs of inexpensive polarized shades. They’re one of the most complementary rectangle-shaped sunglasses available.
ATM Slub Jersey Classic V-Neck Tee
The ATM Slub Jersey Classic V-Neck Tee is one of the best t-shirts ever made to flatter a women’s figure. Order a size up as it runs small, but your mom is going to love it. This tee is available at ATM, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks 5th Avenue.
For any mother with some extra time, a Masterclass subscription is an incredible gift. They have classes for everyone, from gardening and fashion to comedy and negotiation.
Calpak Kaya Laptop Backpack
I own two Calpak Kaya Laptop Backpacks. One is my carry-on for planes, the other is my work bag. I no longer carry tote bags or shoulder bags to prevent back injuries and asymmetry in my body. This backpack is available at Calpak and Nordstrom.
Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket
This Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket in dark forest green is one of the best leather jackets out right now. It runs true to size and any leather-wearing woman would love this. My second favorite is the All Saints Dalby leather jacket, but it only comes in black.
Adidas Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe
This Adidas Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe is great for the mom who walks a lot. I am very picky about my black sneakers, and this is one of the best pairs. These shoes are available at Nordstrom and Adidas.
Aurate x Kerry Lioness Pendant Necklace
Timeless jewelry pieces make great gifts for mom. I adore this Aurate x Kerry Lioness Pendant Necklace. It’s made of recycled gold and has a lifetime warranty.
Baleaf Camo/Leopard High Rise Side Pocketed Workout Leggings
I cannot rave enough about these Baleaf Camo/Leopard High Rise Side Pocketed Workout Leggings. They also come in a blue leopard pattern that I can’t stop wearing. The quality in relation to the price does not make sense. AND these leggings have pockets! I own them in three colors. These leggings are available at Baleaf and Amazon.
Wix Gear Magnetic Phone Mount
Sometimes the best gifts for mom are practical ones she’ll use on a daily basis. Everyone needs a cell phone mount for their car, and this Wix Gear Magnetic Phone Mount is the style I prefer. I love this gift idea for an inexpensive, but useful option.
Amica Gold Champagne Stopper
I still think this Amica Gold Champagne Stopper is one of the best easy, little gifts you can give a bubble drinking lady.
Soon Hydrating Under Eye Mask for Dark Circles
I am obsessed with these Soon Hydrating Under Eye Masks for Dark Circles. I use one every Sunday and it’s an amazing gift idea for anyone.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t enjoyed Becoming by Michelle Obama. A key point to this story is Michelle’s passion and relationship with motherhood. It couldn’t be a better Mother’s Day gift for the mom who loves to read.
Kate Spade Two of A Kind Pop Fizz Stemless Champagne Glass Set
Who doesn’t want to drink Prosecco out of this Kate Spade Two of A Kind Pop Fizz Stemless
Champagne Prosecco Glass Set? The set is available at Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. Pair it with the Amica champagne stopper featured above, and you have a great gift for any prosecco-loving mama.
Madewell Packable Straw Visor
Kate Spade giana 54mm gradient cat eye sunglasses
Kate Spade always makes flattering sunglasses, and these Giana Cat Eye sunglasses are delicious. Gift them to the fashionista mama who needs the coverage.
Madewell Elemental Statement Earrings
Bombas Women’s Solids Ankle Sock 4-Pack
No woman, or man mind you, would not adore these Bombas Women’s Solids Ankle Socks. These are the best socks I have ever worn. I cannot emphasize enough how incredible they feel. And it’s not just me saying this — check out the reviews.
Rothy’s The Point
Rothy’s The Point is still the best flat ever made. Order a half-size up for your mom. I have suggested this amazing red color, but it also comes in black and navy. Check out my full Rothy’s review for all the details on what makes these machine-washable flats so amazing.
S’Well Elements Collection Blue Granite Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
S’Well Elements Collection Blue Granite Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is the best water bottle you could possibly have. Your mom is dehydrated. Get her this.
Good American Good Waist High Waist Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans
The Good American Good Legs High Rise Skinny Jeans are the best high-waisted jeans. The best. Not only are they crazy flattering and have the most versatile wash, but they also come in a multitude of sizes from 00-24.
The Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is one of the best biographies I have read. An iconic fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue during the 30s through the 60s, Diana Vreeland is an elaborate human being captured perfectly by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart. Stuart meticulously researched the life of this dynamic woman who wandered into the fashion world and made it her own. I was constantly impressed by Stuart’s ability to tell all angles of this flawed, yet inspiring woman. I couldn’t put it down. Your mom will love it. In fact, buy it for yourself and your mom, and then schedule a chat when you’ve both finished to discuss this tantalizing woman and the evolution of fashion. All mom really wants anyways is to spend time with you.
San Diego Hat Company Women’s One Size Ultrabraid Visor
I am still on the visor train for a Mother’s Day gift idea. This San Diego Hat Company Women’s One Size Ultrabraid Visor with Stretch Sweatband and Velcro Closure is my go-to visor. It’s completely comfortable, well-fitting, and flattering to all faces. Mom will love it.
Anthropologie Circular Tote Bag
This Anthropologie Circular Tote Bag is the best idea ever. Everyone loves it, and the compliments will roll in, causing mom to give you a big squeeze.
Kate Spade One In A Million Initial Bangle
Halogen Side Ruched Top
Any mom who lives in leggings will love this Halogen Side Ruched Top. It’s perfect for dressing up their stretchy pant addiction.