Mother’s Day seems especially poignant this year. Not to take away from Dads in any way, especially two Dad households, but article after article seems to state that in most cases, mothers are bearing the brunt of it right now. That mental load we always carried? Well, the list may not be longer than it was before, but it is different and more challenging. We are taking care of our families and our jobs without our villages. Work and childcare were never meant to be done at the same time. And why do we own an apartment with so many darn bathrooms to clean? Do four people really need three full bathrooms? Sorry, that was a personal aside 🙂 So go ahead and forward this list to your significant other. You deserve it. All of it.
Happy Mother’s Day!
For the mom who loves DIY: DC-based floral company Poppy has recently launched Poppy at Home, a flower kit that ships nationwide and includes 50-55 stems along with free access to their video tutorial for floral arrangements. Make it a package by adding on two bags of fair-trade floral teas sourced from the Himalayas.
For the rustic loving mom: Farmgirl Flowers sends out adorable hand-tied bouquets wrapped in burlap coffee bags from their local roaster. Not only are they gorgeous, but they promise to source their flowers ethically and honestly, support farms who pay living wages, avoid harmful chemicals, and have medical benefits for their teams. You might just want to order yourself a bouquet of Farmgirl flowers for Mother’s Day! I know I do!
For the trendy, hip mom: UrbanStems dried bouquets are super chic and in-style. Dried flowers last for months, and this set comes with the matching vase.
Mejuri offers free engraving on a number of their pieces, plus a full zodiac collection for fun personalization. Remind your partner that this is the piece you will always remember as your Mother’s Day in Quarantine gift!
If you love personalized diamonds, Monica Vinader offers monogrammed charms. For symbolic charms, the evil eye collection offers protection and the Caroline Issa collaboration features raw stones with different meanings. I am particularly obsessed with the raw stone collection, especially the amethyst of course.
Tiffany’s sculptural styles are beyond classic chic, as are their script necklaces and rings.
Time for Relaxation
How hysterical are these socks? The pebble diffuser is one of the chicest, most interesting oil diffusers I’ve seen yet. How about giving Mom an hour to relax with her CBD eye gels and a fresh, monogrammed journal?
Sips and Snacks
I’m a HUGE fan of the Compartes chocolate brand, and not just because they’ve done fashion collaborations with the likes of Marc Jacobs. Compartes chocolate bars are at once inventive, nostalgic, and modern. You can order just one chocolate bar, themed packs, a fancy box of chocolate covered strawberry clusters, and one of my favorites, this artisan dark chocolate heart with inlaid fruit. I’m sure we could all use some liquid patience these days. I’m more an ice cream stress eater so I’ve been dreaming of a Jeni’s ice cream delivery, although it seems glutinous to take up freezer space for ice cream right now.
From the Kids
Here are some cute, inexpensive ideas for the kids to give mom a lasting gift she will appreciate. I know I would love to receive any of the gifts below! Please screen print and copy the blank coupons for yourself!
Some fill-in-the-blank coupon ideas (print blank coupons here):
- Toy clean-up
- One week of laundry
- Dinner made by the rest of the family
- A night of no dishes
- Movie night with a movie picked by mom
- An uninterrupted nap
- An hour of uninterrupted reading
- Breakfast in bed
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This is a great gift for the kids to give mom with their allowance. No amount is too small. We’ve been donating a portion of our virtual appointment fees to these four charities. You could also donate to your local food bank in honor of mom.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund: Areas of emphasis include helping health-care workers with purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment; supporting quarantined and vulnerable individuals; and hygiene promotion campaigns to limit the spread of the virus.
- Direct Relief: The organization is delivering protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to health-care organizations in areas with confirmed covid-19 cases.
- Lawyers for Good Government Foundation: Helps asylum seekers being held in refugee camps at the border and in U.S. detention centers. Donations help volunteer lawyers provide pro bono services to asylum seekers and families unable to practice social distancing or obtain access to proper sanitation.
- Meals on Wheels: Delivers nutritious meals to the country’s most vulnerable seniors. Donations will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel, and enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated elderly recipients.
Real Life Style Virtual Services
Is your spring closet in need of a pick-me-up? Wondering what to wear for Zoom meetings or home-schooling? We’re offering virtual personal styling services that make mothers’ lives easier. Have your partner print out this certificate for the gift of wardrobe sanity.
Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani and Kyle to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio.
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