Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

It is April 24, which means we only have a FEW days left until Mother’s Day. Since becoming a mother myself almost 5 months ago, I can tell you that every mother REALLY deserves an awesome gift (or at least a nice card or a phone call!). Here is my list of best gifts for moms! It covers moms of all ages, many different tastes, and different price limits.

The Fancy Mom

A Designer Key Chain or ID case

If your mom likes designer purses, but your bank account does not…

Get the idea of an expensive brand without breaking the bank TOO much with a fancy key chain or ID case! For a few years, I have given my mom a Coach key chain. She loves the valet style so that she can separate her keys. These bag charms from Fossil are a little bit cheaper and are also really cute! The ID holders also give you the taste of luxury without breaking the bank TOO much.

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A Designer Makeup Case

I LOVE this Fossil Key Per box style makeup case. It is easy to wipe clean, snaps together nicely, and allows me to easily see all my essential makeup: mascara, foundation, eye shadow, and lip stain. There are not any on the Fossil website now, but there are some on Ebay!

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The On-The-Go Mom

Tile Key Finder with Personalized Skin

This is what I got my mom this year! This little tile can be attached to any valuable item you have that can be easily lost. You can call it so that you can easily find it. I got one for my mom to use on her key ring — and I added a customized picture of her grandson to put on either side! Just $25 for one Tile.

 

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Passport Cover

I never knew these cute passport covers existed! This one from Barnes and Noble is especially adorable.

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Coffee Warmer

For new moms, working moms, or just plain busy moms, a coffee warmer is a great gift! Check out this one on Amazon.

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The Mom Who Has Everything

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are pretty, relaxing and even good for you! They emit negative ions that help purify and deodorize the air. Right now they are 40% off on Groupon.

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Hair Dryer and Curling Iron Organizer

I bought this hair dryer and curling iron organizer for mom one year. She loves to have things in their place! I think it was one of her favorite gifts. Here’s another option that is great for organizing all her goodies that stay on the bathroom counter.

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The Cooking Mom

iPad/iPhone Stand and Stylus

If your mom often follows Pinterest recipes on her phone or iPad while she cooks, an iPad stand and stylus would be a perfect gift! No more messy spaghetti sauce on her iPhone.

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Zoodler/Spiralizer

Have you heard of zucchini noodles? They are the perfect healthy alternative to spaghetti noodles. You can turn many of your favorite veggies into noodles with this handy kitchen gadget commonly called a spiralizer or “zoodler.” Be sure to get this one with the handle, because the other type takes a lot of elbow grease!

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The Fit and Healthy Mom

FlavorGod Seasoning

FlavorGod Seasonings are chemical free with low salt and are SO delicious! They are all the rage among health and fitness enthusiasts. They even have a chocolate doughnut flavored seasoning.

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Jaxx Meal Prep Lunch Bag

The Jaxx lunch bag comes with 6 containers that are perfect for portioning out meals and snacks for the day. It comes with a shaker bottle and a little case inside for daily vitamins. I own this and LOVE it!

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Pure-Wave Handheld Massager

There are a lot of handheld massage tools you can buy, but this one looks awesome! Pure-Wave is marketed as an alternative to foam rolling to get the lactic acid build-up out of your sore muscles.

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The Reading Mom

Personalized Barnes and Noble Gift Card

In my humble opinion, a book store gift card is not the best gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, UNLESS it’s personalized! Barnes and Noble offers gift cards that can be personalized with a picture. One year for Christmas, I put a picture of me as a little girl decorating the Christmas tree onto a gift card, and my mom LOVED it. You can also customize the card that it comes in with your own message.

The New Mom

Chewbeads Necklace

I know this would make a great gift for a new mom because I bought one for myself from Barnes and Noble! Chewbeads necklaces are cute and safe for a teething baby to chew on.

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Mom’s One Line A Day

This is one of my favorites! With enough space to record a single thought, a family quote, or a special event each day for FIVE years, this makes a great keepsake! I would love it to save all my baby’s “firsts,” or later on, I can write all the cute things he says. Here it is on Amazon.

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White Noise Machine

A white noise machine will help a new baby AND new parents get some much-needed sleep! Check this one out on Amazon.

There you have it! That’s my list of favorite Mother’s Day gifts. What great finds would you add?

Things I Didn’t Know Before Becoming a Mom

I had a lot of respect for moms before I became a mom, but I can’t even tell you how much more awesome I think they all are at this moment. Moms who adopt or moms who birth their own kids, and moms who are raising their kids’ kids… all of you are awesome. Here are a few things I’ve learned from the moment I found out I was pregnant to now, with an almost three-month old:

1. All moms are rock stars.

It sounds a little cliche, but enduring nine months of pregnancy and many hours of labor is more than enough to catapult any mom straight to rock star status. In fact, I don’t think there is anything cooler a person could do than to bring a baby into this world. I guess accomplishments equally as cool might be among the ranks of… saving someone’s life, traveling through time, or being an actual rock star.

Like any good story about the journey to stardom, becoming a mom would probably not feel as B.A. if it weren’t for all the challenges along the way: morning sickness, round ligament pain, contractions, labor, and countless sleepless nights. I think back to when I (completely out of shape) finished a half-marathon. It was one of the hardest, most miserable things I have ever endured, but crossing the finish line was the most amazing feeling ever. It comes in second place now, though, behind becoming a mom.

2. On our team, my spouse is the MVP.

While it’s true that I did most of the heavy lifting during this whole process, my husband is the unsung hero. For nine months, he did so many things I was too tired to do. He made countless trips to the grocery store, rubbed my feet, cleaned the litter box, and dealt with my all-too-frequent moodiness. He took notes during our Lamaze class, and when it was “go time,” he completely blew me away with his mad sherpa skills. Through every contraction, we went “up the ladder… and down the slide” together. He talked me through each one, and helped me remember how to breathe (somehow I had forgotten). Now that our baby is here, the feeling that he and I are on the same team – with the same goal of loving and raising a happy, healthy person – has never been more real.

3. All moms get a pass.

mom memeI’ve seen memes floating around the internet that say something to the effect of – all moms should get a “pass” for their messy kitchen and piles of laundry or for being late to everything. Now that I am a mom, I not only believe moms deserve a pass, I think they NEED one. There have literally been times where I could seriously “not even” because I’m physically or emotionally exhausted.

When I accomplish something, like choosing to wash the dishes instead of take a nap, type an article for my freelancing job with only one hand, or arrive somewhere on time with my hair brushed, I am amazed at how accomplished I feel. If I don’t get any of those things done? Hey, I took care of myself and my kid today! I’m always reminding myself that that’s a big deal, and it’s THE most important thing I could do with my time.

4. Life is not about me anymore.

I used to feel bad for new moms when they would come to parties. It seemed like people would often smile and coo and talk to the baby, looking straight past the mom. I feel like I love my baby so much that he is literally an extension of myself; for him to be happy is for me to be happy. Life is not about me anymore, but when people show him love, I can feel the love too. In fact, nothing makes my heart happier.

5. I have to be OK with “someday.”

When I want to get something done, I typically want it to happen right now. With a newborn, I am no longer on my own schedule. I can’t just leave the house whenever I feel like it, and I can’t always get a big task done in one day. Any Pinterest project, party, or major chore takes a lot of planning ahead. In order to avoid frustration, I have HAD to make peace with myself that things do not have to happen right away. Someday we will install those new shelves in our kitchen cabinet. Someday we will get to take a road trip that’s longer than an hour. Someday I will organize my closet. Some things I can accomplish little by little, and some things I’m just going to have to put off. Until then, I’m going to love every minute spent with sweet baby while he still fits perfectly in my arms… because someday he won’t be this little anymore.

This post is dedicated to my mom. Three things: 1. OMG, you are amazing. 2. THANK YOU. 3. You were right.