Mother’s Day is celebrated in the US on the second Sunday in May. That means you only have a few more days in which to buy the perfect gift for your mom.
There used to be a time when a bunch of flowers, purchased from any old gas station, would be enough. These days, there is such much choice, so many different outlets, and innumerable ways to purchase. So that drooping bunch simply won’t cut it nowadays.
Luckily, if you are lacking inspiration, we have just the guide to get your creative juices flowing.
Whether your mom loves a designer handbag, covets drop dead gorgeous jewellery, or will melt over something a little more personal. We’re selected a few items that should inspire you to go that extra mile for your mom.
Buying a bag for a woman is tricky, but there are some basic rules to ensure you don’t get it horrendously wrong.
- Keep to classic styles, such as totes, satchels and cross body bags.
- Decide whether you want to choose a bag for a special occasion, or one that will be used often.
- Think about the designers your recipient already likes. If you are not sure, choose one that is not too edgy and tends to the stylish rather than being outrageous.
- Colour wise, you can choose a seasonal colour, so if it is spring, a beautiful soft candy or pastel works well. If you are not sure of colour preferences, stick to browns, creams, whites and blacks.
- As for size, choose a bag that is relatively the same size as the recipient. So for example, a petite lady should not receive an oversized bag, it will dwarf her. Likewise, a voluptuous lady will not suit a mini bag.
From L-R, we love the Black Diane Von Furstenberg Voyage Ready-to-Go Croc-Print Tote Bag, $398.00, the Pink Beach Elizabeth and James Cynnie Leather Drawstring Backpack, $408.00 and the Oxblood Sophie Hulme Mini Colorblock Leather Tote Bag, $1,015.00.
Jewellery can be a nightmare to buy for another person. But with a little forethought and homework, you can surprise your mom with a gift she’ll treasure forever.
As with handbags, pick something classic, unless you know your mother will appreciate a piece that is a little more outlandish.
- Have a look at what your mom already owns. This is the easiest way to determine what she actually likes to wear.
- See what colours feature predominantly. Does she wear mostly silver or gold?
- Does she prefer small, classic pieces, or larger costume style items?
- And finally, looking at what is already in her jewellery box, what type of jewellery does she most like to wear; it is necklaces, bracelets or earrings?
From L-R, David Yurman Albion Enhancer with Gold and Diamonds, $1,550.00, Jose & Maria Barrera Multi-Strand Pastel Beaded Necklace, $715.00 and Roberto Coin 18k White Gold Diamond Texas Necklace, $1,300.00.
Mother’s Day is a great time to treat your mom to something a little expensive and extravagant that she might not normally be able to afford. Again, choose carefully as there is no point in buying an expensive cream or serum that will never be used.
- You can look inside your mom’s bathroom cabinet to see exactly what sort of creams she prefers. Or ask a family member if they know.
- Once you have found out the manufacturer, either go for a gift set, which will have smaller versions of her favourites, or plump for a larger bottle or tub of what she normally buys.
- You could also see if the products she loves have any make-up that go with the beauty creams.
- Another option is to buy a bottle of your mom’s favourite perfume.
- Again, try to purchase a gift set, as these tend to have lotions and shower gels of the same scent included in the set.
From L-R, Dior Beauty Eye Reviver Palette, $62.00, Jo Malone London House of Jo Malone London, $200.00 and La Prairie Limited Edition Essence of Illumination Set, $360.00.
All products available from Neiman Marcus.
Images courtesy Neiman Marcus.