This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and either you’re a proud mama who’s about to be appreciated just a little more than you usually are or you’re probably scrambling around to make suitable brunch plans and find a mom-approved gift – or you’re both! We can’t book a mimosa-topped brunch for you, but we can tell you what just about every mother wants, including both presents that we on the Snob staff hope to be giving and receiving this weekend, as well as a few extra ideas for good measure. The best part? Every pick is under $150.
Tina, Founder and Chief Editor
I don’t know how to bake. For one, I can’t follow directions, and two, I have a short attention span. But my boy loves cakes, so I’ve decided bake (semi-) healthy alternatives instead of getting store-bought. I took a macaron baking class, and it was surprisingly easy – and macarons are his favorite dessert. I have everything I need, except a food scale. It’s all about precision when baking. NutraTrack Pro Digital Nutrition Scale, $140 on Amazon.
Kelly, Founder and Chief Editor
I’ve always fantasized about having my own herb and vegetable garden. This raised planter makes it easier on the back to work on it and keeps critters from eating it. But for Mother’s Day, I don’t just want this planter. I want the gifter to help me plant it too! Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, $155.68 on Amazon.
Bess, Managing Editor
My mother loves to cook (lucky me!), and as a Texan-at-heart, she has no shortage of Southern recipes in her Rolodex or cookbooks in her cabinet. The good thing about choosing presents for people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, though, is that they’ve already mastered all of the recipes they know of, so it never hurts to find a few more for them to test out. United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone-Star State, $16.14 on Amazon.
When in doubt, I always go for Tom Ford. No, my mom is not receiving a $4,000 disco-diva dress. A bright lipstick with glamorous packaging will perk her up, and a shade called Aphrodite should remind her she’s a goddess. Counter it with a dark color for her toes. You’re not hinting she’s a “Bitter Bitch” (unless you want to), but the name will make her feel as edgy as her offspring. Tom Ford Beauty Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Aphrodite, $52, and Nail Lacquer in Bitter Bitch, $35, at Neiman Marcus.
Adam, Graphics Assistant
A true chef needs her own chef’s knife, and this is the perfect one for mom! Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Chef’s Knife, $80 at Williams-Sonoma.
Mar y Sol Caracas Tote: I’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nothing spells summer like a beachy woven tote. Hint at sun-soaked getaways with this vacation-worthy one. On Shopbop for $135.
AERIN Rose Batik Medium Printed Cotton-Canvas Cosmetics Case: Something to help keep her organized is always a good thing, and this one is perfectly pretty for spring. On NET-A-PORTER for $65.
Tory Burch for Fitbit Leather Bracelet: You would never know this wraparound bracelet is fit for a Fitbit. The hardware detailing is a case specially designed for one, so she can remain stylish while she stays in shape. On Shopbop for $122.50 (from $175).
Theordora & Callum Papillon Printed Linen-Blend Caftan: Easy, breezy, and beautiful: This flowing caftan is perfect for when she wants to play hostess in the summer or as a poolside cover-up. At Neiman Marcus for $146 (from $195).
Diptyque Roses Scented Candle: A candle by any other brand than Diptyque wouldn’t smell as sweet…the saying goes something like that! It’s also the brand that will make her feel the most special, guaranteed. On NET-A-PORTER for $62.
Isabel Marant Gold-Plated Beaded Necklace: Jewelry can be tough to pick out, but this necklace, at once modern, classic, dainty, and architectural, is a no-fail for any mom. On NET-A-PORTER for $130.