Let’s get something out of the way. No Mother’s Day gift is ever going to make up for all the hell you put your mom through growing up. A bottle of perfume can’t erase the memory of a police officer dropping you off at home after an underage drinking bust. A piece of jewelry isn’t going to patch the hole in the drywall left over from your 360, through-the-legs dunk on the bedroom Nerf hoop that went oh-so-wrong.
What a good Mother’s Day gift can do is offer a certain amount of reassurance to the woman who carried you around in her belly for 10 months (9 is a myth). It’s a sign to mom that she did a pretty damn good job despite all the obstacles you threw in her way. Because if she hadn’t raised a son with strong morals and values would he have taken the time to go out and purchase this thoughtful bottle of perfume or jewelry? Probably not.
Of course, mom doesn’t have to know that up until this very moment you had no clue that Mother’s Day was this Sunday, May 8. (Repeat, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8!!!) Thanks to the miracle of FedEx and Amazon Prime you can still get your mother a meaningful gift before the big day. And you don’t even have to fret about what to get her because your good friends at Playboy have already done that for you.
CATBIRD DOLLHOUSE LOCKET
There has to be at least one childhood photo of you where you aren’t picking your nose, right? Well, get a print of it and place it in this classic locket so you are always close to mom’s heart (awww!). The 14k yellow gold locket is about half an inch in size so it isn’t ostentatious and will go well with the necklaces your mom already wears.
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If it blows or sucks (not in a bad way), Dyson has mastered it. Following its success in vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, and fans, the newest Dyson product is a hair dryer that operates almost silently without giving up any functionality. The Supersonic has controls to keep it from getting too hot, which can damage hair, and has a powerful motor that focuses air in a more controlled manner than conventional dryers.
MANSUR GAVRIEL BUCKET BAG
Mansur Gavriel’s Bucket Bag has been an “it” item for a little while now, but even if your mother could give a crap about such things, she is sure to appreciate the craftsmanship and the exquisite leather used on this minimal yet functional bag. If nothing else, the fact that it comes with a detachable wallet will appeal to all mother’s desire for a two-for-one deal.
HELLO! LUCKY CARDS
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Moms are practically the only people left who still write letters, so she will definitely be psyched to re-up her stock of cards with the unique designs on Hello! Lucky’s cards. They blend classic design with modern quips that stand out from anything Hallmark has ever made. Pro tip: While you’re buying mom’s gifts, be sure to also pick up one of their great Mother’s Day cards to attach to your present.
HANDMADE PICKING BASKET
Even if your mom doesn’t have a green thumb, she will still love these baskets that are made by a century-old company in New Hampshire. The baskets are woven with wood from ash trees and have smart-looking suede handles. They were originally built to carry vegetables and fruit picked from the garden, but you can use them to hold just about anything, from magazines to plants.
DIPTYQUE SCENTED CANDLE
You could probably get your mother this same candle from Diptyque ever year and she wouldn’t mind. The scent, a combination of roses and blackcurrant leaves, is that good. The candle comes in Diptyque’s trademark glass jar that adds a touch of class to any room, even when it’s not lit.
NIXON K SQUARED
If you haven’t quite reached the stage in life where you’re buying mom a blinged-out Rolex, the Nixon K Squared is a beautiful watch that will look great on her wrist without forcing you to eat Top Ramen for the rest of the month. The dial has a great midcentury modern appeal that looks great with the aligator embossed leather strap.
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Flowers are the traditional go-to for Mother’s Day, but they die out in a week or so. A terrarium, on the other hand, can last for months, requires minimal maintenance, and adds a touch of greenery to whichever surface it lives on. Terrariums also tend to come in vessels with much cooler designs than the typical flower vase.