If your mom loves a good cocktail, but isn't the world's—or even your family's—best mixologist, treat her to these brilliant sugar cubes from Teaspressa, which are hand-infused with spiced cherry, bitters, and other concentrated ingredients. All she'll have to do is add a cube to a shot of booze, wait a minute or two, muddle it—and she'll have herself a delicious Moscow mule, refreshing mint julep, or the perfect old-fashioned.
If your mom needs to use her phone while on winter outings, keep her hands warm and stylish with a pair of Kent Wang Deerskin Gloves. After testing a variety of touchscreen gloves, we’ve found that many tend to look bulky and unsophisticated; if they do look good, they don’t necessarily work well on a phone’s interface. The Kent Wang gloves, however, check all the boxes, thanks to above-average touchscreen accuracy, a classic design, and a super-warm cashmere lining.
Mother's Day Gifts That She’ll Cherish
A common rite of adulthood involves the passing down of a well-used Le Creuset casserole dish or saucepan from parents to children who are leaving the nest. (Equally common: said children sneaking a piece or two into a moving box and claiming, “I have no idea how that got in there.”) We say it’s time to turn the tide, starting with Le Creuset’s Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Round French Oven, the upgrade pick in our guide to the best Dutch ovens. It’s large enough for soups and stews, and it makes great no-knead bread, too. Any mom who loves to cook will find herself repeatedly reaching for the Le Creuset throughout the year.
In general, look for out something about the recipient, so that you can acquire a thoughtful gift that she'll enjoy. And whatever you do, do not name a constellation after her.
Slip Into Comfort
Mothers come in all shapes and sizes and ages and attitudes. Some moms run marathons, others run companies, and still others run around town, ferrying offspring from their violin lessons to tae kwon do classes to softball practice. Some still have a house full of kids; others are now empty nesters. But these mothers all have something in common: They have at least one person (be it a child, a co-parent, or an admirer) who owes them a great big thank-you, coupled with a thoughtful gift, for everything they do. Perhaps that person is you? If so, it’s time to get on it.