Yes, buying Mom an apron might seem a tad too Leave It to Beaver, but the absurdly comfy Rough Linen Pinafore is good for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, regardless of how much they cook. (Even someone who’s just “supervising” risks being splattered.) A rectangle of fabric with two straps and big pockets, the Rough Linen Pinafore looks less “prissy apron” and more “artsy smock,” but it’s actually really well designed. It’s loose in all the right places, yet it won’t slip around as she moves. When testing the apron, we also liked the two giant hip pockets, which can fit everything from a phone to a meat thermometer to even folded dish towels.
If Mom’s decor tastes are more elegant, opt for a minimalist gift that’s as touching as it is cute. She’ll think of you every time she looks at this painting of two penguins from Home Depot. It’s small enough to hang near her desk, but sweet enough to earn its own spot on the living room wall. Either way, she’ll love staring at it and thinking about her sweet child (you).
There are few gifts better than personalized ones, especially when it comes to mom, who pretty much already has everything she wants. With services like Minted, you can upload your own photos for a calendar and arrange them on colorful backgrounds, then customize your creation for each month. Most calendars also allow you to enter birthdays and important events, so you can help mom actually remember her mother-in-law’s birthday this year.
There's nothing like a stunning bright red lipstick — Armani Beauty Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick in Lucky Red, to be specific — to make an ordinary day feel a little more special. And if red's not your mom's calling, no sweat — there are 14 gorgeous shades to choose from. While the lipstick has a matte finish, the formula is infused with hydrating jojoba and ester oils for a creamy and comfortable wear that won't dry out her lips.
This gentle, but effective Murad Ready, Radiant, Retinol Kit comes stacked with the Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream to help smooth out the appearance of fine lines and to even out skin tone. Besides the common key ingredient, a time-released retinoid, each product also contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and marine kelp to keep her skin soothed and plump.
Odds are good that the mothers in your life will be spending some quality time this year out in the backyard or on the patio. Help them extend those outdoor hours well into the evening with a portable fire pit. One of our favorites is the Solo Stove Bonfire, which, when operated correctly, burns wood with almost no detectable smoke. The airflow created by the stove’s double-walled design intensifies the heat of the fire, making it more efficient and less smoky. (We wouldn’t recommend trying it on a fire escape, though—if that’s the only outdoor space she’s got, stick to a hibachi.)