Who’s Your Mama? 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts
She packed your lunches and kissed your skinned knees, hugged you when you experienced your first broken heart -- and when you came out. She's your mom, and she's always been there for you. This Mother's Day, say thank you with one of these utterly unique gifts:
Just about every mom loves chocolate, but LGBT-owned Manifest Chocolates (from $2.75 a bar) are something special for your very special mom. Created from cacao harvested from century-old trees in the Ecuadorian mountains, Manifest’s chocolate is processed below 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and therefore higher in the "bliss" compounds found in dark chocolate. Low-glycemic coconut sugar is used as a sweetener, and sunflower seeds are used in place of milk, making this chocolate as guilt-free as it is good.
Created by Stephanie Adams, the first Playboy Centerfold to come out as a lesbian, GODDESSY Organics boasts 100 percent natural, organic oils and aromatherapy. The company’s website features an entire page dedicated to great gifts for moms, including the anti-aging Pure Youth Serum Oil ($125 for one ounce), featuring extracts from sunflower and pumpkin seed. Other soothing products like soy candles and sachets are also available.
This year, why not give your mother a memory she’ll cherish forever with an adventure from Xperience Days? Xperience Days offers gift certificates good for thousands of activities all over the country. They range from mild -- like taking a knitting lesson in Walnut Creek, California, or a sunset sail aboard Norfolk, Virginia’s American Rover schooner -- to wild, such as hot air ballooning over the Hudson Valley or joining a burlesque dance class in San Antonio. Prices vary.
Give a Feast
Relive childhood days of bringing mom breakfast in bed with the Feast for Mom ($49.95) from Gift a Feast. Shipped straight from San Francisco’s fabulous foodie scene, this beautiful gift basket includes vanilla almond granola; handmade jam; orange and cranberry scone mix and dark chocolate truffles. Add yogurt to the granola, whip up the scones and it’s a Bay Area-style brunch in bed for mom.
Made from 100 percent pure cashmere, Red Twist sweater wraps ($185) are soft, stylish and available in 15 colors, from vivid pink to understated charcoal. They’re also one-size-fits-all, taking the worry about what size mom wears out of gift-giving. Perhaps best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each sweater goes toward providing education for impoverished girls.
Viva Editions, an imprint of LGBT publisher Cleis Press, has debuted four titles sure to delight and inspire mom. "All You Need is Less" is chock-full of ways to save both the planet and money; "SHE" celebrates women, from everyday heroines to trailblazers like Hillary Clinton; "Garden Blessings" is an ode to the places where land is sown and memories reaped; and "Crafting Calm" illustrates how spirituality and crafting can meet. (From $16.95 to $18.95)
Give your mom the prettiest nails on the block with a Nailette subscription ($29.97). For three months, your mom will receive two nail polishes monthly from top-notch brands like Essie, OPI and Orly based on her skin tone and personal style. Price includes wrapping, shipping and a gift messaging.
There are bouquets, and then there are BloomNation bouquets. Unlike traditional, cookie-cutter arrangements from big, mass-market florists, BloomNation designs are one-of-a-kind showstoppers from artisans like Las Vegas’ David Filter, who boasts clients including Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. BloomNation even provides a photo of the arrangement before it’s delivered, so you know your mom is getting a bouquet as special as she is. Prices vary.
Launched April 28, MORE Uncorked is a wine club founded by the women’s lifestyle magazine MORE and Women of the Vine, a wine club for women. MORE Uncorked offers a wine subscription with a twist -- it will focus specifically on award-winning wines by women winemakers and women-owned wineries from around the globe. A wine club that celebrates female vintners...what wine-drinking mom wouldn’t love that? Prices start at $100 per shipment of four bottles.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry
Known for elegant pieces handcrafted in the U.S., Isabelle Grace Jewelry has adorned stars including Katherine Heigl and Alyson Hannigan. Among the more perfect pieces for mom: Heart 2 Heart ($92), a sterling silver heart-shaped pendant engraved front and back with "Mom" and "You Hold My Heart." Also sure to make your mama smile is the sterling silver Braille "Mom" Necklace ($98), which features 22-carat gold accents spelling out "Mom" in Braille.