Let’s face it: When your mom says, “You don’t need to get me anything for Mother’s Day,” she’s lying. You do. Come Monday, when she’s telling friends what you did, you want her to feel a giddy mix of pride and delight. And that’s the real gift, right there, that peacock moment. How you treat Mother’s Day is a reflection of how she’s raised you. It’s your opportunity to show off and let her know that yes, she’s raised a thoughtful, awesome human being, even if you forget to call her back sometimes.
Now, we’re not saying all this to stress you out. First, it’s only Tuesday and there’s express shipping. Second, if you’re stumped, we’ve got the best, original, unexpected, cheap-and-cheerful or splurge-with-impact gifts for every type of mom. A few weeks ago, we were invited to a tea with beauty maven Bobbi Brown, hosted by the Accessories Council (who knew there was a non-profit council just for accessories?) where we talked about the best and worst Mother Day gifts. The best: A cleaning woman for a year. The worst: A scale. And we got to see some great companies that make the kind accessories that would make even the most modest mom feel like bragging. Here are a few of our favorites: