Trendy takes on traditional Mother’s Day gifts
Kate Spade tech case
One of the top gift-giving holidays of the year has a set of go-to presents that are a bit on the conventional side. Read on for cool ideas to tweak tradition with trend this Mother’s Day. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing: Kate Spade tech case
Old school: Handbag
Cool: Kate Spade tech case
Trust us: Mom’s got enough handbags. What she needs now is a fashionable way to tote her tech. Kate Spade offers cellphone, e-reader, tablet and laptop cases in designs that meld hip and pretty into something fashionably fresh.
Teleflora flowering plant
Old school: Floral bouquet
Cool: Teleflora flowering plant
A big bunch of fragrant flowers is undeniably impressive, but for a Mother’s Day “bouquet” that’ll last past May, choose a lush blooming plant instead. Teleflora offers varieties ranging from happily homespun (azaleas) to elegantly exotic (tropical orchids).
Sephora fragrance sampler
Old school: Favorite fragrance
Cool: Sephora fragrance sampler
For about the same price as a bottle of Mom’s old standby scent, you can gift her with an array of awesome aromas in sample sizes. When she decides on a favorite, the included gift certificate gets her a full-size version of the fresh fragrance.
Blooming tea set
Bing: Blooming tea set
Old school: Tea set
Cool: Blooming tea set
Tea is a lovely way to wind down the day, but put a little twist on the gift this year with a big beautiful blossom. A tightly wound bud “blooms” in hot water, releasing delicious flavor and putting on a show inside its glass teapot.
Pandora charm jewelry
Bing: Pandora charm jewelry
Old school: Birthstone charm jewelry
Cool: Pandora charm jewelry
The classic charm bracelet has gone modern: Pandora jewelry is the hottest adornment on the market, and just happens to be perfect for a sweetly symbolic Mother’s Day gift. Collectible charms mark kids’ birthdays and all of Mom’s other milestones.
Bing: Godiva chocolates
Old school: Drugstore chocolates
Cool: Godiva chocolates
Sure, Mom will ooh and aah over pretty much any box of chocolates you wrap up for her, but if you want to make this year’s gift particularly sweet, consider a step in the right confection direction with a ballotin of gasp-worthy Godiva treats.
Bose Quiet Comfort headphones
Old school: Spa gift basket
Cool: Bose Quiet Comfort headphones
The bathtub isn’t the only place Mom can de-stress. The genius Quiet Comfort headphones from Bose are like a portable isolation tank, blocking out almost all noise with the flick of a switch for soothing silence (plus Mom can listen to tunes or other audio through 'em too).
‘World’s Best Mom’ water bottle
Old school: ‘World’s Best Mom’ coffee mug
Cool: ‘World’s Best Mom’ water bottle
A go-to gift for the kids to give on Mother’s Day, a “World’s Best Mom” mug is something many mothers have in multiples. Mix it up a little with a new take on the old tribute: Handy water bottles are perfect for workouts or weekend errands.
Heated lavender slippers
Bing: Heated lavender slippers
Old school: Slippers
Cool: Heated lavender slippers
There’s comfortable, and then there’s crazy comfortable. Slippers are cozy (and during some months, essential), but add cushiony layers, fragrant lavender, and a microwavable heat pad that keeps Mom comfy for hours, and you’ve got a super treat for feet.
Bing: Kindle Paperwhite
Old school: Hardback book
Cool: Kindle Paperwhite
Give a mom a book and she’ll read for days, but give her a Kindle Paperwhite and she’ll pretty much read for a lifetime. Amazon’s newest e-reader gets kudos for its screen clarity, a built-in light for after-dark reading, and over 200,000 free Lending Library books.