Magic for Mom

Gifts that will make your mama feel special this Mother’s Day

Cinnamon toast was my kitchen specialty as a child, and every Mother’s Day it would top the breakfast-in-bed menu for my mom. Who knows if she actually liked it, but at least she did the motherly thing of pretending to if she didn’t.

Homemade gifts I crafted at school were another annual tradition. But as the years went on, my presents got nicer, especially when I became a mother myself and understood the job of motherhood much better. I quickly learned that every mom deserved a spa day—a day to kick back and relax and treat herself right. Combining a mani/pedi or massage with some rare one-on-one time with my mom now seems to capture the true spirit of the day.

My son serving cake at his school’s annual Mother’s Day tea in 2012

Though the pre-K Mother’s Day Teas catered by my own kids are long gone, I still cherish the love poured into the homemade gifts that accompany my own breakfasts in bed now. Whether it’s sand art or a some macaroni jewelry, I display it proudly.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day gift to give or receive? Feel free to comment below.

This week’s picks

Tea for two: Republic of Tea is offering two special tea tins for Mom. Ginger peach black tea comes with the saying “Thanks, You’re a Peach.” The strawberry vanilla-flavored red rooibos tea comes with the label “Mom, You’re the Berry Best.” Also available individually in many supermarkets. $26.99

Republic of Tea’s Mother’s Day duo

Flower power: Whether you pick some fresh buds from your garden or stop at the supermarket for a bunch on the way to Mom’s house, these Leah Goren-designed Marcella vases for Anthropologie make the perfect presentation. The hand-painted stoneware is available in white, pink or blue and measures approximately 5 inches by 6 inches. $24

Hand-painted vases from Anthropologie

Crowning moment: Treat Mom like the queen she is with a Royalty bath bomb from Lush. The luxurious floral scent includes hints of jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla. Her skin will begin to feel silky soft as soon as the water begins to bubble into a fizzy golden froth. $6.45

Royalty bath bomb from Lush

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