Though I'm not a mom yet myself, I have it on pretty good authority that what moms really want on Mother's Day is to spend time with their families and to be reminded of how much they are loved. Of course, a little pampering never hurt anyone. You don't necessarily have to spend a lot, but putting an extra bit of effort in will go a long way towards showing mom how much you care.
Bubble bath is a classic gift for Mother's day, but it won't do a mom any good if she doesn't have time to take a bath! These gorgeous bottles from Library of Flowers are a lovely gift, but be sure to give mom the night off so she can really enjoy it. Draw her a bath, light some candles- and make sure no kids interrupt her relaxation!
Spoil the mom in your life with some fantastic pajamas or a robe. This is no time to be practical (she can buy PJs from Target herself). Go for a luxurious option, like the Beverly Hills Hotel Signature Robe. She can lounge in this robe all morning as you serve her a decadent brunch, complete with mimosas and cheesy 80s movies (I vote for Troop Beverly Hills!).
This time capsule kit would be a great keepsake for documenting a special time in your mom's life. Fill it with your family's memories- and be sure to have everyone (especially kids) write their predictions for the future! If you're feeling crafty, you could probably make a similar kit with a pretty box from Ikea and some labels and stationery from Paper Source.
Leave it to Catbird to design a sweet initial necklace perfect for all the cool moms out there. The You are my Moon and Stars necklace can be engraved with her children's initials, and the charms can be mixed-and-matched to suit her style. This would be such an adorable gift for a new mom.
Give mom the chance to learn a skill or find a new hobby with the gift of a class. There are a ton of options out there, both local and online. Castle in the Air hosts calligraphy and paper craft classes in Berkeley or she can try her hand at painting ceramics at Terra Mia in SF. Craftsy offers online classes for everything from quilting to bread baking and Skillshare features classes on photography and computer design programs. Most class descriptions feature a list of supplies needed, so you could pick up a few supplies to get her started. Or sign yourself up to take the class with your mom!
For even more gift ideas, check out my Pinterest page.
[Top photo from Alana Jones-Mann , Library of Flowers photo via Amber Barkley, Robe photo from AHAlife, Time Capsule photo from Anthropologie, Necklace photo from Catbird, Craft supplies photo from Castle in the Air]