My Mother's Day Picks

Did you put off your Mother's Day shopping until the last minute again? The good news is that there's still time to order one of these gems and have it sent to your mother in plenty of time for Sunday. Here are a few great gift ideas I can personally recommend...


I became obsessed with Jessie Steele's aprons a few years ago. They are literally the cutest retro-style aprons I've ever seen and I had to have one. I ended up choosing the one pictured above and I wear it almost every day. It really helps making dinner or cleaning up feel more like a quirky, Donna Reed experience. Even better, it has absolutely saved countless outfits from getting ruined. I don't know how I went so long without an apron!



Now, I love giving them to friends and family members as gifts. Check out Jessie Steele's website- there are dozens of options to choose from- one for every personality- and most of them are under $40. I am already planning my next purchase!


Now that everybody and her mother is shelling out big bucks for nice digital cameras, this is seriously one of the coolest gift ideas I have come across. Capturing Couture makes stylish camera straps, available in a wide range of colors and patterns. The company sent me one to review (I chose this one) and it was even better than expected. Not only is it pretty (and I'd never before thought of what a difference a stylish camera strap can make, since when you are taking pictures you are pretty much "wearing" your camera), but it is padded and way more comfortable than a standard camera strap. Also? It arrived beautifully wrapped, which is important if you're ordering it and having it sent to someone as a gift. Prices range between $29 and $49 for straps, they are available in men's and women's styles, and the company even makes adorable wristlets for smaller cameras. LOVE.




Photo jewelry is hot among moms right now and frankly, I've seen about the tackiest necklaces you can imagine on mothers eager to show off their kids. However, Planet Jill sent me this necklace last year and it's one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. The square charm is small and simple and your child's (or children's) photos look so stylish in them. I chose unposed photos of my children's faces and the necklace looks fantastic. Plus, my daughter feels so special when I wear it. At $70 for a necklace and charm (additional charms are $38 each), this necklace is a nice price, and makes a great gift for a mother or grandmother.




Let's say your mother loves jewelry, but it's a bit beyond your budget... The Francis Ford Coppola Winery has a clever solution. Send your mom something from Francis Ford Coppola Winery's Diamond Collection, which includes 14 different varietals, each with a different label color that's meant to show how, according to the press release, "...different wines, like jewelry, can be the perfect accessory to put the finishing touches on any meal (or outfit!)"


It was a cute enough idea that I agreed (and, um, it didn't take much convincing) to sample a few of the Diamond Collection wines. All I can say is... YUM. The Pinot Noir was deliciously spicy, warm and smooth. The chardonnay was crisp and complex and reminds me of one of my perennial favorites, Kendall Jackson. This did not come as any big surprise; I have never had a bad bottle of FFC wine. So this might make a nice option for any wine-loving mama. The Diamond Collection wines are available at wine stores and groceries across the country and go for between $15 and $20 per bottle.




Photos on canvas are all the rage and when I was asked to try out and review, they didn't have to ask me twice. If you read Suburban Turmoil, you know I've taken plenty of photos of my kids that I'd dearly love to hang on a wall. I chose a photo, uploaded it, selected a large canvas print, and placed my order, all within about five minutes. I received my canvas a few short days later. And let me say it's everything I'd hoped for The colors are bright, the print is crystal clear, and it was stretched across a canvas, all ready to hang on my wall. You can get it framed or unframed and prices start at $59 for an 8x10. Mine is a ginormous 16 x 20 and was $112, which is not a bad price for what I got, particularly if you wanted to do a family photo for your mom and go in on it with a sister or brother. She. Will. LOVE. It.


Got any great gift ideas? Leave them in the comments! I'd love some new options.


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