Mother Knows Best: A Gift Guide

Design Lists Gift Guide

Go ahead and admit it. She was right. Moms magically seem to have an answer for anything, including those tips she shared about health and beauty. This Mother’s Day, show her you care, or pamper yourself, with beauty indulgences for the woman who has it all.

1. Wow Brows


Growing up, my mom always taught me not to over-pluck my eyebrows. And, though I once coveted the pencil-thin look, I’m grateful now that she didn’t allow it. Most beauty experts agree that those two little arches above our eyes can make or break our look. This year, gift mom a brow kit worthy of her expressions like the Sephora Eyebrow Editor Complete Brow Kit or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes set.

2. Nail Envy

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Her hands were the first you ever held, so help her take care of her own. What mom wouldn’t love to be on the receiving end of a gift certificate to her favorite nail salon this Mother’s Day? Or to be celebrated with finger bling that sparkles, keeping her on trend with Butter London’s The Full Monty nail lacquer

3. Pouch Power


Is your mom the strong, supportive type? If so, then this gorgeous, made-to-order, leather cosmetic bag is the pouch for her. Author and poet Maya Angelou’s compelling sentiment, “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” is tucked away on the inside, making it a great gift choice for devoted mothers.

4. Gift to Give


Our moms taught us about giving back, so gift to give this Mother’s Day. Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Employees of Thistle Farms earn income while hand-making natural body care products. The spa kit is a perfect gift, packed with a loofah scrub, body butter, body polish and shower gel. Thistle Farms makes their products using earth-friendly practices and premium, natural ingredients.

5. Fountain of Youth


Moms give so much of themselves. Spoil her on Mother’s Day with an indulgent beauty item she might not buy for herself, like Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control, a luxurious serum with a consistency that’s more like oil. Hair and makeup artist Kim Murrey says, “When you put your foundation on over top of both serum and moisturizer, it makes your face look more youthful.”

6. French Connection


Sure, you’d love to take her on a weekend trip to Provence—but it’s not in this year’s budget. That’s okay. You can still make her feel like you did with Mistral’s build-your-own-soap gift boxes. Crafted according to a time-honored French soap tradition and made with a special mélange of natural and organic ingredients, these quadruple-milled bar soaps are super dense, long-lasting and lavish.

7. Skin Renewal


You can hear her voice inside your head, telling you to wash your makeup off before bed. Most likely your mom was the first person to teach you about skin care. So show her that you’ve learned a trick or two. Kiehl’s nature-powered masque collection comes in a sized-to-try set that’s presentation ready for Mother’s Day. It features Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque.

8. Flattering Find


“Makeup trends may come and go, but neutrals are timeless,” Mom always said. NARS And God Created the Woman set is a perfect palette of six shadows neutral enough to take you from day to night, alongside a mini smudgeproof eyeshadow base and a travel size contour brush. The set is small and compact and travels well, making it perfect for gifting.

9. Scent of a Woman


Rubbing Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying on perfume is a fragrance hack that I learned from family. And while I can’t prove that it works, it can’t hurt to try it. She’ll want every last drop out of this beautiful roll-on geranium fragrance by diptyque. The geranium scent is both masculine and feminine—fresh, crisp and diverse.

Emily Davidson Nemoy is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tenn. When she’s not at her computer or on her yoga mat, she can be found at live music venues happily spending her excess cash on concert tickets.

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