Patterned Serif-T Sunglasses in Octagon Square Enlarged/Black, $180 at Tory Burch
Help her flashback to the 60s with these colorful shades inspired by legendary designer David Hicks. The acetate frame in an oversized angular silhouette makes a bold statement while protecting peepers from the sun’s rays. A protective orange case is included so they can be stored in style when not in use.
Chance Eau Tendre Delicate Fragrance Touch-Up, $70 at Chanel
This pretty pink cushion compact isn’t for touching up foundation, it’s for touching up perfume. Mom can update the fruity-floral scent boasting notes of grapefruit and jasmine on the go by dabbing pulse points with the handy soft silicone applicator.
Versus Verre Collar in Bronze, $334 at Need Supply Co.
Not quite as restrictive as a choker but still with a close-fitting feel, this collar necklace features organically-shaped goldtone bronze teamed with blue glass beads. It's polished without being pretentious.
Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio, $39 at Nordstrom
Everything’s coming up roses with this trio. The set contains moisturizing Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish with a blend of virgin coconut oil and delicately floral Moroccan rose, Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist created with pure plant actives, a base of coconut water and infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and Coco Rose Lip Conditioner that protects puckers courtesy of organic virgin coconut oil, sugar and Moroccan rose absolute.
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Keir Piped Silk Pajama-Style Top, $221.25 at Neiman Marcus
Instead of getting your mama another pair of PJs, get her a pajama-style top in a fresh floral print. The PJ as daywear trend is still a thing and this is an easy way to participate without going full boudoir.
Macaron 5 Candle Gift Set, $75 at Voluspa
Why give your mother sweets or a trip to the spa when you can give her both? Voluspa’s five-candle set comes in a sliding drawer box with the candles housed in textured glass with a soft swirl pattern and colored to match the famous French dessert they’re named after. She can indulge in Lemon Coco, French Toast, Rose Champs, Violet & Honey and Birthday Cake anytime she needs a treat.
Elite Mirror Special 3 Brush Set, $105 at Space.NK
Make her makeup application a breeze with these upscale brushes. There’s the Oval 3 for eyeshadows, concealer or to sweep gloss or stain on lips, the Oval 6 to apply foundation, contour, blush and for highlighting cheekbones and the Linear 1 for thin lines along the eyelids or eyebrows.
Brooklyn Brew Shop
Sparkling Wine Kit, $70 at Brooklyn Brew Shop
If mom is a wine enthusiast and a bit of a do-it-yourselfer, she’ll love this kit. The easy-to-use set makes five bottles of sparkling wine and comes with specially sourced chardonnay grape juice, sparkling wine yeast, a glass fermentation jug, hydrometer, racking cane, tubing clamp, cleanser, airlock, tubing, screw-cap stopper, five corks, five wire cages and a one-gallon jug.
Thanks Mom, $36.95 at Lush
Say thanks with this wrapped gift set that includes some of Lush’s best-sellers. She’ll get four bath goodies: Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, limited-edition Raspberry Milkshake soap and Charity Pot Body lotion. And if your mom told you not to get her anything, she’ll be pleased to know that her gift helps others since Lush is donating $7.95 from this gift to its Charity Pot fund.
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200 Series Watch White, $200 at Elizabeth and James
While watches are classic Mother’s Day gifts, think modern retro this year. This minimalistic timepiece features an old-school LED display so mom can know the time, date or seconds with just the push of a button.
Tea Kettle, $139.95 at Williams Sonoma
This electric kettle will have her brewing in style thanks to its colorful 50s look.
Large Gift Tin Tea Tasting Assortment, $28 at Tea Forté
Gift this sampler solo or as a bonus with that nifty tea kettle.
Energy Bank Bath Oil, $148 at Net-a-Porter
This luxurious bath oil will make mom want to book some serious time in the tub. Boasting geranium, bergamot and ylang ylang, her skin will be soft and smooth while any tension will melt away.
Transparent Wallet, $9.99 at Mango
This see-through wallet serves double duty. First, it ties right into the plastic bag trend made popular on the runways. Second, it makes finding credit cards, cash and IDs super easy.
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Striped Silk Button Sleeve Blouse, $155 at Genuine People
If your mom still heads to the office, up her work wardrobe with a striped silk blouse with an off-kilter neckline. Those silk covered buttons along the left side aren’t just for show — they allow her to open up the sleeve for a custom look.
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Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $99.95 at Amazon
Growing your own herbs can often be a hassle, but this indoor gardening kit makes it a no-brainer. Mom just needs to drop the included plant cartridges into the container, fill the water reservoir, plug the device in and get growing.
Luxe Gift Box, $175 at Tenoverten
Pretty much a mani in a box, this luxe set includes eight polishes, a nail strengthening base coat and high shine protective top coat. Throw in the brand’s Non-Acetone Polish Remover + Finishing Hand Cleanser Cloths plus cuticles’ BFF The Rose Oil and this all-in-one kit will score you big points.
Perforated Ruffle Tote, $298 at Tory Sport
Weekender or gym bag? It’s both. The nylon tote can hold everything needed for a sweat sesh or a weekend away.
While traditional Mother’s Day gifts are well and good, this year it’s time to think outside the box of chocolates. We’ve got nothing against candy, flowers or a simple card but why not curate your gift to your mom’s personality? Got a mom who’s trendy AF? Hook her up with a new old-school watch. Does she love perfume? Give her something that lets her touch up her scent on the go. If she’s a frequent visitor to the salon for a fresh mani, gift her an at-home version.
With Mother’s Day less than two weeks away (May 13), it’s time to get cracking. For more unconventional presents for every kind of mom, check out the slideshow above.