2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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With Mother’s Day upon us (mark your calendar: it’s Sunday, May 11), it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift to thank mom for all she has done for you. And no matter what your mom is in to, be it beach-going, craft-making or yoga-practicing, we’ve got just the gift idea you’re looking for.

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For The Beauty-Obsessed Mom

If images of mom standing in front of the mirror doing her makeup are at the forefront of your childhood memories, chances are she is still a bit of a beauty junkie and undoubtedly she will swoon for any of these gifts.

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No matter how much makeup your mom has, she can never have enough color combinations to play up her eyes. The Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes Collection offers a diverse palette of Laura’s hand-selected eye colors in both matte and shimmer finishes for any look from a night out with her girlfriends to a fun-filled day of mother-daughter shopping. The kit also includes the brand’s Caviar Stick in Cocoa and Full Blown Mascara. $80, nordstrom.com 

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More than likely, your product-obsessed mom has at least a few beauty favorites that she never leaves home without, so it’s up to you to ensure she has the proper cosmetic bag to carry them around in. Made of high-quality cotton seersucker, the Mark and Graham Monogrammed Voyage Seersucker Cosmetic Bag offers the perfect place for mom to keep her favorite products safe throughout her daily travels. Even better, you can personalize it with an embroidered monogram of mom’s initial. $35 markandgraham.com

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Equip mom with the essentials she needs to never have a bad hair day again. The Drybar Small Box Big Hair Kit includes the brand’s Happy Hour Shampoo and Conditioner, Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse and Money Maker Hairspray to help mom amp up her style and take her hair from drab to fab in next to no time at all. $25, thedrybar.com

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For The Crafty Mom

Put mom’s crafty skills to task with these unique gifts that let her truly indulge her sense of creativity and, most important, have fun doing it.

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Give mom a fun, new creative project that she can really enjoy with the DIY Lip Balm Kit by Mary Kearns. A recipe card and all the necessary (and natural) ingredients—fair-trade cocoa butter and organic spearmint oil, among others—are included to ensure a successful five tins of mom’s own custom lip balms that she will also have fun making! $40, uncommongoods.com

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Ideal for the fragrance-loving mom who likes to mix things up a bit and get creative, THE BLEND Kit No. 1 by Fred Segal contains 10 concentrated perfume oils that can be worn alone or blended with one another to create an infinite number of different fragrances, each one as unique as the next. The kit also includes recipe cards to help mom create some of the signature scents that inspired The BLEND. $150, theblendfragrance.com

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Inspire mom to put her penchant for creating things to the ultimate cause—creating her own beauty formulas with the MagicalButter blender. From face creams to massage oils, this unique machine enables mom to create a personalized beauty arsenal. Recipe cards for formulas like hemp seed eye cream and grapeseed massage oil are also included. $175, magicalbutter.com

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For The Outdoor Mom

Whether she is a sun-worshipping beach-goer or gardening guru, or just constantly on the go, show mom how much you really care about keeping her safe and protected from the sun with any of these skin-saving gifts.

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From beach going and poolside relaxation to gardening and city shopping, any mom who is going to be out in the sun deserves protection that looks good too. This Gottex Nauru Hat by Physician Endorsed not only boasts a UPF of 50+ to keep skin protected from the sun’s damaging rays, but also a classic style that transitions for any outdoor occasion. $79, solescapes.com

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Did you know that a scarf is one of the most stylish ways to protect your neck and décolleté from unwanted sun damage? That and it’s a go-anywhere, anytime accessory that most moms will appreciate for its ability to add a touch of flair to any wardrobe ensemble, especially with a fun print like this J. Crew Flower Bud Print Scarf with embroidered trim. $59.50, jcrew.com

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Every on-the-go mom can benefit from a new pair of sunglasses to help keep her eyes protected and you just can’t go wrong with a classic style like the iconic Ray-Ban The Aviator sunglasses, which feature the brand’s signature teardrop shaped lenses that are also now polarized for added protection. Starting at $150, ray-ban.com/usa

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And while you’re considering gifts to keep mom’s skin safe from the damaging and aging effects of the sun, you can still ensure she has that sun-kissed glow by adding the new Hampton Sun Airbrush Auto Bronzing Mist to mom’s gift bag. In addition to delivering consistent, even color, the formula also delivers the soothing, skin-nourishing benefits of sweet almond and macadamia oils. $42, ulta.com

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For The Fitness Fanatic Mom

Rev up your mom’s fitness routines with a little something to keep her inspired along the way. From clothes and equipment to new fitness classes, the options are endless for any fitness-focused mom.

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Whether she is a hard-core runner or die-hard gym-goer, mom will love getting her work out on in some new threads, especially in ones that are designed for working up a serious sweat like Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II All Luxtreme pants, which feature proprietary sweat-wicking material to keep mom cool and dry while she’s working out. $86, lululemon.com

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Give mom’s yoga routine a makeover with a new mat like the Gaiam Watercress Yoga Mat, which offers a nonslip surface and a calming, Zen-inspired medallion pattern. Oh, and it’s also made without harmful phthalates found in some other mats—a definite eco-friendly plus. $30, gaiam.com

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What’s the best gift for the fitness-enthusiast mom who likes to keep her workouts interesting? Something she hasn’t done before. Enroll mom in an adventurous fitness class or get her a Ticket To Fly at Flywheel where she can experience the challenge of intense indoor cycling or the rhythmic interval training of FlyBarre classes. flywheelsports.com

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For The Mom-To-Be

Don’t forget expectant moms this Mother’s Day—her little one may not have arrived yet but she is already taking care of her baby. Treat the mom-to-be in your life with these gifts and let her know she definitely deserves pampering, too!

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It’s safe to say that if a product is specially formulated to be soothing and gentle enough for a baby, it has to be good for mom too, so why not create a skin-care set that any expecting mom can also share with her new little one? Aden + Anais Mum + Bub skin care incorporates gentle, soothing formulas like the Ultra Gentle Lotion ($16), Hair + Body Wash ($16), Soothing Ointment Jar ($29) and the Soothing Ointment Tube ($16). adenandanais.com

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Packed with the brand’s most beloved organic products, including Stretch Mark Oil, Stretch Mark Cream and Back Rub Oil, the Erbaviva Mommy-to-be Gift Box delivers all the essentials expecting moms need to nourish and care for their changing skin with natural ingredients like carrot seed oil, which helps boost skin’s elasticity. $66, erbaviva.com

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For The Mom Who “Doesn’t Want Anything”

Let’s face it, some moms are hard to buy for, and they are usually the ones who say, “Oh sweetie, you don’t have to get me anything.” With that in mind, we found a few can’t-go-wrong gift ideas that may solve your gift-giving dilemma.

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Candles are always a safe bet when it comes to gift giving, but you can really step things up a notch with the Moroccanoil Candle with Glass Vase. Crafted from premium European wax in France, the quality is beyond compare, but it’s the brand’s intoxicating signature scent that puts this candle at the top of any mom’s wish list. $52, moroccanoil.com

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Help mom finally rid herself of all the stress your teenage years put on her with an indulgent pampering massage like the Thai Massage at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The 90-minute treatment incorporates rocking motions, acupressure and assisted stretching that all work to help relieve tension, soothe muscles and ultimately leave mom feeling more relaxed and balanced. $285, mandarinoriental.com/miami

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Ideal for the wellness-centric mom, or one whose daily routine includes cozying up to a warm cup of tea, the Teavana Wellness Tea Gift Set is a definite gift-giving go-to. The kit includes a stainless steel tumbler so mom can enjoy her tea on the go, as well as two tins of health-boosting teas: Youthberry White Tea and Weight to Go! Pu-erh Tea. $60, teavana.com

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