Mother’s Day Gifts that Soothe and Relax

Mother’s Day 2020 will be a hard one for many people.  My heart goes out to all those affected by this pandemic.  So many mothers are on the front lines working as first responders or in hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, pharmacies and public transportation. I am in awe of their service and hope each and everyone of them stays safe and healthy.  

Many people won’t be able to visit their Moms this May because of social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate.  Virtual visits can help. While it’s not the same as sharing hugs in person, there is something nice about seeing each other’s faces – even if it’s on a screen.  You could even ask Mom to wait and open your present while you’re FaceTiming or Zooming so you can see her reaction. Hopefully it’s a good one!

If you’re wondering what to send, here are a few Mother’s Day gift suggestions that may help her through this uncertainty. Fulfillment and delivery times can take longer these days, so order early.

If Mom’s Stress Baking

This just released cookbook — The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook: Teatime Drinks, Scones, Savories & Sweets (Downton Abbey Cookery) — shares recipes for sweets and savories as well as narrative on proper tea etiquette and gorgeous photography.  What a wonderful way to transport your mom to another time! Available on Amazon.

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If Mom’s Stress Cooking (Pressure-Cooking?)

I always love the creative and earth-friendly products at UncommonGoods. With their Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, you can choose from Organic Basil, Organic Oregano, Mint, and other herbs in beautiful vintage-inspired mason jars that easily fit on a sunny windowsill. They hydroponic system makes them self-watering – so Mom doesn’t need a green thumb to make them grow   

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When Trips to the Salon aren’t Possible

If Mom Needs to Cover Some Roots

Sage Moon has a lovely assortment of headwraps and turbans, hand crafted from natural fibers and eco-dyes.  I predict these may soon be a hot fashion trend while hair salons remain closed in many areas! (A salon in my neighborhood boarded up their windows.  Maybe they’re worried about women with roots breaking in!)

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If Mom Really Misses her Mani-Pedis

Personally, I may be forgoing manicures for a while.  I’m a little uncomfortable about the closeness involved.  I just ordered some supplies from Sparitual so I can start practicing doing my own manicures before anyone will see them!  Sparitual is a sustainable, vegan beauty brand that creates non-toxic beauty products for nails and body. Pick out a pretty color and add base/top coats, cuticle creams, and body balms, and your Mom can have a spa day at home.

Photo from Isabelle Vesey, VZWraps

If Mom Needs Help Relaxing

Who isn’t stressed these days?  Check our Nana’s Escentuals shop on Etsy for some eye masks, bath bombs, linen sprays and candles to help relieve some of that tension. I love this blue batik pattern on this eye pillow. Packaged with some linen spray and a candle, it’s an easy way to make Mom’s favorite space feel like a spa.

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If Mom’s Having Trouble Sleeping

A few years ago, my son gifted me some tea from Spices and Tease in New York City. They have a wonderful selection of tea and accessories. I am totally hooked on the Peach Colada Rooibos blend, although the Mango Hibiscus is also a favorite. Their Relaxation blend is a mix of chamomile, rose hips, lavender and rosebuds and may help to soothe an anxious mind. 

If you’re gifting tea, don’t’ forget the teapot! I have tried refillable teabags and tea balls but find that teapots with the built-in tea baskets are the most convenient for brewing loose tea. 

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Mother’s Day Gift Wrapping

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to deliver your present in person, our new damask and XOXO fabric gift bags are perfect for wrapping your Mother’s Day gift.

VZWraps are quick — just drop your gift in and tie the bag closed — and reusable. Maybe you’ll get lucky and Mom will return the bag with your birthday present inside!

Because of the pandemic, I am limiting my trips into the office and had temporarily stopped shipping direct orders. However, I am going to open on Monday, April 27th and Friday, May 1st for shipping Mother’s Day orders. Gift bags are also available on Amazon, although they have been experiencing shipping delays. It’s best to order early!

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