Jean Goddard Joanna Lucy

Jean Goddard Joanna Lucy

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8th, and a few readers have requested a gift guide. I know many people have complicated mother/daughter relationships and find the day stressful, so please feel free to skip. But, if you’d like, here are 13 fun ideas for the mothers and mother figures in your lives…

wiggle candlesticks bias editions

Wiggle candlesticks, from £48.

framebridge frame

Framed photo or child’s artwork, from $45. Bonus points if mom is in the picture!

An ice-cream flavor that reminds you of her, like coffee with cream and sugar, $12. Or if she’s more of a briny person, a big ol’ bag of oysters.

gldn signet rings initials

The sweetest signet ring with an initial (yours, hers, the baby’s), $58. And how beautiful is this pearl necklace?

Brooklinen waffle robe

A waffle robe in six pretty colors for lazy mornings, $99, plus a bath brush or body wash.

citywell cabin massage

A body massage in a cabin with hot stones and aromatherapy, NO BIG DEAL. $175.

take my hand book cover

A book you know she’ll love, like the buzzy novel Take My Hand or the candid memoir Hello, Molly! $25.

urban stems peonies

Silk flowers that look amazingly real, from $8/stem. Or a big bouquet of fresh peonies, $85.

everlane pink shirt

A pink button-down because it looks pretty with rosy spring cheeks. $80. (I had one years ago and got so many compliments.)

le bon shoppe boyfriend socks

Boyfriend socks to wear on adventures, $14 each.

alone time door hanger

A door hanger to make her laugh, $14.


A donation to Everytown, in her name, to help end gun violence.

Mother's Day card

A card saying how much you love her, $5.25.

P.S. More gifts for moms, and three complicated mother/daughter relationships.

(Top photo of my mom, sister and me.)