Paris Jean Goddard

Paris Jean Goddard

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12th, 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 12 fun ideas for the mothers and mother figures in your lives…

fox fodder farm flower bouquet

A gorgeous bouquet to brighten up her house, from $95.

tower 28 highlighter

The highlighter all my friends are obsessing over — a dab gives you a translucent glow, not a shimmer, and makes skin look glassy and fresh. $18. (Plus, it’s fun to try a beauty product together!)

spring and mulberry chocolate

Ridiculously pretty date-sweetened chocolate that tastes fruity, rich, jammy, nutty, all the flavors. $36 for three — plus, get 15% off your first purchase with use code CUPOFJO.

banana republic cashmere tee sweater

A beautiful cashmere tee to wear as a uniform year round, $130. Comes in five colors. (This is also so lovely.)

Rachel Khong real Americans

Rachel Khong’s novel Real Americans, whose propulsive manuscript sparked a 17-way bidding war between the country’s top publishing houses, $20. Or Emily Henry’s fizzy and joyful Funny Story, $19, aka the ideal beach read.

olivewood spoons from quince

Set of four olivewood spoons for scrambling eggs, stirring pasta sauce, and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, $49.90.

H&M robe

A washed linen robe, $57. (I also love the piping on this one.)

vacation sunscreen

The best-smelling sunscreen on the planet, for her warm-weather adventures, $19. I even got the perfume last year!


A framed photo of her favorite people, sobbbbbb. From $55.

“I just want to feel remembered and to know that there’s a place for me in my children’s lives,” writes Laurel Pantin, who calls herself a “quality-time mom.” Me, too! If this is your own mom’s vibe, CALL HER and, if you can, do something together, like lunch, a movie, or an evening walk.

planned parenthood

A donation in her name to Planned Parenthood, to protect women’s rights, including hers, yours, and her grandchildren’s.

mothers day card

A card listing all the reasons you love her, $5.50/priceless.

P.S. 13 more gift ideas, and the best thing my mom did as a parent.

(Top photo of my mom, sister and me. Mother/daughter photo by Sergey Narevskih/Stocksy.)

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