Your mom doles out sage advice (except when she swore your leg hair would grow back thicker and darker — that's a myth), put up with you when you were sneaking out your bedroom window at 16-years-old, and loves you more than anything on earth. All that to say, she deserves a Mother’s Day gift more original than a card and flowers, don’t you think? (Get those, too, though.)
If she likes to smell good, zone out at the spa, or eat chocolate — and you really want to treat her — check out these 13 covetable beauty products and tools. They’re one-of-a-kind, useful, and maybe even life-changing. Kind of like her.
Even the mom who has everything probably doesn’t have hair perfume. So beef up her beauty arsenal with this fresh blend of orange flower, lemon, and star magnolia. Bonus: The striking, almost heavenly-looking bottle looks incredible on a vanity.
Jo Malone Star Magnolia Hair Mist, $50, available at Neiman Marcus. More
— PAID — Dyson Supersonic Before you shirk away from the price tag, hear us out. If you go in on this hairdryer with a sibling/aunt/bestie, we promise you'll hear nothing but rave reviews. For starters, it's lighter, quieter, and stronger than any hair tool already in mom's arsenal. Plus, the smart heat technology keeps the dryer from overheating, saving hair its shine and preventing damage. And, for a limited time, you'll receive the dryer in this pretty rose-colored case, the perfect travel companion or addition to a vanity table. Dyson Hair Supersonic Dryer, $399.99, available at Dyson.com. More
If you can afford to give mom a pair of strappy metallic Loub sandals, then by all means, go for it. (And, actually, if that’s your go-to Mother’s Day gift, can we adopt you?). Otherwise, these blingy polishes — there’s rose gold, bronze-y gold, and platinum — make a pretty sweet alternative.
Christian Louboutin Metalinudes Nail Colour in Goldissima, Preciosa, and Irisa, $50 each, available May 1 at Nordstrom. More
For the mom who daydreams of an
island vacation, consider this duo: Inside the tropical palette, there’s an embossed bronzer, a coral blush, and the promise of many sunny days ahead. Clarins Sunkissed Bronzing and Blush Compact, $40, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. More
Pretty pink lips made luxe — and easy as one, two, three. Mom can start with a layer of the balm, trace on the coordinating liner, and finish with a swipe of the creamy, rosy lipstick.
Tatcha Twilight A Cherry Blossom Lip Contour Trio, $85, available at Tatcha. More
The outside of this palette reminds us of de Gournay wallpaper — and what’s inside is equally exquisite: 30 gorgeous shades of eyeshadow, some plucked from the brand’s best-selling palettes, others brand new. She’ll be fully stocked with every neutral she could ever need, and armed with a few fun shades for wine night.
Too Faced Natural Love Palette, $59, available at Ulta Beauty. More
You could give mom a gift certificate for a microcurrent facial at a spa — or you could bring the microcurrent facial to mom. The cult-favorite NuFACE uses that same technology to lift, contour, and reduce lines in the cheeks, jawline, and forehead area. Consider this fun new kit, which includes a mini pink version of the at-home device, primer gel, wipes, and a cute vegan leather bag.
NuFACE Mini Tone, Glow, & Go Collection, $199, available at Sephora. More
Whether your mom regularly vacationed in Acapulco back in the day or just spent a lot of time watching
Love Boat, one whiff of this candle will take her back there. Designed to capture late ‘70s evenings at a famed Mexican club, it blends notes of sea salt, freshly-cut grass, and oakmoss to evoke lush gardens, sandy air, and hot summer nights. Arquiste Nocturnal Green Scented Candle, $85, available at Arquiste. More
Many of our moms grew up with the old school way of hair straightening (which involved, um,
actual irons), so they’re all about a good flatiron. This golden-amber model is as modern as it gets, with ceramic plates that heat up lightning fast, and a sleek, matching, heat-resistant case. ghd Gold 1" Amber Sunrise Styler, $199, available at ghd Hair. More
Mugler Angel has been one of the top selling fragrances for the last 25 years. Now, to celebrate its silver anniversary, the game-changing gourmand is being re-imagined — as dessert. This new collection includes 14 melt-in-your-mouth pieces of chocolate that incorporate the scent’s key notes: bergamot, praline, vanilla, patchouli, and red fruits. Customers who purchase the chocolates at La Maison du Chocolate’s New York store or on their website will get a deluxe mini of the fragrance with their purchase.
Angel Mugler x La Maison Du Chocolat Gift Box 14 Pieces, $45, available at La Maison Du Chocolat. More
Throughout your teen years, you constantly told mom to “just chill out." So, as a way to apologize, how about helping her get that relaxation going now? This kit is just the thing to deliver some stress relief and deep sleep. It’s got foaming bath, hand cream, soap, and a candle — all scented with a calming, zzz-inducing lavender scent.
L’Occitane Relaxing Lavender Spa Collection, $75, available at L'Occitane. More
Say it with flowers — and lipstick — with this sweet set of two Multistick lip and cheek colors (
they're ), a lipgloss, and a beautiful rose-covered mirror. so good Bite Beauty Love, Bite Lip Set, $42, available at Sephora. More
For the mom who isn’t super girly, but still lives for a great fragrance, this refreshing blend is perfection. It takes zingy citrus notes like bergamot and lemon and grounds them with clary sage and woody, earthy cedar. Dad will want to wear it, too, but it's not his gift.
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Cypress, $230 for 1.6 oz, available in May at Saks. More
When your mom loves taking care of her skin nearly as much as she loves her MOMA membership, this is what you give her. Buy any product in the
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery collection during the month of May and get a limited-edition tin with original artwork by contemporary artist Jeff Koons. What’s more, 100% of the net proceeds during this time will go to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. Our pick: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a restorative nighttime treatment packed with squalene, lavender, and evening primrose oil. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery x Jeff Koons Collaboration, $37-122, available May 2 at Keihls. More
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