We need each other, and now is a great time to let your favorite moms know how much you care.
We need each other, and now is a great time to let your favorite moms know how much you care.
Mother's Day is one of our favorite holidays because we get to celebrate the most special women in our lives, our mamas! Whether we're near or far for the big day, we're always thinking of all our mothers have done for us, and how we can say thank you. One of our favorite ways to express our gratitude is with a great gift; it's so thoughtful and always appreciated.
Having someone to lean on, to share with, to lay my head next to, and to experience all of it with, would be a gift. I’ve never known what that is like.
Oprah never leads us astray, so when she puts her stamp of approval on something, we know we need it. From her favorite Spanx pants and barista-approved Nespresso machine to the luxe lotions on her Favorite Things list last year, she’s making shopping for ourselves and others a breeze. Friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is […]
What do you give the mother of your children? No matter what, it must be paired with a love letter.
From a cool basket bag to a robot vacuum cleaner.
From perfumes to pretty palettes, these are the best beauty Mother’s Day gifts.
Thanks to social distancing, our weekend plans basically consist of Netflix , takeout ...
Send Mom some sweet snail mail that harkens back to your memories together.
Think pampering gifts (like a comforting weighted blanket or trendy bath salts), life-simplifying gadgets (hello, Instant Pot!), and incredibly useful gear (do not miss: the temperature-controlled coffee cup). Ahead, we've gathered the best gift ideas for a new mom—including a highly-rated stroller organizer on Amazon, a statement-making desk accessory on Etsy, and a delicate necklace that's the perfect gift from new dads—all of which will make her first Mother's Day even more memorable.
"Wherever we’re headed beyond this world, I will bring stories, and be always in pursuit of your spontaneous joy."
Just in time for Mother’s Day, HATCH—one of Meghan Markle’s favorite maternity lines—teamed up with Keds for a capsule collection of mom-approved sneakers that she most definitely wants to receive this year. HATCH offers chic, comfy, and smart clothing for mamas-to-be and new moms, and this limited-edition sneaker line is a natural extension of the […]
Treat mom to something nice without overspending.
"After our first date, I didn’t know if we’d be together, but I knew I loved your values. I knew you’d be an incredible mom."
Every mom in your life deserves a gift this Mother’s Day, and of course, that includes your BFF. She may not be your actual mom, but she’s definitely taken care of you when you needed it most, and that alone is reason enough to add her to your Mother’s Day shopping list. Plus, you’ll get […]
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Being a dog parent is no joke. Yes, you have a furry companion to brighten even your darkest pandemic days, but you also have to take care of this living, breathing divine fur creature. Not only does it require round the clock work (and attention), but it can also be incredibly expensive to buy the proper (and, let’s admit it, cute) supplies. With pandemic puppies on the rise, it's the perfect time to share the best products three of Refinery29's new dog moms have put to the test.From treats to leashes to toys to sweaters to CBD, we will be updating this story throughout the year to tell you the best (and most surprising) essentials for dog mom life. There are three very good boys we should thank before we start reviewing our must-haves: Freddie, our blue-eyed rescue mutt who loves to destroy soft things; Lucca, our handsome Lagotto Romagnolo who loves salmon and water; and Miso, our blueberry-obsessed pomchi who loves watching reality TV.Read on for the best of the best.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Shaya Taylor Collar"Shaya's luxe, Italian-made collars and leashes have been spotted on many a celebrity's pampered pup — and since my beloved pomchi, Miso, has a taste for the finer things, I had to see what the hype was about. He had eyes for the gorgeous royal blue Taylor collar, and the X-Small fits him beautifully." — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Writer Shaya The Taylor Collar - Cobalt Leather, $, available at ShayaFable Active Set"I felt like I struck doggy gold with this set. My dog Freddie is a strong boy and likes to pull me across the sidewalk. But the magic link leash has become my go to: I can wear it across my body and walk him without pulling or wrapping the leash around my hand. He also loved The Game (yes, it's called The Game), and I've fed him entire meals in it. It's pretty hilarious to watch a lanky puppy try to figure out how to get the food out of it, so it's entertaining for both of us, but it's also a truly great slow feeder. Even Fable's wipes have become a staple in my house. We live in Brooklyn and walk a ton, so good wipes before he jumps on the furniture are an essential." —Leora Yashari, Senior News EditorFable Fable Active Set, $, available at FableKurgo Quantum 6-in-1 Dog Leash"I'm in the middle of leash training Lucca which means walks can be very complicated. Sometimes I want him standing close to my right side, and other times he's free to wander ahead of me. Kurgo's Quantum leash lets you utilize six different set ups and it even uses a reliable carabiner. Plus, it comes in a few fun colors" — Morgan Baila, Supervising Editorchewy, kurgo Quantum 6-in-1 Dog Leash, $, available at Chewy, kurgoFrisco Planet Friendly Dog Poop Bags"I tried a couple different poop bags prior to landing on Chewy's in-house brand, Frisco, and trust me when I say this: I will never buy another brand again. It was really important to me to find bags that were kind to the environment — i.e. biodegradable and with recycled or recyclable cores — and these fit the bill. Best of all, I haven't had a single bag break or tear on me. Dog parents who've found themselves in a code brown situation know the struggle." — KarinaFrisco Refill Planet Friendly Dog Poop Bags, $, available at ChewyLay Lo Dog Bed"Freddie is pretty used to just plopping himself on the couch, but I wanted to give him his own space in our home. Lay Lo's stylish bed options caught my eye for their design, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and construction of these mattresses and covers. I was concerned about getting a bed that is mostly white, but the covers are super easy to wash and dry quickly, too. (This is a necessity if you frequent parks with mud like we do.) The best part though: my dog immediately made himself at home on his new bed (see photographic evidence above). Needless to say we are now big fans of the Lay Lo dog beds." —LeoraLay Lo Classic White Terrazzo Dog Bed or Bed Cover, $, available at Lay LoIcelandic+ Cod Training Treats“Fair warning: These treats smell. They smell fishy and a little funky, but that just proves how fresh they are. I found these treats after searching for a simple, healthy fish-flavored treat after I discovered how Lucca loves salmon. This super clean treat company is straight out of Iceland, and are 100% natural with no additives, no preservations, and no supplements. Plus, the Omega-3 fatty acids in the air-dried cod treats promote a healthy coat and skin.” — MorganIcelandic Plus Cod Fish Treats for Dogs, $, available at Hollywood Feed, Icelandic PlusPopulum Zen Pets Calming Hemp Oil"Like many rescue pups, Miso occasionally experiences anxiety around other dogs or if I'm not around. I was initially hesitant to give Miso CBD, but this tincture checked all my boxes: It was human-grade, came with detailed dosing instructions, and was made with all natural ingredients. After dispensing a tiny amount to my fur baby, he seemed totally calm and happy — not zombie-like at all." — Karina Populum Zen Pets Calming Hemp Oil, $, available at PopulumWild One Toy Kit"I always wanted Wild One products because — let's be real — they are so aesthetically pleasing and my dog looks really cute walking the streets of Brooklyn in his monochrome blue harness and leash. But I was also super impressed by the toy kit. These toys are a big teething dog's dream because they are so durable, don't leave dents, and they're easy to wipe clean. My dog especially loves anything with a rope attached to it. Me? I love anything he can't rip apart, so this set is our mutual favorite." — LeoraWild One Toy Kit, $, available at Little Beast Silver Linings Sweater"As an Asian-American woman, I always love supporting AAPI- and female-founded companies when possible. Truly, the stars aligned when I found Little Beast, founded by NYC-based Jisu Kim, on Instagram. The designs are truly unlike anything else I've seen in the pet fashion world, and the quality is amazing. Miso's spring style forecast? Nothing but blue skies." — KarinaLittle Beast Silver Linings Sweater, $, available at Little BeastMalispree Dog Water Bottle"Almost all of my friends have ordered this water bottle off Amazon after seeing me pull it out at outdoor restaurants, hiking trails, and on the beach. With a built-in bowl and an easy to secure water spout, this is an absolutely essential item for anyone taking their dog out for longer periods of time." — MorganAmazon, Malispree Portable Dog Water Bottle, $, available at AmazonFinn Multivitamin"Like all dog moms, all I want to give my pup the best, longest, happiest dog life ever. While vet checkups and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine are key, I also feel good about giving Miso these good-for-you chews with ingredients to support joints, a lustrous coat, digestion, and heart health. Plus, Miso is so obsessed with the taste, he jumps for them as soon as I open the tin." — KarinaFinn Multivitamin, $, available at FinnPaw CBD Peanut Butter Treats"I was pretty hesitant to give my new dog any CBD, but I love the amount of information this brand gives me about every single product. Their website even has a certificate of analysis from a lab for every single product. They have CBD treats tailored to different dogs of different sizes, ages, and needs, too. These ones are easy to break into pieces and the peanut butter flavor is a Freddie favorite." — LeoraPaw CBD CBD Dog Treats 150 mg, $, available at Paw CBDAlpha Paw Dog Car Safety Seat"My boyfriend has a car, so whenever we take trips upstate, I'd gotten into the habit of holding Miso on my lap. However, God forbid we get into an accident, and suddenly my precious child is a flying projectile. Enter, a carseat for your dog — I found Alpha Paw's highly-rated one after hours of online research, and I couldn't recommend it enough. It was super easy to set up, is ridiculously comfortable, and securely clips to your dog's collar to keep him safe — while still allowing him some room to move around the seat, depending on his size." — KarinaAlpha Paw Dog Car Safety Seat, $, available at Alpha PawFound My Animal Puffer Coat"Finding a good puffer/rain coat for my dog has been a struggle. He's a skinny mutt, so sizing has always been a problem, and half the time he immediately tries to take off any outerwear when I put it on him (sometimes successfully!). But I'm so glad I came across the Found My Animal brand, which has the perfect little puffer for cold or rainy days outside. The sizing runs a bit small, so you should read the measurements, but the right size fit my dog like a dream — he seems comfortable and happy in his little green puffer! As a bonus, this brand has super cute leashes and harnesses for those seeking out some trendy Spring puppy accessories." — LeoraFound My Animal FOUND MY ANIMAL PUFFER COAT, $, available at Found My AnimalMonthly Barkbox Subscription“The first thing I did after bringing Lucca home was sign up for Barkbox. Do I think I need new toys each month for one dog for the rest of his life? No. Do I think I need new toys each month for one dog for the first 6 months in his new home? Absolutely. So far, we’ve gotten four boxes and each one has come with its own incredibly charming theme and nutritious delicious treats. A Barkbox subscription is also a fun idea to gift a new dog parent in your life. I mean, look how happy he is.” — MorganBarkbox Barkbox Subscription Box, $, available at BarkBoxOutward Hound Fun Feeder"Much like any anxious rescue pup, my dog tends to think meal time is a race. I've tried to explain that the food is not going anywhere, but he can literally finish a serving of kibble in under 2 minutes. Impressed? Don't be. A few times it's made him sick, so I got him this slow feeder from Amazon and it's been life changing. It also distracts him long enough that I can make my own meals without him begging at my feet. The dream."—LeoraOutward Hound Outward Hound Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder Stop Bloat for Dogs, $, available at AmazonLike what you see? 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Your mom has excellent taste (which she imparted to you, of course). And while this characteristic makes for an aesthetically pleasing childhood home, it also makes for someone who feels impossible to shop for — especially on Mother’s Day. If a floral bouquet isn't going to cut it with your unique mom, then we've got just the gifts that feel as one-of-a-kind as she is.When we need to gift outside the box, we usually turn to Etsy. The platform offers plenty of your standard giftables but always with a handmade twist that guarantees gift-giving gold stars. We combed the virtual marketplace for the most charming Mother’s Day goodies on offer — and while there was a lot to choose from, we think we found la creme de la creme. Ahead, discover that extra-special token your mom with impeccable taste will actually appreciate.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Evren Tiny Letter NecklaceSure, a “mom” or “mama” necklace seems like the natural choice on May 9 — but why not personalize your gift even more with a delicate initial necklace? The letters could remind her of you and your siblings, her partner, or even a beloved Fido. These delicate necklaces are available in gold-fill or sterling silver, starting at a reasonable $70.Shop Evren on EtsyEvren Dainty Letter Necklace, $, available at EtsyMora Approved Kintsugi Repair KitKintsugi is the traditional Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics by using a visible adhesive to enhance the imperfections of the piece. Help your mom get through her hoard of “I’ll fix it someday” pottery with this easy-to-use repair kit — it includes instructions, blue & gold mixing powder, a brush, sticks for blending, and gloves. Shop Mora Approved on EtsyMora Approved Kintsugi Repair Kit, $, available at Etsy“Mom, You Are The Schitt” Letterpress CardDid you and your mom cackle over “Schitt’s Creek” reruns all throughout last year? Was it the one thing keeping you both sane throughout a year of living in isolation? No? Just us? Either way, if your mom is a fan, she will delight in this card depicting one of the most iconic matriarchs in recent television history.Shop Pop and Paper Shop on EtsyPop and Paper Shop “Schitt’s Creek” Mother’s Day Card, $, available at EtsyMary John Handmade Gold Garnet RingIf you’re working with a generous budget this year, we suggest making a beeline for North Carolina-based Mary John Slaughter’s Etsy shop. The designer’s delicate, handmade fine jewelry is perfect for stacking and layering along with any heirlooms that your mom already cherishes — and the organic motifs will jive with her boho-mom style.Shop Mary John on EtsyMary John Solid Gold Step-Cut Garnet Ring, $, available at EtsyThorn & Raised “Sticks on Fire” SucculentYour mother is the original plant mom — it was she who adorned your childhood home with greenery, dragged you to the neighborhood nursery in the spring, and taught you the importance of calculated neglect in raising a houseplant. Blow her mind with a succulent that she may not have encountered at the local garden store, like this ombre-hued “sticks on fire” Euphorbia Tirucalli.Shop Thorn & Raised on EtsyThorn and Raised “Sticks on Fire” 6” Succulent, $, available at EtsyCosta Cosmetics Felted Goat’s Milk Soap Your mother evaluates soap based on two criteria: 1.) scent, and 2.) how it will look positioned in the powder room, perched in her seashell soap dish. Nab a bar that’s both perfectly perfumed and aesthetically pleasing, like these needle-felted lavender-scented soaps. Shop Costa Cosmetics on EtsyCosta Cosmetics Felted Goat’s Milk Soap (Single), $, available at EtsyKintsugi Beauty Shop Gua Sha StoneEven if your mom isn’t familiar with the practice of gua sha, she’ll appreciate this therapeutic stone if it comes with a tutorial from you. Integrate it into the at-home spa day that you’re planning for May 9, along with DIY mani-pedis and an ER marathon.Shop Kintsugi Beauty Shop on EtsyKintsugi Beauty Shop Contouring and Sculpting Gua Sha Stone, $, available at EtsyCLN&DRTY Rosewater Facial SprayMom is a longtime devotee of Mario Badescu’s infused mists — and she turned you into one, too — but you know that there are other toners out there that offer the same midday refresh. This beloved Etsy skincare brand offers a facial spray that’s blended with rosewater and argan oil for a mist that’s hydrating and moisturizing at the same time. “This toner is wonderful,” wrote a reviewer on Esty. “I love how fresh it smells! I keep mine in the refrigerator for an instant pick up.”Shop CLN&DRTY on EtsyCLNandDRTY Rosewater Facial Spray, $, available at EtsyQuilts by Caster Handmade QuiltShe taught you how to sew — or at least tried to — and collects needlepoint canvases that she finds at antique shops and estate sales. As a lover of all things handmade and a textile connoisseur, she’d definitely cherish a handmade quilt from a member of the legendary collective of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. While some of the handmade creations are pricey, each one is a living work of art — something she understands better than anyone.Shop Quilts by Caster on EtsyQuilts by Caster Gold and White Housetop Quilt, $, available at EtsyStacy Kitchen Decor Linen Pinafore ApronPersonal endorsement: I am a mom and an avid apron-wearer. Whether I’m in the line of fire during dinner with my toddler, baking, painting, re-potting plants, spackling, whatever — I love that I can just throw this on and not worry about destroying whatever I’m wearing. This beautifully tailored pinafore apron is pretty enough for prime time and rendered in a cool & easy cotton-linen blend that I wouldn’t be afraid of getting dirty.Shop Stacy Kitchen Decor on EtsyStacy Kitchen Decor Linen Pinafore Apron, $, available at EtsyCampbell Workshop DIY Crepe Paper Ranunculus KitDo we give these DIY paper-flower kits to our moms so that she get her crafting on, or do we make these ourselves and add them to an existing gift? It’s a tough decision, but we know one thing is clear: we could not have thought of a better Mother’s Day gift if we tried. Shop Campbell Workshop on EtsyCampbell Workshop DIY Crepe Paper Ranunculus Kit, $, available at EtsySymbolic Imports Custom Birth Month Flower SweatshirtNo one rocks a sweatshirt like your mom — she brought the activewear staple to fashionable heights at the peak of her aerobics phase in the early ’90s. This under-$30 topper is available in almost 50 different colors, and can be customized with birth flowers for different months of the year — the perfect, sentimental reminder of her kids or family members that you know she’ll actually wear. Shop Symbolic Imports on EtsySymbolic Imports Custom Birth Month Flower Sweatshirt, $, available at EtsyCKS Artistry Felt Drinkware CharmsThis woman loves her Chardonnay — and now that the weather has warmed up enough for socially distant back-porch gabfests, she especially loves drinking it with her legendary gaggle of girlfriends. Help her style out her cocktail hours with the gals with some chic, non-cheesy wine charms. Shop CKS Artistry on EtsyCKS Artistry Felt Drinkware Charms, $, available at EtsyLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Subscription Boxes That Mom Will Look Forward ToCheap & Cheerful Under-$25 Mother's Day Gifts11 Mother's Day Gifts You Can (& Should) Order Now
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