There's nothing wrong with tried and true Mother's Day gifts, but we're concerned that someday our moms might wish for something more creative than another bouquet of flowers, no matter how artfully we mix irises and stargazer lilies. This year, we've resolved to get Mom – and all the other wonderful women in our lives – something more unique for Mother's Day.
Here are our top picks, all for under $35:
Breakfast in Bed Kit, about $20
There's nothing like bringing Mom breakfast in bed... even if you don't live in the same city. Our favorite trick is to create your own basket of the essentials: scone mix, fruit preserves, fancy tea. If you're not in town to make the breakfast for her, ask your dad (or stepfather, or sibling, or whomever is in town) to go in on the present with you by waking up and preparing the feast.
Eclectic Necklace, from $32, The Vintage Pearl
Print the names of the people who matter most to her (could be you and your siblings, or her grandchildren, or any other words that matter to her). Then, choose any shape and font that strikes your fancy. Voila! A customized piece that's stylish and sentimental.
Ceramic Oil Bottle and Blood Orange Olive Oil, $20 and $18 ($48 for Both), Sur La Table & O Olive Oil
This is one of our favorite gifts for siblings to buy together. The sleek oil bottle from Sur La Table can stand alone, but we love pairing it with fancy olive oil that will keep Mom ahead of the fashion curve in the kitchen.
Photo Book, $11, Shutterfly
This is one of our favorite ways to create a beautiful, personalized gift that's not reminiscent of our old macaroni art. Upload your photos to Shutterfly to produce a professional-looking scrapbook with a variety of background styles, themes, and layouts.
Colorblock Canvas Tote, $18, Gap
Help her prepare for a sunny day at the beach with this cute, colorful canvas tote.
Floral Sculpted Nesting Bowls, set of 4, $32, The Spoon Sisters
This gift is simultaneously elegant and perfectly useful as a set of bowls—which makes it perfect for our mothers, who are both stylish and sensible.
Sky Umbrella, $35, MoMA Store
Our mothers have given us the tools to keep us dry in a storm…so help her stay cheerful whenever she encounters a rain shower of her own. We just love staring up at the “sky” of this umbrella during a thunderstorm.
Stylish Bronze Sandals, $30, Piperlime
Summer is here (almost), and our mothers are as excited as we are. That's why we're eyeing these pretty bronze sandals, which are fashionable enough to keep Mom in touch with the latest trends.
We have a feeling that this is going to be the next Eat, Pray, Love. And we all know how much Mom loved that one.
Sunny Summer Hat, $25, Dakine.
Reminisce over those family beach days by getting her this stylish, floppy straw hat, cinched with a round buckle.
Perch! Wall Ball, $28, Supermarket
Indulge your mother’s organizational impulses by giving her this clever little bowl, which mounts to the wall. She can hang it up in the entryway for keys, in the bathroom for soap, or anywhere else her heart desires.
We hope your mother likes her gifts as much as ours do! Many of these items could pass for well over $35, but we think she'll be proud of our bargain-hunting. After all, we’ve learned from the best.