Stuff We Like: Gifts for Mother's Day
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More than a Candle
Prosperity Candles aren't only gorgeous, but they are designed to "do good in the world." Each candle is handmade, ethically poured, and comes with a story about the woman who poured it. These Kaleidoscope Rice Bowls($24 each) are poured by Burmese refugee women living in the U.S. and earning a living wage. These do-good gifts also keep on giving to the recipient: When the candle has burned out, you can add the bowl to your dishware collection or simply use it as decoration.
Thinking of getting Mom some jewelry? Luna & Stella jewelry company has a line of hand-crafted birthstone jewelry created especially for mothers. Luna & Stella means “moon and star” in Italian. Like the relationship between moon and star, Luna & Stella’s modern birthstone jewelry symbolizes the connections between ourselves and those we love. The family-run business was founded in 2009 with the goal of blending great jewelry design with thoughtful meaning. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in sterling silver or 14 karat gold, set with genuine birthstones representing your loved ones, and carefully wrapped in a complimentary Italian gift box. We like these Crescent Moon Stacking Birthstone Rings($58), which are designed to be mixed, matched, and added to over time.
From Daughter, with Love
A great gift from daughter to mom is the new book We'll Always Have Paris($14.99; Trade Paper), a memoir by bestselling novelist Jennifer Coburn. The mother-daughter travel adventure begins when Jennifer’s only child, Katie, turns 8. Jennifer, who lost her fun-loving father to lung cancer when she was 19, is convinced that she too will die at a young age, and vows to jam pack Katie’s mental album of memories. And it all starts in Paris. Over the next eight years, Jennifer and Katie travel throughout Europe sharing adventures and collecting memories. Through her daughter, Jennifer learns to let go of her fear of death—and embraces a desire to enjoy life.
If Mom likes to de-stress and get her meditation on with a little yoga, get her this Personalized Yoga Bag from Hiho Batik ($50). Choose from two colors, gunmetal gray (shown) or Paris green, and customize the bag with a letter, word, or phrase. Bags are made using a handmade batik design, so each will look slightly different, making it as individual and unique as Mom.