11 Amazing Gifts for the Mother in Your Life

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com May 12 2012 4:00 AM ET

 

Rebel Rocky Road

Michelle Crochet started Droga Confections because she was addicted to her mom’s recipe for rocky road candy (which Mom came up with while preggers with Crochet). Years later, Crochet would take that family recipe (Mom would mix chocolate, marshmallows, and salted peanuts instead of the usual walnuts) and turn it into a eco-gourmet foodie delight. Droga's Rebel Rocky Road is made in small batches with all natural ingredients — no high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils — and even the marshmallows (normally a nutrition void) are made with sustainable brown rice syrup. Added perks for Mom: Rebel Rocky Road is kosher, gluten-free, and delicious. $24, DrogaConfections.com   

 

James Anthony Apparel's Dirty Knees Pencil Skirt

Can't stand to see mom in another of those horrible quilted peasant skirts? Add some funk to her junk with this amazing Dirty Knees Pencil Skirt, made from cotton and modal (a durable eco-fabric composed from the fibers of the beech tree). The image comes from an 18th-century book of human anatomy illustrations by English surgeon and teacher of anatomy William Cheselden, who made his mark creating eccentric and bizarre poses of skeletal humans and animals. (The Roman number above the graphic is the original page number from the publication.) Can't see Mom in a skirt? James Anthony offers up Cheselden prints on tees and tanks too. $52, JamesAnthonyApparel.com

 

Revolutionary Women

Got a DIY art-loving mom (or wife)? Get her Revolutionary Women, a book of stencils edited by Queen of the Neighbourhood. In addition to some of the obvious greats (Harriet Tubman, for example) the book also has bios and stencil art for a few lesbians and a transgender woman, including revolutionary Lucia Sanchez Saornil, who worked for anarchism during the Spanish Civil War and wrote lesbian erotica under a male pseudonym;  transgender activist Sylvia Rivera; Black Panther turned professor Angela Davis; and Marie Equi, an illicit abortion provider and lesbian suffragist who in 1903 became one of the earliest women to graduate with an MD. $14, PMPress.org

 

With Roots's Terrarium Heart Earrings

Photographer Sharon Goldberg started making jewelry featuring real plants living inside for family and friends, but when they became super popular, she turned that into her one-woman, Brooklyn-based business, With Roots. Each of these earrings (and her popular necklaces) feature a tiny terrarium with real plants. They're easy to care for (a little bit of sunlight, and they self-hydrate, water recycling within the jewelry making plants happy, she says) and stunning conversation starters for anyone who loves nature and works in a cubiclw. $55, WithRoots.com

Bananappeal’s Cheesecake or Frosted Cake Sampler Packs

Baker Courtney Dougherty is just wild about bananas. and her company, Bananappeal, makes ready-to-eat cheesecakes and frosted cakes that come in tiny glass jars, taste amazing, and make perfect gifts (as long as you don’t do as I did and break down and eat them all first). The Cheesecake sampler pack includes one of each of her cheesecake flavors: Bananas Foster, Banana Gingersnap, Banana Strawberry, and Banana Tiramisu. The Frosted Cakes sampler pack has one of each of their frosted cake flavors: Banana Chocolate Fudge, Banana Peanut Butter, Banana Salted Caramel, and Banana Toasted Coconut. Each and every one of them is scrumptious and a healthy-size dessert, so Mom (or you) won't have to be watching calories. $30 for four-pack, Bananappeal.com


 

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Set

Beauty products are so overdone, and giving a woman wrinkle creams and gardenia-scented body wash isn't a good idea no matter what age she is. But the all-natural, organic veggie-based face and body products from Yes to Carrots are always popular with women. Yes to Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss is popular with a whole host of women who want some shine and color without looking like they're wearing lipstick (or sometimes chalky Chapstick), and for gifts, Yes to Cucumbers Calming Facial Trio or Yes to Carrots Ultimate Nourishment Kit are safe bets (both on sale at $24 and $20 respectively). My new obsession, however, is the Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Set, which is perfect for those perimenopausal moms who are trying to figure out how to fight midlife acne without tripping up in the Noxzema aisle next to 12-year-olds. Plus, who knew tomatoes can make your complexion so nice? $20, YesToCarrots.com

 

A Mother's Day Dozen
    
Georgetown Cupcake offers two special Mother’s Day Dozens: The Mother's Day Dozen comes with six chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting topped with fondant letters spelling "Mom" and six chocolate coconut cupcakes topped with pink fondant flowers and hearts, while the I Love Mom Dozen features six Lavender Earl Grey teacake cupcakes and six White Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes topped with fondant spelling out "Mom." And they'll ship them overnight to Mum! $29, GeorgetownCupcake.com

These Shoes -- Seriously, What Could be Better?

The Jeffrey Campbell Rainbow Starlight Shoes will make her feel like a kid all over again — and she'll be the coolest mom at gay pride this year. $130, SoleStruck.com

 

Swag From Jessica Kagan Cushman

Jessica Kagan Cushman is the daughter of renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan and needlework diva Erica Wilson so design runs in Jessica’s veins. What began at an early age with stringing shells and bits of flotsam and jetsam into necklaces on the beach blossomed into a full-blown obsession with fashion and jewelry by the time Cushman was in her mid 20s. Now her signature bracelets and bags are everywhere. We love her new Nantucket bangles — perfect for Mother's Day because they feature sayings popular around the globe, including (from America), "Because I said so, that's why" and (from Africa) "Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother." If Mom doesn't don chunky jewelry, go for a the Bite Me Victorian Vixen Canvas Clutch -- it's perfectly feminine but with a bit of, well, bite to it. Clutch, $55, and Bracelets, $79, JessicaCushman.com

 

Sunbeam Snow Cone Maker

Snow cones are a perfect summer family treat: homemade, cheap, and quick, and with the adorable Sunbeam Snow Cone Cart Ice Shaver, Mom and the kids (of any age) can easily transform ice cubes from the freezer into light, fluffy flurries (without that old-fashioned hand crank that made your Snoopy Snow Cone maker break within a week). And if there are no kids around? Skip the flavored syrups and add booze. $20, Target.com

 Tickets to a Nikki Lane Concert

Singer Nikki Lane has a voice that sounds like a modern-day Nancy Sinatra, raspy, sexy, and smart as a pistol. Her new video for "Lies" will convince you that you need to either buy her debut album, Walk of Shame, or tickets to one of her concerts with Spiritualized. Ticket prices vary; find tour stops at MissNikkiLane.com