Mother’s Day is coming this weekend and you may want to give a gift to the mothers in your life. But, what can you get for the woman who gives so much of herself to others? While flowers and breakfast in bed are nice, I know you want to do something different. The perfect gift might be one she didn't even think about buying yet - like an online course on meditation!
Speaking as a mother, I can help you with that.
Here is a list of some of my favorite things and the places to shop for them. As an extra bonus, many of them are Black-owned brands. More and more independent black-owned brands are popping up, and we at AbsoluteJOI are happy to be one of them – and to support them.
Everyone wants an awesome gift idea that will make your mother or any other woman in your life happy on Mother's Day. If so, then this article is perfect! Keep reading to find out what are some of my favorite items so you can give the mothers in your life something they really want.
The Best Bags for Mother’s Day Gifts
I would love to claim I discovered Telfar bags myself, but the truth is my daughter introduced me to this amazing Black owned brand. After 15 years on the market, this bag is now the third most wanted item of the year. It may be the colors, the simplicity of the design or the vegan options. Whatever draws you in, a great purse always comes in the right size and is a great choice for your favorite mother. And the best part? They are stylish and affordable, which is why people are buying them in so many colors.
If you are committed to serving breakfast in bed, then give your favorite mother something new to try on her biscuits. Trade Street Jam Co. is a small batch jam company founded by Chef Ashley Rouse who creates jams in two ways. One is by slow cooking, to produce a thick, almost buttery spread, while the other is quick cooking to retain as much color and flavor in the fruit as possible. I am all about a healthy lifestyle and love that they add minimal sugar, and do not use artificial preservatives. Rather than being your grandmother’s jams, they offer interesting flavors like Smoked Yellow Peach and sour cherry ginger. When I saw customers rave “they are all wonderful..blackberry merlot, smokey peach: both are astonishing flavors..it's refreshing to taste the fruits, instead of just fruit flavored syrup”, I knew I had to try some for myself.
If You Are Doing Flowers for Mother’s Day, Do Them Right
Your favorite mother might expect flowers on Mother’s Day, but will she expect them the next month, or the month after? I love the idea of doing a flower bouquet subscription to have flowers delivered on a regular basis and let them know your appreciate extends well past Mother’s Day. One of my favorites is by Poppy, a female-founded flower company on a mission to deliver quality flowers at fair prices. Poppy has built a new ecosystem of empowered employees, fair floral practices, transparent supply chains, and trimmed costs and partner with like-minded farmers and wholesalers, ones that are Fair Trade Certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified to deliver gorgeous blooms you can use in arrangements around your home. By cutting out many middle men, Poppy is able to deliver beautiful flowers at a reasonable price. Why not let them deliver to your favorite mother?
Sherrell Moore Tucker is a yoga instructor whose mission is “Help Women Find Calm”. I first met Sherrell when she participated in one of our Beauty Boss Sessions and took us through a calming meditation that had everyone in the session singing her praises. I cannot think of any mother in my life who does not want a greater sense of calm! And Sherrell helps you achieve that sense of calm we all need. I love that her offerings are virtual, and you can start with her beginner friendly Five-Day Yoga and Affirmation Challenge. You can also experience her faith-based meditation work at MindBodyFaith.org and try some of her meditation candles, which I love!
Rochelle Porter is a designer who created a lifestyle brand that brings bursts of joy to the everyday. How does she do it? By offering vibrant prints that are used in happy home decor, textiles, and activewear with designs from Rochelle’s artwork and colorful Caribbean roots. She has a “Mommy and Me” Collection that I cannot resist and is perfect for Mother’s Day gifts that will encourage your favorite Mom to move! Even better – you can purchase with a purpose with Rochelle Porter’s “Design for abundant living” ethos. They prioritize fair pay, ethical manufacturing, and the use of sustainable materials in their products and believe everyone along their value chain should live well—from the farmer who picks the organic cotton for their throw pillows, to the customer who puts them on her sofa.
My husband knows me well and this was his gift to me. He knows I am a “Brown Liquor Lady” and love the flavor of Bourbons and Rums, but don’t like to over-indulge. I’ve often said “it would be great to be able to enjoy a well-made cocktail – or two -- without getting tipsy”. Well, it seems like I am not the only one and he found a solution created by three women entrepreneurs -- Kentucky 74, a distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit for Bourbon Cocktails available at Spiritless.
They are solving the problem for people who want “just one more drink and still have to make an early morning meeting”. It is clear these ladies are serious about their cocktails as they also provide a range of cocktail recipes from the classic mint julep to a refreshing bourbon grapefruit cocktail. I love that they are all flavorful and alcohol-free, and without the alcohol they may be lower in calories. But if you want to indulge a little, they also have recipes for “halfsies” with just a bit of Bourbon to reduce the alcohol and keep the flavor. Salut!
One of my favorite brands is FemmeNoire a personal care brand started by Nadja Renise after she experienced postpartum hair shedding. Her products are luxe, well made and non-toxic. My personal favorite is her Dirty Curl Cleansing & Conditioning Clay, a rhassoul clay cleansing paste that detoxifies my hair and scalp to gently remove dirt and product buildup while making me happy with its cocoa induced chocolatey scent. I’m not the only one who loves FemmeNoire, as their Kiss My Ash Body Balm was recently named an Issa Rae Favorite!
Since women with melanin-rich skin are less prone to aging, we don’t often pay attention to skincare for black women. But there is a time in every woman’s life when she realizes she needs to take better care of herself and her skin. And that time often comes when work, motherhood and other responsibilities give her less time forself-care.
I created AbsoluteJOI Skincare with a combination of ingredients to offer the best skincare for black skin money can buy. Any physician or skin care professional will tell you the three pillars for effective anti-aging are retinol, Vitamin C and sunscreen. I am including our best-selling Skin Refining Night Oilas the perfect Mother’s Day gift for skincare lovers or for someone who wants to elevate her skincare, without a complicated regimen. Our Night Oil was named the “Best Retinol with Vitamin C in 2020” by Byrdie Beauty for a reason and is the perfect finish to any nighttime skincare routine. Made with granactive retinoid, a gentle form of retinol, and Vitamin C, our Night Oil is ideal for any mom who wants to fight early signs of aging.
Add our Daily Hydrating Moisturizing Cream with Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 and your favorite mother will have all she needs for the basics of an elevated skincare routine. In addition to ultra hydration, our moisturizing cream provides broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection with non-irritating, mineral-based coverage that is formulated to not leave a white cast and is available in two colors to provide very light coverage designed to ensure the sunscreen blends beautifully with all skin tones. Although this product isn't available for shipping until June 1st, you can reserve it now, get 20% off and we’ll deliver a delayed Mother’s Day skincare gift to put a gorgeous smile on her face when she is least expecting it.
For the mother who has everything, I hope you’ll find something on this list that will make her smile. I hope my list of Mother’s Day gifts can help you find something for the deserving ladies in your life.
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