She probably knows you better than you know yourself, so why not get her a Mother's Day gift that shows you know a little something, too? Forgo the standard fare. Instead, consider a gift that's fun, unusual and completely beautiful. In other words, something exactly like her. Below, a few suggestions for how to tell mom she's the best.
LUNCH IN THE PARK
It's a good guess that mom's favorite thing to do is spend time with you, so why not get her something that encourages hours of together time? With a Kate Spade Grass is Greener Picnic Blanket, a sunny patch of perfect lawn is anywhere she wants it to be. Made of printed cotton with a nylon backing, the 54-by-60-inch trompe l'oeil blanket comes in a drawstring bag. $45 to order at Kate Spade, Walt Whitman Shops, Huntington Station, and online at katespade.com.
One perfect blossom that never loses its bloom will remind her every day that she's always in your thoughts. The petite Julia Knight Lily 4-inch Bowl was inspired by a vibrant stargazer lily and is handcrafted from sand-cast aluminum and mother-of-pearl-infused enamel. $40 at bloomingdales.com
She goes by many names, but the one she loves best is "mom." With this charming Handwriting Mom Glass Decoupage Tray, she'll think of you every time she picks up her keys. The food-safe, handblown glass tray comes in five sizes, and each piece is signed by the artist and features a felted back to prevent scratching. $54 to $145 at Ben's Garden stores in Oyster Bay and Huntington and bensgarden.com.
Sure, she knows how to email and text and even Skype, but nothing makes her as happy as a handwritten letter. Show her you'd like to exchange more mail by gifting her a Freund-Mayer & Co. Inc. Deluxe Calligraphy Set. The boxed set includes a wood-handled fleur-de-lis brass seal and two wax sticks, plus two apothecary inks and a pen with three nibs. A sample book is included. $48 at Lion in the Sun, 314 Main St., Huntington.
Those gorgeous wineglasses she's always saving for company deserve to be used more often. Help convince her it's OK to keep them out by getting her this cheeky set of Wine Glass Lampshades. The set of three surprisingly elegant miniature ivory vellum shades works with any wineglass (tea light or votive not included). $16 at momastore.org
Every day with her kids is precious, and she'll want to make sure she keeps track of all her favorite moments along the way. Help her do that with "Mom's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book" from Chronicle. The hardcover 372-page book offers enough space to write down thoughts, memories, quotes and take notes of special shareable moments every day for five years. $16.95 at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington.
Is your mom famous for her homemade lemonade, or does she prefer Long Island iced tea? Whatever her favorite summer libation, one of these fabulous Vintage Mid-Century Glass Sets will help her sip in style. Shop owner Laurie Scheinman found a queen's ransom of these amazing and authentic 1950s sets, complete with holders, and styles range from lush garden party florals to collectible Fred Press designer sets. $125 and up at Wit & Whim, 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington.