It's time to honor the woman who gave you life (as well as those women who make your life worth living). These gifts can never quite repay the favor, but they're a pretty damn good start.
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Missoni Apothia Candles
You might not recognize either of these names, but we promise your wife covets them. <b>Missoni</b>, the iconic Italian fashion design label, and perfumer Ron Robinson have teamed up to create these luxurious candles which feature unique fragrances like Tuscan soil, Sicilian bergamot, and Florentine leather. Light them up next to a hot bath after a long day of running around with the kids and she'll be so grateful, she might invite you to hop in the tub right along with her. Bonus: the chic containers can live on as jewelry catch-alls once the candle burns out. ($78; <a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Missoni-Home-Collection-Apothia-Candle-Mot...)
Godiva Gift Box and FEED Bag
Merging charity and chocolate, this gift will sweeten your mom's day in two ways. Each FEED gift bag sold will provide 10 school meals to children in cocoa-producing regions through the UN World Food Program. Plus, each reusable tote bag is filled with delectable <b>Godiva</b> chocolates for her to enjoy while she's reminded of what a generous son she raised. (from $50; <a href="http://www.godiva.com/godiva-and-feed/godiva-and-feed,default,sc.html">g...)
Anna Sui for TUMI Ballistic Snap iPad Case
She might not be the most tech-savvy (exhibit A: that painfully awful auto-correct fail she once texted you) but she’s definitely proud that she tries. And if she never goes anywhere without her trusty iPad, <b>Tumi’s Ballistic Snap Case</b> will be her new best friend. Designed by American fashion guru Anna Sui for the new iPad, this eye-catching floral case comes complete with stylish details like an interior striped lining, miniature, flower-lined zippers, and branded hardware. But it’s not just chic, it’s practical too and mom will love that it folds into an easel so she can prop it up anywhere, anytime. ($49; <a href="http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12430229&prodFindSrc=par...
Banana Republic Moroccan Bib Necklace
Can't treat your mom to a fancy, exotic vacation? Well, <b>Banana Republic's Moroccan Bib Necklace</b> is (almost) the next best thing. This bold, bright, imported neckpiece looks like something she picked up along her travels to a far off locale—and since it dresses up everything from t-shirts and jeans to a little black dress she'll reach for it all year long, and think of you every time. ($90; <a href="http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=95267&vid=1&pid=4133...
Click and Grow Electronic Herb Garden
<p>If mom’s got a bit of a black thumb (or even if she doesn't!), she’ll definitely appreciate a plant that practically grows itself. After popping in a seed cartridge, the battery-powered <strong>Click and Grow</strong> “smart garden” doses out the right amounts of water, fertilizer, and air necessary to grow flowers, herbs or tiny vegetables indoors. Pick from plants like basil, coriander, chili peppers or mini tomatoes and she’ll have fresh ingredients to add to homemade meals—including the ones you drop by to share with her—all summer long. ($79 for a starter kit; <a href="http://www.clickandgrow.com/ "target=_blank>clickandgrow.com</a>)</p>
Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket
For the practical mom on the go, <strong>Columbia’s Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket</strong> is both stylish and functional. Wrap her up in this rain-ready coat treated to resist stains, and she’ll be warm in an instant. She can cinch the belt tight, bury her hands in the deep zippered pockets and draw the hood’s cord around her face. Back vents prevent uncomfortable overheating. Plus, the mid-thigh length is not only slimming, it also provides extra warmth so no amount of bad weather will keep her from polishing off that to-do list. ($70; <a href="http://www.columbia.com/Women%27s-Pardon-My-Trench%E2%84%A2-Rain-Jacket/...
Monogrammed Jewelry Box
<p>Every mother wears jewelry, which means every mom will appreciate this elegant jewelry box from <b>C. Wonder</b>, the latest 'It' store for women everywhere. Made of lacquered wood and lined with luxe velvet, it’s the perfect size for storing bracelets, rings, or small personal items. And while the monogrammed initial clasp will already give it that personal touch, score extra points by stashing a few childhood keepsakes for mom to find inside—just make sure you’re standing by with a box of tissues as she opens it. ($78; <a href="http://www.cwonder.com/home-decor/shop-by-category/decorative-accents/bo...)</p>
The Bouqs Custom Floral Service
<p>Can't see your mom on Mother’s Day? Then fresh flowers—delivered to her doorstep—are the way to go, and <b>The Bouqs Company</b> makes it easier than ever to order. Even if you’re a dude who can’t tell his snapdragons from his daisies, all you have to do is browse their selection of freshly cut, eco-friendly floral arrangements by sentiment or color. And even cooler, with Bouq’s simple subscription service, you can sign up to surprise her with a fresh bouquet a few times a year—not just on Mother’s Day. That smooth move is <em>sure</em> to make you the favorite son. Trust us. ($40 for a single Bouq, $50 for a double, $60 for a triple; <a href="https://www.thebouqs.com/en/thanks-a-bunch/48-recognize.html">thebouqs.c... )</p>
ChefSleeve iPad Stand
If your wife or mother obsesses over Pinterest recipes her life is about to get so much easier...and cleaner. With the <b>Chef Sleeve iPad Stand and disposable iPad Sleeve</b>, she can prop her iPad up right in the midst of a cooking frenzy without the worry of stains, smudges, or smears. The dishwasher safe eco-friendly wood stand holds the device at two different angles in both portrait or landscape orientation so it will always be in just the right position; and the protective sleeve's exclusive EcoTouch HD film ensures virtually no interference with touch sensitivity so she can tap, swipe, and slide, but no amount of flour, sugar, or sauce is getting through. ($35 for the stand; $5/pack of 5 disposable iPad sleeves; <a href="http://chefsleeve.com/collections/products/products/dishwasher-safe-ipad... target="_blank">chefsleeve.com</a>
"Relish" Coffee Table Book
<p>Hats off to having a wife or mother who’s focused on keeping herself healthy and fit. If she's constantly spouting off tips she learned while watching Oprah protege, Dr. Oz, she’ll love his daughter Daphne’s new book. In <strong><em>Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun</em></strong>, <em>The Chew</em> cohost delivers healthy and delicious recipes, personal style and home décor ideas, and advice on finding happiness in love and in life. The book’s brimming with beautiful color photography that she'll want to flip through time and again.
($18; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Relish-Adventure-Food-Style-Everyday/dp/0062196863...)</p>
ASUS MeMo Pad Smart 10
<p>She just finally mastered the intricacies of her smartphone. Now it's time to take your mom one step further and introduce her to the world of tablets. The stylish and easy-to-use <strong>ASUS MeMo Pad Smart 10</strong> is the perfect starter model. Available in blue, black, white, and pink, the lightweight device is perfect for scribbling a shopping list, editing photos, watching movies or surfing the web—from anywhere. A 5-megapixel camera lets her capture all those can’t-miss moments, and a 170-degree viewing angle keeps picture-quality crystal clear when her friends all huddle around to watch videos from her grandkid’s first steps, birthday party, bar mitzvah, soccer game, graduation, etc.
($200; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/"target=_blank>amazon.com</a>)</p>
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