A Happy Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all the moms out there are able to celebrate today, even if you’re a cat mom, a plant mom, a step-mom, any kind of mom! I talked to my mom on the phone while she opened her gifts, and I’m spending the day with my fur-baby Blanche.

I know it’s a little late for a Mother’s Day Gift Guide but I couldn’t share what I got my mom until today since that would give up the secret! However, I thought these might be good ideas for anyone if you still need to get a gift, or perhaps you have a friend or your mom’s birthday is coming up, or heck, maybe it’s time you treated yourself!

Here’s what I sent my mom for Mother’s Day:

Post-Workout Wipes

My mom often works out at her office’s gym or yoga studio before work or during her lunch hour, so I wanted to get a few things she could put in her workout bag. I saw these post-workout wipes and wasn’t sure if they would be useful, but thought they’d be fun to try, and she was excited when she opened them. I’ve seen several different brands and scents, so the options are endless! Here are some I’ve seen:

Hydrating Cooling Stick

I have an under-eye cooling stick and I love to use it before yoga (especially hot yoga) to keep me cool and motivated during class. I thought my mom might enjoy one, too. There are so many different kinds of cooling sticks out there, depending on what you’re looking for — moisture, primer, cooling, de-puffing, etc.

NYX Butter Gloss

Who doesn’t love NYX Butter Gloss? I’ve tried a few before and love how soft they are, never sticky, and they are only $5 so you can try allllll of the different colors they have. Each one provides sheer-to-medium coverage, so you really can’t go wrong. I got my mom the shade “Tiramisu”, which is a nude pink hue.

Madécasse Madagascar Chocolate Bar

My mom is a proud chocoholic, so I couldn’t send her a proper gift box without some quality dark chocolate inside. I picked the salted almond bar from Madécasse – it’s direct, fair trade dark chocolate and its delicious!

Dry Shampoo Foam

Another item for my mom’s gym bag! I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo, but now there are so many different options out there from powders and balms, and foam! I looked at so many different ones and many of them I’d never seen before.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

My mom has given up watching the news in the morning in an effort to start the day with more positive energy, so I thought a small Bluetooth speaker would be useful for listening to music or podcasts while getting ready, or even outdoors on the weekends.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

This book has been on my mom’s reading list for months (I also have it on reserve at the library), so I bought the hardback version. Here is the book’s description: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

…And there you have it! I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day!

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