And here we are with another post in my series of gift ideas for Mother’s Day. That’s not to say you can’t find *plenty* of other Mother’s Day inspiration throughout my blog, but my posts in this series are very much targeted toward the different types of mother figures in our lives.
Today I’m zeroing in on what’s otherwise known as ‘wives’. A lot of men buy the mother of their children a gift to acknowledge – at least more than usual – just how important their special lady is in bringing up a happy, harmonious family. While you can certainly go sentimental, try to steer clear of crazy sappy or insanely sexy gifts (unless of course, you want to focus on the baby-making aspect of Mother’s Day) and aim for something relaxing or charming instead.
TO HELP HER UNWIND: Cooling Eye Pillows – $15 USD each @ Aroma Home
Home life can be a headache, even for the toughest of moms. These satin cooling eye pillows make for a great solution to banish away the blues, thanks to their invigorating Menthol and Lavender and Mint and Lavender scents that eradicate headaches, sore eyes, sinus pain, and anxiety alike. Simply pop it into your freezer when not in use and reuse for all of life’s little hang-ups.
TO HELP HER SHINE: Just For Her Rings – $30 @ JewelMint
Pretty definitely doesn’t have to pricy, as this pretty ring set proves. For the uninitiated, JewelMint is a subscription-based jewelry service that picks out pieces to match your personal style and tastes – and every piece (or mini-collection like these rings) clocks in at just $30. My advice? Save big spending on gems for your romantic occasions – like your anniversary – but don’t shy away from shiny things on Mother’s Day. Find something at a reasonable price point with solid quality and you’re set.
TO HELP HER TAKE A NIGHT OFF: Table Topics Date Night Idea Cards – $20 @ Orange & Pear
All too often when people have kids, they tend to let their little ones rule the roost – and time spent outside of it (or not). If you really want to give her something special, pick a date you both have free, book a babysitter, and gift her with this cute gift set of 80 ideas on how you can spend the evening together (invented by fellow mom Cristy Clark) and let her pick a special activity. Not only will she appreciate a break from being a 24/7 mommy, she’ll have a blast dreaming up other fun options for you to spend some ‘us’ time together.
TO HELP HER FEEL SEXY: Control Dress – $49.95 @ La Vie En Rose
If your lady is new to the mama gig, she might still be getting used to her post-baby body. The good news? Shapewear has come a long way from the uncomfortable girdles of yesteryear. This sleek shift dress nips and tucks in all the right areas, allowing her to feel sexy under her clothes during the day, and still have something completely appropriate to slip out of for some nighttime love life rekindling.
TO HELP HER FEEL BEAUTIFUL: Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty – $78 – $102 @ The Bay, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Sephora & Murale
I’m not saying your wife actually needs a reminder as to how beautiful she is – spit-up, unwashed hair, stained sweatpants and all – but if you want to give her a perfume that pretty much sings womanly elegance, you really can’t go wrong with Calvin Klein’s evolution of their 2010 smash fragrance, Beauty. The original, extremely minimalist scent has been punched up with sparkling Bellini, zesty bergamot, and lush red berries that contrast with the fresh jasmine, peony, and lily floral undertones. The bottle, the blush pink, and the understated simplicity of fragrance itself make this an ideal reminder that underneath that mom is a real, warm-blooded, stunning woman.