I go back and forth about wanting gifts for occasions like birthdays and Mother's Day. On the one hand, I don't need much and it seems frivolous or contrived. On the other hand, bless my little heart, I love gifts. I don't need big things or expensive items. People don't have to pour their hearts out thinking of the perfect purchase (or even handmade choice), but I do love to sit in bed with a cup of coffee and open a few little things and feel the excitement of a new book or lotion or candle.
What I hate is a last-minute, guilt-induced gift of expectation - a box of chocolates I don't even like or a some sort of household appliance I've been meaning to get. Swiffer Wet Jets aren't gifts.
I also think it's important for kids to learn the art of gift-giving, and I know they love to see me use the gifts they give me and cherish them. My son gave me bubble bath for Christmas, and every time I use it he asks me about it and wants to know if the bath was better for having it. My daughter made me a pillow one year for Mother's Day, all wonky and hand-stitched, and I still have it on the chair in my bedroom and we laugh about it often. I like that they can see the items they've given me over the years and remember their stories.
To that end, the following 5 gifts are right up my alley, and though I think gift giving can sometimes get out of hand and have the wrong intentions, I do love both receiving and giving gifts year-round. Here is what I'd love to find wrapped in lovely paper next to my coffee this coming Sunday:
Parisian Enamel Miniature Locket (Terrain)
Our Souls At Night (Amazon)
French Girl Organics Face Polish (Anthropologie)
Popover Shirt in Irish Linen (JCrew)
French Market Basket (Food 52)
I love these items because they're all useful as well as beautiful. What is on your Mother's Day list? Do you even have one?
I hope everyone is having a lovely week.