Finding my mom a gift every year was a huge challenge. What do you get a woman who has everything, AND expensive tastes? So I would have to start early. Really early. Plus, she was easily the most glamorous person I had ever known. Her sense of style was on point right up until she passed away in 2011.

Every Mother’s Day I have a mimosa in her honor, but she wouldn’t want me to dwell on her – she would want me to hang out with my own children and enjoy the day, and so I do. But I always think about what I would have gotten her each year, because it turned into a little challenge way back when I was a teenager, and I love a challenge.

Here are these year’s picks:

The best unique and different mother's day gifts


  • Joy by Joy Patou: Mom got her first bottle of this when I was about 6 or 7 years old, and it was her signature fragrance ever after, no matter how many other scents I bought her over the years. Said to be the most expensive perfume in the world, it takes 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses to create 30 ml. Joy by Joy Patou was created in 1929 as a direct response to the Great Depression, and was intended to be the “platonic idea of a flower.”
  • Pack a Hat by Cappeli Straworld: Mom was a consummate traveler, even after she retired from TWA as a flight attendant in 1988. She always had a trip planned, and a sunhat that she could actually pack into a clutch would have been right up her alley. She always complained that she had to buy a sunhat every time she went somewhere sunny. Also? The hat itself is 50 SPF which would have been ultra-important. She always took care of her skin almost obsessively.
  • Silver Sun Block UV Umbrella: Speaking of UV and skin, this would have been perfect for her golf habit. I purchased one last year, and actually use it on walks or when I know I’m going to be in the sun. Because skin cancer.
  • BCBGMAXAZARIA for Magnum Belgian Chocolate wrap: chocolate and couture, can you even believe it? Who doesn’t want to be wrapped in the scent of chocolate all day? This tops the list of unusual and fun gifts.
  • Necklace and earrings by Vivi: especially this mixed metal necklace – that was absolutely her jam. Why limit yourself to just one metal when you can have all the metals? Her fashion jewelry collection was legendary, and she never went out without accessorizing.

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