Pictured: My twin sister, Sally (right), my mother, and me
I often wonder how women become the wonderful mothers they are.
Author Jill Churchill once quipped, “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” I don’t want to be disagreeable, but my mother comes pretty close to perfect.
She’s a Sagittarius, which means she’s straightforward, has a wicked sense of humor, and has the inherent characteristics of a heroine of literature: beautiful, bright, and stubborn. She’s Irish so, naturally, she’s stubborn.
She is also impossible to shop for. She never needs anything. In fact, she only wants a card and a family-cooked meal for Mother’s Day. See what I mean? Stubborn.
So what do you give the persnickety mom like mine for Mother’s Day? Here are ten ideas she’ll love.
Well Read WomanPhoto courtesy of Palm Beach Illustrated (cover photo by Robert Nelson Photography)
Food, fashion, politics, or travel, keep mom current on subjects she enjoys with a magazine subscription you can renew annually. Our Pick: Palm Beach Illustrated ($40 for 11 issues) is packed with breathtaking fashion spreads, home inspiration, culinary hotspots, and more. (561-659-2100, palmbeachillustrated.com)
Word UpExpress yourself with a necklace that says it perfectly. Our Pick: Jennifer Zuener’s LYM necklace ($198) is available in sterling silver, rose vermeil, and gold vermeil (pictured). Order online today and receive it by tomorrow. (888-842-4590, jenniferzeuner.com)
Jean QueenHigh-waisted mom’s jeans are making a fashionable comeback. Our Pick: Topshop’s mermaid sequin mom jeans ($125) are bedecked with mythical aquatic creatures and whimsical sea life. Nordstrom locations (888-282-6060, nordstrom.com)
Gift your favorite bathing beauty a swimsuit that’s stunning wet and dry. Our Pick: The Sirocco multi-string asymmetrical maillot suit ($270) by Belusso has a colorful geode agate design and compliments every figure. Michelle Farmer Collaborate, Palm Beach (561-906-9785, michellefarmer.com)
Pillow TalkSouth Florida artist Paige Gemmel’s chinoiserie-inspired designs draw inspiration from India, Asia, and, of course, Palm Beach. Our Pick: Gemmel’s tasseled throw pillow ($300) pairs trippy monkeys against a dazzling mustard-yellow backdrop. The Nest, West Palm Beach (561-557-1300, nestpalmbeach.com)
Straw bags are summer’s hottest must-have accessory. Our Pick: Bravo TV’s Project Runway contestant and The House of Perna owner-designer Amanda Perna’s Lana tote ($168) is embellished with sequins, tassels, and wool pom poms. Delray Beach (561-455-2336, thehouseofperna.com)
Tickle her sweet tooth with decadent, locally-made chocolates. Since 2012, Stuart, Florida-based confectioner Denise Castronovo has been fashioning fine chocolates made from Latin American heirloom cocoa beans. Our Pick: Sierra Nevada Colombia dark milk chocolate ($12 for one bar) won three gold medals at the 2016 International Chocolate Awards World Finals in London. (561-512-7236, castronovochocolate.com)
Cheese WhizPhoto courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Thanks to instant film cameras, saying “Cheese!” just got a lot more fun. Our Pick: Fujifilm’s Instax Classic Mini 90 Digital Camera ($175) is easy to use and comes equipped with modern enhancements like a large LCD display screen, a retractable lens, and a selfie mirror. Urban Outfitters locations. (800-282-2200, urbanoutfitters.com)
Mother EarthPhoto courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund
Moms and good causes go hand in hand. Repay her kindness with an act of benevolence. Our Pick: Pick a philanthropy she supports, like child hunger, cancer research, or wildlife protection, and make a monetary donation in her name. Need help finding a worthy recipient? Visit Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized online evaluator of local and national charities.
Some perfumes pull us to the past, like those long, blissful summers spent with family and friends. Our Pick: Sophia Grojsman captures those memories in her new fragrance, Outrageous ($150) for Editions de Perfumes Frédéric Malle. The Belarus-born perfumer whose olfactory creations include Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris and Calvin Klein’s Eternity, layered light, citrusy notes of tangerine, green apple, and cinnamon. Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton, Palm Beach (561-417-5151, 561-805-6150, neimanmarcus.com)
I would love to know what you are getting the most important lady in your life. Please leave me a comment below.