The Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas, From 11 Successful, Stylish Mom-Bosses
Gift shopping for the woman who raised you can often be a daunting task (particularly if—like our mama—she's always telling you she doesn't want anything). If your mom deserves the world, but you can't think past the standard bath products or flowers for a prospective Mother's Day gift this year, don't stress. We looked to some of the most stylish and successful mothers around Los Angeles to tell us what's on their wish list and get you thinking outside the box. Since this group of boss ladies balances careers as designers, shop owners, entrepreneurs, and content creators with caring for their little ones, they're the perfect people to help advise you on what to give the woman who juggled it all (and made it look good) to keep you fed, changed, and above all, feeling loved.
Natalie Alcala, mama of Diego and founder of Fashion Mamas
"Realistically, just a nice vegan brunch with my boys would be perfect. I love Little Pine in Silver Lake. If we're talking fantasy, I'd be so down for a getaway to Turks & Caicos, which is my favorite place on the planet. I went there for my honeymoon and am constantly dreaming about that powder sand and crystal-clear water. That's probably not going to happen for this Mother's Day, but it's hopefully in the cards for next year!"
Danielle Directo-Meston, mama of Marlon and creator of UncoverLA
"Before our little one, we used to spend a weekend in Joshua Tree with friends at least once a year, so my dream Mother's Day gift would be a much-needed magical getaway in desert. JT is one of my favorite places to unwind, unplug, explore nature, and actually see the constellations. Our itinerary would include a sound bath at the Integratron (if it's a baby-free vacay) and definitely some shopping; there's a rad shop in Yucca Valley called The End where I always find killer deals on designer pieces and vintage."
Ashley Kraus, mama of Georgia and co-founder of Nash & Lee PR Shop
“My daughter was born just a few days before Mother’s Day last year, so I think I deserve something extra special this year to mark the occasion (because I will also be celebrating making it through the first year)! I have been lusting after Hayden Lasher’s new Belgian Baby Bag since she debuted it earlier this month; it’s the perfect oversized, versatile tote that is stylish enough to take me from a toddler music class in the morning to a client meeting in the afternoon. I’ve also had my eye on Eberjey’s anniversary palm print PJ's (bonus: there is an adorable matching mini bathing suit for my daughter!). Other items on my wishlist include Vrai & Oro’s initial bracelet (engraved with the letter G!) and the 12|12 x Tata Harper “Mama + Me” boxed giftset. Hoping my husband reads this!"
Rosie Jane Johnston, mama of Leila, Lou, Matilda, and William and celebrity makeup artist/creator of by Rosie Jane
"It’s probably not very PC but I would actually love to go to The Golden Door with my bestie for a night or two and just relax! If we are talking gifts, I love the handmade/kid-made kind. My girls are always SO excited to give them to me and see my reaction, its my favorite thing ever!"
Annika Huston, mama of Wyatt and Rye and owner of Dotter
"[My husband] Travis and I are both married to our jobs and rarely get away for a vacation. We own an 80’s Westfalia and yet have only taken it on a handful of trips. I would love to pack up Ole Blue and head to El Capitan State Beach campground just north of Santa Barbara. The campground has the most incredible views and my favorite rocky beach. Toss in a few dutch oven meals, chilled rosé and hot coffee in tin cups and mom’s a happy camper."
Ruby Nichols, mama of Dash and founder of Almanac of Style
"My dream Mother's Day gift(s) would be something sentimental, like a beautifully framed family photo or an edited family video. And a weekend getaway with my mister, where we are spoiled rotten in a fancy hotel."
Stella Simona, mama of Noah and designer of Haati Chai
"I'm pretty simple. I do prefer an experience over everything: a spa day at one of the Korean spas in K-town with full body scrub, mask, and massage is HEAVEN. The spas generally serve noodles and are open late nights! And because the ultimate accessory can make any mama's day, a mini bucket bag from Cuero & Mor please!"
"I'd love to take a surf trip to Costa Rica or Mexico with my family where all I wear is a bikini and board shorts during the day and a flowy dress in the evening for a week. It’s all about a feeling healthy, sun-kissed, alive and surrounded by the ones I love! I'm also in need of a new 3/2 wetsuit and been eyeballing Matuse to be the one. Oh and really the true best gift is an I love you from my girls with a big squeeze."