Mother’s Day is almost here and so I have created a list of some of my favorite things! (Move over, Oprah–LOL!) This is a big variety of items from jewelry to makeup from $17 to $500 and some of these items combined together in a gift basket would surely make for a memorable Mother’s Day gift. Just for the record, as you can see, a couple of them would work for birthday or hostess gifts as well!
Since 1999, Super Jeweler has been offering amazing jewelry at the absolute lowest prices and I often wonder how the do it. You cannot beat their prices on new fine jewelry pieces anywhere in the world. They scour the globe looking for the best deals on diamonds, gemstones and fashion jewelry and cut out the middleman. The beautiful thing about this brand is that they create their pieces in New York, giving lots of local people jobs. With an in-house factory on the 2nd floor of their headquarters, all gold and diamond pieces are made with factory capabilities that are virtually limitless. Above is my very top Mother’s Day jewelry gift pick and it’s a classic, very Princess Diana-like style with oval sapphires and halo diamonds. The official name of this style is 1 1/3 Carat Oval Shape Sapphire And Halo Diamond Stud Earrings In 14K White Gold. These stunners feature two 6 x 4 mm oval shape sapphire gemstones that weigh in at 1.20 carats each. They are surrounded by 44 sparkling diamonds in I-J color, I1-I2 clarity at 0.13 carats. Total gem weight is 1.33 carats. These earrings are priced at $479.97 which is incredible for any earrings in 14 karat white gold, let alone featuring precious gemstones. As an added bonus, they have comfortable and secure posts with friction backs. Order here and be sure use the code SJBEST to get this fabulous price: 1 1/3 Carat Oval Sapphire Earrings.
I have another strong Super Jeweler gift suggestion that is not only gorgeous and classy…but super cheap! The above Mother’s Day amethyst earring special simply listed as the 2 Carat Round Shape Amethyst Stud Earrings In Sterling Silver For Mommy is at the amazing price of $37.97! These are classic studs with stones weighing about .94 carats each! These are great everyday earrings that look good whether Mom is having a casual moment or going to a cocktail party. They will undoubtedly become her “go to” earrings! Order here: Amethyst Stud Earrings.
I think that the ultimate Mother’s Day gift under $300 is a good black cashmere sweater. This is a go-to item in any fashionable lady’s wardrobe so I am always on the lookout for them. I recently discovered State Cashmere thanks to fellow influencers; this brand has ever style and color imaginable and every sweater is made of 100 per cent inner Mongolian cashmere which is thick and resists pilling. Their Basic Ribbed Turtleneck Pullover Sweater (Style #st3213) is a classic among classics. These sweaters have a sexy fitted look and a generous length, which I also like. Order here for $150 (and get 10 per cent off for using the promo code TEXT10): Basic Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater.
I love thick, well-groomed brows and eyelashes and the latest and greatest in this arena is Eylure Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum, a revolutionary way to promote fuller, healthier brows and lashes. This recently released product is clinically proven to improve the length, density, and strength of your lashes and brows and it goes without saying that it’s a double duty product. You’ll get full results after 12 weeks. This earth friendly product contains a powerhouse blend of blend of skin and hair loving vitamins, amino acids, and peptides. Order here for $34.99 or visit and ULTA store: Eylure Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum
Does Mom like drama in her lash game? Well. I recently discovered the latest KISS lashes and couldn’t help but notice them because of all the write ups that they have gotten from the most well-known beauty influencers lately. KISS lashes have been around for a long time now but they are on top of the faux lash market and make them in all lengths and sizes (as well as really effective eyelash glue)! The new INPRESS Press On Falsies that need no glue are gorgeous clusters of lashes that are about 1/3″ in width and you can get a dramatic look just by putting one set on the outer corner of each eye. Each set comes with 20 lash clusters and a cool multicolor applicator! The flexible band guarantees comfort and the glue lashes for up to 24 hours thanks to patented technology. Nine out of ten users ravge about the comfort of these lashes, Order here for $16.99 (and get 20 per cent off with the code MOM 20): INPRESS Press On Falsies.
I covered two of Flower Beauty’s excellent hot brushes in my Valentine’s Day gift guide and still love using them but my current obsession is the Flower Beauty Deep Jumbo 3-Barrel Waver. It makes waves that really stay all day even on fine hair thanks to having adjustable heat modes that go from 170 to 450 degrees. It also has dual voltage capability so you can travel with it. I love that it turns off automatically after an hour. You’ll love this because in all honestly, the waves will last a couple of days for you depending on hair texture and if you hit into some rainy weather–so basically you will have every other day off from styling your beach waves. Order it here for $54.99: Flower Beauty Deep Jumbo 3-Barrel Waver.
OnePlus Nord Buds 2, OnePlus’ latest earbud device, just came to the United States and Canada on April 4th. The OnePlus Nord Buds 2 delivers clear and covetable audio quality with its extreme bass and 12.4mm extra-large driver unit to increase the sensitive sound field. This feature is supplemented with Active Noise Cancellation for intuitive listening that adjusts to its user’s surroundings. This is the perfect gift if it is “all about the bass” for Mom! The OnePlus Nord Buds 2 also offer Clear Call technology, 36 hour playback, fast charging, low latency and more! You won’t believe the great sound quality unless you test them for yourself! Order here for $59 in black or white: OnePlus Nord Buds 2.
If your mom is a fashionista, health fanatic and techie, I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift than a Withings ScanWatch! It has so many features besides just great modern good looks and a large face that makes it easy to read! Features include on demand ECG, oxygen saturation level, Breathing disturbances monitoring, heart rate tracking, advanced sleep tracking, 24/7 activity tracking and a special digital screen called a PMOLE screen that provides customized call, text, calendar and app notifications plus daily stats (steps, distance and heart rate) by rotating the digital crown. Best of all, the Withings ScanWatch stays active for 30 days on a single charge. It sounds almost two good to be true but it is not. There are many colors and metal finishes to choose from. Here is a link to purchase the gorgeous gray Scan Watch with rose gold trim for $299.99 (but you can easily see all the other colors here, too): Withings Scan Watch.
When I visited dunejewelry.com for the latest Mother’s Day jewelry gift ideas, I was blown away that you can pick your own “elements” or stone preferences for each item—and your purchase only takes about ten days to make. My favorite piece for Mother’s Day (especially if a mother has Boho style) is Criss Cross Ring in Sterling Silver. This stunner actually features three interconnected rings with their own distinct aesthetic and Mom can pick three sand or earth elements. Mom can even send her own elements in like sand or shells from her favorite beach! Talk about customization! Each bezel is layered to a slightly domed, glass-like finish. The Criss Cross ring’s setting is in sterling silver and is approximately 14 mm in diameter, which is about the size of a dime. The Criss Cross ring shown above is handmade with sand from The Coast of Maine, White Scallop Shell and a Turquoise Power Stone. This incredibly unique and high quality gift can be purchased here for $130 with FREE rush production for Mother’s Day: Criss Cross Ring.
Benefit is one of my favorite beauty brands because they not only shape your brows for free in their stores but they have world class skincare. They recently did their biggest skincare launch ever—as you can see from my photo above, there are nine great new Benefit POREfessional that are a must for the pore conscious. I have been a longtime user of their primer which came out years ago and nothing can match its ability to make your skin look smooth and poreless under your foundation! I have started to use the POREfessional Super Setter pictured above and my makeup stays on for 16 hours straight (or more)! The other Benefit POREfessional products that were recently launched and are well worth trying are the Pore Primer, Lite Primer, Speedy Smooth Pore Mask, Smooth Sip smoothing moisturizer, Deep Treat cleansing mask, Get Unblocked cleansing oil, Good Cleanup pore purifying foaming cleanser and Tight ‘N Toned pore refining AHA & PHA toning foam. Got to benefitcosmetics.com for more info and to order products, which are all under $35. All items are available at Sephora where you can also test them, BTW!
Yensa Beauty recently introduced their new Super 8 Super Serum Silk Cream Blush, a unique silky CREAM formula that gives an airbrushed and dewy finish when applied to the skin. It’s formulated with the brand’s 8 SuperBlacks Essence including Black Sesame Oil, Black Seaweed, Black Tea, Shiitake Mushroom, Black Rice, Korean Black Raspberries, Nettle and Chia Seeds, to provide non drying, nourishing results. Available in eight shades: Pink Bliss, Vibrant Coral, Ginger Blaze, Moody Mauve, Peach Sunset, Radiant Rose, Whisper Nude and Berry Passion. This is a natural product that also helps with fine lines! You can order here for $32 each: Yensa Silk Cream Blush.
As someone with blepharitis mainly as a result of putting eye pencil on my water lines, I fell in love with Avenova Antimicrobial Lid & Lash Solution and well as the Avenova Novawipes which optimize application. This lid & lash spray gently removes bacteria without drying the sensitive skin around your eyes, providing you with a simple yet useful eyelid & eyelash hygiene regimen! As an added unadvertised bonus, it cleans away every last trace of eye makeup, especially when used with the wipes. Containing 0.01% hypochlorous acid, which your body naturally produces to fight toxins and inflammation, Avenova solution kills bacteria, treats styes, and relieves chronic eye conditions like dry eye, blepharitis, chalazion, and contact lens intolerance. Orders both items here. Mom’s eyes will feel better than ever especially if they feel irritated from being dried out by eye makeup or particles getting in her eyes. Order both items here for $29.99: Avenova Solution And Wipes. They are also available at CVS and other mass merchandisers.
The latest item from the highly acclaimed natural beauty line Irene Forte is their Apricot Penta-Acid Cleansing Polish which contains a unique combination of six physical and chemical exfoliants to help clarify and refine the skin. Gluconolactone, a cutting edge Polyhydroxy Acid, helps to regenerate and repair the skin barrier. The presence of hydroxyl groups benefits natural moisture levels, boosting skin hydration. This super gentle exfoliant also fights against free radicals to alleviate the signs of ageing skin. A quadruple blend of high-quality Italian Alpha Hydroxy Acids, including Tartaric Acid from Grape, Malic Acid from Apple, Mandelic from Almond, and Citric Acid from Lemon, help to renew the skin exponentially. These acids work to protect Collagen and stimulate Fibroblasts to produce new skin fibrils, as well as helping to fade skin hyperpigmentation. Apricot Seed Powder works to effectively remove dead skin cells, while Aloe Leaf Juice hydrates and soothes. Great for all skin types. Order here for $140: Irene Forte Apricot Penta-Acid.
I have been a longtime fan of the G-Shock watches by Casio because they last forever—and always have a cutting edge unisex style that are unlike watches by other current brands. The Casio folks have classic styles but you can also count on them to come up with designs each year in their G-Shock line that no one has ever thought of before—and you can get all sorts of amazing high tech features. My current love is the above futuristic G-Shock watch (model GMA-S2100SK-1A) which has a metallic translucent face and band. Index markings treated with a half-matte vapor deposition finish bring to life the clear metallic look. You get both digital and analog readings on the face and there is a guaranteed three year battery life. There are numerous features to the watch that you can read about here (retail is $120 and they throw in a free water logo water bottle): Casio G-Shock Watch GMA-S2100SK-1A.
If your mom loves fine linens, she will love the True Temp™ sheets by Sleep Number with 37.5® Technology absorb excess heat to cool you and release it to warm you for comfortable sleep all night long. Their ExactFit™ sheet design moves with you and retains its shape for a smooth fit across most mattress heights. SmartFit™ design keeps your sheets snug and secure. Make your bed quickly by aligning the Logic™ Labels on all Sleep Number® bedding. True Temp™ sheets are designed to fit any mattress up to 15″ mattress thickness. The True Temp™ classic pillow pictured above are winners, too. It’s active-particle technology attracts and removes moisture vapor to resist heat and humidity buildup. A cool-to-the touch cover is combined with soft fiberfill and supportive foam for maximum comfort. The True Temp™ pillows are available in both classic and irregular shapes for sensitive sleepers. Order the True Temp™ sheets here in queen size for $157.49 True Temp Sheets. Order the classic pillow here for $82.49: True Temp Classic Pillow. Lastly, make to peruse the Sleep Number site and check out their latest beds, the Next Gen Smart Beds!
The Scosche PowerVolt Travel30 30W USB-C 2-in-1 Home and Car Travel Charger is so powerful that you won’t believe how fast your phone and other devices are charged! This is the perfect gift for the Mom whose phone always seems to be running out of juice. The unique fold-out dual plug design charges in 12V DC car outlets or 110V AC wall outlets. It quickly charges phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, portable gaming systems, and more. A true travel charger, it works from 100-240V and can be used worldwide with a country-appropriate wall plug adapter. I have to add that the cable on this charger seems to be the sturdiest that I have ever used which makes me feel comfortable that it is never going to fray. Order here for $44.99: Scosche PowerVolt Travel30 Charger.
I recently went to the opening of the new LLadro boutique at 435 West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District and while I fell in love with the diversity of subject matter in all this brand’s world class porcelain items for sale, it’s the Parrot Party collection of candles in porcelain jars that really caught my attention. Each has its own unique scent and color. The birds look real and you expect them to start chattering away at any second. Most of the styles are pictured above (these are how they are really displayed in the Meatpacking store) and if you ever go into the Lladro boutique, you will star at them for a half hour like I did. It goes without saying that these are going to have a high collectibility factor in a couple of years as this is one of the legendary brands cutesy collections ever. Each candle is priced at $1005 and there are also parrot vases, mirrors, lamps, wall hangings and tables in the Parrot Party collection in case you have got the big money to spend. The Parrot Party can be seen and purchased here: Lladro Parrot Party Collection.
It’s not Mother’s Day without flowers and the express way to get Mom flowers is by going over to the Loews Regency at 62nd and Patk to check out the flower cart. These stunning bouquets are handmade by the hotel’s florist, PJC Flowers. Anyone can run in and purchase a large bouquet featuring pink and orange roses for $60 or a small bouquet for $40. The bigger ones have an abundance of snapdragons, which I love. If you have your mom in tow when you go in to check out the flower cart, walk over to the Regency Grill on the left side of the lobby and be among the first to try their newest drink, The Park Avenue Spritz—which includes champagne, Campari and blackberry and peppercorn infused Galliano! I tried one myself and loved it! This drink is going to be very popular this summer. The Regency Grill menu also has special dishes just being served for Mother’s Day. For general info on the Regency, which I consider to THE classic Park Avenue hotel, go to this link: Loews Regency.
Sometimes small electronic devices come along that are true lifesavers. Pocketalk S has been called the best handheld translation device ever invented on my tech sites and I cannot agree more! With Pocketalk, a two-way voice translator device, Mom can travel to 133 countries around the world and communicate with confidence. Using the best cloud-based translation engines, Pocketalk gives the user the most up-to-date and accurate translations. This smart device continues to learn as you use it. Whether Mom is traveling through Asia or backpacking through Europe, Pocketalk will become her ultimate travel companion. Instead of signing up for an expensive mobile carrier plan or hunting down a wireless hotspot, Pocketalk comes with a two-year built-in data plan, meaning no wifi has to be purchased in order to use it. The amazing camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and signs. Equipped with Bluetooth compatibilities, powerful dual speakers and noise-cancelling dual microphones, Pocketalk will translate every word Mom speaks, even in the noisiest setting. The large touch-screen makes Pocketalk simple to use and offers users a “talk to text” display of conversations. Its easy and intuitive interface allows Mom select languages and adjust any settings with a few taps. This is worth every penny of the $249.99 price tag, and right now you can get 10 percent off with the code MOTHERSDAY23. Order here: Pocketalk S.