Mother’s Day “Quick Picks” Gift Guide!

Here is the best in fragrance, food, fashion and beauty Mother’s Day gifts priced at $19.99 and up…they are sure to please even the most discerning mom! Mix and match two or three if you’d like for extra fun surprises!

Initio’s Atomic Rose is the revolutionary fragrance company’s most popular scent and it is quite pricey for the full 3.3 ounce bottle! That’s why I am so excited for the new 50 ml travel size that costs only around $50! Renowned for transcending the ordinary, Initio is designed to resonate with the sophisticated tastes of modern travelers. Each fragrance is a testament to the brand’s commitment to haute parfumerie, offering an unparalleled sensory journey that complements the physical one. Atomic Rose has incredible lasting power thanks to being a natural oil-based fragrance! I promise you that the scent will linger all day no matter what pulse point that you put it on! Order all sizes of Atomic Rose here: INITIO ATOMIC ROSE.

It is great news that Initio has also made Oud To Greatness in the new 50 ml travel size! The Initio folks only did a select few of their most popular scents in this new mini size to get people without a huge fragrance budget turned onto the brand. Oud For Greatness is a unisex fragrance like no other, as it is highly concentrated with the world’s finest natural Oud oil. The way Initio creates their fragrances in a patented oil format is something that totally fascinates me. You will be bowled over by the unique blend of notes that makes this one of the most talked about new fragrances of the last year. You will adore the natural essence of Oud Wood, subtly highlighted by Patchouli and Musk. The top notes of lavender, saffron and nutmeg will grab your attention as much as it did mine and will make you want to wear this notable fragrance everyday. There is a candle created to match Oud For Greatness (as well as to match the other mysterious Initio fragrances) and they are also a great deal. Order the different sizes of Oud For Greatness here: Initio Oud For Greatness.

My favorite new fruity fragrance is MCM Crush, which you can get in the 2.5 ounce size for $110. CRUSH begins with a flirtatious coupling of ice and fire through opening notes of frozen pear and pink pepper. Once past the honeymoon phase, the infatuation deepens into a lasting love in the embrace of fresh apricot nectar, hand-picked Rose de Mai, and sensuous ambrette. This natural chemistry — starring biodegradable ingredients — is contained within the award-winning Stark Backpack bottle. I adore the fact that all the MCM fragrances come in their famous backpack shape. You will never want to throw this bottle away even long after it is empty! Order here: MCM CRUSH.

I fell in love with the very practical yet fashionable Aren Extra Large Mega Laurel Visetos Tote at the recent press preview held in the MCM flagship store at 100 Greene Street in Soho and decided that it was the ultimate Mother’s Day bag! No doubt that it will always be in style with its classic MCM mono pattern, incredible quality strong leather and large capacity that every NYC woman needs. Here are the basic details:

  • Rolled top handles, 7.8″ drop
  • Dimensions: 19.7″W x 21.5″H
  • Magnetic closure
  • Interior zip pocket
  • Signature print
  • Lined
  • Main: 63% polyurethane/20% polyester/17% cotton; lining: 51% cotton/37% linen/12% polyurethane

Order here at Bloomie’s for $1190 but get 30 per cent off if you act before Mother’s Day: Aren XL Laurel Tote.

Omaha Steaks have been offering the greatest holiday steak, sides and dessert packages for decades and I feel that they really put their best foot forward for Mother’s Day. For about $129.99, you can get this well-reviewed Mom’s Special Steakhouse Gift:

  • 4 (5 oz.) Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons
  • 4 (5 oz.) Air-Chilled Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 (5.5 oz.) Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  • 4 (3 oz.) Individual Baguettes with Garlic Butter
  • 4 (2.6 oz.) Individual Chocolate Soufflés
  • 1 (3 oz.) Omaha Steaks Seasoning
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

I do not think you could beat a combo like this even if you went to a gourmet store or butcher and tried to pick out each items by hand. It would be too tiring and cost prohibitive. This is truly the perfect Mother’s Day meal for four! Order here: Mom’s Special Steakhouse Gift.

My top pick for best Mother’s Day food item under $20 is the amazingly creamy Omaha Steaks Premium New York Cheesecake, which weighs in at about two pounds. This rich and creamy legendary dessert is made using premium cream cheese, along with other all-natural ingredients. And with its made-from-scratch graham cracker crust, it’s a thaw-and-serve dessert that’s both delicious and memorable. This serves about six to eight and everyone will think that you made it yourself. Order here: Omaha Steaks Premium New York Cheesecake.

Farmer Jones Farm’s Eat The Rainbow veggie box is the perfect gift for the mom who loves fresh from the farm veggies, especially new varieties that she has not tried before. The Eat the Rainbow box offers a vibrant selection of regeneratively grown seasonal vegetables, bursting with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These nutrient-rich gems, harvested at their peak, arrive at your doorstep, providing a fresh and inspiring culinary experience. From deep purples to radiant reds, this palette invites your creativity in the kitchen, offering endless possibilities. The contents are pretty much a surprise and the box comes with the added bonus of homemade Elderberry jam. Order here for $129: Eat The Rainbow Box.

Any beauty and health conscious mom would love a luxury SPF with anti aging effects for the face! Guinot Sun Logic Anti-Ageing Sun Cream has a sun protection factor of 50+! (A version with an SPF of 30+ is also available.) Sunscreen with SPF 50 is estimated to filter 98% of UVB radiation, allowing 2% to reach the skin. It’s recommended to apply SPF 50 sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours if you’re sweating, moving around, or in a place with a strong UV index. Order the 1.4 ounce size here for $47: Guinot Sun Logic SPF 50+.

V&Co. Beauty is a hair care brand founded by Tom and Mike Redmond, members of the family who founded Aussie Hair Care. V&Co.’s products are designed to increase hair volume, strengthen hair, and add shine and protection. V&Co. products are available at Target, Walmart, and Amazon. The Redmonds have long been successful with the legendary Aussie haircare line and most recently they wanted to start a hair line using hyaluronic acid and thus V&Co. Beauty was born! I was lucky enough to go to the launch party downtown a few months ago and score a couple of sets of these products—there are sets for four types of hair and products are all $7.99! You can see most of them in the photo above! My favorite V&Co. display is at Target and I love to go check it out in person since it is so well-organized–but here is the link for purchasing lthese excellent, “luxury for less” products from Target’s site: V&Co. Hair Products.

Sister Homage’s Frida ring pays homage to Frida Kahlo’s beautiful poem “You Deserve a Lover” and celebrates love (and coffee). Inspired by her iconic flower crown, this ring is the perfect everyday staple for the mom who loves elegant, subtle jewelry. Choose between 14k gold vermeil (for $149) or 14K solid yellow gold (for $529). These rings are made to last and custom sizes are available if your mom’s ring size is different from the three sizes offered (5, 6 and 7). Order here: Sister Homage Frida Ring.

Ekoauer makes some of the highest quality sleep and loungewear available online and most of it is under $39 (with thousands of great reviews)! Pictured above is the EKOUAER SHORT SLEEVE SILK SATIN PAJAMAS SET which has a unique ergonomic H-shaped loose design, suitable for women of any shape and size, giving every lady the ultimate comfort. The silky material supports both machine wash and hand wash, so these are super low maintenance while looking classy. This timeless design will always look chic! Order this amazing sleep set here for $28.99 and find out for yourself why it has five star ratings: Short Sleeve Silk Satin Pajamas Set. (Note: you can see a couple more PJ styles great for moms in the lead pic for this post!)

I was lucky enough to visit Givaudan’s US headquarters in midtown Manhattan for a press event last week and had a blast smelling original formulas for fragrances created by the company’s “noses” from 1937 to present. I even got to meet some of the current hardworking “noses”! As you probably know, Givaudan has created hundreds of yesterday and today’s most famous fragrances ranging from Robert Piguet’s classic Fracas to Tom Ford’s quirky scents like Wild Cherry and F-Ing Fabulous! I learned all about the Givaudan four-year perfumery school while I was at the press event and even saw the computers that some fragrances in the works were being designed on with a special program! All the while I was thinking that attending the Givaudan perfumery school in Paris for a quickie summer program might be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift for any fragrance obsessed mom who always wanted to design her own high end scents! For info on this amazing fragrance education opportunity, go here: Givaudan Perfumery School.

Want to buy Mom a chic yet super comfortable pair of summer shoes designed by an actual podriatrist? Well, has many great quality pairs for $40 to $60. You cannot beat this type of quality at this price. There is even $12 off a lot of pairs for Mother’s Day! Pictured above are the style that I just started wearing–Dione in black (it is also available in beige)! It’s an ankle strap platform sandal that have been designed with supreme comfort and style in mind, a perfect addition to your warm weather wardrobe. This silhouette features an open toe design and a cross strap that will go great with a playful dress. The inner lining of the upper and backstrap is composed of soft cushion material offering a healthy and comfy walking experience. The women’s wedge sandals feature an arch support and water-friendly polyurethane (PU) injected gel soles to increase their durability and comfort level so you can slip them on a beach vacation, running errands, and on everyday casual walks. Order here for $60 and be sure to check out all the other great styles available for summer as well: Aerothotic Dione Sandals.

Article by anne241

Hardcore NYer who loves to enjoy the good life here in the Big Apple and beyond!