9 Perfect Gifts For Mother's Day

9 Perfect Gifts To Give Your Mom For Mother's Day

Nine gift ideas at an affordable price to show your mom just how much you care this Mother's Day.

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Mother's Day is in about two weeks, and we all know what that means — it's time to shop for the perfect gift. I've always wanted to show my mom how much I care and how much I appreciate all she does for me, and I've always struggled to find gifts that could reflect that. Hopefully, these gift ideas can help you find the perfect gift for this Mother's Day!

1. A new makeup bag made from repurposed fabric

Edie & Glo is a company that repurposes old fabric and gives them a new life. For only $35, this makeup bag is sure to bring a smile to your mom's face whenever she needs to use it. They also sell adorable skirts for only $60 in cool vintage prints. You can even send your own fabric like a baby blanket or old t-shirt to make it extra special and one-of-a-kind!

2.  A silk mask to assure a good night's sleep

For the moms that have trouble getting a good nights sleep, this is for you. According to Sephora, the silk material has anti-aging benefits and is also hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. For the price of $50, you can give your mom the best night's sleep she's had in years.

3. A personalized necklace that will definitely make her smile

https://www.etsy.com/listing/293643395/gold-filled-medium-bar-necklace?ref=related-1&frs=1

Have you always wanted to find an inexpensive personalized necklace that still has high quality? Well, this is it. They're handmade and custom to every order. Starting at $29, it's the perfect gift to show your mom just how much you care and is guaranteed to get lots of compliments.

4. This "Super Mom" dish towel that will make her feel like the superhero she is 

My mom is one of my biggest supporters and always knows how to cheer me up and take care of me, all while working a job and taking care of my sister. She truly is a superhero, and this Anthropologie dish towel reflects just that. For only $20 you can brighten your mom's day and her kitchen!

5. A pink clay mask to have her skin glowing

https://shop.magnolia.com/collections/mothers-day-gifts/products/facial-mask-kit

Most of us know and love Chip and Joanna Gains from the show "Fixer Upper." Their shop Magnolia has been popular since it's grand opening a few years ago. This pink clay facial mask is one of their products and is perfect for a mother's day gift. It's not only a great product that is suitable for most skin types but will last for multiple uses for only $29.

6. A gift box filled with essentials

https://www.etsy.com/listing/620471674/you-are-amazing-thank-you-gift-box-send?ref=pla_similar_listing_top-3&frs=1

This gift box is a great kit that includes everything you may need. It has an all natural bath bomb, travel size body spray, a bar of natural soap, scented body butter, naturally scented lip balm, a cute match box, and an 8oz candle in your choice of scent. It truly is amazing- just like our moms! For only $45 and free shipping, this gift box is a steal and will definitely bring a smile to her face!

7.  These adorable flower pots perfect for spring

https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/garden-greeting-pot?category=mothers-day-gifts&color=066

For the moms that are more outdoorsy but still love a fun touch of color, these pots are for you. They are hand painted, and have cute sayings like "Bloom", and "Plant lady." For only $24 per pot, you can get her one or two and still not spend a fortune. Throw in a pack of flowers for her to plant for the ultimate spring gift.

8. A pair of the most comfortable leggings

https://www.ae.com/women-aerie-play-high-waisted-pocket-legging-olive-fun/aerie/s-prod/0491_4469_331?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat4980018

Whether your mom wants to go to a yoga class or lounge around on a rainy day, these leggings from Aerie are perfect. Not only are they a soft, stretchy material, but they have pockets that are perfect for holding phones, keys, and headphones. Right now they're on sale, but their normal price is $40, and with free shipping on $50 and more, you might as well throw in a pair for yourself!

9. An insulated, stemless wine cup for the moms who like to have a little fun

https://corkcicle.com/products/metallic-stemless?variant=12515765944408

The Corkcicle is a triple insulated stemless wine cup that includes a shatterproof lid. It's guaranteed to keep your drink cold for nine hours, and hot for three, so you can use it not only for alcoholic drinks as it was meant for, but also hot chocolate, tea, and anything else that comes to mind. It's BPA free and is made of a slip-free material, so spills are unlikely to happen. At a price of $30 it's not only a very versatile cup but an affordable gift for this Mother's Day.

To me, my mom is my superhero, and as a student, I can't always afford the nice stuff I would like to give her. She supports me, loves me unconditionally, and juggles so much in order to give me the best life I can have. I would purchase any of these gifts for her in a heartbeat because they all show how much I care, and most of them are homemade and are local businesses on Etsy. Thank you to all the moms out there for all that you do. I hope that if these aren't the gifts you're looking for, they at least give you an idea of affordable options that can still bring a smile to her face!

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14 Things You Learn From Having A Bad Ass Mom

Have fun and take no shit.
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Not only is my Mom awesome, but she is pretty bad ass!

"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."

Here are 14 things that you learn from having a badass Mom.

1. Being independent is the most important thing.

If you need someone else for something you could do, but just don't know how... learn to do it! You are much more capable than you think you are. Self- sufficiency is a very important ingredient for being badass.

2. Pick your battles.

Sometimes you're gonna need to walk away from a potential screaming match. Learning when to let it be is so important. An old lady took your front row parking spot at Target? Take a breath and find another one. The drive-thru kid at Chick-fil-a only gave you a single chick fil a sauce? Riot.

3 . Being loud and being powerful are separate entities.

Handling tense situations with eloquence and a calm tone is difficult sometimes. Knowing when to raise your voice is also something that takes a lot of practice to master. When you figure out how to use your actual words instead of volume to handle situations, you will be even more powerful.

4. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't.

Knowing your abilities and being able to shove them in the faces of those who doubt you is pretty badass. Just Sayin'.

5. It's OK to take a loss.

Being perfect all of the time is so unrealistic. Whether it be in relationships, work, friendships, or even directions sometimes you're going to lose. Taking a loss is okay as long as you learn from it.

6. Have fun and take no shit.

Have the time of your life unless someone is not treating you right. There will be times that you will need to call someone out for not treating you right. Do not be afraid to cut out people that are putting a damper on your good time.

7. Don't be afraid to tell a man to sit down.

If a man thinks that he is better than you just because he has one X chromosome instead of two do not be afraid to put him in his place.

8. It’s totally OK to not be like everyone else.

Do you boo, even if you have not found your people yet. You will find your people eventually, but until then hanging out with your mom on a friday night is not a bad decision... sometimes she can even be more fun than your friends.

9. Make a fuss if you need to make a fuss.

When you’ve picked an important battle you need to make your fuss. Make your words heard and make your words powerful if it is an issue that you need to go full throttle on do it and do not regret it.

10. If a problem can be fixed with money it’s not a problem.

Focus on the important things in life. If the problem can be fixed with a mani-pedi or chicken nuggets fix it quickly and move on.

11. Stand up for yourself.

You have a voice, might as well use it. If someone or something's not right, say something. Even if it is just a Starbucks order don't be afraid to let them know, it really is not that big of a deal of them, they will not hate you THAT much.

12. Keep laughing no matter what.

Being a badass means that you are strong even when you don't want to be. Laughter is the best medicine and the easiest way to turn a frown. A little bit of humor can turn an obstacle into an adventure.

13. Good ice cream can fix almost anything.

Taking a breath and getting a sugar fix can handle some of the most stubborn moods. There is no better way to explore new flavors and creameries than with your badass mom. Trust me.

14. Even the biggest badass needs a hug sometimes.

Even though you and your mom are both quite badass you are human. Random meltdowns happen and sometimes a mom hug is all you need. Even if you have to drive out to her work and pull her out of a meeting to get it.

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To My Beautiful Mother, Thank You For Everything

Here's the best "Thank You" I can put into words.

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Today was not my day.

We were in the middle of a CVS and I started crying because I saw this Mike Wazowksi stuffed animal, and it reminded me of how fast I'm growing up. It was really, really stupid. You gave me your sunglasses to cover my blotchy eyes and told me to pretend we were at the pharmacy because I had an eye infection. I was sniffling and wearing these ridiculously oversized sunglasses (because sometimes you dress like an honest-to-god celebrity), and all the pharmacists and the people in line looked at us like we were insane. You didn't care. We drove around for a bit in your brand new car and you told me that there are just days like this and that I was going to be okay.

Later tonight, I went out for some fresh air. You picked me up in your pajama pants. I could tell that you were really tired. From the kitchen now, I can see the edge of your socks on our Michigan blanket. You were watching your lawyer show and you fell asleep on the couch again. Thanks for picking me up.

Dad says that when we were still living in that two-flat on Carmen, you liked to play Van Morrison and dance around in circles with me. "Into The Mystic" was our favorite one. To this day, I still love when I hear Van sing, "We were born before the wind." and when I'm away at school and they play"Brown-Eyed Girl" at the bar, I always think of our old house.

It used to be just me, you, dad, and a black lab. I was your first kid, and you and dad were barely 30 when I was born. You are both tan and happy in our first family photos. I like to think that the two of you were pretty excited to have me. I remember when dad painted The Cow Jumped Over The Moon on the far wall of my bedroom. There would be this big, bright-yellow saucer moon, and a smiling spoon holding hands with a dish waiting for me when I came home. I know that you wanted me to be a happy kid from the very first day. You dressed me like a chubby little corn on the cob for my first Halloween.

You watched "Monsters Inc." with me on the couch almost every night, and I know you got tired of it. You walked me around the neighborhood with stroller shaped like a little red car and we were the coolest chicks on the block. I lost my favorite stuffed animal, this spotted little dog, and we searched together for hours. You even helped me make "MISSING" posters and post them around the neighborhood, in case I left him at the park or playing outside. You brushed out my curls every morning before school even when I screamed and cried and fought you. You drove me to violin practice on Tuesday nights and let me play my Taylor Swift CD's on the way there, as long as you could listen to your music on the way back. One year you even took me to see her in concert at the Allstate Arena. You bought me a Taylor Swift poster, and we watched her music videos together on the home computer. You worked hard so I could have a good childhood.

You opened your own law practice and saved up money so I could go to this fancy, private school in the West Loop. The people there were different than me. They dressed differently and talked in a different way than I'd grown up with. To be crass, the majority of them had lots of money- and they acted like it. So, what did you do? You busted your ass off, and in addition to paying what was essentially college tuition, you took me shopping at Vineyard Vines so I could fit in with the kids at school. That was almost too nice of you. Like, maybe you should have just told me to shut up, wear the clothes I had already, and deal with it. You're too giving for that.

During the winter when the days were hard and everything just felt crappy, I took the Taylor Street bus to your office after school. You always gave me money to go get Chipotle across the street. You cleared out the conference room so I could either nap or do homework. We drove home together from downtown and the traffic was always unbearable, but we talked about what was going on in our lives as we inched down the highway. On the days like those, I felt like you were my best and truest friend in the world.

You taught me to be down-to-earth, and that a glass of wine a day is good for the health.

You didn't bat an eye when I told you I wanted to major in journalism. You stayed up late with me one night when I was a little bit... "sick", and ran a marathon the next day. I watched you run a political campaign and win fair-and-square. You refused to play into the games of politics, and I watched you become a Cook County Judge because of how fair and genuine you are. You taught me that dark hair and red lipstick will never go out of style. You taught me that a clean house is essential for peace of mind. You told me to never go to bed mad at someone I love.

So mother, as I reflect on the day we went through together today, I want you to know that the way you care for me will never go unnoticed. You are a kickass, professional woman, but also a pretty fun lady to be around. Thanks for your wisdom.

Thanks for everything.

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