your (last minute) mother’s day gift guide

  ‘mother’s hold their children’s hands 
for a short while, but their hearts forever.’

the weekend could not come soon enough!
i am eager to relax, catch up on sleep, enjoy more tacos
(it is still acceptable to celebrate cinco de mayo, right?)
and, of course, to spoil my mom on her special day.
i may or may not need to finish up my mother’s day 
shopping, as this week month has gotten away from me.
if you’re like me, you may (unfortunately) have 
procrastinated in picking out the perfect gift for mom. however, 
i have rounded up a few last minute gift ideas that are 
budget-friendly and sure to make mom feel loved. after all, 
mother’s day is her day!
for the fashionista:
1. alex and ani ‘i love you mom’ expandable wire bracelet
 my mom and i are avid collectors of alex and ani
bracelets. worn individually or layered with other
pieces, these bracelets are a fun, meaningful way to
to commemorate travel, life’s adventures and celebrate those 
we are closest with.
2. ellen degeneres ‘langston’ ballet flat
these ‘love’ striped flats are perfect for spring. mom can 
style them with her white denim, floral dresses or 
favorite pencil skirt for a chic, polished look.
3. ‘love love’ code charm necklace
this unique necklace is only legible when the wearer
gives it a spin! it is 14k-gold plated and will have
mom thinking of you every time she wears it.
for her everyday use:
4. charlotte tilbury ‘instant glow’ palette
this all-in-one palette instantly adds radiance 
to mom’s skin. the palette includes an eye brightener, 
eye enhance and smoke, face bronzer, cheek swish, 
cheek pop and face highlighter 
5. scalloped faux leather tote
a large bag is imperative during the work week.
mine is typically packed with my wallet, book, water bottle,
cosmetic bag and lunch for commuting to and from work.
this adorable scalloped tote is large enough
to store mom’s essentials.
6. glint metallic lightweight wrap
this lightweight, blush wrap (with a 1″ fringe)
is trendy yet practical for layering up on those
chilly spring days. the metallic sheen adds a bit of glam
and can be worn over a denim jacket or with
all mom’s favorite sweaters and dresses!
for the beauty lover:
7. give your mom a brighter smile with a customized teeth 
whitening kit from smile brilliant
i began using smile brilliant’s teeth whitening trays 
before the holidays. past whitening systems have been
harsh and increased the sensitivity of my teeth.
smile brilliant is different! each kit includes whitening and
desensitizing gel. you can see my full review, including before
and after photos here. smile brilliant is graciously
offering $25 off your kit with the code ‘diaryofthisgirl25.’
8. philosophy’s ‘amazing grace’ gift set
i received my first amazing grace perfume as a gift 
earlier this year. the scent is fresh, feminine and 
will seemingly appeal to a variety of wearers (as giving
perfume can often feel risky). 
for the fit mom:
9. fitbit ‘flex 2’ wireless activity and sleep wristband
does your mom enjoy keeping active?
utilizing a fitbit is an excellent way to track daily 
steps, active minutes, water intake, sleep and more! this sleek, 
modern wristband can be worn to the office or at the gym.
10. brooks ‘ghost 9’ running shoes
it is no secret that i love brooks running shoes!
i have now gone through a few pairs and greatly
appreciate the support they offer my (aching) feet after
a run. the ‘ghost 9’ is available in a variety
of colors, depending on your mom’s preference. keep
mom comfortable stride after stride.
11. bose ‘soundsport’ in-ear bluetooth headphones
i have to admit, i was initially skeptical of 
wireless, bluetooth headphones. what can i say, i
am a creature of habit. however, i received wireless
headphones as a christmas gift, and i will never go back!
they’re incredibly convenient when on a walk, 
at the gym or to simply wear while doing chores at home.
the sound quality is far better than that of other
headphones i have used in the past.
have you finished your mother’s day shopping?
how do you typically celebrate?
a very happy mother’s day to my mom as well
as the other mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers
godmothers and dog mothers! 

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