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Anne Blessing is a communications professional and recent NYC transplant. She previously served as Miss A City Editor in Nashville, where she lived for more than two years working full-time as a publicist. Anne hails from Virginia, and received a bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Design and Studio Art from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. In her spare time Anne enjoys working as a stylist at LOFT, traveling, exploring the Big Apple, and taking Pilates and Zumba fitness classes. She is passionate about giving back, fashion and the arts, and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Creative Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

What’s a girl to do without her mom?! Moms are undeniably a girl’s go-to advice giver, rant listener, tell-it-like-it-is stylist and all around best support system. As an emotional middle schooler I wanted nothing to do with my mom and I thought she was the epitome of uncool and unfair. After living a bit more of life, growing up and going through real situations–some of which were really tough–I can now say that I can’t live without my mom and I’m not quite sure what I’d do without her unfailing support (she loved me even when I thought she was weird, being grounded felt like the worst thing ever and Skechers slip-on shoes were cool).

Photo Credit: Etsy

In honor of my mom and all mom’s out there, I’ve collected a few of my favorite and unique Mother’s Day gifts. I believe that moms should be honored throughout the year — and not just on one single holiday — and as such these gifts work year-round any time you want to say “Hey Mom– Thank you. For being you. For being there for me. And for proving that mom’s always know best.”


Photo Credit: Invitation Consultants

1) Stylish Mom Luggage Tag from Invitation Consultants 

Perfect for moms on-the-go. You can personalize this unique and ultra trendy luggage/purse/bag tag with a message, font, colors and even design.

Buy 2 for $15. Click here for more information.




2) Donate on her behalf to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 

Photo Credit: Susan G. Komen homepage

Give the gift that keeps on giving and honor moms everywhere with a donation to Susan G. Komen  for the Cure. You can choose to give any amount you’d like and also send your mom a personal message letting her know about your donation.

$25 and up–or specify any amount you’d like

Visit the Nashville website to make a donation to the Tennessee chapter or the Susan G. Komen homepage to make a general donation via text, online or you can even send in a check.

Photo Credit: EveryDayCelebrating.com

3) DIY: Custom Photo Jars (via EveryDayCelebrating)

Decorating mamas will love this simple, DIY project that showcases their favorite photos. Simply print out your (or her) favorite photos in black and white copies and place them in glass jars and vases. Find fun, unique sizes at your local thrift store or use what you likely have around the house. Group different sized jars together and voila! You have your own photo gallery for Mom.

Price varies depending on supplies. Print out photos on your home computer to save money. Find cheap glass jars and vases at your local Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Walmart store. Thrift stores are also great places to look.



4) Statement Necklaces 

Ann Taylor's Electric Garden Necklace (Photo Credit: Ann Taylor)

Today’s fashionista knows that bright, bold statement necklaces are an “in” this season. Dress mom up with some of these favorites fit for any budget. One of our fave mamas, Kate Hudson, is this season’s Ann Taylor spokeswoman and she personally chose the company’s Electric Garden Necklace ($148) as an item from this spring’s collection that she couldn’t live without. Stella & Dot’s gold and coral beaded Palamino Necklace features trendy coral and tons of layering beads mom is sure to love ($138).

Price will definitely vary. For more budget-savvy choices check out statement necklace selections at Charming Charlie (Their Geo Casted Stone necklace is less than $24) and other go-to accessory shops such as Forever 21 and Francesca’s.


Charming Charlie Geo Casted Stone Necklace (Photo Credit: Charming Charlie)

The Palamino Necklace (Photo Credit: Stella & Dot)














5) Silhouette Custom Portraits 

Happy Thought Silhouette Print (Photo Credit: Etsy and Happy Thought)

These print-it-yourself portraits are frame-worthy and artsy. Choose from a variety of silhouette styles, email a photo or two of the subject you want to profile (i.e. you and your siblings, your family, mom, etc.) and receive a proof within 24 hours of your print! This is a great last-minute gift idea as all prints come straight to you in high-res PDF format and you print the portrait yourself. For higher quality, go to your local  printshop and have them print it. Or, print yourself and frame for a quick gift Mom is sure to love.

Price is around $60. Visit the Happy Thought Etsy store to place your order.



6) Handmade Body Scrubs (via Martha Stewart)

Make your own body scrubs for mom (Photo Credit: Martha Stewart)

Every one — and moms especially — needs a break sometimes and who doesn’t love getting the spa treatment right in their own home? Make your own body scrubs for mom, put them in a cute container (see photo for inspiration — Martha used small salad dressing to-go containers) and you can give mom her very own personal stock of scrubs.

Price is $5 and up. Download step-by-step instructions here as well as free printable labels you can adhere to your scrubs.


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