Need Mother's Day (Sun., May 13, 2018) ideas for that special lady? Appeal to her "sense of styles" with three of my favorite Mother's Day gift ideas.
1. Her Spring Style
There are so many reasons I love being an Aventura Ambassador, and it's not simply because part of that role includes receiving clothing samples. In fact, I loved the company before I joined the program because I prefer the clothing for traveling--it fits and washes well--and because of the company's green practices. Indeed, more than 75 percent of Aventura Clothing's styles are made up of various low-impact or sustainable materials like bamboo and organic cotton (indicated with a "green leaf" icon). The clothing line now also includes my absolute favorite style, athleisure (which I consider my "mom uniform"). And new this year: plus sizes. Check out some of my favorite spring-season styles (in photos).
Don't leave out Dad!
Aventura's male counterpart, Ecōths (launched in 2014), comprises some of my husband's favorite pieces in his wardrobe. Not only is it made with the same precision, care and focus on green practices as Aventura, but for each Ecōths garment purchased, a minimum of three meals is provided to someone in need through partnerships with regional food banks across the country.
Use this one-time-only code to get your 20-percent discount on Aventura or Ecoths clothing: Momfari20 (one time per person; expires 2018).
2. Her Business Style
Looking for a stylish bag for Mom's laptop, keys, wallet and work odds-and-ends?
American-made with intricate, sturdy craftsmanship, I throw everything in it like it's a purse and a briefcase in one. I'll admit I tried it for traveling, however, and discovered I prefer it for work. The one-strap style means it can be uncomfortable and cumbersome because I tend to overpack (i.e., I made it too heavy), plus it feels so stylish and fancy that I didn't want to beat it up on the road. So now I use it as more of an everyday bag to keep it looking like new!
Made of bridle leathers and high-quality fabrics with a feminine touch, Mom may just ditch the purse in lieu of this stylish, sophisticated pack.
3. Her Colorado Style
Want to surprise Mom with a gift box filled with some of the best gourmet, handcrafted food and decorative items Colorado has to offer? Then Colorado Crafted is exactly the company to fulfill it. Full disclosure: As a company based in the same town I live, Longmont, I do know one of the company's two founders/owners, Sarah Welle (with Dulcie Wilcox), two moms making a business out of curating a collection of Colorado products they love. But basically, I've been begging HER to let ME work for her because I love everything about this business, from its clean marketing to sophisticated packaging and high-quality products.
Even better? The company's new site allows you to create a personalized gift box or bag, in addition to buying one if the many pre-made gift boxes.
Start the “build your own box” process by selecting the packaging—one of the company’s signature teal boxes or a canvas tote bag—then choosing from more than 60 items, filtering by “type,” “city,” or “color."
If Mom is a breakfast enthusiast, for instance, she might enjoy a “breakfast box,” complete with deluxe granola from Black Squirrel, fruit preserves from RedCamper and a Colorado Mountain coffee mug. Or perhaps she would like a Longmont-themed gift featuring crackers from New Beat Foods, snack mix from Bubba’s Fine Foods and chocolate truffles by Robin Chocolates. Or maybe she’d prefer one of the site’s popular, pre-made gift boxes, from the Deluxe Chocolate Box ($38) to the Spa Box (pictured, $95).