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15 Mother’s Day gift ideas, some unusual

Don’t tell me I never did anything for you. I know. Another holiday with Nell telling you what to buy. I just love gifts! They’re a major love language for me so I love impressing my gift thoughts onto you. Or foisting. Or forcing?

Don’t answer that. It’s rhetorical.

1) Blessed Is She tee {coupon: BiSlovesWP for 25% off!)

blessed is she

2) Hatch Prints 

My girlfriend Katrina just opened it and I got this one for my mom. But I also really love this one. Because she has told it to her five children about a bazillion times.

3) Noise cancellation headphones

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4) the new Scythian albums

We listen to Old Tin Can and Jump at the Sun everyday. Not kidding. And sometimes we take in the children’s album they made.

But my kids really love the non-kid music too. We must dance to “Same old Man” as well as “Fields of St. James” during breakfast.

And even when they’re asleep, I love to listen to them. Music for the whole family.

5) Bath salt scrub by Brooklyn Herborium

Yes. Use it every bath. I feel like I just was in the ocean. Or a full body facial.

6) Blue Apron meal

They don’t operate in Minnesota but Grace has talked about how much she loves this. They deliver you all the ingredients for a fresh meal and you just follow directions. It’s deluxe meal planning.

7) A cleaning service {even just once}

Deep clean. Deeply clean. Maybe one that does laundry and dishes and makes a meal while they’re at it?

Reaching for the moon here.

8) Gift card to a drive through coffee shop in the neighborhood

Because she needs her mocca on the go. Stat.

I called my sister while driving the other day en route to visiting a friend and begged her to look up drive thru coffee shops for me so I could bring my friend a mocca. There were exactly zilch where I was heading. So I tromped into Starbucks with all three. Thankfully they were so in shock being in a fun adult public place that they behaved. But drive thru. #alltheway

9) glass food storage MANY of these

Because you can reheat lunch in the microwave at work and she doesn’t have time to transfer from a cloudy plastic one with an ill-fitted top to a plate. She’s a boss worker and needs to keep going through lunch.

Or she’s me and makes her husband’s lunch and the plasticky ones are nasty.

10) Deluxe tweezers

And time to tweeze her eyebrows and upper lip. Or other stray hairs. DO NOT point those stray ones out!!! Just tell her you read moms like nice tweezers and it is not a hint.

11) bath toy organizer

So she can take a damn bath without looking at annoying rubber toys.

12) increased data plan on smart phone

So she can FaceTime with her family out of town and send video messages to her sister and scroll the Internet while waiting at the doctor. Because she’s a mom. So her kid(s) require medical attention because they are disease vectors.

13) drop off and pick up dry cleaning service

Because ironing her husband’s dress shirts makes her want to die and even when they are clean and ready to go, the cat lies on top of them and ruins them and she weeps cold tears.

14) woven basket for farmer’s market

Because every other shopping bag is ugly and plastic or brown paper and she just wants to pretend she’s in Europe at the greens market. Or at least New York.

Plus my mom has given my sisters and me a number of these handmade baskets and they are gorgeous. And you’re supporting women made and owned businesses in Africa.

15) a really great diaper bag

Splurge for her? I’ve met Meggan and Landon who are the creative founders behind Lily Jade. They are truly lovely people and I love their products. They gifted me a red Madeline in canvas and we gifted my mom this one for Christmas. We call it her granny nanny bag because she can fit everything in there.


Because crazy moms need a break!

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  1. Lea on May 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Nice list! Is Scythian just instrumental or vocals too?

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Their earlier albums are instrumental but most of them are vocals too. I LOVE THEM so very very much!

  2. Carolyn Svellinger on May 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Quality tweezers is such a good idea– because when it comes down to me waffling about in Sephora, I always put the $20 tweezers back on the shelf because I just can’t bring myself to do it, and I always wish I had.

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I KNOW. Those hairs need to go before someone sees them . . . hahaha

  3. Bethany {all things passing} on May 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    That list got better and better. I almost won a free meal from Blue Apron but then I checked their allergy information…bada bing bada peanut warning. Bummer. And the little mesh bag with suction cups in our bathtub is the best $3 I’ve ever spent at BRU.

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      We have a peanut allergy too! It’s scary and rough. Sorry, mama. I know. Bath toys are a real mood killer for the rare relaxing bath.

  4. Sully on May 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    house cleaning services – you are a genius!

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      In my dreams. But someone should get it!!!

  5. Patty on May 6, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Great ideas Nell!!! You look great in the BIS shirt with yo leggings! 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      You’re too kind. 😉

  6. DrMomAz on May 6, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Great gift ideas!! I love my market basket. I love my cleaning lady. I love my good tweezers. I love my T-shirt- seriously. I am sort of living in it these days. And the other stuff… Well it MAY just appear wrapped for me Sunday.