Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 4, 2011 4:30 AM

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Is the mom you’re shopping for a glamazon or a tech nut? Does she have a love of the arts or is she the sporty type? No matter her interests, there’s a perfect gift out there. We narrowed down our favorite buys by “mom type.” There’s no doubt in our minds you know her super-well, but perhaps you didn’t consider these gifts…

By Ysolt Usigan

The Eco-Conscious Mom

Gifts for Eco-Conscious Mom


Make no mistake, the green mom — although eco-conscious and earthy – is also one stylish lady. She’ll appreciate a simple eco-tote with a nice logo, all-natural makeup, something to plant, even fabulous water bottles so she doesn’t have to buy bottled spring water all the time.

Cargo PlantLove Baked Illuminator ($28 at

Apple Tree-to-Be Complete Kit ($21.95 at Vat19)

Sigg Bottle from the Taj Mahal Series ($21.95 at

Gaiam 100% Organic Cotton Eco Tote ($19 at Gaiam)

The Fitness Buff

Gifts for the Fitness Buff


The sporty mom will love fitness accessories that boast both fashion and function. Try a duffel bag with a cool pattern, a bright pair of tennis shoes, a practical watch that’s “so hot right now,” and a yoga mat with a print. Said gifts will make her the coolest mom in the locker room.

Casio Baby G Jelly Watch ($79 at Nordstrom)

Tree of Life Yoga Mat ($17.58 at Gaiam)

ASOS Canvas Spot Webbing Trim Gym Bag ($62.76 at ASOS)

Puma G. Vilas Ribbon Red and White Tennis Shoes ($56 at Zappos)

The Techie Mom

Gifts for Techie Mom


If the techie mom doesn’t have the iPad 2 yet, it’s time to get her one. If she does have it, she’ll probably love a Kate Spade iPhone case, a bold laptop sleeve (which can also house the iPad 2), or itty-bitty iHome speakers just as much.

iHome iHM78 Rechargeable Mini Speakers ($49.99 at iHome Audio)

iPad 2 ($499 and up at the Apple Store)

Kate Spade iPhone Hard Cover ($40 at Kate Spade)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jumble Logo Laptop Sleeve ($48 at Nordstrom)

The Foodie Mom

Gifts for the Foodie Mom


The foodie mom likely has all of the pots, pans and small appliances she needs to create a delicious meal. For Mother’s Day, try giving her a wine memo pad or a recipe box to keep her culinary exploits organized. Or, fun dish towels or a cute apron can do the trick.

Jessie Steele Cupcakes Apron ($28.40 at Amazon)

Rate That Wine Pad ($8 at Knock Knock)

Smart Women Dish Towels ($24 at Wishing Fish)

Martha Stewart Collection Recipe Box ($14.99 at Macy’s)

The Fashionista

Gifts for the Fashionista


A daring makeup palette, a gorgeous handbag, a fabulous watch and this season’s “it” footwear will make any fashionista mom melt. These designer finds also boast the labels she’s familiar with when it comes to makeup and style.

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Face Palette ($60 at Bobbi Brown)

Belle by Sigerson Morrison Mary Jane Wedge ($275 at La Garconne)

Kate Spade Bay Street Metallic Quinn ($345 at Kate Spade)

Michael Kors Gold-Plated Wrapped Leather Chronograph Watch ($225 at Net-a-Porter)

The Artsy Mom

Gifts for Artsy Mom


From how to make cute desk accessories out of paper and fancy file folders to handmade jewelry and colored pencils to sketch with, the artsy mom will appreciate a gift with creativity.

Electric Kool-Aid Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels ($405 at Charm & Chain)

Tranquility Letter-Size Interior File Folders ($5.99 for 6 at Container Store)

Papercraft ($65 at Anthropologie)

36 Fantasia Watercolor Drawing Pencils in Tin Storage Case ($25 at Barnes & Noble)

The Bookworm Mom

Gifts for the Bookworm


The bookworm mom is not as nerdy as you once thought. She wears designer eye glasses, flips digital pages (instead of paper) and loves Tina Fey. She’ll love these gifts if she doesn’t have them already!

Diane Von Furstenberg Eyeglasses in Beet ($65 at Zappos Couture)

Bossypants by Tina Fey ($26.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Personal Library Kit by Knock Knock ($16 at Knock Knock)

NOOK Color ($249 at Barnes and Noble)

Ysolt Usigan is an iVillage Lifestyles editor and a freelance Style contributor at The Huffington Post. She has made it her mission to bring readers fabulous finds and practical advice to make their lives easier.
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