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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We all know it can be a challenge to come up with new, unique gift ideas year after year for major holidays, especially when it comes to making those we love the most feel special and appreciated. I’m always on the hunt for fun, fab finds for my own mom. Especially these days with people Marie Kondo-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) their lives and paring down, everyone wants to give gifts that our loved ones actually use and enjoy. So whether you’re shopping for your mom, your wife or another mom in your life, here are some cute last-minute ideas that might just fit the bill for something different this year.

For the Foodie Mama

As a part of my new chapter, I’ve been spending a lot more time in my happy place, the kitchen. I’ve become obsessed with the new home and cleaning line Cucina from Fruits and Passion. Not only are the scents all deliciously aromatic (hello, Coriander and Olive Tree or Sea Salt and Amalfi Lemon!), but more natural, biodegradable ingredients like cold-pressed olive oil make me feel good about using them around our food and utensils. The products are all cruelty free and designed specifically for the kitchen from Italian tradition.

Not to mention, my hands were in major need of some TLC after this winter and so.much.hand.washing (thank you, toddler sickies!) – and the hand and dish soaps are made to be gentle on hands, thanks to the olive derivatives, so they don’t leave my skin feeling dried out. The products are packaged beautifully and make for such a pretty gift for a mom who loves a fresh, clean kitchen and wants to feel like she’s taking a jaunt to Positano when she’s sudsing up the dishes from dinner. They also make a great go-to hostess gift!

You can use the code MARISAFREEALO at checkout for a free shower gel with your purchase from Fruits and Passion!

Cucina by Fruits & Passion, starting at $9

For the Fashionista Mama

It’s no secret statement earrings are having a huge moment right now, but if you want quality to go along with that look, some brands can really break the bank. I discovered Lily Lough Jewelry on Instagram a few years back and fell in love with the gorgeous designs, handmade detail and reasonable price. And, I love that it’s a talented working mama behind this brand, who’s based out of her home in the Philly area (go Eagles). From the colorful, eye-catching tassel accents to the delicate, feminine florals, a pair of these beauties will wow any mama who loves adding a little color and fun to her look.

The detail put into these pieces is really amazing – she does everything from dainty, everyday pieces to head-turning statement jewels that really make an outfit pop. I love that it’s all so on-trend while still being something unique.

And just for my followers – a discount code! Just use Mom25 at checkout for 25 percent off your purchase.

Lily Lough Jewelry, $10 to $36

For the Fanatic Mama

I am unabashedly a HUGE fan of the mommy & me matching look. To me, there’s honestly just nothing cuter. And if the mama in your life is a sports nut, these mommy and mini headbands from The Printed Neutral are a must-add to her game day collection. I mean, seriously! How adorable for your next trip to the ballpark or #sundayfunday in the fall?

These are all made by a super special, rockstar mom (who happens to be a high school friend and fellow baby loss mama) and she puts such heart into creating her line. And it’s not just these adorable accessories! If you (or the person you’re shopping for) are a Disney fan, you will have a field day with her cute, clever gear for your next mousecapade.

You really can’t go wrong with anything from the collection, but my Mother’s Day pick is definitely the super cute matchy-matchy headband sets.

The Printed Neutral Matching Headbands, $18

For Any Mama

Chances are, you’ve seen or shared an article from Motherly, one of the leading sites for millennial moms that has fast become a go-to community and resource for moms (including me!) to navigate modern motherhood. Now, the team has released their first book, This is Motherhood. It’s by moms, for moms, and this excerpt says it all:

“It’s real and raw. 
It’s beautiful and monotonous. 
It’s experiencing a total loss of freedom and gaining the greatest gifts on earth.
It’s finding our way on a path that’s incredibly common and yet different for every woman.
It’s the most amazing transformation of your life.”

Was there ever a more perfect description of what it means to be a mother? I first got to know Motherly when I featured the site in my Mom’s Minute segment almost 2 years ago. I was immediately taken with the heartfelt, honest, warm writing and love that the co-founder is a fellow New Jersey mom. She happens to be my fellow panelist on the upcoming Bloomingdales Mom Boss Panel. Also- check out her upcoming #NJMOMpreneur feature on NJMOM! This book is a keepsake that any mom will turn to and treasure for all of those moments of motherhood – the nose wipes, the sleepless nights, the belly laughs and the endless joy- that mean everything.

This is Motherhood by Motherly, $16.28 on Amazon


This is a sponsored post by Fruits and Passion. I occasionally have sponsored editorial but will only share products I have tried, tested and believe in and will always offer my honest opinion.


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