What She Really Wants for Mother’s Day

As far as holidays go, Mother’s Day is special. Gifts need careful consideration, an extra thoughtfulness. Certainly, jewelry is appreciated. Who wouldn’t want a small box, a total surprise, a lump-in-the-throat sense of anticipation? And you get the “what did you do, I can’t believe you did this” look. But there’s more to Mother’s Day than what money can buy.

Monica Rich Kosann Lockets

Beautiful, sentimental, precious: lockets from Monica Rich Kosann. Possibly more impressive than her jewelry, the photography portraits that Monica takes are extraordinary, click image to get to her website to see more.


Here are a few thoughts about Mother’s Day, based on informal polling of friends and my own experiences as a mother of two children, ages 9 and 7.

First of all, acknowledge that the term “Mother” is more expansive than someone who gave birth to another human being. Celebrate and salute the person who cares like a mother: the Aunt whose love knows no bounds; the super dog mom.

Erika Winters Jin Solitaire Engagement Ring

If Mom’s ring needs an upgrade, consider this Erika Winters Jin solitaire setting in rose gold with the perfect, protected bezel setting for the center diamond.


Remember that it’s not ok to say that Mother’s Day is a “Hallmark Holiday” or made-up. Moms are unsung heroes every day, 24/7. It’s important to set aside one day to say “thank you, I acknowledge you, I see every little gesture of love.”
Heather Moore Personalized jewelry

Celebrate a moment in time with personalized jewelry from Heather Moore. Each piece is an expression of a story in someone’s life. Silver ID tag for $330 retail.


Time is probably the greatest gift you can give. To the mothers of younger children, this means time alone. No one literally hanging onto your body. Time to be pampered. Time to read. Time to shower. Time uninterrupted.

To moms of older children, time might mean something different. Take time out of your life to call her. Spend time making her lunch. Devote time.

Shinola Gomelsky Ladies Watch

An American watch made in Detroit, this Gomelsky model of Shinola watch was named for JCK Editor Victoria Gomelsky. I love the stainless steel cushion-shaped case with PVD rose gold finish and double-wrapped grey strap, $545.


Handmade cards NEVER get old.
Mother's Day Handmade Cards

I cherish the collection of cards my girls have made for me.


Cook her a meal with food that SHE wants to eat (not the food she short-order cooks for the picky eaters in the family). And plan it so that she doesn’t have to think about it, shop for it, and clean off the table so she can eat it.

Never, ever let a mom do dishes on Mother’s Day.

Omi Prive Omi Gems Sapphire Ring

For a ring as beautiful as she is, this Omi Prive Padparadscha sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum should be perfect.


Try not to NEED a mother on Mother’s Day the way that you need her every other day.

Celebrate her. Think about her and what she would want, the same way she thinks about everyone else every other day.

Happy Mother’s Day to every mother’s heart out there.

Zaiken Jewelry Throwing Stones Earrings

You can throw these stones at your designated mom and not get in trouble. I promise. “Throwing Stones” aquamarine earrings from designer and mom Zaiken Jewelry.

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