For the home, Ficaro likes soft pillows made from organic cotton by K Studio, a mother-daughter company committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. Shoppers can find these pillows along with other "eco-chic" home decor such as biodegradable dinnerware and bamboo utensils at branchhome.com. For more Earth-friendly gift ideas, also check out dominomag.com.
If your mom has been giving and helping others long before Angelina Jolie made goodwill cool, why not give her something that will benefit her and those in need? Ficaro recommends TOMS Shoes, which carries lightweight and comfortable footwear for around $42. For every pair purchased, the company donates a pair to a child in need. Visit tomsshoes.com to learn more.
Spring is also prime time for charity, and making a donation to your mom's favorite organization is a worthy last-minute gift that she and others will appreciate. In Style's McGrath adds that many companies such as Pine IV Denim, Kristen McCloud Jewelry and My Bag Cares participate in matching programs that plant a tree for every purchase made in their stores.
If your mom has a green thumb, Glassman says she can garden in style with festive floral gardening gloves and matching hats, such as the sets from Angela's Garden. The colorful fabrics on its brim hats and flower print gloves are treated with SPF UV block to protect her skin from the sun. A gear that matches the bright colors she's cultivating in the backyard will spruce up her weekend hobby. Go to nybgshop.com to browse the selection.
Active Adventurous Moms (Who Can't Sit Still)
Busy moms who like to keep active without hitting the gym for hours can turn to handbooks such as "15 Minutes to Your Best Self" for quick health, nutrition and fitness advice. Buchan says the guide offers 573 bite-size tips and tricks that anyone can sneak in daily to become a little healthier and less stressed. A self-help book with practical and doable time-saving fixes will motivate her to keep moving.
Let your mom exercise in style with comfy-chic workout wear from lines such as Adidas by Stella McCartney or lululemon. McGrath suggests pairing these items with a gift certificate for a private yoga lesson or a personal training session to complete the package.
For moms who want to exercise but don't want to sweat it out at the local gym surrounded by 20-somethings, Buchan says the Reebok Total Body Toning Kit is a perfect compromise. The $30 set comes with a stability ball, two soft weights, training DVD, exercise chart, three resistance bands and a Pilates ring that works for women across all fitness levels. The kit is an easy, accessible way to get lean and toned in her living room and can be purchased at www.target.com.
Moms and daughters with extra time and money can plan a girls getaway for some extended bonding time in the sun. Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity, says the following destinations are ideal for this time of the year:
* Beaver Creek, Colo. Beaver Creek is particularly well-suited for women who like to be rugged by day and pampered by night. Hiking, cycling, and rafting are just a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy with your mom against the breathtaking backdrop of the Rockies. As a bonus, hotel rates are lower during the warm season.