Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Want, Need, Wear, Read.

WNWR is a gift giving philosophy born out of the blogosphere (as far as I can tell) that focuses on simplifying gift giving. It's usually targeted at children during the winter holidays to combat the endless mania around holiday shopping. It's simple ... when giving, get your loved one something they want, something they need, something they can wear, and something to read.

It's a lovely philosophy and it also helps me when trying to pick out gifts: I may not buy in all four categories for "smaller" holidays like Mother's Day, but I consider each and then choose the perfect gift. Here are some ideas for the most special women in our lives ... our Mothers.

Want. Need. Wear. Read & Read.

WANT. These retro-inspired pencils are perfect for Mom's desk: Useful yet stylish and polished. They also score major points because they are stamped with one of CCA's mottos: "Be Kind." Doesn't this pencil sound just like what your mom would say?

NEED. Based on what other mothers have related to me, sometimes the best gift is a really nice version of something totally practical. Every summer, you'll never hear a complaint from Mom as she slathers a thick layer of Walgreens SPF 50 on her skin, but Neutrogena's UltraSheer Dry Touch sunscreen is really a modern miracle. Neutrogena's silky texture is perfect for faces and sensitive skin and it just feels so darn nice going on ... it's not your average sticky, goopy sunscreen. So, even if you're on a tight budget you can still get something for Mom that carries just a touch of everyday luxury.

WEAR. These sandals are classic and carefree. Just like the coming days of summer! Mamacita can wear these flats with sundresses, jeans, shorts, capris and more. (Extra Brownie Points: Get her a gift certificate for a pedicure to go with these snappy sandals!) 

READ (READ). We love reading here at CCA! I have two book suggestions, depending on the kind of Mama you have. If your Mom listens to NPR, likes stand-up comedy, craft beer and has a passion for literature, I suggest Alissa Nutting's Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. It's a wonderfully kooky collection of short stories that pack a literary punch. On the other hand, if your Dear Maman prefers dinner parties, baking treats, and abundant gardens, I recommend Jenny Rosenstrach's Dinner: A Love Story. Jenny writes a wonderful blog by the same name, so take a look... you can imagine the goodness contained in her book. 

But whatever you get for your sweet mamas on Mother's Day ... just remember to tell them how amazingly fabulous they are and how you wouldn't be you without her.


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