For many, Mother’s Day is complicated. It’s not always mother-daughter brunches and family get-togethers (which can be lovely). In many cases, it means self-care and survival while mourning parental loss or distance. Whether it’s to honor a mother figure in our lives or treat ourselves to get through the day–this is BGN’s official Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Mother’s Day is on May 8, 2022, so it’s definitely time to start shopping if you haven’t already.
Everyone can opt into Mother’s Day with what feels right for them, regardless of if it’s with a mom figure, future moms, or those spending the day alone or with other loved ones. From calming teas that inspire mindfulness to candles that convey healing, this guide has 5 options for those looking to treat themselves, mom figures, or everybody. We’ve also got some powerful quotes from famous mothers to keep in mind as we navigate this holiday and feel all the feels that we need while we buy all the products we want.
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again” — Maya Angelou.
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Their Electric Daisy Enzymes Face Mask is rich with fruit enzymes and Omega-6 that work to tighten, hydrate, and improve overall skin tightness. It also includes 100mg CBD and electric daisy, aka what people call a “natural botox,” a medicinal plant that gives a tingly sensation that boosts the elasticity of the skin while rejuvenating it. It costs around $40 on Somebody’s website.
“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.”—Michelle Obama
- Californians Footwear Slippers
Nothing quite screams lavish louder than an elegant pair of comfy slippers. Fortunately, Californians Footwear slippers have everyone, including the moms, covered. Known for its laidback style under the sun, the brand focuses on sustainability and ethical practices. Their Carly slippers are available in sizes 5-12 and crafted with genuine leather, a soft foam midsole, and even indoor-outdoor traction rubber outsoles.
They’re lightweight and perfect for warmer climates. They may start off snug but are made to compress to the size of your feet in no time. The Carly slippers are available in patterns Bronze Crush, Denim Stripe, Steel Crush, and our favorite, Gold Crush. Carly slippers cost around $240 on Californians Footwear and will last many seasons to come.
“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.”–Oprah
- Backyard Candles
Here are cozy candles that are not only sustainably formulated with all-natural soy wax and wicks but also crafted with therapeutic essential oils, like citronella & lemongrass. Backyard Candles have both indoor and outdoor candles that are all inspired by the elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Their outdoor Coconut Shell candles are especially luxurious and run for about $22 on their website.
“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials”–Meryl Streep
- Food Story
Food Story has a vast amount of products for all our hair, skin, and body needs. These products are safe for the entire family, including little ones. With eco-friendly ingredients that strictly exclude dangerous chemicals, you can look forward to natural plant-based products that are completely soothing. One of the best parts is that all of their products celebrate the heavenly smell and benefits of fruits and vegetables, including guava, carrots, blueberry, pineapple, beets, and more. One of their standout products includes the Carrot Self Heating Mask, which is a 2-in-1 spa treatment that can be used as a face scrub or mask. It costs around $13 on Food Story’s website and CVS.
“You don’t ever balance it completely. It’s a constant struggle of a little more time there, a little more time here, and feeling a little bit guilty all the time.”—Halle Berry
- Mark T. Wendell Tea Co.
There’s nothing like a calming cup of tea, especially with Mark T. Wendell Tea Co.’s reusable tea bags and loose leaf teas that are eco-friendly and good for the soul. This is premium tea at its best with signature loose leaf tea blends that are imported along with fine teapots and accessories. From caffeinated to herbal, their blends include flavors like Lemon Creme Black, African Sunset Herbal Tisane, Organic Passionfruit Kiwi Green, and many more.
If Mother’s Day is a stressful time, we recommend the Calming OM Ayurvedic Herbal tea blend that has lemongrass, licorice root, cinnamon, cardamom, and more. For those anticipating a lively holiday, the Energizing Herbal blend in the Wellness Herbal Whole Leaf teabag collection has a smooth combination of Siberian ginseng, spearmint, yerba mate, and orange rooibos. All teas are available on the Mark T. Wendell Tea Co. website and prices vary depending on tea portions.
“You have those moments: exhaustion, the stress of having an exuberant child. And you don’t want to be judged by your worst mistakes. It’s a part of life, and it’s a part of what makes us who we are”–Viola Davis
While showering both ourselves and the mothers in our lives with love is always important, it can be even more precious on Mother’s Day. It’s a complex holiday for many, but we have a feeling that with some soul-nourishing hot tea, a peaceful candle, a moisturizing mask or scrub and of course, some ultimate coziness level slippers–Mother’s Day can manifest love, safety, and belonging.
Remember, if you’re dealing with the loss of a Mother, you’re never alone. These resources can pair well with or without the products on our list.
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Danielle Broadway is an English Literature MA student at California State University, Long Beach. She has been published in Black Girl Nerds, LA Weekly and Medium, is a writer for CSULB’s the Daily49er, is a managing editor for Watermark, her school’s academic literary journal and is an assistant editor at Angels Flight • literary west. She’s an activist and educator that is inspired by her family to make social change both in the classroom and beyond.