Every year around this time, children are faced with the challenge of finding something for mom that is just as fabulous as she is. Sure, any gift will do, as we all know that it's the thought that counts, but shouldn't we at least strive to find a gift that matches the beauty, strength and uniqueness that the most special woman in our life displays every day? We think the answer to that question is a no-brainer, a resounding "yes"! With so many options out there, we know it can be a daunting task to find the one true treasure to show Mom how much you love her this year, so we've compiled a list of our ten best picks for this year's Mother's Day gifts. We've got your back, after all!

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts

10. Antique Brass Jewelry

Antique Brass Jewelry

Nothing says unique like a customized piece of jewelry, and when that piece has the character of vintage design, it is an even more prized treasure. Our antique brass jewelry collection features the timeless beauty of metallic pieces that Mom can wear any day, anytime. Add in the fact that they're engraved with her initials (or yours for that matter), and you simply can't go wrong!


Hobo Shelia Crossbody

A woman can never have too many purses, especially when they're constructed from the finest leather. Hobo bags are the ideal gift for the busiest ladies, and each one was designed to carry all of her necessities from the office to errand running and everywhere in between. If Mom hasn't added a stylish crossbody bag to her collection yet, now's the change to help her add the must-have update!

8. Rosanna Totes

Rosana Zip Zag Tote

Did somebody say style? Our latest line of tote bags was created for functionality and incredibly style. Available in sizes ranging from a petite pouch all the way up to a hobo bag and satchel, each one was made for Mom's on-the-go lifestyle, bringing new life to the typical tote routine. Add the punch of fun colors and Bohemian-inspired patterns and you have a statement making bag that she'll take everywhere she goes!

6. Lollia

Lollia Hand Cremes

Bring the spa experience to Mom with the gift of Lollia bath products. Featuring a brand new scent, she'll adore the gift of a little pampering thanks to the luxurious escape provided by each lotion, bubble bath and soap within the collection. We have a feeling she'll always welcome that kind of special treatment, too!

5. Bella Notte Bedding

Bella Note Bedding

Who doesn't love the luxury of linen? If it's time for Mom to update her bedroom design scheme, give her the gift of Bella Notte Bedding. Featuring garment-dyed linens that she's sure to love, the sheets and bedspreads in this collection will give her the rejuvenating night of sleep that she deserves after all of the hard work she accomplishes on a daily basis.

4. New Cucina

Cucina Hand Care Duo

The invigorating aromas that we've come to know and love are back with a brand new scent, reminiscent of the perfect al fresco getaway. From lotions to hand soaps and creams, Cucina's newest additions are the perfect way to shower Mom with the beautiful fragrance that she deserves. After all, a woman as pretty as she is should smell pretty, too!

3. Debbie Segal Bracelets

Debbie Segal Bracelet

There's no denying that every mother deserves the gift of glitz and glam. Debbie Segal's collection of metallic bangles are just the ticket to this kind of style, bringing just the right combination of bold and classic style to her jewelry collection. The hand hammered cuffs and lineup of stones have just the punch of style that Mom needs to update her ensembles for the summer months.

2. Carved Letter Books

Carved Letter Book

Looking for a unique home decor accent to show Mom you love her? This whimsical letter book is the perfect option, bringing the character of a customized initial into the realm of the beloved vintage-inspired book. If Mom is a bookworm, she's sure to appreciate this unique gift, which she'll place on display and adore while thinking about her favorite child-- you! 

1. Wood Wall Sayings

Wood Wall Sayings

The power of the written word is undeniable, and when its displayed in its most primitive form, it becomes even more powerful. The rustic wooden wall plaques will bring a smile to Mom's face with their simple design and sentimental messages. Grab one, two or a few and help Mom create the perfect display for her favorite space. Talk about a unique gift!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Creativity is In (a.k.a., "Hipster")

This may sound odd, but lucky for parents, creativity itself is IN right now!  You've seen those teens…the ones who are unusually cultured in liberal arts and dressed with apparent unaware effort.  Mom, those are "hipsters"!  

When your child starts picking out the same crocheted throw pillows as your grandmother…when they bring home a typewriter to keep in their room…or when they decide to frame a collection of your old TAPES (yes tapes), embrace their inner hipster.  Those unusual accents could be just the ironic piece that bedroom needs.  

creative kids bedroom
Photo courtesy of Project Nursery

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

creative kids bedroom
Courtesy of The Boy and The Boo

Feed your hipster's desire to collect "stuff" and to hang their treasures around the room.  Unique shelves or bulletin boards can help confine those larger collections, making them tidier and more impressive.  Lori Weitzner's magnetic linen wall covering is one of my favorite "bulletin boards".  It is discrete when there is nothing hanging on it, and there are no pins to leave ugly holes.  Plus, it's eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, so your hipster will love it!

The Study Area

Start with a study nook or a comfy arm chair.  Both are useful for reading, and provide extra seating for friends.  (Plus its nice to have somewhere for their giant backpacks to land every afternoon.)

bama roll tide bedroom
Courtesy of yours truly, Becca Gaines

kids bedroom chair
Courtesy of yours truly, Becca Gaines

Last year, my sister and I confiscated boxes of our grandfather's old law books.  He thought it was so strange.  To us, they are beautiful and sentimental.

Parents, get excited again!  Vintage books and spaces that say "I love to read!" are in right now.  If their room looks like they love to read…maybe they will?

carved letter book

carved letter books

Then think Sherlock Holmes… complete with tattered books, bell jars, lace and mustaches.

bell jar

mustache pillow
Courtesy of Sasse & Belle

Slip Covers, and their industrial roots

Until the time of the Industrial Revolution, only the extreme upper classes could afford upholstered furniture.  As soon as the American middle class got their hands on the new cushy seating, they wanted to protect it.  A new summer tradition was born as oriental carpets came up and slipcovers went on the upholstery to protect it from dirt and sweat during the hottest months.  Does that sound like a useful trick in your kid's room?

This beautiful, brilliant trend is back, along with many other industrial influences.  Factory carts, metal pharmacy cabinets, quirky lights, raw wooden stumps, cigar leather details, and (my favorite) cowhides! 

industrial bedroom
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industrial bedroom
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industrial bedroom
Courtesy of Restoration Hardware


This might be the most difficult trend to swallow:  white walls.  You might think that would be boring, but white is never boring!  It's a very dramatic color that showcases accents and art.  New York City's lofts are often painted an antique "renter's white", and in an effort to capture some of their charm, the rest of our nation is following suit.  

The great thing about white is that it can go so many directions… hipster, vintage, industrial, and so many more.  

neutral color kids bedrooms
Courtesy of Coloramaboligdromme

neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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neutral color kids bedrooms
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Becca Gaines is an Interior Designer in the Memphis area. She lives at Home in Collierville with her husband Jake, and 17 month old Jovie. Becca is a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and is registered as an Interior Designer with the Tennessee Board of Architecture and Engineering Examiners. She’s also been awarded certification by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Oh yeah, and she worked as an intern at Looney Ricks Kiss Architects too.

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The sun is out, the birds are chirping and spring time is in full swing around here. In just a few more days, our favorite bunny friend will come out and help us celebrate Easter... but wait! What's that? You've run out of creative ideas for the Easter baskets this year? Not to worry, friend, because we've compiled our top ten must-have Easter basket stuffers just in time to get your shopping done. Allow us to introduce you to a few of our favorite spring-time things!

10. Lily and Laura Bracelets

Lily and Laura beaded bracelets

Full of beaded, Bohemian style, Lily and Laura bracelets are the perfect addition to every basket for any age. They're colorful, fun and perfect for bringing a punch of spring style to a wardrobe, and she'll love the unique patterns within the delicate glass beads that make up each one.

9. Vintage Gypsy Earrings

Vintage Gypsy Earrings  

Accessorize that Easter dress with the gift of Vintage Gypsy earrings. The perfect amount of dazzle and chic style, each pair features the unique, old-world style spun from the many adventures of one talented artist, our dear friend Paige.

8. Tin Frame

Tin Frame

Hold onto those Easter memories with this one-of-a-kind tin frame. Perfect for adding character into any space, it's a unique and eye-catching basket filler that will add rustic style to your favorite photos.

7. Mixture Votive Candle

small Mixture votive candle

The beloved line of mini votives is back, just in time for Easter! The fresh and floral scents packed into the tiny proportions of these soy votives will bring instant life and beauty into any space within the home.

6. Spring scarf

Spring Scarf

For the little bit of chill that's left in the air, a scarf is not only practical, but it's incredibly stylish. With a lightweight material ideal for transitioning into warmer weather, this scarf has endless options for adding funky style to every ensemble. As if that weren't enough, bright colors and fun patterns add whimsy and femininity to even the most laid back looks.

5. Hobo Wallet

Hobo Wallet/Clutch 

What's not to love about a fabulous wallet? Hobo's line of durable, versatile leather carry-alls is the perfect gift for the gal-on-the-go. Available in fun spring colors, she'll be able to celebrate the season in the most practical and stylish way!

4. Lollia

Lollia lotion and bath products

The gift of indulgence is always appreciated, and each member of the Lollia collection was created with the utmost indulgence in mind. From lotions to bubble bath and everything in between, the light, fresh scents are the perfect addition to any lovely lady's bathtub repertoire.

3. Scout Totes

Scout Tote- Pocket Rocket

Why settle for a plain Jane basket when you have a fabulous tote? Scout bags are the perfect size to hold all of the Easter goodies, and she'll be able to reuse the bag on the busiest of days, too. Working double duty with its fun spring colors and patterns, this tote is just large enough and durable enough to handle whatever adventures come her way!

2. Erich Emmenegger Ornament Cross

Erich Emmenegger Pottery 

Celebrate the reason for the season with a petite pottery cross. Featuring the whimsical, colorful style that has made Erich Emmenegger an iconic artist, this sweet piece is a meaningful, welcome addition to every Easter routine.

1. Southern Soy Scent Candle Card

Southern Soy Scent candle punch card

Can't settle on one particular candle scent? Give the gift of a Candle Card this Easter and let her choose whatever tickles her fancy! The candle card was created for all soy lovers, providing the perfect opportunity to earn rewards for every candle purchase! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

Let the basket filling and egg hunting begin!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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