Gift Guide 2018: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to continue my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the second of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Print physical copies of her most-loved Instagram snaps (think: grandkids, her pups, and recent family vacations).

New walking shoes because she believes in the power of a daily stroll around the neighborhood. (Amazon, $73)

As Isak Dinesen says, “The cure of anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea,” and this scent will remind her of being by the ocean. (Mersea, $32)

Maybe a bit of an unconventional gift, but nothing says “I love you” like turning someone on to a natural deodorant that actually works, amirite? (Native, $24)

A bucket of Maltesers, which makes any movie watching experience more enjoyable…even if you need a rather LARGE purse to sneak them into a theater. (Amazon, $25) Pair with a DVD or tickets to see a new film, just the two of you!

This  journal has so many sweet prompts to help build an attitude of gratitude! (Erin Condren, $12)

A scarf for all her future travels that comes with a neck pillow hidden inside. Genius! (Sleeper Scarf, $35)

Her door would look so whimsical decked with this cheeky wreath. (Target, $25)

You both agree with the Washington Post, “There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature.” (Amazon, $19)

A food photography class, so she can slay the social media game and showcase the spoils of her culinary prowess. (Creative Live, $74)

Finally, a cozy long-sleeve tee with a powerful message to always be considerate of others and try to make the world a better place — something she embodies entirely. (Cents of Style, $30)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the moms in your life!


6 thoughts on “Gift Guide 2018: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

  1. These are wonderful ideas! I still haven’t figured out what to get for my mum, but I’ll have these under the consideration 😅

  2. I always love your gift guides! I’ve already book marked a few things you suggested that I might get for folks in my life!

    I’ve seen several folks who say they really like the Native deodorant. I’m not into it myself, as I get pretty weirded out by brands that use “Native” or other such marketing stuff that plays on our ideas of Native folks but doesn’t actually honor their existence or (at least) pay them (see Epic meal bars). What do you think about this? It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot and learning a lot about recently.

    1. Thank you for bringing that to my attention! I hadn’t given much thought to this particular brand using the word Native (but LOTS of thought to other brands who use imagery and words in the manner in which you’re speaking.). I guess I always assumed, because the focus of their product marketing is on plants and “real” ingredients, that their name was supposed to call to mind native plants. (And if I were to guess…probably in the hopes of cashing in on folks who love to see the word “local” written on their food packaging, know what I mean?) I would be very interested to hear directly from them on this though, as you’re right, even the fact that it is open for interpretation is problematic.

      Do you have any great articles/resources about marketing playing on our ideas of Native folks that you would recommend?

      Thanks for checking out my gift guides! They’re super fun to put together. 🙂

      1. This is super interesting! I hadn’t even considered the fact that the branding could be referring to native plants. I’d poked around their website, but this just hadn’t occurred to me. I’ve emailed them about it and I’ll let you know if they respond.

        This article comes to mind (, but I’m sure I’ve read some others. I will poke around a bit on my lunch break.

        On a only mildly related note, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my use of the words “native” and “non-native” in my own study of invasive plants. Mostly inspired by this article:

        Thanks for always sharing such great content!

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