And yet, that’s not how it is. You find them by accident: at Chuck E. Cheese parties and parent-teacher conferences and while your kid is throwing up at the playground. And when you do find them, it’s important to appreciate them.
My mom friends have my back. We all keep an eye on each other’s kids; we carpool; we share hand-me-downs. We remind each other that it’s a half-day at school and that we’re supposed to bring in cupcakes. I am eternally grateful to my friends. I wish I could give us all a week at a spa.
Alas, I cannot. But I can still come up with something little, cute, and cool for Mother’s Day, to say thank you to my friends. Thank you for laughing with me and crying with me. Thank you for helping me be a better mother.
You can send a free, funny e-card to your mom BFFs, courtesy of Naughty Betty and Rants from Mommyland. But if you also want to get your mom friends something cute and affordable, check out the 15 suggestions below for cool Mother’s Day gifts!
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For the mom who drives your kids everywhere. 2 of 17
I couldn't decide which Naughty Betty keychain I liked best...these were my four favorites out of the dozen they offer!
(Available at Naughty Betty in choice of 12 prints; $11.95 each)
For the mom who listens to all your problems. 3 of 17
Oh, man, don't we all have baggage? This luggage tag is perfect for that friend who loves you not in spite of your particular brand of crazy, but for it.
(Available at Naughty Betty, $11.95)
For the mom who reminds you that it’s a half-day today. 4 of 17
These purse-sized notepads, which come in a set of three, are perfect for your friend who actually remembers to write stuff down. Each pad is 2.75" x 4.5", with 65 blank sheets.
(Available at Naughty Betty, $8.95 for a set of three)
For every mom, ever. 5 of 17
I love this "Mayor of Crazyville" hand sanitizer so, so much. Just the right size for purse or car, with a simple aloe vera scent, it pretty much sums it all up for all of us.
(Available at Naughty Betty, $4.95)
For the mom who hasn’t slept through the night in years (again, every mom ever). 6 of 17
If your sleep-deprived friend must be woken up at 2 a.m. by a chatty, lonely toddler, let's at least make it easy and pleasant for her to fall asleep in the first place. Banish all the worries of the day (and the smell of that laundry pile over there) with Bath & Body Works' lavender and vanilla-scented pillow mist.
(Available at Bath and Body Works, $10.00)
For the mom who needs a vacation…by herself. 7 of 17
No, you probably can't afford to send your BFF to a private island for a week, even though that's exactly what she needs and deserves. But you can bring her a little hint of that island with 'Oceans' scented tealight candles and flower-inspired tealight candle holders. The glass holders, which have a mercury iridescent finish, are only $2.95 each at Pier One, and the candles are $7.00 for a box of 30. At that price, you can buy a slew of candle holders, pop a tealight candle in each one, and give one to all your friends.
For the mom who needs a reminder that she’s beautiful. 8 of 17
Add a little sparkle to her day with these mini beaded mirrors from Pier One.
(Available at Pier One, in stores only, $4.99 each)
For the mom who is your heroine. 9 of 17
She's a superhero, and she's saving the earth one reusable bag at a time.
(Available from Amazon, $6.34)
For the coffee-addicted mom*. 10 of 17
A friend of mine recently gave me one of the new Starbucks reusable cups, along with a gift card, as a thank-you gift for helping out with something. I have to tell you, I love this cup. I have gone through at least five travel mugs in the last couple of years. They break, they leak, they're hard to clean, and did I mention they leak? I have enough trouble looking presentable without extra coffee stains on all my shirts. This simple cup, which Starbucks debuted earlier this year, is far better than any other travel mug I've had. It's basically a reusable version of the paper cup. Much like a paper cup, it won't keep your coffee hot as long as a Thermos, but it's not like I need a cup of coffee to stay hot for hours. (I just read a bunch of travel mug reviews on Amazon where people are complaining that their travel mug didn't keep their coffee hot for eight hours. Eight hours? If you're nursing one cup of coffee for eight hours, you've given up on life.) Anyway, I just want to put it in my car and not spill it all over myself while I'm driving the kids to school. Bonus: when you bring your reusable cup into Starbucks for refills, you'll get a dime off the price of your drink.
*Also for your friend with coffee spills on all her shirts, or what my friend Julie Miner refers to as boobstains.
(Available in stores at Starbucks, $1)
For the mom who keeps ‘em guessing. 11 of 17
Is Catwoman the ally of the Dynamic Duo, or has she returned to crime? Well, it depends on the day, doesn't it. A perfect gift for the mom who tries really, really hard to get along with her in-laws, her kid's special education team, or her insane coworker, but occasionally has to use her catlike reflexes and kick some ass.
I think I'm going to order this t-shirt for myself and wear it to my next IEP meeting. FACE THE CLAWS.
(Available online from Old Navy, $14.95)
For the mom who puts everyone else first. 12 of 17
For your mom friend who puts everyone else first, a reminder that she deserves attention too. This bracelet is fun (without being loud) and frivolous. Also, who said friendship bracelets are just for kids?
(Available at Kohl's, $12.00)
For the mom who remembers They Might Be Giants before they made kids’ music. 13 of 17
Fine, this gift is for a very specific person (me). But it's a blue canary in the outlet by the light switch. Who watches over yooouuu... For the mom who has an iPod full of late 80s/early 90s alt-rock, this great reference to They Might Be Giants' song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" is perfection.
(Available at ThinkGeek, $12.99)
For the wine-loving mom. 14 of 17
Look, I'm not saying that your mom BFF can't hold her liquor. It's just that she has a hard time holding onto her glass, apparently. Plus, it's getting warmer out. Wouldn't it be nice if she could take her glass of wine outside without worrying that if she drops it, her barefoot kids will get a million zillion little shards of glass in their feet? Yes. Yes, it would. This acrylic wine glass by Bobby Flay for Kohl's has all the look of hammered glass, without the actual glass.
(Available at Kohl's, $5.39)
For the mom who always makes you laugh. 15 of 17
Fact: Anne Taintor's mix of snark and vintage just never gets old for me. There's a perfect Anne Taintor magnet for every mom in your life.
(Available from Anne Taintor, $4.99 each)
For the party hostess mom. 16 of 17
Why is it that you always end up at that one friend's house? Is it because she likes to cook, or because her dining room table doesn't also serve as an office/laundry-sorting station? Whatever the reason, thank her for her hospitality with these reusable, BPA-free party cups from Naughty Betty.
(Available from Naughty Betty, $9.95 for a set of six.)
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