Mother's Day isn't one of those holidays that you cross off on your calendar countdown to a work-free Memorial Day Weekend.
Mother's Day was meant to celebrate the parent who protected you from yourself until you had safely survived your 20s - and perhaps even your 30s. And it was made to remember the moments when she packed your lunches and picked you up from school. When she waived your curfew, but still rolled her eyes at your eyeliner.
Mother's Day is the day when you return the favor. So, when it comes to condensing a lifetime of love into a 24-hour holiday, we're wondering: What do you give the woman who gave you the world?
Check out our 2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide for eight original answers below!
Give your mom the gift of comfort with this plush pajama set. Whether or not your mom is a fan of life's finer things, she's sure to love this silky smooth bedtime number. Every bit as luxurious as it looks, the Bodas Silk-Satin Pajama Set isn't just for snuggling up at night - it will also make your mom's mornings extra special.
The Kettle Teapot combines sleek Scandinavian design with oriental influences to create a chic addition to any modern kitchen. The teapot, made out of glass, includes a stainless steel tea infuser, which is lifted and lowered via a silicone string. Produced by the Danish company, Menu, the Kettle Teapot is a sexy everyday staple that any tea-drinking mom would be crazy not to crave.
For the beauty buff mom, nothing says "I love you" like a delicious dose of Chanel. Treat her to one of the season's limited edition polishes straight from the fashion capital of the world. At $27 a pop, there's no harm in harvesting a couple of different shades. (Hey, you can always borrow a coat when you come home for Christmas.)
This breathtaking hardbound journal by famed fashion designer Christian Lacroix is a perfect Mother's Day gift for the fashion-forward and artistically inclined. Featuring gilded interior pages and showcasing a designer pinboard collage on the front and back cover, the Souvenir Journal by Christian Lacroix is ideal for a more refined parental palette. Lacroix's beautiful notebook may be just the everyday luxury a style-savvy mom needs.
This Mother's Day, pamper your mom with a personal touch. If your mom has an iPhone - and we're guessing she does - get creative by customizing her case! With Uncommon's customizable iPhone cover, you can give your mom the gift of you. Make a collage of your most memorable moments together or keep it simple with a single candid. Whatever the case, seeing your face whenever she goes to make a phone call will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Want to really spoil mom this Mother's Day? Offer her the best gift of all - quality time on your dime! Treat your mom to a free airline ticket with the American Airlines Travel Gift Card. An added incentive: For every $50 spent, American Airlines will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So now you can load up on laundry while spreading the love to women everywhere!
For a mom who appreciates modern luxury, the Tall Thela Bag by Meli Melo is a stunning Mother's Day choice. Understated and user-friendly, the Thela bag is a match made in heaven for the sophisticated and pragmatic parent. Worried about the hefty price tag? Don't be. From now through May 11th, enjoy free shipping and 15% off with promo code "mom15."
When it comes to making your mother feel beautiful on Mother's Day, there's no better gift than a seriously indulgent body care gift basket. Pamper your mom with Cold Spring Apothecary's chemical-free solutions. Whether she loves lavender or prefers the tingly sensation of peppermint, the Cold Spring Apothecary gift basket is packed with heavenly-scented products.