Sunday is Mother’s Day and I don’t know about you all, but I’m looking forward to a day of rest, relaxation and pampering from the hubs and girlpies. And gifts. Let’s not forget about the gifts. Flowers and candy and cards and dinner is sweet, yes, but I’m a fan of dope gifts. Below, a few of my favorite things that would be absolutely perfect for your mom/wife/girlfriend. Send them the link to this post; I fully intend on sending it to Nick. Ahem.
The Mosaic Mixbook
This is the perfect gift for moms who love pictures and want to see them somewhere other than on Instagram. Upload the easy-to-use Mosaic app to your Apple or Android device, pick 20 of your cutest photos from your Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or any place on your phone where pictures are stored, then pour them into a photo book that Mosaic will deliver to your house within a few days. Real talk: it’s the fastest photo book you’ll ever make. It’s quick, inexpensive, stunning and thoughtful. Check out Mixbook’s Mosaic in action. Want a photo book with even more pics? Check out Mixbook’s high quality keepsake book Montage. Starts at $30. www.heymosaic.com
Kua Totes, Clutches and Jewelry
This line of purses and jewelry is named after the designer’s mother and embodies all that she stands for: unadulterated beauty, simplicity and cultural grounding. Indeed, “Kua” also means “Keeping us authentic,” and that is certainly what one gets with these beautifully-designed pieces, featuring fabrics sourced from local markets in Ghana. The picture is lovely, but the purses and jewelry are even more gorgeous in person. www.kuadesigns.net.
Personalized Boombotix Portable Speaker
Momdukes can take Erykah Badu and A Tribe Called Quest with her while she’s gardening, bike riding, taking a long hot bath or strolling in the park with high-acoustic-quality Boombotix REX, which is dope enough, but check it: you can personalize this portable speaker with your favorite colors and a personal photo. The best part is that it syncs with your phone for hands-free listening, and reviewers swear by the superior sound quality with no distortion at louder volumes. Score one for music lovers who can’t live without their radio. $79. Boombotix.com
Brave Chick Jewelry
You can’t go wrong handing over a beautifully-wrapped box filled with one of the cuffs, earrings, necklaces, rings or body chains from this gorgeous collection. The iridescent stones against the gold? Breathtaking. Bonus: a huge part of the Brave Chick™ mission is to give back in a meaningful and tangible way. So for each product the brand sells, a portion of the proceeds is contributed to its nonprofit partner Not For Sale in efforts to end human trafficking and modern day slavery. From $12. Bravechick.com.
“God Help the Child,” by Toni Morrison
I mean, how can you go wrong with a book, much less a book by Toni Morrison? Her latest, the first to be set in modern times, weaves a tale about the way facing off against colorism as a child shapes and misshapes the life of lead character, Bride, whose blue-black skin made her light-skinned mother, Sweetness, reject her in ways that affect her deep into adulthood. The theme: “What you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” $15 on Amazon: God Help the Child: A novel
Idris Elba’s Bath Water mug, Tees In the Trap
I mean, isn’t this mug eh-ver-ree-thing in life? That’s how you’ll feel about pretty much every offering at Tees in the Trap, a trendy, edgy, super fly t-shirt company that pops hip hop, pop cultural and everyday Black girl sayings and thoughts onto shirts, bags and mugs. The website touts its products as such: “We make products for people that love good music, reality tv, ratchet quotes, funny memes, celebrity tea and for those who don’t take life so seriously.” Yes, please! Mugs start at $19; tees at $30. TeesIntheTrap.com.
Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.