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Good Gifts for Mom

Flowers are nice, but why not get Mom a gift that’ll last? Here’s what we like for Mom this year.

Moop Letter Bag
Simple, sturdy, and functional—what more could you ask for in a weekend tote? This chipper red bag is made of corded canvas and features special pockets for keys, notepads, and a laptop.
$118 from

Love & Victory Custom Silhouette Keychain
The deadline may have passed for May 9 delivery, but an IOU of this adorable custom keychain is worth it. Send in old photos of you and your siblings, and Love & Victory will turn them into sterling-silver Victorian-style silhouettes. They’ll even engrave childhood nicknames on the back of the faces. Need an idea for a new mom? Try the custom baby-name ring.
$128 for key ring with one charm, additional charms $50 each;

Savannah Bee Company Honeys
This Georgia store is famous for its locally cultivated artisanal honey. Help Mom add a little Southern flavor to her food with these three specially purposed versions: the grill honey sweetly caramelizes barbecued meats, the tea honey diffuses just as well in lemonade and mojitos, and the cheese honey will ease the bite of especially tangy wedges.
$12 each from

Burl Wood Lacquered Boxes
These elegant, felt-lined stacking boxes are a sophisticated storage option for Mom’s long-cultivated jewelry collection.
$64 to $108 from

Personalized Notes & Calling Cards
Give Mom the gift of signature stationary with Rifle Paper Company’s personalized paper goods. The playful illustration—Rifle works with you to create it—and font combos on the “A Note From” cards make for easy, memorable thank-you letters that she’ll love sending out.
$100 for portrait illustration plus $65 for 25 flat notes and envelopes;

Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace
Help Mom ease into a big trend with a versatile statement necklace. This Champagne-and-ivory faux-pearl tangle works with everything from jeans and a solid tee to work shifts. And with a two-inch extender, it can be worn at a variety of lengths.
$118 from

Farmers Market Baskets
Made of sturdy bone china, these imitation farmers market baskets are an adorable way to serve and display breakfast fruits and berries.
$20 to $38 from

Yellow Flamingo Coin Purse
This punchy little number was inspired by the designer’s grandfather’s sitting room. It’s handmade, and the bright-yellow color makes it easy to find in even the most bottomless of purses.
$37 from

Clinique Happy Custom Bottle
Because she deserves a happy start to every day, pair this bright, fresh scent with a picture of Mom’s favorite memory. She’ll remember the most joyful parts of her life every time she splashes it on.
$52.50 for a 3.4-fluid-ounce bottle;

Rinse and Chop Cutting Board
Wash and slice fresh veggies with this ingenious little kitchen gadget. The combo cutting-board-and-strainer comes in a variety of bright colors. Any mom who spends time in the kitchen will appreciate the clean-up time and cabinet space it saves.
$15 from

Disturbed Stripe Dopp Kit
The New York luxury retailer Henri Bendel’s signature stripes cover this roomy toiletry case with quirky grace. For a sweet gift with a practical slant, fill it up with travel sizes of her favorite bath gels and lotions.
$125 from

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.