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What Our Editors Really Want For Mother’s Day

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

Photography by Photo of Katie by SARAH HEBENSTREIT; photo of James by Justin Coit

Mother’s Day, which is obviously one of our very favorite holidays, is just two short weekends away. Of course the homemade cards, hand-picked flowers, and school arts and crafts that our children present to us trumps all, but like every year, we thought it would be fun to pull together our annual Mother’s Day wish lists—you know, just incase our your partners could use a little gift-spiration this upcoming holiday. From weekend getaways and Beyoncé tickets to dainty jewels and fancy kitchen tools, take a look at what we’re crossing our fingers for.

Katie’s picks:
“I’ve been thinking about the idea of ‘color therapy’ ever since profiling the designer Araks on Mother. I’m looking to add some splashes of interesting hues to my place, and this limited edition print from Nell Waters Bernegger via Minted would definitely do the trick.” Golden Now Print, $20, Minted.

“I know that taking a break from the responsibilities of work and motherhood make me a happier person, and in turn a better mother and worker! I recently had a 24-hour getaway at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay and I can’t wait to get back. The cliffside location, spa, and fire pit rooms are so incredible.” The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, rooms start at $499, The Ritz-Carlton.

“Too many of my sweet pictures Diego end up stuck in an iPhone or on a computer somewhere. I would love to receive a beautifully framed image that I can pass by everyday.” Framed Picture, starting at $39, Framebridge.

“I want to incorporate some elevated Mexican cooking into my repertoire this year and Doña Tomás in Oakland is one of my favorite places serving up just that. The restaurant’s cookbook seems to have a lot of its secrets inside.” Doña Tomás: Discovering Authentic Mexican Cooking, $23.76, Amazon.

“Beyoncé tickets would be amazing. No explanation needed!” Beyoncé at Levi’s Stadium, tickets start at $53, Santa Clara Tickets.

“Diego’s birthstone is a diamond (April) and mine is an opal (October). I love how this stud earring and modern ring mix the two special rocks in one design.” Loren Stewart Opal and Diamond Stud, $165, Need Supply. Loren Stewart Opal and Diamond Open Band, $290, Need Supply.

“My girlfriends and I always talk about taking a girls’ getaway, and I really want to make it happen for real. I love Sonoma and how cool would it be to bunk up in this geodesic dome in the middle of the redwoods?” Airbnb Rental, $165 a night, Airbnb.

“I’m a sucker for parenting ‘theory.’ Some might roll their eyes, but the subject of rearing children and how that affects ones identity is endlessly fascinating to me. This is one bestseller I have yet to dig into. Funny enough, I remember processing invoices for the prolific author, Jennifer Senior, back in my assistant days at Marie Claire. Another ‘mom lit’ book I can’t wait to devour is Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex. Her previous book, How Cinderella Ate My Daughter, was so great.” All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, $11.53, Amazon. Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, $16.19, Amazon.

“As much as I love dainty jewelry, chunky and graphic renditions also turn my head. This piece is sort of like an upgraded macaroni necklace, in case Diego doesn’t deliver with the real thing.” Academy Time Zone Necklace, $68, Need Supply.

“I am not much of a ‘plant mom,’ but I’m ready to test my green thumb with another indoor plant. I have just one so far. I love this planter, which would look great in any room of our house.” Iris Planter + Chevron Stand, $99-$174, West Elm.

“I’m forever a fan of Jen Garrido‘s art and prints. I love this tea towel and the napkins to match. Diego has a sweater in the same pattern, and I can’t get enough of it.” Jenny Pennywood Tea Towel, $24, Jenny Pennywood.



James’ picks:
“I happened upon this fresh pasta stand run by this tiny Italian woman once at the farmer’s market and she’s never been back, at least not when I have been, and it was literally the best pasta I’ve ever had. I have been dying for a pasta maker ever since.” Atlas Pasta Maker, $69.93, Amazon.

“Coffee table books and cookbooks are my weakness. I would love to add Los Angeles Apartments by Ed Ruscha to my current table setup because I am a lover of beautiful exterior photography and Mastering Pasta to go along with that neat-o pasta maker I’ve got my eye on.” Los Angeles Apartments, $33.39, Amazon. Mastering Pasta, $18.71, Amazon.

“I am usually not a big fan of gift baskets because they can seem a bit impersonal and are often times full of useless odds and ends, but I recently discovered Box Fox, a company that allows you to build your own gift boxes based on the recipient’s likes and interests. The site also has perfectly curated, ready-made boxes incase you need a little help in the gifting department. I love the Mother’s Day Box they’ve put together!” Box Fox, starting at $35, Box Fox.

“These melon colored slides from my shoe-crush, Laura Schoorl, have my name written all over them and are the perfect color for spring.”  Melon Heel Slides, $210, Laura Schoorl.

“My husband and I are gearing up to take our first trip sans kids in June—it’s our first in eight years! We are going to Marfa, TX, so this El Cosmico unisex scent is kind of perfect.” El Cosmico by D.S. & Durga, $150, Two Son.

“I’ve been trying to fit in a good workout three to five mornings per week and love how I’ve been feeling and the progress I’m making towards my tight-booty goal! Plus, my days seems to run much smoother after a good sweat. I could use some new workout gear and really like these cute and comfy leggings from Lucy.” Hatha Capri Leggings, $79, Lucy.

“We are closing on our house next month (woop!) and I am so pumped to start the renovation process. I’ve been pinning home inspiration like crazy and would love a subscription to Dwell Magazine.” 12-month subscription to Dwell, $19.95, Amazon.

“One of my all-time favorite things in life is a mid-morning brunch with friends and family. Recently, we’ve been going out for brunch on the weekends, but this Mother’s Day I would really like to wake up early, cook a giant spread together, and sit down around the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I’m thinking lox Benedict with red onion, capers, and hollandaise, home fries, fresh fruit, biscuits and jam for the kids, hot coffee, and a couple of mimosas to wash it all down!” Homemade brunch, cost depends on the grocery list, my kitchen.

“Minimal, dainty, gold jewelry is my thing. This stackable diamond solitaire number would be a great addition to my hand.” White Diamond Prong Ring, $225, Aili.

“I have a small leather wallet that my husband gifted me from a visit to Marlow Goods in NYC a few years ago and I absolutely love it. That said, it’s a little on the small side and I think it’s time to upgrade to something that can hold more. I’ve had my eye on this black beauty for a while now.” St. Felix Wallet, $175, Marlow Goods.

“There’s nothing quite like a good set of chef’s knives. My dream set comes with a hefty price tag, so I’ve been collecting singles, one-by-one. This hollow-edge blade would make a nice addition to my knife block.” Wüsthof Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife, $69.95, Williams-Sonoma.

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