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8 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts

To help Mom relax, recharge, and get ready for whatever’s next, whether it’s your bucket-list trek—or hers.

Bags, beauty products, jewelry, and even a swinging chair fit for a queen.    

Raising children is a lifelong job that opens new frontiers of anxiety. Suddenly you have to worry about smoke-detector batteries, food safety, and running with scissors, all while guiding and nurturing kids so they grow strong and achieve their dreams.

And when those dreams include climbing Mount Everest, rafting the Grand Cayon, or BASE jumping El Capitan? This Sunday, show Mom how much you appreciate her cheering you across marathon finish lines, encouraging you to reach summits, or keeping you calm through emergency-room visits. But most important, thank her for giving you the drive, courage, and adventurous spirit that got you there.

These gifts will help her relax, recharge, and get ready for whatever’s next, whether it’s your bucket-list trek—or hers.

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    Intelligent Nutrients Jasminas Pure Aromatic

    As far as stress busters go, jasmine is queen: in lab studies, the scent of this popular flower had the same calming effect on the brain as valium. Intelligent Nutrients Jasminas Pure Aromatic blends tropical-smelling Indian Jasminum sambac extract and creamy Egyptian Jasminum officinale oil with organic macadamia oil and vitamin E for a luxurious elixir that nourishes mind and body. To really treat mom, pair it with a homemade coupon for a neck or hand massage. $46, intelligentnutrients.com

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    BKR 500ml Water Bottle

    This smartly designed bottle isn’t the most featherweight on the market, but it’s definitely the most elegant. Since it’s made of glass, water stays taste-free—unless she wants to add a squeeze of citrus or a few mint leaves, a big no with most bottles. The petite mouth reduces spills during on-the-go sips, and the BPA-free cap is a breeze to handle. The silicone sleeve makes the bottle even more sturdy, feels great in the hand, and comes in about a zillion colors. For the complete package, get her the bottle brush ($8) and ice trays ($12), too. $30, mybkr.com

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    Fjallraven Totepack No. 1

    A great bag is versatile, tough, and good-looking enough to take to town, and Fjallraven nails it with its Totepack No. 1. Made of the same water-resistant waxed G-1000 fabric as the brand’s famous luggage and outerwear, the Totepack has two small zippered pockets and a key loop to keep everything organized. No worries about stuffing its 14-liter main compartment to capacity: carry it by its two smaller hand loops, or convert the shoulder strap to backpack mode. Even if she already has a lot of bags, this one is sure to get a regular workout. $110, fjallraven.us

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    Lulu Organics Travel + Sampler Kit

    For hectic days or backcountry trips, the ultimate grooming multitool is dry shampoo. It mops up greasy or sweaty locks, works as a subtle perfume, and in a pinch a sprinkle stops blisters in their tracks. But dry shampoo alone isn’t much of a gift. Lulu Organics’ Travel + Sampler kit packs your choice of dry shampoo and glossy lip balm, plus a travel-size bar of Lavender Oatmeal soap in a perfect red-mesh tote. We like pairing the understated beauty of the softly scented Jasmine dry shampoo with Ruby Mint lip balm’s tingly, universally flattering subtle berry tint, but if she’s an herbs-and-spices fiend you can’t go wrong with crisp-clean Lavender-Clary Sage dry shampoo and Cardamom lip balm. Think she’d love any of them? Splurge and get all four. She's worth it. luluorganicsnyc.com

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    Yellow Leaf Hanging Chair Hammock

    Whether she’s got a few minutes or a few hours to sit back and decompress, Yellow Leaf’s Hanging Chair hammock makes the most of it. Made with soft but highly durable acrylic yarn, it’s the ideal nest for curling up with a book. If opportunity should strike for a nap, the three-foot-wide bed stretches out to seven feet, so there’s plenty of room to get comfortable. It’ll be even easier to unwind when you tell her that Yellow Leaf’s hammocks are hand-woven in rural Thailand by artisans whose fair and stable income opens doors for their kids to have opportunities and education they otherwise wouldn’t. What mom wouldn’t love that? $149, yellowleafhammocks.com

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    Ole Henriksen The Whole Truth Vitamin C Kit

    Even the most dutiful SPF user sometimes needs a dermal cool-down session after a long day outdoors. Ole Henriksen’s The Whole Truth Vitamin C kit is a nutrient-packed, creamsicle-scented mini facial that refreshes sun-blasted skin and armors it up to take on more rays. Truth Crème moisturizer soothes and hydrates without feeling heavy or greasy, Total Truth Eye Crème protects delicate skin with SPF 15, and Truth Serum cools and tones for a perfect midday boost. Pair it with a pack of Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths ($15) or a tube of her favorite sunscreen for the ultimate chill set. $45, Sephora.com

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    Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer and Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil

    Give hard-working hands some serious TLC with this power pair from British nail expert Butter London. Horse Power Nail Fertilizer is a quick-drying, hard-wearing treatment that protects against further damage while the vitamin-rich formula gets to work on strengthening nails. Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil nourishes deep down to keep skin soft and nails resilient with soybean, jojoba, and apricot oils, while the pineapple and coconut scent provides a cheerful pick-me-up. Her nails will be so shiny and healthy, they’ll never guess she rocked a 5.11 climb before the board meeting. $19 each, butterlondon.com

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    Pinch Provisions Skinny Minimergency Kit

    Hairspray, clear nail polish, nail file, lip balm, earring backs, clear hair elastics, bobby pins, safety pin, mending kit, tape, stain remover, pain reliever, dental floss, bandage, tweezers, mirror—what emergency won’t she be able to MacGyver her way out of? The Skinny Minimergency Kit’s slender three-by-five pouch somehow packs 22 tiny essentials for whatever life throws at her. Bring it on. $24, pinchprovisions.com

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