Skip The Roses: Mother's Day Beauty Gifts That She'll Actually Want

The Savvy Reeder

Mother's Day is quickly approaching. (Hint: It's May 9th!) Instead of cobbling together a sappy card and soon to die flowers, let's be more creative in our approach to showing Mom some love. She is, after all, the one who gave you life, guidance, and unconditional love. Whether she's your biological mother, related only by law, or just the woman you've chosen as the exemplar motherly type person in your life, show her that you appreciate her by offering a thoughtful, unique gift that she is sure to love for years.

Rose Quartz Crystals

Linked to expressions of joy, unconditional love, and healing, rose quartz is a gorgeous crystal to gift to the one you love. The GIA Gemstone Encyclopedia notes that ancient civilizations believed rose quartz could prevent aging, balance emotions, and heal through love. What better affordable stone to give the one who unconditionally loves you. Some of my favorite rose quartz items for beauty involve sculpting stones or gua sha stones.

Kora Organics, Miranda Kerr's beauty line, has a gorgeous heart-shaped facial sculpting tool in a lovely set that includes her balancing rose mist, Noni glow facial oil, and rose quartz facial luminizer. Use the facial sculptor to blend in the oils to the skin for a relaxing, refreshing at-home facial experience.

Another great gift is a gua sha set, with a rose quartz eye mask. Use the cooling eye mask to depuff the eye area, and cool the skin. Rolling the facial roller over the skin can help relieve tension and improve circulation to the face, according to many gua sha enthusiasts. Hop over to Etsy to find some great crystal facial sets, like this, from independent sellers and craftspeople.

Even if you don't buy into the claims of crystals being healing, we can all agree that they are pretty to look at. A great option is this stunning glass water bottle that has a rose quartz crystal on the inside of it. The base comes off, so it's really easy to clean. I picked one of these up at a gem show a year ago and it's one of my most complimented items when I'm out in public. It's just a stunning piece to have. It doesn't make water taste weird either. It makes for quite a unique gift!

Rose Infused Skincare

Roses have been used in skincare for ages. Packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals that the skin loves, rose is an incredible ingredient for skin, according to SkinInc. You'll find skincare with rose ingredients have really great soothing and hydrating properties. While they may have high levels of rose in the ingredients, often the products don't have a strong scent or fragrance either.

Try a K-Beauty favorite from Mamonde Skincare. The Rose Water Toner is their best-selling product, and for good reason. This toner infuses skin with hydration while soothing any irritation. It plumps the skin and readies it for the next steps of any skincare routine.

If hydration is a big skincare concern for your mother, try the Fresh Beauty Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. As skin ages, it becomes drier. While we all can use a hydration boost, grab this facial cream for the mature-skinned lady in your life, and she'll be sure to love it. It doesn't overpower you with a rose scent and it deeply hydrates without causing skin congestion. It's a rich cream for anyone who needs deep hydration.

Another great hydrating cream is the Korres Apothecary Wild Rose Night-Brightening Sleeping Facial. Using an overnight mask can really allow the rose-based ingredients to get some real work done. This mask claims to brighten complexions, diminish dark spots, and soften fine lines. Those are some powerful roses. And I love the idea of my skincare working for me while I'm asleep.

Rose (and Floral) Fragrance

When in doubt, perfume and fragrance never fails. Instead of opting for the same boring perfumes that everyone else will give mom, try something new a refreshing.

Go luxe with the Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum. This has notes of jasmine and tuberose with hints of other modern touches that really elevates this fragrance above other everyday floral perfumes. It doesn't overpower the wearer or those around her, yet it grabs attention. It's floral, but it's not heavy.

Maybe you want to get a fragrance that you're sure she hasn't already bought herself. Our favorite purse destination, Kate Spade, just launched a new fragrance called New York. Its described as sparkling, fresh, and colorful. I love it because it incorporates a blend of fruity scents with floral. This has notes of strawberry, rose, citrus, and bergamot.

Take mom on a trip down memory lane with the Maison Margiela Replica Flower Market perfume. This fragrance evokes memories of greenery and flowers and being at the farmers market on a Saturday morning and breathing in the floral air. You'll get notes of green leaves, jasmine, peach, cedar, and rose. It's a wild mixture that is just crazy enough to work.

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