Well boys, this one’s for the ladies in your life. Whether it’s your wife or your mother, most of you have someone that you’ll want to pick up a little something for this week in anticipation of Mother’s Day Sunday. You didn’t forget did you? Here’s a little inspiration to help get you started and keep you out of the proverbial doghouse.
A few weeks ago we featured a Simple Canvas Pack from Mountainback and the response has been through the roof. Saddleback is primarily a leather company that has recently added a collection of waxed canvas and leather bags that come with their insane 100-year warranty. Their Canvas Tote ($297) or Small Gear Bag ($147) would be perfect for the lady that appreciates quality handmade goods that last.
There are many activity and fitness trackers out there these days, but most of them have an athletic look to them. The Bellabeat Leaf offers the same benefits of other health trackers but looks more like jewelry. It’s available in Silver and Ash ($119.99) or Rose Gold and African Blackwood ($149.99). Both are hypoallergenic and can be worn as a clip, a necklace, or as a bracelet with the leather wrap provided. It works with it’s own app to monitor activity, sleep, mindfulness, and fertility.
Admittedly, I’m crazy about the C.C. Filson Company from Seattle, Washington. But their ladies line is sharp as well. Consider one of their scarves as a gift for mom or wife. Their Square Scarf ($60) comes in dark tan buffalo check and washed black and red plaid. The Oblong Scarf ($60) is a nice option too.
Most ladies enjoy scented candles. And most of the time they smell like fresh laundry and floral bouquets. Want to give your mom or wife something that reminds them of their favorite beardsman? Check out these hand poured small batch 8 oz. candles ($18) from Hawk + Hatchet in Wisconsin. With scents like Cabin, Campfire, Earth, Tannery, and Uncle Lloyd’s Pipe they are sure to conjure up memories of spending time with you and your rustic beard.
Perfect for warm May weather, Faherty Brand is a small company that has created the perfect blend of workwear and beachwear. Great for the surf or bonfire, these shirts are made of unique artisanal and sustainable fabrics.
They use traditional indigo dying, so the shirts are sure to get better with age. Check out their great collection of men’s shirts as well. Shown is the Malibu Shirt in Blue and Cream ($128) which is a lightweight spring flannel in classic buffalo check featuring herringbone weave.
The Book Of The Month Club is perfect if mom is an avid reader. A group of judges curate the selections and work with an editorial team to choose the best book recommendations with members. Mom gets one book a month that she chooses from a list of 5 offered. Shipping is free and she can skip a month if she doesn’t fancy any of the titles. $83.94 for 6-months or $143.88 for a 12-month subscription.
If your mom or wife is a photographer she knows that most of the camera bags available for ladies just aren’t very ladylike. Most of them are functional and sporty, or they’re just too masculine. Enter Kelly Moore. Her camera bags have beautiful designs that are as functional as they are feminine.
Masquerading as a handbag, they have removable baskets, adjustable dividers, and loads of pockets designed at protecting camera gear. Each bag has hand straps as well as shoulder straps and most feature a “Posey Pocket” that allows for quick access to credit cards, passport, cash, and memory cards so she doesn’t need an additional wallet.
The Libby ($249) is shown here in Sapphire is one of the larger bags and will accommodate camera body, lenses, and a laptop. The Augusta ($199) shown in Saddle is a bit smaller but will still hold a ton of gear within its padded dividers.
If you’ve never heard of these, that’s okay. That’s because you’re a man. But apparently they’re all the rage right now. This one probably falls into the wife category but mom might like them too. Tieks ($175) are boutique ballet flats. A quick tutorial on ladies footwear, they aren’t really for ballet. That’s just what they’re called. Anyway, Tieks are made of premium Italian full grain leather with non-stick rubber soles.
What I can get on board with is that they are especially well made. It takes three days and 150 steps to create a single pair of Tieks. They come in about a billion colors and prints but all have a signature Tiek blue sole and stripe. Ladies like that they fold up and are easily stowed in a handbag. Each comes with a pouch and a tote.
I love raw denim, but there isn’t much out there for ladies. Imogene + Willie are a cool husband and wife company from Nashville that set up their shop in an old service station. They have a huge following and make denim that comes from Cone Mills in North Carolina. The Imogene Slim Indigo jean ($195) is a mid rise cut from 11.5 oz indigo dyed denim. Unless you have a super hip mom, this one is probably for your wife as well. And she’ll love them.
Similar to SprezzaBox for men, Stitch Fix is a monthly clothes subscription box for ladies. Perfect for a woman who is on the go, or doesn’t like to fuss with shopping. Like many of the men’s services, it starts with a style quiz so that your personal stylist can get to know your preferences. They send 5 pieces a month. She can keep what she wants and send back the rest. Prices vary based on budget.
Skip the department store perfume counter and go straight to the source. Rootfoot is known for fragrances made from organic and wildcrafted essential oils. Their Spirit Animal line helps to guide, heal,inspire and nourish the spirit. Select an individual scent ($26) or go for the full collection ($128) that comes in a white leather medicine pouch. Best of all, the scents are unisex so you can sneak some when she’s not looking.
If none of these gifts appeal to mom keep in mind that the one gift she probably wants the most is time with you. Make some time to reconnect with mom this Mother’s Day. If you don’t bring a gift she probably won’t even mind. Because sometimes the best present is presence.