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45 Mother's Day gifts for your BFF

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Secure your bestie status for life!

You can think of a million reasons to celebrate your BFF, and Mother's Day definitely has a spot on that ever-growing list. Let her know just how much you appreciate the lifetime of girl talk, unconditional love and uncontrollable giggle fits with one (or more!) of these bestie-inspired gift picks.

Secure your bestie status for life!


Wine pairing hand towels

Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! Made of organic cotton, the Wine Pairing Towel Set rates 68 popular wines against 56 different foods for 3,808 possible pairings. Your friend will feel like a total wine connoisseur, and you'll benefit from her new-found sommelier knowledge (Uncommon Goods, $28).


Some cute, cozy PJs

You know your bestie deserves some downtime, so why not help her get cozy and look cute at the same time? Eberjey Giselle short sleeve pjs may borrow their style from the boys, but their fit is unmistakably feminine (RedEnvelope, $90).


A flower-a-month windowsill garden

Give your best girl the gift of a Year of Seeds windowsill garden and watch your friendship blossom each month when a new bloom sprouts. The easy-to-grow packets include petunias, marigolds, pansies, lobelia, alyssum, zinnias, impatiens, baby's breath, dianthus, cosmos, poppies and sweet peas. Plus, the colorful containers are cute, cute, cute (RedEnvelope, $60)!


A funny photo album

There's something so 1994 about old-school photo albums with plastic sleeve inserts, and that's precisely what makes the Worth 1000 Words Photo Album perfect for the friend who rocked acid-wash jeans with you. Get this cheeky little fellow started for her by sticking in a few pics from those nights you don't really remember, but, as it turns out, you'll never forget  (Urban Outfitters, $16).


Pretty journals

Few things are more cathartic than jotting down your thoughts, frustrations and dreams in a journal. The impossibly pretty cover illustrations by South African artist Ruan Hoffman on Jardin Des Plantes Journals are sure to get your bestie's creative juices flowing (Anthropologie, $16).


A silly cross-stitch set

Your friend always makes sure her kids get plenty of quality arts-and-crafts time, so do her the same solid by gifting her with this witty cross-stitch stationery set. It comes with a needle, thread, six cards and tongue-in-cheek messages like "Holla." (Urban Outfitters, $10)


A spa-inspired gift basket

Your BFF needs some R & R, stat! A Day Off Gift Basket comes complete with a bevy of Cru de Provence coconut-vanilla-scented spa necessities, a lavender sachet, soft waffle slippers and a convenient canvas tote. Now, if only she had a best friend who'd take her kids for the day... nudge, nudge (, $69)!


A supportive notepad

Everyone loses the pep in their step from time to time. Take the guesswork out of helping your bestie find hers with Nifty Notepad's "Pep Talk" Paper Picker Upper. Just browsing affirmations like "You can do it!" and "They're all haters" will make her feel like you're right there cheering her on (Amazon, $9).


Cocktail glasses that can't be broken

Sometimes, Mommy needs a cocktail, and she'd like to enjoy it from a grownup glass. But since Mommy has kids who break dishes for sport, she can't always find something that isn't emblazoned with a Disney princess or Marvel superhero. Enter BarLuxe's six-piece set of Hudson short glasses. They look and feel like glass, but they're actually a BPA-free, shatter-resistant copolyester. Kind of gives new meaning to happy hour, huh (The Grommet, $44/set of 6)?


Dinner & Movie of the Month Club

Let's get this straight... each month, your best friend will be sent an easy-to-prepare, delicious gourmet Italian dinner that feeds two to four people (depending on appetites or number of teenage boys in her household) and a newsletter with fun recipe ideas? Um, sign us up for the Dinner & Movie of the Month Club too (Amazing Clubs, $90/3 months).


A future heirloom album

The love and wisdom of a mother is unrivaled, and you know your bestie has some serious pearls to pass on to her family. Make it easy for her to catalog her insight every day with the Story of a Lifetime book, which poses nearly 500 prompts such as "What do you feel your greatest contribution to life has been?" (, $70)


An affirming candle for each month

What better way to send your best girl light and love all year long than by giving her a "Year of Wishes" candle collection? Each month, she'll burn a brightly-hued votive with a different wish — think hope, peace, comfort, love, fun and more — imprinted on the side (RedEnvelope, $90).


Confidence in a coffee mug

Start her morning off right with a sip from this modern "That's All — You are a Good Mom" mug. It boasts a playful pop of teal color inside and, most importantly, a simple sentiment that will go a long way toward getting her day off on the right foot (Nordstrom, $12).


A tabletop bonsai tree

Like most women, your BFF moves a million miles a minute. Lend her some Zen with a beautiful Japanese Gray Elm Bonsai Kit. Just staring at it is sure to bring her a sense of calm that will help her find her center (RedEnvelope, $35).


A "jot it when you got it" journal

Let's be real... your friend's kids are probably swinging from her like a jungle gym right now, as little ones are prone to do. When she gets a couple of free seconds, Mom's Five-Second Memory Journal will rejuvenate her with questions like "My ideal Sunday morning includes... " and fun answer options such as "brunch at a greasy spoon" and "cuddling and watching cartoons." (Amazon, $9)


A Fifty Shades cookbook

Your gal's got a fella who puts Christian Grey to shame, but that's not to say she doesn't appreciate a fine piece of meat. A funny bit of foodie porn, Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook will have her totally hot and bothered cooking up dishes like Dripping Thighs, Bacon-Bound Wings and Mustard-Spanked Chicken (Amazon, $15).


A hand-stamped necklace

Perfect for your favorite proud mommy (including your own!), the gorgeous Gold Long Tag Necklace features two gold-filled pendants that you can have hand-stamped with the names of the people she holds most dear. If one happens to be yours, so be it. (Pottery Barn Kids, $149).


Slang decoding cards

Since they don't offer an online course in teenager-ese and your BFF either has teenage kids or will eventually, do her a solid and give her some slang flashcards that might help her come to terms with expressions like "roll deep" and "off the chain" (Uncommon Goods, $10).


A two-step hair kit

Put the words "polished" and "two step" in any sentence, and you've basically guaranteed that the gift will be a hit with your busy bestie. Bumble and Bumble's quick and easy kit features the famous brand's Thickening Hairspray and Straight Blow Dry styling balm (Sephora, $35).


A clever lap tray for tablets

Whether she's working hard or hardly working, any busy mom will adore the convenient Kikkerland iBed Lap Desk for Tablets that allows her to artfully accomplish every woman's trademark move — multitasking (Amazon, $15).


A chic and sweet compact

A compact can be a girl's (other) best friend, particularly when it's pretty enough to count as jewelry like this chic silver Kate Spade version. Bonus? Every time she pulls it out to look at her pretty face and sees the words "Hey Gorgeous" etched on top, she'll think of your pretty face, too (Nordstrom, $30).


A punny reusable tote bag

Ensure she's the chicest girl in the checkout line with this 100 percent cotton canvas "Oh Kale Yeah" market tote. I mean, who doesn't love a little foodie humor? Trust us... she'll eat it up (West Elm, $18).

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