From the time we are born up until the time we hit our pre-teens, many of us view our mothers as flawless, caring wonders—a thing of pure perfection. But as we grow older, we begin to see them as so much more than their role as mother; we begin to see them for who they are. Beautifully flawed, well-intentioned individuals that are trying to do the best they can with what they have and what they know. And despite all the complications and disappointments they encounter, they still find time to look out for and take care of those they hold dear.
This Mother’s Day, why not do something special for the moms in your life that goes beyond the flowers that will wilt in a week or the chocolates that will most likely be eaten by her partner and kids. Get her a gift that’s priceless and will stand the test of time. Give her the gift of a beautifully authentic life. Here’s a list of eight books that can help make that happen.
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1. For the Mom that Wants to Get Organized
by Courtney Carver
If your mom is bordering on hoarder but is looking to “downsize now that the kids are out of the house,” then she can’t go wrong with this book. Let Soulful Simplicity author, Courtney Carver, lead your mother down the path towards practical minimalism living. She’ll learn to create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love.
2. For the Mom Seeking Inspiration
THE 52 LISTS PROJECT
by Moorea Seal
The idea that making weekly lists could lead you to a life of self-discovery, beauty, joy, creativity and genuine power may seem far-fetched, but it’s true. And that’s what makes this journal a gamechanger. Based on the popular blog series by Moorea Seal, this bestselling journal is capable of providing the mother in your life with an outlet for self-expression and self-development which will ultimately prompt her to take action and make her dreams a reality.
3. For the Selfless Mom that Needs a Little “Me Time”
by Richelle Sigele Donigan and Rachel Neumann
Who doesn’t want to get away for a long weekend vacation? And let’s be honest, is there anyone more deserving of a weekend getaway than that special mother in your life. Help her plan the perfect mini-trip with this guide to relaxation and reconnection. With simple mindfulness activities, healthy recipes, and suggested itineraries she’ll be able to unwind, recharge, build community, and get creative—all in one long weekend.
4. For the Mom that Loves to Cook But Has No Time
MORE WITH LESS
by Jodi Moreno
This is not your average cookbook. More with Less boasts whole foods recipes that elevate everyday fare into something incredible. These busy mom recipes are sophisticated and healthy yet quick and simple. Your mother will learn how to prepare slow food fast—with ten ingredients or less. This is what we call clean eating for the modern palate and schedule.
5. For the Radical Mom
IN PRAISE OF DIFFICULT WOMEN
by Karen Karbo
Is the mom in your life smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine? Let her know you appreciate and celebrate those qualities by gifting her In Praise of Difficult Women. This beautifully illustrated book is an ode to the legacies of 29 iconic and charismatic women who forged their own unique paths through modern history.
6. For the Mom that Wants to Look Her Best, No Matter Her Age
by Victoria Tsai
Have you ever wondered why women from Asian countries have such beautiful skin? Well, wonder no more. With this thoughtful guide, you can give your mother access to the time-tested secrets of Japanese skincare. Not only will she become more familiar with her skin and its needs, but she’ll be given the tools to create a super simple, customized skincare ritual that will keep her skin healthy and looking its best.
7. For the Mom Who Wants to Manage and Reduce Her Stress
THE ANXIETY JOURNAL
by Corinne Sweet
Get your mom the gift of calm with this practical, supportive, and uplifting journal that acts as an indispensable companion on her journey to a peaceful mind.
8. For the Mom Who Has the Deepest Connection with Her Daughter(s)
PERFECT IS BORING
by Tyra Banks and Carolyn London
Carolyn London, mother to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse Tyra Banks, will be the first to tell you that she is not her daughter’s best friend. But in the duo’s new book, Perfect Is Boring, their cherished bond, based on honesty, unconditional love, trust and dare I say, friendship, is notably responsible for Tyra’s rise to fame and professional success. If you were raised to reach for the stars by a mom that offered a mix of pep talks, tough love, with a side of cray-in-a-good-way, then show your appreciation. Gift her this book.
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