By Rozalia Jovanovic
Mother’s Day is around the corner (May 10th!). This year, gifts that inspire calm and restfulness and add a touch of floral cheer are a good way to help your mother find peace in this stressful time. Here are a few items we’ve found that tap the healing and beautifying potential of flowers.
From plates with purple dahlia to vases bearing cineraria, John Derian’s floral decoupage is perfect for the flower-loving mom in your life. Handmade to order in their New York studio, the artful objects including vases, trays, and cake stands featuring antique and vintage images of flowers cut and collaged onto handblown glass. The best thing about these blooms is they require no care. From $48, johnderian.com
Floral designer Lewis Miller first gained renown for his spontaneous floral installations created on the streets of New York from discarded blooms, which he dubbed “Flower Flashes.” Now the designer, who led a flower-arranging tutorial for Meghan Markle’s bridal shower, is giving you the opportunity—and the tools—to create your very own sumptuous installations. Why not buy a Flower Flash Box for mom, or surprise her with an installation. $245, lewismillerdesign.com
This set of delicate crystal bud vases are ideal for small elegant arrangements that highlight unique blossoms. They’re also available individually. $475 for the set, Baccarat
Spanning a variety of styles, approaches, and philosophies, Garden Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from The World’s Finest Designers on the Art of the Garden, released in April, will be a coveted tome for any gardener. The book, edited by Carl Dellatore, is a collection of essays by leading garden designers, landscape architects, and tastemakers on the universal questions of gardening. Get tips for working with sunlight by Nancy Goslee Power, guidance on borders by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, and insights into the pleasures of vegetable gardening by Carolyne Roehm. This is sure to be a must-have for the expert or novice gardener. $60, Rizzoliusa.com
One of the most recognizable names in design, Fornasetti offers delightfully scented candles featuring their signature design. This one features a design with petals and a “flora” scent. $189, Farfetch.com
While the trend of sleepwear as outerwear resurfaces every couple of years, there has never been a better time for it. And nothing epitomized the tendency better than Dolce & Gabbana’s glamorous Oscars week Pyjama Party at Los Angeles’s Chateau Marmont in late February, where, among other stars Nicole Richie stunned in her violet floral silk D&G pajamas. Why not take her cue and give your mother a gift of loungewear that lets her feel a bit luxurious while staying safely at home. world.dolcegabbana.com
We like the floral variety in Byredo’s travel edition, which includes three of its signature scents: Blanche, La Tulipe, and Rose of No Man’s Land all in 12ml vials. While your mom may not be traveling much at the moment, this gift of olfactory exploration will add some adventure and surprise to her life. $120, Byredo
Now that many of us are working from home, home offices are on the rise and likely to become the new norm even when we are permitted to return to offices. A set of botanical prints is a great way to spruce up the home workspace. These were created in the early 1900s, and are from the paintings of Pierre Joseph Redoute. $900, 1stdibs.com
Bursting with colorful florals, this tea kettle glazed with sumptuous hues and hand-decorated with botanical decals, is the perfect way to send the message to relax and unwind. $125, MacKenzie-Childs.com
Give the gift of peace of mind with a floral mask and add a touch of style to this new wardrobe item. We love the various floral patterns on offer at Johnny Was. Best of all, with every pack you purchase, one gets donated to essential workers. Pack of five for $25, or 50 for $250, Johnny Was.
If you’d like to give a gift that captures the energy of floral designer Lewis Miller’s Flower Flash street art installations (see item 2), Miller has just released a candle, which is sure to be a must-have on many lists this Mother’s Day season. In a clever nod to the New York trash can—the beloved site of many of his installations—the glass is tinted “sanitation” green. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Crossroads Homeless Shelter at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. $68, lewismillerdesign.com
Nearly a century ago, doctor and homeopath Edward Bach left behind a system of flower essences that were part of a healing technique based on homeopathic traditions. Today, his flower essences continue to be popular, especially the Rescue Remedy, which author Naomi Klein used while reporting in Iraq to help her stay calm—she called it a “talisman.” Other celebrities touted as fans on the Bach website are Jennifer Aniston and Martha Stewart. Anything to help de-stress in these times might be a great gift for mom. $21.50, Bachflower.com
Bring the garden to your mom in a bottle with scents from Jo Malone London’s new Blossom collection. Among the new scents is Waterlily, a clean floral aroma redolent of the dewey softness of the floating blooms with notes of neroli and white musk. $72 for 30ML, jomalone.com
This delicate hand-sculpted brass bloom with semi-precious stones at its center makes a great gift that will last from season to season. $350, Aerin
Mother-Daughter or Mother-Son bonding opportunities flourish when you take flower arranging classes. You get to take classes from the masters in their field – Oscar Mora, Remco, Victoria Ahn – and share a memorable experience. FlowerSchoolNY also is offering floral boxes to send but we think the flower arranging classes are really a treat.
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