To kick off the month, the weekend and all things Mother’s Day we asked Rachel Blumenthal, the YSL publicist-turned-tech entrepreneur (her site, Cricket’s Circle, is a genius resource for discerning women with little ones on the way) to share her favorite luxuries for first-time moms. Whether you’re forwarding a not-so-subtle hint to your hubs or shopping for a special mom in your life, Rachel’s ideas are beyond chic — you can’t go wrong.
Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of Cricket's Circle
"Aside from the obvious (first words, first steps, first day of school), new moms will distinctly remember their first Mother’s Day. I remember mine vividly. I was standing on the street, holding my son Griffin, waiting for my husband to pick up breakfast. Literally everyone that passed by wished me a Happy Mother’s Day - practically treating me like a celebrity. It was in that moment that I not only realized how important being a mother was but how much people respected mothers."
"So with that in mind, make her first Mother's Day truly special with family and friends (the little one likely isn't making her handmade cards just yet). From splurgy keepsakes to indulgent experiences, these gifts will make for an amazing first Mother's Day memory. Have fun celebrating!"
"This will truly wow her. It's something that she'll treasure forever -- and talk about a gift with personality! A custom illustration of the family by Donald Robertson would be an instant heirloom."
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"A custom Loquet is as chic as it is special (and at the top of our list). Each Loquet is designed to be personalized with collectible charms and birthstones - so you can build on the piece for years to come."
Loquet Custom Necklace, From $750.
"No one appreciates a perfect pot of coffee like a mom. Don't forget the Stumptown beans delivered on the regular."
Moccamaster KGB741 Coffee Maker, $329; Stumptown Coffee Roasters House Blend Coffee, $14.
"Perfect floral arrangements by Taylor Tomasi Hill will delight – if you can get your hands on them. If that doesn’t pan out, The Bouqs is the jackpot of online flower shops with organic farm-fresh stems arranged beautifully (and delivered overnight)."
The Bouqs Floral Arrangements, from $40.
"Give her two things she can never get enough of – alone time and wine – with a weekend at Calistoga Ranch (Or anywhere, really.) It's amazing what a few days away will do for your sanity."
Calistoga Ranch Bee Well Body Massage, $170 for 60 minutes.
"The next-best thing to a spa getaway: Tata Harper’s daily skincare line. The products are all-natural (no chemicals, just flowers!) and will soothe her soul as much as her skin."
Tata Harper Deluxe Beauty Set, $65.
"Good things come in small packages. These beautiful, delicate Jennifer Meyer diamond letter necklaces will keep littles close to her heart."
Jennifer Meyer Diamond Letter Necklace, $1800.
"The #1 gift? A morning to sleep in for new moms! This cute eye mask will help her get the shut-eye she deserves."
Mary Green Good Morning Good Night Sleep Mask, $26.
Chic Mom Tote
"New moms practically have to carry their entire lives in one bag when out running errands. This monogrammed canvas bag by Iomoi has room for everything she could ever need to haul around (including a small child)."
Iomoi The Jack Bag, $168 Each.
"Every mom thinks their child is a mini Monet. Her heart will melt if you put serious thought into creating a piece of artwork composed of the kids’ masterpieces."
Jan Eleni Collage, from $950.
"For a glam mother/daughter moment mommy & me matching Charlotte Olympia shoes are divine."
Charlotte Olympia Velvet Slippers, $696; Incy Wincy Slippers, $125.
"It might seem boring, but custom letterpress stationery is a lovely gift that always comes in handy, especially when she has a zillion thank yous to write for all the lovely baby gifts."
SteelPetalPress Personalized Stationery, $160 for 50 cards.