Finding ways to say “thanks” to the super moms in our lives is no easy feat. In addition to the much-appreciated breakfast in bed and a handmade card, it’s always nice to get mom a little something extra just to let her know you were thinking of her. We’ve gathered up a list of great gift ideas for just about every type of mom, from the fashionista to the domestic diva. Just print out this list and hand it off to your hubby and have him get to work, just be sure to circle the ones you want most! Happy Mother’s Day!

The Fashionista: Her closet might be bursting at the seams, but she can’t ever have enough shoes, handbags and fun accessories.

Mimi and Red, located in both Bird Rock and Mission Hills, currently has a darling assortment of colorful, reasonably priced summer wear that mom will love. They also have jewelry, candles, and perfume to complete your Southern California chic look. Pink Icing carries amazing brands for everything from jeans to rompers. C&C, Hudson, Catherine Malandrino, Rachel Zoe, Trina Turk, Ella Moss…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

mimi and red

The Spa-Goer: We’re blessed to have so many amazing spas in San Diego, but you can sweeten the deal by giving mom a trip away for the weekend in addition to a little pampering. Because what mam doesn’t love a little pampering for Mother’s Day?

Re-live the glory days where you went to bed without paint, marker, or food stains on our clothes at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. We love that this spa offers hydrating facials, relaxation massages, and everything in-between, as well as fab accommodations, tennis facilities (complimentary use of the tennis courts included), and poolside cabanas. The signature spa treatments begin at $280 and their 50-minute body polishes begin at $145.


The Expectant Mama: If you haven’t guessed, she’s most interested in being pampered and comfortable during these loooong 9 months.

Prego moms may not feel their best, but it’s impossible not to look like a movie star when wearing Hatch. It’s comfortable and super stylish. You’ll probably miss wearing it once baby is born, though they say you’ll get mileage out of it once you enter the sleep deprivation zone. Hatch has jumpers, dresses, hoodies, pants and more. It may be a little bit of a splurge but she’ll love you for making her feel like she’s InStyle magazine-worthy. Another popular idea: housekeeping provided by either you or someone you hired.

The Social Butterfly: She’s never home, always making plans, and loves keeping in contact with even the most distant friends on Facebook.

Really, the handwritten note isn’t an outdated form of communication, especially when it’s show-stopping. Check out Ink in Hillcrest for cute and funky letterpress stationary, fancy custom address stamps, Russell + Hazel products, and more that will keep your socialite organized and Emily Post-approved.


The Nostalgia Mama: She cries at the sight of those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials. And, she wants to remember everything the kids have ever done.

Hip, timeless, and trendy photo albums alongside the most gorgeous scrapbooking paper ever lives at Paper Source in Carlsbad and La Jolla. Perhaps a gift card might be best here to let Mom squeal with joy upon walking into this paper mecca. She’ll spend quite a bit of time in here browsing through their paper good as well as their adorable collections of housewares and other knick knacks.


The Domestic Diva or Foodie: She’s the one who can whip up a gourmet meal without a cookbook and always has perfectly baked goods on tap. Yes, her.

Frankly, she’ll also love the above suggestions for the Not-So-Domestic Diva. However, if her kitchen is already kitted out, how about a culinary adventure? Contact La Jolla Wine Tours and sign mom up for a San Diego County winery tour, a walking wine and gourmet food adventure or a ride on the Coaster to sip at several urban wineries. Sur la Table and Great News! also have plenty of cooking classes for every diva, including macaron making, pizza and seafood grilling, cake decorating and piping, and more.


The Blingy Mom: You can’t go wrong something shiny…or in a certain blue box.

Head to Tiffany & Co. at Fashion Valley to give your mom a Tiffany pendant, a gorgeous crystal vase, or an amazing splurge. Ten Things handmade bohemian-chic jewelry is San Diego made and inspired by the 70’s and 80’s laid back SoCal coastal lifestyle. Pick up these gorgeous, simple pieces online or at Bliss 101 in Encinitas, BeStyled in Coronado, and Pink Lagoon (both La Jolla and Solana Beach locations).

I’ll Know It When I See It: The uncertain gift-giver who needs to look, touch and feel prior to execution may want to wander into one of these stores to browse housewares, jewelry, books and more.

Warwicks Books, La Jolla
Patina Gifts and Accents, Pacific Beach
SoLo, Solana Beach
Mingei Museum Gift Shop, Balboa Park

What will you be giving your mom for Mother’s Day this year?

— Katie Dillon

Photos courtesy of: Mimi & Red Boutique facebook page, Ojai Valley Inn facebook page, Ink website, Paper Source facebook page, Great News! facebook page. Featured image credit: lindsayshaver