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Mother’s Day is upon us, and it can be downright daunting to have to pick the perfect gift for mama.

First of all, I have to say I am truly blessed to have such strong women in my life. I have a mother I absolutely couldn’t live without, as well as an aunt and cousins that are like sisters. My future mother-in-law is amazing, which I am so excited about. My grandmother was also a huge influence on me, and I’m lucky to have had her for the 16 years I did. There’s no gift that could embody how much I adore these women.

But, I always try to show how much I appreciate my mom. I have definitely given some gifts over the years that I regret, because she probably didn’t use them as much as I envisioned. That’s why this year, I’m really trying to only give gifts for any occasion that I think the recipient will love and use– and not something that just takes up space. We all have too much stuff to just get more!

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom, or a strong woman in your life, look no further. Here’s my top gifts for this holiday!

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La Mer creme

Supposedly the best moisturizer on the planet, this stuff is pretty much at the top of every woman’s wish list. While it’s expensive, there are travel size and smaller options for us on a budget!

Jewelry organizer

If your mama is like mine, she’s got a lot of jewelry! A jewelry organizer is always a good idea, because it’s so easy to misplace earrings or make a total mess of your countertop. I love this one because its got three bars for necklaces, and you can put your longer ones on top without them tangling with your shorter necklaces. There is also a tray on the bottom for rings or stud earrings. My mom wears a lot of clip earrings too, and that’s a perfect place for them.

Southern Living magazine subscription

It’s hard to beat a good magazine subscription. My mom doesn’t get Southern Living, but she does get Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. I will say though, what southern woman wouldn’t enjoy SL? It’s got great gardening tips, recipes, and home decor ideas. The publisher also makes special edition issues, so there’s a good chance there’s one she’ll find interesting.

Peacock pearl triple strand necklace

This is one of my jewelry companies, and I might be biased because the owner is my good friend! But, she’s amazing. She makes necklaces, earrings, and bracelets and takes custom orders for just about anything. I love her long necklaces that can be wrapped several times, and also her statement earrings. My mom has a huge pearl obsession, and Knotty Designs has so many options!

Silk floral scarf

To be totally honest, I think this scarf would be more for me anyway… but I know mom would love it too. It’s big enough to tie around a handbag for some color, and also small enough to wear as a neckerchief (that’s the hip word, right?) This one is from Urban Outfitters but I know Target has a very similar option!

Revision Skincare serum

I’ve never used this line, but my mom does and she loves it! They sell this line at a lot of med-spas and I know several bloggers that use it and swear by Revision. Again they can be pricey, but Amazon has some great deals and you can often find it through third-party seller for a little cheaper.

What are you getting your mama (or aunt, or mother-in-law) for Mother’s Day?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love decorating, and I especially love Christmas decorating. There are so many fun, inexpensive ways to light up your home for the holidays. Here are some of my favorites, and some examples from my home to get your creative juices flowing.

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Wreaths and garland

This is a no-brainer for the holidays. Garland is a super cheap decoration solution- just pick some up at a Dollar Tree or Dollar General. You can literally use the stuff for anything: Decorate the tree, wind it around your banisters, hang it around your chandelier… I’m game for whatever. Wreaths can get expensive if you aren’t into DIYing, but if you are, go to your local craft store and pick up the vines and get the rest of the materials from Amazon or Walmart to save yourself some cash money (I made ours years ago!)

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Table décor

These little mason jar decorations are some of my favorite holiday pieces- and they cost $2 to make! Buy these jars (not the Mason brand like these, but they do the trick) at your local Dollar Tree. While you’re there, pick up a sleeve of round ornaments. Usually, the rolls come with 5-10 of them, depending on the size. I chose the small, round balls in green, red, gold, and silver. Next, just take the top off of the jar and dump the ornaments in. It’s that easy! I made these for a Christmas party years ago, and I pack them away just like this so they’re easy to pull out for next year.

If you prefer the textured, quilted look, get a set of 12 here that will work just fine.

Candles or wax melts

Nothing says holidays like a good scent. My favorites are anything vanilla related, or something that smells like baked goods. Peppermint, pine, cedar, and cinnamon are more popular scents for the winter season. If you don’t like candles for the fear of leaving them lit by accident (guilty), try wax melts or oil plugs. Pick up nice candles for less at a HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx; grab holiday wax melts here in a set of 10 for $8; or use a Bath and Body Works coupon to buy wallflower scents for next to nothing.

Stockings

While Mitri and I don’t make stockings for each other, we do make stockings for the dogs. Judge me if you will, but it’s actually one of our favorite things about Christmas Day! We get all the dogs together in the living room and dump their stockings out in front of them. They have so much fun and it makes our day better knowing that they feel loved! You can make great stockings with just a few yards of fabric and decorative pom-poms, but if crafting isn’t your thing, you can buy a few for just a few bucks. Try the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby/Michaels, or get cute embroidered stockings here (3 for $20!)

Need more ideas? Here are a few more sneak peaks of my holiday home!

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