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Roundup May, 6 2014

Selectism Buyer’s Guide | 15 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the US is this Sunday, May 11. If you’re thinking about writing her a sweet card filled with some spending money, great. But even better if you can slip that in with any of these gift ideas from our friends. See what Shinola, Superior Labor, The Hill-Side and more have to offer this Mother’s Day.

More Buyer’s Guides here

 

Westwind Orchard Ambrosia Maple Cutting Board

A cutting board doesn’t exactly bend gender roles, but even if tu madre es an out-of-the-kitchen type, we think she’ll appreciate this one. Handmade in New York, this Westwind Orchard board is shaped according to the natural contours of maple wood, grown in their own farm. Rich in color and texture, it’s coated with food-grade mineral oil and beeswax, also fresh from WO’s farm. Available at The Line. ($360)

 

Marimekko 50th Anniversary Fete Unikko Clutch

This chic clutch celebrates the the 50th anniversary of Marimekko’s iconic Unikko print. The bold floral style can be a hand-held pouch or a light shoulder bag. ($169)

 

Fresh Sake Candle

Fresh is more known for their skincare products, but their scents like sake, brown sugar, rose and black tea are so popular that they work great as candles too. Please Mom with this peach nectar and mandarine blend and tack on some of their signature lip balms while you’re at it. ($55)

 

Vianel Summer 2014 Customizable Cardholder

You can engrave personalized words or messages onto this neon pink cardholder by Vianel. Made of exotic lizard skin from Indonesia, and available in other punchy colors. ($250)

 

Postalco Long Card & Coin Wallet

Smooth veg-tanned cowhide and pressed cotton make up this wallet, intentionally made with no stitches on the corners to avoid breaking. A zipped compartment for coins make this wallet functional while its classic shape keeps it sophisticated. Handmade in Japan. ($240)

 

Sticky Monster Lab Flowerpot

Korea’s Sticky Monster Lab make playful character-based products like these impossibly cute flowerpots. Also available in drinking mug versions. ($23)

 

Quentin Jones for Smythson Panama Legacy Collection Passport Holder

Quentin Jones‘s playful graphics show up on classic Smythson accessories. If only we can all afford to tuck in a boarding pass for a weekend getawway in here too. Shop the leather goods here.

 

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

Aesop grind and mix tea tree leaves, nut shells and clay sloughs to concoct this magical facial exfoliant. Mom can polish her skin with this hardcore cleanser whether she’s oily or dry. For twice-weekly use. ($40)

 

Alexander Wang Ajak Strap Sandal

Everyday spring sandals by way of A-Wang. Asymmetrical black leather straps make them fashionable, while the short heel and leather soles keep them comfy. ($575)

 

Thisispaper Grocery String Bag

This collapsible bag is hand-woven in Northeastern Poland from linen string. The region is famous for making high-quality, authentic string bags, popular in the ’60s and ’70s but rare today. If Mom complains that you’re just implying she should buy you food, offer to grocery shop with her and carry the damn groceries. ($35)

 

Superior Labor Market Bag

An all-around tote made “to withstand the toughest journeys.” Produced in an old schoolhouse in Okayama with sturdy cotton canvas, thick leather trims and brass hardware. Not sure if Mom is going anywhere “tough” soon, but that’s a cool story. ($177)

 

Shinola Birdy Double Wrap Watch

Shinola hand-assemble over 50 Swiss components in Detroit for this Birdy watch, a stainless steel and sapphire crystal timepiece with double-wrap leather straps. The thin straps are stylishly feminine, and the bold face and contrast stitching make it a great casual option. ($475)

 

Takahashi Kougei Wooden Tableware

These smoothly lathed wooden cups by Takahashi Kougei are sourced from mountain trees in Hokkaido, Japan. Mom will like these hot tea and cocoa-friendly goodies. Shop them here.

 

Neighborhood Bead Eye Necklace

Not an accessory we usually picture moms wearing, but she can pull off the Japanese-Americana-grunge aesthetic in her own way, right? She should at least try. ($105)

 

The Hill-Side Spring/Summer 2014 Cotton Selvedge Chambray Scarf

This turquoise scarf from The Hill-Side is a 100% cotton number sourced from Japan. Available in small or large, in many other patterns and colors. See more styles here.

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