Get the last word edgewise by inscribing a name, phrase, or family in-joke on one of Erica Weiner’s deadstock brass necklaces from the ’70s. Gift of the gab? Weiner will stamp both sides for an extra $15.
RULE OF THUMB
Separation anxiety? Give the family matriarch a piece of yourself she can carry with her. Jane Wear turns a mold of your thumbprint into a one-of-a-kind recycled-silver charm, ready for slipping onto Mom’s favorite necklace.
SAY MY NAME
Mama always said you were a character. Strung on a 14-karat gold chain, Foamy Wader’s vintage brass-plate pendant offers room for up to 15 of your choosing.
She’s a classy broad, so give her a pair of finely wrought bracelets that speak volumes with their dueling diamond and hammered textures. Andrea Bonelli hones each piece from recycled sterling silver. Contact her for a quote if you want to get extra-fancy with diamonds.
If you insist on going the plant route, swap the tired bouquet for one of Colleen Jordan’s 3D-printed miniature planters. Suspended on a leather or waxed-cotton cord, each vessel is the perfect size for a tiny clipping, with room to grow.
Diamonds? Meh. A rough-cut amethyst solitaire packs a far bigger wow. Urban Aviary’s Samantha Bird wrangles her jewelry to order in her third-floor studio in Delaware. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase goes to charity.
NOSE IT ALL
Make it easy for madre to look—and smell—pretty at a moment’s notice. Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s Edwardian-style locket isn’t just made in the United States from lead- and nickel-free brass, it also houses a pat of solid perfume derived from organic botanical essences and homegrown beeswax.
If you’re looking to splash out in a big way, look no further than the ersatz diamond ring from McFarland Designs. Made with lab-grown moissanite and matte-brushed recycled sterling silver, the handmade sparkler offers the same brilliance sans cruelty.
WAX ON, WAX OFF
For the Tennyson-spouting forebear, look to Pyrrha’s talisman necklaces, which the Vancouver company hand-casts in reclaimed sterling silver or bronze using 19th century wax seals. Each pendant features an insignia based on heraldry, from animal totems to symbols rife with meaning.
CALL OF NATURE
Mamacita can rein in unruly family members with Christine Domanic’s vintage bird-call necklace, which makes a variety of tweets with a twist of the top. Inscribed with “Audubon Bird Call” on one side and “Newington Conn” on the other, the wood-and-metal instrument hangs on an antiqued brass chain.
SISTERS DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES
Word to mothers everywhere. Kate Spade’s grown-up take on the friendship bracelet provides vital, sustainable employment for women in war-torn Afghanistan.
CHARMED, WE’RE SURE
Mom doesn’t need another reason to brag, but just in case, not only do Altruette’s recycled silver and gold charms allow you to immortalize every family milestone, they also benefit standup organizations such as Global Giving, Donors Choose, and the Humane Society.