Whether you’re lazy, forgetful, or just one of those people who purports to “appreciate Mom every day,” there’s no excuse not to throw a little extra love to all the moms in your life on Mother’s Day. Think of it as an opportunity to say thank you to your mom, your best friend’s mom, that mom at work: We see how hard you’re working and how wonderful you’re doing, and we appreciate you. Now, have a cookie.
Dip some strawberries in chocolate.
These are so easy, and a guaranteed hit. Buy some 70 percent cacao chocolate (or chips), melt in the microwave at 15-second intervals or over a double boiler until liquid. Wash and dry (dry WELL—this is a key step!) some strawberries, then dip them in and lay them to dry on some parchment paper. Feeling fancy? Sprinkle on some Maldon flakes or cacao nibs while the chocolate's still wet.
Buy it: This raspberry-rose bar from Chuao Chocolatier is organic and has that fruity-chocolatey kick. Bonus: The rose is stress-reducing!
Blend up a stress-relief tea.
This anti-anxiety tea is made from fennel, rose hips, mint, marshmallow, and lemon balm, nourishing herbs that offer minerals and vitamins to replenish your nervous system and calm your stomach. Blend together the herbs and put in a pretty jar, then tie a bow around. Look, Mom—you cooked (kinda).
Give her milk and cookies.
Make some super-fast almond butter cookies by combining 1 cup of almond butter with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix together ¾ cup coconut sugar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it all up, toss in some chocolate chip or cacao nibs, and bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Now, make your homemade hemp milk (so easy, I promise—just blend a heaping tablespoon of hemp seeds with a cup of filtered water until smooth). Pour your hemp milk in a mason jar, chuck the cookies in a bag, and tie 'em together with a cute bow, and you have a gift perfect for the child inside every mom.
Buy It: The Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies are made from almond flour and coconut sugar, and the Califia Organic Milk is as close as you can get to homemade (so few ingredients!) while doing no work.
Make some everything-bagel popcorn.
If Mom's more of a savory type, whip up a batch of Everything-Bagel Popcorn using our super-quick Everything Bagel seasoning. Mix your spices, then melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pot over medium. Add a ½ cup of kernels and cover, then let pop until the sounds slow. Toss with the seasoning and a bit of butter, coconut oil, or ghee, then let cool and put in a cute paper bag. Write "You're Beautiful" on the front and drop the marker—you nailed it.
Buy It: Throw some coconut oil popcorn in a bag. Done.
Prep her a meal.
And then stop. OK, hear me out: The most annoying part of cooking is the prep work (this is why all of those meal-delivery kits are so popular). Pick a recipe you know Mom will love, then buy all the ingredients and prep them—cut the vegetables, blend the spices, etc. Print out the recipe, box it all up, and give it to Mom (and then, you know, stick around! There might be dinner ready soon!).
Buy it: Get her a few Sun Basket delivery meal kits with all-organic, grass-fed ingredients (the first week's free, so you could always "buy" her that if you're saving your pennies).