Tu Es Belle, a Mother’s Day Gift Guide

A wooden headborard with the phrase tu es belle, a mother's day gift guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Each and every year, it becomes increasingly difficult to pick the perfect present, since there seems to be an overwhelming world of possibilities. Rest assured, New York For Beginners loves to separate the wheat from the chaff. We have prepared a short and sweet Mother’s Day gift guide with 10+ beauty and lifestyle gift ideas under $100 to accommodate every budget. Now sit back, take a sip of coffee and relax. We know how precious moms are, and anything in this guide will surely make her feel special!

{Psst… Is your French a bit rusty? Tu es belle means “You are beautiful.” We believe moms are beautiful inside and out and deserve the perfect homage. Also, to make your life easier, we have linked the websites that sell these wonderful products using this bold pink lettering.}

1. Classic Shampoo and Conditioner by Rahua ($34.00 and $36.00): Calling all the Rapunzels turned green warriors in the room! Rahua, one of the first eco-chic luxury haircare brands, offers rainforest grown beauty to make a timeless gift that Mom will love. Like a little black dress, this shampoo and conditioner combo is the perfect timeless and elegant gift that goes with everything. With the promise of bouncy tresses using natural and organic ingredients, Rahua proves that green beauty products offer even better results than their synthetic counterparts. With a soothing and spiritual palo santo scent, this combo will give mom the gift of a few precious minutes alone with her thoughts. Safe for colored hair, it penetrates deeply in the hair shaft to return it to its healthiest state. Believe me: A good formula can do much good for Mom’s hair and soul, and Rahua is one of those rare green haircare brands that do not disappoint.


2. Mighty Tighty Face Mask by FarmHouse Fresh ($30.00): With a whooping 98% of natural ingredients, this beauty mask is a much-deserved me-time in a bottle to thank Mom for her hard work. An antioxidant-rich formula filled with bananas, turmeric and New York-grown echinacea, just one whiff of its fruity scent will transport Mom to a mental staycation. Did we mention it leaves dull and dry skin feeling fresh, tight and overall great? A perfect gift for Moms who cherish their natural beauty and have fun trying new textures.

3. Oriental Bird Waterproof Poncho by November Rain ($59.00): How many times has your Mom complained that a rogue cloud caught her by surprise? This beautiful waterproof poncho might be the perfect solution to the crazy weather swings we have gone through these last few months. With an elegant design and a one-size-fits-all pattern, it looks gorgeous on its own or even as an overlay for a bulky winter coat. A funky take on the traditional raincoat, it makes a beautiful gift for those Moms on the go who hate to carry big and bulky umbrellas.


4. Galaxy Glass Water Bottle by Kikkerland ($13.00): Because Mom is out of this world, there is no better gift than a reusable water bottle with a gorgeous galaxy print. This eco-friendly 20 oz water container is enough to help her rehydrate during her long days, plus the neoprene sleeve keeps her drinks at perfect temperature. Marrying functionality and the latest trends, it is a sweet and memorable gift that won’t break your bank.

5. Reusable Makeup Mittys by Take My Face Off ($38.50 / pack of three Mittys): Flowers are pretty, but they fade pretty fast. How about you gift Mom instead these beautiful and super soft reusable makeup removers that look like petals? Good for the skin and the environment, these green super heroes are way cuter than a gross old washcloth, nicer than cotton balls and cheaper than makeup wipes. Although the Mittys are very cute, they were one of the New York Indie Beauty Expo for a reason: They remove everything! From stubborn eye makeup to ye olde good red lipstick, they are big enough to get any trace of makeup in a couple of swipes. Perfect for the earth-conscious mother, they are a wonderful addition to any makeup bag as their luxurious material won’t tug or irritate Mom’s delicate skin. You can thank me later!


6. Fruit Pigmented Better Naked Palette by 100% Pure ($53.00): Calling all purists and fans of 100% Pure! The brand has finally launched the latest version of the celebrated Naked palette. With three new neutral rosy, taupe and beige eye shadows with a hint of shimmer, one luminizer and the most gorgeous blush ever, it has quickly become a staple piece of my vanity. This beautiful palette is as nontoxic and green as it comes. Pigmented using a patented combination of extracts from fruits and veggies, it is nourishing to the skin and respectful towards the environment. A luxury gift for the conscious mom, this palette is worth its weight in eco-chic gold.

a magazine spread of mothers day gift ideas under 50 dollars including aromatherapy sprays, sara happ perfect pout kit and a DIY mask kit

7. Breathe Me Aromatherapy Kit by Balanced Guru ($39.99): Looking for a non-toxic and healthy fragrance to gift your mom? Balanced Guru has the perfect solution. This cute box contains a full size aromatherapy mist of their celebrated blends: Calm, Courage, Love, Focus, and Joy. With the intention to provide a full sensory experience using the power of aromatherapy, Balanced Guru only uses therapeutic grade essential oils derived from plants and flowers (and not the cheap synthetic fragrance oils widely available.) A magnificent gift for the natural beauty lover in your life, it comes with the USDA organic seal as a seal of quality.

8. Soaper Heroes Gift Set by Soap and Glory ($20.00): The cutest and sassiest brand from the UK has landed in American soil with a wonderful gift set in time for Mother’s Day. Nestled inside a gorgeous box, she’ll find the travel versions of the brand’s best-sellers so she can take them in her next adventure. Shower gel, body scrub, body butter, body cream and hand cream, this dreamy kit has everything to cover her beauty needs with a pinch of laughter. I can’t think of a better gift for traveling moms!


9. Perfect Pout In A Box Lip Treatment Set by Sara Happ ($62.00 for a $78.00 value): Sara Happ, aka The Lip Expert, is a true beauty pioneer who has devoted her life to achieving beautiful and plump lips without synthetic fillers. This Perfect Pout in a Box is an easy way to introduce Mom to the perfect Lip Ritual. The kit includes a Brown Sugar Lip Scrub (the first in its category, back in 2005), a Sweet Clay Lip Mask to draw impurities, and the best-selling Lip Slip One Luxe Balm, a luxuriously hydrating treatment for plump and juicy lips without the sting. A silky pout in three simple steps, this gift will make Mom’s kisses even softer.

10. Peach & Vanilla Body Renew Bathing Pleasures Bundle by Pevonia ($50.00): When Pevonia launched its gourmet bath line Body Renew Bathing Pleasures last summer, I knew they were onto something great. Wonderfully scented with natural ingredients, their products have the ability to turn even the gloomiest of bathrooms into a sensory day spa. Infused with restorative and de-ageing ingredients, this bundle includes a bath salt, a bubble bath and a body moisturizer scented with the uplifting, smooth and sensual scent of peach and vanilla. With well-known healing properties for the skin, vanilla is a natural antiseptic with repairing properties and peach is a natural brightener that protects from free radicals. An ideal gift for those moms who live in the concrete jungle, this bundle is ideal to neutralize the effects of pollution while providing a much-needed relaxation time. Plus, as Pevonia is well-known for its green ethos, this bundle includes a wildflower seed infused tag that Mom can plant and think of you every time it blooms.


11. Make Your Own Facial Mask Kit by Source Vital Apothecary ($44.95): What makes a better gift than a bespoke beauty product? Source Vital Apothecary, one of my personal favorite green brands, continues offering tailored skincare with this cool masking kit. Just select which natural ingredients and extracts work best for Mom’s skin and they will lovingly curate a personalized box with everything she needs for four full masking sessions. If mom isn’t like anyone else in the world, why not give her something unique? Hint: buy a second kit for yourself so you can make of it a weekly mother-daughter date.


Disclosure level 2: The author received NO compensation to write this article. The author received samples of some of the products mentioned for editorial consideration, which didn’t influence the decision to feature them nor the opinions expressed here. The article contains NO sponsored content.

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1 Comment

  1. Jeanne
    May 12, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I absolutely loved these ideas! Thank you for discovering me Kikkerland; I bought a couple of gifts for my mother in their NYC store. She is gonna love them!

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