SwearBy Gift Guide May 2, 2018

The Best Gifts Under $40 for Mother’s Day. Hint: Not a Macaroni Necklace.

While hand-painted mugs and macaroni necklaces pull at the heartstrings, our very scientific research indicates that a little utility never disappoints a busy mom. That’s why we invited some of the most dynamic and bad-ass mom bosses we know to SwearBy HQ in Brooklyn to gather for wine (obviously) and share the items under $40 that they swear by as easy, inexpensive gifts for Mother’s Day. Then, we swapped items so everybody walked away with someone else’s Swear. We figure that a SwearBy Swap is the ultimate endorsement: if you’d want to buy it for yourself, then it makes a really good gift for someone else. Following is a compilation of some of the best little indulgences under $40 for busy moms.

1. Le Cadeaux Melamine Platter

“I love these platters because they’re beautiful and are made to look like French provençal earthenwear, but they’re melamine. They’re lightweight, inexpensive, and you can just throw them in the dishwasher. They make looking like you ‘have it together’ a much more effortless task. And who wants to carry a heavy platter around?!”   Alexa du Pont

Make it Look Effortless

2. Cacala Turkish Towel

“I love this. It’s a soft, 100% cotton Turkish bath towel that is truly multipurpose. It’s a lightweight fabric that you can use as a towel, a beach cover up, even a picnic blanket. It’s super absorbent and packs easily so you can take it anywhere.”   Kylie Sachs

The Multi-purpose Towel

3. Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer

“I first learned about this Swear from my friend who’s a beauty junkie. I’d never heard the word ‘bouncy’ applied to facial moisturizer before, but she told me that it would produce ‘bouncy’ results, meaning firm, refreshed, and moisturized skin. It feels amazing and now I totally agree. It’s super bouncy.”   Lindsay More Nisbett

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce...

4. Sakara Beauty + Detox Water Concentrates

“This is my insta-pretty secret.  It’s a little tincture so you feel like a scientist. You do the rose water in the morning and the chlorophyll at night, and it makes you look all beautiful and glowy. It’s also great after a long night out. Bonus!”   Amy Lynch 

Insta-Pretty This Way

5. Lewis Zip Pouch Set

“These pouches help organize your bag and your life. The biggest one is perfect for diapers or wipes, the medium-sized one you can use for beauty items, and then the small one is perfect for all those tiny things you don’t want to lose.”   Liz Libre

Perfectly Organized Pouches

6. Champagne and Croissants

“Together, these two make for the most delicious and decadent Mother’s Day gift. I’m obsessed with the croissants from Orwasher’s, a local Brooklyn bakery, and then, Veuve. Brunch is served. You can’t go wrong.”    Sarina Appel

Mimosa, Please (hold the OJ)

7. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

“I work late as a DJ and I have a four-year-old, so I don’t get a lot of sleep. When I put on these cooling gel eye patches, it shaves years off my face. I’ve never looked younger and I’ve never felt better.”   Julie “Hesta Prynn” Slavin

Let Mom Look Rested

8. Venus of Willendorf Beeswax Candle

“The ancient fertility goddess sits on my dining room table and I light her every night. What can I say? She makes me proud to be a woman. Plus, she smells divine!”   Lauren Mechling

Light Her Up

9. Bodha Linen Eye Pillow

“I have tired ‘mom eyes’ and love to put on an eye pillow at the end of a long day. It’s scented with lavender and very relaxing. When my husband sees me put on the eye mask, he knows not to talk to me. This is my me time.”   Jessica Pallay

Insta-Me Time

10. The Arrangement: A Novel

“I loved this book. It’s about a New York couple who give an open marriage a try. What could go wrong, right?”   Sarah-Jane Kurtini

11. Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes

“They do the most amazing nude lip shade. I will do a bold lip color, but a nude shade feels sophisticated and I’m trying to act like a grown-up. I love this brand.”   Sarah-Jane Kurtini

Send Nudes (The Lipstick Kind)

12. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

“I’ve been using this for the last ten years. I have one at my desk, one at home, and one in every handbag. You spray it and instantly feel happier, smarter, and younger. It’s amazing.”  Teal Newland

Did somebody say happier, smarter, younger?

13. Crock-Pot

“Every busy mom has food guilt, that we’re not making home-cooked meals all the time. The Crock-Pot is a lifesaver. Just throw in some food in the morning, and then you look like a chef by the end of the day. And really? It’s under $40!”   Celine Cohen

No Guilt Here

14. Sakara Beauty Chocolates

“I swear by these beauty chocolates because they have collagen. They’re great for skin and joints and make you look and feel good. And, they’re yummy.”   Erika Bloom

Chocolate that makes you pretty

15. Certain Standard Umbrella

“I discovered this chic new umbrella brand and now I’m obsessed. They are so well made and come in the cutest colors. I think that once you have a durable, pretty umbrella as a true accessory, you’ll refuse to carry those flimsy throw-away umbrellas. I feel like a grown up when I have it. But, in a good way.”   Kate Foster Lengyel

Shop Certain Standard

16. Compartes Chocolate

“I swear by this high quality, delicious, amazing chocolate, which is so beautiful and a great gift for the design-minded. They mix in tasty ingredients that you can see, and it looks so artful, like a painting. Mama needs her snacks. I also love Early Bird Granola and Bjorn Corn. My son did a drawing last year at school about what I love and it was ‘snax.’ With an x.”   Randi Brookman Harris

Snax for Moms

17. The Fifth Trimester Book

“It’s a no-nonsense guide that has so much wisdom and support for any mom who’s thinking about how to transition back to work after having a baby, whatever that means for her. The number-one thing that we can give any mom is support, and for me, that’s encapsulated so well in this amazing book.”  Sarah Lux-Lee

Support. Not just for Bras.

18. Time-Saving Beauty Essentials

“I’m not a makeup person. I’m terrible at it, but I’m trying. I brought a few of my beauty essentials that every busy mom needs to face the day. A great mascara. The best multipurpose hair styling product. Delicious, coconut-scented wipes to take off the makeup, and a face mask for some easy self-care. If left to my own devices, I’ll fall asleep reading books to my kids at night and I won’t feel like doing a whole beauty routine, so the wipes are key.”   Daphne Borne

Rinse and Repeat

19. Linnea's Lights Candle

“This candle is a great hostess gift. It has a double wick, and it’s great quality. I love the relaxing ritual of lighting a candle. Give me a glass of wine and a good candle and I’m happy.”   Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln

Lighten Up

20. Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

“As a new mom, there’s not always enough time to wash your hair, so a dry shampoo is a must. This one smells amazing, it’s volumizing, and it’s a quick beauty solution that easily fits in my mom bag.”   Jen Stewart

Good Hair Day

21. Vapor AER Organic Deodorant

“Yes, I bring deodorants to parties. This is a swear by item for me because it’s a natural deodorant and the only one that makes me not smell. I rage because I spend way too much money on deodorant, but I’ll do it when it’s good and good for you.”  Lindsay Knaak-Stewart

Natural Deodorant

22. The Cause and The Cure

As the founder of hangover cure product, Blowfish, Brenna Haysom knows a thing or two about hangovers. She swears by these gorgeous stemless Riedel Wine Stemless Wineglasses because “they’re a joy to drink out of, they’re the perfect size, and they’re pretty much impossible to knock over.  And then any over-indulgence can be easily undone with my miracle product, which combines caffeine, antacid, and aspirin to get you back on your feet in no time.”

Too. Much. MomJuice.

23. HAY Bits and Bobs Trinket Tray

“I feel like I’m always losing little things like paperclips or lipstick at the bottom of my bag or somewhere on my desk.  These little glass vessels from Hay Market are cute enough to display on a table and are totally practical.”  Alexandra Rowley


Pretty Little Things

24. Moisturizers for Hands and Lips

“Anyone who’s survived a winter in New York knows hydration is key. These are my two favorite moisturizing products. Kari Gran Lipwhip is a huge lifesaver when I want a glossy look that won’t leave me all chapped. For my hands, I couldn’t get through the day without Nucifera Balm.  It smells just clean, not perfumey, and it soaks into my skin.”  Abby Sweeny

Dew It To It

25. Shaffali Pineapple and Peppermint Exfoliant

“Showers for moms are so precious. Five minutes with this aromatherapy scrub turns a simple shower into a spa situation.”   Neha Ruch

It's A Spa Situation

26. La Colombe Coffee

“I can’t live without this stuff.  I’m fully addicted. I can live without everything, really, except coffee, wine, music, and books. So I brought three big bags of the most delicious coffee.”  Rebecca Ruebensaal

But First, Coffee

27. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Tennille Kopiasz, who happens to be a mom boss at Fresh, gave every partygoer at our SwearBy Swap a special gift of Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser. “It’s gentle but effective. I love this cleanser because it removes impurities while soothing and softening skin. And, the light cucumber scent is so calming.”

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