Nothing is stronger than the bond between mother and child….but the bond between a mom and her daily bag is a close second! From the outside it may appear to be *just* a purse, tote or bag however to the mom in your life it’s much more than that. Think of it as a toolbox, each item carefully chosen to get the job of mothering done. Nothing goes in there that doesn’t have a purpose!
When you think of how many sandwiches made, fevers calmed, tangles tackled, car pool hours logged, and sleepless nights endured, you can’t deny that Mom deserves something special. More than special, really! Here are some gift ideas that are well-made, long-lasting, and impressive. Time to make up for all those macaroni necklaces you gave her in your youth!
Classic and Zipper Totes
Given their popularity, it is very likely your mom has been coveting a leather tote bag. Our Classic Tote is our first born: it’s what started the Portland Leather Goods family! And we couldn’t be prouder: with sturdy English Bridle handles, interior pocket, key loop, and that no-fail full-grain leather durability it performs spectacularly even on the most hectic and long days.
The Classic Tote is popular with the “no muss, no fuss” types who want to get in and out of their bags quickly or those who tend to toss a light sweater into their bag as the day heats up. We find that working mamas prefer the Zipper Tote which has a real put together vibe – and keeps little hands out!
*Good news*: monogramming is back and available on our premium full-size totes, so if you know exactly what she wants, make it absolutely her own by adding her initials. No, not M–O–M (we forbid it!)
Take a look at your mom’s current bag stash – is she a Crossbody kind of lady? These moms want their stuff close by, with their arms free for wrangling and whatnot. Our standard Crossbody bag can rival any diaper bag – without the cutsie prints. Zipper option: check! Two ways to carry: check! Interior pocket: check! Our Crossbody is Mom-Approved.
If she has graduated from that stage of parenthood, she might be more of a Mini Tote Mama. The perfect size for a phone, wallet, water bottle and snacks, featuring a snap closure, large front pocket and easy grab-and-go handles, our Minis come in a plethora of awesome colors. (Due to popular demand, we also offer a Mini Strap Extender so that the Mini Crossbody can work for even more fabulous moms.) The price is so good, you might consider getting two Mini totes, so you and mom can match! We recommend a neutral brown like Honey or Coldbew, and a color pop like Cranberry.
If totes aren’t your mom’s bag, we recently released a traditional-style purse that we call the Triangle Shoulder Bag due its neat little angular shape. Minimalistic and sophisticated, this purse may cause Mom to put all her other purses in permanent time-out. Despite its compact design, we like how much it can hold thanks to the roomy exterior pocket. Pair that with the classy O-ring hardware, the comfortable, wide shoulder strap, and now with an optional crossbody attachment - this bag has it all. Don’t forget to slip something inside such as a matching wallet or gift card to her favorite nail salon!
Ultra-hip mamas might like an ultra-hip design like our Circle Bag. These come in two sizes: the adorably-petite Small Circle is great for phone, lipstick and mini wallet or the popular Large Circle which can hold a full-sized wallet, sunglasses, hand cream plus a couple fruit snacks! The coolest part about this bag, besides its darling shape, is that it can be worn across the body or on the shoulder thanks to the adjustable strap. People will definitely ask her where she got it – and she gets to tell them that YOU got it for her!
If you are looking for the perfect gift on a budget, our leather Makeup Bags are one of the best values around. Our two designs, the classic Makeup Bag and the modern Eclipse Bag, both have endless uses beyond just carrying toiletry and beauty products. Is there anyone more creative and organized than a mom? We’ve seen these used for: first-aid kits, on-to-go artist kits, charging cord carrier, pandemic PPE packs, teething essentials, Bananagrams and all-around purse organizing. Make it extra-thoughtful with monogramming, which is just a $12 add-on!
Like dads, many moms will hang on to a dilapidated wallet for way too long out of habit. Consider giving mom a wallet refresh! Our wallets come from the same stunning full-grain leather that our bags are made from, which means they will stand up to years of daily use while developing a lovely sought-after patina. We’ll admit: with all the new wallet designs we have launched this year, we don’t know how to choose either! A design that has us swooning is the Tri-Fold Wallet which has a nice, slim profile even with a sixteen card capacity and a zippered interior pocket. The Accordion Zip Wallet (as seen below) can hold all of mom’s coupons, receipts, cards and cash – and that awkwardly outdated photo of you, of course – and it is sturdy enough to hold up as a clutch when she’s popping into the store for that “one last thing.”
If you feel panic when you think about trying to pick the perfect gift, we understand. We get emails everyday from customers struggling to choose between two colors for themselves, whether they want a zipper or no zipper, which size is best for them – so shopping for someone else is extra challenging! You could make your best guess (all of our Premium and Almost Perfect items are eligible for returns) or, better yet, you can hook Mom up with a PLG Digital Gift Card. Not only will she receive a leather good that is truly her style, she’ll get to have a little online shopping session on you!
Moms may have a lot in common but no two moms are exactly alike: each one is ever-evolving, perfectly imperfect, strong, beautiful and has a story. The truth is that every day – but especially on Mother's Day – moms, step-moms, mother-in-laws and "like-a-moms" want to know that they are seen for all they do. So hug those special ladies tight if you can, express your genuine love and appreciation, and give them something they’ll keep close forever.