Mother’s Day Gift Picks from the Founders of MOTHER


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Katie Hintz-Zambrano with her son, Diego 

Mother knows best. It’s true. And if said savvy mom also has impeccable taste, she’ll want to peruse the musings of Katie Hintz-Zambrano and James Kicinski-McCoy, journalists, mamas and founders of MOTHER. Their digital digest shares maternal inspiration, news roundups, lifestyle tips and profiles in courage of mommies everywhere. What sets MOTHER apart from mommy blogs is its high-mindedness and sophistication. Sample topics include “Why Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Feminist Aren’t Mutually Exclusive” and “The Many Benefits of Roughhousing with Your Kids.” Sample shopping lists feature Stella McCartney shoes, beautiful and bougie baby clothes, hemp oil and oil paintings. “My background is in journalism and as soon as I had my son, Diego, in the spring of 2013, I could see a gaping hole in the market for a full-service parenting site with a stylish bent,” explains Hintz-Zambrano, who resides in San Francisco. “Something that treated women as multi-dimensional people beyond being mothers. I met James [who’s in Nashville] a few months later on a press trip and we decided to join forces.”

The result is a parenting destination that’s as layered as the ladies who run it. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked the multi-hyphenate hyphenates at MOTHER to share their celebration plans and gift ideas, because they definitely know best.

Katie Hintz of Mother Mag
 Katie Hintz-Zambrano
What has been the highlight so far of this collaboration?
Hintz-Zambrano: I’m really proud that MOTHER was there first to fill that aforementioned void and create a market that had previously not existed. It’s been so great finding ways to serve this demographic daily by providing information and inspiration to women who are fulfilling the incredibly important role of raising the next generation.
What are your Mother’s Day plans?
I have no idea, but hopefully it involves a mix of family time and solo spa time! I also like the idea of my son and husband planning a surprise for me. Diego is at the age, 5, that anything he plans would be super adorable and endearing.
What would make a great Mother’s Day gift this year?
Reed Wilson Design Hola doormat Reed Wilson Design Hola doormat: “This would be a great welcome mat to our bilingual home!” 
Anthropologie color study earthenware serving plate
Anthropologie Color Study earthenware serving plate: “I have a major weakness for lavender at the moment, and I’m always entertaining. These earthenware platters are so beautiful and unexpected, standing alone or combined. I’d love to receive or gift one with a pretty pile of fruit and veggies on top.”
Baggu small canvas shoulder bag
Baggu small canvas shoulder bag: “I can’t get enough of circular crossbody bags. They make any outfit look cooler. I don’t have a Baggu crossbody yet, but it’s on my list! I love that the company was founded by a local S.F. mama too.”
Birkenstock Arizona soft footbed sandal
Birkenstock Arizona soft footbed sandals: “Not sure how I’ve lived in San Francisco nearly nine years and don’t own a pair of Birkenstocks yet. I should probably change that soon!”
KENZO ruffle midi slipdress
KENZO ruffle midi slipdress: “I love print, color, ruffle and unexpected combos. This dress nails all of that.”
James Kicinski-McCoy from Mother Mag
 James Kicinski-McCoy with her children
What are your Mother’s Day plans?
Kicinski-McCoy: Mother’s Day for me always includes getting to sleep in (at least until 9am, ha!), followed by a big brunch at one of my favorite spots in Nashville, Marsh House or Margot. After that, I’m not quite sure. Perhaps a relaxing facial and mani/pedi, or a 90-minute massage in the afternoon to unwind and have a little mama time? And lastly, a big family dinner at home—I’m thinking crab legs, followed by a neighborhood walk with a nice glass of wine in hand.
James Kicinski of Mother MagJames Kicinski-McCoy
What would make a great Mother’s Day gift this year?
diptyque Baies candle
diptyque Baies/Berries large scented candle: “Baies is hands down my favorite candle scent ever. Not only do I have a few scattered throughout my home, it’s also my go-to gift for friends and family. This large candle would fill any space and make it smell incredible.“
 Le Creuset French oven
Le Creuset Signature 5 1/2 quart round French oven: “Anything from Le Creuset is a no-brainer. My husband and I started the tradition about six years ago of gifting a new piece on extra special occasions or holidays and now we have a full set.”
 slip silk pillowcase
slip™ for beauty sleep Slipsilk™ pure silk pillowcase: “I always appreciate a gift that I can really use on the regular, and what’s better than something that involves rest and beauty? These anti-aging, anti-sleep crease silk Slip pillowcases are wonderful.”
LEMON pompom socks
Lemon 2-pack powder dust pompom pedi socks: “My feet are always cold. Always! So socks or slippers are a great gift for me. These little pompom socks are adorable, look super cozy and remind me of some I had as a kid.”
Celine sunglasses
Céline 51mm rectangular sunglasses: “I am a sucker for anything Céline. These chic sunglasses would be the best gift!”
 Jo Malone cologne
Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne: “What woman doesn’t love a good, clean, not-too-sweet scent that is a bit sultry and mysterious? I can’t think of a single one. This perfume by Jo Malone is all of the above and an absolute no-fail present.”
Jacquemus La Robe Limao dress
Jacquemus La Robe Limao linen & cotton trumpet dress: “I am completely obsessed with this dress. It’s fun, it’s fancy, it’s elegant and it would make me feel like a princess. I need it!”