This Mother’s Day I will be shopping not only for the woman who brought me into this world, but also (and for the first time ever) for my mother-in-law. Which is probably why the Like a Mom necklace from Dogeared caught my eye in a big way.

This delicate necklace is specifically intended for those nurturers in your life who don’t necessarily share your genes but deserve thanks (and a shiny new pendant) this Mother’s Day. My other mother list includes my aunt, my therapist, and Amy Poehler. But the only one I will be buying for is my husband’s mother.

Believe me when I say I could use some serious help in this department. My mother-in-law, the woman who successfully spawned the love of my life, definitely deserves way more than the potpourri sachet I purchased last-minute for her for the holidays. (Sorry, Margaret.)

Related: 2016 Mothers Day Gift Guide | Affordable personalized keepsake jewelry for moms and grandmas



The 'Like a Mom' necklace from Nordstrom is also available -- and adorable -- in silver.


Nice bonus: the packaging of this necklace doubles as a built-in card, so you can skip the stationery store altogether.

And because your stepmother, foster parent, mentor, trans-generational friend, or most favorite fun aunt (hint, hint, nieces!) probably isn’t expecting to be honored this holiday, you have the element of surprise. Which, if you ask me, makes the gift that much lovelier.

The Like a Mom Peaked Heart Pendant Necklace by Dogeared comes in gold and silver and is available at Nordstrom.

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