I recently traveled all the way to Rhode Island for the sole purpose of picking tulips on a farm—and the blooms weren’t the generic deli or Stop & Shop fare one tends to see at this time of year. These were tulips in every imaginable color and configuration, with lush, stripy petals as big as peonies in full bloom, or the classic bright red variety with dark centers, which more closely approximate Wizard of Oz poppies. If you love flowers as much as I do, you will find the chance to pick your own bouquet as uniquely delightful as I did.
When I learned about jewelry brand Alexis Bittar’s Design Your Own program, which launched quietly toward the end of last year, and then spent some time playing with the platform, it’s clear: If the mom in your life is into Alexis Bittar’s signature brushed Lucite bracelets and drop earrings, this is a chance to help her grow her collection according to her wildest style and color fantasies, from a wide turquoise bangle paired with tulip-red enamel to a “garden” of hoop styles.
There are also hinge bracelets and pendants that can be studded with initials and leather wrap styles designed for slide-on charms—35 different options, including everything from limes and lovebirds to snakes and skulls (there’s even a tulip!).
My personal favorite Design Your Own gift idea is a custom-built stack of skinny bangles. Now if only tulips came in this gorgeous jade-to-seafoam palette…
Top: Alexis Bittar’s Design Your Own program is perfect for moms who are already fans of the designer and want to take their obsession to the next level. If you know her taste well, you can surprise her with jewels (like a customized bracelet stack) in her favorite colors or get her a gift certificate and let her take the reins—probably the best plan if she’s picky!
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