Magical Gifts for Beltane and Mother’s Day

Beltane is coming up on May 1st, with Mother’s Day just a few weeks after on the 14th. 

With these two celebrations in mind, we’ve curated a collection of thoughtful gifts—magical books, journals, oracle decks, and more—to celebrate the end of spring and the magic of motherhood.

Photo of "Ritual" standing among flowers and crystals

So, what is Beltane? In Ritual: Magical Celebrations of Nature and Community from Around the World, author Nikki Van De Car shares the origins of this ancient end-of-spring celebration. It all started in ancient Rome with Floralia, a festival that “was a bit more pleasure-seeking and passionate than most.” From there, the ancient Greeks observed Maiouma to celebrate the gods of pleasure and love, Dionysus and Aphrodite.

Over time, these traditions slowly spread through Europe, with interpretations of the holiday shifting to fit the beliefs of each culture. “In Gaelic and Celtic cultures, Floralia became known as Beltane, which translates to ‘lucky fire.’ All household fires would be doused and the Beltane bonfire would be lit in each village…the bonfires were meant to be leaped over, both for luck and for protection from fairies.” We love how Ritual teaches us about magical celebrations like Beltane, and how they vary across cultures, which is why we think it’s a lovely gift idea for mothers open to learning about magical celebrations held across the world!

If you’re curious about Beltane, check out our blog post “Enchanting Beltane Rituals for New Witches.”

Photo of "The Witchy Homestead" standing among flowers and various green crystals

Another Nikki Van De Car favorite that makes the perfect gift isThe Witchy Homestead: Spells, Rituals, and Remedies for Creating Magic at Home. In this book, Nikki covers the act of enchanting your food, health, and home, through gardening, foraging, little spells, rituals, recipes for homemade balms and remedies, and so much more. We love how Nikki invites us to find the magic in the mundane, and especially enjoy her magical approach to keeping house—a lovely offering for mothers who may feel burnt out by the labor of running a household.

We also love how this book invites us to connect with the mother of all mothers: Mother Earth. “Mama Earth holds us all. If we feel lost without her, she is easily found, and once we have returned to her embrace, we can find the peace, awe, creativity, and magic we seek…and live it every day.”

Along that same theme, Jolene Hart’s Well-Rested Every Day: 365 Rituals, Recipes, and Reflections for Radical Peace and Renewal is a fantastic guide to prioritizing rest by doing one small thing each day. It’s the perfect gift for anyone living in the modern world, with tips and recipes that help calm and restore the body, rituals for stillness and presence, and so much more. Mothers ought to be celebrated year-round, and “this book is a timeless celebration of the power of rest and a woman’s right to claim it on any day—in any moment—she chooses.”

Photo of the "Crystals 500-Piece Puzzle" box, with the included mini book laid on top of it.

Want to gift something a bit more interactive? Invite your mother to be present and embrace a sense of play with theCrystals 500-Piece Puzzle. This beautifully illustrated puzzle printed on high-quality stock features favorite gems including rose quartz, lapis lazuli, and more. Plus, it comes with a bonus book about crystals that includes their historical uses, key properties, and how to incorporate them into energetic grids.

If your loved one is new to the mystical realm, an oracle or affirmation deck could be a great entry point. Maude White’s Resilience Alchemy: A Deck and Guidebook for Self-Discovery and Empowerment is an 83-card deck that gently invites you into the process of exploring and expanding your inner strength and adaptability by finding new ways to grow and solve problems.

We love the daily-check in spread outlined in the guidebook. It provides a “simple, straightforward, and undemanding way to start your day.” With each question, you pull a card and interpret the answer:

Photo of the "Resilience Alchemy" box laid above face-up cards from the deck.

1. How can I be loving and forgiving toward myself today?
2. How can I feel secure and confident in my identity today?
3. How can I know myself and respond and not react to my triggers today?

This is just the tip of the iceberg that this deck and guidebook offers—it’s truly a gift that can be used every day! We also love Destiny Taylor’s Golden Mantras: Affirmation Deck and Guidebook, a stunning deck illustrated by Catherine Willett, which features 52 powerful affirmations that help you “connect to your highest self and nourish the empress within.”

Learn more about these magical offerings and more in our full list of Mother’s Day and end-of-springtime gift ideas below.