MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE 2008
She stays up until 2 a.m. baking cupcakes for classroom birthday celebrations. She reads the favorite book. Again. One more time. OK, maybe one more. The woman hasn’t gone to the bathroom by herself in years. Once a year you get a chance to say thank you. Mother’s day is May 11.
06 May, 2008
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She won’t throw out her old concert shirts, her hole-ridden college tee, the undershirt she was wearing when she went into labor. Thank goodness she likes to sew.
Uncommon Goods | Buy
Now you can kick off your shoes on the plane, without subjecting fellow travelers to your stinky feet.
Land's End | Buy
She’s a mom, not a nun. These soft jersey pajamas have hot pink contrast stitching and waist tie. The capri knickers have cute ties at the knees. As practical as her sweats, but a great deal more fashionable.
Kitten Miami | Buy
(Order top and bottom separately.)
This sweet, lightweight sweater is a bit of non-neutral luxury for her Spring wardrobe. Comes in “lemon twist” and “bright tangerine.” Safety first.
J Crew | Buy
There is a very small window when bulb flowers are available, so pounce while you can. Whoever put Mother’s Day smack in the middle of spring was a genius.
1-800-Flowers | Buy
This bright bouquet will make her want to hum a little something as she goes about her day. If you order early delivery for Mother’s Day, there’s no shipping or service charge.
1-800-Flowers | Buy
I know you’ve seen these babies everywhere, but a friend of mine mentioned that they’re terrific for homes with kiddos. All the romance of candlelight, none of the open flame. Good point. They turn on when you lift them from the charging base, and last for about for five hours. They also turn on instantly during a power failure.
If you prefer the look of votives, they make those too.
Vessel | Buy
The refrigerator is wallpapered with your kid’s art, and it just keeps coming. Send along a scan of your child’s doodle and get a custom recycled silver tag back.
Mommy Tags | Buy
Lush makes high-quality bath products by hand in small batches. When I have one of their bath bombs on hand, the anticipation reminds me of how much fun baths were when I was a little kid. This package contains three calming, lavender-scented luxuries: a bath melt, a bath bomb, and a bubble bar.
Lush | Buy
You can finally have convenience of an electric kettle without giving up the nostalgia of your stove kettle. (via Not Martha)
Amazon | Buy
I saw this fun reusable shopping bag in O Magazine, but of course it was sold out by the time I got there. Then I realized you could buy a “pouch” of each design series. I got five bright bags in all the floral prints they offer, for only $5 each. (They also offer an intriguing black and white series.)
Now I can match my bag to my T-shirt at the farmer’s market, which is crucial.
Envirosax | Buy
A way to carry your child with you wherever you go. Their fingerprint cast in gold or silver on one side, their initials on the other. Put your completed charm on a necklace, bracelet or key ring.
Precious Charms | Buy
(Price converted from Australian Dollars)
New Moms take lots and lots of photos. If your hard drive is getting clogged, get her a Flickr Pro account with unlimited uploads and storage. Bonus: Friends can print their own photos when they see one they’d like.
Flickr | Buy
If your mom has a green thumb, this is the most economical way to get her an entire year of flowers. Comes with seed packets and twelve pretty pots in different colors.
Red Envelope | Buy
The silhouette is a subtle way to tell the world your kids are the cutest. Perfect for the understated mom.
Send in a profile picture of your child, pet, significant other and artist Whitney Phippen will create a silhouette mounted in a pendant.
Craftsbury Kids | Buy
(For a one silhouette pendant.)
The rest of the house is asleep. Mom finally gets to read.
Amazon | Buy
If your mom can use an ATM, she can use this video recorder. When she’s ready to download, a USB key flips out of the side. No cords, no cards, no tech support calls. Especially excellent for new moms and grandmas.
Amazon | Buy
A lovely letterpress card that will remind mom of how much she misses your childhood installments of macaroni art.
Pancake and Franks | Buy
She has the tub, the glass of wine, and the book she’s been dying to read. Now the best gift you could give a mom is enough time to take a long soak – this bamboo tray is just icing.
Delight.com | Buy