I keep seeing commercials for Mother’s Day, and I can’t help but think, “What about moms like me?” I don’t want a refrigerator, expensive jewelry, or new washer and dryer. I want gifts that are thoughtful, cool and/or pretty, but not expensive. So, I thought I’d come up with a list of gifts that I would personally like to receive, and if I help inspire any gift givers out there, great. (Am I, in a roundabout way, calling myself “hip?” I’ll just say that I know allllllmost all the words to Gangnam Style, and let you be the judge.)
1. The Mom Quiz. I posted about this last year, and must share it again. I loved, loved, loved hearing what Max thought about me, and this year, I should find out how Oliver, my 4 yr old, feels as well. This gift is totally free and can even be put together last minute if need be. Print it on pretty card stock, or simply post it on her facebook page. She’s hip, remember? (Works as a gift for dads and grandparents, too.) You can find free printables online, but I like the more in depth questionnaires like the one I posted last year. It has questions like, “What does your mom do when you are not with her?” Or, “What was your mom’s favorite thing to do when she was a kid?”
2. Glass Infuser for Tea. I’m a big-time tea drinker, and have been coveting these things for years. It’s glass on the inside, so no icky tastes imparted, and insulated with polycarbonate on the outside. It keeps your tea warm for a couple of hours, but doesn’t burn your hands. You simply add hot water over your loose-leaf herbal tea, then run. The strainer at the top prevents leaves from getting into your mouth. Plus, it’s pretty! (The one pictured is from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
3. Custom Illustrated Family Portrait. I just love the hipster look of this animated family. I would love to have a bright, cheery likeness of my clan hanging on the wall. Bonus points if you are artistic and can do something like this yourself. No worries if you can’t. And if this exact style isn’t for your hip mama, simply do a search on Etsy for something one that suits her taste.
When I did a search on Etsy, I came across this artist who does custom, hand carved stamp portraits. How cool is that? If she is an avid “stamper,” “scrapper,” or card-maker, a stamp with her face that says, “Handmade by Jane,” or something like that would be great for her to add to her paper crafts. Or, the family stamp would make excellent stationery, right?
4. A Cheese Making Kit. Is she a true DIY’er? Does she make pizza dough from scratch? Does she love fresh mozzarella? Does she own a copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle? Is she lactose intolerant? If you answered yes to any of those questions but the last, a kit like this one from Urban Cheese Craft might just be the perfect gift. And it’s not just a selfless endeavor. I’ve heard that mozzarella is the gateway homemade cheese. If you get her this gift, there may be fresh ricotta, paneer, and even queso fresco in your future!
5. A Set of Pretty Mugs. Preferably mismatched. For when she has her girlfriends over and wants to offer them coffee or tea. Try the thrift store or garage sales if you have the time. Anthropologie has great options, and I saw some really pretty ones at Target the other day. Another option is to look on a site like Etsy for handmade, one-of-a-kind mugs. This would cost a little more, but you’d be supporting an artist which is very cool. Or, you could check out Ten Thousand Villages where you’d be supporting third-world small business owners. Hip mamas love that sort of thing.
Or you could go to one of those places where you paint your own ceramics and they fire them for you. Check out the mugs we made. My son started it with the I <3 Jeff mug on the left, and now we each have our own. We call them our “self-love mugs.” See, you can let the world know how much you love yourself while sipping your favorite warm drink.
6. Art Supplies. Is there an art or a craft she’s recently gotten into? Show your support by getting her some quality supplies. If she paints, get her a really nice set of brushes. Not just any set, but the set she would want, but would feel too guilty to buy for herself. If she works with clay, get her a couple pounds of primo quality porcelain, or some fancy, metallic glazes. If she’s into woodworking, get her a kreg jig. If you’re not sure what to get, you could always ask someone, or as a last resort, get her a gift certificate to her favorite art supply store. Or Home Depot. You know, whatever. Each hip mama has her “thing.”
7. Art or Crafting Classes. I have a friend who has been dreaming of learning metalsmithing forever. It would be amazing for her family to gift her a prepaid enrollment form at the local community college or an art studio. I, for one, have always wanted to take a painting class, and I LOVE ceramics, so a class or studio time somewhere would be fantastic. If she likes sewing or crafting in general, places like JoAnn and Michael’s offer a wide variety of classes.
8. Anything Made by You and/or the Kids. Duh. Check Pinterest for ideas.
9. Cool Shirts. I know that buying clothes for a woman in your life isn’t easy, but when it comes to cool t-shirts, you can’t go wrong. Get her one with favorite movie, book, tv show, or band. ModCloth has some great literary shirts from Mr. Fox to The Great Gatsby. My friend has a shirt that simply says “Yossarian Lives.” Her favorite book is Catch 22. If she likes Dr. Who, get her one with the Tardis thingy. Or get something hilarious, like a shirt that says “Weapons of Mass Lactation” or “Keep Calm and Ride a Unicorn.”
10. A Video. Last year, Jeff made me a video of our life together as a family, and it was awesome. It didn’t cost him anything but his time and his amazing thoughtfulness. Is it weird for me to post it here? I’m going to anyway. It’s probably the best gift I’ve ever received.
I hope this list helps give you some inspiration. And just to be fair, at the beginning of the post when I said I know most of the words to Gangnam Style. . . By “know,” I didn’t mean that I actually sing it in Korean. If I’m being accurate, it’s more that I know the vowel sounds and some of the hard consonants. The song says “doodle-fro” at one point, right?
However you celebrate it, have a great Mother’s Day!
And remember, breakfast in bed is not optional!