It’s almost the end of April, which means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The holiday falls on May 11th this year (just under two weeks away) and it’s time to get serious about shopping for something special for Mom. Last year I made up a little gift guide to provide some inspiration and decided to add a few new things to the list.
- At the top of my list this year is jewelry from Amyville. I’ve mentioned her amazing food-themed earrings, which come in a variety of flavors from pie to donuts, but she also makes adorable necklaces and charm bracelets, as well. My favorites are the cupcake necklaces – and I’m not saying that just because I happen to have one!
- When it comes to making baked goods instead of wearing them, you can’t go wrong with a new pan of some kind. I really like the fact that manufacturers now make more pans with matching lids that make it easy to store and transport your goodies. This Bake and Store Brownie Pan is a good one because the see-though lid snaps into place and help keeps things fresh.
- As far as gadgets go, my picks of the moment are the side swipe stand mixer blade, which eliminates the need to scrape down the sides of the bowl while you’re working, and the Chef’s Quad Timer. The timer was one of my pick’s around the holidays, too, but timers are one thing you can never have too many of in the kitchen – especially when you’re baking and don’t want to be tied to the oven.
- Every home cook is going to appreciate some home-grown herbs or veggies, but not everyone has the space to have a full garden. This Grown Your Own Marinara kit is cute and quite useful. The kit includes seeds for tomatoes, oregano and basil – and each plant can be grown directly in the bag it comes in, provided you find a nice sunny place for it. You can also opt for just an organic heirloom tomato plant for the countertop, as well.
- Finally, while I’m always an advocate of baking up homemade treats for gift-giving (or general celebration), I think that ordering treats can be a good idea in some situations. Mostly situations in which you can’t get your own package in the mail fast enough and what you’re getting is too good to resist. Eleni NYC‘s Mother’s Day Cookies (pictured above right) fit the bill perfectly. They won’t last quite as long as a bouquet of flowers, but the “I love mom” message is one that definitely won’t fade.