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April 15, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Last year I rounded up two DIY gift guides for Mother's Day (see here and here).  This year I'm sharing some sweet ideas for what to buy Mom.  It might seem a little early, but with so many great gifts available online, it makes sense to shop a little earlier to allow for shipping time.

I know few Moms who wouldn't love an all-for-her treat with thoughtful details, and jewellery fits the bill!  A brass and hand painted necklace, in soft pink or black, is on-trend but casual enough to wear every day while mint green glass studs, handcrafted in Italy, are subtle but pretty (and cost $8.00!).  A white ceramic watch seems kind of decadent, making it a perfect gift for a Mom who could use a little luxury in her everyday.

Overstock; Leperla Handmade Glass; Ilios
If Mom isn't enthusiastic about jewellery, something beautiful for the home is always a good idea.  Although your Mom might love something practical (mine would), consider something she would buy for herself, but upgrade it a little, like a pretty Marimekko throw pillow, a hand-printed tea towel or a set of beautiful storage jars.  These little luxuries, but things she will use and love, will brighten her day all year long. 

LaKattun, Truly Swedish Design, EQ3
If you're worried about accidentally buying the same thing for Mom as someone else (like a sibling), turn to local vintage shops or Etsy to find a more unusual gift.  Track down a hard to find item for Mom's collection, or buy a special show piece or set, like cheery fine vintage glassware, collectible Cathrineholm bowls or plates.  Mom will appreciate not just the beautiful gift, but the time you took to find something quirky and different, just for her.  Bonus points if it's something sentimental from her childhood.

Minden; Luola; A Living Space
A perennial favorite gift to give: artwork!!  Etsy is chock full of beautiful paintings and fun prints.  Find a quote from a movie you both love, or a painting that reminds Mom of you.

Hair Brained Schemes
Elizabeth Mayville
Linnea Heide Art
Linnea Heide Art
Perhaps the best gift of all: your time.  Plan a trip together (even just a drive in the country), schedule an extra-long Skype session, or present Mom with a "coupon" for yard work.  It's just as cute as an adult as it was when you were five, and now there are some great customizable and printable options available (see here and here).  You know Mom just wants some more time with her kid(s).  But a pair of pretty earrings doesn't hurt either.  What are you doing to make Mom feel special this year?  And Moms: what's the best Mother's Day you've ever had?
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  1. I haven't been able to spend a Mother's Day with my mom for almost 8 years now. I've been pretty terrible in the past - just sending a card and giving her a call. I think this year I'm going to try and be organized enough to send her one of these maple syrup jugs by Marianne Chenard http://www.mariannechenard.com/reacutecipient-container.html

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    1. Awww, I'm sure she loves just hearing from you and seeing you other times of the year, but the maple syrup jugs are such a sweet idea!!

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  2. i really like the jade earrings :)

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    1. I have been eyeing them forever! They are made in a huge variety of colours.

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  3. Lovely! Nicely curated.

    I know that you probably avoid shameless self-promotion but your etsy shop has lots for moms to love, too.

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  4. D'oh! I just realized that those cute vintage glasses are from Minden. I really like the collage of yellow!

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    1. Haha - it's actually an inside joke with my Mom because she LOVES those glasses and wants to keep them. But she wants to keep everything. She already snagged the turquoise German sugar shaker so I had to un-list it and now she is eyeing some Pyrex. I told her no more claiming Etsy inventory when it's in the shop - she has to wait until the listing expires, or snag it before we list it. But that's the hard part when we're only picking things we think are neat. So, yes, I did highlight one item from our shop and it is Mom-approved, lol. And you're right: we have other cute things too! Thanks so much for being so supportive :) I hate to self-promote!

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  5. Well, I wanted to point it out since your shop is perfectly suited to shopping for mom- lovely jewellery, kitchen accessories and just cute vintage collectibles. I guess that's no surprise given that it's collected by you, your mom and grandmother. If my mom had my taste, that's where I'd shop for her.
    I don't think it's written anywhere that you can't buy yourself a mother day gift, is there? Well, my birthday is getting close so I can definitely get away with a b-day gift for me!

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    1. Haha, with three generations of women curating for the shop, there's definitely an emphasis on jewellery and kitchen stuff! Thanks for the high compliment!!

      I definitely think you need to pick out a nice mother's day and b-day gift for yourself - or combine the two for something really special!

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  6. great ideas! now i want me some art

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  7. I love this post...and the items on ETSY are endless...I have a shop on Etsy selling vintage boho and mid-cent items...I would love it if you gave it a peek.

    Thanks.

    And have a great weekend..

    www.soulpretty.etsy.com

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    1. Great shop, thanks for sharing! The brass bowl you have is especially beautiful!

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