Stuff We Like: Keepsake Gifts for Mother’s Day
Ask most moms what they want for Mother’s Day and it’s unlikely their response will be “another bouquet of flowers” or “a moderately funny card from the drug store.” Instead, she may tell you she doesn’t want anything. But we all know that every mom wants to be recognized on Mother’s Day–and, more importantly, she deserves it! So, how to find the perfect gift?
In her cookbook, Savory Sweet Life, celebrated food blogger and mom of three Alice Currah lays out–in four easy steps–what she really wants for Mother’s Day, and she seems to hit on all the right points. Read the excerpt on our site and follow Currah’s lead to pamper your mom with a relaxing day that starts with breakfast in bed (Nutella, strawberry, and banana crepes, anyone?).
Next, get out and have some fun! Give mom a break from being the family organizer for once and plan a family outing to celebrate her day. We’ve got you covered there! Check out our top picks for Mother’s Day events in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT.
And the perfect way to top off Mom’s fun and stress-free day: A gift from the heart that will remind her year-round how much she’s loved and appreciated. Here are some ideas:
We love personalized gifts, and the new Magic Prints from Hallmark ($9.95-$24.95) get bonus points for incorporating a little DIY aspect for kids. Available as cards, keepsake ornaments, framed pictures, and other gifts, Magic Prints capture your child’s hand print, tiny fingers and all. When little ones press their palms down on the colorful paper, their hand prints appear with a sweet message inside. Learn more and watch a demo video here.
Another adorable idea: This Personalized Child’s Handprint Tree ($15) sold on Etsy. You customize the text, then print out the design at home and further customize it with your kids’ prints.
For moms who love Instagram, this Instabook from UncommonGoods ($20) lets her take her photos off her phone and display them proudly in a handmade, accordion-style album. Made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and covered in organic cotton with a cord closure, the square album is made to display 4×4 and/or 5×5 photos on 10 black pages.
Note: For printing Instagram photos, we recommend Prinstragram, which allows you to print 24 of your photos as 4×4 squares for just $12.
Also from UncommonGoods, we love this Mother and Child Necklace ($54-$78). Made of bronze, brass, and copper, this necklace features a hand-sculpted mother figure that can be linked to up to three child figures (choose any combination of boys or girls), representing the unbreakable bonds between your family members.
It’s also available in bracelet form ($14-$86). Because each figure is sculpted individually, each piece of jewelry is one of a kind.
Speaking of sculpture, this beautiful, 7-inch-tall Mother and Child Sculpture ($50) is handmade from Haitian soapstone. Carver Jean Claude Dumas and his team of artists hand carve these sculptures in Leogane, Haiti. The sculptures help the hardworking artists provide for their families and pay for their children’s schooling. They are sold by UNICEF, which works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives. (Browse more gifts that benefit UNICEF here.)
In honor of Mother’s Day, the March of Dimes has launched its new imbornto campaign, with the message that every baby is born to do something great. One of the campaign’s retail partners is Martha Stewart. When you shop for products at shop.marthastewart.com, snap a photo of the cake, craft, or custom Mother’s Day creation you make with that product (like the fabric floral boxes pictured at right) and share it on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #imborntoinspire and Martha Stewart will donate $10 to March of Dimes and its continued efforts to ensure more babies are born healthy. Check out Martha Stewart’s guide to Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day.