My mom reminds me of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall: Whip smart, self-deprecating, glamorous without trying, and a little bit gullible, which growing up, she always reminded me was "better than cynical." Needless to say, I've inherited the latter trait, and find comfort in her reasoning. She has a completely un-self-conscious laugh, which is sort of loud, but not in an obnoxious way; it's just so her, and it amused me so much as a little girl. She'd start to crack up, so I'd mimic her, and then things would escalate into ridiculous, full blown belly-aching laughter. Now, much of our laughter is centered around my son—her grandson—who, like most two year olds, is purely comedic. The purpose of this story, aside from honoring my funny momma, is to remind you that Mother's Day is fast-approaching, and it's time to think about a gift! If you're ordering online, now is the time to take charge, especially if you're personalizing. Here are 15 gift ideas by American designers that are super varied, special, and won't break the bank.
Start with a card. You can't go wrong with this Scandinavian-style floral card by Utah-based company House That Lars Built. $4.50.
The mom with the green thumb would love this uniquely-shaped 5.5" stoneware planter, $40, by Boston-based ShanMan Clay Co.
Add on some individual seed packets designed for the Hudson Valley Seed Company by local artists for just $2.95.
The sentimental mom would appreciate a customizable skinny railroad spike cuff in brass (shown, $55) or sterling silver ($330) from Giles & Brother with all your initials, a special date, or an inside joke.
For the oenophile, a bottle of wine, while always appreciated, is gone in an evening, but a semi-precious agate and glass bottle stopper from RabLabs ($34) lasts forever.
For the mom who's in like five book clubs and prefers letter writing to email, "Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience," compiled by Shaun Usher, celebrates the lost art of letter writing. The book will be released by Chronicle Books on May 6th, but you can pre-order it now. Hardcover, $40.
If you're buying the book, you may as well add on a beautiful bookmark for $10. I love this set of four by McKinney, Texas-based artist Miles of Light.
For the mom with a seriously sweet tooth, a set of toasted white chocolate and camino verde crunch small-batch chocolate bars by Fruition would not go to waste. $20.
The foodie mom would love to keep a pair of striped stoneware salt spoons at her dinner table. I love these by Denver-based artist Carnevale Clay ($19/set of 2).
Complement the salt spoons with a bag of hand-harvested finishing sea salt from Netarts Bay, Oregon by Jacobsen Salt Co. for $12.95.
A new mom would love to hang this set of 3 personalized sustainable bamboo decorations ($79) by Dobbs Ferry, NY-based designer Hudson + Daughter over her dresser or in the baby's nursery.
For the momma who's bathroom is filled with fragrances, the last thing she needs is another perfume or scented lotion, but a botanical wax sachet ($22) is something she likely doesn't own. These, by Rosy Rings, come in 15 different scents, and are strung with a suede cord so they're pretty enough to hang.
If your mom's best friend has four legs, you can't go wrong by treating her pup to a cheerful yellow waterproof rain jacket by NYC-based Billy Wolf. $58, available in XS, S & M.
The mother who's always hitting up the farmer's market needs this oversize canvas tote with woven cotton straps by Brooklyn-based Cecil & Merl. It features a large interior pocket, padded bottom for added structure, and also comes in white. $65.
For the mom who has not stopped talking about our terrible winter, a circlet of peserved adiantum ferns ($36) with grosgrain ribbon would remind her that it's finally spring.
Finally, I recently produced Country Living's Mother's Day gift guide. Lots more ideas there, many of which are also American-made. Enjoy and Happy Shopping!