a mother’s day wish list from paola t

After living in Seattle for three years, we have switched to celebrating US Mother’s Day instead of the UK version. This is a copy of the list that I have casually left at strategic places throughout the house.

This ultra-cute salt and pepper set by Jonathan Adler, $48, is the sort of gift that a young child would really enjoy giving, but which will also be extremely appreciated by the recipient (and I speak from experience when I say that’s not an easy combination to achieve). And the packaging is utterly irresistible, too.

Jonathan Adler’s Mother Child pillow, $98, would also be a very appropriate gift — now available in custom colors to suit your Momma’s décor.

A small bouquet is always acceptable, and better still if presented in a lovely vase. These unusual felt vases, $68 from Rare Device, would please a fiber artist, and would be fabulous filled with knitting needles or brushes when not being used for flowers.


These vases, also from Rare Device, are only $13, so you can get her all three if you’re feeling generous.


Or else put a bunch of her favourite blooms in one of these Perch! vases from Supermarket, $40.

Of course, we moms like nothing better than to put our feet up with a nice cup of coffee, and these Moomin mugs by ittala Arabia at Finnstyle, $30.50 each, also the pass the “young kid to mother” test. You’ll want to get a Moomin Mama mug, of course, and maybe a mug to remind her of her own little Moomin Troll or Snorkmaiden. And a Moomin Love mug, as well.


Nothing (except perhaps diamonds). says you love her as much as taking the time and trouble to make something yourself. So why not craft her a beautiful dahlia corsage, courtesy of Megan Reardon from Not Martha.

Finally, If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual flowers or chocolates, try this “Year in the Country” Limited Edition Gift Set ,$70, that includes 12 differet goats’ milk soaps — one for each month of the year — from Beekman 1802.

Or send her a bouquet of chocolate-dipped strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and canteloupes that looks beautiful, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and will not adversely impact the maternal waistline. From Edible Arrangements; prices from around $40. — Paola T.

Still looking for a Mother’s Day gift? You might want to check out mirrormirror, Paola’s own fabulous shop! (She was too shy to link to it herself.)

From our partners
Beth Ellen

Edible arrangements are a TERRIBLE idea unless there will be a party–they must be eaten immediately, or taken apart, since they are generally (in my experience) too tall for the fridge. Also, the fruit must be preserved in some way to keep it looking fresh–when I have received them I’ve thought they were kinda gross….

Mary T

As simple as it is, I think I am doing the edible arrangement thing! My mom can’t have much processed sugar, so this is perfect! Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks, Paola.

Mary T

Ha — I posted my comment above before Beth Ellen’s comment was approved! Oh well, to each their own!


So, funny, I did not see the post yesterday. But, I bought the Adler salt and pepper shakers for my mom yedsterday. She loves elephants.

Sarah L.

I think Edible Arrangements is a franchise, so there are probably good ones and bad ones. I have sent them as gifts to new moms to rave reviews. The one closet to me is awesome.

Just to say that I’ve had nothing but great reviews from friends to whom I’ve sent Edible Arrangements (which is why I recommended them) – they’re not only great new mother gifts, but also good for people convalescing after an operation etc.

I agree though that it’s probably best to send them to people where there are a few people on hand to eat the fruit.

And although I don’t want to toot my own horn too much – you might want to check out the homemade version my daughter coincidentally made me for Mother’s Day http://mirrormirror.typepad.com/mirror_mirror/2010/05/an-extremely-cool-mothers-day-idea.html

The felt dahlia is so great, I had to post it too! Thanks for the tip!