M other’s day is just around the corner and many of my friends are treating mom to a nice dinner out this year. But if you’re looking for something fun and inexpensive to give, here are some ideas that won’t break the bank and aren’t the same old box of bath salts mom usually gets.
Blue Pie Design
Last week, I was having a burger at my local French American bistro when a neighbor seated next to me, Greg, struck up a conversation with me about artistic and creative people. He told me about his mother Deborah and her design company called Blue Pie Design, selling everything from purses, paintings and photography. I gave Deb a ring to see if she could give me some fun gift ideas for mother’s day. I browsed through Etsy, an amazing site for artists and craftsmen to sell their hand-made work online – I especially loved her passion pillows featured there. They are perfect for moms who do yoga or just want to relieve a stress headache.
I’ve always loved the quirky fun product line called Miso Pretty that Blue Q designs. I have a set of grocery bags that I get constant compliments on when I’m out and about. These inexpensive bags are perfect for the light traveler who likes to pack his/her own snacks for a trip to the beach. And these bags are really sturdy.
Is Mom a tea toddler? I am because I know of the many health benefits of drinking tea, including fighting cancer, calming hunger, improving digestion just to name a few. The fine hand-made teas that I’ve sampled from Hoyt tea will be a special, healthy luxury for mom this year.
If your mom loves to keep photos albums or create scrapbooks filled with family memories, she’d love to have these charmingly patterned papers to create backgrounds (Cosmo Cricket is one that I often use as background for my food shots). They have uniquely designed papers with an antique feel to put your mom in “scrap book heaven”.
Music lifts the spirits and fills your surroundings with a positive vibe – and is another great way to help Mom relax or start her own yoga practice. Here are my favorites, and you can get the entire collection as a Skinny Chef Yoga Mix from the iTunes Store.