Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Just a friendly reminder that one of the most important holidays of the year is coming upon us. I’m a lucky gal, my husband knows exactly what I like on this special day – snuggling in bed with the boys, breakfast in bed, coffee made just the way I would have made it (he’s not a coffee drinker, and let me tell you, it took years of training to get the coffee french pressed just right), giggling over home made cards that the boys made, riding bikes to the park and maybe a picnic at the beach.

In case you’re looking for gifts, I’ve got a new batch of fun ideas for Mother’s Day. Starting at top-left:

David Lebovitz Ready for Dessert: $23.10 David is one of my favorite blog-friends, and while he lives in Paris, he does get out quite often and I end up seeing him more than I see some of my neighbors. He’s got a brand new book out and this would make an excellent gift for a Mom who loves to bake, or even look at pretty photos of sweets.

Hoopnotica: $29.99 You MUST get this. Seriously. Think hula hoop meets belly dancing and you’ve got a fun workout. Well, in my case, my girlfriends and I laughed so hard (my hips just don’t move like that) that the workout was from all the laughter.

Personalized Cutting Board
: $34.95 My partner, Grace gave me one of these personalized cutting boards for Christmas and I just adore it. Of course, mine doesn’t say “mom” on it, mine has “Steamy Kitchen” on the board. You can have them personalize it with any short phrase or name. It’s just such a cute gift.

Aspen Leaf Salt Dish with Spoon: $28.00 LOVE! I actually just bought this last week in Portland while at At the Meadow, the most quaint salt-chocolate-flower shop owned by friend Mark Bitterman. This little salt dish is about 3-inches wide, gold layered and is just too perfect. It holds just a teaspoon of your favorite sea salt for the table.

ScanPan Saute Pan: $239.00 This is the most used pan in my kitchen. I can steam, saute, fry, stir-fry, bake. And it’s nonstick, PFOA free and you can use metal utensils. YES! Metal utensils! Last year, I worked with ScanPan during my book tour and we gave away many pans to fans. I bought one for my Mom and my brother and they will never part with theirs.

Jill-E Camera Bag: $99.00 One thing I don’t like about camera bags is that most of them are black, ugly and just scream “steal me! I have a camera inside!” Love this bag by Jill-E. It’s happy, cheerful and hip. Plus, it’s on sale!

The One Wine Glasses by Andrea Immer Robinson: 4 glasses for $49.00 I’m a wine dork. I never know what wines go in which glasses. I remember going to wine classes and each varietal had a different glass. Andrea, the very beautiful author, TV show host, teacher and now Twitter-er has the answer. She designed one glass for red and one glass for white. So simple! She sent me one of each to try out and I’ve just ordered the rest of the set.

Hand-Carved Spoons: prices vary, the one I bought was $80. Last year when I was in Seattle, Cookie Baker Lynn took me on a little walk to Pike Place Market where I just fell deeply, madly in love with spoonmaker James Wilson’s hand carved spoons. The photo above shows 1/2 cup spoons carved out of King Apple. This is something I’ll be passing down to my kids. Simply priceless.

Any great Mother’s Day ideas, either no-cost, low-cost or splurge!?

Comments 34

  1. Marita Christiansen

    So nice to hear you include a shop in my neck of the woods, Portland, OR. I’ve never been to The Meadow, but after looking at their website (thanks for the link) I know I’m going to have to stop by.

    Thanks for the wonderful gift ideas!

  2. bunkycooks

    These are great gift ideas for Mother’s Day (or any day!). Now, if I didn’t have starving college students and a daughter getting married on Mother’s Day kids…I might just get a gift! ;) I think I will have to buy myself the camera back. It is pretty stylish!

  3. Chris Mower

    I’ve heard it’s bad juju to give anything ‘exercise related’ as a gift on a special day… but that hula hoop thing is looking pretty cool.

    That cool camera bag reminded me though that my wife has been wanting a new purse for a while. Anybody have any good ideas?

    Thanks for the great list! :)

    1. Liam OMalley

      I have one I got as a gift for my birthday last year.. they are great! Really nice quality, especially at that price.

  4. Rachelle

    Girl! The hoopnotica looks like it would be a riot. I would giggle myself to death. I can’t even hoola hoop standing still … much less adding a sexy “-itica” to it.

    At the Nashville 1/2 marathon this past weekend there was a group that hoola hooped the whole race. 13.1 miles of hip swingin. Kudos to those ladies!

  5. Nick

    Sad as this is, you’re blog actually reminded me about mothers day. Hahaha, thanks.

  6. Marie

    You must be kidding me.. Those handmade wooden spoons in (Eastern) European markets cost 4 – 20 USD, depending on the size… Nobody would give 80 USD for them! Yet they look great, so I often get them as souvenirs :)

    1. SteamyKitchen

      Well, we don’t live in Eastern Europe and Jim is a real spoonmaker who actually carves them to order from sustainable wood. It’s a dying art and I’d rather pay $80 to support an American artist than $4 for slave wages.

  7. Lynn

    Great list! David’s book is definitely going on my list. He is a man who knows his way around a dessert!

  8. Melissa

    I’m not exactly a mother (to human kids), but we have two dogs…so I am a mother of some sort right? :)

    I love the cutting board and the camera bag, sending this link on to the husband!

  9. HoneyB

    LOL, Ironically I have been doing the “hula” on Wii fit. This morning as I was doing it I was thinking to myself if I had a real hula hoop, it would be on the ground — no matter how many points I got for swaying my hips! Great ideas!

    1. SteamyKitchen

      I think we need a visual – where’s the video! :-) We were out on my patio trying the hoop – I almost fell into the swimming pool!!!!!

  10. Gaby

    Fantastic Mother Day ideas!!! I really want to get my mom the salt dish with the spoon but chances are I might just keep it for myself!!!!! Maybe I should get 2!

  11. Kim

    I’m sending my mom a copy of Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters.

    After decades of canned, then frozen veggies, my mom is finally making the leap to fresh! However, she’s intimidated in the produce department. This book is great at explaining what to look for in vegetables, how to prepare them and what flavors to combine with them. It even includes recipes – basic to advanced.

  12. bob

    great to see wooden spoons featured,even if not mine,lol… you have one of my fish-shaped spreaders!

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  14. Lys

    I LOVE the idea of a personalized cutting board. Will be ordering ASAP (along with David’s book of course ;) )

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