Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day: Gifts for the Reading Mom

My kids never ask me what sorts of present I'd like on special occasions. They know me well. Generally, I end up with a gift card for Barnes and Noble - which works equally well for books, ebooks, and cinnamon dolce lattes - my favorite treat. But occasionally they'll get me a specific book they know I've had my eye on. With that in mind, I thought I'd offer up some ideas that I think would make excellent gifts for Mother's Day or any other day.

For the Cooking Reading Mom

Are these not the cutest? Ok, to be honest I haven't actually made any of these, but I have huge aspirations to make them all. This would be an especially nice gift for a mom of smallish children. She will be the hit of the next school bake sale.

For the Sewing Reading Mom

I have actually made one of these. I'll admit that it wasn't as simple as sewing on a button, but for my first attempt, I think Monty turned out not bad if a tad wonky. He's a monster. He's supposed to be wonky. My Emma loves him, and really that's all that matters.

Anyway, back to the book. The instructions are clear, and the monsters are all equally adorable.

For the Traveling Reading Mom

Ordinarily I'd suggest one avoid giving a gift that mentions dying, but for this I think you could make an exception. On the other hand, if she's more into armchair travel....

You can't go wrong with Frances Mayes. Add the book to a basket filled with Italian themed goodies (specialty pastas, a bottle of nice Italian wine, an Andrea Bocelli cd...), and you'll have a wonderfully thoughtful gift that will please mom to no end.

For the Romantic Reading Mom

If romance is your mom's cup of tea, Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet is a lovely series. If I'm going to read a romance novel, I prefer it to be more about the story, where the romance is somewhat secondary to the plot. While Nora is always going to have a lot of lovey dovey, she is excellent at providing a well written plot in a beautifully descriptive way.

For the Animal Loving Reading Mom

This is a wonderful story of redemption. It's a must read for dog people. You also might consider making a contribution to the Humane Society in your mom's name.

For the Christian Reading Mom

The Yada Yada books are great fun. If she's already read those, try the House of Hope series - an offshoot of the prayer group. Add a bookmark with her favorite Bible verse printed on it (buy one or make your own) for a personal touch.

So there you have it. These are just a few of my personal favorites.

Happy Mother's Day!


Cathy said...

I love your blog design. And great mamas day post! So ironic, I was just telling my own mom about Cake Pops this past weekend. She couldn't believe it when I described them to delish! Thanks for sharing.

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