Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and there’s still time to get the mother in your life a very special and meaningful gift. Follow my gift giving guide and get inspired! If you have good ideas of your own, please share them with everyone in the comments section.
Every hostess likes to mix it up once in a while with dinnerware. Maybe it’s just a new set of salad plates or maybe everything gets mixed and matched with each season. If your mom finds serving a meal/tablescapes to be works of art or just has a plain appreciation for fine craftsmanship, hop on over to Azulina Ceramics page. Founded by my ultra-talented friend from high school, Melissa has really created an incredibly special line of hand-painted ceramic pieces from Colombia, South America. Each vibrant piece is painted free-hand by a local woman artisan and every design is inspired by Colombian scenery. Two of my favorite patterns are below.
Azulina Dinner Plate, $26 ea
Amapola Canape Plate, $11 ea
2. Gift Certificate to a Local Culinary Event or Class
It’s hard to think of a better gift for your foodie or chef mom! With multiple stores, specialty grocery stores and popular restaurants offering cooking classes, demonstrations or special events, there’s no shortage of opportunities no matter what city you live in. Cooking classes or culinary events are perfect for socializing, learning new techniques and recipes and indulging in delicious food. If you’re in Texas or have any of these stores in your area, I encourage you to check out the links below.
Students enjoying a class at Sur la Table Photo: Jewish Journal
Central Market Workshops- This luxury grocery store offers a variety of classes including wine workshops, French cooking, dishes featuring Texas Quail, sushi making, and much more.
Sur la Table- Sur la Table is famous for their cooking classes and creative topics. Upcoming classes include sessions about “Swimsuit Season Cooking,” “Mother’s Day Macarons” and “How to Cook the Perfect Steak.” I know several people who have taken classes at Sur la Table and all have had great experiences.
T’afia Restaurant with Monica Pope- Calling all Houstonians! This opportunity is for you. Check out T’afia’s page for upcoming opportunities to take cooking classes with James Beard award-winning chef, Monica Pope. If you’re a Top Chef fan, you may recall seeing Monica compete on Top Chef Masters! This is an incredible opportunity and one that your mom will surely treasure for years to come.
Williams-Sonoma Classes- Williams-Sonoma classes run about 1 1/2 – 2 hours and include a cooking demonstration, with generous samples of the featured dishes. Participants also get to take the printed recipes home as well as a 10% discount on store purchases the day of the class. Reservations are required, so check your local store listings for dates and times.
Eek! I love these personalized party cups, cocktail/dinner napkins, coasters, and guest towels by Ballard Designs. They are offered in classic colors and fonts, age appropriate for every hostess and offers versatility for most occasions. If your mom likes to entertain out on the patio in the spring or summer or always seems to have a crowd gathered at her house, consider purchasing these gorgeous party supplies. Each items comes in a set of 100.
Personalized plastic cups, shatterproof cups, cocktail napkins, guest towel napkins and dinner napkins by Ballard Designs
We all know I am obsessed with the state of Texas, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I own one of these Texas-themed dish towels. It’s one of my favorite “kitchen accessories,” and I find everything from this line to be totally charming.
If mama needs a new apron and set of dish towels to brighten up her day, go ahead and grab these fabulous items from Uncommon Goods, one of my favorite places to shop for gifts.
These adorable aprons are silk-screened with 12 colors and 100% cotton. There are two pockets in the front and beautiful embellishment trim at the bottom. $36 ea
Beautiful cotton dish towel features iconic images and landmarks associated with each state, $20 ea
5. Hand-picked Gourmand Basket (Think assorted wines, cheese, coffee, and other treats)
When it comes to gift giving in my family, food baskets are 100% met with elation and appreciation. No, I’m not talking about the pre-packaged gift baskets from the super market, I’m talking about carefully chosen hand-picked artisanal or specialty foods like exotic cheeses, aromatic coffees from local bakeries, wine, and other tasty treats like chutney and grilling sauces. How do you do this? Well, for starters, print off your Hobby Lobby or Michael’s coupons and go buy a large basket and some of that crinkled paper stuffing. Then go to your local wine and spirits store (one where they are actually known for good customer service) and ask for wine recommendations (or whatever drink of choice) and go from there.
If you’re in Texas, try going to your local Spec’s or Richard’s locations. Spec’s carries wine, spirits, coffee, and food products, so you could get everything in one stop if you plan it right!
Photo: Deluca’s Market
Spec’s has some great wine and cheese pairing ideas for those who need a little help, and you can access that list right here. Some of their most popular recommendations include:
Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, British Ales