The Best Mother's Day Gifts for the Best Mom Ever
Do you have the best mom ever like I do? Or at least a mom, a mom-like figure, a wife, or a mother-in-law you're about to have to buy a Mother's Day gift for?
So what are you gonna get her? You could keep the task simple and painless with another (tired old) bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates (she'll just hand out to the grandkids / mailman / lawn guys). Or you could wrap up one of these gifts, and make her feel like she just got the best Mother's Day gift ever from someone who must think she's the best mom ever.
Slow Dance - A Frame that Slows Down Time
Imagine a club in Vegas. A go-go dancer. Strobe lights. It's a spectacle of stop motion animation, the fluidity of movement altered by the way the flashes of light play with your eyes. Now scale that scene way down and bring it to your living room.
And replace the go-go dancer with a feather or a flower clipped to an electromagnet. You know, Momify it. Tweak the strobes too. Speed them up so fast that you can't even tell they're blinking, and sync them with the high-speed vibrations of the clipped object. Then tell Mom to sit back and watch the Slow Dance.
Slow Dance is an optical illusion and a piece of art. Creator Jeff Lieberman builds the framed sculptures to hold real items, such as feather, flowers, leaves, and small branches, and make them appear to move in slow motion.
Handmade Inupiat Ulu Knife
This handsome devil of an Ulu knife is handmade in central Alaska by the North Star Knife & Ulu Company. Its damascus-style blade is a combination of 1074 carbon steel, 15N20 steel, and about 2.5% nickel for added toughness. North Star Knife & Ulu also points out that they're located in a place where temperatures can drop to -60 degrees F in the winter, so they have no choice but to use rugged, hardy materials in their products to withstand the weather.
Raclette Personal Cheese Melter
I know Dad's usually the one who's all about the cheese factor, but this Partyclette ToGo set is for the edible kind. Boska Holland's twist on the Raclette method shrinks the melting source from a roaring campfire to a set of 3 tea lights that sit underneath a nonstick Barbeclette pan to heat it. Once the cheese is bubbly, lift the pan off its oak frame and use the included spatula to slide it off onto anything from nachos to burgers to Swiss-Canadian poutine.
The Whisk Wiper
What is this whiskcraft I see before me? You mean worming my tongue between the wire loops and getting chocolate cake batter all over my face isn't the best way to clean off the whisk when my mama is baking? Nah.
The Whisk Wiper fits over the spherical end of any standard whisk, its star-shaped slots sliding between the utensil's metal loops, and stopping at the base of the handle. While whisking the Wiper stays put and serves as both a ledge for stationing the whisk against the edge of the bowl so it won't fall in and get quick-batter-sanded to the bottom, and as a batter catcher if Mom decides to invert the whisk and set it on end on the countertop.
Ah, the Llama Duster. Does that fact that this scraggly, cuddly, eye-popping pink camelid looks like he's straight outta Sesame Street make him an OK gift for your mom, even though the undertone of the gesture is that you're giving her a cleaning product?
Only one way to find out!
Butter Bell Crock
Butter Bell Crocks store butter fresh without refrigeration, so Mom (and, by proxy, you) will always have smooth and spreadable churned moo juice set right on the countertop.
A dude, L. Tremain, designed these Original Butter Bell Crocks after the French butter crocks, which somehow use water and bone china to keep butter fresh and at the perfect spreading consistency for up to 30 days. No fridge, no spoilage, no odors, and no destroying the toast with hard hunks of butter.
The Bucket List: Places to Find Peace and Quiet
Are feeling zen and achieving self-actualization on Mom's bucket list? The Bucket List: Places to Find Peace and Quiet is a book filled with ideas for those who take a slightly different approach to the trendy method of setting goals for experiences and achievements before they die.
Freediving in Malaysia or wingsuiting up at the top of the Aiguille du Midi don't make Victoria Ward's collection of bucket list activities, so if you've got an adrenaline junkie for a maternal figure, better to check out that wingsuit. But if Mom's into wilderness hideouts or world class meditation retreats, both of those, and lots in between, await in the pages of this guide of ideas and inspirations for physical and spiritual renewal.
Clay in Motion Handwarmer Mugs
If toasty hands indoors and out are on your mom's drinking wish list, Clay in Motion's series of Handwarmer Mugs will help counter the degrees of a cold room or chilly spring night with the degrees of a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea.
The Handwarmer Mugs come in a dozen or so different color combinations, as well as your choice of a Righty or Lefty warming grip. Capacity is 14 ounces, and they're all dishwasher and microwave safe.
Rivsalt Rock Salt & Grater Set
Give Mom they keys - well, the rock and rasp - to a new gastronomic experience with Kikkerland's Rivsalt, an 18/8 stainless steel grater, beech wood stand, and hunk of ancient Himalayan rock salt ready to be grated fresh. The tableside (or over-the-pot) rasp set gifts home chefs and guests the tools to season their food in the foodiest of foodie ways.
Big Blanket Co. Biggest Blanket Ever
Big Blanket Co. says their 10' x 10' Big Blanket is the Biggest! Blanket! Ever! At 4 times the size of the average throw blanket (50" x 60") the Big Blanket indeed looks large enough to cover and cuddle the whole fam damily. And since moms are usually all about doing things for the goodness of the whole fam damily, a Biggest Blanket Ever would make a fam dine gift for yours.
Qoobo Therapeutic Robot Pillow Pet
The Qoobo robotic pillow (with a tail!) is a pet substitute and therapeutic source of comfort for elderly moms, moms with anxiety, or moms who can't own a furry pet due to allergies or their living situation. The furry, lap-sized bot is very well behaved, it doesn't shed, and she'll never have to take it out at 10 at night, in the cold, and the rain, to let it pee and poo.
Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack
This over-the-sink dish drying rack is a 2-tier space saver with a side of storage and organization. A real multi-tasker that does it all with poise and elegance. Sound like any maternal figure you might know? One who has a special day coming up?
Aquaphoric Self-Watering Planter
I bet I could still kill a plant inside an Aquaphoric Self-Watering Planter. A Fiber Soil planting medium and easy-to-read water gauge are no match for my black thumb (i.e., forgetfulness, laziness, and general ignorance.)
My mama would probably dig an Aquaphoric planter though. Especially the purply one they call "Wine Matte."
The Aquaphoric planters shown here are wee-sized for Mom's desktop, countertops, and side tables. They measure 4.75" tall, and 5.25" wide at the top, 4" wide at the bottom.
You're the Mom Everyone Wishes They Had Dish Towel
If you can't say it out loud, say it with a dish towel. They make mugs and pillows with the same sentiments, but this version somehow comes off way less cheesy to me. It also got two thumbs up, plus two tears down, from my own mama.
Handmade Preserved Rose
They're real, and they're mag-nificent! These preserved roses start out as actual fresh flower blooms, and somehow, through the powers of technology and alchemy, their makers are able to treat them with a biological retardant of some sort that will keep them looking beauteous and unwithered for 1 to 3 years.
Choose from a handful of colors, and if you can't find your mom's favorite, go with the always-crowd-pleasing rainbow to show her what a unicorn in this world she is.