Mother’s Day in 2008 was exciting and yet it was a blur. My daughter was only a month old that May and while she was the most wonderful gift I could have received, another gift I craved was sleep. Now that she’s four I’m (sort of) well-rested. Yet still, gifts that contain caffeine are always welcome, which is why I’ve included some gifts for “the coffee loving mom.” But even if the mom in your life doesn’t crave coffee, I’m sure she’ll fit into one of the following categories. —Tracey Ceurvels
For the coffee loving mom
For some moms, caffeine is a must in the morning. This Barista Gift package comes with three sampler bags: Espresso, Breakfast Blend and French Roast, plus a Chemex coffee maker, filters and mugs—everything she needs to perk up. The Coffee Connoisseur is another option for the mom who has her own coffee maker: this set comes with a range of three certified organic coffees.
For the afternoon tea loving mom
Does mom love tea? The Wellness Teas by Kusmi were created with well-being in mind, and there are five blends: Boost, Be Cool, Detox, Algotea and Sweet Love. Whichever she chooses, she’ll feel better after a cup or two. “Les Moments” Tea Collection, also by Kusmi, is another option. Pair these sets of teas with a Sweet Treat Gift Box—mom will love the chewy cookies, iced cupcakes and rich brownies.
For the wine loving mom
Ah, a movie and glass of wine…a great gift for any mom. The Movie & Wine Gift comes with both sweet and salty snacks, plus a bottle of sparkling wine and a Napa Valley Cabernet. If she loves cheese along with her glass of wine, send her a cheese plate…perhaps the Ricotta & Honey Gift will do the trick, or the French Cheese Plate.
For the ice cream loving mom
Mom hasn’t tasted luxurious ice cream until she’s dipped her spoon into a pint of Luxury Ice Cream by High Road. Crafted in small batches for exquisite flavor, this gift arrives in a set of 4 flavors made with high end ingredients: Strawberry, Almond, Vanilla and Chocolate.
For the cookie loving mom
Cookies are always a sure bet. And if you don’t have the time to bake your own choose these pretty—and buttery rich—handmade Mother’s Day Cookies by Emily’s Homemade that are whimsically decorated with hearts, flowers and the Queen of Hearts. Or, these artisanal Mother’s Day Bouquet Cookies that consist of six daisies, six tulips and one read heart are pleasing to the eye, palate and heart.
For the Franco-phile mom
French sophistication meets Japanese flavors in this tantalizing collection of sweets. The Mother’s Day Gift Box arrives with miso chocolate brownies, yuzu-vanilla blueberry poundcake and matcha green tea almond financiers. Classic Macarons, ubiquitous in Paris, make a great gift for the mom who loves French sweets. Cremes Parisiennes, pretty pastel fondant creams, are another delightful option from Charbonnel et Walker.
For the chocolate loving mom
For the chocolate-loving mom, the Aurora Box that’s filled with handmade confections from Marie-Belle Chocolates, (with flavors such as cinnamon Frangelico, cardamom, Kona bean and dulce de leche) is a stunning choice as is the Anthology Collection from Chocolat Moderne. This collection contains beautifully hand-painted chocolates in unique flavors like Baklava spiced walnut praline, persimmon white peach and passion fruit cardamom. If mom loves Paris, she may enjoy these praline domes topped with sea salt that arrive in a fanciful Eiffel Tower. If mom loves roses, surprise her with this unique box from Roni-Sue Chocolates containing truffles made of ganache with a variety of flavors, including rose petal jam and rose liqueur, white chocolate rose ganache, and lavender and Earl Grey tea.
Need help with planning dinner? Tracey Ceurvels offers a weekly dinner plan for time-crunched food lovers that includes recipes + shopping lists, which make dinner time stress-free. Tracey Ceurvels has written about food + travel for such publications as The Boston Globe, PAPER magazine, Haute Living among other publications as well as on her blog, The Busy Hedonist. Interested in travel writing? Join Tracey for Fly Away Travel Writing Class, launching May 7th.