Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Mothers are our greatest natural resource, so whether you say it with flowers, candy, or any of the other gifts below, the important thing is to wear your heart on your sleeve this month. Here are some suggestions for moms and moms-to-be.

The Traditionalist:

A bouquet of flowers delivered straight to the door is a classic Mother’s Day gift for good reason, and Teleflora offers hand-arranged lush bouquets delivered in a keepsake vase (never a box), so consider the Mom’s Butterfly Bouquet. Flowers can be arranged and delivered the same day you call in your order for optimal freshness, and the prices are remarkably reasonable. Peruse the varied selections at http://www.teleflora.com, and mention this site for a discount.

The Romantic:

A Glassybaby is a distinctive, solid glass cup, which can be used as a candleholder, goblet or vase, and is crafted with a multi-layered glass blowing process that renders stunning beautiful color when lit. There are scores of Glassybaby collectors, since each color seems to be even lovelier than the last. Whether you choose tranquil mint green, dark chocolate, sunset orange, pink or forest green, mom will treasure her Glassybaby. Choose your favorites at http://www.glassybaby.com; 10% from the sale of each Seattle Sunset Glassybaby will be donated to cancer research (www.fhcrc.org)

The All-Heart Pragmatist:

Mr. Coffee, among the nations’ most affordable coffeemaker brands, has a fantastic Espresso & Cappuccino Maker that’s both easy to use and reasonably priced. Mom can steam and froth her nutmeg-capped milk after brewing her own capp in the manner of a true barista. No more filters, no more weak coffee, fewer $5 drinks away from home – she’ll enter the era of home cappuccino brewing with ease, thanks to you. Find it at http://www.mrcoffee.com

Avon’s pink Breast Cancer Crusade Watch is sweet and affordable, and the cause is worthy. Give this to her for a day at the beach with a note saying that every minute together counts, and you’ll have said it all. Visit http://www.avon.com for more inspiration. This is a gift that gives back, especially to mothers; to date Avon has given more than $89 million to find a cure for breast cancer.

Moms who workout, bike or run outside will appreciate Jupiter Freedom hands-free bags, which fuse style with function to make it easier for new moms to get back in shape. She can choose the style she likes, strap it on, and enjoy hands-free grocery shopping or exercise; plus, instead of leaving her purse at the park hanging on the stroller as she chases after her little wunderkind, she can have her keys, money and other essentials at hand. View the styles at http://www.jupiterfreedom.com.

A Lover of Luxury:

San Francisco’s Agraria store offers a cornucopia of luxuries, including their eponymous French triple-milled Luxury Bath Bars in eight fragrances (fig, pear, pomegranate, jasmine, bitter orange, lemon verbena, balsam, and lavender & rosemary). This creamy, silky bars are chock full of natural ingredients and at 8.2 oz, are the generous size of a croissant. Also find Agraria’s potpourri and vegetable-based Woven Cane Candles, which are lead-free and antiquated. Find this line at Bergdorf Goodman, Gump’s in SF, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as http://www.agrariahome.com.

Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar is the result of meticulous attention to quality and a love of tradition. Lauded Italian chef Massimo Bottura produces only limited quantities of this vinegar, and uses locally grown Trebbianno grapes in a process that spans decades for a final result. Give mom a taste of Modena this month; find it at http://www.chefshop.com, http://www.shopgourmetsmarket.com and at specialty gourmet shops.

Fashion Forward Moms:

The Modify Dress marries genius design with function, and is ideal for busy moms. With the switch of wrap, a classic little black summer dress is transformed into one of many looks, including a halter dress, a wrap dress, and traditional strap dress. The selection of wrap colors and styles will ensure a fresh look every time mom wants to Modify.
1 dress + 4 wraps = 10 different looks. Visit http://www.modifyclothing.com.

It’s always safe to assume that jewelry is a great gift. This Dragonfly Necklace will adorn mom with your affection as well as herald the arrival of spring, and it’s a keepsake that will stand the test of time because of it’s quality construction and materials. Made with PMC clay and sterling silver, you can find this and many other gorgeous, nature-inspired artisan pieces at http://www.clkjewelry.com.

The Love Quotes Scarf from ChickDowntown.com will wrap mom in soft spring color, such as Morning Glory or Dune, and is versatile enough to double as a wrap for formal and informal outings. This site offers a great selection of gifts and summer apparel for the warm weather to come. http://www.ChickDowntown.com.

Whichever type of mom the recipient of your gift will be, she’s certain to appreciate something on this list. But even more, she’ll appreciate the thought and love you put into it. Awwww!

Originally published May 2009
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