I am a Mother but don’t really expect much at Mother’s Day…that’s OK. We are in a weird time and between financial struggles and anxiety, sometimes it’s hard to focus.
But, take a breath and think about what your mother or mother figure would like this year. And if she is a food or wine lover, we bet you can find truly special Mother’s Day gift ideas from my list of unique gifts and experiences available this year.
Although my list spans many tastes and preferences, I’m leading off with the Mother’s Day present I’m planning for my own mom. My mother, who lives in Ohio, likes wine. And since I’m in the wine business, I think I am uniquely positioned to find her the best wine gifts.
Mother’s Day wine gifts
Shannon Ridge Family of Wines to the rescue. These well made wines from Lake and Napa Counties are widely available and in a range of price points. Something for everyone. But, the best deals are on the website and at the winery. I am sending mom and my sisters cases of wine because, frankly, it’s the gift they can enjoy for months….or at least weeks. By themselves or with friends. Check out www.shannonridge.com and follow the winery on facebook for a slew of fun videos (sheep and cowboys also highlighted!) that bring this ranch to life even if you can’t quite get there.
Why mom will enjoy Breathless Sparkling Wines
Breathless Wines was founded by sisters Sharon Cohn, Rebecca Faust and Cynthia Faust, in memory of their late mother who shared an unparalleled passion for life and special celebratory moments. Sadly, and tragically similar to so many losses of our current time, their mother Martha Jane was lost due to the rare, genetic respiratory condition Alpha-1–therefore the name Breathless.
“Breathless is all about family and friends celebrating life,” said Sharon Cohn, “The fun, the adventure and taking no breath for granted. As our mother taught us, and so fitting for Mother’s Day, we should all be grateful and strive to live a heartfelt life.”
The three sisters, who are also all mothers, created an elegant winery experience with wines made by winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster in the méthode champenoise, which results in delicious, premium sparkling wines.
More wines from women to women
Mother-daughter team of Rickey Trombetta Stancliff and Erica Stancliff have access to some of the best vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Erica is routinely one of the top winemakers to watch.
Kristin Garemani is a friend from when our kids were in elementary school and there is nothing this talented woman can not do, including producing world class wines and getting them in every notable restaurant in Los Angeles and in 40 states!
Rosé wines for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day and rosé go together with ease. May signals the start of summer which could easily signal the beginning of Rose season. Picnics and beach trips demand Rosé All Day chilled in a can while other rose choices can demonstrate your creativity.
More Mother’s Day gifts for wine lovers should include rosés from Puglia, Italy. These can be very affordable and interesting because they are made with native Italian varietals. Or how about a little sparkler with a domestic brut rosé sparkling wine from Roederer of Anderson Valley? Delicious, pink, bubbly and a bargain compared to champagne.
Keep Mom in good spirits with spirits
Mothers love roses…at least all the mothers I know. The problem if, forced to open for the holiday, roses rarely last. So give Mom something that should last more than a day…even a week or a month.
Four Roses Bourbon is the perfect choice for sipping and bourbon ranks right up there with the trendiest spirits out there now. Even better give her eight natural roses in any color and finish the bouquet with some Four Roses in a bottle.
Mother’s Day chocolate
Many moms love chocolate – don’t forget it’s not only an aphrodisiac but one of the 10 Best Foods for Women’s Health. It’s easy to see why chocolate is one of the most popular food gifts for mom.
But why not try something different, like my new favorite confection, Venchi? Italian-crafted and gorgeous, order Venchi on Amazon. These decadent Mother’s Day chocolates are perfect for shipping to Mom no matter where she lives. And as far as I’m concerned, they are among the best food gifts for Mother’s Day around. Getting a box of Venchi is like going to Italy without getting on a plane.
The most decadent food gift for Mother’s Day
I was thrilled when a caviar tasting bar opened in early April in Marin County, California, about an hour from my home. And I was even more excited to see the gift packs they off like the Mother’s Day Virtual Caviar Tasting from The Caviar Co.
Celebrate the mothers in your life with this delicious sampler, complete with a selection of The Caviar Co’s finest caviar and accoutrements, giving her the elegant celebration she deserves. The Founder Petra Bergstein will walk you through this sophisticated flight and answer all of your caviar questions on Instagram Live. You can even request a handwritten note to make the delivery extra special.
The Mother’s Day Caviar Tasting is a true indulgence at $140. But, of course, you can’t put a price on your love for Mom! And if you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for a wife, remember that caviar is a potent aphrodisiac. In fact, this might top my list of sexy Mother’s Day gifts.
This impressive virtual tasting kit includes: 10g Jar of Siberian Sturgeon from Poland, 10g Jar of Siberian Sturgeon from Madagascar, 10g Jar of Siberian Sturgeon from Italy, Mother’s Day mother of pearl spoon, gold mother of pearl palette, gourmet cocktail blini, and Vermont Creamery crème fraîche.
Handcrafted goods for unique Mother’s Day gifts
One interesting aspect of our challenging times is that some people have either rediscovered their inner crafter or have developed new skills. Personally, I have been doing art projects with one of my favorite artists, Carol Watanabe. Her bright and colorful paintings would definitely make mom smile. Find her gallery at www.artfully.com.
Beauty and wellbeing Mother’s Day gifts delivered
Wine Country Botanicals is a complete line of bath and body products as well essential oils and candles, all derived from what is good and natural in the Napa and Sonoma wine countries. Gorgeous gift sets for Mother’s Day and this woman-owned company continually give back to the community and great for a sexy mom! Easy online ordering means you can send the essence of the Wine Country to Mom no matter where she lives.
Mother’s Day gift ideas great for new moms
Melamine dish ware is the darling of the mid-century modern kitchen and it is back and popular to make our modern lives efficient as well as hip. Thomas Fuchs Creative is creating some of the best and Mom will be thrilled.
They say, “Our melamine is perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. It is all hand poured bamboo sap melamine which is high art at an attainable price with its vibrant colors that relate to the any demographic along with being eco-friendly and durable.” I say it will brighten up any home and is perfect homes with kids and infants!
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