By Jodie Lynn
Mother's Day is coming up and I would like to buy my mother and grandmother something special this year. I just got my first paying job and they have both been very supportive of me through the years. Have any cool ideas for special women?
ANSWER FROM READER:
Since Mother's Day isn't until the 11th, you do have adequate time to do a little research before buying. Think about things that they may enjoy and admire but for whatever reason may choose not to get for themselves. Even if it's a set of cookware or an unusual necklace, it doesn't matter; if they really would like it, get it. This year I'm buying my mom a new laptop because she has wanted one for years but won't spend the money on herself. I ordered it online and had it shipped to the store where I went in and picked it up. Online deals are usually better than walking into the store and by picking it up instead of having it shipped I saved even more money. - K. M. in New York City, NY
There are many items to give to express your gratitude to your mom and grandmother. Personally, I love various types of body lotions and balms for sensitive skin that actually work to keep the skin moisturized and soft. Most don't. However, Body Balm by Vintage Tradition uses time-tested ingredients to combat dry skin and all kinds of challenges and is utterly amazing. Check out www.vintagetradition.com for all the details. Purchasing products that help a specific cause is always a plus. For example, Prosperity Candle has some of the very best-smelling candles I've ever come across. They are hand-poured into a beautiful, reusable, handmade Kaleidoscope ceramic rice bowl from Japan and help the women who make them. See www.prosperitycandle.com for info. Tagua Bib necklaces are all the rage and those that Monica Farbiarz creates are magnificent, high quality, colorful beauties. She makes them out of "vegetable ivory" to help prevent elephant poachers. Then there's the cuff bracelets. Nancy Nelson designs bracelets out of casts of brass bands from real birch bark and personalizes them with initials. These delightful women can be found on www.uncommongoods.com, as can many more creations from both. One of my favorite things to get others and to receive are cookbooks. "Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide," by Sally Kuzemchak, (Oxmoor House, $24.95) is a brand new must-have. It covers cooking when you really don't know how or with less than stellar skills, picky eaters, hectic schedules and much more. It's easy to follow and has incredibly yummy but simple recipes everyone will love, including the kids. Finally, ask your mom and grandmother a few questions and listen closely to their answers pertaining to things that they would really appreciate. But, most of all, don't forget to tell them how much you love them and what they mean to you, preferably in a hand-written note.
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