There’s a reason that people so often give candles and chocolates as gifts — it’s because they’re usually fail-safe presents.The gifts listed here cover a range of typical Mother’s Day ideas, but with a twist. They’re unique takes on go-to Mother’s Day items, all handmade by small business owners to boot. So not only are you giving mom a lovely gift, you’re helping a small business at the same time.
For the chocolate lover
Sure, chocolate is delicious, but it can be cute too. Moonstruck Chocolate in Portland, Ore., offers up the unusual with their country critters truffle collection (pictured) with truffles in the shape of farm animals, bourbon caramel and gingerbread babushka doll eclipse truffles – a figurative and literal mouthful if ever there was one – and for the mom who doesn’t care about cute, there’s always the champagne truffle collection….
For the bath product maven
Tacoma, Wash.-based Feeling Smitten, a favorite of Oprah’s, takes bath products to a whole new level with luxurious items in the shape of adorable baked goods and sweets: fizzy bath cakes, aromatic shower truffles and cupcake sugar scrubs (pictured), which comes in such scents as mai tai and lemon custard.
For the candle lover
Before you roll your eyes at the idea of a candle, these Linnea’s Lights are really cool candles – they’re eco-friendly, handcrafted, soy-based and made by a family in Carmel, Ind. The packaging is clean and sophisticated and the scents come in Belgian linen, cashmere, French pear and more.
For the fashionista
How often does jewelry hit just the right note of hip and sentimental? (Answer: Not too often.) The “Always a Mother necklace” from Lisa Leonard Designs in San Luis Obispo, Calif., strikes that fine balance – and for the palatable price of $40.
For the foodie
Foodies often receive food as gifts. But how often do they get artisanal, handmade pasta? Pasta from Denver’s Pappardelle’s will delight experimental cooks with such culinary oddities as whole wheat toasted onion pappardelle, black bean and cilantro lime Cubana orzo (pictured), not to mention dark chocolate dessert linguine.
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