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Mother’s Day, Books and More

At first I thought I was late in getting out a post about gift ideas for Mother’s Day (I mean it is next Sunday, May 8) but then I realized, phew, I am fine, because most of the people googling Mother’s day ideas are, well, guys, and this is early bird shopping for them. What? I am generalizing and sexist? Hmmm…not really. I do realize there are those who have already done their shopping (I am married to one) but for the most part the Sunday before Mother’s Day starts this shopping scramble.

Okay, fine, I’ll stop. Here is the information that you want:

For Moms with little little ones – Seriously – give her a handmade card (from the kids –  that you help make and cleanup – no glitter if she is so opposed) and a cup of favorite breakfast beverage (breakfast in bed, a classic) and a new book or ereader (if you must go all digital – here are reviews of top ten) and take the kids to the playground for an hour or two. She wants to spend Mother’s Day with her babies but if she gets a cup of tea alone and a shower – well, that is a little slice of heaven. Maybe she wants to start the day with a mind-cleansing run – parcel out that time and then she can be prepped for the surprise breakfast delivery.
Top gift – handmade anything –  nothing fancy but crayons and “I love you, Mommy” pretty much tops everything else. Don’t get me wrong – I am also a huge fan of the shiny – go electronic, go old school, whatever works. Jewelry is always good. Can’t figure out her favorite store or style? Don’t know the difference between hoops and studs? Sneak out a pair of her favorite earrings and slip into local shop (really, unless they are diamond studs, this is a good idea). The nice sales people can advise you from there. Go Old School – Books are always at the top of my list for great gifts. Need more? Pragmatic Mom has great ideas for gifts that don’t break the bank – here. Give a subscription to Brain, Child Magazine. capability mom and brain child magazineGreat reading. She will love it – grab a copy at the store and stick the confirmation inside.

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Cool Mom Picks always has their stuff together – Check out their guide to Mother’s Day gifts.

Mommy Prayers Great book for mom – funny, poignant – perfect.

Also Tina Fey’s new book, Bossy Pants, (it is a given that it is funny) and here is a Mom’s Prayer for a Daughter from Tina Fey from

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.

“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.



Low-tech Gifts as easy as A-B-C – Day 6 of 12 Days of Shopping

These are my favorite low (and I mean low) tech gifts:

capability mom shops etsy

Arts and Letters:  For all ages: Books, Art Supplies (really nice pencils and a pad of nice drawing paper or a pretty pen and a journal), wooden toys (blocks, building kits), a great local shop is The Green Planetcapability mom finds through cool mom picks etsy scrabble pillow (a good internet site is HearthSong), these oh-so cool Scrabble and A-Z  pillows on Etsy from dirsta (I found them through Cool Mom Picks – see my sidebar).

Back to Basics: Homemade treats, prettily packaged, with recipe attached, maybe some clove fruit from Pragmatic Mom, little handmade lavender sachets (you can buy lavender in bulk and fill fabric squares with it, so nice), special keepsake ornaments (we give my mom one every year). Hanukah is already over or I would be talking about special Hanukah gifts, too. Next year I will get this guide out earlier!

lavender sachetsCozy Comforts: Cashmere socks, scarves or sweater, mittens, a favorite (college or professional ) team sweatshirt or baseball cap, yoga or fitness gear, fleece from Northface for that particular teen, a Snuggie – I swear this has been on my children’s wishlist for two years running – they are wearing me down! C is for Chocolate – always! Get some sweet Lindt truffles and put them in a pretty container – Martha Stewart has a template on her site for turning plain chocolate bars into snowman and Santa bars.

santa and snowman bars

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Each day, please visit her blog to see the other half of each post. Thanks!

Friday, Dec 10: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

Sat, Dec 11: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

Sun, Dec 12: Personalized Gifts: Fancy Return Address Stampers and Personalized Stationery from Pixie Chicago

Mon, Dec 13: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Tue, Dec 14: Tutors/Teachers

Wed, Dec 15: High Tech/Low Tech

Thu, Dec 16: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

Fri, Dec 17: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sat, Dec 18: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)

Sun, Dec 19: Dog/Cat

Mon, Dec 20: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Tue, Dec 21: ’Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts

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