Your mom is so special. You want to get her a really special gift just to show how much you love and appreciate her, but what? If she loves to cook and bake and appreciates artisanal foods and farm-fresh produce, we have some ideas for you.
Jennifer Aaronson, editorial food director at "Martha Stewart Living," says her mom "loves displaying food on her island -- cookies, cakes, fruit, etc." So she chose a cake stand with a very high dome "that will hold even the tallest cake," and paired it with a subscription for Frog Hollow Farms Weekly Farm Box. "Their fruit is spectacular."
"My mom loves to cook, but she doesn't love to spoil herself with new kitchen equipment," says Greg Lofts, senior associate food editor at "Martha Stewart Living." "One year I gave her a beautiful antique crock I found at the Brimfield Flea, and filled it with a melange of new cooking tools. And, of course, any mom's favorite gift, a handwritten love note tucked inside."
From Martha Stewart Collection at macys.com:
Stainless measuring spoons, $10
Pastry brush, $7
Asian strainer, $8
Set of 4 spatulas, $20
From Martha Stewart Professional Collection at macys.com:
Slotted spoon, $17
Vegetable peeler, $17
Locking tongs $17
Wooden spoon, $7
Vintage utensil crock, find similar at an antique store or on etsy.com
"My mom enjoys wine, but doesn't always know what to drink with dinner. These tea towels are functional and educational." And when paired with wine holders and a couple of bottles of wine, they make a perfect gift for "Martha Stewart Living" food department associate editor Caitlin Haught Brown's mom.
Wine-pairing towel set, $28, uncommongoods.com
Wine holders, $10 each, macys.com
"It's a truth universally acknowledged that all moms love pasta, mine included," says Jennifer Anderson, digital food editor. If you live nearby, you could make dinner for her on Mother’s Day, but if you don't, send Mom regular deliveries of artisanal pasta and make sure she has a lovely new pot and colander to cook them in. She's on her own for the sauce!
Sfoglini Pasta of the Month Club, 6 months for $140, sfoglini.com
4-Qt. Tri-Ply saucepan, Martha Stewart Collection, $90, macys.com
Stainless colander, Martha Stewart Collection, $18, at Macy's stores nationwide
For the "mom who loves to read about food as well as cook," executive editorial director of food and entertaining Lucinda Scala Quinn suggests a classic cookbook, along with a subscription to a food magazine ("Martha Stewart Living," of course!). To round out the gift, she recommends her favorite bag to tote them and much more in -- and a small folding knife, just right for when Mom finds a hunk of good cheese at the market.
"Mastering the Art of French Cooking," $40, amazon.com
"Martha Stewart Living," $24, marthastewartliving.com
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery small tote, $80, staples.com
Opinel No.7 folding knife, $15, amazon.com
"Perfect for Mom's breakfast in bed," says "Martha Stewart Living" assistant food editor Lauren Tempera. She proposes pairing flutes with bottles of Prosecco and some peach puree for a Bellini or a bottle of St. Germain elderflower liqueur for La Rosette cocktails.
"I know my mom and many others are big fans of Martha and of Mark Bittman and both have new books," says "Everday Food" culinary producer Jessie Damuck. Match Martha's "Living the Good Long Life" with Bittman's "VB6" and add an eco-friendly saute pan that's "great for low-fat cooking" to create the perfect gift for a healthy mom.
"Living the Good Long Life," $28, amazon.com
"VB6," $26, amazon.com
8 in. ceramic nonstick fry pan, Martha Stewart Collection, $40, macys.com
If your mom is both practical and stylish and "likes to make all the necessary, mundane elements in her house as pretty as can be," "Everyday Food" senior associate food editor Samantha Seneviratne suggests something functional but also attractive. These clean and colorful canisters along with handmade dish towels fit the bill.
Leah Duncan tea towels, $18-24, leahduncan.com
Food storage canisters, Martha Stewart Collection, $15 each, macys.com
"Making a cup or pot of tea is time for Mom to devote to herself. There's a certain Zen to brewing tea and savoring its taste," says Victoria Spencer, senior digital food editor. Choose tea that your mom likes, or spoil her with a special selection in a gorgeous box and be sure to include a special new mug or cup and saucer.
Mother's Day Gift Box, $35 serendipitea.com
Blue Picture Perfect mugs with spoons (Set of 2), Martha Stewart Collection Serveware, $30, macys.com
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