I’m not sure how I feel about gift-giving on Mother’s Day. I mean, my mom’s been dead quite a few years now, and my kids are growing up and can pretty much navigate the Mother’s Day gift waters without my assistance. How do you handle Mother’s Day gifting when it comes to your wife? Do you buy a gift or treat her to a nice meal out, or both? She’s not your mom, which is what the holiday is all about, right? Still, she is the mother of your children, and I suppose I expect the same from her on Father’s Day.
I’m a pretty standard wifely gift-giver on Mother’s Day: roses, truffles (when she hasn’t told me NOT to buy her sweets), and usually dinner out somewhere before or after as Mother’s Day brunches are about as attractive to me as crowding into a restaurant on Valentine’s Day or jamming into a bar on St. Patrick’s Day. In other words, not very.
But, this year, I decided to go all-in. I spent about two hours scouring the web for interesting, different, and unique gifts that couldn’t easily be replicated, and yet, wouldn’t break the bank. I had some hits and misses, mainly hits, and what follows is a list of what I think my wife will enjoy. I’m not advocating, just speculating, or more accurately, making a series of educated guesses.
No. 1 on my list of internet finds: the Blendtec Designer Series blender. My wife loves her KitchenAid, but it’s so big, clunky and heavy that she needs me to lift it out of the pantry and put it back when she’s done with it. The Blendtec is smaller, lighter and designed to handle smaller, non-baking- related jobs my wife might use her Kitchenaid for. Better yet, she can get it in and out on her own! Yay me!
I also looked at a ton of candles online, and by a ton, I mean, quite a few. My wife loves candles: seasonal, scented ,tall and thin, short and squat — doesn’t matter. I settled on something a little out of the ordinary called Prosperity Candle.
The company’s tag line is “gifts that change lives.” Intrigued, I read on, learning that prosperity candles are ethnically made and come gift-boxed with the story of the woman who crafted them. I’m a softy for these kinds of things, so of course I bit, and I’m glad I did. Our candle came from Moo Kho, a woman originally from Thailand, who spent much of her life in a refugee camp outside Burma. She arrived in the United States with her husband and young daughter in 2008. She currently lives in Springfield, Massachusetts with her family, which now includes twin daugters in addition to her first daughter. The story’s awesome, and you know what, so is the candle. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat!
One last gift (I told you I went all-in this year) was jewelry.
You can’t go wrong with jewelry, right? Turns out, I was right, at least in this case. You can’t imagine how much jewelry there is in cyberspace. Just do a search one day and you’ll see what I mean.
I landed on an offering from Limbo Jewelry Design out of Austin, Texas. Any city that promotes bumper stickers reading “Keep Austin Weird” must have a lot of creative people living in it, so I figured Limbo Jewelry likely featured some of those folks. I hit a home run on this one. I selected the Lotus Mixed Medium Earrings in Sterling Silver and 14KT Gold Fill. They’re beautiful, unique, and just the right size for my wife’s delicate lobes.
So, there you have it — three gifts for the love of my life and the mother of my children. Does this mean I’m off the hook for the flowers, truffles, and nice meal out? Who am I kidding.
Dave Eckert is the producer and host of “Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert,” which aired on PBS-TV and Wealth TV for 12 seasons, or nearly 300 half-hour episodes produced on six continents. Eckert is also an avid wine collector and aficionado, having amassed a personal wine cellar of some 2,000 bottles.