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Gift Guide Part #2: Your Beautiful Mom Who Loves Long Chats on the Phone and Never Gets Stumped by Vocab Words (Except Once! By “Friable”!)

Wooden salad hands, made in Vermont, for leisurely dinners together, $30.

rosemary-plant

Rosemary plant, $55 (also available here for $49.99). My friend gave us one this past weekend, and now our entire living room smells incredible.

Thick wool scarf, handknit in Berlin, because she’d look so pretty in it. $150. (This colorblock scarf is lovely, too.)

The best cookbook you’ve read all year, $17.26.

Black sea salt to sprinkle over buttered toast, salads and cheese, $18.

A sweet little ranunculus bouquet in farmhouse pottery, for her desk, $55.

Magnets featuring her favorite people, $3.99 each.

Plane tickets to visit each other, since that’s what you both want the most.

P.S. More gifts for moms, and the complete 2013 gift guide.

(This post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I just love all the products!)

  1. that picture of your little one is so adorable!! beautiful boys you have! i have a 6 year old boy and would love to soon have another! thanks for sharing!

  2. I laughed because as a urology physician assistant, I use the word friable all the time and have totally lost perspective on what words are part of everyone’s vocabulary vs my urology vocabulary. :-)

  3. I laughed because as a urology physician assistant, I use the word friable all the time and have totally lost perspective on what words are part of everyone’s vocabulary vs my urology vocabulary. :-)

  4. omg, anton!! i die.

  5. Our local Whole Foods had tabletop rosemary plants that were about a foot and a half for $14. The have them every year around the holidays.

  6. I love how you described your mom in the title. She seems like a really sweet and nice person. I like the idea of the last gift especially, so heart warming!

  7. Love the recipe for the chocolate covered figs. I tried them this morning, but ended up eating them myself…♥

  8. paris bee, absolutely—anything with photos are a hit with parents:)

  9. lilybart, i’m so sorry to hear that! that’s so tough. you sound like an amazing person. xoxo

  10. Such great gifts. We’re going the photo album route this year as that seems to be most appreciated.

    xoxo PARIS BEE

  11. OMG I need to try the dried figs dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt! I LOVE figs and chocolate.

  12. Ha! The headline perfectly describes my Mom, and she’d love any of these gifts.

  13. Ha! The headline perfectly describes my Mom, and she’d love any of these gifts.

  14. I really love the idea of the homemade chocolate- dipped figs with sea salt. This gave me a good idea and I’m going to do it this week-end !

  15. Your gift guides are so thoughtful and varied; perfectly so.

  16. Your gift guides are always my favorite! They have a mix of price ranges and most of the items are ones I don’t see on every other blog. Thank you so much!

    And great disclaimer. Haha.

    xo Nadia

  17. Awesome ideas!! Haven’t heard of the cookbook and now want it for myself, too!

  18. That picture of Anton is so vibrant and perfect! I’d say thats the winner for your mamas gift. xo!

    Dakota
    dakotabee.wordpress.com

  19. I love these lists oh so much. It’s like you know my family members the way you describe them. My beautiful Irish mother, Finola, who would love a Rosemary plant, loves long phone chats, and is quite good at her vocab words! And the hedgehog brush is perfect considering we call my dad Harry Hedgehog. They recently moved to North Carolina, to live part time on their sailboat, but are coming home for Christmas and I’m so looking forward to it!

  20. I know this is a “for your mom” gift guide, but all the foodie gifts would actually be perfect for my loves-to-cook fiance! thanks all the same :)

  21. jm says...

    I just love rosemary trees. And the cover of that cookbook is just amazing. I am looking forward to all your guides.

  22. What do you get the Mom who never misses a chance to find fault with you, never calls you (but expects you to call her) and never visits you (but expects you to visit her – and then plays solitaire on the computer in the back room when you do visit)?

    You see, these are the things I wrestle with this time of year.

  23. Trader Joe’s has nice-sized, Christmas tree shaped rosemary plants for just $9.99. Check out their plant selection!

  24. Trader Joe’s has nice-sized, Christmas tree shaped rosemary plants for just $9.99. Check out their plant selection!

  25. I love your disclaimer…..;)
    Lynda

  26. I love your disclaimer…..;)
    Lynda

  27. If you place a rosemary branch in a pot of dirt, it grows a whole new plant!….for free. And it is very fast! I just thought 50 bucks for a rosemary plant was too much….

  28. I love the hat on your sweet boy!Where is that from?

  29. Aw, I love the last one best! I’ve had such trouble knowing what to get my mom for Christmas, what a great list!

  30. What a cute picture for the magnet link!
    And my rosemary also kept growing in my little herb patch in my garden in Belgium. Almost all rosemary now ;-)

  31. Can I ask you where Anton’s hat is from in that photo? I love the little top-knot!

  32. you can get a rosemary tree at trader joes for 11$ !!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Lovely gifts, the magnet idea is so cute :) I am sure all moms would love it!

  34. tracy, that is so funny! i’d definitely dig out a plant :)

  35. that’s so nice of you, J&H! hope you guys have a wonderful time!!

  36. the rosemary plant gift makes me LOL. Here in Oregon, so many craigslist ad asking people to dug their rosemary plant out and it’s theirs for free…

    This is y I decide to just buy the dried rosemary instead of getting the plant.

  37. These ideas are great, Joanna! Except I balked at the price tag for the rosemary plant that costs just a few bucks at the store (albeit, minus the pretty packaging, but still…)

  38. my gift to my mom this year was her plane ticket to come see me the weekend before Christmas. doesn’t everyone love to window shop 5th ave at Christmas time anyways? the displays are incredible!

  39. Your disclaimer made me chuckle!