Mom-entos

She always said you were gifted. So prove it this Mother’s Day with smart gift-giving.



1. Full-Blown Beauty
Tracy Glover uses centuries-old Venetian glass-blowing techniques to make her ethereally beautiful creations. Her work ranges from delicate bud vases to elegant lamps. $81-$915 at Interiors in Winter Park.

2. A Tasteful Arrangement
Flowers and chocolates are classic—and predictable—Mother’s Day gifts, but there’s a way to combine the two in an unexpected way Mom will love. Berry Chocolate Roses are fresh strawberries hand-dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate and arranged on long “stems” inside an elegant red flower box. $49 for 12, $69 for 24 at Edible Arrangements stores.

3. Enough Said
The “I Love You Mom” basket says it all; it’s filled with tasty organic goodies, including chocolate truffles, chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate (and they’re all kosher too), plus a “Mom” mug and matching apron. $52 at thenaturalgiftbaskets.com.

4. More Than Words Can Say
Tell Mom what she really means to you—in your own words. Your poem (free verse is just fine) can be sculpted into a candleholder, combining both verbal and visual art. Colors include bright white, blue jeans blue, terracotta and limestone.  $70-$95 at shapeways.com.

5. Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag
Storksak is the perfect bag for moms ranging from diaper-toting newbies to empty nesters. It comes in a variety of chic styles, including the Emily hobo bag in pewter-hued twill accented with faux leather and silver hardware. $175 at A Pea in the Pod at The Mall at Millenia.

6. Cheers
Toast the special day with unbreakable insulated tumblers that can be used indoors and out, including by the pool (they even float). You can send in your favorite photos or two-dimensional mementos for customized tumblers, or choose from hundreds of designs. All come with a lifetime guarantee. $10-$20 at tervis.com.

7. Beauty in Bloom
The Mother’s Day Floral Garden Collection features pretty flower designs worthy of an English garden party. The collection includes a tea-for-one set, tote bag, thermal mug, sport bottle, note cards, a mechanical pencil and pen set, candles and more. $4.95-$24.95 at Barnes & Noble stores.

8. Sealed with a Kiss
Here’s a sweet (yet calorie-free) idea for Mom: a solid sterling silver Hershey’s Kiss pendant suspended from a delicate chain. It’s flat-backed (instead of rounded like the real thing) so it won’t roll. $79.99 at Bay Hill Jewelers in Orlando.

9. Ice, Ice Baby
Any Sunshine State mom who’s dealt with melted lipstick will appreciate the Cool-It Caddy. It looks like an ordinary makeup bag, but it has multiple insulation layers and a chemical coolant to protect its contents from high temperatures. $39.95 at cool-itcaddy.com.

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