9 Artisanal & Thoughtful Gifts for Mothers Day
Whether your Mom loves artisan cheese, appreciates handcrafted local wine or would relish new heirloom seeds for the garden (or all of the above), there's something for everyone on this list. The best part? Every one of these gifts can be ordered online.
For the Cheese Lover
What better gift for your favorite fromage fan than an artisanal cheese personally selected by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802? Every month, your Mom will receive a shipment of either a classic Beekman 1802 cheese, a new cheese, or a unique small-farm variety. Some months even come with a surprise accompaniment.
Cheese of the Month Club, $50 per month (free shipping)
For the Tea Drinker
The health benefits of matcha tea are well known. When we drink matcha we ingest the entire leaf (in powder form) and take in 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. Plus the art of preparing and savoring every sip will remind Mom to slow down. This pretty tea set from Aiya includes a tin of matcha powder, bamboo whisk, bamboo scoop and matcha tea bowl along with a DVD with preparation tips.
Ceremonial matcha gift set, $78.60
For the Backyard Gardener
Every month, Mom will get a seasonal package of five certified organic heirloom gardening seeds. The monthly delivery also comes with two extra seed packets to share. Membership includes online access to tips on fruit and vegetable planting, growing, and reaping.
Organic Seeds of the Month, $14.99 per month plus shipping ($13.49 per month for six months and $11.99 a month for a year)
For the Artisan Chocolate Lover
Sushumna Chocolat gets its name from the Hindu word for the “super highway” of energy that extends from the base of the spine to the area just above the head. These chocolates are designed to open up your energy centers through the flavors, scents and stones used in each batch. Transcendent (pictured) is made with truffle oil salt, cashews and dark chocolate and is associated with consciousness, knowledge and understanding. Even if this isn't your Mom's thing, she’ll be sold on the rich flavor profile of each chocolate.
Sushumna Chocolat Tea Box Set with mixed flavors, $28
For the Wine Connoisseur
This club delivers wine produced by small, family wineries right to your Mom's door. Founders Bruce and Pam Boring have been exploring California wine country for more than two decades to surface artisanal wines made at out-of-the way wineries. Monthly shipments come with two bottles of local, sustainably produced wine along with the story behind the family that produced it.
California Wine Club, $39.99 per month plus shipping
For the Honey Lover
Honey connoisseurs will appreciate this artisanal collection that includes Orange Blossom (great with figs or strawberries), Acacia (a sweet juxtaposition to a young goat's milk cheese), Wildflower (a Georgia specialty honey that pairs perfectly with Pecorino cheese) and Tupelo (the Queen bee of all honey, this liquid gold never crystallizes in the bottle).
Southern Selections Honey Gift Set, $66
For the Cook Who Loves Gadgets
This clever spray bottle makes it easy to use a favorite olive oil in a measured way. Each trigger dispenses ¼ teaspoon of oil so the cook will never overdo it on portions. Designed by the Michael Graves Group, the bottle is pretty enough to leave on the counter. Pair with a favorite local olive oil for an extra thoughtful gift.
Evo Oil Sprayer, $19.99
For the Kitchen Gardener
This box will have its owner growing a pound of oyster mushrooms in about two weeks. Super fans include Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and the hosts of The Chew. The best part? With every photo shared on Facebook, the makers, a Bay Area startup called Back to the Roots, will give a mushroom farm to a classroom of choice.
Organic Mushroom Farm, $19.99
For the Aspiring Preservationist
Has your Mom been wanting to start preserving her favorite fruits and vegetables? This affordable home canning starter set comes with a canning rack, recipe guide and jars. All that’s needed is a stockpot to start preserving. Pair the starter kit with some vintage-style amethyst mason jars pretty enough to use as tumblers at your Mom's next dinner party.
Ball Canning Discovery Kit, $11.99
Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars, set of 6, $12.99