Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Nothing like waiting until (almost) the last minute to find a Mother’s Day gift, let alone put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I usually order fresh flowers, which are easy, last minute proof, and a special treat (though kinda pricey.)

I was born on Mother’s Day, so I spent many years worrying that I was going to be cheated out of a holiday. Turns out we don’t make a big deal about Mother’s Day, though I do insist we honor it in some way, just in case my sons’ future wives expect a fuss. Last thing I want to do is raise boys that badmouth honoring moms. It’s actually nice that my birthday falls around that time, because it makes both occasions a lot more meaningful.

I especially didn’t want the boys to be at preschool and elementary school and spread the word that it’s a Hallmark holiday, and therefore not important, etc. I can just imagine the call I would get from the school. Believe me, there have been similar occurrences regarding the tooth fairy. I kid you not. And here I thought it was discussions of God that we told them to avoid. Who knew.

I always send my mother-in-law flowers for Mother’s Day. Winston Flowers in Boston does an amazing job finding florists in other areas that align with their aesthetic. I send my own mother flowers too, though sometimes it’s cookies or brownies from a local (very yummy) company Dancing Deer. If I were to buy them non-consumable presents, or get tokens of appreciation for friends, I’d opt for sweet, design-y things, like the ones arrayed here, and above in Mother’s Day Gift Guide Part Deux. Trinket boxes or trays, bubble bath, a breezy scarf, pretty notebooks, an art print, bud vase, canvas tote, or straw clutch. (Feel free to use this as a birthday present guide too.)

It might be too late to order some of these (though not all!), but hopefully it will at least give you ideas so you can get into a store and shop efficiently.


S H O P  P I  N G 

1. Fresh Flowers Beautiful Mother’s Day Range 

2. Sweet Pea Vanity Tray

3. Macaron Trinket Boxes

4. Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

5. Honeycomb Earrings

6. Library of Flowers Arboretum Bubble Bath

7. Pink & Grey Ombre Scarf

8. Palm Cover Up

9. Garden Under Glass Terrarium

10. Gold Flecked Cork Monogram Jewelry Box

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Site Spotlight: Novica + $75 Gift Certificate Giveaway

In association with National Geographic, ecommerce site Novica provides a platform for artisans around the globe to sell their artwork and wares. There’s sterling silver jewelry with druzy gems from Brazil and turquoise from Mexico, African masks and handwoven baskets, batik scarves and pillows from India, rugs from the Andes Mountains, Mayan hammocks, Balinese coconut carvings, Thai ceramics, and other home furnishings, fashions and accessories with an ethnic flavor. Novica gave me a $75 gift certificate to pass on to one of you. If you win, consider using it for a unique gift for your mom, seeing how Mother’s Day is not far off.

ENTER TO WIN $75 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO NOVICA: Leave a comment on this post noting in which country you’d most like to shop. And if you could “like” StyleCarrot on Facebook, that’d be cool too (though not required to enter.) Deadline to enter is Monday, April 8 at midnight ET.

Fair Trade Home Decor Accessories Global


1 ‘White-Eyed Lotus’ pearl flower earrings by Nyoman Rena, $24.49

2 ‘Night Thunder’ beaded basket by Wayan Sukerni, $59.99

3 ‘Blue Jasmine’ silk batik scarf  by Yuni Kristina, $36.95

4 ‘Surya the Sun’ Madhubani painting journal, $27.95

5 ‘Blossom’ sterling silver + garnet pen by Dewi Putera, $89.95

6 ‘Elephant Pride’ gold-plated ring by Jantana, $67.99

7 ‘Modern Mexican Jade’  ceramic lamp by Ismael Rodriguez, $119.99

8 ‘Conquistador’ bronze sculpture by Goga, $907.95

9 ‘Dazzling Rio’ buriti palm tote by Carlos Paiva, $72.99

10 ‘Pacific Night’ Andes wool rug, $399.95 

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Shop Novica


Site Spotlight: Nic+Dylan

New York- and Boston-based jewelry showroom Succarra (remember Samantha Faye?) has just launched the shopping site  NIC + DYLAN featuring pieces by up-and coming-accessory designers. Lines include Adorn by Sarah Lewis, Camilla James, Temerity, Kimberly Baker, Sophie Blake, L.O.V. Project, and Courtney Lee Collection. Here’s a roundup of 15 pieces. As you can see, they’ve got that raw, edgy look I adore.


Nic + Dylan Jewelry Succarra


S H O P P I  N G 

1 OROPOPO Luna Bonita Handmade Silk Scarf, $200

2 Adorn by Sarah Lewis Quartz Crystal Necklace, $128

3 Claudia Rowe Callie Hammered Collar, $78

4 Temerity Aurora Brass Earrings with Silver Band, $112

5 Adorn by Sarah Lewis Golden Moonstone Ring, $98

6 Temerity Hand-forged Brass Corona Bangle, $105

7 Claudia Rowe Skull Bangle  $55

8 Evouni Walnut iPhone Case, $50

9 Camilla James Malin Silver Ox Earrings, $150

10 Kimberly Baker Stingray Sterling Bangle, $220

11 L.O.V. Project Handmade Organic Dye Silk Scarf, now $73

12 Sophie Blake Pyramid Studs with Austrian Crystals, $85

13 Alexandra Satine Cow Hair Wristlet, $160

14 Courtney Lee Collection Rex Spike Stud Earrings, $45

15 Claudia Rowe Silver Bungee Wrap Bracelet, $38


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Giveaway: Pine Cone Hill Circus Paisley Scarf

Pine Cone Hill, a Berkshires-based company owned by the lovely Annie Selke (I sat next to her at dinner last winter to celebrate her book Fresh American Spaces) has offered a StyleCarrot  reader one of the line’s best-selling new wool scarves, the Circus Paisley. Selke, who also designs those amazing stripe-y Dash & Albert rugs,is a master colorist. Leave a comment on this post telling us what color combinations you are putting together this fall for a chance to win the scarf pictured below.

Circus Paisley Scarf
27.5″ X 78.75″
(retail value $98) 

n e w silk + wool scarves from Pine Cone Hill
$55 to $98 

Enter to win the Pine Cone Hill Circus Paisley Scarf (retail value $98)!
Leave a comment on this post about what color combination you’re loving in your wardrobe this fall.
Contest ends Friday, Nov. 9, 2013, 11:59 E.T.

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