05. 05. 2005
Last minute Mother's Day gift guide
It is not too late, so don't forget to get something for your mother. It's the holidays that keep Fedex in business.
7:3 chocolates are beautiful and come in flavors like pomegranate/pistachio, chinese five spice with hazelnuts, passion fruit caramel, earl grey, and caramelized banana. Only the freshest ingredients are used so the flavors change with the season. Right now you can get Fuzz (kiwi and black pepper) and Eos (rose water caramel) as well as all the classic flavors. The one pound signature assortment is $49 and you can order the alcohol-free version if you think your Mom might eat the whole pound at once, get trashed, and forget to make dinner for you. Kidding!
The Tranquil Moments Sound Therapy System has all the usual sleep machine sounds like ocean waves and gentle rain patters, but the sleep enhancement feature is supposed to lull you into a deep, extra restful sleep. The sounds slow down over a 20-minute period to help you slowly relax. Developed at the Center of Neuroacoustic Research which sounds somewhat impressive even though I've never heard of it. $99 at Brookstone.
This Japanese-designed spiral slicer can turn hard vegetables like carrots and potatoes into translucently thin ribbons. Use it to make mom delicate rosti (swiss shredded potato pancakes).
It's $29.95 at Williams-Sonoma.
Germophobe mothers will surely appreciate the safe2touch, the "on-the-go" surface cleaner. She can use it for sanitizing toilet seats, public phones or anything at all touched by dirty disgusting people. No price listed but available at some retail stores.
It's not quite as inventive as the ice cream yo-yo, but the Duotreat ice cream machine can make two small bowls of ice cream in different flavors. You don't have to pre-freeze the bowls, just put in the ingredients and freeze the whole thing. The machine will start to spin the ice cream when it hits the right temperature. It runs on 4 AA batteries. If you've got the big bucks, then splurge on the KitchenAid Pro Line Frozen Dessert Maker, which has a self-contained freezing unit that doesn't involve your freezer at all. Think I'll be going with the $27 Duotreat from Smarthome.
These vintage Siemens phones from the 60's are the real thing, not wannabe replicas, and have been restored by hand with all new wiring, cords, and microphones for modern day performance. They come in red and pale blue and are available for $145 from Uncommon Goods.
Looking at this list, I see it's very kitchen/food heavy. It has nothing to do with any idea that women/mothers should be doing all the cooking and everything to do with being hungry while writing. I think these would all make fine Father's Day gifts too.