Ah, good ol’ mom and dad. They’re often the people who know you best (or at least have known you the longest) and so it would seem that they’d be the easiest loved ones to check right off that sometimes-lengthy holiday gift list. Alas, the people who raised you are often the toughest to buy for. They’re the quickest to remark “Oh, honey, you don’t need to buy me anything!” (but you do) and they often flounder at giving you hints or suggestions at what they might like.
My own mom likes to think I’m a wizard, only asking me for “time, sanity and more wine” (well, at least the wine part I can do). Once you’re grown and out of the house (and perhaps across the country, like me) it becomes harder and harder to know what to pick up for them, since you aren’t around to see what they might need around the house or to catch them “oooh”-ing and “aahh”-ing over things at the mall. And while it’s often true that a simple card, a small thoughtful token or a simple gift certificate will sufice, we have some other ideas that might just strike your fancy and worm their way into their hearts. All items have been showcased on the truly awesome handmade website Uncommon Goods and are the design and work of many talented American “makers.” Even if you’re done with your holiday shopping, we’re willing to bet you’ll enjoy eyeing these fun picks. Happy Holidays!
Made in Illinois, this photo montage allows you to choose a name (or word or phrase) and have it set in pictures with personalized framed photo wall art pieces. It can have up to 12 letters, numbers, spaces or symbols. Each is made up of a black and white photograph of a piece of architecture or nature. Each piece is individually created from different images chosen by the artist and features an easy sawtooth mount for quick hanging. $150.
What is it with dads and whiskey? We can’t crack that code, but if you’re father is a fan himself, he might delight in these innovative soapstone cubes designed by Andrew Hellman. The cubes chill the spirit without diluting the taste or scratching the glass. Milled in Perkinsville, Vermont by the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States. Glasses made in Slovenia & the Czech Republic. Simply freeze the stones. Add three to your next drink, let stand for five minutes and enjoy. Sold as a set of nine. $58.
“My friend, my inspiration, my mother.” If those words touch you, and your mom is a fan of simple and handmade jewelry, we know she’ll be touched by this sweet gift. Artist Kathy Bransfield created the sterling silver leaf with a 22 kt gold-plated brass leaf overlay in California. $78.