An inspiring southern mom of two sons who, over the course of the past two decades, went from caterer to cookbook author to famous celebrity chef, Paula Deen now offers a razor-sharp set of Santoku knives for moms who know their way around the kitchen. Deen's signature cutlery set includes 5-inch and 7-inch Santoku knives, which are made of tempered, hardened high-carbon steel, equipped with a smooth contoured handle specially crafted to ensure a safe, comfortable grip.
A store-bought shaker of table salt and tin of ground black pepper aren't going to score you any gourmet points with Mom, but a gift set of ethically sourced and hand-harvested HimalaSalt and organic pink peppercorns will make your foodie mom swoon. Sustainable Sourcing's HimalaSalt and Organic Pink Peppercorn Gift Set comes with refillable grinders, spice tin refills, HimalaSalt Zen Cube and stainless Italian grater. This impressive eco-friendly gift comes packaged in an SFI eco-friendly gift box with a recipe booklet that includes recipes such as Organic Pink Peppercorn Chocolate Bark and Wild Salmon With Pink Peppercorns.
With the recent -- and saddening -- close of Gourmet magazine, handing Mom Gourmet Today will give her the gift of continued Gourmet inspiration. Written by the magazine's editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl, Gourmet Today includes popular dishes from around the world, sustainable cooking tips, 30-minute meals, recipes for every cooking technique, and ways to use new gourmet ingredients that have become increasingly available to the home cook. Every recipe in the more than 1,000-recipe tome was cross-tested in the Gourmet test kitchen, so cooks of all calibers can turn out dishes with impressive, delicious results.
Available: Amazon.com and major book retailers
For the mom who relishes waking up to a mug of premium coffee or tea and biscotti, and then extends her caffeine pleasure in the afternoon with nibbles of gourmet chocolate, Peet's gift set is a Mother's Day hit. A Taste of Peet's includes a 1-pound bag of Major Dickason's Blend, 4-ounce tin of Pride of the Port Tea, 8-ounce bags of chocolate-covered blueberries and chocolate toffee almonds, and a box of Semfreddi's Almond Biscotti, all neatly packaged in Peet's signature gift box.
If your mom enjoys an energizing morning cup of tea or a sip to relax in the afternoon, the Bodum Assam Tea Press is a delightful Mother's Day gift. This 2-cup capacity tea press is easy to use, brews a perfect spot of tea, and gives mom the visual satisfaction of watching the tea leaves infuse their distinctive flavors into the hot water.
Even gourmet moms need a break from the kitchen, but that doesn't mean the family has to forgo scratch-baked goodies. Surprise your mom with a sampler tin of Donna's Gourmet Cookies. You won't find cookies like these at your local market because every small batch is baked daily from owner Donna Phelps' secret recipe -- a special concoction of all natural ingredients. Phelp's quaint shop may be located in Cincinnati, but her renowned cookies are shipped nationwide. Choose from mom-pleasing flavors such as Mint Magic, Chocolate Chip Dipped in Ganache, Lemon Sandwich, Peanut Butter Cup, Coconut Macaroon and more.
Retail: $18 for a 10-cookie tin
To the eco-friendly mom, Belief Beyond Bags gives the chance to help Mother Earth one reusable shopping bag at a time. A Colorado company owned by three women, Belief Beyond Bags offers conscientious moms two sizes of 3B Produce Bags, which are machine washable, virtually weightless and see-through to make checkout a breeze. Each three-bag pack includes two regular-sized bags to hold smaller fruits and vegetables (for example, grapes, plums, peppers and tomatoes) and one oversize bag that has the capacity to carry bunches of bananas, heads of lettuce and larger amounts of hardy produce. These reusable bags can carry up to 22 pounds of fruits and vegetables and won't leave a single plastic bag behind.
Retail: $7.50 per three-bag pack
A plain stainless steel bottle may suffice, but Mom will be even more determined to get her daily intake of water if she can sip it from an eye-catching reusable bottle adorned with classic, whimsical or animal designs. Vessel Drinkware bottles are plastic- and aluminum-free, can be used for hot or cold drinks, are unbreakable, and will save Mom money on landfill-bound plastic water bottles.
Retail: $14.99 for 14-ounce tumbler with lid
Though a watch isn't a gift Mom can eat or use to chop the onions, the Fruitz line of fruit-inspired watches is not only aptly named (Plum, Raspberry, Fig, Red Apple) and luscious in color, it's also equipped with integrated frequency technology that helps balance the body's energy flow and promotes balanced well-being. Made of stainless steel and silicone, Fruitz watches are also water resistant. This is a stylish watch that will keep Mom happy in and out of the kitchen.
Available: Visit FruitzWatches.com for the nearest retail location
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