Notes On The Road is all about stories told in the first-person. So we thought, what better way to uncover the savviest Mother's Day presents than to ask some gal pals and moms what kinds of items make their special days most memorable.
Away from home this Mother's Day (Sunday, May 9th)? Not to worry. All gifts on this list, chosen specially for the traveling professional, can be ordered online and shipped direct to Mom's cross-country abode (even overnight in some cases, if you're really stuck!). There's nothing quite like making a mother smile, even if you can't be there to see it!
Calling all supastars! Mom deserves to feel as special as you know she is. Show her in a new way with personalized wine labels made from your favorite photos. Choose a label design then your wine, and the rest is sealed, vintage history - a moment to remember and a gift she'll never forget.
Help Mom reinvent her wardrobe this Spring with some zesty accessories and bright-colored swirls. Take it straight to the source at FashionScarvesAndShawls.com!
Many moms are too busy chasing after their kids to devote proper time to themselves. Help an amazing lady unleash the inner Monet with a set of yummy pastels and bristles soft as silk. Notes recommends the Arches Watercolor Paper Block Boxed Gift Set - priced at nearly 50% off for the highest quality Rembrandt watercolors paired with a Pure Kolinsky Sable brush.
Kindle / Nook
For the avid reader and not for the faint-of-tech, a Kindle or Nook is a fantastic gift year-round. Share the experience with someone you love, of feeling suddenly inspired to read "Catcher in the Rye" -- and <fairy dust> POOF! -- instant gratification in under 30 seconds. "I wouldn't know how to use one," says one mother in her golden years. (Note to self: instructional time required...Dad?)
"is always welcome!" chanted a unanimous panel. Gentlemen in the doghouse or kids seeking extra kudos might like to consider upping the ante this year. Technically speaking, you don't need a "reason" to step up the ca-ching for a little bling bling, but Mother's Day is as good a reason as any! Check out the Coldwater Creek collection for the ultimate in Bohemian-Chic.
Yes, it's cliché but classic! Nothing says "I Love You" and "I Totally Didn‘t Forget" quite like a lush bouquet wrapped with care and sent with love. Add a teddy bear or balloon for extra "awww"s! Guaranteed on-time delivery so you won't risk sad faces (or shrouded consequences)! Thank goodness some classics never lose their sweet edge. We recommend clinging to ProFlowers.com and 1800flowers.com above others as a lifejacket/failsafe/booey. (Take advantage of their same-day delivery if you think you're really screwed!)
Send an "EnGreet"ing!
No time to make it to the store or post office? Let EnGreet worry about it for you. Just log on from anywhere in the world, design your card, inscribe your message and click "Send!" - and your personalized greeting will magically appear in your mother's mailbox a few days later. (Shameless plug: Read our stellar interview with EnGreet Founder Adam Weinstein!)
Kitchenware & Gardening Tools
These two almost didn't make it onto the list. ("No hoes on Mother's Day!" and "Do I look like I want to work on my day off?" -- kinda tipped us off.) O-kay then. For kitchen amateurs and enthusiasts only, may we please suggest some zany goodie-appliances like ice cream makers, Magic Bullet blenders and waffle irons!