By Sara Kennedy / Sunday Market
Mother’s Day gifts should be equal parts sentimental and chic: Sentimental because you love her, of course, and want to show it. Chic because, most likely, she often went without so you could have more.
Pay her back in a small way with something lovely she might not splurge on for herself.
Tell her thank you for all she’s done for you with the Rae Dunn Merci Mug ($22 at Burnt Sugar, Fremont). Add her favorite tea or coffee beans, along with a 20-piece box of Fran’s Chocolates Gray & Smoked Salt Caramels ($20 at PCC) for a teatime treat that will make her feel all warm inside.
Make up (partially) for all her lost sleep with gifts to help her relax. The Handprint Printed Cotton Kimono ($62 at Essenza, Fremont) is a gorgeous robe that will have her feeling like she’s visiting a day spa.
Pair it with Handmade La Conner’s Women’s Lotion Ball ($18 at the retail store in La Conner or handmadelaconner.com). The moisturizing sphere comes in scents such as juniper + lime, grapefruit + bergamot and rosewood + blood orange.
If Mom likes to chill out with a book, give her a new e-reader case that will remind her of your appreciation. Caseable’s Garden Party Kindle Case ($45 at caseable.com) features flowers that won’t fade, and comes in versions for Fire, Paperwhite and Touch.
Get personal with a Nashelle Initial Identity Necklace (starting at $64 at Burnt Sugar), made in Bend, Ore. A new mom will love the base set of a single initial and chain. As the family grows, you can add additional pendants and tiny colored charms to represent the whole clan.
Looking to go in on a gift with your siblings? Hitchcock Madrona’s 18K Gold Heart Necklace on Sterling Silver Chain ($275–$595 at Hitchcock Madrona), designed by shop owner Erica Sheehan-Nelson, is a striking combination of sentimental and edgy. The oxidized chain tempers the sweetness of the oversized heart, making it wearable with nearly any ensemble. The necklaces can be customized, and you can even add your own stone.
After years of stained clothes and ponytails, perhaps Mom is attempting a fashion comeback. Give her the gift of ladylike polish with the Kate Spade New York Small Evie Patent Leather Tote ($268 at Nordstrom).
Or help her get organized within her big bag o’ stuff with Thezakka’s Frame Sunglass Clutch ($30–$33.50 at Venue, Ballard, and etsy.com/shop/thezakka). Kirkland designer Aiko Tanaka mixes retro fabrics with a scalloped shape to create cute bags perfect for shades or a cellphone.
Put some on-trend pops of color into her wardrobe. The Marc By Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky Bracelet Watch ($200 at Nordstrom) has a bright blue face that contrasts beautifully with the gold band.
A bright geometric print makes the Tuesday Multicolor Triangle Print Infinity Scarf ($39 at Tuesday Scarves, International District, and etsy.com/shop/tuesdayshop) a standout. Seattle designer Rian Robison hand-sews the versatile pieces, which can be worn as scarves, shrugs or hoods.
She taught you so much. Give a nod to those lessons with the gorgeous “Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries” coffee-table book ($35 at Lucca Great Finds, Ballard). Edited by Katrien Van der Schueren, it’s filled with striking wall charts from the arts and sciences. At Lucca, you can also find lovely cards, both sentimental and sassy.
Stay connected even from afar with the Pix-Star FotoConnect XD Digital Picture Frame ($170 at Amazon.com). Images can be sent to the frame from the Web via an email address, so you can provide new photos of the grandkids anytime — even straight from your smartphone. The 10.4-inch screen displays up to 10,000 800×600 resolution images.
Provide some new culinary inspiration with “In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef” ($23 at booksellers), a reissue of essays and recipes by lauded Seattle-area chef Greg Atkinson. Then provide a place to grow some of the key ingredients with an HR Casa Bella Oval Wavy Pot ($9 at Ravenna Gardensbu, U District). She can set the 9-inch glazed ceramic pot in a windowsill and grow fresh herbs year round.
Finally, it doesn’t get much more sweet and simple than Al De La Rosa’s Recycled Wine Barrel Band Heart ($20 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill). Hang the oversized tin heart over the kitchen table to greet her when she comes to breakfast on Mother’s Day morning, and she’ll definitely know she is loved.