Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and let’s be honest: You’re too grown up to get away with gifting Mom a homemade coupon book or a clay handprint. But never fear: Bas Bleu is here. We’ve put together a list of terrific books and gifts to treat the special mother in your life—even if she’s your grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, best friend…or you!

Mom I Wrote a Book About You
Mom, I Wrote a Book About You
Your mother is amazing. So amazing, in fact, books should be written about her! This illustrated fill-in-the-blank book is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your matriarch’s generosity, wisdom, and unconditional love. (There’s also one for dads, since Father’s Day is just around the next corner.)

panoramic pop-up Mother's Day card depicting bird on a flowering branch

Perched Birds Mother’s Day Pop-Up Card
Flowers wither, but a thoughtful Mother’s Day card can be cherished for weeks and months to come. This gorgeous 3D card is stunning enough to be a gift in and of itself, and a little tab allows the recipient to prop open the card and display it proudly for all to see.

book cover of Great Second Acts

Great Second Acts
It’s never too late to become who you were meant to be…or at least to have new adventures! This collection of mini-biographies celebrates women who found their true calling—and accomplished considerable feats—in the second half of their lives.

silver book shaped pendant inscribed with William Shakespeare quotation

Mirth and Laughter Book Pendant
Beauty magazines would have us believe wrinkles are a cause for panic, but wise women know they are badges of honor, souvenirs of a life well-lived and years hard-earned. We worked with jeweler Kathy Bransfield to create this pretty book-shaped pendant, which opens on tiny hinges to reveal an invigorating call to action from William Shakespeare: “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

book cover of Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood

Kitchen Yarns
Ann Hood’s “memoir in food” is more than a celebration of her favorite dishes. It also commemorates the important relationships those foods represent, primarily (but not exclusively) with women: her grandmother, her mother, her friends, and her daughters. As each dish nourished her body in a specific chapter of her life, her relationship with each woman nourished her soul.

cosmetics pouch illustrated with fox in a hat and lace collar and caption Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady Cosmetic Bag
For the pretty lady you know who would never dream of leaving the house without “putting her face on”…or for the intrepid traveler who’s too busy racing for a flight and wandering the world to spend much time in front of the mirror, this convenient pouch makes a stylish addition to any suitcase!

book cover for The Woman's Hour

The Woman’s Hour
Mothers work every day, in small and large ways, to make the world a better place for their children. In the United States, suffragists fought to make our country a better place not only for themselves, but also for the women who came after them. This absorbing history of the final weeks of the fight to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment makes a stellar gift for history buffs, political activists…or anyone unaware of just how hard-won our right to vote is.

trio of lined note pads

Saucy Ladies Magnetic Pads
For the lady who looks prim and proper but loves a good laugh, these lined notepads are just the thing to make her giggle—all the while helping her stay organized. She can use them for to-do lists, grocery lists, and gift lists; stash them by the phone to jot messages and conversation notes; or pen messages to coworkers who appreciate a micro-dose of sass.

book cover of Marilla of Green Gables

Marilla of Green Gables
You don’t have to give birth to someone to love them with a mother’s heart; few literary relationships personify this truth as well as Marilla Cuthbert and Anne Shirley. In this prequel to L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, young Marilla’s life is shaped not only by her mother but by her devoted aunt, helping Marilla grow into a woman who, despite personal disappointments, helps to shape young lives for the better.

tote bag illustrated with "Though she be but little she is fierce" by William Shakespeare

She is Fierce Tote Bag
No matter how tall the mom in your life grows, she deserves to carry her books and gear in style. Help her out with this bold tote emblazoned with a memorable compliment from the Bard.

book cover for An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
Sentimental cards and nostalgic gifts not quite the thing for the mom you know? Appeal to her wicked sense of humor with this little book of delightfully macabre tales about a murderous Swedish octogenarian.


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