Mother’s Day is just two weeks away! (Where has April gone?) If you’re planning to celebrate in person with your favorite mom, lucky you! But we know many families will be kept apart by enduring shelter-in-place orders. Bas Bleu is open for business—albeit with stringent safety measures in place—and ready to help you brighten Mother’s Day for your mother, grandmother, aunt, wife, or any other lady you love who deserves extra-special treatment on May 10. We created this Mother’s Day gift guide to make shopping a little more convenient…and, yes, to show off some of the wonderful new books and gifts that landed on our shelves this week!
Floral Bouquet Pop-Up Cards
Fresh flowers are a treat, but this is one bouquet she can gaze at for weeks—even months—and never have to water.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
If she cherishes the special bond between grandmothers and granddaughters, she’ll love this delightful “memoir by proxy.” Bess Kalb is a comedy writer whose work has been featured in the New Yorker, but the star of her debut book is her grandmother, Barbara “Bobbi” Otis Bell. A first-generation American who grew up in Brooklyn in the early twentieth century, Bobbi is an exuberant character whose wit and insight shine!
Mackintosh Rose Brooch
Add a splash of color to her jewelry box when you gift her this unique pin, inspired by Scottish architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous “Mackintosh Rose.” Somehow it feels elegant and timeless yet also avant-garde, the perfect accessory for a woman who contains multitudes!
North of the Tension Line Series
“I’m running out of books! I stocked up just in case, but I’ve about read them all,” editor KG’s mom informed her recently. If the reading lady you know is racing through her TBR stack, replenish it with this wonderful trilogy about the small-town dramas and adventures experienced by a writer who trades bustling Chicago for a tiny island on the edge of Lake Michigan.
Country Diary: Summer Puzzle
We’re guessing your family’s summer vacation plans are up in the air right about now. But though you may not be able to guarantee her a trip to the beach, a hike through a national park, or even a front-row seat for summer Little League, you can offer her a stroll through a summer garden with this lovely 1,000-piece puzzle.
Bodies from the Library
If she’s a fan of Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, or other Golden Age mystery writers, she’ll be keen to crack open this collection of short stories. Oh, and did we mention? Some of these short-form whodunits have been published only once before; others are appearing in print for the very first time!
The Reading Woman Note Cards
For the woman who buys stamps in bulk and never fails to send a thank-you note or a handwritten greeting at exactly the right moment, this boxed collection of blank note cards—illustrated with beautiful artwork of reading woman—will earn pride of place on her writing desk.
Histories of Nations
If she’s a history buff who loves reading up on new places before she visits them, she’ll love diving into this world history primer. What makes it so special? Each chapter is written by a different historian from a different country, offering a “local” perspective from a trained historian writing about their homeland.
“Strawberry Thief” Scarf with Magnetic Clasp
Artistic souls and style mavens alike will relish the look and feel of this 100% silk Scottish-made scarf. William Morris’s famous “Strawberry Thief” textile design, created by Liberty of London, is reproduced in rich jewel tones, and the small silver magnets at each end of the scarf help keep the fine fabric fixed in place.
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