Gift Mom something special this Mother’s Day– something with a little Brooklyn charm. I’ve picked out a few gift ideas to fit a variety of Mom personalities.
The Home Cook
If your mom enjoys cooking up new dishes in the kitchen, get her the Frankie’s Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual. I actually gave this to my mom for her birthday, otherwise, this would be my top choice. The guys behind the iconic Brooklyn restaurant share some of their best recipes like Cavatelli with Hot Sausage & Browned Butter and Escarole with Sliced Onion & Walnuts.
The Stylish Mom
Is your mom decked out in the best accessories? Get her these Seed Pod Earrings by Natural Abstract Jewelry, available at By Brooklyn.They’re classic and simple, but still unique and one-of-a-kind.
The Designy Mom
Brooklyn-based illustrator Claudia Pearson Illustration just launched Tea Towel Time– a subscription service for tea towels. Sign her up, and mom will receive a fresh new tea towel each month.
The Mom with The Sweet Tooth
Do you have a mom who can’t resist a box of chocolates? Skip the drugstore version and go for these Sea Salt Caramels from Nu Nu Chocolates, available at With Love from Brooklyn. They’re rich and decadent with a touch of sea salt to complement each sweet bite.
Some moms would rather indulge in a glass (or bottle) of wine over chocolates. If that’s the case for your mom, grab your mom a bottle of wine from Red Hook Winery. My favorite is the Jamesport ‘Clone 95′ Chardonnay, but if you go to the winery, you can do a tasting to find something to fit her wine style. Brooklyn Wine Exchange usually carries a few of their wines too if you can’t make it to Red Hook.
Still looking for a unique gift for your Brooklyn sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? I’ve picked out three of my favorite sweet treats that I think your valentine will love just as much as I do.
1. Hot and Bothered set from With Love From Brooklyn
Spice things up with this set from one of my favorite curated gift sites, With Love From Brooklyn. The four-pack includes Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate and Wicked Chocolate Bar, Nunu Chocolates Mezcal Chili Truffles, and Spoonable Chili Caramel. It’s sweet. It’s spicy; and it’s the perfect artisinal gift for the one you love. Use the code HOTSTUFF to get 20 percent off.
2. Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark from The Chocolate Room
I have a deep connection with The Chocolate Room and any of their chocolates and baked goods. I’m loving this Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark for Valentine’s Day. I like it’s festive and unique look– milk and pink colored white chocolate bark with hazelnuts and strawberry powder. Pair it with these pretty rosewater truffles for an extra sweet surprise.
3. Red Hook Red Hot Cupcakes from Baked
Who wouldn’t like red velvet cake with a hint of valrhona cocoa, layered and topped with your choice of vanilla cinnamon buttercream or classic cream cheese frosting? One of my favorite bakeries, Baked in Red Hook offers the Red Hook Red Hot cake in cupcake form, which I think is a little bit cuter than the whole cake. Contact the bakery soon to place your order.
The Locally Grown gift bundle from With Love, From Brooklyn
I recently discovered “With love, from Brooklyn,” just in time for the holidays thanks to twitter friend Denis Hurley. It’s a curated gift site with picks from Brooklyn artisans, perfect for any Brooklyn-ite on your shopping list. I’m loving the “Breakfast in Brooklyn” bundle, filled with goodies like Brewklyn Coffee and granola from Granola Lab. You’ll also love the “Tea it Up” gift set, with everything you need for your tea break.
Buying from “With love, from Brooklyn” is a great way to support local businesses too, like The Good Batch, Nunu Chocolates, Bakes, and Brooklyn Cruiser. Check it out for yourself here.