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Jewish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Obviously I don’t count Mother’s Day as a Jewish holiday, but neither do I feel comfortable ignoring it. I know it was invented by Hallmark, but I also know I better be nice to my mom on Mother’s Day—or else. … Read More

By / May 2, 2007
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Obviously I don’t count Mother’s Day as a Jewish holiday, but neither do I feel comfortable ignoring it. I know it was invented by Hallmark, but I also know I better be nice to my mom on Mother’s Day—or else. And part of the stress of Mother’s Day is finding the right gift. Here are some Jewish-themed options for your Jewcy mom:

There’s a new book coming out on Mother’s Day called 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. It looks fun and funny and smart, but beware that you’ll have to preorder and then pick it up at the bookstore on Mother’s Day if you want to deliver your gift on time. If your mom is as much of a wizard in the kitchen as mine is, she probably doesn’t need another cookbook. Then again, Adventures in Bubby Irma’s Kitchen is a great collection of recipes. Easy and tasty ideas with cute anecdotes. And hey, if you give your mom a cookbook, consider getting her some ingredients, too. Specifically, check out the Community Supported Agriculture website where you can search for farms in your area who will sell you shares of their crops. Every week your mom can get a huge crate of fresh organic produce. Saving her time and money on groceries will definitely score you big points. If your mom spent all of your childhood impressing a deep sense of guilt on you, then consider The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt. It’s an anthology, and I found it to be a little scattered, but it’s very fitting for lots of Jewish moms I know. If your mom is musical, try Mayim Rabim by Ayelet Rose Gottleib. It’s a CD of traditional Jewish liturgy sung in jazzy and interesting new tunes. Very sophisticated and funky. Not for a Debbie Friedman fan, but if your mom has adventurous musical tastes she’ll probably enjoy it. If you feel strongly about going with the standard flowers and chocolates, check out Ideal Bite for tips on where to buy organic bouquets and sweets. Helping the earth and treating your mom—double points! And if your mom swears up and down that she really doesn’t want anything, consider making a donation in her name to A Package From Home. APFH is an organization in Israel that provides care packages for Israeli soldiers with no family in Israel. So basically, all those young guys and girls who made aliyah alone get boxes of sweets, plus important extras like warm socks for cold nights, and personal hygiene products in travel sizes. Your money goes towards a mom-like gesture for people whose moms are far away.