Let’s see: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th—FOUR days until Mother’s Day. Um, obviously I am totally on top of this for MY mom (hi, mom!), but just in case YOU need something quick for YOUR mom:
Restless, by William Boyd (photo from Amazon.com). My mom, my sister-in-law, and I all really liked this mother-daughter spy novel. Excitement! Suspense! Romance! And one sex-scene detail you will not want to imagine your mom reading, but my mom claims it didn’t shock her. She said she was glad it was just REGULAR sex, and I will leave you to decide for yourself whether that makes things better or worse. (And if she then gives multiple examples of scenes in other books she DID find shocking? And you’re in Wendy’s eating lunch at the time this conversation is taking place? How about THAT, better or worse?)
Sensible Foods Crunch-Dried Snacks. This is not exactly a box of chocolates, but many moms don’t WANT a box of chocolates (my finger is making the crazy symbol around my ear). And these are totally delicious and indulgently, lovingly, treatishly expensive—but without killing you dead with sticker shock. My sister-in-law sent me an assortment of these and I’ve been kind of freaked out by how delicious they are, considering I AM a box-of-chocolates mom. I used a photo of the sweet corn version (photo from Amazon.com) because that was the one that knocked me back on my heels the most: it seemed like it would be “um, interesting,” but instead it was SO YUM.
Anyway, I only just tried these in the last few days and haven’t yet gone around seeing if they’re available in grocery stores or Target or drugstores or health food stores or what, but it is WORTH LOOKING AROUND. Amazon.com has the sweet corn, the cherry berry, the orchard blend, the tropical blend, and the apple harvest—but only in 12-packs of all one flavor, which is a bit much for something new (it seems like an assortment would be way better), and even the 12-packs only do you any good if you have Prime 2-day shipping. So: a trip to the store. Probably that needs to be done anyway. Aren’t you getting low on toilet paper?
I love Consumer Reports soooooo much, and they recently tested wrinkle creams. The happy news is that one of the only ones that made any difference to wrinkles at all is also one of the least expensive: Oil of Olay Regenerist (photo above from Amazon.com). There’s a Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream, an Eye Serum, a Night Recovery Treatment, and so on.
I’m linking to Amazon.com items because in some cases they’re cheaper, and if you have Prime (free 2-day shipping) you still have time to not even have to go to the store—and if your mom lives far away, this is even handier. But otherwise, I’ve seen these in Target and other drugstores.
Target is temporarily carrying their own line of Liberty of London stuff; perhaps you’ve heard ME AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD mentioning it? Anyway, I have bought several things in my favorite pattern (the one in the Target.com photo above), and two of my favorite things are storage bins. They are super-cute, and they’re nice and sturdy for the price, and bins are so handy. I have the “milk crate” (above) and also the “media bin” (perfect for CDs, though I use mine for postcards), and I’d like to also get a few of the lidded boxes.
Don’t be alarmed that the storage section online says things about not being available until June; most of the boxes are out of stock online but my local stores still have an assortment, and a shipment from Target.com wouldn’t arrive in time ANYWAY so you’d be going to the store no matter what. And maybe get her a matching mug while you’re there. (I have the matching mug.)
Porn For Women of a Certain Age (photo from Amazon.com). Heh. Awesome.
An aloe plant. What? That’s what I want for Mother’s Day. (This particular photo is of a FAKE aloe from CrateandBarrel.com. And not that I’d want to hurt an aloe plant’s feelings, but I’m not sure an aloe plant is attractive enough for me to want a fake, non-useful version.)