It’s sneaking up on you!  Not age (although that is along with wrinkles, saggy skin and the complete inability to use the phrase “on fleek” properly in a sentence) but rather Mother’s Day.  The day you give thanks to your mother for allowing you to shoot out of her where you were previously living rent free and incurring no expenses at all.   Among other things.

There are 2 weeks left until Mother’s Day which means if you want to order something online as opposed to shopping locally (I fully endorse and encourage shopping locally even though it means I don’t get an affiliate commission) you need to do it NOW.

I grew up with a Mother who possessed a sense of humour of questionable taste.  She herself being raised by a mother who thought the baseline of hilarity was putting plastic bedbugs in her grandchildrens’ beds when they came to visit, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my mother thought the best game you could play with your kids was putting on a terrifying rubber mask and chasing them around the house until they almost peed themselves.  Heh heh.  Such good memories.  And as a result, such superior bladder control.

She also used to chase me around the house with the eye from a potato pretending it was a  huge bug until I cried.  Weirdly, I  now have a tendency to hyperventilate when confronted with either a) centipedes or b) french fries.

It’s a wonder I buy my mother a Mother’s Day present at all.  But I do. You won’t find it on this list because she reads my blog and I don’t want her to know what I’m getting her.  It may or may not be a Mr. Potato head.

Ready for some Mother’s Day Gift inspiration?  Good.





  1. Little House Tissue Box For the boogie nosed minimalist mom.
  2. S’well water bottle.  The “it” water bottle.

3. Super-cool SMEG toaster.  This one in this colour is especially beautiful.

4. Turkey timer  Makes Thanksgiving even MORE fun.


5. Hand wall hook  Yes.  It’s a hook in the shape of a human hand.  Personally I’d put it on the wall with lots of fun things in the palm of it.

6. Set of 3 bamboo toothbrushes  I’ve always wanted a wood toothbrush.  My wants are simple.



7. Little multicoloured vases on a tray.  SO cute.

8. Peacock bangle bracelets  Sortta hippie, sortta elegant.  They’re hellegant.




9. Sheep Push pin holder  Who even cares that no one uses push pins anymore.

10. Sewer’s measuring tape bracelet  For the sewer.



11. Caffeine Molecule necklace.  Yes.  It is a necklace with a hanging caffeine molecule.

12. Super-weird little fluffy faced keychain.  No explanation needed.


13. Chicken feet socks.  I’m not entirely sure how I feel about these.

14. Rat proof, mouse proof, squirrel proof, bird proof Chicken treadle feeder.  I own it. I love it.



15. This is called a “Boa” decanter.  Obviously it looks like a colon.  A colon that you serve a beverage out of.  Please don’t buy it.

16. Whiskey glasses  These on the other hand are really nice.  Buy em.


17. Cheese (& chocolate) Curler  I didn’t even know such a thing as a cheese curler existed until 2 weeks ago when I saw one in REAL life.  I almost bought it for myself then decided it was probably the sort of thing you I should let someone else buy for me.

18. Cheese Grotto  You know all about the Cheese Grotto.


19. Pinot Noir soap  Wine soap!

20. Chardonnay Scented candle  Wine candle!


21. “Tile” tracker Attach this little thing to your keychain, cat, dog or purse so you can always find it.

22. Wireless doorbell  Pretty!

I would be remiss if I didn’t include 2 of my own products.  ONE of which has been sold out for the past several months.

The Rough Linen / Art of Doing Stuff dough proofing cloth is BACK IN STOCK!

23. Rough Linen bread proofing cloth


And let’s not forget …

24. Cattails Studio Cleaver hook

That oughtta get you at least started. If you’re still stumped you can do what an old friend of mine does with his friends every year at Christmas.  They each give each other a book, a DVD and a CD.

Wait.  He only did that a few years ago but that’s like olden days shit now.

If you can’t find things like DVDs and CDs online anymore you might be able to find them on fleek.

Have a good weekend!


  1. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is some cool stuff…I need a new doorbell for one…I would like to see a picture of you in the chicken socks…

  2. Janet says:

    OMG I want to take the chicken feet socks to my cousin’s wedding and don them with my fancy dress as soon as the Chicken dance comes on!

    • Karen says:

      Andddddd THAT’S brilliant! A reader actually sent me those socks last week! And they’re completely hilarious! ~ karen

  3. Pam'a says:

    Great gifts as always. But the true revelation was that sewer–as in someone who sews– is the same word as sewer–the stinky thing. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want a sewer bracelet. Time for bed, I think.

  4. LibrarianNancy says:

    Love the pushpin sheep, the wine soap, and the turkey timer thing! I already know I’m getting some kind of bag from one of my sweeties (arghh – I can only imagine). The dogs and I will be going shopping on Amazon later today. My two golden retrievers give me the best gifts, since they let me choose exactly what I want, although they never seem to have any cash. ;-)

  5. rina says:

    Karen where do you get the measuring tape bracelet? I have seen a decanter that is similar to that but, it looks like letter U not sure how you would pour the liqueur out if both sides are open. We have a laugh about this at work with the other gals.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rina! I’m so sorry but it sold out almost immediately. :( I didn’t even get to get one. Someone at Rough Linen wanted one too. ~ karen!

  6. Sandra Geary says:

    I bought the bread proofing cloth for our son who makes his own bread…and he loves it. We’d highly recommend this product.

  7. Charlene says:

    I envy your superior bladder control. Once you are post menopausal you’ll thank your mother.

    Oh, I like the hand. May be a birthday present for the husband. Thanks!

  8. Ev Wilcox says:

    Ordered the bread cloth immediately-it has already shipped! Thanks for the heads up Karen!
    Prob sounds sappy but I have long wanted ANYTHING with your logo. I know a lot of us care about you, so there!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hmm must be me. #15 the decanter, I see a person from a side view in a weird yoga position (their head must be to the side and therefore not showing with their hand above their head); and #16 – the nice whiskey glasses – I see bums.

  10. Sabina says:

    Forget the hanger, what about the pinney??? For two years I’ve shoved that hint under my daughter’s nose (*heavy sigh). I guess I will have to treat myself, lol! I have the bread proofing cloth, love it!

  11. Sheryl says:

    I love how you got that last guffaw inducing joke in into your closing comment. I can see it now, “I bought it on Fleek”.

  12. Roxanne says:

    I was going to order myself the proofing cloth however I’m Canadian and the $20 is in USD. That’s a huge difference in cost as the exchange is not good for us Canadians right now.

    • Karen says:

      Yup, being Canadian I deal with the same thing all the time Roxanne. Unfortunately I can’t do anything about the exchange rate. The cloth is made by Tricia in California and therefore sold in US dollars. ~ karen!

  13. marli says:

    I need the hand. And the cleaver. My girl would know just how to hang them perfectly, too. We’re a little warped that way…

  14. Sandra Lea says:

    While I don’t see my mother enjoying any of these as a gift there are quite a few I might have to buy for myself. I had to look up the phrase “on fleek”, never heard of it . . . I guess that means I am officially old.

  15. Melissa Stinson says:

    Oh my, so many weird and wonderful things to choose from! My mom wouldn’t understand one thing from that list except the chicken socks.

    But, can I get the cheese cave thingy for myself and tell my children if they get me the chicken socks, I’m disowning them??

    I’ll probably get perfume anyway, I always do, it’s their go-to gift for me…and I’m ok with that….though secretly, I think I’d be ok with the chicken socks?

  16. Kim says:

    Love it all…but Mother’s Day is in one week not two. Eeeeek, and the molecule necklace currently unavailable.

    • Karen says:

      Funny story … I wrote the post a week ago and that’s why I wrote 2 weeks. Because I’m not very smart, lol. ~ karen!

  17. Thandi says:

    This year I got my mum a card that reads:
    Everyone knows you’re one badass mother.

    I love it. And she will too. Because it’s true.
    And I’m with you about being chased by our mothers with weird stuff. So much trauma. I also can’t climb stairs without repeatedly checking behind me. She’s a pincher, my mum, an Olympic champion bum pincher.

    • Chris White says:

      I feel so bad after reading this post and the comments. When I bake I get my boys to put away ingredients as I finish with them – by tossing the items at them willy nilly to test their reflexes. One day I emptied the egg carton – and then tossed it at my youngest, unannounced. He scrambled. I laughed like a loon. I guess they won’t remember these jokes fondly in future. In fact, I’m now expecting to be the subject of a “tell-all” book…..

  18. MrsChrisSA says:

    I love love love that sheep with the pins!! Now to start hinting quickly!

    The cheese chocolate slicer is also really awesome…………………

    Gotta go – Amazon and I have a date!!

  19. Fleur says:

    Great ideas except for no. 11…
    I’m a nerdy chemist and if you google the molecular structure of caffeine you will see that this necklace is missing a methyl group >_< such a shame, though I guess if you're mom is not a chemist there's no harm done ^_^

  20. Paula says:

    I love the bangles…$94.75 in Canada on Amazon. Sigh

    • Paula says:

      Do you have a link for Cattails Studio Cleaver hook? The one that you have takes you to another one of your pages.

  21. Lois Baron says:

    So in the middle of the frickin’ night I have go to to Urban Dictionary to find out what the frick “on freek” means.

    You are totally on freek about that boa decanter. . . and the chicken socks.

    Thanks for making me find out about stuff I never knew existed–and could have lived a fine life without. lol. Now I’ll go to bed thinking about clear colons walking around on wool chicken legs.

    By the way, I think it counts as a Mothers Day present if I buy my daughter a six pack of the tile tracker so I don’t have to help her look for all the stuff she loses All The Time.

  22. Sarah says:

    Your #7 link is broken – and I like those vases! (7. Little multicoloured vases on a tray)

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