Is your mom the most thoughtful person in the world?
Is she always documenting every occasion? Is every family gathering an opportunity for a meaningful memory? Does she have more scrapbooks than you can keep track of? If so, we’ve got the perfect books for you to make this Mother’s Day the most magical moment. And nothing pairs better with one of these gifts than the gift of time (Oprah voice)—even if it’s not in person.
Q&A a Day for Moms
This keepsake gift and daily journal will provide your mom with five years of prompts to capture every meaningful moment.
I Really Needed This Today
The Today Show’s own Hoda Kotb shares her years of wisdom and wit in a book sure to make mom shed a (good) tear.
The Moth Presents All These Wonders
The Moth stories are diverse, interesting, and moving. This collection of some of the most memorable is sure to make mom feel all the feels.
The Book of Joy
Sometimes, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Two of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders reflecting on the intersection of spirituality and joy? Any sentimental mom will be delighted.
Does your mom show her love through her cooking?
Is she constantly saying “you look thin! Why don’t you take some of this home with you?” Has she taught you everything you know in the kitchen? If so, check out these titles that are sure to be the perfect palatable pairing. To take Mother’s Day over the top this year, offer to make one of the recipes (or take a rain check if you’re quarantined separately!).
Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Box Set)
Look no further than the mother of all cookbooks. Any cook you watch on TV or YouTube today is likely to be heavily inspired by Julia Child’s masterpiece. Her presence in pop culture also adds a nostalgic element to this picture-perfect gift.
For the cool moms who cook, and don’t mind a side of sarcasm with their seared salmon, Cravings is the perfect lifestyle cookbook. Full of Chrissy’s relatable anecdotes, incredible photography, and tidbits about her life with John Legend and beautiful children sprinkled throughout, it’s easy to forget that the food is finger-lickin’ good.
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook
As one of seven kids, Tieghan Gerard knows a thing or two about family cooking. Her recipes run the gamut from indulgent to nutritious, from sweet to savory. For that homey-feel that only comes from a cook who gets it, Half-Baked Harvest is sure to delight any mom.
Cook Like a Pro
Ok, we’re not here to play favorites, but Ina is the queen, and her most recent cookbook makes a gift worthy of the queen of any kitchen. The picture-perfect Cook Like a Pro is filled with amazing tips that can turn any home cook into a restaurant-quality chef. And in this case, store bought is absolutely fine (we mean the book!). How easy is that?
Does your mom always find a way to seek a silver lining?
Is she always there to crack a joke and cheer you up? Is she unafraid to utterly humiliate you with photos from *those awkward years* all in the name of love? Well, look no further than the below titles that are sure to tickle Mom’s funny bone. To up the ante, plan a movie night to watch your family’s favorite comedy, IRL or via Netflix Party. Nothing says “I love you” like a belly laugh.
Moms Who Drink and Swear
Licensed therapist and sharp-witted comedian are not always two things that pair perfectly, but Nicole Knepper seems to find the perfect balance. Full of relatable tales from the good, bad, and ugly of motherhood, her book is sure to deliver a belly-laugh (or two… or three… who’s counting?) to any mom who doesn’t sweat the small stuff.
Cat and Nat's Mom Truths
Sometimes you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. And in this case, we’ll make an exception. If you’re familiar with Cat and Nat from their massively popular online presence, and your mom is LOL-ing beside you, you’ll know exactly what you’re in store for. No filters allowed.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
If your mom is one to embarass you over *those awkward years* then look no further than Jenny Lawson’s hilarious and heartfelt memoir. The premise: sometimes those moments you wish had never happened are the things that make you who you are.
If you don’t know Ali Wong from her hysterical stand-up or pitch-perfect rom-com Always be my Maybe, I don’t know what to tell you. Run, don’t walk. But even if your mom night be new to Ali Wong, her book is a perfect introduction to her ethos: the whole truth, and nothing but the ugly truth will set you free.
Does your mom love her Chardonnay as much as she loves her children?
Is your idea of a perfect night with mom include sipping a dry Pinot Grigio and unpacking the juicy family drama at the kitchen island? Does your mom fancy herself an amateur sommelier? If so, check out these books. To really make your gift sing, might we recommend pairing a book with a bottle of her favorite varietal?
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition
Looking to take mom’s wine game to the next level? Want an approachable guide with everything from pairing suggestions, to grape guide, to region explorer, all in one exquisitely designed package? Don’t settle for anything less than the Magnum Edition for mom. She deserves it.
Don’t let the credentials fool you. Aldo Sohm’s years working with Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin helped earn this book the honor of being one of Food52’s cookbooks of the year. This book makes wine, well, simple. If you want to take mom’s wine game from zero to hero, pop open this book.
How to Drink Wine
If your mom loves the no-nonsense POV of The Infatuation, Chris Stang brings a similar clarity amid the chaos approach to this book in partnership with Grant Reynolds. This guide to all the questions mom might be too embarrassed to ask is filled with practical tips and gorgeous illustrations.
This Mother’s Day, you might be in one of two very unique positions: finding yourself completely isolated from everyone you love (including your mom), or cooped up with your family (including your mom) who’s slowly but surely driving you crazy… even though you love each other dearly. This year, there is no brunch to distract us with bottomless mimosas, no spa day to pamper us—we have to get creative to show our moms how much we care.
Finding the perfect book gifts for moms can be challenging, even without the added degree of difficulty this year. At Read it Forward, as always, we’re here to help with book-ish recommendations that are sure to delight any mom. After weeks of careful research and consideration, we’ve curated a guide to nailing Mother’s Day this year. The one thing we know about moms is that they’re all special flowers with unique needs and passions and no gift conveys that thoughtfulness like a book. Sure flowers are pretty, but books last forever.
So, without further ado, a guide to nailing Mother’s Day in the middle of a pandemic. (For starters: it’s May 10, so jump on it!)
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