Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | Fun, festive, healthy, and a little bit indulgent!

Spoil your mom {or yourself!} with these delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes and a gift {or two!} from my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!
Confession. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Sound of Music. And, when I was growing up, I used to record myself {on a cassette tape!} singing These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.

In the privacy of my own bedroom of course.

Because I have no singing talent at all.

Raindrop on roses and whiskers on kittens….

So I thought it would be fun to put together a Mother’s Day Gift guide featuring some of my mom’s favorite things….sparkling wine, tea, gifts that come in little blue boxes, chocolate, gardening, bubble baths, and, of course, homemade gifts from her daughter πŸ™‚


  1. Custom photo & frame from Framebridge ~ Nobody needs more artworkΒ or a photo without a frame. Trust me. Framebridge makes it easy to frame your own artwork or photos in a multitude of styles for every decor. Order deadline for printed gifts for Mother’s Day is May 1, 2016. Cost: Varies. My photo and frame, as pictured above, is $99.00
  2. Tiffany’s Mug ~ When you want to drink your tea in style, it’s always fun to get something in a little blue box! Cost: $40.00
  3. Mistral Cote d’ Azur Bubble Bath ~Β I love Mistral bath products, and the Cote d’Azur scent is divine! Cost: $20.00
  4. Agrarian Tool Basket from William’s Sonoma ~ Stash your veggies and keep your garden accessories well organized with this fun rattan basket and canvas cover. Cost: $39.95
  5. Schloss Biebrich Sparkling Wine ~ My mom’s not picky. She’ll drink Champagne or Prosecco too, but this sparkling wine from Trader Joe’s is a sentimental favorite because Mr. Spicy and I served it at our wedding. Oh, and by the way, it’s dirt cheap and absolutely delicious! Cost: ~$5.49++ where available.
  6. Hand-Crafted Tea Subscription from Rosali Tea ~ The perfect gift for a tea lover! Choose from curated tea subscriptions, individual teas, or a Mother’s Day Gift Box. Cost: Subscriptions start at $14.95/month, individual teas start at $9.99, and a Mother’s Day Gift Box is $25.00
  7. Tiny B Chocolates ~ Brigaderos are bite-sized chocolate treats, perfect when you want “just a taste” of something sweet! My mom only likes milk chocolate, while I love #allthechocolates , plus you can get other delicious flavors including coconut and cream, strawberry cheesecake, and more. Cost: Starting at $29.00.

Disclosure: I was given free samples of Rosali Tea and Tiny B Chocolates to try. I was not compensated to write a review. As always, opinions are 100% my own, and I enjoy sharing products that I personally use and recommend, with you.

After the presents have been unwrapped, treat your mom to a homemade meal featuring some {or all!} of my favorite Mother’s Day Brunch recipes! All recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian.


Mother's Day Brunch Recipes your mom will love! This Double Berry Lemon Bundt Cake is the star of the show, plus 12 more delicious sweet and savory recipes to celebrate Mother's Day with!


Fun and festive party idea! DIY Sparkling Water Bar | Sponsored by Nestle Waters at The Spicy RD


Prep this Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta Strata w/ Greek Salsa ahead of time for a festive and delicious Mother's Day Brunch!


Healthy and delicious! Peach & Berry Cream Cheese Tart | Recipe is gluten-free and grain free too!

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Anything on your wish list? It doesn’t have to be a “physical gift”…a day of doing absolutely nothing….going for a hike or a bike ride with your mom or your kids…a glass of champagne while luxuriating in a hot bubble bath…Your turn to share!

Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mom, my fabulous mother-in-law, and to ALL of you who are mothers or mothers-to-be one day!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. The Spicy RD says:

    I love your Mother’s Day tradition Janice! I usually try and get my kids to go with me on a hike πŸ™‚ Enjoy those well-deserved Bloody Mary’s and Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. dixya @food, pleasure, and health says:

    i have absolutely zero talent when it comes to singing…i cant even do it in the bathroom, its that bad.

    on a different note, i could treat myself to a nice brunch right now πŸ˜›

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one without singing talent πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    So many awesome gifts and delicious recipes- I’ll take it all! I’ll be referring my hubby to this post immediately πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Ha, ha! I hope your hubby takes the hint πŸ™‚ Happy Mother’s Day Sonali!

  4. Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style says:

    EA, what a stunning post! I’m jealous of your mom πŸ™‚ It looks like we share some of our favorite things!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thank you so much Viviane! You and my mom both have fabulous taste πŸ™‚

  5. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    These ideas are terrific – especially love the tea and frames! I can’t believe Mother’s Day is already next week. Unlike Liz I’m totally #NotOnTheBall! Have to figure out what I’m getting everyone! I for one would just like to shower without a little person walking in on me and a day without whining would also make me happy, lol! Have a delicious and relaxing Mother’s Day EA!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Jessica! I know-pretty crazy that Mother’s Day is this Sunday, right?! I really hope you get that uninterrupted shower you are craving! Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

  6. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    All these are fun and unique gift ideas and I’d be more than happy with a full menu of your recipes for Mother’s Day! xo

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Deanna! I hope your husband and daughter spoil you rotten this Mother’s Day!! xoxo

  7. Elizabeth Shaw says:

    Such creative ideas EA! I would gladly sample those chocolates for you too if you needed a second opinion! I love the custom frame concept! I actually ordered that for my mother in law and she already got it and LOVED it! I think gifts from the heart are always the most special :). Hope you have a fabulous day with the spicy kids!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Liz! Next time a chocolate delivery shows up on my front doorstep your’ll be the first to know πŸ™‚ So fun you got a photo framed for your Mother-In-Law~You are so #ontheball ! The kids are off to school, so I am getting ready to get my hike on. Have a fabulous weekend!!