Need some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Carla Naumburg is hoping for this year.
1. Pewter and Maple Hamsa by Emily Rosenfeld
Ever since my step-sister brought me a beautiful hamsa from Israel, I’ve started a small collection. This hamsa is not only unique and perfect for a spring holiday, but it’s made by a super nice Jewish Mama. (And if hamsas aren’t your thing, there are a number of other Emily Rosenfeld pieces available on ModernTribe.com.)
2. Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple
Those of you who know me will probably be surprised to see this on my list, as I’m not much of a cook. This lovely book includes Jewish folk tales retold by Jane Yolen (the author of “How Do Dinosaurs” and nearly 100 other books) and corresponding recipes written by her daughter. This book inspired me to make chicken soup for the first time, so it will always have a place in my heart. (Yes, fine, I already have it which totally isn’t the point of this post. I get it.)
3. Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick
Amber Dusick is a Jewish mama, and a HILARIOUS ONE. If you’re not familiar with Amber’s work, check this out. And then buy the book. And then buy another one and send it to me.
The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that *my* money can’t buy:
I want a soundproofed bathroom with a baby-proof lock on the door. (Ideally it would also have some kind of invisible fence across the doorway, just in case, but then I’d have to put some kind of shock collar on my daughters and I’m pretty sure that’s not kosher.) I also want a ridiculously soft toilet seat in my favorite color, a giant whirlpool tub, an espresso maker, and a cafeteria-style conveyor-belt toaster. (The lifetime supply of bagels, cream cheese, and lox are a given, right?) I’m also going to need a waterproof case for my Kindle. Come to think of it, do they make this for grown-ups? Oh, and while we’re at it, this.
*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*
See all our Mother’s Day gifts idea here.