Let me make it easy for you and help out our monk and nun friends in the process:
If Mom likes to Garden: Send her to heaven with a handbasket. I gave one of these to a garden-loving neighbor for her birthday. She loved it. Apparently the tin of lavender balm which is included is especially good, but I would not know because she has not shared it with me.
I like it sans whipped creme, myself
Buy Mom Coffee and Coffee Accessories: Our Carmelite monk friends have come up with Theme Packs of Coffee (Decaf Dessert Coffees, Cafe Noir for the dark blend lovers, and so on) to bring a little variety to a discerning palate, and summer is coming; this stuff makes scrumptious iced coffee.
Want to send Mom an e-card? Check out the sidebar, under my uggo picture. They’re not nuns or monks, but I like to give my advertisers a plug.
Speaking of non-nuns: Do you remember the Great Headcovering Experiment I wrote about a few months ago? Well, I am still covering (as a friend says, “it’s quite a little tent meeting under there”) but after wrestling with scarves, which I love for private prayer but just fidget me to death in church, and mantillas -which I just can’t cotton to- I finally found a terrific cover, beautifully hand-made.
I know nothing about the proprietress except that her business communications are good and she makes some bang-up headcoverings; they are just beautiful. If your wife or mother covers for worship or prayer, you might want to check out the site. Since so much is done by hand, you may have to pay more for a rush, though.
This is the piece I bought, and I love it; it is light, it’s pretty -I love the venise lace- and it has a comb in front, so it stays blessedly in place!