If You Like This, Try This

If your mom usually likes receiving gifts of candy, wine or body products, we have easy and creative ways to up your gift-giving game and make her super happy this Mother's Day.

Episode: Toast to Mom

Homemade bath bombs, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

If your mom likes candy, try giving her gourmet candy apples.

Gourmet candy apples are available from a variety of candy stores and also online. They cost between $15 to $25, depending on size and flavor. One apple slices up into a few servings that can easily serve 2 to 3 people--if you're lucky, mom will give you a bite! They come in fun and creative flavors like Rocky Road, Peanut Butter Chip, S'mores, Cheesecake and Apple Pie.

If your mom likes wine, try giving her an elderflower spritz.

We like to arrange a basket with a bottle of prosecco, sparkling wine or champagne, a bottle of elderflower liqueur, strawberries, edible flowers and champagne flutes. If you can't find edible flowers, just include berries. Elderflower liqueur is fragrant and floral. It has notes of honey and will add a subtle flavor to the bubbly. You can include a recipe card--just tell mom to fill the glass a third of the way with elderflower liqueur and the remaining two-thirds with the sparkling.

If your mom likes fancy soaps, try a homemade bath bomb.

You can make a bath bomb from ingredients already in your pantry. Just follow our 3 easy steps:

Step 1

Whisk 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of lavender-scented Epsom salt and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar together in a large bowl.

Step 2

In a small bowl, warm 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil until it's liquid (we gave it a quick zap in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds). Stir 2 teaspoons of essential oil (we like using an "uplifting blend" of citrus and eucalyptus) into the coconut oil.

Step 3

Add 1/2 cup of dried lavender to the dry ingredients, then slowly whisk in the oil mixture. Mist with a spray bottle of water until the mixture holds its shape when pressed together--it took us about 10 sprays. Be careful not to wet the mixture too much or you will activate the baking soda. Once the mixture is wet enough to pack, scoop it into a large ice cream scoop and continue to pack it in tightly until the scoop is full. Tap out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let dry at room temperature overnight.

We like to pack our bath bombs in cupcake liners and stack them in a mason jar to give to mom!

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