Mom’s One Line a Day ($$16.95)
A five-year journal with room for, yes, a single thought per day.
The Long Song Andrea Levy ($26)
A stirring novel set in 1830s Jamaica on a sugar plantation.
Decorating with Flowers
Paula Pryke ($24.95) Tips on fabulous arrangements that run the gamut from casual — garden blossoms tucked in jam jars — to ornate.
Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell ($16.95) Finally, a cookbook dedicated to the pillowy, cream-filled treats.
Stuff Every Woman Should Know
Alanna Kalb ($9.95) A nifty illustrated guide to all things essential: how to throw a football, how to select a great bottle of wine, how to cure a broken heart.
The Sewing Bible
Ruth Singer ($35) A practical but beautiful encyclopedia of sewing techniques.
A Little Piece of Earth
Maria Finn ($19) A small, lovely book about gardening in tight spots: patios, fire escapes, windowsills.
More Gifts for Mother’s Day
For the mom who loves to read
The Lotus Eaters
Tatjana Soli ($24.99) A terrific and moving debut novel about the lives of three people affected by the Vietnam War.
Romancing Miss Brontë
Juliet Gael ($25) A poignant fictional take on Charlotte Brontë’s life that draws heavily from real letters.
Sadie Jones ($24.99) The story of a marriage — and a first-rate historical novel, set in war-torn 1956 Cyprus.
A Ticket to the Circus
Norris Church Mailer ($26) The last wife of Norman Mailer dishes on their turbulent 27-year marriage.
For Crafty Types
The Art of Gift Wrapping
Wanda Wen ($24.99) The secret? Dried flowers, old stamps, stones, mica glitter, hard candy….
Built by Wendy Dresses
Wendy Mullin ($27.50) DIY patterns and instructions for moms who love Mullin’s ready-to-wear line.
French General Treasured Notions
Kaari Meng ($24.99) Ways to use vintage flea-market baubles in charming craft projects.
Whip Up Mini Quilts
Kathreen Ricketson ($24.95) A guide to making offbeat pint-size quilts for pillows, wall art.
Books for Cooks
Barefoot Contessa Recipe Journal
($15.99) An index to all of Ina Garten’s famed cookbooks that also serves as a diary.
The Book of Tapas
Simone & Inés Ortega ($39.95) A stunningly photographed compilation of classic Spanish recipes.
Joseluis Flores ($29.95) A yummy collection of Latin American desserts — three-milk coconut cake, anyone?
In the Green Kitchen
Alice Waters ($28) Techniques every cook should know: how to roast a chicken, whisk a mayonnaise.
Luscious Coconut Desserts
Lori Longbotham ($19.95) An array of mouthwatering treats from a self-described coconut addict.
The Sono Baking Company Cookbook
John Barricelli ($35) Grissini, apple pizzette, French blueberry tartlets, and more.
Garden Variety Books
Paradise Under Glass
Ruth Kassinger ($24.99) A sumptuously written history of greenhouse horticulture.
Adam Nicolson ($27.95) Vita Sackville-West’s grandson on how he helped rescue her legendary gardens.
Books for Designing Women
Joe Nye ($29.95) For moms looking for unusual ways to turn their parties into drop-dead-gorgeous events.
Classic and Modern Fabrics
Janet Wilson ($75) A showstoppingly beautiful annotated compendium of all textiles in use today.
Paula Deen’s Savannah Style
Paula Deen ($29.99) A lavish celebration of Deen’s harp-studded, swagged, over-the-top Southern aesthetic.
The Summer Cottage
Kathleen Quigley ($45) A glimpse inside riverside summer houses that’s pure decorating porn.