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Need some last minute shopping ideas for the best Mother’s Day gifts for 2020? We’ve compiled a list of 11gift ideas we’ve found through our travels that are sure to please the mom (or any woman, really) on your list. And, you can purchase all these gifts online so you don’t even have to leave home to shop. Best of all, by shopping these stores, you are helping some fantastic businesses during these difficult economic times in 2020.

Best Mother’s Day gifts from Elevate People – Lincoln, Neb.

Elevate is one of our very favorite places we’ve found on our travels. We stumbled across this unique shop on a trip to Kearney, Neb. Elevate, which has since moved its retail store to Lincon, is a non-profit that sells gorgeous hand-crafted leather goods while “creating sustainable job solutions globally that improve lives and transform communities.” You can read more about their story HERE

Elevate people gift ideas for mom

We love Elevate’s leather bags and wallets that are well-crafted and will last forever. And, to know that our purchases help others in need makes it even better.

Best Mother’s Day gifts: The tri-fold wallet, double wrap band, or the bucket tote bag that easily slips over a suitcase handle. 

A scarf or wrap from Pang Wangle – New Orleans, La. 

This company actually found us and sent Ann a complimentary essential wrap. Not only is the wrap soft and fashionable, it is made with an Insect Shield® repellent technology that keeps the bugs away. And yes, we tested it outside on our deck and it really does protect against insects.

Ann in Pang Wangle wrap

We also love that Pang Wangle products are made in the USA with a commitment to reduce the negative impacts of the textile industry on our environment. Trust us, your mom will love these products, this company, and being able to enjoy the outdoors without having to load up on bug spray this summer. 


Pang Wangle items

Best Mother’s Day gifts: The essential wrap with Insect Shield® bug repellent, the journey scarf (with pocket), and the featherlight infinity scarf. 


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Best Mother’s Day gifts from Figue – Rochester, Minn.

Figue (pronounced “fig”) in Rochester, Minn., is a one of a kind kitchen store for people like us who love food. Created by the mother/daughter team of Amy and Linda Lorber, Figue has found the most amazing makers and creators who provide products with form, function, and quality. We found Figue when we were in Rochester for appointments at the Mayo Clinic and now look forward to going there whenever we’re in town. 

Enamel at Figue Rochester

Best Mother’s Day gifts: The For Mom With Love gift set, a bread basket, or Gardenaire spice mixes.

Figue gift ideas

BathHouse Soapery and Caldarium – Eureka Springs, Ark.

Ann and Meghan found BathHouse Soapery and Caldarium on a mother/daughter trip to Eureka Springs. They came home with bags full of wonderfully scented body soap scrubs, bath bombs, and hand lotions. The products are not oily and come beautifully packaged in a way that will make your mom feel so special and appreciated. 

bathhouse products

Best Mother’s Day gifts: The milk collection gift set, any of the body scrubs, or the mani/pedi ultimate set.

Bathhouse, Eureka Springs

The Chef & The Dish – Anywhere you want

When this company reached out to us a couple years back and offered us an authentic Italian cooking class in our own home, we jumped at the chance. We loved our experience and have since taken even more classes. The format is simple, the chef comes to your kitchen via Skype and gives you a private lesson. From Italy (pictured) to Thailand to New Orleans, this company has searched the globe to find great chefs your mom will love!

Ann and Steve with Chef Ana fridge class

Best Mother’s Day gift: Give your mom a cooking lesson she’ll never forget with The Chef & The Dish. (This is an affiliate link. We earn from qualifying purchases.)

Best Mother’s Day Gifts from Community Coffee – Baton Rouge, La. 

We had our first cup of Community Coffee at a visitor’s center on our road trip through the south last fall and immediately loved it’s smooth, robust flavor. Named for the founder’s community of friends and customers, this company is still family owned four generations later. In fact, it’s the #1 family-owned retail coffee brand in America. Take mom breakfast in bed with a cup of this delicious coffee. 

Community Coffee gifts

Best Mother’s Day gifts: Mom fuel coffee mug, coffee lover’s gift set, or the Corkcicle steel tumbler gift set. 

Our favs from Salt Creek Marketplace – Pawhuska, Okla.

Salt Creek Marketplace, located right across from The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, is one of our favorite stores in town because they have a wide selection of merchandise that’s sure to appeal to just about every mom. Whether the mom in your life enjoys clothing, jewelry, or home decor, Salt Creek’s tasteful products are sure to please. Owner, Doreen Linder, is a mom of two boys and knows how to help you select the best gifts for mothers any time of year. 

Salt Creek Marketplace picks

Best Mother’s Day gifts: Finchberry Sweet Dreams Soap, a Kendra Scott link bracelet, or a Consuela Grab and Go bag. 

Best Mother’s Day gifts from Coppola Winery – Geyersville, Calf. 

If the mom on your list likes good wine, then look no further than the Coppola winery; we’ve never tasted a Coppola wine we didn’t like. We found this winery on a family visit to Sonoma County, Calif. We’re confident that a bottle of Coppola wine will make your mom feel like the star of the show no matter your price point. 

Best Mother’s Day gifts: The Sofia Blanc de Blancs, the Cyrano, and The Family Coppola (a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon).

Our go-to Greek Seasoning – Mason City, Iowa

Who knew that we’d find our new go-to seasoning for chicken, beef, fish, and grilled veggies at the Clear Lake, Iowa, Farmer’s Market. Your mom will love Kusina Gold gourmet Greek seasoning made by a female-owned small business in the heartland. We use this seasoning regularly on meat, vegetables, and on toasted bread or English muffins (with parmesan). 

greek food

Best Mother’s Day gift: The 2-pack of the 12 oz. bottles of Kusina Gold seasoning. Trust us, one bottle won’t be enough.

kusina gold seasoning

Flowers – Grow with The Flow, Denton, Neb. 

Grow with the Flow is an aquaponics business owned by one of Steve’s former students, Jeff, and his wife, Heather. In their greenhouses, fish and plants work together to create delicious herbs and veggies as well as gorgeous flowers. Jeff and Heather make beautiful fresh bouquets and arrangements from flowers they grow and cut themselves. 

grow with the flow bouquet

Best Mother’s Day gifts: Flowers, of course. It’s Mother’s Day and that’s always a good idea. If you don’t live in Southeast Nebraska, look for a local grower in your area.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile – Pawhuska, Okla. 

Of course, The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is on our list for places to get great Mother’s Day gifts. We split our time between Nebraska and Pawhuska, Okla., and love shopping (and eating) at The Merc. You can also get many of Ree Drummond’s favorite items online. 

red flowered lunch bags pioneer woman mercantile
Best Mother’s Day gifts: A floral kimono, turquoise bead necklace, or the reclaimed wood footed tray. 

Pioneer Woman Mercantile Mother's Day picks

What are your favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas? Let us know in the comments below. 

  • And, we have a baby bird! A cowbird, that is. ⁣
We were so excited when we found eggs in the nest two house finches built in a fern on our front porch in Pawhuska, Okla. When we posted a picture of the nest last week, several readers pointed out that one of the eggs was not like the others - - it was a cowbird egg.⁣
Cowbirds, it turns out, have kind of a bad reputation. It seems that they don’t build nests of their own. Instead, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and let the other birds raise their chicks. The cowbird chicks tend to develop faster than the other nestlings, and sometimes out compete them for food and resources. Because of this, there are those who give advice to remove the cowbird egg from the nest. ⁣
According to an article we read on the Audubon Society’s website, though, there are several reasons to leave the cowbird egg in place: ⁣
First, cowbirds are native to North America and have been here for millions of years and we are never going to teach them how and where to lay their eggs a different way. ⁣
Second, cowbirds are, like all other songbirds, protected in the US. In short, it’s illegal to remove their eggs.⁣
Third, cowbirds have been known to check the nests where they leave their eggs and will, occasionally, destroy nests from which their eggs have been taken. As a result, all of the resident chicks would be killed, as well, instead of one or two being outcompeted for resources. ⁣
Because of these reasons, we decided to let the natural process play out in our fern. We’ll see what happens. But what we do know is that the cowbird hatched first...and that chick is hungry.
  • 🏡 We've had such a wonderful time at our Pawhuska, Okla., home. It felt so good to actually pack a suitcase again, even if we just went to our house there and stayed put. We walked together every day, drove through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and chatted with friends from a distance on our front porch. We took time to watch the sunset and see a mama house finch care for her babies in our hanging fern. We also explored a state park and found a waterfall. ⁣
Most importantly, we got to see our daughter, Meghan. She is an ICU nurse in Tulsa and because of her potential exposure to coronavirus, we'd not spent any time together in months. But Ann found a way to create a safe (and decorative) outdoor space for all of us to visit, share a few meals, and just be in each others' presence. We can’t tell you what a comfort it was to see her again. ⁣
In this time of sickness and uncertainty, it was nice to have a clean, safe place to get away. We are so thankful to have found this gem of a town, so many supportive and caring friends here,  and a second place to call home.
  • As we've been home since March 12, Steve has taken up bread making as a hobby. His sour dough starter is looking promising, but he also found the easiest four-ingredient artisan bread recipe that is so impressive. ⁣
We've shared the results a few times on social media and many of you have asked for the recipe, so he wrote a blog post about it. We've included a link in our bio with step-by-step instructions on how to make it. ⁣
If you bake this artisan bread, we'd love to hear about it (and see a photo). Just be sure to tag us @postcardjar. ⁣
We love this bread plain, with olive oil and seasoning, as toast with almond or peanut butter, and grilled for bruschetta. If you use the #Noom app like us, it is about 100 calories a serving (12 servings in loaf).
  • As we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day, we hope you will join us in honoring others in a time of reflection, gratitude and respect. ⁣
Both Steve's grandfathers and Ann's grandfathers all served in the military and fought in WWII. We took this photo a few years ago at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where Ann's grandfather, Donald Shrewsbury, was laid to rest.
  • Today is the day! This afternoon our friends and fellow travel writers @lindseyranzau and @coleranzau are taking over our Instagram stories and we can’t wait for you to meet them.⁣
⁣They are travel experts on everything Minnesota and will also be sharing some of their favorite Midwest destinations in honor of #NationalRoadTripDay! ⁣
⁣Lindsey and Cole have traveled the world and love finding hidden gems and writing about them on their blog, Look About Lindsey (link in bio). You’re going to love their personalities as much as their incredible photography so be sure to watch our stories and say hello.⁣
⁣And, to see our picks for best Midwest road trips, follow @lindseyranzau where we’ll be taking over her IG stories. It’s going to be a blast and we hope you’ll come along.
  • We are so excited to announce that Minneapolis-based travel writers Lindsey and Cole Ranzau of the blog Look About Lindsey will be taking over the Postcard Jar Instagram stories Friday, May 22! In celebration of National Road Trip Day, we are trading places (and IG stories!) to show each others' followers some of our favorite Midwest road trips and destinations. ⁣
We encourage you to check out our stories tomorrow to meet Cole and Lindsey (they are so much fun) and follow @lindseyranzau where we'll be sharing some of our favorite Midwest travel experiences on their Instagram stories. When the time is right and you feel you can travel safely, we hope you'll consider a road trip in the Midwest. ⁣
You can check out the Look About Lindsey blog at the link in our bio. ⁣
@natdaycal @pilotflyingj
  • The @pwmercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, reopened today. We have talked to folks here who said employees have been working hard to clean and sanitize everything. On our walk today, we noticed that hand sanitizer that was readily available, tables were spaced out, and Merc employees were wearing face masks in accordance with CDC recommentations. We hope visitors to our little town will also do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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