The very first noodle necklace ever made for a mom for Mother’s Day was a gift from Marco Polo to his mother in the year 1329 A.D., when he was just five years old. That is 100 percent not a true story, but it made you look. We don’t know when the first noodle necklace was made—let us know if you do—but we do know that they’ve persisted through the generations. And every mother loves them. Most even wear them for at least a day. Some hang onto them until the shelf life of your average noodle wins the war. But unless you’re trying to tickle Mom’s funny bone, you probably can’t get away with giving her a noodle necklace for the rest of your life.
What do grownups get Mom? We’re not going to knock things like massages and tickets to the latest and greatest show. Those are fantastic gifts. But let’s talk about the grownup equivalent of the noodle necklace—gifts from the heart that she can treasure well beyond the moment. Here are ten things to “get” her, gifts she’ll cherish as much as the noodle necklace:
- A sizeable chunk of your time, undivided and generously given
- A homemade dinner
- A list of good memories she created with/for you
- A custom photo book, highlighting happy times together
- Custom jewelry combining her birthstone with yours
- A box of handwritten gratitude notes
- A sapling or hardy annual that will grow for years to come
- An enlarged and framed version of her first photo with you
- A wind chime, to remind her of your love every time the wind blows
- A restored memento—photograph, recording, etc.—of her own mother
Goodman’s can help out with number five on the list. Come into the store to check out our stackable gemstone rings from COLORE and Carla in honor of Mother’s Day. You could even string up a noodle necklace, and put the real jewel in the mix for her to find!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! You make the world go ‘round!