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Compiled by Barbara Kuntz

CHEERS TO MOMS AND GRADS

Tools And Accessories Cultivate Rewarding Relationships with Your Green Spaces

Mother’s Day and graduations, the latter whether high school or college, call for congratulations, so we’re presenting you great gift ideas for these deserving recipients. Moms always love the traditional chocolates, flowers and jewelry, and we have even more suggestions. Grads? We’re thinking of dorm room necessities and some fun ways to note that cap-tossing accomplishment. So here we go, just in time to celebrate everyone’s milestone.

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BREAKFAST LAP TRAY

$99
Treat Mom and the grad with surprise breakfasts in bed. Present their favorite morning treats on this water-resistant pine tray with foldable legs. The tray also can withstand a hot plate. Dimensions: 24 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 12 inches tall.
Available through Pottery Barn, several locations, www.potterybarn.com



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CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRIES & MORE
Prices vary
It’s strawberry season in Texas. Make those healthy morsels even more tempting with a dip in chocolate. Shown are Godiva’s to-die-for creations. Turn to Araya Artisan Chocolate (www.arayachocolate.com) for its sweets made from Venezuelan chocolate, honey and exotic ingredients; Cacao & Cardamom (www.cacaoandcardamom.com) for artful, gemlike nibs; and See’s Candies (www.sees.com), which offers its create-your-own candy boxes with “the timeless deliciousness that has brought smiles to people for years.”



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AHAVA
Prices vary
Ahava is established as a go-to source for products based on rejuvenating minerals found in the Dead Sea. Introduced just recently, the company’s line of “Mineral Radiance” facial treatments bring the spa right to your home.
Numerous locations, including Bering’s, 6102 Westheimer Road, 713-785-6400; and 3900 Bissonnet St., 713-665-0500; www.berings.com



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FIT FOR A QUEEN
(OR A GRAD)
$14.99 each
Ensure sweet dreams for all with these whimsical pillowcases. Made of 100-percent cotton, the cases are 30 inches wide and 22 inches tall. They’ll remind the recipient of how much they are loved.
Available at C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551, www.canddhw.com



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TIFFANY & CO.
Prices vary
That little blue box means something extra-special is inside. And that’s because you, Mom and grad, are extra-special. Enjoy!
Available at The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer Road, 713-626-0220; The Woodlands, 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 590, 281-292-4360; and www.tiffany.com



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JON HART
Prices vary
Traditional and timeless gifts for the grad are everything Jon Hart, including the monogrammable collection of well-padded computer cases ($91), makeup bags ($70-$101) and shave kits ($64-$91) in sturdy canvas and a rainbow of colors. Hot stamps for monograms are available on site at several Houston retail locations, including:
Bering’s, 6102 Westheimer Road, 713-785-6400; and 3900 Bissonnet St., 713-665-0500; www.berings.com



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JBL CHARGE 3 SPEAKERS
$129.95 each
Tell the grad to have fun, too, with the JBL Charge 3 wireless, waterproof and portable Bluetooth speaker. The Charge 3 takes the party everywhere, poolside or in the rain, and its high-capacity battery provides 20 hours of play. A built-in noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone gives you crystal clear calls with the press of a button.
Available through www.jbl.com



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KETTLE POPCORN MAKER
$49.99
Perfect for your grad’s dorm room, the electric popcorn maker by Holstein Housewares plugs in any outlet and with just a bit of oil, gently heats the popcorn right before your eyes. The clear plastic lid serves as a bowl when your kernels are done. A damp, non-abrasive cloth is all you need to wipe down the stainless steel kettle for the next round of popping.
Available through Best Buy, Sears, Walmart and numerous other locations



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KATE SPADE AGENDA
$228, with a $10 fee for monogramming
For Mom or the grad, Kate Spade’s Cobble Hill agenda features black, pebbled leather with matching trim, book-stripe print on poly-twill lining and 14-karat gold-plated hardware. This luxe leather agenda has everything to keep the recipient organized, including a zippered exterior pocket.
Several locations, www.katespade.com



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HAIR ACCESSORIES
$18 each
Beautiful hand-beaded butterfly barrettes or hair clips from Guatemala make truly thoughtful gifts. They’ll love these unique creations decorating their hair. Dimensions: About 3.5 inches wide by 5 inches long. Talk about statement jewelry!
Available at Casa Ramirez FOLK ART Gallery, 241 W. 19th St., 713-880-2420



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LAWN FLAG
About $11-$30, depending on style and size
Raise a flag to let Mom know she rules — and make it a pretty one, too, like this one from Money Makers. The fancy butterfly flag, about 28 by 44 inches, will add the final touch to her spring landscaping decor.
Available at Money Makers Flags, 1517 Blalock Road, 713-461-1153, www.moneymakersflags.com


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