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Welcome to Chow with Me, where Chowhound’s executive editor Hana Asbrink shares all of the irresistible things she’s cooking, eating, reading, buying, and more. Today: Mother’s Day gifts for the mom who says she doesn’t want anything (aka, gifts she’d never return or re-gift).

During these quarantine times, holidays take on different meanings. With Mother’s Day coming up, I find myself not wanting any shiny new “things.” A nice dinner at home (takeout or otherwise), a stretch of quiet away from distance learning, an opportunity to binge-watch my endless queue of shows…these all feel like appropriate indulgences for me right now.

Despite that, I know that my little family would love to show their love, in any small way they can on Mother’s Day. Whether it’s a sweet plant that will bring some welcome green to our N.Y.C. apartment or an easier way to help get groceries or a nice meal on the table during this crazy time, here are a handful of thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts I’d welcome, even as I insist I don’t need/want/expect anything.

The Portable Workhorse

I love a good useful gift, and this insulated mug happens to be both functional and beautiful. I’m not commuting at the moment, but I am trying my best to prevent my coffee from getting cold during the morning rush of home school and work. The pretty, double-walled ceramic tumbler from Acera will not only keep your cup of joe warm, but the tourmaline lining’s charged negative ions apparently help purify whatever liquid’s inside. The ceramic wall is a bonus for those who like acidic coffee, tea, and citrus water.

Double-Walled Ceramic To-Go Tumbler, $64 on Food52

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The Future Heirloom

I’m an admitted cookbook junkie, and always manage to find room for just one more. “Heirloom Kitchen” from Anna Francese Gass weaves powerful stories from immigrant women, from all reaches of the world, with more than 100 recipes from their respective homelands. It’s a celebration of culinary traditions, sacrifice, love, and the beauty that is American food. It’s a book that feels more important than ever. (Also available on Kindle for those looking to minimize their book collections.)

Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women, $13.69 on Amazon

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The Silent Winner

I know a supermarket delivery isn’t the sexiest choice, but during these uncertain times, having a reserved delivery slot makes me feel both lucky and at peace.

Get $50 Off Fresh Direct

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Give the gift of green living with a heart-shaped plant. This Hoya kerrii cutting from the fine folks at The Sill comes in a mini ceramic pot that could fit on even the narrowest urban sills.

Variegated Hoya Heart in Ezra Planter, $26 on The Sill

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Old School New York on a Platter

Nothing says Mother’s Day brunch like a full spread of Katz’s corned beef and pastrami. Lucky for me (and you!), the famed New York delicatessen delivers both of those, plus bagels, pickles, and all the dressing.

Taste of New York, $150 at Katz's Delicatessen

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The Shiny Little Thing

Okay, FINE, if you’re twisting my arm for a jewelry pick, I definitely wouldn’t say no to these sweet sphere-shaped studs with gorgeous natural faceting. I’d wear these day in and day out. (Just don’t focus too much on the same loungewear I’ve been wearing for days straight!)

Alvita Stud Earrings, $48.30 at Arhaus

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See more great Mother’s Day gift ideas for every other type of mom.

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Header image courtesy of Katz's Delicatessen

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