Here’s Looking at You Dad!

10 Handcrafted Gifts for the Man Who’s Always Looked After You

Father’s Day is the one time of the year we stop and recognize the impact dad has had on us. And while dad deserves celebrating, no two dads are alike. So, using the expertise of the McCrea’s Candies team, who is always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind gifts, we’ve put together a list of ten made-in-New England ideas that we think fathers all over the country will love.  And, it’s completely tie free… although there is a belt!

A Gift For the Dad Who’s Looking for a Good Time

For the dad who enjoys games and the outdoors, we recommend a custom cornhole game from Rustic MarlinHandcrafted in Massachusetts, Rustic Marlin designs and builds all products from reclaimed or repurposed wood and upcycled materials. The company got its start by creating custom wood signs, and now adds a personal touch to furniture, art pieces and your favorite tailgating accessory.  Choose from among beach, lake and college themes to get dad the game that suits him best.

A Gift For the Dad Who Want to Look His Best

Dad works hard and deserves to be pampered.  Treat the old man to grooming essentials that will keep him looking good, feeling good and smelling good. Badger offers organic grooming products for men so that dad can sooth, refresh, restore and improve his skin and hair naturally. This small, family-owned and family-run company, nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire, offers everything from hair pomade to beard balms and combs.

A Gift For the Dad Who Always Looks on the Bright Side of Life

Dad definitely lights up our life. Light up his with a specially designed laser-cut Birch wood lamp from Vermont Lamps.  Each design is hand drawn by Vermont artist Peter Katz, a father himself.  Peter has been creating for as long as he could walk.  His lamps come in an array of motifs spanning land, sea and air. Transform your father’s special place into a beautiful and well-lit sanctuary.

A Gift For the Dad Who Looks Beneath the Surface

You can’t fool dad… although you can try.  For the father who see’s through all your antics, we’ve found the ideal repurposed present: a candle from Liquor Wicks.  Candles from this Massachusetts-based company started out as beer, wine and spirits bottles.  The company gives these containers new life by transforming them into wonderfully-scented all-natural candles. Each one is made to order using organic soy wax, cotton core wicks and oils. We’re partial to Liquor Wicks’ Mandarin Mimosa scent.

A Gift For the Dad Whose Future Looks Bright

Got a new- or soon-to-be-dad on your list?  Simply Chickie of Newport, Rhode Island, has just what you need.  Simply Chickie makes organic cotton clothes for baby boys, baby girls, toddlers and their parents. The company’s colorful, whimsical and quirky clothes are all made and printed in America in small batches using eco-friendly, water-based ink. 

A Gift For the Dad Who Wants to Look Like a Million Bucks

Dad foots the bill… a lot!  Make sure he looks good paying for ALL the things with a recycled sailcloth bifold wallet from Flowfold.  This remarkably thin wallet is crafted from one of the world's strongest and lightest materials: high performance racing boat sails. Based in a workshop near Portland, Maine, Flowfold makes minimalist gear for everyday adventures. No bells, no whistles, just high-quality outdoor gear you can use every single day. Every item is handmade in the USA and  comes with a lifetime warranty.

A Gift For the Dad Who Looks Good on Paper

Dads have a lot of weekend “honey do” lists…. Trust us.  Help him keep track of all he needs to do with a magnetic notepad from Woodfield Press.  Or gift him a set of note cards from the same company so he can dash out thank you notes to friends and colleagues.  We love the maker’s "Old Sport" design featuring a golfing fox.  All of Woodfield’s products are printed using a high-quality, state-of-the-art Heidelberg press in Alstead, New Hampshire.

A Gift For the Dad Who Likes to Toast:  Here’s Looking at You Kid!

Whether it's dad who’s doing the toasting or you who’s saluting pops, McCrea’s Candies’ Single Malt Scotch caramel is the ideal way to tip your hat to the man you love.  Our slow-cooked, handcrafted caramel takes two of dad’s favorite things (sweet caramel and whisky) and fuses them into a smoky and flavorful bite.  Made with Ardmore scotch, this treat will truly satisfy dad’s sweet tooth.

A Gift For the Dad Who Looks Picture Perfect

Dad always looks good and now his walls can look equally handsome.  Dress up his special space with a fun and unique print from Lobstering is An Art.   The maker offers a continually evolving collection of unique and unusual lobster designs and illustrations by native Maine artist Andrew M. Cook. His “Lobster Brewery" design, for example, is a nod to the many beer entrepreneurs in Maine turning barley, water, hops and magic into everyone’s favorite beverage. And, his “Lobster Summer" print showcases all the fun things there are to do, besides eating lobster, during the summer months.

A Gift For the Dad Who Looks and Dresses the Part

We promised no ties, but we are recommending a belt from the Belted Cow Company.  The Yarmouth, Maine-based manufacturer creates unique American-made belts, flip-flops, canvas totes, pet collars and leashes that will help dad stand out from the herd.  They offer many designs, including three golf-related creations that would pair perfectly with the Woodfield notecards mentioned above. Any of them will really give dad something unique to buckle on.

With this list there’s no need to look high and low for the perfect gift for dad.  We’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. Any of these gift ideas will have both dad -- AND you --  looking your best this Father’s Day.

 

Delicious Caramel Cocktails Perfect for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the biggest party of the year and deserves a drink (or two) to match.  It’s definitely a night that screams for more than the usual wines, beers and mixed cocktails.  To help you ring in 2019, we’ve collected a variety of delicious caramel-inspired drink recipes.  Dazzle your guests with these fun, festive and easy to make caramel concoctions. 

Caramel-Infused

Caramel cocktails McCrea's Candies

The first step in making these delicious cocktails is to infuse your favorite alcohol with your favorite caramels.  The Martini Diva has a very easy to follow recipe for this.  It calls for 25 McCrea’s Candies caramels, one 750 ml. bottle of booze, quart-size infusing jars and a few other items.  Simple to make, the infusion will take a day or two at most and makes a great basis for a wide range of tasty tipples, including the ones below.

The Martini Diva’s Caramel Ginger Apple Martini

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Ginger Infused Caramel Rum

1 oz Apple Pucker

1 oz apple cider

Caramel Sauce (see below for making sauce from McCrea’s Candies’ caramel)

Ice

Directions:

Drizzle some caramel sauce into the bowl of your cocktail glass then immediately place in the freezer to freeze drizzle in place.  Shake all the other ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into your chilled glass and enjoy.

The Martini Diva’s Salted Caramel Macchiato Martini

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Vanilla Infused Vodka

2 shots chilled espresso

1 shot heavy cream

¼ tsp/ vanilla extract

Caramel syrup

Coarse Sea Salt

Directions:

Dip the rim of your martini glass in some caramel syrup. Sprinkle a bit of the coarse sea salt onto the caramel, then chill your glass in the freezer.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the infused vodka, espresso, cream and vanilla extract then shake until well chilled.  Pour into your chilled and rimmed glass.  Dust with ground espresso beans, garnish with a salted caramel candy and enjoy.

Dylan Holcomb’s Coconut Caramel Mule

This luscious libation from master mixologist Dylan Holcomb calls for Gubba Rum Silver Coconut Rum infused with McCrea's Candies Ginger Fusion and Classic Vanilla caramels and mixed with pineapple juice and ginger beer for the most delicious Coconut Caramel Mule, his take on a Moscow Mule.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz caramel-infused Gubba Silver Coconut Rum

½ oz. pineapple juice

3 oz. ginger beer

Ice

Directions:

Once you've infused the rum with 14 pieces of McCrea's Candies Ginger Fusion Caramel and 6 pieces of McCrea's Candies Classic Vanilla Caramel, build all ingredients in a copper mug and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel and McCrea’s Candies Ginger Fusion Caramel.

 

Caramel-Rimmed

Caramel Cocktails McCrea's Candies

The following recipes call for a caramel-rimmed cocktail glass.  This is easy to do using McCrea’s Candies’ caramel and a bit of half-and-half.   Put half and half and your choice of one of McCrea’s 15 flavors of caramel in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 10 second intervals, whisking in between, until smooth sauce is created. If sauce is too thin, add more caramels. If too thick, add more half and half in ½ tsp intervals. Use immediately by drizzling onto the rim of a cocktail glass or by pouring into a shallow dish and dipping the rim of the cocktail glass into the caramel. For best results immediately freeze caramel-rimmed cocktail glasses and remove just before use.

Try these caramel-rimmed cocktails for a truly decadent and caramel-icous New Year’s Eve:

This Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini from 3 Yummy Tummies is an absolute dream in a glass. It features a glass rimmed with caramel (we’d use our Black Lave Sea Salt for an extra punch of saltiness) AND crushed pretzel and contains chocolate liqueur and caramel infused vodka.  If we’re dreaming this, we never want to wake up.

We love the festive touch of this Salted Caramel Cupcake Shot.  The glass is rimmed with caramel and sprinkles.  It’s a party in (on?) a glass…ideal for New Year’s Eve.

How does the cookie crumble?  Hopefully, right onto your cocktail glass rim!  This Oatmeal Cookie Martini takes the idea of cookies and milk to the next level and calls for a cocktail glass rimmed in caramel and oatmeal cookie crumbs. 

Planning a cozy get together and want a drink to match?  Try this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.  Rim your favorite mug with caramel and then add mini chocolate chips or another of your favorite sweet treats. Melt-in-your mouth goodness.

 

Caramel Garnished

Caramel cocktails McCrea's Candies

The easiest to execute, this category of caramel cocktails uses caramel candy as a garnish.  Place several of your favorite caramels onto a cocktail pick and add to your libation or use kitchen shears to snip a small caramel and place directly onto the rim.

Here are some fun and festive caramel-garnished concoctions to jazz up your New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Kissing Caramel was developed by I Sing in the Kitchen specifically for December 31st.  It combines flavored vodkas with a bit of coffee liqueur then adds on whipped cream and a caramel garnish, making for a very happy first night indeed!

My Caffeinated Chaos has perfected the Salted Caramel Martini.  It’s the ideal blend of sweet and salty and would be a tasty addition to your party’s drink menu this year. Everyone loves a good vodka martini right?!

Go straight from dinner to dessert with this Caramel Cheesecake Martini from Happy Food Happy Life.  Vodka, caramel sauce, and half and half combine perfectly to recreate your favorite dessert in drink form. Cheesecake with a kick!

Continuing the dessert-in-a-glass theme, check out this Butter Toffee Cocktail.  Comprised of three different spirits, it's an irresistible and delightful end-of-night caramel treat.

Happy New Years!

P.S.  Please drink responsibly.

Fun and Delicious Thanksgiving Traditions From the McCrea’s Team

McCrea's Candies Caramel Gift Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving, we all enjoy turkey, stuffing and spending time with loved ones.  Still, there are elements to everyone’s celebration that make it special. Each family brings its own customs and traditions to the table.  We took some time to explore what makes the holiday unique for members of the McCrea’s team. Read on to learn about the fun and delicious elements that make Thanksgiving special to us.

Making a Special Family Recipe

McCrea's Candies Caramel Holiday Gift Thanksiging

Every McCrea’s team member can point to that one dish that makes Thanksgiving Thanksgiving.  For Jason McCrea, co-founder, it’s his grandmother’s custard cream puffs, served for years as the ultimate finishing touch to a traditional family meal.  For Sugar Chef Jake Chess, it’s his mother’s cranberry mold.

“My mother worked on that recipe for years,” he said.  “At first the results were only so-so, however, she never gave up and now it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it.  Made with cream cheese and Jello, I look forward to it every year.”

Tinisha Lopes, sugar chef, says it’s not Thanksgiving without her family’s green bean casserole. Julie Ayotte, director of sales, prepares mashed turnips and carrots every year.  In Sugar Chef Tony Darosa’s family, it’s the homemade eggnog and stuffing that completes the meal.  Linda Caloumenos, a member of the McCrea’s packing team, also swears by her mom’s stuffing, a secret recipe consisting of chestnuts and sausage.  And, Cat Harrigan, sugar chef, salivates when describing her family’s must have dish, sweet potato casserole.

The recipe, says Cat, is deceptively simple: “Brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter, lots and lots of butter.”

Incorporating Family Heritage

McCrea's Candies Caramel Holiday Gift

Celebrating where they come from enables many McCrea’s team members to put a unique twist on the traditional Thanksgiving celebration.  Tinisha is part Wampanoag.  Her family comes together every year and enjoys turtle soup.  Co-founder Kate McCrea’s family pays homage to its roots by laying out both the traditional American turkey dinner side by side with an Italian feast, the highlight of which is the perfect lasagna.  Matt Roche (sales and operations) also enjoys an Italian feast alongside the more traditional offerings. 

“Every other year, we dine with my family on Thanksgiving,” Matt explains.  “We enjoy eggplant and chicken parmesan along with lots of pasta dishes and garlic bread.  It makes for a very filling day.”

Getting Competitive

McCrea's Candies Caramel Holiday Gift

Kristina Pavone, sales and marketing, calls her Thanksgiving pretty traditional, with one exception.

"My dad prepares a turkey in the oven while my grandfather deep fries his,” explains Kristina.  “There’s a competition to see who makes the best dish.”  According to Kristina the twenty-year competition has yet to yield an ultimate victor.

Diane Parazin, McCrea’s director of marketing, says her family always lays out a puzzle or two, in a tradition that has turned into quite the competition.

“My daughter is a puzzle aficionado and can ALWAYS find that missing piece.  Both my father-in-law and my mother are very much into puzzles as well.  It becomes a race to see who can find the right fit first,” she said.  “And the harder the puzzle, the better.”

Having Fun

McCrea's Candies Caramel Holiday Gift

Nothing says Thanksgiving like football.  When Matt thinks about the holiday, he immediately thinks about gathering around the TV to watch the day’s big games. Diane’s family, too, enjoys watching and making fun bets (like who has to wash the dishes) on the outcome of the day’s head-to-head football matchups.

Julie and her husband make sure to take time for just the two of them every year.  They book-end holiday celebrations by tuning into the same favorites… Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, The National Dog Show midday and a special movie in the evening.

“We alternate between It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas,” explains Julie.  “It caps off a wonderful day and gets us in the mood for all of the December holiday festivities.”

Jake and his family, however, have an entirely different idea when it comes to fun on Thanksgiving Day.  Every year the Chess family listens – and sings along --- to Arlo Guthrie’s hit single, Alice’s Restaurant.  This fabulous tradition, says Jake, has been going on since before he was born.

And, if it’s snowing or too cold to enjoy outdoor activities over the holiday weekend, Jason likes to organize “fix it days” where he hauls projects and tools out of the garage for his boys to work on.

“It usually turns into a sculpture-building contest,” he laughs.  “I’m not sure anything gets fixed, but it sure demystifies how things work and generates some awesome artwork.”

Giving Back

McCrea's Candies Caramel Holiday Gift

Showcasing the very best of McCrea’s, Hal Harkins (shipping and receiving) spends the holiday helping his cousin who is a caretaker for two special needs adults.  He heads to her house and cooks Thanksgiving dinner for her charges, freeing her to spend time with family.  Then he heads back home to curl up and watch Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies.

Jim LaFond-Lewis, McCrea’s director of operations, is also one to give back.  He can often be found walking the watershed areas of Hyde Park, Mass., and collecting trash.  If weather permits, he says, he’ll most likely find himself taking a walk over the holiday weekend, photographing nature and picking up garbage along with way.

We hope this peek into the holiday traditions of McCrea’s team members gives you a few ideas you can incorporate into your own festivities.  Whether you’re expecting a house full of guests or holding a more intimate gathering, including some of these fun, touching and delicious customs may help make your Thanksgiving even more special.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at McCrea's!

 

Our Moms, Our Heroes

Being a mom is all about the little things…the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, a hug for no reason, the light bulb moment when your child understands something, snuggles on the sofa, a family meal, belly laughs, sharing your favorite foods, mud puddles, and reading a cherished book aloud together.  It’s about baseball games, gardening, running errands, red shoes, family vacations to bucket list locales, cooking together, concerts, and so much more.

It is all of these moments with our mothers that craft who we are, who we become.  McCrea’s Candies is made up of a team of individuals, that together make something special.  And that’s because we all come from someone special.  Read our stories, see which of those little moments shaped us, made us, and brought us together.  

To all our moms...thank you. We wouldn't be here without you!

Jason McCrea / Chief Caramel Scientist

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom is a powerhouse, a true dynamo.  She’s got an adventurous spirit and taught me so many things. 

We had a garden and each year she grew a bizarre food item.  We didn’t have to like it once she served it up but we certainly loved the process of watching whatever it was take shape and grow.  That sense of adventure is still a big part of who I am.

There was a time, in my teens, when I was tasked with painting our house; it was my summer job between school years.  I’d been out with friends one night and was not feeling up to par the next day.  She let me sleep in but roused me at 2:00 pm and set me to painting.  So, while she cut me some slack, she taught me that responsibilities were just that, responsibilities, and meant to be kept.

And she was always there for me even when I drove her crazy.  I had a class assignment to turn in a typewritten speech.  The morning it was due, I had it in longhand on notepaper but was nowhere close to having it typed.  And while she was angry that I had procrastinated, she pulled out her typewriter and completed that freaking assignment for me because she knew she was the faster typist (by a long shot).

It is because of her that I seek out adventure.  It is because of her that I’m drawn to powerful people.  It is because of her I can embrace uncertainty and know, always and forever, that things are going to be okay.  Thanks mom!  I love you.

Kate McCrea / Chief Caramel Visionary

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

As an only child, I was very close to my mom. We enjoyed many things together that were just fun at the time but that I think also shaped my view of the world around me. It’s hard to describe how fun it was to go to downtown Boston and “shop” all day for nothing and then go to Bailey’s for coffee and ice cream. We loved the hustle and bustle of downtown even if we didn’t have the means to buy things. We didn’t really want things, we wanted the experience. She gave that to me, a love of life and for the everyday experiences that make it rich and wonderful.                                                                                                                                                                                         
She is in her twilight now. Many of her memories and faculties are fading but she is still in there. Take her to an art exhibit and she’ll choose the strongest piece as her favorite. Take her to a concert and she’ll sing the songs. Bring her a grandson and she’ll make sure he knows how proud of him she is.                                                                                                         
My mom has been especially proud of McCrea’s Candies. She sees to it that her nurses all get candy at the holidays and keeps them on hand to give away, and anyone who gets caramels from her is told that it’s her daughter and son-in-law who own McCrea’s and that it’s the best candy ever made. Thanks Mom!

Jim LaFond-Lewis / Chief Operations Officer

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mother had nine of us. We called her Mum or Ma. She was a warm and loving person in an organized way. With nine kids, I guess you become a manager. From the earliest days, I remember having chores in the kitchen, beginning with playing in the sink while she worked. She taught me to cook. I loved to help her with the holiday baking. She made apple peeling fun. You can imagine the volume.

She was one of ten siblings herself and most of them had many kids, so we were a substantial lot. The work, for her, was never done. She did it all in good humor, and although she was not the joking type, she seemed to get a kick out of being the object of us kids’ teasing. She was also our historian…knew all the details in all the lives of all the families. I often wish I could ask her,"'Hey, Ma…?"

Matt Roche / Director of Logistics

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

 

This picture was taken after a game where the Red Sox let the fans walk around the bases and the field itself.  My mom has always made it a priority to make sure we get to spend quality time together.  The Red Sox (and Fenway Park) is something that we’ve always loved.  It’s a magical place, especially for a little kid…we started going to games when I was about 7.  My mom didn’t know a whole lot about baseball initially, but made it a point learn so that we could share our interest in the sport. 

The experience of the games has changed as we’ve gotten older.  In a lot of ways it reflects the way our relationship has evolved over the years.  At the beginning, getting souvenirs and eating delicious ballpark fare was a big focus.  As I grew up, we started to know about the players and understood the game better so the actual baseball took on more meaning.  Now we’ll meet up for a bite before the game, and when it’s over go our separate ways.  It’s special because no matter what else is going on we have those few hours to just be together at Fenway. 

The past decade or so Red Sox tickets have been the Christmas present because getting to the games has become a tradition that’s important and “the next game” is always something to look forward to.  I think of my mom whenever I hear Sweet Caroline or stand up for the Seventh Inning Stretch and will always love the time we get to spend at the old ballgame!

Cheryl Bornstein / Director of Fulfillment

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In this picture, I'm just home from college. My mom was -- and is -- always so happy to see me. She is my biggest cheerleader and has always told me I could do anything. She's right!

Diane Parazin / Director of Marketing

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom is my inspiration.

After successfully and single-handedly raising four rambunctious kids, she went back to law school and received her degree. She taught me to never give up.

She was my biggest cheerleader when I left all that I had ever known to move across country and start a new life. She taught me to be brave.

She was first on the scene when I had a tough pregnancy and there when my kids received some difficult diagnoses. She taught me I can handle whatever life throws at me.

She’s the first to help plan a getaway. Together we’ve swam with sting rays, caught Mardi Gras beads, and rejoiced in the inner circle of Stonehenge. She taught me to be adventurous.

She’s loved me since I was born and continues to support and encourage me every day in every way. She taught me how to be a mom.

Julie Ayotte / Director of Sales

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom is my best friend. She and I love to go shopping together….especially for shoes. My mom is wearing her favorite red shoes in this picture. I love it for that and for the protective way she is holding me. She is my biggest champion, always offering me advice and sage bits of wisdom as only my mom can.

Cat Harrigan / Sugar Chef

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom passed two years ago. This picture, featuring me, my sister Christin, and my mother, was taken in 2015 when my mom was in remission. All of the women in the family happened to be together and we decided to snap some photos. Time is finite so what better thing to do than take pictures. I miss that and the other everyday things we used to enjoy together, like grocery shopping and running around doing errands...the everyday stuff that makes up so much of life.

Kristina Pavone / Sales Assistant

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom is a very caring person by nature. She wants the very best for her loved ones and shows concern when one receives any less than the best. She has often told me having my sister and I was the most important and wonderful thing she has done in her life, and I have a lot of respect for that.

Many things about the nature of our personalities between my mother and I are completely opposite, but I can say that she definitely instilled in me her friendliness, opened minded attitude, and caring for others, which are extremely important ways to know how to be in this day and age, and for that I am forever grateful.

Though our personalities may not always see eye to eye, I believe that is only because my mom made it a point to instill things in my sister and I that were not instilled in her growing up, and to enhance the things that were instilled in her when instilling them in us. She’s always supported me, instilled self confidence in me, and helped to provide experiences for me that aided in teaching me to be limitless. Thanks, Mom! I wouldn’t be the me I am today without you.

Tony Darosa / Sugar Chef

McCrea's Candies Mother's Day caramel gift

My mom is ALWAYS there for me. I enjoy checking out local thrift shops with her. I scoop up movies (in all formats) while mom looks for knickknacks to add to her collection.

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets Crafted to Celebrate Your Special Mom

Our retailers are a creative bunch, so it made sense to turn to them for Mother’s Day gift suggestions and ideas.  We’ve gathered a unique collection of presents, each one crafted to celebrate your special mom. 

Baskit’s Inc. sources products from around the globe to create thoughtfully-curated gift baskets.  With 30 years of experience, Baskits certainly knows what mom wants.  The company’s gorgeous Champlain basket, filled with a mix of premium goodies, is ideal for foodie moms.  It’s got all of her favorites:  chocolates, caramels, cookies and more.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Wish and Pink creates luxury gift boxes for life’s extraordinary events. And Mother’s Day certainly qualifies.  If mom enjoys nothing more than a day of pampering, look no further than Wish and Pink’s Ultimate Spa Indulgence box, filled with a crème-de-la-crème of natural products for soothing mind, body and spirit.  Also included are sumptuous sweets (a must!) and a mood-setting candle for the perfect at home spa day.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

For the mom who deserves it all, Valleybrink Road’s Sweet box is filled with both gourmet confections AND drop-dead gorgeous fresh flowers.  A floral design and luxury gifting firm, Valleybrink prides itself on creating the perfect present.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the Sweet box with its bean-to-bar chocolate, luxe caramel, baked treats, and beautiful blooms.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Does your mom’s birthday coincide with Mother’s Day?  There can be a lot of pressure to find a gift that will suit both occasions.  Mouth Food’s Birthday In a Box is the answer.  Mouth’s goal is to discover the best, most delicious and most interesting food products out there.  Bursting with distinctive delectables, like pate de fruit, small-batch pickles and deep chocolate caramel, Mouth’s Birthday  in a Box box truly takes the cake!

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Bird Box Gifts’ motto is “you pick a gift they will love and we do the rest.”  For moms with a love of the sea and all things summer, Bird Box has certainly stayed true to that maxim.  Its Coastal Salt gift box is filled with salted caramel, a sea salt and juniper candle, bath bomb and matches -- everything mom needs for creating a perfect beach day at home….ocean optional.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

All moms deserved to be treated like queens.  This Mother’s Day, you can give mom the royal treatment she deserves with Wish Gift Co’s Royal box.  Themed in mint and lavender, the box from this Cape Cod-based creator of elegant custom gifts, is filled with gourmet goodies, a candle, a jewelry dish and so much more.  However, the crown is not included.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

If your mom likes nothing more than cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea, we recommend the Lavender Deluxe box from Madianite, a gift-getting, professional gift wrapping and personal shopping service.  Perfect for the bibliophile, the Lavender Deluxe contains calming mist; tea, honey and an infuser; and a container of caramel, a perfect combination for long afternoons spent with the latest best seller.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel.

 

For the chocolate-loving mom (basically all of them!), Fountain Gifts has the perfect gift set.  Its Chocolate Trio includes luxe caramel, small batch chocolate and decadent truffles.  And best of all, Fountain Gifts will include a handwritten note for you, totally giving you favorite child status.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Every mom wants a moment (or ten) away from the kids.  Something Lux Box Company’s founders, a mom-daughter trio – know firsthand.  They offer the perfect escape in the Sweet Serenity gift basket. The ultimate in relaxation and comfort, it includes small restoratives and indulgences, including a hair tie set, a jewelry trinket dish, candle and sweet treats….everything to help mom get her “om” on.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Wild Things of Birmingham offers bespoke arrangements and bouquets, flowers by the stem, and a variety of curiosities and home good.  They have put together a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift set, complete with a petite flower arrangement, candle, fizzy bath cubes and caramel.  Just what mom ordered!

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

 

Just Gifted is known for its thoughtfully-packaged and visually stunning gifts.  No less can be said of the company’s Mom Time basket with a sugarcane & violet candle, caramel, "Momosa" champagne flute, AND a bottle of Moet.  We’ll raise a toast to that and to mom’s everywhere.

Mother's Day Gift Basket with McCrea's Candies Caramel

Happy Mother’s Day!