Our Top 6 Favorite Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Head’s up – Mother’s Day is just around the corner… In fact, it’s exactly nine days away, on Sunday, May 10th!

If you’re looking for a little gift inspiration, we’re here for you. Here’s our rundown of six fantastic Mother’s Day gifts to give the special mother (or in some cases mothers) in your life:


A beautiful, one-of-a-kind picture frame, complete with a picture of her favorite child!

photo by Nicole Sloan

A fantastically scented, handmade candle – and how about some bubble bath and a sponge to accompany it, so she’ll be ready for a relaxing bath?!?

photo by Nicole Sloan

These sweet Blenko glass carafes are ideal for all sorts of uses… A small vase (presented on her breakfast-in-bed tray), a bedside water pitcher, or just a pretty sun catcher on a windowsill.



Here’s a great idea… Gift her with a book as beautiful as her! Beauty Everyday is choc full of stunning images of homes and gardens throughout the south and is currently 20% off at steve mckenzie’s!

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photo by Nicole Sloan
photo by Nicole Sloan

No mother will be disappointed with a piece of handcrafted jewelry – especially when you tell her it’s as unique as she is!


These custom state flower artworks will help to bring out her sentimental side. Consider pulling a grouping together and include the state she was born in, the state(s) where her children were born, and the state in which she currently resides. These will tell a beautiful story!

***Bonus gift ideas – here are some thoughtful gifts you can create for mom yourself:

  • Plant a Potted Flower/Herb Garden
  • Author a Thoughtful Poem
  • Create a Book Full of Favorite Family Recipes

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to gift the special mother(s) in your life with something equally as special for her. And to all the moms out there, happy Mother’s Day!

Ready to be Wrapped: Jewelry in stock at steve mckenzie’s!

With less than a week to go till Valentine’s day, you’re in crunch time to find that little something special for your loved one… But have no fear, steve mckenzie’s is here! With plenty of fabulous baubles in stock, ready to be wrapped for your special lady:

Christina Kober Joy Drop sterling silver earrings

Is your hunny the epitome of elegant sophistication and simplicity? If so, show her how much she means with these perfectly understated “Joy Drop” sterling silver earrings by Christina Kober. She’ll be sporting this sweet pair everyday, be it to the office or yoga… And you’ll stay close to her heart.


We cannot say enough good things about these pieces by Grandmother’s Buttons – and your loved one’s family and friends won’t be able to say enough about them either. They’re that special and unique. Each piece is a statement and the handcrafted quality cannot be beat. These pieces are ready to be wrapped for your sweetie right away!

Christina Kober Fortune Cookie bracelet $68

Let your loved one know how fortunate you are that they’re in your life with this perfect fortune cookie bracelet by Christina Kober ($68). It may be a little unconventional – save the roses and chocolates for another year – but it’ll be treasured for years to come! Pop in the shop today and pick it up for that special someone.

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Talk about turning heads! These baubles by Mark Edge are undeniably head-turning, just like your Valentine… Mark has a way of bringing together the old and new, elegant and edgy to create some totally captivating pieces. And we have quite an array available for your favorite lady, ready to be wrapped right away!

Christina Kober sterling silver initial letters 2

If your sweetheart is classic monogram-loving southern belle, she’ll be sure to love our sterling silver initial necklaces by Christina Kober. Another understated item, these petite pieces are ideal for layering with other necklaces and will quickly become a wardrobe staple!

And to all the gals out there searching for that special something for their guy – check out our “5 Best Valentine’s Gifts for Guys” post here.

Come in soon for the best selection, and to work with a steve mckenzie’s team member to pick out the perfect piece to help make your Valentine feel extra special this holiday!

On the Cutting Edge of Jewelry Design: Mark Edge – and a special discount!

You know when you see a memorable piece of jewelry. Sometimes a unique piece will make you stop in your tracks and question a total stranger about the beautiful baubles they’re donning. Be that person stopped on the street, thanks to Mark Edge, the designer behind some of the most uncommon jewelry pieces you’ll treat your eyes – and your wardrobe to.

The man with the edge in jewelry design, Mark Edge.

We’re so grateful Mark took some time out of his super busy holiday schedule to share a bit about himself and his seriously amazing collection of jewelry… We’re sure you’ll find something lust-worthy in the photos he shares below!


A few words from Mark:

I have a passion for creating jewelry. I gather environmentally conscious materials and push them beyond their conventional uses. My jewelry is handcrafted from a bevy of unusual materials including reclaimed metal and wood, unclaimed old stock chains and fittings and vintage crystals. I disappear into the design process for hours until I have that magic “ah-ha” moment. Then…and only then…do I feel my work is complete and that I can put my name on it. My designs are truly a labor of love. Enjoy!

– How did you get in to jewelry design?

I took a 5-evening jewelry-making class in the 8th grade just for the fun of it, and it stuck. I was instantly in business and the rest is history after attending college.

Here’s a short video of Mark and Jill – he’s sharing how long necklaces can be worn in various ways:

– Do you have a favorite piece you’ve created, or perhaps favorite jewelry collection?

The current EcoVintage collection is my favorite as I love antiques and a patina!

N-1888 copy

– Can you share just a bit about your design process – from inspiration, to determining materials, colors, textures, etc.?

I gather all sorts of materials and basically put them in front of me and that’s when the magic begins as if I love something I’ll make it work and sometimes it designs itself when certain things beg to be next to each other.


– What’s the most unique item you’ve ever turned into jewelry?

I’d have to say the vintage solid silver American coins. They are so beautiful and iconic, as well as an amazing investment. In fact, the tag line for the coin pieces is “an investment in style.”

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– What are some of the more unique ways you’ve seen people wearing your pieces – in a way you may not have envisioned?

Dolly Parton has a ton of my jewelry and in a recent photography shoot she’s wearing a butterfly necklace as a hand bracelet!!

In fact, here’s a quick video of Mark showing Jill how to turn one of his bracelets into a fantastic necklace…

– Do you ever think of specific people when designing a piece of jewelry? Perhaps a friend, family member, or even a celebrity?

The age range of people who’re attracted to my jewelry literally ranges from teenagers and moms to hip grandmothers, which makes me feel so good! Normally three generations of women would not shop in the same stores, but with my work, they all love it which I love! I look at the jewelry as art and anyone or age can be attracted to a piece of art!!


– What kind of traditions do you and your friends/family recognize when it comes to jewelry, if any?

I do give jewelry to family and friends and they always love it!!!


Thank you so much Mark! We’ve heard that in addition to the fabulous Dolly Parton, his celebrity clientele includes ladies from The Real Housewives of NYC & Atlanta, Courtney Cox, Martina McBride, The Ladies of “The View” – and we can see why!

Last video share – this one of Mark sharing how nicely his necklaces layer:

Stop by steve mckenzie’s today to see some of Mark’s work in person, and possibly add a little celebrity style to your wardrobe. For a limited time, we’re offering all in-stock Mark Edge jewelry at 25% off, so please pay us a visit and take advantage of these special savings! These pieces make fantastic gifts as well, and we’re offering our gift-wrapping services through the holiday season, so there’s no reason to leave something – or nothing – unwrapped under the tree…