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Gift Ideas For Mom and All the Mothers in Your Life

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

When coming up with Gift Ideas for my own Mom and Mother-in-Law for Mother’s day I realized just how many moms are apart of my daily life. Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating your mom, but also your wife, grandmother and all of the special ladies who have nurtured and guided you in your journey through life. Coming up with the perfect, unique gift for each important woman can be challenging, to say the least. That’s why I have rounded up the ultimate list of Gift Ideas for Mom and all the MOTHERS in your life.


Gift Ideas for Mom:

It’s your Mother and a gift for your mom should always be thoughtful and personal. All Mom really wants is to be loved and appreciated on this special day. Skip the flowers and give her a meaningful gift that will keep on giving her joy day after day.


There is nothing like printing out your photos and putting them into an album. Family photo albums are a dying art in the digital age, being replaced by Facebook albums instead. Give Mom the biggest surprise by printing out all her favorite (recent) family photos to include her growing family. My Friend Court custom painted one for her mother, but if you’re not up for that challenge, get your item personalized with a custom crest or family name with our embossing options.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your Wife:

Not your mom, but Mom to your little ones, take this day to salute her for raising your children and to remind her of the woman she once was, and (still) is. Show her how fabulous she is with these luxurious and budget-friendly Gift Ideas.

  • Let the woman sleep (in). She probably would enjoy (and need) this more than you could know. Offer her breakfast in bed, or the option to slip out unnoticed for a Starbucks trip alone.
  • Then, surprise her with a massage at a local spa. If she doesn’t have a favorite one, check sites like Groupon or Trip Advisor for the best deals and reviews in your area.Gift-Ideas-For-Your-Wifegift-ideas-for-mom
  • Lastly, get your wife a custom-made Journal or Weekly Jotter to make her every day a little less chaotic. *Bonus points if you include a Target (or her favorite store) gift card with a sweet card of appreciation!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Stepmom:

Stepmoms often get a bad wrap and are met with negative thoughts- but in this day in age, the modern American family is often blended and composed of step parents, step and half-siblings and multiple sets of grandparents. Your stepmom isn’t expecting anything extravagant from you, but rather just a nod of appreciation and feeling included on this special day for Moms. Get your her a personal, yet playful gift and you’ll be sure to bring a smile to her face.


Help your stepmom feel truly loved and a part of the family with this Inside Out Leather Photo Album. An original design and custom order for our sister company Claire Magnolia and a perfect design to symbolize the bond between a blended family. Print out pictures of the family and include little notes, memories, and tokens throughout the album.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Mother-in-Law:

Mother-in-laws are a special breed of mothers and I don’t think that anyone would argue with that. Be it the best relationship with your Mother-in-Law, or one that leaves something to be desired, it’s important to make sure your mother-in-law is recognized and feels important and not replaced by you.


Take her out to brunch alone and gift her a Leather Writing Journal customized with her name on the front cover (or Mom). Write a sweet token of love in a card and thank her for raising such a wonderful spouse for you. A small gesture and token of appreciation will go a long way with your Mother-in-law.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Grandma:

Grandmas are the best and can not be forgotten about on Mother’s Day. She did a lot to help raise you, always had the best foods, the best advice and was always there to slip you a few extra bucks when Mom wasn’t looking.

Bring a smile to Grandma’s face with a brag book for Mothers Day.

Gift-Ideas-for-MomA mini leather Brag book is perfect for Grandma. Get your family name embossed on the front, or even one for each grandkid and fill with all of Grandma’s favorite pictures! (Have the kiddos include a little drawing to fit into the front cover, Grandma will love that!)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your ‘New Mama’ Friend:

Be it, your best friend or little sister, this *new-mom* will be so surprised and truly touched by your thoughtfulness on this (new to her) holiday. She didn’t (literally)  give you life but her friendship certainly gives you life (figuratively). What this momma needs, is something to make her (new) life as a mom a little easier all the while reminding her of who she is (human) and that she is totally killing it at this whole ‘mom’ thing.


Encourage and surprise your new mama friend with this adorable recipe box! But of course, don’t stop there. Fill the first couple of cards with the numbers to local take-out places. A bonus if you include the menus! This is a cute and humors way to remind her it’s okay to just call it a day and order the pizza! No pressure to be Betty Crocker all the time (or any of the time, if you don’t want). Also, include her favorite bottle of wine. Then spend the rest of the day ordering take out, watching Netflix and letting the kids make a mess, in the other room (out of sight, out of mind :P).

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Honorary Mother:

Your honorary mother could be your best friend, big sister, a former teacher, mentor or the co-worker who took you under their wing. This is the woman who opened their hearts and arms to you (repeatedly) when they didn’t have to. Show her you appreciate the nurturing guidance she given you with a small meaningful gift this Mother’s Day. Like these adorably illustrated notebooks and a fun pen to go with!


No matter your budget, a small gesture or token of appreciation will go along way with these ladies in your life. Also, don’t forget to search Etsy for one of a kind custom gifts for Mom.


Taboo TV Show : Custom Projects for Clients

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Did you tune into watch FX’s new miniseries, Taboo TV Show? It is a British period drama set in the 1800’s starring (and co-produced) by easy-on-the-eyes, Tom Hardy.



Now, you’re probably wondering why we’re bringing up a Tom Hardy TV Series…

Well, the Taboo team presented us with the wonderful opportunity of designing custom leather books for them to use in post-production, prior to the show airing. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity!

Our team, here, at Blue Sky Papers initially began work on this project a year ago. You may recall seeing some behind the scenes pictures we posted on Instagram, or us briefly mentioning it before in a post. With the first season fully out now, and the announcement of The Taboo TV Show being picked up for season two, we thought it was past due to send out congrats to the whole Taboo crew! Also, to toot our own horn a little bit too…about getting to work on such a creative project with amazing clients! Pinch us, because we are living out our dream!




Guest books, photo albums, and journals are the heart and roots of this business, but our custom projects are always a breath of fresh air. (Especially this one!) They allow us to break away from our regular routines and challenge us as a team to work together to create a new design that our clients will love.

The book we designed for Taboo is rather large, made from a dark, almost black, distressed leather, with hand-torn, black artisan paper sewn in. And the luxury is in the details, like with the tarnished, vintage key embellishment on the leather wrap of this book.  Keeping with the old world aesthetics of Taboo.

Below are pictures of the finished product and some behind the scene shots of the book in Taboo’s conference room (so cool!).


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If you missed Taboo, check out the trailer below + watch the complete first season on FX now (all you need is your tv + internet provider login info). And if you’re in need of a custom book project yourself, reach out at