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A Mother's Day Gift Guide

If there’s anything I’ve learned in 24 years of living, it’s that Christmas, birthdays, and Mother’s/Father’s Day always come faster than you expect.

...okay, so maybe that’s not the number one thing I’ve learned, but it’s definitely something I think a good amount of us can relate to. 

Seeing as we’re less than a month away from Mother’s Day, I wanted to compile a few of my favorite finds to offer ideas of extra special gifts for the woman in your life. Because whether it’s a wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, or friend, it’s important to let the people you love know how important they (and their stories) truly are.

For the collector: If you have a loved one who's done a good job holding on to those special family heirlooms, an Akin custom design is the perfect gifting option this Mother’s Day. I first found Akin in 2021 while attending RootsTech for the first time with my husband. We’d started Planted just a few months prior and I was starry-eyed seeing and chatting with the incredible business owners of the various genealogy companies in attendance. One of the relationships we made that day was with Renee, the owner and founder of Akin, and in the years since I have fallen deeper in love with all of her stunning products. In Renee's words, “Akin curates your ancestral retrospectives using family memorabilia, all-inclusive design know-how, and genealogical discoveries — creatively composed through storytelling and tailored design. Our projects come in the form of custom-designed books and boxes, family tree prints, and other one-of-a-kind projects.” To schedule a free consultation with Renee and explore the custom designs you can create for your loved one, visit A little Planted pro-tip: all consultations made before July 1st will save 20% on custom book projects when using the code AKINMD24.

For the conversationalist: One of the number one things I’m told when talking to someone about our videos is, “30 minutes is a long time, I don’t even know what l’d talk about for that long?!” When you think about your life as a whole, it’s a daunting task trying to remember every detail and every event. Whether you’re 8 or 82, there are bound to be details that somehow find themselves in the far filing cabinet of your brain, collecting dust. That said, if there’s anything I’ve learned in making a career of asking questions, the key to resurfacing those memories is simply asking the right things. With over 170 questions ranging from silly to serious, our Planted Media Conversation Kits are the perfect way to foster those conversations that will help you get to know your loved ones on a deeper level. Each of the questions contained in these 3” x 3” boxes have been specifically designed to appeal to people of all ages so whether it’s gifted to a grandmother or a new mother, these kits will create cherished memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Click here to place your preorder today! 

Of course, when it comes to documenting questions, a Planted Life History Video is the perfect way to preserve those special stories. Email for more info about our video options and how you can use one of our gift certificates this holiday.

For the fashionista: When it comes to clothing, there’s no one we trust more than our friends at Albion Fit! Whether it’s spoiling your wife with a swimsuit for an upcoming vacation or grabbing some comfortable clothing for your mother's/grandmother's closet, Albion truly has something for everyone. Our top recommendations? The Jetsetters for everyday wear, the Audrey Trousers for when you feel like dressing it up, and any of the swims from their new Pipeline Collection. Save on your entire order when shopping our link here.

For the traveler: Kindred Lands has to be one of the most unqiue and special businesses I've ever had the pleasure of being introduced to. Aimed to help people "experience [their] heritage through the craft, traditions, food, and culture of the lands [their] ancestors called home," Kindred Lands offers a variety of fantastic services and products any mother would love. If looking to gift something to the traveler who already has a vacation in mind, we suggest reaching out about one of their planned Heritage Tours. Whether it's visiting the homesites of your ancestors, or having one-of-a-kind experiences with the region's food, people, and landscapes, Kindred Land's pre-planned itineraries are specifically designed to help you and your loved ones not only connect with, but also experience your family history. For the traveler who has already racked up the miles, we recommend their travel books - the perfect gift for someone who wants to be whisked away to foreign countries while still enjoying the comforts of home. Click here to visit their homepage to look further into their tours and purchase one of their stunning Scotland Books.

For the reader: Reading is trending and if it’s a reader you’re looking to show love to, we’ve got just the thing. Lorin Grace is an author of "romance to warm your heart" and writes historical and contemporary romances that sweep you into imaginary worlds full of sweet and satisfying stories where love always wins. Her historical books often contain tales from her own family history and tidbits she's found from historical research. You can receive a free copy of her book, Remembering Anna, by signing up for her newsletter or you can click here to explore her entire collection.

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