Todd and I started a tradition many years ago of collecting salt water from seas and oceans to make homemade sea salt: an affordable (costs nothing) but very memorable souvenir from our annual vacations. Making your own sea salt is quite simple; it just takes a little planning to make capturing salt water a tiny part of your vacation agenda, but the momento will be with you for years to come.
Yes, we realize Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. But giving your mother the personal gift of homemade sea salt is an annual tradition you can easily start in 2010. Dean & Deluca carries a beautiful selection of sea salts from around the world (check out its Essentials Collection), or you can search “sea salt” at Amazon or Google. Select a salt from a place you’ve visited in the past and make that this year’s gift, accompanied by a card announcing a new Mother’s Day gift tradition that is personal, thoughtful and brings a fond memory every time she reaches for the jar.