Give Mom something she really wants on Mother's Day: this decadent toffee from John & Kira's. Rich and buttery toffee studded with pistachios (these from south-central New Mexico), coated with Valrhona dark chocolate. Another gift: Mom doesn't have to share.

Dark chocolate and pistachio toffee, 8-ounce box, $22, from John & Kira's, go to johnand for retail list and order information or 800-747-4808. Order by 3 p.m. May 9th for Mother's Day.

— Maureen Fitzgerald

Striped style

Trade up to these summer serving dishes for dining on the deck or suppering at the shore. Designed by South African ceramicist John Newdigate, these charming fish plates are hand-painted. Bowls and serving plates also available.

Medium green oval dish, $24, at West Elm, 1330 Chestnut St., 215-731-0184.

— M.F.