Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Japan Woodworker

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What’s in store for the Mothers in your life this year? Flowers? Candy? Jewelry? If your search for the perfect gift is a bit sidetracked, we at Japan Woodworker have a few ideas that may be perfect for you or lead you to something else that works.

We’ve selected products in three categories – Kitchen, Garden and Other Neat Stuff.  For more details about the products mentioned in this blog and to see more products, visit The current Japan Woodworker catalog may also be viewed on our website.

Kitchen Helpers

High quality sharp knives will be Mother’s go-to tools for a host of cutting tasks – slicing, peeling, chopping, mincing, dicing, grating, removing skin and bones, filleting and dressing – as she prepares, cooks and serves vegetables, fruits and meats, fish and poultry.

Our ZHEN knives are superior quality cutting tools that are also beautiful.

Photo: ZHEN Japanese High Carbon Forged Stainless Steel Chef and Utility Knife Set 

September Fleming, director of digital marketing for Woodcraft, uses the knife set pictured above on a regular basis and considers it a staple in her kitchen cutlery collection. Made from top grade 440C Japanese high carbon stainless steel, the set includes an 8" Chef’s Knife and a 4-3/4" utility knife.

Japan Woodworker carries an extensive selection of ZHEN knives, including the newest series of 101-Layer German Damascus Steel Knives with blades forged from 410 Martensitic Stainless Steel and featuring a unique pattern (pictured below). Pakkawood handles are attached by attractive mosaic pins. 

Photo: ZHEN 101-Layer German Damascus Steel Knives include, from left: 9" Chef's Knife, 8" Chef's Knife, 7" Santoku Knife, 6-1/2" Nakiri Knife, 5" Santoku Knife and 3-1/2" Paring Knife, each sold separately.

Japan Woodworker also carries other quality knife brands, including SHUN, Fujitora, Spyderco, Ikeuti and Tosagata.

The SHUN Premier Series includes: 8" Kiritsuke Knife, 8" Chef Knife, 5-1/2" Nakiri Knife, 5-1/2" Santoku Knife, and 4" Paring Knife (top to bottom).

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Fujitora Knives include: 170mm Gyotou, 160mm Nakiri, 210mm Deba, 180mm Gyotou and 170mm Santoku (from left).

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Shears, Scissors, Cutting Boards, Knife Holders, Bamboo Bowls, Chopsticks, specialty tools like a Fish Scaler and a Garlic Press, and nearly a dozen Microplane food prep tools are also available at Japan Woodworker.

ZHEN Knife Holder and Cutting Board. Holder is super strong and holds at least six knives without damaging the blades. The 10-3/4" x 12-3/4" Cutting Board stores inside the holder. (Knives sold separately.)

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These small German Beech Breadboards come in a variety of shapes and 8 sizes, from 6-1/4" x 10-1/2" to 9-1/4" x 16-1/2".

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Microplane Grater products began with a Canadian housewife who borrowed one of her husband’s woodworking tools, a Microplane Rasp, and used it to make perfect orange zest for her Armenian Orange Cake. Today Microplane offers a variety of tools to grate, mince, zest, slice and cut in specialty shapes.

The Microplane Zester is the perfect tool for zesting oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits.

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The Microplane Veggie Wedgie produces six even vegetable wedges in a matter of seconds.

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Mothers who enjoy cooking and discovering new recipes should welcome one or both of the books featured here. We’ve also featured a kitchen tool that complements some of the recipes in each book.         

10" Poultry Shears from Messermeister are made of matte finish, no-stain inox steel that is perfect for cutting boned poultry without tearing the delicate meat.

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Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking covers how to use the Dutch Oven in the kitchen or outdoors, plus valuable tips for seasoning, cleaning, drying and storing cast-iron cookware. Includes 100 recipes for breakfast, breads, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.


Seafood Shears are designed to quickly dismember various shellfish such as crab and lobster. Blades are made of cutlery grade stainless steel.

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Cookery School Fish is a guide to preparing fish, from outsourcing and seasoning to gutting and filleting. It includes 50 recipes.

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Garden Tools

If the Mothers on your list are gardening enthusiasts or just plant a few flowers each spring, they will welcome the gift of a good gardening tool from Japan Woodworker.  We offer tools for prepping soil, digging, planting, weeding, irrigating, pruning, cutting, and harvesting.

Photo: The Garden Trenching Hoe is designed to make trenches for planting seeds and replanting bedding plants, as well as establishing irrigation channels. Overall length is 14". The Seven-Tine Garden Texturing Rake is used to texture the surface of seed beds and other planting areas where appearance is important.  Overall length is 18".

Finger Shears from Sakagen are great for harvesting items such as tomatoes, peppers and beans as well as flowers. A spring coil holds the tool on your index finger, leaving both hands free to collect your harvest.


Razorsaw Anvil Pruning Shears have an ergonomic design for easy pruning over a long period of time. They also have a thinner blade, which can create much less damage to the plant or shrub.


Photo: The Gardener's Little Friend is designed for digging deep rooted weeds, planting bulbs and bedding plants. The saw teeth will cut through tough roots and branches. The front of the tool is shovel shaped for digging efficiency, while the back is beveled for easy sharpening.

For Mothers who might be interested in exploring a bonsai hobby, Japan Woodworker offers reference books, including The Bonsai Handbook pictured here. Among tools that a bonsai gardener will find helpful are the Heavy-Duty Shears featured here.

These Heavy-Duty Shears come in two sizes, 9-1/4" and 8", for the serious gardener and the bonsai practitioner. The extra heft will withstand demanding duty.


The Bonsai Handbook is an authoritative resource of practical information and illustrations detailing every facet of this classic hobby, from aesthetics and anatomy to cultivation, propagation and pruning.


Other Neat Stuff

These gift ideas don’t fall into our Kitchen and Garden Categories, but we think they are worth consideration for gifting Mothers.

Stewart-MacDonald Ukulele Kits

StewMac Ukulele Kits make it possible to craft this currently popular instrument relatively quickly, so you can either make a ukulele for a Mother – or give her a kit so she can make her own!

Photo: This finished ukulele was made with a StewMac Tenor Ukulele Kit. It is 25-7/8" long. Scale length is 17", and width at the nut is 1-3/8". The Soprano Kit and Concert Kits are a little smaller.

Photo: Each StewMac Ukulele kit includes: Solid mahogany top; Laminated mahogany back; Laminated mahogany sides; Fully shaped mahogany neck with two dowel pins for neck joint; Walnut fretboard, slotted and inlaid with position markers; Tuners with mounting hardware; Shaped string nut; Carved, drilled walnut bridge; Shaped saddle; Plastic dowel for making side dots; Fretwire; Rubber binding bands; Spruce braces, quartersawn and carved for top and back; Two spruce sound hole brace;, Bridge plate; Full-sized bracing plan; Instruction book; and Strings.

For Mother’s Desk, a Trip Outdoors or a Sewing Session

Photo: The Kunai Paper Knife/Letter Opener is a blacksmith hand hammered replica of a Japanese farm tool that was later used as a multi-functional weapon popular before the spread of firearms. Made from the finest cutting edge steel, it comes in a Paulownia box.

Kuri-Chu Seisakujo Scissors are a great gift for the seamstress. Blades are a hand-forged lamination of soft and hard steels. Scissors come with a substantial brass pivot screw to ensure a lifetime of smooth, chatter free use.

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2-3/8" Folding Trail Saw features 18 triple facet teeth per inch that can quickly and easily cut through branches up to 1-1/2" in diameter. It only weighs 0.8 oz., so it is the perfect addition to Mother’s lightweight gear or pocket survival kit. It comes with a leather sheath and detachable key chain.


We hope our suggestions help you find welcome gifts for the Mothers in your circle of family and friends.

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