Gift Ideas for Every Type of Mom
Mother’s Day is fast approaching — mark your calendars for Sunday, May 12. Stumped on what present to pick for your mommy dearest? We did the shopping for you, selecting the perfect gift for different mom types:
For the Classic Mom
Flowers are always a safe bet and arrangements from the talented florists at Winston Flowers stay fresh for weeks. Try the “Apricot Rose Classic” ($150) with warm hues of bright orange and pink or the company’s signature “Heirloom Garden” bouquet ($350), bursting with hydrangeas, fragrant peonies, and local herbs.
Winston Flowers, 131 Newbury St., Boston, 800-457-4901; and other locations; winstonflowers.com.
For the Pampered Mom
Bella Sante‘s technicians will shape and buff her nails to a shine and massage and exfoliate her skin during the decadent 80-minute hand and foot treatment bundle ($87). Bonus: Buy a gift certificate for $200 or more to give your mom and get $25 back to spend on yourself. Ooh-la-la.
Bella Sante, 38 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9930; and other locations; bellasante.com
For the Stressed Mom
If your mom could use a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, usher her into a plush robe at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental and treat her to the “Radiant Mother’s Retreat,” which includes a rose body wrap and choice of a manicure or pedicure ($260 weekends, $235 weekdays). If she’s not the mani-pedi type, the “Spring Awakening” treatment, which features an Oriental meridian massage to boost circulation, will relax her in no time ($220 weekends, $200 weekdays).
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8820, mandarinoriental.com/boston
For the Bauble-Loving Mom
Pick out a present from home at Boston-based Etsy store, Frosted Willow, which offers hundreds of colorful and delicate handmade bangles, earrings, and necklaces. Shell out an extra four dollars to get your gift wrapped in red paper and twine and topped with a card.
For the Clotheshorse Mom
Buying a dress for someone else can be daunting, but Mint Julep, with its racks of bright, flirty frocks, is a safe bet. Of course, a gift certificate is always an option.
Mint Julep, 1302 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-232-3600, shopmintjulep.com
For the Nurturing Mom
Spruce up her gardening toolbox at the newly opened Market at West Elm‘s Fenway store. You’ll find staples from seeds and fertilizer to self-watering plant pots, but it’s the patterned trowel, pruner, and matching fork (shown above), all tucked into a new garden tote with compartments for all her nursery needs ($39), that will be the talk of the neighborhood.
West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave., Boston, 617-450-9500, westelm.com
For the Scent-sational Mom
Take your mom out to pick her own gift at Neil Morris Fragrances. This Back Bay perfumer will help her mix and match ingredients to find the perfect scent. Earn extra brownie points for treating her to lunch after.
Neil Morris Fragrances, 617-267-2315, neilmorrisfragrances.com.
For the Hostess Mom
Help her dazzle guests at the next block party with graphic glasses from the new Fishs Eddy x Lotta Jansdotter dishes line ($7.95 each), or with a fresh, colorful pitcher from California-based Bauer Pottery Co. ($70), available at the ICA Store.
ICA Store, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3104, icastore.org.
For Any Mom
Strapped for cash this Mother’s Day but still want to show mom that you care? Order a card from local designers Earmark Social Paper Goods. If mom has a wicked sense of humor, we suggest the “My therapist thanks you for her beach house…” design ($5). etsy.com/shop/earmark