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Mother's Day Gift Guide
We've Got Gifts
by Amy Sherman on May 05, 2006
This year instead of the flowers and brunch routine, or in addition to it, how about a present mom will brag about all year long? Reaffirm that you are the number one son or daughter with a gift that shows how well you know her style. We've chosen some great gifts from all over town to show our appreciation for every kind of mother. Call it the mother of all gift guides.
The only thing that gets passed around more than baby clothes are maternity clothes. Treat that mother-to-be with a couple of new wardrobe items. At Japanese Weekend you won't find frumpy gingham and bows; what you will find is cool, sophisticated, contemporary styled clothing and accessories. This season check out a great paisley 2-in-1 Dress go Skirt with removable shoulder straps ($76), or a side cinch tankini in Indian Swirl or Pink Dream Shop ($88). The Luxe Jersey Collection is sleek and offers skirts, long and short sleeve shirts, pants and dresses from $46-100 -- now that's affordable. Mother-to-be? Make that sexy mama! Shop at the Union Square store or online. Gift certificates are available in $25 increments.
Remember her? She is also known as overwhelmed mom, tired mom and mamma mia! Take a load off her plate by putting dinner on the table. Wally's Food Company delivers pre-prepared meals that take minutes to heat and serve. The menu changes weekly and is seasonal, always with an organic option. Recent options included Pesto Pasta, Asparagus and Spicy Cashew Salad ($7) Mustard Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops ($17) Penne with Gorgonzola Mushroom Sauce ($15) and Cardamom Spiced Molten Chocolate Cake ($7). Salads, side dishes and desserts are easily shareable. For dinner for two, plan on a gift certificate of about $45-50. Deliveries are made in San Francisco Tuesday and Thursday with two-hour delivery windows. You can order meals or gift certificates online or by phone.
Oh yeah, your mama is with it. Or does she just think she is? Either way, Kaie Wellman's Eat.Shop guides are the perfect gift. These guidebooks focus on the small unique independent shops and restaurants that typical guidebooks often miss. It's the insider guide so mama can be in the know in her own town or when she comes for a visit. Currently there are guides for Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver BC, Austin, Brooklyn and of course, San Francisco ($12.95). All guides are available online at Amazon.com. Purchase the San Francisco guide at La Place du Soleil.
Is your mom a first class lady? Of course she is! Pamper her with the ultimate luxury in skincare. It's popular amongst movie stars and will make even the soccer mom feel glamorous. For your jet-setting mom get the Lambertson Truex for La Mer Travel Collection ($450); in a green leather bag you'll find generous full sizes of The Mist and The Lip Balm and deluxe travel sizes of La Mer essentials -- Crème de la Mer, The Moisturizing Lotion, The Lifting Face Serum & The Lifting Intensifier, The Eye Balm, The Cleansing Lotion and The Tonic. For a more budget-conscious gift, try La Mer's new The Body Crème ($195) a super-rich hydrating body cream that is filled with tonics from the sea. Both are available at Neiman Marcus at Union Square.
If mama raised you to recycle, eat organic and trust your feelings, then respect hers by buying her a treasure from the newest fair trade shop nestled in the Haight, Earthsong. Here you'll find primarily Indian handmade accessories, clothing and home furnishings that are a cut above the rest. Because the owners handpick everything, prices are a cut below the rest, at 30-70% off retail. We especially like the chic beaded velveteen purses ($29.99). Other options include jeweled notebooks ($16.99) that come in a variety of earthy or vibrant colors or mirror studded boxes ($7.99-19.99) Unsure what to buy? Purchase a gift certificate available in any denomination you choose.
Your mother's a sweetie. So why not shower her with something sweet? Treat her like a queen with a fine bone china God Save the Queen mug ($24) created in honor of Queen Elizabeth's birthday. The mug also comes overflowing with tea, French sugar, Japanese cookies, and candies ($34). Or pay homage to her sweet tooth with a French vintage-style box, ($18) or glittery mini basket ($18) each filled with decadent caramels and dainty foil-wrapped chocolates. Pick a pre-packaged gift or put together your own custom candy treasure trove. All sugary gifts are available from that very sweet French and English boutique La Place du Soleil.
by Amy Sherman on May 05, 2006
Dress from Japanese Weekend, photo credit: Marcy Maloy
Mirror studded boxes at Earthsong, photo credit: Amy Sherman