Whoa, momma! Talk about sneaking up…Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Now, don’t get it twisted—our forgetfulness should not to be mistaken for not caring about the very person who gave us life. She is the one constant in our lives, after all. She hung our terrible 4-year-old stick figure drawings on the refrigerator with pride. She wore the “World’s Greatest Mom” T-shirt we gave her until it resembled a slice of Swiss cheese. She suffered through our torturous teenage years. She was…and is…probably the best friend we will ever have…a loving force in a dark and lonely world. YES. This very special woman deserves to be remembered and honored everyday, but most especially this Sunday.
Except we are seriously running out of time to show our appreciation with the perfect gift. Sure, we could order the old stand-by: flowers. But that’s too easy. Mom deserves more this year. She deserves something special. Something from the heart. Something beyond-the-bouquet. With only a mere 48 hours before the big day, we started to think about last-minute gifts that are local—either locally grown, locally made or locally conceived in California. We hope these six ideas will be your ultimate Mom’s Day inspiration. (There’s a little something for every kind of mom!)
1. Give Her Wine
This gift is for the mother who thinks there is nothing finer than a glass of Rosé. If you can still manage to get tickets, whisk mom away this weekend to the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa for its 2nd Annual “First Blush” wine tasting event. The event spotlights California’s mom-friendly wines…you know…the Rosés, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, Rieslings and sparkling wines. (For guys, there are also a few local craft beers too). You’ve got two options for the weekend festivities: a tasting on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plus: you and mom will get to keep a commemorative First Blush wine glass (for memories…aw!). Tickets for the First Blush Taste the Lighter Side of Summer event are available for $30 here.
2. Give Her the Scent of a Woman
What to give the ultra chic mom who already has Chanel No. 5, Diorissimo and Clive Christian in her perfume collection? Why not help her create her signature scent? If you live in the Pasadena area, head down to Original Scent at 54 West Green Street this weekend, where you can work with a scent stylist to develop the perfect custom fragrance for mom. Just be prepared to answer questions like: What’s her favorite color, food, and time of day?! After getting a whiff of several essential oils that meet your criteria, your scent stylist will whip up a concoction right then and there. (Hint: you’ll get major points for creativity if you name mom’s new perfume. How about Mom No. 1 or La Meilleure Mère?) And don’t think you’re just limited to perfume either….you’ve also got your pick of candles, home fragrance products, body care and more.