If you want a quick and easy gift for mom on Mother’s Day (May 14), the experts at Ebates say skip the flowers and invest in a gift card. But while one in five moms in the survey conducted on behalf of the cash-back shopping site said a gift card to her favorite store is the way to go, there is something special about giving your mom a thoughtful gift. And don’t be fooled, no matter what she says, your mom does want a Mother’s Day gift (only 8 percent of moms said they don’t).
After gift cards, experiences, jewelry, spa packages and, yes, even flowers rank high on the wish lists of most moms. More than half of Americans said they plan to spend $50 or less on a Mother’s Day gift, and most of them are buying flowers.
Almost one-third of Americans start shopping for a gift just a week before Mother’s Day. So get to the store and buy your mom something nice. These ideas will get you started:
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s Mother’s Day collection is a sweet treat for mom. Get one pint per flavor (four pints total) of the new, limited-run Chamomile Chardonnay, Darkest Chocolate, Brambleberry Crisp and Savannah Buttermint for $48 at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 1198 Howell Mill Road NW and 99 Krog St. NE in Atlanta, or 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur.
Give mom a bouquet that will last. The Rose Collection from L’Occitane features Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel, Body Milk, Hand & Nail Cream and Bonne Mere Soap in a delicious rose scent. The gift set costs $74 at L’Occitane boutiques, including the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 262 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta.
If you are on a limited budget, the London Brogue Notebook from Ted Baker is $22 at Nordstrom, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, or Perimeter Mall, 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta.
Shake up a summer cocktail for mom with the Maryna Cocktail Shaker, $54 at Anthropologie stores including Avalon, 4180 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, and Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
Soulflowers is a new Atlanta-based flower subscription service perfect for the mom who enjoys fresh blooms. Sign up for one-, two- or three-month subscriptions, which include two bouquets per month. Prices start at $76 for the one-month subscription. Visit YoungBloodBoutique.com/flower-subscription/ or sign up in-store at 632 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta.
New moms (and dads) will appreciate products from Atlanta-born Lalabu, the shirts that make baby carrying and nursing simple with an all-in-one design. The Lalabu Soothe Shirt features a pouch and inner mesh panel that calms newborns and a built-in nursing bra for easy breastfeeding. It costs $75 and is available online at lalabu.com.
Help mom upgrade her style by booking an appointment with The Service at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Clients enjoy complimentary personal styling and shopping with the expertise of top Atlanta stylist Amy Nelson and her team. All purchases made through The Service can be gift-wrapped and delivered to a nearby home, hotel or office. For information, call 404-939-9275.
The Frye Casey Leather Tote will hold mom’s most precious items. It costs $358 (but is now priced at $189.97 for a limited time) at Nordstrom, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, or Perimeter Mall, 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta.
Enjoy Mom’s Night Out at STK Atlanta, May 11-14. The three-course Mother’s Day dinner menu is $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and includes a first course of Caesar Gem Salad, Bigeye Tuna Tartare or Lil’ BRGRs. For the main course, try Joyce’s Fried Chicken with peas, onions, green garlic and chicken jus; a 10-ounce Loin Strip; or Braised Short Rib with Jalapeño Cheddar Grits, roasted pepper relish, crispy shallots and red wine glaze. Side choices include Creamy Yukon Potatoes, Jalapeño Cheddar Grits or Creamed Spinach. For dessert, mom gets a special surprise from the chef. STK Atlanta, 1075 Peachtree St., Atlanta. For information or to make a reservation, call 404-793-0144.
Capture mom’s joie de vivre with Kate Spade New York Walk on Air Sunshine. The fragrance features notes of clementine, linden blossom, bergamot, violet leaf, cyclamen, jasmine sambac, vetiver and more. It costs $95 for 3.4 ounces at Sephora stores nationwide.
Fressko infuser bottles will suit moms on the go by serving as a fruit infuser water bottle or flask for tea, coffee and smoothies. Prices start at $40 for a 10-ounce flask at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, Peachtree Battle Center, 2339-A Peachtree Road, Atlanta, or Paces Ferry Shopping Center, 3509 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta.