‘Take it Easy, Mom’ Gift Guide

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Greeting cards are nice, so are coupons for chores, but how else would you like to celebrate Mom? Check out these gift ideas to help Mom relax, all from local businesses.


Sporadic Midwest weather requires cozy layers that Mom can easily throw on at home, work, or out on the town. This crocheted cotton sweater by Autumn Cashmere brings all of that in a crisp white. Autumn Cashmere sweater, $186, Muse Oak Park, 106 N. Marion Street, Oak Park, 708-948-7052, museoakpark.com.


Sandals are great for comfort, but these Mephisto sandals up the style factor with a fun embossed material and a bit of bling on the buckles. Mephisto Sydel sandals, $179, Mephisto, 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, 708-524-0321, mephistoshoesoakpark.com.


This scarf is made by artisan craftsmen in Japan using special vintage knitting machines. Super-soft and eye-catching with an unexpected white stripe among the bright blue color. Grisal printed cashmere scarf, $298, The Green Goddess Boutique, 52 S. Washington St., Hinsdale, IL 60521, 630-655-9050, thegreengoddessboutique.com.

Throw Blanket

These lightweight, washable silk fleece throws are luxurious to wrap up in and wonderfully roomy at 76”x54”. Available in taupe, cream or frost colors. Ann Gish silk fleece throw, $205, Bedside Manor Ltd., 38 S. Garfield, Hinsdale, 630-655-0497, shopbedside.com.

Cook a Meal

Want to treat Mom to a gourmet cooked-at-home meal? Don’t languish over a big grocery list or shopping for all those speciality ingredients. Try a cook-your-own meal delivery service like Relished to make the prep work easier, or give a three-meal gift card. Chicago-based Relished curates a meal list based on your preferences, sources local ingredients and delivers a portioned-out kit for two-, four-, or six-serving meals. Home-delivery subscriptions start at $59.70 for three, two-serving meals. Relishedfood.com.


Whether Mom likes to relax with massage or something more “moving” such as yoga Demi-Bar Pilates, Fixe has options for classes and sessions. Choose from a number of exercise-minded options that create awareness by connection breath with physical movement; or schedule a massage with options from quick fixes to hot stone, deep tissue or the salon’s signature massage. Pricing and schedules vary. Fixe Self Center, 18 W. First St., Hinsdale, 630-734-3493, fixeselfcenter.com.


Skip the cooking entirely and book a table for the Mother’s Day brunch at House Red Vinotecha. Reservations for Brunch seatings are between 11am and 1pm on Mother’s Day, May 11. The restaurant will feature a mimosa bar with crisp Prosecco and fresh fruit purees, and Mom gets her mimosas for $5 that day. House Red Vinotecha, 7403 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-7733, houseredvinotecha.com.


Pamper the mom in your life with a beauty service of her choice at Zazu Hair Salon in Hinsdale. The salon, with locations also in Naperville, Wheaton and Chicago, offers services for hair, nails, skin or waxing. Zazu Hair Salon, 18 E. Hinsdale St., Hinsdale, 630-325-8126, zazusalons.com.


Don’t discount the ever-reliable gift of flowers for an instant dose of “Ahhh.” Consider a modern arrangement such as this simple and elegant bowl arranged with grasses and orchids. Arrangements like these from Carriage Flowers in Oak Park start at $75. Carriage Flowers, 124 N. Marion St., Oak Park, carriageflowers.com.