For Mom witih love - A special gift for her
BY TRACY EVANS BOYD - For Sun-Times Media
Shop stores such as Oak Park’s Bramble where the nature-inspired, feminine gifts are ideal for all generations of moms.
On Mother’s Day, we pause to give moms the credit they are due. Here are gift ideas for all the irreplaceable women in your life.
The Overworked Mom:
For the selfless mom, whose day knows no end, treat her to a gift card for some treasured pampered time. Offer to pitch in double-duty on chores while she’s away.
New moms might appreciate a 30-day unlimited gym and yoga class pass at Oasis Women’s Fitness & Spa in LaGrange Park. For ultimate pampering, treat her to a spa day filled with therapeutic massages, anti-aging facials or the increasingly popular Shellac nail treatment for chip-proof manicures at Northfield’s Teddie Kossof Salon & Spa. A low-commitment option: A neck massage, scalp treatment and blowout can be the perfect way to prepare for date night.
“Our menu of services is designed to be a la carte, to keep things open and customizable, which provides a higher level of service to our gift buyers as well,” says Alan Kossof, salon director.
For Mother Nature:
This is the mom who stocks her family’s pantry with organic foods, spends weekends tending to her garden and smiles a little warmer with the first signs of spring. Allow the great outdoors to inspire and treat her to a gardening kneeler, an herbal tea basket or bath products with plant derivatives.
Shop stores such as Oak Park’s Bramble where, according to owner Danah Fisher, the nature-inspired, feminine gifts are ideal for all generations of moms. A popular nook features bath goods, such as grape seed oil-infused Napa Soap Company products in enticing varieties, including goat’s milk and chamomile or figs and zinfandel. Pair the soaps with a lavender headache pillow or a bath mitt for a complete gift. The store can also customize a basket.
For the Sweet Mom:
Even moms deserve to give in to the occasional craving; cap off her day with a celebratory cake. If she’s addicted to her morning cup of java, give a gift that starts her day with a smile.
Many bakeries, such as Deerfields Bakery & Cafe in Schaumberg, Deerfield and Buffalo Grove, offer petite cakes ideal for feeding a small family. Choose a 7-inch cake, perfect for the family table or surprise her with her own 4-inch flower-inspired mum cake. The bakery offers creations just how mom likes it, whether it’s one of the new flavors such as spice cake or peanut butter torte, the popular red velvet or even a gluten-free variety.
If indulgence is a steaming cup of Joe, treat her to new java experiences with a coffee of the month membership. Look for clubs at stores such as Fresh Market with locations in Wilmette, Geneva and Lake Forest will deliver three, six or twelve months of exotic beans to her door. Pair the gift with a decorative tea towel, gourmet scones or hand-painted mugs from the kids.
For the Hot Momma:
This is the mom that juggles a full schedule in style. She is effortlessly fashionable at the grocery store, at soccer practice or on the job. Select a gift that provides a trendy addition to her wardrobe.
At Onomali in Glenview, freshwater pearls such as Honora are an affordable, everyday style. The strands, ranging in length from 16 to 52 inches, are versatile and come in colors that reflect annual fashion trends.
“Instead of buying clothes, jewelry has a fancier feel,” says owner Niki Sinthavanuchit, who names cherry red as this year’s favorite pearl. “Freshwater pearls are not like the old pearls. You can wear them with jeans and a T-shirt.”
For the Memorable Mom:
Ask any mom, and she’ll insist that just spending time with her loved ones is gift enough. Consider capturing your great memories together in a handmade gift.
At the scrapbooking and craft shop Defining Moments in Wilmette, inspiration to create personalized gifts such as picture frames comes in the form of endless options of 3-D stickers, ribbons, rhinestones and scrapbook papers.
“It’s that innate desire to make something for mom,” says owner Jocelyn Tobias, who hosts gift-making parties at the store with her artist daughter. “When mom is the recipient, she can really appreciate all the time and thought that goes into such a gift.”
For the time-strapped, the store also offers complete kits to create customizable gifts like recipe boxes.
Add a little humor; consider a unique card. Bigfunnycards.com hopes to make an impact with customizable cards created from your own digital photos and printed on 100 percent recyclable corrugated plastic. Available as large as four feet tale, the cards help say ‘I love you’ in a big way.