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May 4, 2012

Union Square's Stylish Mother's Day Gift Guide

You know that wonderful feeling you get when you are able to show your gratitude to someone who has been good to you? Well, we’re guessing that your mother has probably done you a few favors over your lifetime (the first being bringing you into this world), and you might want to give her a little token of your appreciation this Mother’s Day. Step one of every Mother’s Day should definitely be to pick up the phone. We don’t care if you send her every gift on this list, give her a call (mothers, you can thank us later). Step two is finding the proper gift to fit her tastes and preferences. So, we’ve put together a guide to some of our top gift picks this Mother’s Day. Whether she’s a fashion diva or queen of the kitchen, we have some ideas to put a smile on dear old mum’s face.

For the Sweetest of Moms

One of our favorite go-to gift stops in Union Square is the charming Fresh store on Grant Ave. This spring, we recommend their Hesperides gift set. The scent is a heavenly citrus concoction with grapefruit at the forefront (a real crowd-pleaser), and the set includes the perfect starter-kit with eau de parfum, shower gel and body cream. If mom is more into sweet scents, try their brown sugar or sugar lemon products that smell good enough to eat. For moms who prefer sweets in candy form, we suggest you swing by Fiona’s Sweet Shoppe for a special treat. With a wide variety of unique and rare mostly British confections, you’re sure to find a candy that perfectly fits her tastes whether she likes spicy ginger treats or mint chocolate malt balls, and you can get much of it in cute pink and white gift bags and boxes.

Style Diva Moms

Just because she’s your mom doesn’t mean she’s not a style maven, and if that’s the case you may want your first stop to be Metier on Sutter Street. This cute little boutique is filled with highly coveted and well-curated designer clothes and accessories, including an impressive collection of vintage jewelry. If you truly want to splurge on mom, try these elegant silver peacock earrings or a beautiful red and white paisley scarf. If you know you’re mother’s size, this elegant silk Ryan Roche blouse couldn’t go wrong. Another hot spot for mom-friendly fashion is Neiman Marcus (and you can earn bonus points for taking her to lunch at the Rotunda). For the mom who is always chic down to her accessories’ accessories, you can pick up a Jonathan Adler iPhone or iPad case for her, available in vibrant patterns. Or, you could try this retro black and white sun hat that will make her feel like a 1950’s movie star. We also think this Majorica three strand pearl necklace is the epitome of classic style and would wow any mom.  

Moms who Love to Get Cookin’

Some moms cook because they have to, and some moms cook because they have a passion for it! If your mum is the latter, we suggest you stop by Williams-Sonoma. Le Creuset is pretty much the holy grail for most home cooks. Versatile, durable and fit to make a fabulous one-pot meal, the Heritage Chef’s Oven, which she can use to whip up anything from a casserole to a pasta dish to chili, is an excellent addition to any home cook’s tool chest. Plus, it’s on sale for nearly half off! If she needs something elegant to go alongside it at the table, their Aegean Carafe adds a bit of flair. Do you have nice memories of your mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies? You might get her an elevated version of the cookie jar from Anthropologie – this Verdant Canister has a gorgeous floral pattern and would bring a bit of spring into any kitchen. Lastly, if she is both a fashionista and a fabulous cook, she’ll need a cute apron. Anthropologie has so many to choose from, but we’re particularly smitten with this 3-D Toile Apron in a lovely strawberry color under a fun black and white flower pattern.

 If you’re lucky enough to have your mom in town for the holiday, there’s plenty going on with special dining options at Grand Café, The Oak Room, Urban Tavern and other Union Square Restaurants. No matter what you do, be sure to thank her for all the little things she’s done over the years, and let her know she raised you to be gracious, generous and also stylish.