When flowers alone just won’t cut it, finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be daunting. The gift should be as unique as the woman receiving it, with consideration given to her favorite things. The Examiner Parenting Panel has surveyed moms to get honest suggestions of what they would like to receive for Mother’s Day and compiled a list to inspire you. Experiences were at the top of the list, including family outings to a beautiful garden, Mother’s Day brunch at the Washoe House in Petaluma or at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, tickets to Astronaut Lullabies at the Santa Rosa Junior College on May 8th (Mother’s Day), and lunch at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. A spa or wine tasting day and spring cleaning or personal training services were also popular ideas as well as a gift card to Pandora jewelry store and a State Parks Pass or membership to fine art museums.
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Dolphin Discovery at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Experiences were at the top of the list for the most desired Mother’s Day gift this year, and Dolphin Discovery at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is one that moms and kids will remember sharing for a lifetime. The program starts with a quality educational segment in a classroom at Six Flags presented by the education department in a fun and engaging manner. Participants learn general education that is dolphin related including scientific classification, mammal traits, and how they communicate with each other along with information on environmental pollution and how it is affecting their habitat. Next, they learn about each of the dolphins at the park and how they are related to each other through videos so when they head over to the dolphin pools to meet them in person, they already understand a bit about their history.
Meeting, playing and swimming with the dolphins is definitely the highlight of the experience. Participants sit right up on the edge of the pools and rub the dolphin’s belly, do tricks with them and, in true Six Flags fashion, get splashed! The minimum age and height to participate in this program is 48″ and 6 years old with a preference for being able to swim. Gift certificates to Dolphin Discovery are the perfect gift for moms who love to play and are not afraid to get wet! They are $139.99 (park admission is additional).
Soma Maxi Dress
The new Soma maxi dress will be flattering on most body types and perfect for spring weekend outings. It is made with attention to detail and a soft fabric with beautiful design. So yes, it is possible to have it all in one dress-fashion, versatility and comfort! The dress is available online for $89.
Le Creuset Pitcher
Surprise mom with this new elegant pitcher by LeCreuset filled with a bouquet of beautiful spring flowers for a mother’s day gift she can use all year round. The pitcher is crafted with the quality we have come to expect from Le Creuset -as well as the warranty- and comes in a variety of colors. The ability of stonewear to go from hot to cold without cracking makes it ideal for iced tea-you can brew, chill and serve all from the pitcher. It is available online from Le Creuset for $45.
Petit French Press
If breakfast in bed is on the list of mother’s day pampering activities a fresh cup of coffee served from the new petite French Press from Le Creuset is the perfect surprise. It is just the right size for two cups of fresh coffee, and small enough to fit perfectly on a breakfast tray. It is made from stonewear, making it able to go from hot to cold for iced coffee as well. It is available online from Le Creuset for $50.
The new comfy chemise and robe from Soma will be the perfect gift for moms who prefer to spend their special day relaxing at home with breakfast in bed. The Parenting Panel loves the new spring colors, the lace detail and the quality of the workmanship and are obsessed with the Cool Nights breathable fabric that keeps you cool and dry while retaining its shape and silky drape, even after countless washings. It is available at local boutiques and online for $70.
Perfectly Posh Pampering Kits
Pamper mom with fun beauty products this year. Perfectly Posh has created a special Tickled Pink Mother’s Day Bundle that includes an exclusive Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme with vitamin E and moisturizing coconut oil, Hydrating Face Mask and luscious Lip Butter. Not only are you pampering mom, but your purchase will support military families by supporting a caregiving foundation. Loni Mallory is a dedicated Perfectly Posh representative from the northern bay area who will put together a beautiful basket for your mom for Mother’s Day complete with a Papyrus card. Just let her know what your mom’s favorite things are and she can help you create the perfect custom gift basket with products she has in stock. Call her directly at 707-596-0738 or use the pull down menu on the website to create your own gift basket.
Matthews 1812 House handmade specialty desserts
Delicious treats can easily be hand delivered, served at brunch or shipped to a loved one across the U.S. this Mother’s Day. Matthews 1812 House specializes in handmade specialty desserts. They offer a delicious line of mouthwatering goodies including amazing lemon bars, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Torte, Fruit Filled Cookies, Bourbon Blondie Brownie Bars and many more. They also offer traditional cakes and bars as well as sugar free, gluten-free and vegan varieties. Brandied apricot cakes, chocolate rum cakes and an apple brunch cake will make a special treat for a special mom this year.
Crayola Color Escapes adult coloring kits
Help mom to de-stress and embrace her creative side with Crayola Color Escapes, Crayola’s line of premium adult coloring kits. Earlier this month Crayola introduced the newest Color Escapes collection, Color Escapes National Parks, which includes 12 premium 11×17 coloring pages that celebrate the world’s natural wonders, 50-count Crayola Colored Pencils and 12-count Crayola Watercolor Pencils. Crayola Color Escapes Premium Adult Coloring Kits are also available in Garden, Kaleidscope, Geometric and Nature themes for $24.99.
Silicone Teething Necklaces
Babies love to play with mommies’ fun necklaces while they are being held. Playing often leads to chewing for those in the teething stage, and that is when the fashionable Chewbeads Silicone Teething Necklaces become mom’s new favorite piece of jewelry. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors that baby can safely chew on. The necklaces are easy to clean and are designed to stand up to little teeth and hands, keeping their shape and color. They range in price from $16-$37.
Decorate your own wooden jewelry box
Little ones will be excited to present mom with a unique gift that they designed with love. The wooden jewelry box by Melissa and Doug is a high quality jewelry box that is painted pink and white with butterflies and hearts and comes with stickers, jewels, and glue to decorate it with for $12.99. Moms will treasure this special mother’s day present.
Liquid Palisade manicure tool
Give mom the gift of a perfect manicure without leaving the house. When schedules are too tight to spend hours at the salon, busy moms will love the new liquid painters tape called Liquid Palisade. Just apply the liquid to cuticles, to the tips for French Manicures, or draw lines with them to create nail art. Once the liquid tape dries, apply your polish then peel off the tape for a salon-perfect manicure from the comfort of home. Liquid Palisade is available online and at Sephora for $14.