Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we don’t need to tell you this is one of the most important holidays of the year. While most moms are happy with a day all to themselves, it sure is nice to receive a gift on this special day (hint hint). To help you show your appreciation for your fave mom (yes, this includes sisters, aunts, BFFs, in-laws, and your very own mother) we’ve put together a Seattle gift guide that includes fab gifts for every type of mom.


photo: Yuan Spa

First Things First: What Moms REALLY Want
Let’s be clear. Year after year, marketers and research firms ask mothers what they most want for Mother’s Day and the answer is rarely surprising. We want a little time to ourselves. A relaxing break. Perhaps a small sentimental token to acknowledge all our hard work. Pampering would be nice too (highlight that word there, yes, that one: pampering). Gifts can run the gamut from handmade cards to dandelions picked from the yard to breakfast in bed followed by a spa vacation. The fun part is that the keywords “small token,” “relaxing break,” and “pampered” mean different things to different mamas, so here we go.

Ahhs and Spas
We’ve never met a mom who turned down a good pedicure, and Julep (multiple locations including Bellevue, downtown Seattle, U District and Gig Harbor) is always a great gift choice. Their parlor menu includes dozens of options and upgrades, and Julep Nail Color does not contain formaldehyde or any other nasties. Go for a gift card, or surprise her with a gift setFrenchy’s Day Spa in Madison Park is another one of our favorites. The whole vibe is frilly and fun and for $45 you can hear mama purr when she gets her feet dipped in warm paraffin. Gift cards for spa services are a super option – or shop their Parisian-inspired store for cosmetics, soaps, candles, lingerie, jewelry or perfume.


photo: Yuan Spa

For the mom who likes to get her zen on, a holistic sensory journey at Yuan Spa will transform her mind, body and spirit. Choose from several packages including Eternal You, Ritual Beauty, Body Renewal, Pure Health, Inner Peace and Mother-to-Be. Each package includes hydrotherapy, a massage, hand or foot treatment and a catered lunch. Treatments last between 3.5 and 8 hours. Need we say more?

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is offering many different ways to pamper mom this Mother’s Day. Book a 50-minute or more treatment May 4-8 and receive a complimentary add-on. From mimosas, to special gifts, to a glass of wine, each day will feature a different Mother’s Day indulgence.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is also offering three different Mother’s Day massage packages: the Starlet, Go-Getter and Newbie. For the Starlet, compliment mom’s radiant, red carpet smile with an oxygen facial. This age-defying facial, popular among Hollywood’s elite, uses the latest  skin technology to visibly lift, tighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles using Hyaluronic layering, instantly leaving skin luminously radiant. If mom is constantly on the go, the Go-Getter includes a Lux Pedicure—the crème de la crème for toes—beginning with a soothing soak followed by a seasonal scrub, hydrating serum and a spa massage sealed with paraffin for cracked heels. And for expectant mamas, the Newbie spa package will make first-time mothers in their second or third trimester swoon with a comforting belly cushion as they enjoy a soothing full body pre-natal massage by a spa expert.

Woman Spa

photo: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Does Mommy like to get nude? For a full frontal experience, the Olympus Spa in either Lynwood or Tacoma is the ultimate day spa indulgence. For just $38 (gift cards available) mom can spend the day soaking it up in various whirlpools, a steam sauna, an herbal dry sauna and various earth energy rooms and mediation rooms. A Total Bliss Package at their Tacoma location ($297) includes the daily entry fee, plus body scrub, body moisturizing, body massage and body wrap. The whole experience is 3 hours and 20 minutes. Ahhh… can you hear mama relaxing already?

Olympus Spa

photo: Olympus Spa Facebook page

Fabulous Florals
Whoever said flowers are “out” for Mother’s Day is oh-so-wrong. Flowers are never out. Okay, maybe some of those cheesy arrangements with the Mylar balloons and cheap teddy bears, but if you’re reading this, we know you would never do that. Right? Riggght. Here’s how you do flowers: order from a chic place like Marigold and Mint on Capitol Hill (delivered, starting at $75, or pick up a beautiful bouquet for $25). They also have a great selection of cards in stock, from the super cute to the wickedly funny, and sweet treats such organic Ayako and Family Jam ($12 each).

pike place market flowers

photo: Bonnie Gilbert

Flowers from Pike Place Market are always a fresh treat, and amazing arrangements can be had for just $5 to $12, so stock up and give florals to all the mamas in your life. Other suggestions: Metropolitan Market has excellent go-to arrangements that even Martha Stewart would be proud of, and a simple bouquet of tulips is appreciated as well. The Fred Meyer Garden Center in Ballard has a terrific selection of hanging baskets for $25 to $40, or you can head to City People’s or Swanson’s and have the kids help put together a potted herb garden or wrap a bright ribbon around a few colorful perennials. Also don’t forget farmers markets for floral gifts and veggie starts. Give a gift that grows!

Sweet Treats
Chocolate? Yes, please! Seattle has some amazing chocolatiers so there’s no excuse to indulge Mommy in anything but the best. Fran’s has possibly the most elegant packaging (and best tasting) chocolates around. Treat her to either the 20 piece Assortment ($30) or the Grey and Smoked Salt Caramels ($30). This is a perfect go-to gift for sisters, aunties and anyone whose name ends in -in-law. Chocolopolis on Queen Anne is another terrific option. Pick up a gift, or register for a tasting event.

theo chocolate bars

 photo: Cat T. via Yelp

Similarly, Theo Chocolate in Fremont is amazing – for both Fair Trade chocolate gifts (try the Theo Sampler Gift Collection for $30.99) and for their events. Sign up in advance and take Mom (and an in-law or two, plus kids) on a chocolate tour. Tours are $10 per person and last about one hour.

If mom loves popcorn, KuKuRuZa Gourment Popcorn has dressed up this old school favorite in new (gourmet) tantalizing ways. The best part? KuKuRuZa air-pops most of their corn and uses non-GMO kernels, so mom can munch guilt-free. Psst! We recommend the Seattle Style caramel corn for a little afternoon pick-me-up. It’s laced with, you guessed it, espresso to help mom keep up with her petit posse. Bonus: KuKuRuZa is offering 15% off their Ribbon Gift Bags, in stores and online. Use promo code MOM2015 on your online purchases; valid May 3-10. Note: The flavors are preset online, but not in stores. Online flavors include medium (half-gallon) Hawaiian Salted Caramel, small (quarter-gallon) Truffle Fromage Porcini, small (quarter-gallon) Tuxedo and 1 Flight (2-cup) Seattle Style.

KuKuRuZa Popcorn

photo: KuKuRuZa Gourment Popcorn

Monthly Subscriptions 
For the mom who loves to savor her morning cuppa Joe, consider a monthly subscription to Bean Box. This new company, specializing in delivering Seattle’s finest artisan coffee—shipped fresh to your door within 48 hours of roasting—features four sample roasts or one 12 oz bag from robust espresso blends to lovingly crafted single source beans. Each sample bag contains 1.8 ounces of coffee, enough to make approximately four cups, and can be tailored to mom’s unique tastes: light, medium or dark. With 22 roasters located inside the Seattle city limits—making hundreds of different roasts—this is the easiest and freshest way to sample a variety of blends from Seattle’s top-rated roasters. Psst! Red Tricycle readers can use promo code REDTRI at checkout to receive 15% off Bean Box subscriptions and gifts; offer good through May 10, 2015.

bean box coffee service

photo: Kristina Moy

Action & Adventure
Here’s where you can knock Mama’s socks off. How about a surprise weekend away? Check out Kenmore Air’s web specials for last-minute deals to the San Juans, Victoria and the Olympic Peninsula. Similarly, Clipper Vacations offer sail/hotel packages from Seattle to Victoria starting at $149. Or give Mom a big laugh on Mother’s Day by taking her to The Market Theater for an improv show completely inspired by moms. All stories in the Mother’s Day Improv Show will revolve around The Mother, and willing moms will get pulled on stage throughout the show. Purchase tickets online for $15. Bonus: Tickets are just $5 for moms (use discount code IMAMOM).

kenmore air

photo: Margery S. via Yelp

Tokens of Affection
Even if you’re done having kids, moms can never have too many glassybabies (locations in Madrona, U Village, Bellevue and Sea-Tac Airport). If you can trust the babes to not to break anything, take them along to pick out their favorite colors for Mom, Auntie and Grandma and start a memorable collection. 


photo: glassybaby Facebook page

Fireworks Gallery, with locations in Pioneer Square, U Village, Westlake Center, Westfield Southcenter, Bellevue Square and Sea-Tac Airport is another no-fail gift destination. Surprise the gals with a fun Mom Infinity Bracelet ($96), Conversation Jar ($22.50) or Love You Boardwalk Frame ($24). Finally, Fleur de Lis Garden Ornaments in Fremont has some great gift items starting at just $22. Venue in Ballard is another great gift stop with plenty of eclectic items, home accessories and fine arts and crafts from local Seattle artists.

What’s on your Mother’s Day gift list? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy & Allison Ellis