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Celebrate Moms: Local Gifts for Mother’s Day

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. Mother’s Day is the time to give mamas everywhere a reprieve from the daily house chores, cooking, cleaning, and everything else that comes with the title. While most moms are happy with a day all to themselves, it sure is nice to receive a gift (or two!) 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 come up with a Seattle gift guide that includes fab gifts for every type of mom.

Moms-Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

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 The Mani Collection ($45.00). Frenchy’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 (pictured).

Frenchy's Day Spa

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 $35 (gift cards available) she 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 ($294) includes the daily entry fee, body scrub, body moisturizing, and body massage. Ahhh… can you hear Mama relaxing already?

Olympus Spa

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 as handmade Fleur de Sel Caramels from Maison Bouche ($10 each).


Flowers from Pike Place Market are always a fresh treat, and amazing arrangements can be had for just $5 – $12, so stock up and give florals to all the mamas. 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 – $30, 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 farmer’s 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 20pc Assortment ($30) or the Grey and Smoked Salt Caramels ($28.50). This is a perfect go-to gift for sisters, aunties and anyone who’s name ends in -in-law. Chocolopolis on Queen Anne is another terrific option. Pick up a gift, or register for a tasting event.

Similarly, Theo Chocolate in Fremont is amazing – for both Fair Trade chocolate gifts (try the Theo Taste of Washington Gift Set for $37) and for their events. Sign up in advance and take Mom (and an in-law or two, plus kids) on a chocolate tour.

Theo Chocolate

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 $141. 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).

Tokens of Affection
Even if you’re done having kids, moms can never have too many glassybabies (pictured– locations in Madrona, U Village and Bellevue). 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. 


Fireworks Gallery, with locations in U Village, Westlake, Southcenter and Bellevue Square) is another no-fail gift destination. Surprise the gals with a fun Omnisax Tote ($10.50), journals or even cool new iPhone cases (starting at $18.50). Finally, Fleur de Lis Garden Ornaments in Fremont (where Lucca Statuary used to be) 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 a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy & Allison Ellis

Photo credit: Theo Chocolate Facebook page, Glassybaby Facebook page, Sharon Mollerus via Flickr, and Olympus Spa Facebook page.


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