Mom. She’s the hardest working woman around with more jobs than you can count (without getting much of a thanks in return) and if there’s ever been a year where Mom deserves an extra-special Mother’s Day gift, it’s gotta be this one. Check out these mother’s day gift ideas from local shops and businesses that we think Mom will love—and if you feeling extra spendy, we have a couple of great momcations so she can have a night (or two) off from her mom job. Scroll below for that special gift for mother’s day (or share this article with your partner) and get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day, Los Angeles-style.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Bed & Bath
After the past year she's had, Mom definitely deserves a good night's sleep. Who better to provide bed linens that deliver those coveted zzzz's than hometown favorite Parachute Home? While you can buy their cult-status sheets online, they also have two stores in Los Angeles (Venice Beach & Silver Lake) in case you want to feel the luxurious hand of their percale, sateen or linen bedding for yourself.
Is Mom more of a spa-goer? Until spas can fully open, give her the next best thing by outfitting her on Mother's Day with Parachute's Soft Rib robe made of Turkish cotton—the robe comes with pockets—making it both cozy and practical.
542 Rose Ave.
3436 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles may have been built as a car city but as more and more people realize that our year-round temperate weather makes LA an ideal bike city, we'll see massive improvements in the next few years when it comes to bike lanes and infrastructure. According to LADOT, they are, "Making bicycling safer and more comfortable for all by building better bike lanes, increasing safe bike parking and repair stations, and creating the world’s largest scooter and bike share program." And let's not forget how epic CicLAvia is (PS: CicLAvia is expected to return Oct. 2021!).
Of course Mom deserves her own super cool, hybrid bike designed in Los Angeles by SixThreeZero. This electric bike can go as fast as 15 mph, has a super comfy seat, and you can add-on key accessories like cup holders and rear racks that will make her commute around town, all the easier.
Get Mom in the Picture
It's true. Mom is always taking the photos, never in them. This year, give her a Mother's Day present that will be appreciated for years to come by booking a family photo session with a portrait photographer. We love LA-based photographer Kendra Greenberg's no stress approach to taking photos while capturing all of the love. For Mother's Day, she's offering a free mini studio maternity session when you book your newborn session.
The team at Sanso pair exotic plants and handmade ceramics for a one-of-a-kind aesthetic that is like an art installation right in your own home. To make sure you get your pick of the crop, stay on top of drops via their Instagram page—they restock new plants every two weeks, on Sat. at noon PST. To upgrade this Mother's Day gift, promise her you'll water the plant for her!
Curbside pickup is available on Wed. and Fri. from 1-5 p.m. Contact store for details.
For the mama who loves to decorate, redecorate and then decorate some more, head to Culture Interiors for a selection of decorative items from the Caribbean, West Africa, China, Japan, South America, Indonesia and East India that you won't find anywhere else.
4421 West Slauson Blvd.
"Functional art you'll love" is the mantra at Reflection Design and they are absolutely right. The website alone will make you happy with their vibrant and colorful home decor pieces made in LA. The baskets and fans are near impossible to resist as are the mud cloth throws. Whichever items you choose, pick up one for your Mom and another one for yourself.
Even if your Mom thinks she has everything, she could probably use more color in her life. Swing by Poketo (or online shop if you will) to pick up bold, rainbow-esque delights—from planners and calendars to glassware and linens, everything screams happy. And who couldn't use more of that?
374 E. 2nd St.
777 S. Alameda St. #174
Mother’s Day Gift: Eats & Treats
Good for You Cookies
Does Mom like to indulge in a sweet treat but hates wrecking her healthy lifestyle or does she have a dietary restriction? Enter Cookie Lab. Started by a fitness instructor and sports nutritionist in the OC, Cookie Lab has a cookie that will align with Mom's nutritional needs all while delivering the sweet treat she craves. From gluten-free and nut free to Paleo, there's a cookie for her. Does Mom have a slew of restrictions? Try the Impossible Cookie which promises to deliver epic cookie goodness all while being gluten free, nut free, lactose free, and lower in sugar.
Order online or via Doordash.
Plant-Based Meals Delivered
Sign up your Mom for a subscription to Simple Feast, a European-favorite plant-based startup, that just launched in Los Angeles with their farm-to-doorstep, organic, plant-based meal kits all delivered in sustainable packaging. Sample meals include crispy potato tacos with lime-cilantro slaw, kale-walnut pesto pizza, and layered Tikka Masala with curried lentils and rice—no one will ever say vegetarian meals are boring!
To make the day feel special from start to finish, head to Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for a special Mother's Day that will live up to the resort's hype. There are five dining options that range from sweet treats to three-course dinners, but no matter which spot you choose, the views and environment will have Mom feeling like she's left the hustle and bustle of "mom life" and on a vacation instead. Are the kids are too wild for sit-down meals? Then grab the "Mother's Day Brunch To-Go" and head out for a special hike in the area (so many good ones to choose from!) and plan to picnic along the coast.
Insider Tip: While we know it's Mom's day, check out their pony rides available only on May 8-9. Each kid (ages 4-10) will be guided by an experienced trainer while you can walk alongside, enjoying the scenery.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes
Does Mom like fancy desserts? This organic gourmet catering company specializes in the most luxe sweets like 24 karat gold leaf covered brownie truffles that have been soaked in 12-year Macallan Scotch, hand-dipped in dark chocolate and finished with real gold dusting. If brownie truffles aren't her thing, they also offer couture flavored cakes and pies (require a 7-day advance order) plus hand-crafted cheesecakes in an array of flavors. The hardest part will be narrowing down which dessert to order for Mother's Day but take our advice: order extras because you know the rest of the family is going to expect Mom to share.
Cookies & Chocolates
Swing by Teller, the newest store at Platform to shop hand-selected items like apparel, accessories, shoes and unique one-of-a-kind objects that Mom is guaranteed to love. And while you are there, check out the special Mother's Day pop-up by Loria Stern who is bringing her signature flower-pressed cookies, chocolates and more—adding a sweet touch to your Mother's Day gift. From 11 a.m. until sold out.
Platform Los Angeles
8850 Washington Blvd.
Satisfy mom's sweet tooth with cookie dough that’s 100% safe to eat. Made of all natural, premium ingredients (and kosher), Edoughble is the creation of local mom and pastry chef Rana Lustyan. And it’s not your typical Tollhouse fare—flavors range from Plain Jane sugar dough to chocolatey Brownie Batter. There are even vegan and gluten free options.
For Mother’s Day, splurge and give Mom the "Have It All" box (because she definitely deserves to have it all) which includes a pint of edible chocolate chip cookie dough plus four signature cookies. Mother’s Day never tasted so good!
Does Mom love the bubbly? Then send her to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles where they are offering a limited-edition selection of two champagne-inspired treatments (Chilled Out Hands & Feet Treatment and the Wild Strawberry Body Wrap). Here she can indulge in some relaxing alone time all with her favorite beverage. Available Sun. May 2 through Sun., May 16, each treatment comes with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival as well as a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to take home to continue the celebration.
To book an appointment, call The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles at (213) 763-4400.
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Mother’s Day Gift: Experiences
Jetting off to France is out of the question (for now) so the next best thing? Book Mom a stay at Sofitel LA so she can lounge by the pool and pretend she's in St. Tropez, sleep-in, and regain that pre-pandemic "je ne sais quoi" quality that she used to embody.
If you really want to upgrade Mom's French experience, book the "Live the French Way Mother's Day Package"—a 2-night stay in a Presidential Suite that comes with a to-die-for view of the Hollywood Hills, La Grande Dame by Veuve Clicquot champagne, macaroons and a self-care day for two complete with hair treatments, blowout by celebrity stylist, Angeles Kalinowski. But that's not all—they've included a contactless shopping spree at the Beverly Center with this package that includes exclusive Mother's Day discounts, all deliverable to your door. Available between May 6-May 19.
Sofitel Los Angles at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Blvd.
On the other side of town, the Mission Inn—the historic Riverside hotel that's been providing memorable stays since the 1900s, is offering a Mother's Day Indulgence package that includes a portable PALLAS Skincare set, a bottle of Irvine & Roberts Vineyards wine, two Casey's Cupcakes (this doesn't mean you need to share), plus $100 food and beverage credit upon check-in. The package is available from May 1 until May 31, 2021.
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Looking for a little private getaway that's just around the corner but don't want to compromise on style and design? Check out Le Parc West Hollywood—a modern, recently revamped upscale hideaway has a pool deck that begets maximum relaxation and lounging—just what a mom needs. Book Mom their “Wake and Bake” experience that includes: an overnight stay one of their oversized suites and an in-room breakfast by Knoll, their on-site bistro-style restaurant (plus pool access with complimentary lotion and sunglasses).
Le Parc Suite Hotel
733 N. West Knoll Dr.
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