Whether you’re shopping for your own special mom (or sister or aunt) or perhaps your Sig-O is, shall we say…a bit “challenged” in the gift department, we’ve got a Mother’s Day Gift Guide covering every “type” of madre. Feel free to forward this on to you-know-who, or leave it in a conspicuous place in the house after you’ve circled what you want in a fat red pen! Need to spell it out for them? “Get Me THIS” should suffice!  From all of us at Red Tricycle, Happy Mother’s Day (and, you’re welcome)!

The Romantic: She’d like nothing more than to unwind after a long day with a candlelit bath, a new book, and a glass of wine.
We’ve got you covered in the candlelight department!  Local company Glassybaby creates the most beautiful votives in tons of scrumptious colors…just fill them with tea lights to create a calming atmosphere for that oh-so-busy mom. Glassybaby’s founder (and mom of three) created the first Glassybaby while battling cancer, finding hope in the colors and light. Each color has a name; many of which are perfect for Mother’s Day…gratitude, dream, angel, comfort, bff, and more. If you pick a Glassybaby from the Goodwill section of their site, 10% of the proceeds will go to a select local charity.  *Red Tricycle readers will receive a free (pretty) box of special matches to go along with the gift (a $4 value). Mention Red Tricycle in their stores (Seattle & Bellevue) or redeem online by putting Red Tricycle in the comments section. Offer good through Mother’s Day.
The Fashionista: She’s always on the hunt for the perfect bag…you don’t dare try to choose one for her!

Seattle’s Laura Bee Designs creates custom bags of all sizes after you choose from the fabrics, materials, and embellishments. A gift certificate is the perfect option here, but there are also plenty of ready-made options available for purchase. For even more fun, celebrate Mother’s Day at the in-store studio with her own custom design appointment. Tea and cookies will be served and appointments are being booked right now for Mother’s Day/Sunday May 9th from noon and 5 p.m. (act fast—it’ll fill up).

The Expectant Mama: Itchy, stretchy skin is at the top of the list of complaints these days for her.

Why not pamper her with fabulous pregnancy-safe skin care goodies from local company Belli? The line (which includes belly oils, stretch mark creams, and gift sets) is Teratology-screened and phthalate-free which basically means none of that bad stuff is in there so it’s better for mom and her bun-in-the-oven. Find Belli online, in a store near you, or in in their Gilman Village store in Issaquah.
The Social Butterfly: She’s on the board of every organization and manages to make mommy friends at every park she frequents.
Sounds like she could use a stash of stylish mommy networking cards from Woodinville’s Moca Paper. Order online from their stylish selections including 100% recycled paper. Code RedTri04 will get you 15% off!
The Nostalgic Mama: She cries at Steel Magnolias even though she’s seen it 100 times. This softie craves something special!
-Tell her how you feel with beautiful handwritten art on a custom keepsake box (great for jewelry & mementos) or a custom picture frame. Select from the Seattle artist’s online Quote Book with tons of Mother quotes or submit your own copy to convey a special message especially for mom. The artist typically needs 2 weeks for fully custom boxes but has a number of ready-made Mom “treasure trunks” available at her studio and can add a message to the inside lid. One Heart Studio @Venue in Ballard or online.
-Stop into a local pottery studio, such as Paint The Town in U-Village, and have them help you make a handprint/footprint plaque of the kiddos little piggies. PS: This also makes a wonderful Grandma gift!
-Give the gift of a mom & child photo shoot. Need some ideas? Check our RT Favorite Photographers for some inspiration.
The Foodie: Who says summer camps and fun classes are just for kids?
Cooking classes at Sur La Table and PCC Natural Markets are always lots of fun (especially if she can go with a friend) and there are a few spots left for Tom Douglas’ Culinary Summer Camp in July. They call it a “five day adult extravaganza…like summer camp with wine!” Lots of award-winning guest chefs are on the agenda plus challenges, games and field-trips.
The Domestic Diva: Her kitchen always has freshly baked cookies…made from scratch no less!
We’ve recently spied some cute mother/child matching Aprons at local Fireworks stores. We’ve also spotted gorgeous retro aprons at Anthropologie, Molbaks Garden store, and lots of  local cooking shops. Stop by Cookies in Ballard to load up on baking supplies and cookie cutters for a fun mother’s day activity.
The Not-So-Domestic Diva: What busy mom wouldn’t appreciate a freezer full of delicious already-prepared meals to make life a little easier?
Get her a Gift Certificate to local shops such as Designed Dinners, Savory Moment, Red Ribbon Gourmet, or have Chef Jay of Canape Specialty Chef Services come to your home to prepare a gourmet meal especially for mom. Check out the Dine and Unwind package for the ultimate treat!
The Philanthropist: She says “I don’t really need anything”, but always likes to support a good cause.
Honor mom by making a Mother’s Day donation to PEPS, the Program for Early Parent Support. The gift helps to ensure no new mom is turned away from a supportive PEPS program because she can’t afford it.
The Sexy Mom and the “I want to feel sexy again” Mom: ‘Nuff said.
A gift certificate to Zovo Lingerie, located in U-Village, will help her feel like a new woman, especially with “fit artists” there to help ensure sizing is correct. Is she pregnant or nursing? Try Seattle’s Bella Materna for something special! Then schedule an appointment with Katrinka’s Secret Boudoir Photography.
The Bling-y Mom: Lastly, but certainly not least, you can’t go wrong with jewelry.
Find something unique at Seattle’s 1000markets website (all handcrafted jewelry made in Seattle) or at Utopia in Redmond Town Center (which also carries some great jewelry boxes). The previously mentioned Laura Bee Designs also has a great selection of beautiful lockets.
I’ll Know It When I See It: Need more inspiration?  One of these local shops & boutiques should have something that’s “just right”. (Most have a variety of jewelry, home decor pieces, and other goodies).
Theo Chocolate in Fremont, Seattle
Paper Delights in Wallingford, Seattle
If you’re into more of an experiential celebration, be on the lookout for our guides next week to the best day hikes, spa treatments, and brunch celebrations for Mother’s Day! Have a favorite way you like to celebrate? Let us know about it!
-Angie J. Ballas