Let mom take pride in her finest accomplishment – her family – with a special keepsake that will help celebrate her maternity. Get your siblings to pitch in and help you hire a professional photographer like True Blue Photography to take a true family portrait this year.
Be sure to coordinate your clothing so no one will become the focus of the photo and scout a location in advance, taking into account the possible weather conditions. True Blue Photography is based in Southern California, available anywhere. For more information, call (562) 299-2506 or visit www.truebluephotography.com.
Or present mom with a Pure Digital Flip camcorder (www.theflip.com). This video recorder is so compact it fits easily into a pocket or purse, and the oh-so valuable footage can be instantly downloaded to the computer and e-mailed around or uploaded to YouTube. There are four colors to choose from – black, white, orange and pink – for well under $200.
Are you looking for a truly original gift idea for mom this year? Take a classic gift of flowers and kick it up a notch.
Cigar Box Blooms combines vintage cigar boxes with beautiful, fresh flowers to create a truly unique flower creation. All of the flowers are cut fresh and can last up to three weeks, but once the flowers die, mom can reuse the one-of-a-kind cigar box or keep the flowers in them and display a beautiful dried bouquet.
Contact Cigar Box Blooms with any questions or orders at (310) 314-3576. Also, check out their Facebook group online to look at photos of the various arrangements.
Mother’s Day often means breakfast in bed – complete with undercooked pancakes, sloshing syrup and rock-hard toast. Despite the undeniable appeal of annual indigestion, every mom secretly yearns for something a tad more self-indulgent.
Spoil mom with a handheld massager this year. Sharper Image sells a variety of massage products that will help her relax with a therapeutic massage every day. For more information, call (626) 254-0821.
Or why not whisk her away to a room with a view of the mountains and spa services? The Horizon Hotel (1050 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; www.thehorizonhotel.com) is offering a “Mother’s Day” package deal: two-night stay (May 9-11), 60-minute in-room massage and flowers and Gloria Ferrer Champagne upon her arrival. Luxuriate by the pool, jacuzzi and poolside bar of this gorgeous mid-century modern hotel, then rinse off in the glass-encased shower in your room as you gaze at the stars.
For the busy mom who’s always making lists and trying to keep things organized, give her a personal gift that she can use everyday. Personalized notepads or stationary make perfect gifts. Visit www.stationarystudio.com to check out all of the thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts they have to offer.
If you don’t have enough time to order online, you can always pick up something special at Soolip Paperie & Press. Soolip Paperie & Press is located at 8646 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 360-0545 or visit www.soolip.com/intro.aspx.
Was mom always telling you eat your fruits and veggies? If so, now you can give her a taste of her own medicine!
Edible Arrangements specializes in creating delicious fruit designs filled with fresh strawberries, pineapple, grapes, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, bananas and pears. Arrangements are guaranteed fresh and are available in a variety of styles and sizes.
I recommend the Sweetheart Bouquet: chocolate covered strawberries that are sure to show mom how sweet she is. Edible Arrangements has locations all over L.A. For more information, call (877) 363-7848 or visit www.ediblearrangements.com.
Or maybe you want to send her into sugar shock – just for this one day, at least. Send her a box of chocolates from Valerie Confections (www.valerieconfections.com).
Not only are they decadent and delicious but the presentation is delicate and divine. And who could resist Salt and Pepper Truffles or Almond Fleur de Sel Toffee?
With additional reporting by Jessica Koslow.