Mother Lode – Mom’s Day Gift Guide
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—no not the holidays, it is time to celebrate all the wonderful moms out there. Do you ever need to buy toothpaste, sign the kids’ school permission forms, or buy the kitty litter? It’s not a fairy, it’s mom. To score some points, surprise her with a thoughtful gift for all she does; read on for some great ideas. And fer gosh sakes dads, plan to give her a day off from child and home care—take the kids to the park and cook or bring in dinner. (Grandmas also deserve recognition for all they do!)
Pandora’s, located in the DeVargas Center, is a wonderful luxury destination for textiles and home, but also stocks a selection of unique bath and personal items. Hanoi Habotai silk kimonos are an excellent choice for any discerning woman. These reversible silk robes are made of lightweight Habotai silk, hand-dyed and sewn in Hanoi. Featuring two flattering tones, they are casually elegant and comfortable ($135). Stunning Belgian linen robes ($350)—made in house by Pandora’s seamstress—are another great option. With a band collar, these robes come in solids and prints, with new prints available on a continual basis.
The gift shop at the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 West Palace) always offers compelling artisan wares, and Mom’s Day is a perfect occasion to visit. Style Council spied a priced-right selection of kimono silk scarves ($40); each scarf pairs a print design with a complementary solid.
Looking for a gift with a more practical but no less fashionable edge? Then head over to Le Bon Voyage (328 S Guadalupe) for cool luggage (like the new “Peddleton” line from Ricardo Beverly Hills) and all sorts of travel merchandise. Owner Joel Garrett says that customers definitely come seeking the wallet brand mywalit, which is no surprise given the high-quality Italian leather and vibrant color block design of the line. With a variety of wallet shapes with zippers or buttons styles, they start at $69.95. “We also have mywalit’s new line of satchel bags,” adds Garrett.
Nureteka (135 W. Palace) is another fine location to score unique gifts. Self-described as offering “serendipitous selections,” the merchandise is artistic and unique, with much of it hailing from Eastern Europe—and all of it imported. Some perfect mom’s day gifts are lovely shawls and wraps from Turkey, featuring fine gauge wools and cottons with lace details ($90-$100). Feminine and soft to the touch, one of these cover-ups would be a welcome addition to any wardrobe, especially for breezy summer nights in Santa Fe.
Of course, flowers are always a good option and Amanda’s Flowers (1610 St. Michael’s Drive) makes it easy. “Flowers are huge for Mother’s Day,” says Carol Rose, owner, Amanda’s Flowers. “And we can create the perfect bouquet for your special someone.” She shares that they receive orders from husbands for wives, kids for moms, moms for daughters, and so forth. Amanda’s Flowers will be delivering orders right up through Sunday, May 14, but Rose says it is best to place your order as soon as possible. “We always have last minute shoppers, and I pre-order wonderful orchid plants—and unexpected and long-lasting gift—which we can quickly get out the door.” You can call 505-473-9212 directly to place your floral order.