Twin Cities Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother’s Day is less than a week away. If you’re scrambling to find a last-minute gift, the good news is that the Twin Cities have no shortage of boutiques, spas, and restaurants where you can find a way to pamper your mom. Here are some of our suggestions for how to treat your mother to something special this Mother’s Day weekend.

Manicure/Pedicure – What mother doesn’t love a good mani-pedi? A La Mode offers luxurious yet affordable nail services that will make your mom feel like a queen. The salon’s Wayzata and Edina locations are lovely shops with space set aside for retail. The in-store boutique boasts a surprisingly extensive collection of all-natural spa products, accessories, and even clothing. If you book at A La Mode’s Wayzata location, finish off the afternoon with a drink or a bite to eat on 6Smith’s breezy rooftop bar, looking out over beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Book online.

Brunch – Sure, your mom’s not going to turn up her nose at a new spa product or that new bag she’s been hinting about, but ask her what she really wants and she’ll probably say she’d be happy just to spend quality time with her children. The Twin Cities are brimming with charming brunch spots, but we like to stick with a tried and true classic: Nicollet Island Inn. This year’s five-course Mother’s Day menu runs $45/person and fittingly follows the theme of Scandinavian Kitchen. Throw in a glass of champagne to start the meal and your mom is sure to be glowing.

Flowers – You could order your mom a special Mother’s Day bouquet…or you could take her to spend an afternoon surrounded by thousands of beautiful flowers at the Como Park Observatory. The park will be hosting its annual Mother’s Day bonsai show in the Ordway Gardens. Flag down one of the trained professionals making the rounds and pick their brains about the unique art of Bonsai. The event will last from 10am to 6pm.

Candle – Think a candle doesn’t seem like the most original gift in the world? How about a candle that smells like Pemberly Gardens? Or Gatsby’s Mansion? The local artisans behind Frostbeard Studio—based out of Northeast—create delectable book-themed candles that will transport any book-loving mom to her favorite fictional setting. Frostbeard’s line of Book Lovers’ Soy Candles can be found at various locations across the Twin Cities, such as I Like You, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and Digs. They can also be purchased online.

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