Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas

This Mother's Day get creative with the gift you give your mom (or maybe it's the gift you request for yourself). Surprise her with an activity or gift she may never think of for herself.

Mani, Pedi, and Champagne Present your mom with more than just a gift certificate to her favorite nail salon by attaching a chilled bottle of her favorite champagne to that little ol' gift card. Even better, tell her to meet you at the salon and be waiting with the glasses and the bubbly.

Flower Pairings Bump a bouquet to the next level by pairing it with a bottle of wine or liqueur. Couple wild flowers with elderflower, pink roses with a rosé, violets with Chambord, or cherry blossoms with cherry liqueur. Or simply browse the spirit store's aisles for well designed bottles that catch your eye, and match it up with any type of flower your mom would like.

Wine Tasting Trip Take a trip to a local winery and sample their latest varietal, or wrap up a bottle from the winery for your mother with a note detailing the upcoming reservation. If you don't live near a winery, make a few calls to your favorite restaurants and bars and see if you can arrange for a private wine tasting for two.

Personalized Wine Bottle She probably doesn't want to see a photo of her grandkids on a wine bottle, but what about a photo of her garden, or an image of a water color she painted, or a photo from her wedding day? Incorporate part of her life into the label and the wine will instantly become a collector's edition. Start exploring customized wine bottles at, or get crafty and make your own.

Breakfast in Bed Serve up the most decadent breakfast you can cook, including a morning cocktail. Nothing says "stay in bed as long as you'd like" more than a full glass of champagne, or a rich coffee sweetened with Frangelico. It is her day after all. Encourage her to indulge!

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