Show Mom How Thoughtful You Are

2013 Atlanta Mother's Day gift guide

mickey lynn jewelry!

Mom loved you unconditionally — even through your bratty tweens. For that, she deserves a medal. Instead, read on for jewels, foodstuffs, and spa days that make up for the time you …

Called Great Grandma’s heirloom brooch ugly.
Ancient Roman glass pieces by Mickey Lynn shine. Snag silk and druzy bracelets (pictured above, $93) for both of you. For spiritual moms, gift Charmed Design’s celebrity mom silk wrap bracelet ($38) or another hand-dyed wrist piece with meaningful ornaments such as the tree of life, Buddha, or a horseshoe.

Refused to eat her meatloaf.
Make Mom’s meals even smoother with Banner Butter — high-quality, locally made spreads ($6) in flavors such as roasted garlic basil and cardamom-cinnamon-ginger that come in old-timey packaging. She’ll be tickled by Doux South’s pickled delicacies, including Little Rock Caviar, Drunken Tomatoes, and Angry Cukes ($9). Peachtree Road Farmers Market sells both.

the biltmore!

Ran away from home.
Whisk her away to Barnsley Gardens Resort (just an hour north of Atlanta). Walk the gardens, enjoy a lavish lunch buffet, and go horseback riding; stay the night on Sunday at a special rate (manor rooms and cottages for $149). Or road trip three hours to the mother-approved Biltmore (pictured) in Asheville, North Carolina, for tours, wine tastings, fine dining, and more. (Check in this Sunday and get the second night free.)

Broke curfew.
Pampering at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is in order: Choose a facial and massage package ($250-$425). Or spend QT in a couple’s suite and ask for the Oriental Essence bodywork ($260-$350). More budget-friendly options are at The Art of Touch; packages include a massage plus an extra (reflexology, take-home tea), starting at $85.


Skipped her pancakes.
There’s no crying over spilled milk with tea at West & Mill (Sunday, 2-5 p.m.), which includes a three-tier tray of treats for $25 per person. Or brunch at the stunning Olmsted (Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). A photographer will be on hand for family portraits (emailed to you afterward), plus Mom gets flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries.

And that’s ten ways to say you’re sorry.

Photos: Courtesy of Mickey Lynn Jewelry; Courtesy of The Biltmore; Raftermen Photography / Courtesy of Olmsted