2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Think outside the box of chocolates

simplemente blanco!

She smiled through atonal grade-school concerts and remained gracious to your duds (er, dudes). Celebrate Mom’s all-around awesomeness with gifts she won’t have to feign approval of.

Instead of …

A Flower Bouquet, Get Her Hands Dirty
The woman can cultivate her own blooms, thankyouverymuch. Simplemente Blanco’s sophisticated new gardening set includes a seed organizer, hearty weed carrier, and charming cut-flower bag ($24-$30).

Brunch, Sleep In
Afternoon tea at Cuisine en Locale goes retro for Mother’s Day, recreating 100-year-old dessert recipes unearthed by the Culinary Heirloom Project. You and mum dine on delicates like marble cake, lemon milk sherbet, and apple snow pudding before sharing your own passed-down recipes with the group (Sunday, 4-6 p.m., $45).

ripegoods!Diamonds, Go Green
She hates ostentation almost as much as environmental waste. The spring collection from Brookline-based sustainable jewelry line Ripegoods — a mom-and-daughter duo, no less — includes versatile pendants and cuffs made from recycled leather, silver, and pearls ($48-$150).

A Spa Day, Stay in Pj’s
Send the Swedish rubdown to her. A Pathways to Wellness clinician will go to her home for a private acupuncture or shiatsu treatment and can also coach her in the ways of tai chi, meditation, and self-massage ($175).

A Card, Create Works of Art
You’ve come a long way from macaroni sculpture. Guests to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new glass-enclosed Education Studio can sketch or paint flowers inspired by the main building’s courtyard splendor (Saturday and Sunday, free with museum admission).

A Booze Cruise, Let Her Man the Ship
She’s captain, and you’re first mate. Show respect with a year-long membership to Freedom Boat Club. The rental program ($299 per month with a $500 initiation fee) lets mom school you in the ways of the water without the hassles or expense of boat ownership.

Now who’s the favorite?

Photos: Courtesy of Simplemente Blanco; Courtesy of Ripegoods

mother’s day presents!Still not sure what to get your mom? A mother lode of gifts awaits.

460 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
85 E India Row
nr Boston Aquarium
Boston, MA 02110
Pathways to Wellness
1601 Washington St
3rd flr
Boston, MA 02118
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
280 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115