2011 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Not Your Mama's Ideas

heart-shaped eggs!

When you missed curfew, she didn’t boil over. And when you forgot your gym shorts, she scrambled to get them to you by fourth period. Now get Mom a gift that won’t leave egg on your face.

Lend a Hand
Nothing says “I love you” like a hearty breakfast made from scratch. Or build a custom Uptown Popcorn gift box with sweet and savory flavors such as pink cotton candy, dill pickle (good one for expecting madres), and chocolate peanut butter. After the stomach, aim for the heart with Dallas-based F. Is for Frank’s Handprints of Love. Don’t forget a note; witty local stationery outfit J-Dig Cards knows just what to say.

What She Kneads
The Ritz’s One Hot Mama package has a hot stone massage and pedicure and $50 credit for spa cuisine and drinks during weekday appointments. Save some dough with Bliss’s spoil-her-silly packages — all 15 percent off. Reserve V Spa’s gentle 50-minute mom-to-be massage with organic shea butter or the mom-and-me special (buy one service, get the second half off) and score a glass of bubbly when you mention DailyCandy.

From the Art
Score brownie points with Noelle VanHendrick’s Bucket of Love or Ode to the Mother clay jar inscribed with a poem. For a hands-on approach, take her to the Amon Carter’s free Crafting from the Collection demo (Thursday, 6 p.m.) led by the women behind Austin’s mobile art Airstream, The WonderCraft. Keep it simple with Southern Fried Paper’s sassy art print that says it like it is — just like Mom does.

Earth Mama
Flower her with joy at the Dallas Arboretum’s plant sale. She’ll dig the annual event featuring 23,000 not-your-local-nursery varieties (Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) in the parking lot behind Rosine Hall. Or take her to Texas Discovery Gardens for The Women’s Chorus of Dallas concert and a butterfly release. For an allergy-free alternative, there’s always Mad Hatter Mercantile’s flowers plate.

Start now. Plant ahead.

Photo: Anile Prakash / Flickr

Uptown Popcorn
8687 N Central Expy
ste 1031
Dallas, TX 75225
6465 E Mockingbird Ln
ste 366
Dallas, TX 75214
2201 Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75210
The Ritz-Carlton Spa Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave
2nd flr
Dallas, TX 75201
2440 Victory Park Ln
W Dallas - Victory
Dallas, TX 75219
2928 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206