2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Return the favors

lo & sons mott bag!

Give thanks for everything she taught you.

Hike Skyline Drive
Encourage her to keep exploring with the water-resistant Mott cross-body bag by Lo & Sons ($48), a lightweight, nylon tote that comfortably fits a map, passport, and boarding pass. Find some extra space for one (or all six) of Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates regionally inspired bars, like Great Plains (with salted bread crumbs) or Midwest (Michigan cherries and black walnuts).

mammal alphabet!Devour Dickens
A hand-cut paper alphabet spells perfection for mamas-to-be. Retired government geographer David Jenkins displays his painstaking artwork (from $250) at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market (second Saturdays starting May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Artecnica’s oversize cork envelope lined with recycled billboards ($60 at Proper Topper) keeps lectures, grading papers, and precious sonogram photos flat. 

Hit a Wicked Backhand
Ace her expectations with tickets to the inaugural Citi Open (formerly Legg Mason Tennis Classic), which invites women from the ATP circuit to join men on the new, 2,500-seat center court in Rock Creek Park. Alternatively, encourage her to make a racket in Turntablism classes at the Beat Refinery in Bethesda.

lomokino camera m29 lifestyle!Worship Robert Redford
Gift the woman who always gives you great direction the new LomoKino camera ($115) from M29 Lifestyle. The handheld gadget creates magical little movies by shooting 144 frames on 35 mm. Acknowledge that you’re not the only one who brings the drama with Persol cat-eye sunnies ($310).

Bake Nana’s Legendary Pie
Be the apple of her eye thanks to a copy of Brit wit Nigel Slater’s fruit-inspired, recipe-filled tome, Ripe: a Cook in the Orchard ($40) from Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. Book a three-course jazz brunch (Sunday, $50) at 701 Restaurant (we’re talking Maine lobster clubs).

Lessons learned.

Photos: Courtesy of Lo & Sons; Courtesy of David Jenkins; Courtesy of M29 Lifestyle

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