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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.

LOCATIONS
460 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
617-734-3669
85 E India Row
nr Boston Aquarium
Boston, MA 02110
617-299-8000
Pathways to Wellness
1601 Washington St
3rd flr
Boston, MA 02118
617-859-3036
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
617-285-0167
280 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
617-566-1401
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