Show Mom You Care

Nature walks, beauty treatments, and more


Stuck on how to make her day? Take your cues from another mother.

Mother Nature
Earthly ideas let Mom know she’s your best bud. Stimulate her green thumb with a copy of the The 20-Minute Gardener ($18) from the editors of Sunset magazine. The book’s easy-to-follow tips and colorful illustrations spill the dirt on how to grow a gorgeous garden.

Get wild with ForageSF’s medicinal wild plants tour ($40). Venture to the deep canyon of Glen Park and discover how to identify more than twenty types of plants for culinary or medicinal purposes.

dandelion chocolate!

Mother Hubbard
Fill her cupboard with gourmet goodies like Chunky Pig’s Candied Bacon Caramel Corn ($14). The brainchild of a Bay Area pastry chef, the gluten-free treat cures cravings both sweet and savory.

Take summer’s frozen staple to a whole new level with The Ice Cream Bar’s special rose geranium flavor ($3-$6) or soy, dairy, and gluten-free hand-spun ice cream sandwiches from Green Girl Bakeshop ($5).

Think outside of the box at Dandelion Chocolate: Stop by the shop to commemorate the day at its portrait pop-up (Sun., 10 a.m.-noon). While you’re there, scoop up a gift box filled with three bars, tea, a book, and a handmade card.

international orange!

Mother Goose
You don’t need a rhyme or reason to pamper her. Get down to the pore of the matter with International Orange’s new IO Focus Facial ($135). Honing in on her primary complexion concern (dry, dull, clogged), the treatment gets down to business with an exfoliating peel, tailored mask, and facial massage.

Following your Instagram feed is to be expected; a photograph tucked inside one of SF-based Blue Monkey Frames ($35-$48) makes up for your digital shenanigans.

Not that she loves you any less.

Photos: Thomas J. Story / Courtesy of Sunset; Molly DeCoudreaux / Courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate; Courtesy of International Orange