Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s your big reminder, people: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th, which is right around the corner! While each and every mom is unique, the way we show mom’s love can translate seamlessly with a few tried and true gifts or thoughtful gestures. I’ve visited quite a few Mass Street favorites over the course of the past two years, and I’m happy to share some gift ideas for Mother’s Day that will surely win you first place in her heart.

First, let’s talk about mom’s spirit. If you’re a KU student – or graduate – then she’s probably pretty proud to rock the crimson and blue. The Kansas Sampler, as well as Jock’s Nitch have excellent selections whether it’s apparel, accessories, or something else you have in mind. Gifting mom a new KU t-shirt, travel mug, or tote could serve as a great reminder that you and her share Jayhawk spirit! Not to mention these particular items tend to be especially useful, too (bonus points).

Kansas Sampler, 921 Mass Street.

Goldmakers, 723 Mass Street.

But maybe your mom isn’t the type to really embrace her inner Jayhawk (hey, that’s OK too, mom). Another great gift idea is along the finer things in life: beauty and relaxation. Our very own Goldmakers is a fantastic place to pick out a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that enhances mom’s natural beauty. Or, if she’s not too interested in jewelry (gasp!), perhaps a decadent Tokyomilk perfume at Bloom , or an ultra-fresh, springtime candle from Waxman would suit her fancy.

Waxman, 609 Mass Street.

Wheatfields, 904 Vermont Street.

If nothing else seems right, and mom isn’t interested in material gifts, you know what to do: spend time with her! Catching lunch or dinner at fresh spot, with great food (I’d suggest 715 or Wheatfields), can give you and her an opportunity to share conversation over tasty eats. If you’re both a bit overscheduled for lunch or dinner out (or maybe, you’d just like a cheaper version of the same-ish thing), surprise her with a cup of jo in the morning from her favorite coffee shop. Alchemy Coffee, for one, is mighty fine and will give her that serious boost of caffeine she likes.

Mother’s Day is an important time to reflect on all that moms do for us. Appreciation and love can be shown in numerous ways, and I’ve mentioned only a few here. However you decide to celebrate mom, I hope it’s extra special this year. And to all the mother’s out there: Wishing you a love-filled Mother’s Day!

You can also find me in the Lawrence Journal World’s CheckOut publication which prints weekly on Thursdays.

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