Gifts and ideas for Mothers Day in Longmont 2017

I can remember the excitement of Mother’s Day morning when I was a kid–waking before dawn, going out into the backyard with the dew tickling my bare feet as I bent to pluck a bouquet of flowers for Mom’s breakfast tray, the chaos in the kitchen as a bossy big sister shouted orders to a kitchen full of rowdy, scrambling kids, and finally, carrying the tray upstairs to Mom who always managed to look so delighted and surprised, no matter how much noise had given us away.

There are so many ways to celebrate this one day of the year set aside to honor the person who gave birth to you, dried your tears, sacrificed in ways little and large to make sure you had it better than she did when growing up.  Start by letting her sleep in, if possible–and bringing her breakfast in bed.  That’s a tradition we can all manage, and one that’s always appreciated.

When it comes to gifts for Mom, if you automatically think of bath and body as the go-to Mother’s Day gift,  you’re not alone.  After all, what mother doesn’t hanker after some fragrant downtime whether in tub or shower?   But instead of heading to the chain stores, think local this year.  It’s easy to do when Longmont is blessed with several great options for stocking up on Mother’s Day treats right in our own downtown.  Whether fragrant, tasty, fashion forward or artistic, Downtown LOCO has got Mother’s Day covered.

Old Town Outfitters at 501 Main Street is having a 20% off everything Sale in honor of Mom’s special day, through 5/14.  With their great range of fine clothing, accessories from day packs to handbags to stainless steel wine glasses,  not to mention hiking books, there’s bound to be something to make her feel special and did we say, everything’s on sale?

Yore, located at 381 Main Street in downtown Longmont, is a local treasure, specializing in “practical goods that are ethically made and heirloom quality.”  Owned by Ryan and Savannah Johnson, Yore brings together a curated collection of practical, intelligently designed, and responsibly made goods for everyday life.   Here you’ll find a charming selection of products from the perfect galvanized steel English watering can for your indoor garden to a stainless steel ice cube tray reminiscent of the days before ice makers.

The Johnsons of Yore

Pocket knives, beautiful books and even the perfect little tool for creating customized memo notes–Yore’s beguiling products offer something for every mom.  If you do decide to go the bath and body route, choose from their Bath Collection–a natural soy wax candle in citrus/herb, some Coffee Grapefruit Scrub, a tube of Leg Shave Cream, a massage brush and nail brush–and pack it up in a sturdy canvas Yore tote along with a copy of The Gentlewoman, and you’ve created an elegant and super practical Mother’s Day gift that will prove useful time and again.

While at Yore, you can also find a wonderful array of modern gift basket options from COLORADO CRAFTED, a local company offering, as they put it, “a modern alternative to traditional gift baskets, collections of Colorado-made products and gourmet foods packaged in a stylish box or tote.”  With free shipping in the US–or you can pick up your gift basket locally at Yore– order from a tempting range of modern gift basket options, including specialty foods, bath products and other handpicked, artisan-created items produced in our home state.

They seek out the best of the best, special small batch fine products and then wrap them up stylishly for personal and business gifting.  From the Rabbit Mountain Box, named after a favorite local hiking spot, with its handpainted chocolates, strawberry limoncello preserves and salt caramels, to the Hydration Box, with its skin pampering apothecary products like the botanical face steam, rose vanilla facial toner and bourbon & vanilla soap, Colorado Crafted has you covered for a signature gift basket that’s sure to delight.

For mothers who love handcrafted ceramics and stained, local ceramic artist and teacher Tina Davis is having an Art Show and Sale, May 6th & 7th at the Tina Davis Studio and Clay Arts Co-op, 947 Kimbark Street.

Tina’s work in clay, stained glass and mosaics is absolutely gorgeous–and very affordable–and the Studio offers a range of classes in mosaics, stained glass and clay for all levels of ability.  A class would be a Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving.

Eating out is always a nice thing to do on Mother’s Day, whether brunch or a later meal, but it’s also fun to cook for Mom at home.   Whichever you choose, the important thing is that Mom feels pampered and cherished.  That can happen at the fanciest restaurant in town or right at home with some flowers, candles and a tasty meal that she doesn’t have to lift a finger to prepare, or to clean up.

To all you mothers, daughters, sisters out there – happy Mother’s’ Day!