Your mom is absolutely incredible. She deserves the world, but does she know it? More importantly, does she know that you know it? Sure, she’ll probably hit you with a classic mom-line conveying the general idea that you are the true gift, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t enjoy a bouquet of fresh flowers, a tasteful piece of jewelry, or a quaint little brunch enjoyed in her favorite company. It is Mother’s Day after all, and gone are the days when you could conquer its celebration with a hideous craft or a homemade coupon book. A thoughtful gift from a local shop is a small price to pay for a woman who deserves endless happiness, so why not grab a gift from one of these charming Boston businesses to show Mom that she’s good for more than just inspired laundry folding.

Back Bay Social Club This is her day, and if there’s one thing she shouldn’t have to do, it’s cook. Take your mom to brunch, lunch, dinner, or all three at Back Bay Social Club. They’re even offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13th from 11:00am to 3:30pm with brunch specials, a Bloody Mary Bar, and a free mimosa for all those fabulous moms. With delicious food and irresistible drinks, this neighborhood restaurant on Boylston St has all the best ingredients for a perfect Mother’s Day. Cheers to moms! www.backbaysocialclub.com 867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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The Frugal Flower Mom will always long for the wilted tuft of dying dandelions clutched in you grubby hand, but it’s probably time to treat her to something that proves you’ve grown up. No need to take chances with a hit-or-miss gift (or a wilted weed) when The Frugal Flower is sitting on Boston Post Rd in Sudbury, waiting to arrange the perfect bouquet and solidify your spot as “favorite child.” Tell the experts your mom’s favorite color and let their talent and creativity design something as beautiful as your incredible mom. Everyone likes flowers, and a bouquet from the one who makes her heart bloom is the secret to Mother’s Day success. Oh, and don’t forget to call. www.frugalflower.com 736 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776

Mango Tree Artisans The days of pasta necklaces and Play Doh serving pieces are in your past (although mom probably has a cupboard full of remnants). Time to up your game at Mango Tree Artisans. Owners Devik and Tim’s objective is to spread the stunning creations of gifted artisans in developing countries, treating them with fairness, kindness, and respect. Having recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, Mango Tree Artisans continues to provide ethically sourced jewelry and other one-of-a-kind handcrafted items that will complement and thrill your one-of-a-kind mother. www.mangotreeartisans.com 410 Boston Post Rd # 5, Sudbury, MA 01776-3014

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Cambridge Art & Frame What’s a mom’s very favorite thing? Her kids! Memories are precious, time is fleeting, children (regardless of age) irreplaceable. How to wrap up all these superlatives? Be it a posed, matching-sweater lineup or a spontaneous food-fight, you can never go wrong with a family photo. You bring the perfect moment, and let Cambridge Art & Frame, a family owned and operated frame shop on 41 Second St, preserve it with museum-quality framing. Give your mom the kind of gift she can enjoy every single day. www.cambridgeartandframe.com 41 Second St, Cambridge, MA 02141

Creative Wellness Strategies Gosh, being a mom is difficult. Stressful. Exhausting. Luckily, there’s a fix, at least a temporary one. And no, we’re not suggesting you clean her house and get her car inspected. Introduce mom to Creative Wellness Strategies, a business designed help people endure the bustle and stress of day-to-day living. Who doesn’t want to help mom find and maintain health, happiness, and general well-being (after all, wasn’t that what she spent a ¼ century or more doing for you)? Minden Barille, owner of this oasis of wellness on Beacon St, believes that this desired peace and wellness can be obtained through massage therapy, therapeutic yoga, meditation, and holistic health coaching. Show mom that she deserves a break — that you recognize all she does — by giving her a day to treat herself. www.creativewellnessstrategies.com 1318 Beacon Street Ste 16, Brookline, MA 02446

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Revive Nail Bar Here’s a classic: take mom for a mani-pedi! The definition of revive — to give new energy, consciousness, or strength to; restore life — inspired the name of this Beacon St place of pampering. So aptly named, it perfectly describes how you’ll feel after any one of their rejuvenating treatments. Take a seat at the bar with your lovely mother, and take advantage of the regular, organic, gel, or fresh polish options. No matter how you come in, you’ll walk out feeling relaxed, renewed, and revived. Your fingers (and your mom) will love you. www.revivenailsnewton.com 757 Beacon St, Newton Centre, MA 02459