88 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
NOA Gifts is a great little place to go if you haven’t the first clue about what to get mom. The reason is because this shop has a friendly staff on hand to help you pick out something stunning from a collection of just about everything. Jewelry, soap and other gift items line the shelves just waiting to be wrapped up and given away. The shop is chock full of Boston-made and Boston-themed gifts that will tickle the fancy of an out-of-state mom.
100 Federal St.
Boston, MA 02110
Sometimes oldies are goodies. There’s nothing wrong with going traditional and buying mom a lovely flower arrangement to celebrate her day. Stop in and pick up a dozen of mom’s favorite flowers or come in with a budget and let the staff create a one-of-a-kind arrangement. The prices are nicer than anything you’ll find online, the flowers fresher and delivery can be arranged.
57 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
Speaking of something traditional, what mom doesn’t love something sweet? Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe has a wide array of sugary goodness for the mom with a sweet tooth. The shop has a great department of retro candy where you might be able to pick out mom’s longtime nostalgic favorite. Or go for a fresh-baked cupcake made to order just for mom. All of the cupcakes are made from scratch daily and every flavor can be made in cake size if you’re in need of a dessert the whole family can enjoy after mom’s Mother’s Day dinner.
105 Newbury St., Suite 301
Boston, MA 02116
It’s time to splurge and pamper mom for all of her hard work. Katrina Hess is Boston’s premier makeup artist and her studio offers a luxurious retreat for mom to regroup and relax. Treat mom to a red carpet facial, brow waxing or makeover. Or stop in and buy mom the most exclusive cosmetics and skin care products. And just in time for Mother’s Day, Katrina Hess is offering 50 percent off of a 90-minute makeup lesson and a free gift with purchase over $300.
81 Pembroke St.
Boston, MA 02118
Olives and Grace is the go-to place for a foodie mom or one who lives to entertain at home. This store is full of wonderfully made little bits of everything for the home and the heart. From specialty snack foods to little handmade home goods, everything on the shelves is a gem just waiting to be discovered. And as far as gift giving goes, Olives and Grace has you covered. Select your items, or ask for help in picking out a few things that go together, and the staff can package them in a great little one-of-a-kind gift box that is sure to charm mom.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.