Wake up and smell the Bulgarian roses. (Courtesy Photo: CreedBoutique.com)
- Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist and author of "The Battle Hymn of The Republic," made speak of the first Mother's Day in 1870, amidst a nation reverberating from the carnage of the Civil War. Brother had turned against brother, and Howe - a privileged poetess from New York City
with a knack for looking somber - sought to invoke a matriarchal vision of the Reconstruction, the rationale being, if soldiers considered their mothers during battle, there would be much less aggression to sling across the Mason Dixon Line.
A lot has changed in the last 142 years. Hooped petticoats are no longer de rigueur
for an afternoon around the Maypole. And as far as gifting goes, in 2011 alone, 1.9 billion dollars was spent on Mother's Day floral arrangements. For many, when that iCal icon takes to bouncing in the first week of May, a communal expletive is let slip - Mother's Day approacheth fast, and once again, you've waited too long.
Here are 11 last minute gift ideas you can get at the drop of your crinoline, ranging from the practical to the glamorous, with experiences she'll be sure to love. But the time to act is now, for thine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of your mother, and if you're without a gift for her, grapes of wrath'll probably be an understatement.
1. Sea For Two: Gurney's Mother's Day Spa Package
Indulge her with the Mother's Day Spa Package from Gurney's Inn
in Montauk, where $200 includes an ocean side manicure/pedicure, 60-minute Swedish massage, or a 50-minute "Ocean Radiance" facial. Not to mention, a free nail lacquer sampling from Gurney's new Vegan Spa Collection, making for a perfect gift for any mom, unless she's constantly wondering, "where's the beef?" Get it now at www.GurneysInn.com, or call 631.668.2345.
2. A 252-Year History That Smells Really Good: CREED's White Flowers
(Courtesy Photo: 1800Flowers.com)
Remind her to wake up and smell the Bulgarian rose middle notes, with White Flowers, the unofficial aroma of royalty from the master perfumers at CREED. Founded in 1760, and formerly bespeckling the boudoir of Princess Grace
of Monaco, this iconic fragrance offers base notes of Indian sandalwood and narcissus, with side effects of your mother looking at herself a whole
lot more. Shop CREED White Flowers at www.CreedBoutique.com, or call 212.439.7777
3. It'll All Be Bouquet: 1-800 Flowers' Arrangement of the Month Club
Give a gift that keeps on blooming, with the Arrangement of the Month Club from 1-800 Flowers. With 3, 6, and 12-month delivery options of the finest fresh-cut seasonal offerings from $59.99, it's a perennial spin on a Mother's Day classic that'll have her learning a lot of things from the flowers, especially that you're her favorite child. Sign her up today at www.1800Flowers.com, or call 1-800-FLOWERS (1.800.356.9377).
4. Get On Your Feet: SUP Lessons from Main Beach Surf & Sport
(Courtesy Photo: Main Beach Surf & Sport)
Teach her that it no longer takes a miracle to walk on water with stand up paddleboard lessons (known colloquially as SUP) from Wainscott's Main Beach Surf & Sport. With 90-minute lessons starting at $175, she'll get the top-notch core workout that all the cool "kids" are doing - from Cindy Crawford, to Denise Richards
, and Sting
- so long as she knows that using the term "sup" in conversation is not actually cool. Get more info at www.MainBeach.com, or call book an appointment at 631.537.2716.
5. Rest Assured: The Tranquil Moments® Sleep Sound Therapy System
Just press "relax" and call it a night. (Courtesy Photo: Brookstone)
Make her dreams of little dreams longer, with the Tranquil Moments® Sleep Sound Therapy System available from Brookstone
for $129.99. Featuring 12 relaxing forms of auditory ambiance - including a symphony of crickets and the gentle breaking of waves - she'll doubtlessly appreciate the uninterrupted slumber, though it might have been more beneficial for you during your heyday of sneaking out. Bless her evenings at www.Brookstone.com, or call 1.800.846.3000.
6. Snake Appeal: The Longchamp Reptiligne Large Shoulder Bag
Gift her with for-anywhere fashion this Mother's Day with the exotic and classic Longchamp Reptiligne Shoulder Bag, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
for $210. Crafted with double-leather top handles on lightweight cobra-printed nylon, she'll slide easily from the beach to street with an accessory that - much like a piece of fruit on some off-limits knowledge tree - is sure to incite the temptation of others. Get it now at www.SaksFifthAvenue.com, or call 1.877.551.7257.
7. Made From Love: Posh Pies
(Courtesy Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue)
Baked daily by East End executive chef Deb Braun with the finest in local produce, Posh Pies are not only glamorous by default, but 100% "clean-label" and preservative-free. With goods ranging from a baked-to-perfection blueberry lemon pie and flaky-crust'd pear apple crumble, Posh Pies are an always-appropriate addition to any Mother's Day soiree, because she always told you never to go anywhere empty-handed, and her house is no exception. Find them at The Seafood Shop in Wainscott, Provisions in Sag Harbor, and It's Only Natural in Bellport.
8. Tasty Teachings: Loaves & Fishes Cooking School
Give the gift of gourmet with a cooking tutorial at Loaves & Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton. With programs ranging from "Small Plates," to "Italian Seafood," and master-chef cameos throughout the summer season (all for $125 per class), she'll learn firsthand that dogs can learn new tricks at any age, even if said dogs are kitchen-illiterate family members who she's tired of cooking for (hint: send them instead). Get more information at www.LandFCookshop.com, or call 631.537.6066.
Gourmet cooking lessons, the gift that truly keeps on giving. (Photo: 3XNano.com)
9. More Than Charming: Gallery Collection Gold Cuff + Diamonds
Bring on the sparkle. (Courtesy Photo: Rose Jewelers)
Add an exponential amount of luxury to the region just below her sleeves, with this 14K yellow gold cuff bracelet set with diamonds, available at Rose Jewelers
. Modern in line and graceful in shape, if diamonds are truly a girl's best friend, this bracelet would be the BFF4L. Also comes set with semi-precious gemstones. Learn more about style no. BIR341Y at www.RoseJewelersNY.com, or call 631.283.5757.
10. Dress To [Un]Impress: The Regan Long Dress from Elie Tahari
If the name of the game is comfort, Elie Tahari's Regan maxi dress is a must-have for easy elegance, available in both Blue Nile and Black for $198. Cut long and lean in
the softest of combed cotton-silk, it could be considered the elegant translation of jeans that are also pajamas, however, it won't result in your mother won't be shunned from polite society. Get it now at www.ElieTahari.com, or call the store at 631.329.8883.
11. These Boots are Made for Gifting: Courtly Check Hunter Boots from Mackenzie-Childs
(Courtesy Photo: Mackenze-Childs)
Help her weather any storm, with the hand-painted Courtly Check Hunter Boots from the always-whimsical potters at Mackenzie-Childs, available now for $195. Complete with quick-drying nylon lining and adjustable buckle detailing on their signature black and white checks, you might find mom singing in the rain this hurricane season, if only cause she loves her boots so much. Buy 'em now at www.Mackenzie-Childs.com, or call the Southampton store at 631.283.1880.