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Great Gifts to Make Mom Feel Special on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, make mom feel special and show her how much you care with these six great gifts, just for her.

A Stitch in Time

Does Mom have a great dress that needs a nip and tuck?  Take her to STITCH, the VIP alterations shop that will make Mom feel like a queen. The ultra-sleek space features a pedestal for Mom to model her fashions while the skilled seamstress works like an artist to pin and mark her clothes to make them fit just right.  The curtained dressing area can be expanded so Moms and daughters or gal-pals can hang out together for a fitting, and even sip a glass of champagne during the process.  The space doubles as a gallery, so while she’s waiting she can enjoy the artwork, or even buy a framed gem to take home.  If Mom is feeling like a homebody, the STITCH tailors will make house calls, just like they do for their celebrity clients. Stich has just opened its flagship shop in Los Angeles at 7306 Melrose Avenue.

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Crazy Happy Clean

Mom loves a clean house, but she doesn’t love the hard work required to keep it that way.  Call in Homejoy, the cleaning pros that will scrub up the bathrooms, dust up the furniture and shine up the kitchen while Mom relaxes. Call in the big guns with a gold-emblem-shirted specialist who has earned his or her stripes from top customer reviews.  Mom can book online or a smartphone app and choose how many hours of cleaning she needs and all the services she wants, from windows to wiping out cabinets.  The Google-backed company pre-screened and trains its workers for quality control and peace of mind, so Mom can enjoy more spring, and less cleaning.


Mom’s Got Grill

Make Mom a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed to remember, and give her a fabulous new griddle to make all her favorite breakfasts and meal any day of the week.  The Cuisinart Griddler Elite ($159), is a mother of a small appliance with six cooking options.  Its huge 240-squaqre-inch grilling surface is perfect for pancakes and eggs, or panini and burgers.  Forget the outdoor grill, this baby can sear steaks at 500 degrees with 1800 watts of power, and its accessories are dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.  Available at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other national retailers.


It’s the Season

Spice up the kitchen for Mom with a collection of new tastes and flavors from Ground 2 Table, a San Diego-based spice company with the genius idea to packet-up spice blends for one-time use, so that you “buy small, use it all.” Mom and toss her old, stale spices and liven up her cooking with 12 freshly ground flavorful assortments of seasonings that are free of salt, sugar, artificial flavoring and GMOs.  Available at select farmer’s markets or online.


Mother Nurture

Wrap Mom in pure comfort with Coyuchi towels, sheets and bed linens that are as natural and beautiful as the Northern California coast that inspires them. Made with processes, fibers, colors and dyes that are as close and true to Mother Earth as possible, these organic cotton products feel and look supple and soft so Mom can indulge in natural luxury and feel good about having home products that help preserve and sustain her planet. She’ll love the nature-infused stone-washed Coyuchi Cotton Maché Duvet Cover ($348.00), woven from pure cotton, in a free-form pattern that evokes water flowing over rocks, and backed with organic cotton percale so it’s the perfect year-round weight.  Available at upscale linens stores or online at


A Buncha Crock

If Mom loves to cook, give her kitchenista tools that show everyone who’s chef.  The PamperedChef is a one-stop affordable shop for everything kitchen, from cookware, cutlery and cleaning implements to cookbooks, organizers and storage containers. Set Mom’s table in style for family or guests and outfit her entire kitchen with items like the decorative heat-keeping Rockcrock Casserole ($95), the oven-to-table tasteful Rectangular Baker Set ($124), the safe and stylish silicone Oven Mitt Set ($33.50), the handy Plate Caddy with 12 appetizer plates ($69.50), a set of Bamboo Adjustable Drawer Dividers ($26), or a pair of colorful Microfiber dish towels ($9).  All available at

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