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Go-To Shops for Mother's Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, graduations looming and summer wedding season just around the corner, we’ve got a gift list that’s growing by the minute – and we’re pretty sure we aren’t the only ones. And while we’d like to summon up the perfect gift idea for every single occasion, sometimes we need a little help in the inspiration department. Below, the go-to shops we hit up whenever we need a special something for a special someone:

Lavish: With shelves carrying a diverse array of girlish delights ranging from James Jeans to J. Mendocino ceramics to children’s books and apparel, this Hayes Valley shop is an ideal place to find a gift for mom, whether she’s new to the game or a seasoned pro.

Rare Device: Original art, display-worthy design books, mod house wares and jewelry by independent designers and ample affordable finds under $100 puts this Market Street mainstay on our gift-getting itinerary every time.

Curiosity Shoppe: Unexpected curios for the home appear everywhere we look at this Mission District store devoted to creatively-inspired everyday objects with edge.

When Modern Was: Vintage baubles and pulp-inspired art prints mingle with restored antiques, shabby chic furnishings and retro dishware at this Noe Valley consignment gallery. An outdoor space in back displays rustic garden furnishings and plants.

Limonaia: Gift ideas abound at this Russian Hill boutique stocked with cashmere throws, handcrafted candles, baby apparel and ceramic home accessories made by artisans from the Bay Area and around the world.

BellJar: From luxe candles and pretty little soap sets to eye-catching jewelry and a well-edited selection of women’s apparel, this boutique in the heart of the Mission neighborhood can help you pick up a small thank-you for the hostess-with-the-mostess and a special item for your fashion-obsessed sister in one fell swoop.

Propeller: Along with an impressive inventory of mod furnishings, this Hayes Valley store stocks an enviable assortment of giftables for him or her, including slick writing implements, wallets, watches and tableware.

Flight 001: For the traveler on your list, yet another Hayes Valley destination makes our list for its generous supply of globe-trotting accoutrements ranging from hip carry-on bags to travel amenity kits and funky cameras.

Flax Art & Design: Along with supplies for the serious artist, this Market Street emporium stocks such gift-worthy items as crafting kits, journals, note cards, toys and quirky home accessories.

Perch: Tucked away in Glenn Park, this gift and home shop’s lovely array includes design-minded tabletop finds such as bird feet salt-and-pepper shakers, as well as soy candles, handcrafted jewelry and wine and spirits accessories perfect for the at-home entertainer.