Knowing what mothers across the country are craving is a large part of my duty as the editor of Mother, a style-leaning parenting site that launched one year ago. But when it comes to creating a Mother’s Day wish list, it does me no greater pleasure than to hone in locally on the best gifts from Bay Area makers.
If your mom (or you, for that matter) would enjoy a Mother's Day involving wine, head up to Napa Valley. Here's my list of recommendations for all of you "spontaneous" planners.
Duckhorn is pulling out all the stops for mothers everywhere (a day early) with their Saturday Spring Celebration. Bustle from station to station and through the gardens, tasting small bites and sipping on different wines.
Just because it only dawned on you 10 minutes ago that Mother's Day is Sunday, doesn't mean your love for her is any less. Not to mention, she'll never know if you reserve a table for brunch now (just tell her you wanted it to be a surprise). We called on your behalf and these restaruants all have tables still available.
Try brunch with a twist at Maverick. You can’t go wrong with the duck hash made with duck confit, russet potatoes, medjool dates, sunny side up eggs, mustard sauce and fresh picked herbs.
Considering how much I love, love, love my mom, my usual Mother's Day effort–a card, occassionally handmade, with a few quickly jotted down lines of love–is not quite conveying my soaring adoration. But this year I'm resolved to Do. It. Up. I'll stop at nothing less than a deeply considered gift, beautiful card, and a note that pulls a few heart strings and incites a chuckle or, better yet, a full-on belly laugh. That mom's not going to know what hit her. If you're also planning to make this year's Mother's Day a show stopper, a customizable family pillow from K Studio could be your ticket to glory.
“Feeling passive-aggressive?” writes Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman in a recent email blast. She reminds us that Mothers Day is coming up and suggests that we send a message to our favorite bad mother. Her new book (she suggests) is just the ticket. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace is coming out on May 5 and Waldman will be reading from it at the KPFA Benefit on May 4.
What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?
And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.