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Come to Mama! A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Friday Apr 26, 2013

Mother's Day is quickly approaching (May 12), so now is the time to start looking for something special for dear old ma. Whether it's perfume or face cream, a book or a show, do whatever you need to show your mom she's one of a kind.

EDGE has compiled our favorite picks whether you're on a tight budget or ready to show some bling. And if gift-wrapping isn't your specialty, how about treating mom to a special experience that lets her know just how important she is in your life?


Founded as an apothecary in the East Village more than 160 years ago, Kiehl’s has become synonymous with high quality skincare products and offers these selections that are perfect for mom:

Aromatic Scents Coffret Set
A selection of aromatic scents is perfect for any woman, and when it comes to your mom, choosing Kiehl’s products means you care enough to send the very best. This collection features four blended scents: Orange flower and lychee, vanilla & cedarwood, Nashi blossom and pink grapefruit, and fig leaf and sage fragrance spray. Each 10ml bottle will take your mom on a fragrant journey to a distant locale. Best of all, they come pre-packaged in a beautiful gift box.
$55 at

Rose Arctica Face Cream
Keep mother looking young and beautiful with Kiehl’s classic anti-aging moisturizing cream. Formulated with a rare "Resurrection Flower" hand-harvested at full bloom to ensure efficacy, Rose Arctica simultaneously transforms skin to a more youthful beginning while protecting skin from future damage. Help reduce lines and wrinkles, improve firmness and hydrate skin.
$60-120 at

Travolo Touch

Smell great on the go with this must-have beauty accessory, the Travalo Touch atomizer. Just remove the nozzle from your perfume, place the Travalo on the pump stick, and load up to 5 mL of your favorite scent. The durable aluminum wand features rollerball technology and a spill-free patented Genie-S pump system, perfect for mom’s carry-on or for her enormous purse.
$19.99 at

"Southern Favorites with a Taste of Hollywood"

Did you and your mom watch "The Beverly Hillbillies" while growing up? Now, she can enjoy star Donna Douglas as she teams up with author Javetta Saunders for this nostalgic cookbook that pairs life in Hollywood with Southern cooking.

The cookbook features original recipes from Douglas, the original "Elly Mae," and her family and friends, including a host of celebrities such as Buddy Ebsen, Max Baer, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Debbie Reynolds, Pat Boone and Gavin MacLeod. Born in Baton Rouge, Douglas knows Southern cooking, and chances are, your mom won’t mind sharing some of the results with you!
$29.99 at

Hudson Made

Hudson Made celebrate the cottage industries of New York’s Hudson Valley as well as other artisans that are popping up throughout the American landscape.

Beeswax Candles
Nostalgia is a powerful force, and these old-time candles will have your mom remembering those halcyon disco days. Hudson Made offers these handmade, one-of-a-kind beeswax owl candles, produced in the Catskill Mountains in made-to-order small batches by GreenTree Home Candle Company. Also enjoy their near-replica candle of the famed 12-sided bottle that once contained Atwood’s Jaundice Bitters. Available in russet brown, black liquorice or old granite, this embossed candle won’t cure jaundice, but it will burn for twelve hours.
$6.50-25 at

Black Walnut Cutting Boards
Crafted in Beacon, New York, from regional woods, these black walnut cutting boards are handmade with a small routed edge on the bottom that creates an elegant and seamless floating effect. They are available in three modular sizes, and the wood’s tight grain is inherently shock-resistant and does not shrink or swell easily. They’re perfect for a classy cheese plate, and strong enough for everyday use.
$70-225 at

A Little Bit of Drama

Fiona Shaw in "The Testament of Mary"
The motherload comes to Broadway in this riveting performance by one of the world’s greatest stage actresses. Fiona Shaw takes on Mary (you know the one... mother of Jesus?) in a tour de force by playwright Colm Tóibín and directed by Deborah Warner.

Limited engagement through 6/16
Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street

Christina Crawford in "Surviving Mommie Dearest"
If you’re close to the Big Apple, (and if your own mommie dearest has a good sense of humor) you might want to take her to the limited run of "Surviving Mommie Dearest," featuring Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christina Crawford. The one-woman multimedia play, which outlines the highs and lows of life with the unbalanced actress, will make anyone’s mom look wonderful in comparison!

May 8-12
Snapple Theater Center
1627 Broadway

Culinary Favorites

The Mother of All Foodies Mother’s Day Contest
Midwestern Mommas can join world-renowned pastry guru and expert chocolate artist Chef Alain Roby of the All Chocolate Kitchen as he pits moms against each other in "The Mother of All Foodies" contest to share their favorite chocolate dessert recipe.

Prizes include a chance to cook with the chef, plus services for the winner and a guest to get a manicure and pedicure, signature facial, Manisha eyebrow threading and a makeover with Jane Medale products from Beauté by Sylvie. Contestants should email a recipe and a letter stating why their mom is the sweetest to by 5 p.m. on May 8. For more information, call 630-232-2395 or visit

Mother’s Day Brunch at Border Grill
Are you a high roller? Hop on a plane with mom to Las Vegas for a whirlwind weekend and cap things off with the ultimate south-of-the-border brunch at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat small plates and bottomless mimosas will help you forget all those times mom told you to mow the lawn, take out the garbage or do your homework. Just make sure you’ve headed separate ways before the hangover kicks in.
$34.99 - 42.99 Visit for reservations.

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women's news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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