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Ten Homegrown Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Heart rings by Thalken.
Heart rings by Thalken. Linnea Covington

Mother's Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 13, so don't hesitate: Get that gift for Mom right now. From upscale bath supplies to memberships that keep giving all year to a few nights of not having to worry about dinner, there are so many Colorado-made or sourced goods, local tokens of love and appreciation perfect for any sort of mother. Here are ten ideas to get you started.

click to enlarge One of Mike Whiting's sculptures in the Denver Botanic Gardens. - LINNEA COVINGTON
One of Mike Whiting's sculptures in the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Linnea Covington
Denver Botanic Gardens membership
$90

All moms like flowers, right? How about a year of all the flowers she could possibly want in the confines of a beautiful, 24-acre curated garden? The Denver Botanic Gardens, at 1007 York Street, has all of that and more. Right now there's an art exhibit laid out among the gardens called Pixelated, by artist Mike Whiting, which makes for a great scavenger hunt. Follow that up with a fried artichoke po'boy sandwich with sweet-potato fries at the Hive Garden Bistro (or stop by the Offshoots Cafe) and then waltz around the Japanese garden — and that's just one adventure to be had. Mom can also bring the kids or grandkids to the fantastic Mordecai Children's Garden for exploring, bonding and a good dose of sunshine — or take a day trip to the DBG's Chatfield Farms in Littleton. A friends-and-family membership grants admission to six people at a time and includes discounts for the cafe, shop and classes.

click to enlarge Salmon entree from SupperBell. - SUPPERBELL
Salmon entree from SupperBell.
SupperBell
SupperBell Gift Card
Prices vary

Let's face it: Moms are busy. Take one thing off the table for her by making dinner easy and tasty. Yes, we are talking SupperBell, the meal delivery service of chef and restaurateur Frank Bonanno, of Mizuna, Luca and Bones. Unlike other home food providers, SupperBell comes fully cooked and ready to go. You simply heat up and — voilà! — dinner is done. Options change weekly, and you can pick from family-style meals or get solo dishes for each person. Past meals have featured meatloaf with mashed potatoes, slow-braised bacon marmalade chicken, grilled eggplant agrodolce, green chili chicken enchiladas for the family, and an array of toddler and baby foods for the younger set. Just make sure you give Mom the complete gift and do the dishes after the meal.

click to enlarge The simple heart ring by Thalken. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The simple heart ring by Thalken.
Linnea Covington
Thalken Heart Ring
$58

Hana Lash has been making jewelry for a long time, but it was only recently that she opened Thalken, her boutique in Lafayette. The delicate rings she makes prove perfect for a busy mom who can't be bothered with cumbersome jewelry. Each piece sits against the skin, so it won't snag on that jacket she's trying to zip a fidgety child in; can stay on when doing dishes; and goes with everything. The heart rings come in rose gold or sterling silver, and provide the giver with another way to say, "I love you and all you do," in a simple way Mom can see all day long.


click to enlarge The Spinster Sisters' sugar scrub. - SPINSTER SISTERS
The Spinster Sisters' sugar scrub.
Spinster Sisters
Spinster Sisters' Sugar Scrub
$19

Just because Mom is sweet doesn't mean you can't add even more sugar to her life. The natural sugar scrubs from the Golden-based Spinster Sisters are exactly what she needs. Each tub of delicate body scrub is filled with soft, natural sugars that polish the skin without stinging. Olive and sweet almond oils help to moisturize, and bathers can use it on the body or on the face. Choose a nine-ounce container in scents including gardenia, lavender, lemongrass-sage, orange blossom with rose petal, pomegranate, rosemary mint, or oatmeal and honey.

click to enlarge The mama ’hood in Highland has yoga classes for parents and tots, among other things. - MAMA'HOOD
The mama ’hood in Highland has yoga classes for parents and tots, among other things.
mama'hood
Membership to the mama ’hood
2902 Zuni Street
$210 a month, or $1,260 for six months

If you're looking for a gift for that freshly minted mom or mom-to-be, the mama ‘hood has what you need. This friendly space was created to provide a welcoming community for new moms and families that not only supports this lifestyle change, but helps one get through all those prenatal and postnatal needs. That means prenatal yoga, birthing classes, expert breastfeeding support, sleep training, parent and family classes, baby and toddler groups and continuing parental education. It's a great resource for any new mom or mom-to-be, and the full-moon membership, the highest tier, includes unlimited classes and group sessions, CPR training, Daddy boot camp and a whole slew of other new-parent services.

click to enlarge TokyoMilk Neptune & the Mermaid Handcreme trio. - MARGOT ELENA
TokyoMilk Neptune & the Mermaid Handcreme trio.
Margot Elena
Neptune & the Mermaid Handcreme trio by TokyoMilk
$66

Margot Elena knows something about luxury lotions, perfumes, lip balms and other beauty products, something customers can sample firsthand. Each creation gets lovingly made in Colorado and comes in fun, colorful packaging. Such is the case with this gorgeous and useful hand cream gift set. The trio features a tube of TokyoMilk's most tried-and-true scents: Song of the Siren No. 49 (floral, citrus and sea notes), 20,000 Flowers Under the Sea No. 31 (white lily, sea salt and ylang ylang), and Anthemoessa No. 84 (grapefruit, jasmine, honeysuckle and sandalwood). It's a great gift for any Colorado mother who needs buckets of silky hand cream to counteract the dry air and copious amounts of hand washing, and wants to smell good at the same time.
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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington