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Mother's Day gift ideas

Posted May 6, 2013
Updated May 7, 2013

Here’s what I’d love for Mother’s Day: A run, a quiet couple of hours with coffee and a book, and, maybe, time to shop for a replacement for a bag that just broke a zipper. And I’ll follow up all of that with some homemade cards, hugs and kisses, and a day running around with my girls and husband.

I wouldn’t mind a walk through the Raleigh Rose Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum, Duke Gardens or N.C. Botanical Gardens. Oh…and a dinner that I don’t cook or clean up would be great too. (Check our post on favorite family-style meals if you’re looking for ideas, dads.)

But it’s always good to get a little something too. Here’s what’s on my list:

Chocolate…specifically chocolate from Videri Chocolate Company in Raleigh. The small shop includes a factory that you can tour and a coffee bar where you can linger. It would be great to open up a package from the show or to spend an hour with the family while you pick out your treats.downtown farmers market

A plant from the farmers’ market. I’m not big on cut flowers, but I do love lots of color in my yard. My family’s go-to market is the State Farmers’ Market, which is overflowing with plants and flowers right now. But any of the many, many farmers’ markets in the area would do. Again, it’s a great way for dad to take the kids out for the morning while mom enjoys some quiet time. Or, it’s a great family outing that you can do together.

Breakfast in bed with some granola and cashew butter toast. Ever since I featured Jennifer Huntington and her granolas and nut butters on Go Ask Mom, I’ve been thinking about the wonderful stuff this Raleigh mom makes. There’s the When Peanut Butter Meets Chocolate granola that’s brimming with chocolate and peanuts. And then there’s the creamy cashew butter and vanilla coffee peanut butter that’s perfect on a a big slice of whole wheat toast. And then there’s the…oh, it’s all good.

While I very much like a great cup of coffee, a cup of tea hits the spot on a regular basis too. I’m enjoying the selection found at Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. You’ll find dozens of kinds of tea here – from fruity to smoky and everything in between - along with tea accessories, for the tea-loving mom in your life.cupcake shoppe

And to go with that tea and dinner that I didn’t cook, how about some cupcakes! I’ve become very partial to the treats at Sugarland, also in Cameron Village and Chapel Hill. But there are some other great options across the Triangle, including The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh, various locations of Gigi’s Cupcakes, Daisycakes and The Cupcake Bar, both in Durham, (where you can actually get frosting shots).

Now that’s a sweet way to end what I hope will be a sweet day for you and your family.

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