Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and finding the perfect gift can be difficult and extremely challenging especially in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. There are so many things to do and restaurants to dine at, that it can be hard narrowing down the choices. In addition, each Mom has a different like and want. There isn’t a go-to guide that says buy this gift and Mom will love it. Many Mothers will receive flowers, especially roses, but what if your Mom isn’t a fan of flowers because they wilt and die so quickly; now what do you do? If you’re looking for something outside the box, I have a few ideas. Moms love to receive personalized gifts or getting something that only they can enjoy, like something to eat or a day at the spa. If your Mom lives in the DMV, this is a quick list of ideas your Mom would love to receive as a gift.
1. Hannah Pearl Charm Bracelet
You know Mom has been wanting portraits of her kids and grandkids. Why not give her the gift she’s been desiring…her family. For portrait sessions scheduled from May 1 – May 13 will have the option to add on a beautiful Pearl Charm Bracelet. For a limited time, Tamieka Smith Photography is offering a Hannah Pearl Charm Bracelet for Mother’s Day. This lovely pearl bracelet allows the wearer to “show off” all the kids (or grandkids) and add on as they grow! One ½” round pewter charm is included with the bracelet. For more information contact Tamieka at (571) 250-5073 or email email@example.com.
2. French Macarons from Jazzy Cakes
Indulge in these sweet desserts to satisfy your Mom's cravings! Thankfully we have an incredible baker in Woodbridge, Virginia that offer mesmerizing incredible treats. Thankfully, Jasmine (Owner, of Jazzy Cakes) serves the entire Washington D.C. Metro area. They are sold by the dozen; however if you need more, she would love to cake with you. There are several different flavors available:
Photos by Jasmine Hardin of Jazzy Cakes
To order a dozen or more, contact Jasmin at https://www.facebook.com/jazzycakes4me/.
3. Mother’s Day Tea
Is your Mom a big fan of tea? If so, you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Mother’s Day Tea with Cooking Thyme with Stacie. The Mother’s Day tea is scheduled for May 11, 2018 starting at 10 am. In addition to the tea, you’ll receive hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres provided Strawberry Shortcake Scones, Devonshire Cream, Homemade Lemon Curd, Two Types of Tea Sandwiches (Strawberry and Cucumber, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese), Hand Dipped Chocolate Tuxedo Strawberries, and Individual Hand Mixed Teas.
To find out more information or to reserve you and your Mom’s seat, contact Stacie by telephone at 703-789-1301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Personalized Gift Card
Who doesn’t like to receive cash! Giftcards.com offers personalized Visa® gift cards. You’re able to use one of their predesigned Mother’s Day cards or you can create your own personalized card with a family picture from Tamieka Smith Photography your Mom loves.
5. Handwritten Note/Letter
Nothing says I love you more than taking the time to write a handwritten note. Receiving a handwritten letter is heart-felt because thought was put into finding the right words to express how you feel and why at love about your Mom and the great things she’s done for you. Chances are your handwritten letter will be cherished more than a generic store-bought card. Your handwritten letter will be more impactful today in our go-go world to technology and emojis. When was the last time you received a personal handwritten letter in the mail? Yeah, it’s been a while for me as well. I usually receive an email or text; it’s safe to say, I’m not alone.
Red Door Spa at Willard InterContinental Washington (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-942-2700)
Give Mom the full treatment with a full or half-day experience at the spa. Services include rejuvenating skin care treatments, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, makeup artistry, and smoothing massage including hot stone therapy, deep tissue massage, and aromatherapy techniques. In addition to visiting the spa, The Willard has a wonderful Afternoon Tea that’s served Friday through Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. To make a reservation for the tea, call 202-628-9100. To learn more information, visit here.
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton (1700 Tyson Boulevard, McLean, VA; 703-506-4300)
For those living in Northern Virginia, the Spa at Ritz-Carlton offers indulgent facials and invigorating massages. There’s even a Moroccanoil® Rose Back Polish and Massage. This Mother’s Day treatment includes exfoliating rose seed scrub and rose infused body massage for 50 minutes. There are several other rose infused treatments available. For more information, visit here.
7. Dining Options
If Mom is a foodie and you would like to take her to a really nice and elegant place to eat, here are three choices to consider.
Consider Four Seasons in Washington D.C. They are offering a Mother’s Day Brunch. The meal consists of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Carving Station, Taco Station, Reuben Sandwich Station, several soup options, over 10 salad choices, many breakfast options, and many other food selections. Reservations may be made online or by calling 202-342-0444.
Another option for brunch is the Lincoln Restaurant DC. They’re offering a three-course meal with an endless omelet station. This year’s menu features lobster cocktail, asparagus salad, filet & eggs, lemon soufflé pancakes, turtle fudge cake, & more. Guests will choose a first course, main course, and dessert along endless trips to the omelet station which are made to order. To see the full menu, visit here. Lincoln also has tasty burgers and macaroni and cheese with bacon. That Mac & Cheese is outrageous!
One last dining option is 10 Thomas Restaurant in Washington Plaza. 10 Thomas serves American cuisine ranging from homemade soups, fresh grilled fish, steak with fries, and more. Like many Washington DC and Northern Virginia restaurants, 10 Thomas is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch that includes unlimited Mimosa, Champagne, or Bloody Mary. Reservations are highly recommended by visiting here.
I want to wish you a joyous and Happy Mother’s Day. I hope these ideas are beneficial to your planning. I would love to hear your ideas.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.