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Buy Local: Ten Last Minute Gifts for Mom

Alright, boys and girls, err, sons and daughters:  you’ve got two days.  Mother’s Day falls early this year (or it sure feels like it).  It’s Sunday.  May 10.  In two days.  So it’s time to get shopping.  Here are ten gift ideas for Mom, all available in or around Royal Oak.  So, go buy something special for your Mom, and support a local business (or writer!) at the same time.

1.  A copy of Writing Home, an award-winning collection of essays on motherhood and family life in Royal Oak, by Royal Oak author Cindy La Ferle. available at the Barnes and Noble on Main Street (or online here).  Proceeds from new book sales are donated to organizations serving the homeless in Oakland County, Mich.  We’ve written about Cindy before, check out a post featuring some of her art here.

Both a “motherhood memoir” and a handbook for living, Writing Home is a heartwarming anthology of domestic essays and lifestyle columns by award-winning journalist Cindy La Ferle. This timeless collection speaks to every suburban parent who has ever attempted to combine work, parenthood, and homekeeping. La Ferle’s essays address such key issues as losing a parent, aging gracefully, reinventing family traditions, facing the empty nest, and finding deeper meaning in the small but defining moments of everyday life. Writing Home has won four awards for creative nonfiction, including one from Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association and another from Writer’s Digest. Think Club Publications voted Writing Home Book of the Year in 2005, praising it for its values-driven content. Midwest Book Review describes Cindy La Ferle’s essays as “Little gems of wisdom from a modern working woman who has a valuable and interesting philosophy on life.” The book has been featured on Sirius Radio and in other national media.

Nine more local gift ideas, after the jump . . .

2.  Chocolate from Gayle’s. 

Very traditional and tasty; leave the price tag on so Mom knows it’s fancy too.  Options include mini-chocolate purses and Gayle’s signature high heel chocolate shoes, or the standard box of chocolates.  

CR: Brandon Edward Miller

3.  Flowers or plants from the Farmer’s Market (don’t forget to stop by Royal Oak in Bloom).  And offer to help Mom plant her purchases back at the ranch.

CR:  karbon69 via flickr

CR: karbon69 via flickr

4.  For those on a budget, or who need to help out a younger buyer — gift certificates to take Mom for ice cream at Baskin Robbins or Jimi’s (714 S Washington) when they finally get around to reopening for the season!

5.  A European facial from Robin Manoogian’s About Face Beauty Spa on S. Washington (or any other spa downtown).  Manicures work too.  

CR:  jamescronk via flickr

CR: jamescronk via flickr

6.  Brunch at Pronto! (S. Washington) or one of the gift baskets from the adjoining Pronto! Corner Store. (Great place for family drama — slip to the bar for a mimosa or a bloody mary if you need a break from the ‘rents!)

7.  Vintage costume jewelry from Paris (E. 4th St.) or Lost & Found Vintage (S. Washington).

8.  Gardening supplies — watering can, gloves, trowel, etc — from Frentz and Sons Hardware.

CR:  Lauren Tarr via flickr

CR: Lauren Tarr via flickr

9.  Movie tickets for a show at the Main Art Theatre.

CR:  Brandon Edward Miller

CR: Brandon Edward Miller

10.  A case of Summer Whites, from the guys at Cloverleaf Fine Wines.  A great deal at $85, all hand-picked by the Guys at Cloverleaf.  “A great, refreshing white wine supply for upcoming grab-it-and-go summer party needs.”

This list is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive — please bat around some other last minute ideas for Mom in the comments below. 

6 responses to "Buy Local: Ten Last Minute Gifts for Mom"

  1. Ryan Meray | May 08, 2009 at 09:35

    If you’re going to buy flowers, please, for the love of all that is good, don’t buy from one of those national flower places! They just take a cut and send it to one of the local florists anyways. BUY DIRECT from a local award-winning florist like Blumz in Ferndale.


  2. Brandon May 08, 2009 at 09:51

    Great point, Ryan! Go visit the local flower shop!


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  4. Melissa Bunker May 08, 2009 at 11:59

    Yes buy local- but when you really want to impress mom get it wrapped at Lisa’s Gift Wrappers (on Woodward south of 12 Mile with orange and green awnings)or by your own supplies to wrap it yourself and chose from 175+ papers and nearly 800 ribbons. Come Saturday May 9 with a Mom’s Day card ( or pick one up there) and get free calligraphy. Local “wrap artists” creating eye-popping packaging. Stop in and take a peek.


  5. DominiqueKing May 08, 2009 at 12:42

    Brandon-great ideas!

    And to continue with the “Shop Local” theme:

    Stop by Catching Fireflies in Berkley to talk with their “gift gurus” and get mom something fun and funky. April stocks a lot of items from local artisans, and the store, subject of one of my previous stories here on Urbane , even offers the convenience of shopping online and ordering something to be picked up at the Berkley store (still shopping local, while saving time and shipping costs!)


  6. DominiqueKing May 08, 2009 at 12:50

    Still more with the “Shop Local” theme:

    Ariana Gallery in downtown Royal Oak, featured here at Urbane blog in my Michigan Glass Month article , also has lots of unique gifts at reasonable prices.
    A friend of mine recently mentioned seeing a pretty glass bead bracelet there she was considering buying–at less than $40. The gallery also has a lot of other jewelry, ornaments and decor to fit pretty much any budget.


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