May 13, 2023 - Things to Do

A procrastinator's guide to Mother's Day gifts in the Twin Cities

Illustration of a mom tulip hugging a kid tulip bud.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

If this phrase, "Oh no, I don't have a gift yet for Mother's Day" describes you, we're here to help.

The big picture: Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and while a phone call is always great, many moms appreciate a thoughtful gift.

  • Here's where you can shop in person and online for any type of mom.

🌳 For the outdoorsy type: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum always has something new blooming, and with more than 1,200 acres of land, there are plenty of places to explore year-round.

  • A $60 solo membership gets her unlimited admission for one year. (A single ticket is $15/visit.).

🕯 For the creator: Take a candle-making class with her at Roseline's Place starting at $55/person; two candles are included per ticket.

  • Or, take her to Flower Bar, where the two of you can make your own fresh bouquets in-store — no appointment needed.

☕️ For the coffee drinker: Winnow MN will deliver a 12-ounce bag of beans from a different Minnesota roaster to her door once a month, starting at $19.

  • More of a tea person? La Société Du Thé in Minneapolis has a wide variety of high-quality teas and accessories. (Closed Sundays)

👩‍🍳 For the chef: Cooks of Crocus Hill is a boutique kitchen store with locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis. It has a big selection of specialty tools, gourmet items, cookbooks and more. Tip: They also have cooking classes.

  • Or, if you know her tastes very well, there are more than 100 community supported agriculture (CSA) options that provide regular boxes of fresh produce, meat, flowers or goods from local farms this season.

💐 For the classic: Twin Cities shops i like you/i like you too carry hundreds of cards from independent artists, and Bachman's delivers fresh and beautiful bouquets to Lunds & Byerlys locations daily.

💭 My thought bubble: I've bought several last-minute presents from Patina, a local shop packed with specialty items that make great gifts.

  • Bonus: They have eight locations across the Twin Cities and suburbs, as well as extended hours for Mother's Day weekend.

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