Mother's Day gives us the chance to let our mothers know just how much we love and appreciate them. Finding just the right gift, however, can feel like an impossible task. Check out this list of our top picks for places to find gifts this year while on the hunt. From books to the perfect place to eat as a family, there are plenty of options to choose from.
2115 W. 21st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
For a unique bookstore experience, take your mom to Birchbark Books or stop in yourself to pick up a great Mother's Day gift. Introduce her to a recommended local author or find a piece of local art that will brighten her day. Birchbark Books also celebrates Native American culture and is a great resource for those wishing to learn more and celebrate their heritage. The friendly staff here really knows its store, inside and out, and can help you find the perfect gift.
3821 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
If lakeside fun is part of your tradition, help mom get ready for the summer ahead with a visit to Nani Nalu swimwear. This Edina-area shop (in the 50th and France shopping district) focuses on helping women find the best possible suit for a flattering fit, every time. Make it a girls outing or book her an appointment and she'll thank you after getting the chance to work with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Shop owner Jennifer Cermak recommends an appointment to ensure the best possible experience.
2000 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
If you have a music-loving mom, consider picking up something from Twin Cities music staple, The Electric Fetus. This music shop is renowned for its musically devoted staff and great selection. Find the vinyl version of her favorite album or talk to staff to figure out a new sure-to-be-favorite artist to introduce her to. Or, take advantage of the store's RipShark service to get all of her CDs converted to MP3s.
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2057 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
Stumped about what to get mom? Check out local area boutique Patina, where cute gift ideas abound, whatever her style. From fun jewelry to bags, scarves, mugs and other novelties, there are plenty of options here. This Highland Park-area store also has four other locations around the metro and boasts an online store for shopping convenience if you prefer. Stop in today and find something that suits your mom and let her know just how much you value her.
211 7th St. W., 3rd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55102
Sometimes the best gift to give is the gift of your time. Take mom out to eat with the family and enjoy authentic Italian food at Cossetta. This downtown restaurant has undergone major renovations and is an even better place to visit than before. Dine in casually on pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salad or visit the 3rd floor Louis Ristorante and Bar for a more formal experience. Just don't forget to stop by the grocery store after your visit and pick up some treats to take home!
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