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5 Ideas For Mother's Day Gifts In The North Bay

We all know mom's the bomb. Doesn't she deserve to be spoiled? Of course she does! Our suggestions range from an affordable Mother's Day brunch for the whole family at a French-style bistro to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that she'll talk about for years to come. If traditional flowers are the ticket, here is where you can find the best, most astonishingly beautiful arrangements. Or take a family heirloom, such as a precious stone or a bit of sterling silver, and have an expert jeweler re-purpose it as an exquisite ring, bracelet or pendant. Whether it's flowers, jewelry, food, adventure or just luxurious relaxation, here are some resources to make sure mom feels the love this spring. 
Jessa Skin Day Spa

Jessa Day Spa Marin

503 D St., Suite #1
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 342-3413

For busy mothers, quiet time may be the best gift possible. And if that quiet time can include a luxury spa treatment, well, so much the better. Jessa Day Spa Marin has been recognized in multiple "Best" lists, including the PacificSun and Bay List. It offers a range of spa services but specializes in facials. After her relaxing facial, mom can take home natural skin care products that will keep her feeling pampered for months to come.

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Mill Valley Flowers

51 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-7781

Flowers are always appropriate for Mothers' Day. Mill Valley Flowers can provide an arrangement that is anything but commonplace. Much more than a run-of-the-mill neighborhood florist, Mill Valley Flowers has been serving the North Bay community for 30 years. Its arrangements are striking enough to have been photographed by National Geographic Magazine.

Timothy Patrick Jewelers

Timothy Patrick Jewelers

647 4th St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 544-4713

For something extra special, consider consulting expert jewelry designer Timothy Patrick. Patrick is known for restoring heirloom jewelry or transforming a family heirloom such as a precious stone or piece of silver into an original work of the jeweler's art. Patrick has been creating jewelry for 25 years and every piece is constructed entirely by hand. Whether buying mom a ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet, Patrick's work will be certain to please and delight.

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left Bank

Left Bank

507 Magonlia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 927-3331

At Left Bank in Larkspur, you can take the whole family out for Mothers' Day brunch without breaking the bank. Popular and well reviewed, this charming venue serves authentic French bistro food at reasonable prices. On Mothers' Day, it will be serving its regular brunch menu which includes such specialties as a salmon omelette, beignets and eggs benedict. And of course, you will find croque monsieur and croque madame sandwiches.

sf helicopter tours

San Francisco Helicopters

San Francisco, CA 280776
(650) 635-4500

Our most unusual suggestion is for the most unusual mothers, the sort who are up for adventure. This gift is especially suitable if mom is visiting from outside the Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay, with its spectacular geography and bridges, boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and there is no better way to see it then by air. San Francisco Helicopter Tours will pick up mom and her party from convenient downtown locations for a 20-minute helicopter tour followed by an elegant waterside lunch in Sausalito. She'll return by ferry to the city with memories that will last a lifetime. Admittedly, this gift is not cheap, but mom's worth it.

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Charles Kruger is well known in the Bay area as "The Storming Bohemian" ever since he entered the Bay Area cultural scene in the summer of 2009, attending 90 cultural events in 90 days and blogging about it. This project was successful enough to warrant a mention in The New York Times. His coverage of Bay area theatre can be found at


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