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Best Mother's Day Gifts In The Bay Area

Mother's Day cards at Papyrus, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Don't forget the card as well. There's no shortage of ideas to make it a special Mother's Day in the Bay, so we've added a few more ideas to last year's suggestions.  Draw a circle around the date; Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Chantal Guillon macarons, San Francisco

Chantal Guillon Macarons
437 A Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-2400

Hayes Valley is ground zero for pretty pastel Parisian-style macarons. This patisserie can also serve you in SoMa and in Palo Alto. Alternatively, Miette is at 449 Octavia St., the Ferry Building, and at Jack London Square, Oakland. Gourmey & More does macarons at 141 Gough St., too. Get an assorted box of classic flavors and 2015 spring/summer collection if you simply cannot figure out if mom would be attracted to almond amaretto, pulled toward passion fruit or drawn to dark chocolate, but all are possibly too pretty to eat.

La Chamba Cookware
Toque Blanche
604 Main St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2898

Have you noticed lately how many chefs are using La Chamba black clay pot cookware, handcrafted along the Magdalena River in Colombia? The lightweight and unglazed pots and pans are so sturdy that archeologists have dug up items 700 years old. It cleans easily, so save precious water by not having to scour and scrub repeatedly. They're stocking La Chamba, along with other brands, at this friendly, independent kitchen store on Half Moon Bay's pleasant Main St. Choose something with their expert guidance or go with a Mother's Day gift certificate.

'Inventing Champagne' Theater Tickets
Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 255-8207
Date: May 11 and 12, 2015 at 7 p.m.

For two nights only, television and Broadway star Nancy Dussault ('The Sound of Music,' 'Do Re Mi,' 'Bajour') is performing in 'Invention Champagne,' a tribute to legendary lyricist Alan Jay Lerner with tunes from shows such as 'My Fair Lady,' 'Brigadoon,' 'Camelot,' 'Gigi,' and 'Paint Your Wagon.' Dussault, a two-time Tony nominee, is joined by the cast of the 42nd Street Moon singers. The timing is perfect for Mother's Day.

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, Legion of Honor

Tickets to 'High Style'
at the Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600

The special exhibit through July 31, 2015 is a treat for style-conscious mothers and vintage fashion fans. Gowns, accessories and shoes representing the most influential designers of the 20th century (1910-1980) have been curated into a show of highlights from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection in connection with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Make it even more special with tea at the museum café and a coffee table book from the museum gift shop.

Wine and Roses in Russian River

Mother's Day wine tastings, champagne brunches, and barbecues with bubbly are popping like corks throughout wine country on May 10, 2015. Consider adding Mother's Day Open Garden at the Russian River Rose Company. A $2 admission is required for entry to the garden blooming with 650 rose varieties. Wander under the arches of huge rambling roses, into the Butterfly Garden, along the the Rose History Trail, and into the garden shop to buy mom a living take-away treasure.

Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she's writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on



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