Sunday, May 12 is Mother's Day, and even if you haven't figured out how to honor the mother(s) in your life, relax -- there's still time.
Here are some great local gift ideas:
Lotus Petals Floral Design will make a gorgeous Mother's Day bouquet for mom, or you can choose from their selection of hanging baskets, herb gardens, garden gifts, meditation gifts. The arrangement shown in photo attached is $75.
Lotus Petals Floral Design, 92 Baker St. Maplewood, Petalsdesign.com
Jerry Rose Florist offers exquisite custom made arrangements as well as outdoor blooming plants ready-to-go.
Jerry Rose Florist, 176 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973-762-1085
Other terrific floral options in the two towns: Gefken Flowers, Zakiyah's Way and Every Li'l Thing in Maplewood; Victor's Florist in South Orange.
South Orange Pharmacy 73 S. Orange Ave., S. Orange, which also has a nice variety of pretty soaps, hand lotions and other items.
Maplewood Stationers, 171 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood.
Gifts and Jewelry
South Orange's Kitchen a la Mode has a vast selection of pretty, useful, quirky and just ingenious items for the kitchen and home, including handtowels printed with different states, fragrant candles, stylish aprons, sumptuous Polish pottery and a colorful array of Le Creuset.
Kitchen a la Mode, 17 S. Orange Ave., S. Orange, 973-821-5145.
Robyn Ross in South Orange and Tenth Muse in Maplewood both feature necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in all different styles -- and price points.
Robyn Ross, 67 South Orange Ave, South Orange, (973) 913-1100.
Tenth Muse, 170 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, (973) 313-2722
Other great gift and jewelry stores: Perch Home, No. 165, Kokoro, Shed, Beacon Jewelers.
Consider giving Mom a gift certificate for some much-needed pampering.
Anthony Garubo Salon in Maplewood offers Mother's Day gift certificates. Call 973-762-1212 or purchase on line at www.anthonygarubosalon.com/.
Anthony Garubo Salon, 174 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood.
Indulgence Day Spa in South Orange has gift certificates for its luxurious services. How about a Coconut Mint Sugar Scrub for Hands ($35) or Feet ($55) (or both)?
Indulgence Day Spa, 61 S. Orange Ave., S. Orange, 973-821-5609
Looking to take Mom out? Mother's Day dining can be hectic and tough to score a reservation, but there are still a host of casual options available in South Orange and Maplewood. Here are just two:
Bunnys in South Orange is open from 11 a.m. on Sunday, and every Mom will get a free dessert with each entree to thank them for all they do all year long.
Bunnys Sports Bar, 12-14 W. South Orange Ave., South Orange.
Coda in Maplewood will feature its regular brunch menu as well as other specials. Call for information about reservations.
Coda, 177 Maplewood Ave.,Maplewood, 973-327-2247