Forget the potted plant or the box of chocolates. This year, give the marvelous metro Detroit mom in your life something that stands out from the crowd for Mother's Day – just like she does!
From one-of-a-kind jewelry to pampering extras and delicious desserts and beverages, these gifts – many of them made right here in Michigan – will let mom know just how special she is. Note that some of our personalized picks might not arrive quite in time for the big day on Sunday, May 13, 2012. But they still might give you a bit of inspiration or become a just-because gift down the road. Being a mom's a 365/24/7 gig, after all!
Instead of a birthstone ring or necklace, what about a pendant necklace? From MegsBrokenWings, the pendant ($39 plus shipping) includes handcrafted disks of up to four children's names inscribed on copper, brass, bronze and nickel. This piece is sure to draw attention and give mom a reason to brag about her kids. (Note: This one might have to be a bit of an IOU; allow about a week turnaround.)
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Let mom take a break and relax with a steaming loose leaf cup blended by Michigan tea makers. Light of Day in Leelanau County offers a variety of organic teas, including black, white, green and surprising flavors like cacao mint and mother-daughter tea mixes that are caffeine-free. Anyone in the mood for a tea party? Teas are sold in bulk. About $16-$33.
Pick one of your favorite pictures with mom to feature on a heart-shaped puzzle. The Printer's Studio includes several designs where you can either include a picture, message or both. Help mom puzzle it out on Mother's Day, or just leave the pieces in an envelope so she can piece it together in a quiet moment. The personalized touch is sure to make her smile! Prices start at $6.
For moms who love watching Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars, a cupcake decorating kit makes for an affordable, fun gift idea. This kit from King Arthur Flour includes five flexible bottles she can fill with icing to dress up cupcakes, cookies and cakes. The kit costs $15.99.
The Mother's Day brunch at Dearborn hotspot is – alas – already sold out. But what about an annual family pass to The Henry Ford? For $145, two adults and all children can explore the extensive exhibits and attend special events at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village not just once, but throughout the year.
Remind mom of a family adventure to the Upper Peninsula with Petoskey stone earrings. These handmade pieces from Morning Star are all unique, since no Petoskey stone is like another. And even if you haven't ventured to the UP, Petoskey is Michigan's state stone, after all – so flaunt a little home state pride, to boot! Prices range about $28-$125.
Got an active mom – or maybe one who likes the scenic route? Sign her up for a bike tour with Wheelhouse Detroit, located at the Rivard Plaza on the Detroit Riverwalk. The tours cost $25 ($35 with a bike rental) and last around three hours. You can choose from a variety of sites, like an afternoon exploring Detroit's Historic Eastern Market, lunch included – or art, history and even architecture tours.
Tap into mom's crazy side with a pair of socks that fits her personality. There's crazy ninja action socks for moms who don't take any guff – or love tattoo socks for the kick-butt gal with a soft side. From the Joy of Socks, pairs start at $6.
Penzey's Spices has several spice sets available for the foodie mom in your family. The new mini gift box, which goes for $13.95, includes staples like fresh pepper, cinnamon, garlic and a spice blend. There's also a Penzey's store in Beverly Hills, Mich. if you want to go pick out your own blend for mom.
Michigan's own pie maker is offering a Mother's Day deal: Give mom a $25 gift certificate to Achatz, and they'll give you a free pie lifter! Achatz offers everything from fruit to cream pies, traditional favorites and even savory classics like beef and chicken potpie. Oh, the pie of the month for May? Cannoli pie!