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Let's face it—moms are awesome. They comfort you, teach you tricks about getting stains out of your favorite shirt, and are pretty much a guaranteed home-cooked meal. We're not trying to get all Buster Bluth here, but every mom deserves a thoughtful gift on that second Sunday in May. From luxury at Louis to steals at Second Time Around, we've gathered up a foolproof guide to shopping for mommy dearest. Check out these fifteen spots for gifts that are sure to brighten mom's day this May 12. Just make sure to leave the matching outfits to the Bluth family.—Justin Reis


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Boston’s most fashion-forward destination houses more than just drool-worthy designer duds. Tucked in the back corner of the Fort Point store, you’ll find the most luxurious assortment of home accessories that you ever did see. Who said you can’t match your dishes to your dress?
This will be the first Mother’s Day at Good's new 133 Charles Street location, which means the first chance to give mom a piece from the newly expanded, highly curated stock. Jewelry is a no brainer, but be sure to look for one-of-a-kind fashion pieces too.

Rugg Road Paper Company

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Leave Hallmark to the amateurs and one up your sibling with a card from this perfectly edited Charles Street alcove. If you’re still unsure about a gift, place an order for some customized Crane & Co. Stationery—it’ll be some extra encouragement for mom to send a care package.

Holiday Boutique

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One part dream closet and one part confectionary cupcake, this Beacon Hill favorite makes Betty Draper look like a slob. While their stock of “darling designer” is certainly that, we suggest ordering mom something custom from the store’s signature collection.
Challenge the mom who thinks she has everything with something from this beloved Brahmin favorite. While the racks are full of familiar brands like DVF and Vince, the buying team works tirelessly to search for the off-the-cuff pieces that never make it to big box retailers.

Second Time Around

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No, we’re not advocating second-hand gifts. This Newbury outpost of the forward consignor has exclusive arrangements with top boutiques, offering never-worn pieces from brands like Balenciaga, Celine, and Dries Van Noten for up to 90% off, tags and boxes included.
Newly stationed on designer-laden Newbury, Turtle is an oasis of up-and-coming designs from Boston and beyond. The racks of Turtle strike a balance between urban city-monger and artistic eccentricity so if mom likes to walk on the wild side, make sure to pop in.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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The gift of relaxation is the most wanted across mothers nation wide and the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is the best place to get it. As the only five-star spa in Massachusetts, The Spa at MO will transport mom to a level of tranquility she never imagined possible.

Laura Preshong

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Give mom a gift she can feel good about and stop by this Tremont jewelry gallery. Finds from favorites such as Chan Luu sit next to Preshong’s eponymous line of pieces that are eco friendly, socially responsible, and cruelty free.
Forget the expected florals and instead treat mom to a floral arranging class at this beloved Boston florist. Twig offers a full range of classes to cover every need, green thumb or not. Plus, buy one for yourself and add the extra gift of quality time.
This boho-babe boutique, started by a mother-daughter duo, is a no-brainer for some of the most unique gifts in town. If mom isn’t a Coachella regular, look for pieces from independent jewelers and don’t forget a card from one of the best stationery selections the South End has to offer.

Michelle Willey Boutique

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If you’re at an absolute loss when it comes to gifts, look no further than Michelle Wiley. This well-curated boutique stocks everything from bowls to Barbour jackets and is sure to stock something for even the most difficult matriarch.
Preppy with a punch is the best way to sum up the housewares offered by Jill Goldberg’s Union Park shop. Pick up gilded candles from D.L. & Company or pop a picture of you and mom into one of several quirky frames. For those looking to score major points, check out the furniture offerings.

Maison Decor

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Maybe a trip to France isn’t in this month’s budget but this SOWA spot stocks French antiques and accessories, both inspired and actual. Maison Décor also specializes in reinventing worn or outdated pieces, which is a great option for that awful end table Mom knows everyone hates.

Marc Hall Objeckt

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Marc Hall and his Objekt shop offer a take on garden décor that is anything but expected. If mom has a green thumb, wow her with graphically striking vases and vessels filled with exotic species—the kind she definitely won’t be able to find at Home Depot.

Louis

Boston’s most fashion-forward destination houses more than just drool-worthy designer duds. Tucked in the back corner of the Fort Point store, you’ll find the most luxurious assortment of home accessories that you ever did see. Who said you can’t match your dishes to your dress?

Good

This will be the first Mother’s Day at Good's new 133 Charles Street location, which means the first chance to give mom a piece from the newly expanded, highly curated stock. Jewelry is a no brainer, but be sure to look for one-of-a-kind fashion pieces too.

Rugg Road Paper Company

Leave Hallmark to the amateurs and one up your sibling with a card from this perfectly edited Charles Street alcove. If you’re still unsure about a gift, place an order for some customized Crane & Co. Stationery—it’ll be some extra encouragement for mom to send a care package.

Holiday Boutique

One part dream closet and one part confectionary cupcake, this Beacon Hill favorite makes Betty Draper look like a slob. While their stock of “darling designer” is certainly that, we suggest ordering mom something custom from the store’s signature collection.

Wish

Challenge the mom who thinks she has everything with something from this beloved Brahmin favorite. While the racks are full of familiar brands like DVF and Vince, the buying team works tirelessly to search for the off-the-cuff pieces that never make it to big box retailers.

Second Time Around

No, we’re not advocating second-hand gifts. This Newbury outpost of the forward consignor has exclusive arrangements with top boutiques, offering never-worn pieces from brands like Balenciaga, Celine, and Dries Van Noten for up to 90% off, tags and boxes included.

Turtle

Newly stationed on designer-laden Newbury, Turtle is an oasis of up-and-coming designs from Boston and beyond. The racks of Turtle strike a balance between urban city-monger and artistic eccentricity so if mom likes to walk on the wild side, make sure to pop in.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

The gift of relaxation is the most wanted across mothers nation wide and the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is the best place to get it. As the only five-star spa in Massachusetts, The Spa at MO will transport mom to a level of tranquility she never imagined possible.

Laura Preshong

Give mom a gift she can feel good about and stop by this Tremont jewelry gallery. Finds from favorites such as Chan Luu sit next to Preshong’s eponymous line of pieces that are eco friendly, socially responsible, and cruelty free.

Twig

Forget the expected florals and instead treat mom to a floral arranging class at this beloved Boston florist. Twig offers a full range of classes to cover every need, green thumb or not. Plus, buy one for yourself and add the extra gift of quality time.

Flock

This boho-babe boutique, started by a mother-daughter duo, is a no-brainer for some of the most unique gifts in town. If mom isn’t a Coachella regular, look for pieces from independent jewelers and don’t forget a card from one of the best stationery selections the South End has to offer.

Michelle Willey Boutique

If you’re at an absolute loss when it comes to gifts, look no further than Michelle Wiley. This well-curated boutique stocks everything from bowls to Barbour jackets and is sure to stock something for even the most difficult matriarch.

Hudson

Preppy with a punch is the best way to sum up the housewares offered by Jill Goldberg’s Union Park shop. Pick up gilded candles from D.L. & Company or pop a picture of you and mom into one of several quirky frames. For those looking to score major points, check out the furniture offerings.

Maison Decor

Maybe a trip to France isn’t in this month’s budget but this SOWA spot stocks French antiques and accessories, both inspired and actual. Maison Décor also specializes in reinventing worn or outdated pieces, which is a great option for that awful end table Mom knows everyone hates.

Marc Hall Objeckt

Marc Hall and his Objekt shop offer a take on garden décor that is anything but expected. If mom has a green thumb, wow her with graphically striking vases and vessels filled with exotic species—the kind she definitely won’t be able to find at Home Depot.