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Gift Guide: What Denver Moms Want for Mother’s Day

Psssst…significant others. This post is for you. We polled Denver moms to find out their top picks for Mother’s Day. From the kids, we want homemade cards, gifts and treats. From you? Well, it’ll cost ya…but not always a lot. 🙂 Of course, we always love brunch but here are a few ideas to get you on the right path:

Jewelry from Luna & Stella.

This gift has my top billing because it is what I requested for Mother’s Day! There are many jewelry lines out there for mom but former Red Envelope and J. Crew executive Suzanne Ellis really knew what she was doing when she started this top-notch line. This collection of hand-crafted birthstone jewelry is both sophisticated and meaningful. Each piece is made-to-order and custom set with the birthstones of children, grandchildren and loved ones. The necklace is customizable with up to 5 stones and is made to order by artisans in the United States, ready to ship in just 5 days. The rings are sold individually but designed to be mixed, matched and added to over time as new members join the family, making them a great gift for a new mom or grandma.

Life’s Sweet Photo Books

Sure, you can make plenty of cheap photo books online but how about a treasured keepsake you can pass down for generations to come? Colorado-based Life’s Sweet also does wedding photo books, memory books of new babies, children’s art and school work photo books, fun-filled vacation or travel photo albums and personalized children’s books.This Colorado-based company is designed with busy moms in mind. Simply upload your pictures and Life’s Sweet designs your photo book for you.


Several moms requested flowers, just now how you’d expect. Ditch the bouquet and give them something that will last. One mom requested flowers for all her flower pots and uninterrupted, kid-free time to plant them. Another mom started a tradition of heading to the nursery and planting flowers on Mother’s Day. Several moms requested hanging flowers for their front porch, all gifts Mom can enjoy the entire summer.

A Nook or a Kindle

Sure, Moms still love cuddling up to a book but these eBook readers are all the rage right now. And what’s not to love? You have over 1 million titles at your fingertips, lots of memory to store more 1,000 titles, easy-to-read text and sample books for free. The only thing left is giving Mom some time to kick back and read.

An afternoon at the spa.

Moms want to be pampered. At least that is what I concluded after an overwhelming number of women said they’d love a massage, facial or manicure/pedicure. Don’t know where to start? Mile High Mamas’ top choice for a mani-pedi is Sweet Life Nail Bar & Lounge (we’re offering a giveaway for it). Top area spa recommendations are Body Massage Wellness Spa and Tall Grass Spa in Evergreen. Last year, my husband surprised me with a wonderful couple’s massage from Indulgences Day Spa, though I’m still trying to figure out who benefited most. 🙂

Flip Video™ Camcorders

One mom was practically salivating at the thought of receiving one of these sleek cameras. There’s no easier way to record your family’s favorite memories than with the flip’s high-quality videos anytime, anywhere. Surprise Mom by making a fun video with the kids about why they love her.

Date night.

One mom simply wanted to go to a non-kid movie with her significant other. Many requested restaurants, theatre tickets, plays, the opera, or even just a night out hiking.

If money is tight, surprise her with a special evening in after the kids go to bed with her favorite dessert, massage and chick flick. For great discounts on area activities, spas, restaurants and more, be sure to subscribe to Groupon.


The mere word is almost spoken with reverence in many mom circles. Etsy is an online global marketplace that is THE place to buy and sell all things handmade. Shop for unique handmade jewelry, clothes, eco-friendly gifts, home decor…you name it, Etsy sells it. Fun finds include a Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard or a Coffee Wrap Kit you design yourself.

Be sure to check out this great gift guide from Etsy if you need additional inspiration.

Gourmet Mom
Is the mom in your life a foodie? If so, add some spice to her life by putting together a fantastic compilation of delicious spices and rubs from stores such as Penzey’s Spices or Savory Spice Shop (as recently featured in The Denver Post). Williams-Sonoma has a great Mother’s Day shopping guide with goodies such as a garden rose wreath or a panini press. If Mom loves her chocolate, add a new twist to her gift with 10 reasons I love mom truffles from Red Envelope. Each of these 10 boxes displays a thoughtful message on the outside and contains two delectable truffles within.

Shopping Mom

What is your mom’s favorite store? The Denver moms we polled said they would love anything from places such as Antropologie or ModCloth. If you’re still lacking in inspiration, I have two words for you: Highlands Square. If you want to just browse around to see what will fit your honey’s fancy, you must go here. One of my favorite stop is wordshop, a paperie that offers insatiable greeting cards, writer’s journals, fine papers, boxed notes and invitations for all occasions. For unique accessories and clothing, be sure to visit Pout Beauty Boutique, Dragonfly and The Uncommon Thread.

Active Mom

Last but definitely not least is Run Like a Mother. This high-quality product line of wicking shirts was started by Denver mom Nancy Weissert and is perfect for moms who love to workout. Choose from sayings such as “Run Like a Mother,” “Bike Like a Mother” or even one of their children’s companion tees like “My Mommy Tris” for children of triathlete moms. You don’t need to be a hard-core athlete to enjoy this stylin’ collection that is offered in various colors as a tank, cap sleeve, short sleeve, long sleeve or maternity wear. Have an upcoming race? Run Like a Mother frequently personalizes the back side of the shirts for groups doing the Walk for Breast Cancer or for running teams.


Did we miss anything? Be sure to tell us what you want for Mother’s Day and if you have any favorite local finds.

Also be sure to enter our Grand Prize: brunch and an overnight stay at the Warwick Denver. Other glorious Mother’s Day prizes include a massage from Body Wellness Spa, tickets to Central City Opera, a mani/pedi from Sweet Life Nail Bar & Lounge, Feed Your Soul Cookies and flowers from Ed Moore Florist. Please go here to enter.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.


  1. Dear Husband.

    One of each will suffice.

    Until next year.

    Love, Wife.

  2. Oh, I don’t know if I was so much salivating over the Flip as HEAVILY COACHING my boys to constantly remind daddy. LOL! : )

    Great stuff to check out here, thanks for the list!

  3. Jen,

    You know I got that Flip request from you!

  4. I want. The extra 100$ it’ll cost to add to my gift certificate so I can have a full spa day at a lovely spa in Evergreen 🙂

    I won a $250 GC the other week, now just 100$ more and I can make it a 7 hour spa session. No idea how I’ll drive home.. but I’ll figure that out when the time comes! 🙂

  5. Great suggestions! I would also LOVE to receive some homemade cards, wet kisses and then an empty house where I can just sit on the couch and read a book in total, complete, uninterupted silence. Sigh …. that would be so incredibly dreamy.

  6. Yeah, I figured the Flip idea came from me. LOL 😉

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