Whether you are shopping for Mother's Day, mom's birthday, or just because mom is the best, here's a guide to the perfect gifts and getaways that will show your super-mom how much she's valued and loved. From the outdoorsy mom to the mom that craves relaxation, Athens has everything you need to show her how special she truly is.
For the mama that prefers to relax at home, an at-home spa kit is the perfect gift. Andree's Essential Soaps, featured in the 2006 International Emmy Awards gift bags, and Community have home-made, therapeutic soaps, lotions, and other spa essentials. The scents and quality of these local Athens products will allow the hardworking mom to refresh, relax and rejuvenate. She deserves it!
Crafty moms always appreciate new supplies, and Athens offers several locally owned stores that have everything her heart desires. Loft Art Supplies offers supplies for bookmaking, calligraphy, sculpting, and more. K.A. Artist Shop not only sells watercolor sets, but you can also make something special for her yourself. Archer Paper Goods is the perfect place to go for a Mother's Day Card, specialty stationary, and other fun paper supplies. For the knitter and crocheter mamas, Revival Yarns offers vibrant, beautiful yarns (some made with locally farmed fiber) sure to earn mom's approval. Jewelry is a classic gift, but for the mom that would rather make her own, Margo Sterling Silver sells beads and precious stones that will turn into a beautiful piece of jewelry thanks to your mom's craft. You can either buy craft supplies for your mama, or make her a masterpiece yourself. Either way, she'll love it!
Who doesn't love a beautiful bouquet? Your beautiful mom sure will! European Floral Design inspires their arrangements from beautiful flowers all around Europe, or arrange your own bouquet with the fresh flowers at the Athens Farmers Market. If you can't see your special mom in person, Flowerland has gorgeous arrangements that can be delivered worldwide.
From running to boxing to yoga to hiking, new workout gear is a great way to support the mom that's always been your number one fan. Athens caters to all athletic needs with the Athens Running Company, Fleet Feet, Half-Moon Outfitters, and High Country Outfitters. Athens also has many other shops that mom will love, including vintage stores. No matter the style, you can find mom's taste right here in Athens.
For the mom that cultivated your love of books, stop by Avid Bookshop on Prince or at Five Points to pick up a best-selling novel in her favorite genre. Avid also sells stationary, magnets, bags, and other fun items catered to book lovers. The charming store has a well-curated selection, and they will give you a personalized experience to help find the perfect match for your book-worm mom.
Send your sweet mama the sweetest gift with a box of Condor Chocolates. Of course, she needs a bottle of wine to pair the chocolate with. Shiraz Fine Wine & Gourmet will help you pick out the perfect bottle of fine wine so your mama can indulge. For a gift that keeps on giving, you can sign her up for a wine club membership from Five Points Bottle Shop. Nothing says "you're the best, mom" like a box of chocolates and bottle of wine.
From hand-made necklaces to classic pearls, Athens has a delightful array of jewelry that caters to all tastes. Native America Gallery, Tena's Fine Diamonds and Jewelry, and The Pearl Girls have diverse selections that will capture your mom's personality in a beautiful piece of jewelry.
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Music-lovin' moms will admire the live performances at Georgia Theatre, Live Wire, Hendershot's, Caledonia Lounge, The Foundry, and The Classic Center Theatre, especially if she gets to spend time with you too. Head to Wuxtry Records so she can browse the selection and take some music home with her.
The Great Outdoors
The State Botanical Garden and Founder's Memorial Garden are both beautiful locations to spend time with mom. View the gorgeous foliage and go on a relaxing hike with the mom that taught you how it's done. She'll love the scenery and the quality time, making it the perfect outing with mom.
Moms deserve to be taken care of, and the spas in Athens will treat her like royalty. Voted Athens' Best Day Spa, Urban Sanctuary specializes in massages that cater to every need. And for those moms-to-be, Urban also offers pre-natal massages. Spa at Graduate Athens offers hot stone massage therapy, wraps, facials, and much more. Surprise mama with a spa day, and this will be a moment to remember. Here are some other spa options in Athens.
Sunday brunch is a classic, delightful way to show mom how much you love her. Athens is home to many restaurants that will make your mom feel appreciated. Heirloom Cafe offers farm-to-table selections, The Grit serves delicious vegetarian food, and Mama's Boy has a delectable menu (and a fitting name). Pair the heartwarming meal with a patio table, and you've created the perfect brunch date with mom.
Explore a historic Neighborhood
Athens is so much more than just one thing. Explore all of Athens' great neighborhoods and get the vibe of each one. Stroll down the picturesque sidewalks and browse through the niche boutiques in Five Points, a sophisticated 1920's era neighborhood. Downtown is best known for funky shops and the always evolving live music scene, home to iconic Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club, and The Foundry. Hipsters love Normaltown, an up-and-coming area that is anything but normal, where you can find local favorites The Old Pal and Indie South. Don't miss Athens' ultra popular and fast-growing Chase Street Warehouse District, where you can find trapeze studio Canopy, The Tree Room, Creature Comforts' second location, and a slew of artists and musicians. Check out all of our neighborhoods and decide which is your favorite, that is, if you can pick just one!
Dinner dates with mom are sweet and simple, but they can create some of the best moments. Diverse Athens restaurants cater to your mom's liking. For a cozy atmosphere and some of the finest fresh seafood, head on over to Marker 7. Cali n Tito's has two locations, both with fun environments and tasty Latin American meals. The Pine is a classic restaurant with hearth baked meals. After dinner, head to The Root downstairs for some drinks. No matter the restaurant, your mom will be fulfilled with the delicious meal and great company.
Immerse mom in the Athens creative scene by taking her over to the Georgia Museum of Art, which displays wonderful works of art. There are also many other museums and galleries around Athens. For a more hands-on approach, head to Artini's, the paint & sip studio, for a drink and a fun painting session, and if you're feeling adventurous, Good Dirt Clay Studio has 'Try Clay' classes on Sundays.
Watching a movie with mama is a fun, simple way to show her some love. AMC Dine-In Athens 12 combines a delicious meal with an entertaining movie, and Cine is an art house cinema that screens the latest independent and international films, documentaries, and classic movies. She'll love to relax and watch a movie with you.
Stay the Night
If you want to spend more time with your mom, stay the night in one of the swanky Athens hotels. Graduate Athens feeds intellectual curiosity with splashes of history and southern charm around the cozy building. Hotel Indigo has a contemporary ambiance to create a glamorous stay, and it's also LEED certified from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mama deserves a relaxing night in a beautiful hotel here in Athens. Check out the variety of Athens hotel accommodations and book your stay today!
With all that Athens has to offer, there are many ways to treat your precious mama to a special occasion that's as wonderful as she is.
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