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Shop Local: A Mother's Day Gift Guide from PNW businesses

With Mother's Day fast approaching (it's May 9, FYI) we've rounded up some local gift ideas to celebrate the mother figure in your life all while supporting PNW businesses. It's a win-win!

Starting with Lola's Traveling Tea Party, created by 5 local sisters who combine their creative talents of art, photography, food and a love for tea. The sisters have curated a beautiful afternoon tea experience in a box that offers all the fun and delicious details of a tea house delivered to your door. The Tea for Two boxes serve two people with all the essentials you need to set up your own beautiful afternoon tea at home or anywhere (how about mom's font yard?) The boxes include a variety of sweets, fresh fruit, scones with clotted cream, jam or honey, savory bites, tea sandwiches and selections of teas. Accompanied with a menu are instructions on how to set up the easy to assemble and reusable three-tiered tray, mini silverware, disposable cup and saucer, napkins, chocolates and flowers! What a gift! Shop these Tea for Two boxes at a Pop Up Event at Distant Worlds Coffeehouse on May 15.

Big Little News is a newly-opened shop in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood with a big selection of specialty magazines, beer, wine, champagne, gifts. For mom the shop has filled a sturdy wooden crate with sips and snacks packed with love for Mother's Day. The Big Little Mother's Day Box is $50 and only available for pick-up May 6-9 at the Pike/Pine newsstand. It includes:

  • One bottle of Tenuta Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Bolgheri Rosato 2017 Rosé
  • Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Missionary Chocolates
  • Blackwing Pearl Pencil and a Eco-Friendly Journal by Snerd
  • Potted Pansy grown by one of BLN's lovely shopkeepers
  • Monk Magazine and Choice of Taproot, Kinfolk, or Create Magazine

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Create the perfect Mother’s Day gift package by combining a Tinte Cellars picnic basket, a bottle or two of mom’s favorite Tinte Cellars wine (Tinte recommends Viognier and Syrah), and some delicious jcoco chocolate; packages start at $88. Tinte’s online store also offers several pre-made gift sets, too! Mom may also want to try two new wines - the 2020 Rose’ of Counoise and 2020 Sauvignon Blanc - beginning on May 1. If Mom would rather have an in-person wine tasting experience, Tinte Cellars has three locations to choose from: Seattle - Georgetown and Woodinville - Hollywood Hill & the Warehouse District. Cheers!

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Bloom Away, based in Seattle, sources flowers from local farms and growers cooperatives, so they can support all of their businesses in such trying times and give back to our community. Whether you’d like to get something as timeless as dried flower wreath, elegant bouquet or designer arrangement, they are here to make it happen. Fresh arrangements are available for local delivery in the Seattle area including Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Bellevue area, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville. The wreaths can be shipped nationwide to send love to mom wherever she lives.

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Nothing says self-care like an Astrology Birth Chart Reading from locally owned Shift + Shine, that's all about Mom! Gift her this session as a self-validation/self-acceptance tool to give her permission to embrace who she really is and shine light on how she is naturally wired to operate in this lifetime. It's a fun experience that she will surely never forget.

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Consider planning a day trip to Suncadia for the Mommy and Me, Paint & Sip Tea Party Saturday, May 8, 10:00am-12:00pm. Spend the morning with your family and paint with your little one. The artist will instruct you and your family with step by step instructions and you can work together to create a memorable masterpiece, something that mom will actually want to keep. The session comes with one paint-able tray and two paint-able teacups. Go all out for mom and stay the night and enjoy some family time around the fire pit and hit the spa up in the morning for some much needed relaxation time.

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Speaking of relaxation, if you want to claim the title of 'favorite child' or 'best husband ever' pamper the mama in your life with the Mom's Retreat package at The Inn at The Market. This is a true staycation for those moms who need to disconnect from it all and in 2021, pretty sure that's ALL moms - trust me, I know firsthand. The package includes:

  • A 60 minute massage
  • Bottle of local wine
  • A $35 food and beverage credit
  • One in-room movie and valet parking

Now go spoil your mom!

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