Great Gifts — Customized For Mom

May 2012 View more


Mother’s Day is almost here. Time to start planning what you’re doing for the special mom in your life. Moms truly treasure the moments when they are celebrated and appreciated. Pamper her by letting her sleep in. Spend time with her. Bring her breakfast in bed. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and buy her a smoothie or a chocolate treat.

If you are looking to get your mom a gift, there are plenty of places that offer things she is sure to love. And while she’ll enjoy a card or bouquet of flowers, it can be just as easy to give her a gift that is as unique as she is.

Personalized gifts

Moms always treasure gifts that have a personal touch. Consider creating a one-of-a-kind pottery piece for your mom. Places like Pottery Bayou, located on the Riverwalk, and Color Me Mine, located on Showplace Drive, offer everything you need to create a treasured masterpiece. Even if painting is not your strength, on-site artists can help you transform a simple bowl into a work of art. Choose from platters, vases, mugs, dishes and other decor. You’ll find lots of great samples and ideas and they will even assist you in designing the perfect piece. Once complete, your masterpiece will be glazed and fired. Please note: It may take a week or more for your piece to be completed—so plan early.

A little bling is always a good thing

Some claim that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And, yes, expensive jewelry is a wonderful gift, you don’t need to break the bank to get mom beautiful jewelry for Mother’s Day. Charm bracelets have been a great gift-giving trend over the past few years. Stores like Pandora Jewelry on Washington Street and SaraBoo Creek on West Jefferson Avenue sell the popular Pandora Charm Bracelets. Customize these bracelets with a wide variety of charms that celebrate unforgettable moments and aspects in your mom’s life. You can find equally meaningful, lower-cost versions of these bracelets and charms at stores like Two Doors East on West Jefferson Avenue and It’s a Bling Thing on West Jackson Avenue.

Pamper her

Spa treatments are high on every mom’s list. Mother’s typically don’t take the time to pamper themselves. That’s why treating mom to a pedicure, manicure, facial or massage is a great way to say thanks for all she’s done. There are a number of local salons that offer these services. Places like Elegance Spa on South Washington Street and TK Nails on West 75th Street specialize in manicures and pedicures. Massage Envy focuses on massages and has three Naperville locations. Even some local gyms like Lifetime Fitness and XSport Fitness offer these services as well. Full service salons like Zano and Frank Gironda Salon & Day Spa (each with three Naperville-area locations) offer nail services, massages, and facials as well as a plethora of other beauty services. If you are not sure how she likes to be pampered, buy her a spafinder gift card, which is good at more than 7,000 locations. Visit for more information.

The gift of guilt-free shopping

Yes, giving your mom a gift card to her favorite store can be a great treat. Depending on her personality and lifestyle, some mother’s really enjoy the chance to splurge on themselves guilt-free. Moms with young children also appreciate the chance to have some alone time and shop without the kids. Some of downtown Naperville’s hot shopping spots include Hot Mama, Ann Taylor Loft and Lululemon. You can also give mom the gift of choice with a Downtown Naperville gift card that she can use at more than 140 shops and restaurants.

Whatever you decide, a gift from the heart is always a gift that is treasured.

Mothers Know Best

Julie Duffin is blessed to be called mom by three amazing kids. When asked to come up with ideas on Mother’s Day gifts from the Naperville area, she quizzed her friends on what they like to receive. While there are countless amazing gifts to choose from in the area, several ideas were a common theme in their responses.