How to Have an Awesome Mother's Day in Denver

Mother's day is around the corner.  Are you wondering what to get your mom or wife for Mother's Day in Denver?  I've got you covered!  Below is a round-up of pampering, brunch spots, and local gifts so that you can't go wrong. 

1.  Pamper Mom with a Massage (and more!)

Foushee Salon & Spa

Foushee has a Littlelton and a downtown location and they are rated very highly on Yelp.  The prices for a massage are amazing!  (Joe, if you're reading this, I'll take the hour long "focus massage" for $80.)  They also have other massage options, body treatments, as well as a full hair and nail salon.  Talk about a one-stop-shop!  If you are looking to wow your wife, this is a great place to start and finish.  I don't know one woman who wouldn't jump for joy at the thought of a spa day :)

The Woodhouse Day Spa

Another great option for pampering the special lady in your life is The Woodhouse Day Spa.  They have packages to suit every level of your love (haha!)..just kidding, to suit every price point.  Standout services include their award-winning "Minkyti" facial using seaweed leaves to revitalize your skin and their pregnancy massage, Mellow Mama, to relieve mom-to-be's pregnancy aches and pains. 

Base Coat Nail Salon

She's not into massages?  How about sending her to this hip organic and non-toxic nail salon for some pampering.  Located in Lo-Hi (and Los Angeles!), mom can get her nails done before shopping and eating in some of Denver's hippest spots! 

The story behind this salon is pretty cool--the founder headed to get a pedicure before the birth of one of her children at a traditional local nail salon.  While there, her nose started to bleed from all of the strong fumes.  She figured that was a bad sign and was determine to come up with an alternative. Love this!!

2. Mother's Day Brunch in Denver

Moms are human.  And humans like to eat.  Moms are humans who like to eat brunch.  (At least in my experience they are.)  Book early because your wife or mom is not the only one celebrating on May 14th!  LOTS of places are already booked up (like, every place on Zagats list of best brunch restaurants in Denver), but here are some great options that, as of this posting, still have reservations open:

Southern Hospitality (Downtown and Lone Tree)

Looking for some good ol' Memphis-style barbeque?  Southern Hospitality (created by Jusin Timberlake, and friends) has you covered.

And oh my gosh, I just saw the brunch menu...I'll have the burnt ends hash and eggs, thankyouverymuch. 

Plus, my main squeeze and my hatchlings will be happy with their diverse menu.

The Universal (Highland area)

This is an all-day (well, up until 2pm) breakfast diner (they serve lunch M-F at 11am) located in the Highland area. 

They serve "homemade comfort fare and re-imagined classics."  The good news and the bad news: they seat tables on a walk-in basis only.  So this could be good news if you are reading this on Mother's Day morning ;)  Reviewers rave about the service, the Bloody Mary's, and the food! 

 The French Press (3 Locations!)

I've eaten at The French Press at the Lakewood location and the food was fantastic.  People rave about their coffee, but I'm a tea drinker, so I can't comment on it.  They recently opened their third location in south Denver and the good reviews are rolling in!  (Their website hasn't been updated to reflect the new location, FYI.) 

They don't take reservations, so this could also be a good option if you're willing to wait a bit and haven't book something ahead of time! 

3.  Etsy Gifts for Mom

Custom family portrait

Custom family portrait from etsy seller, Peradesign via Etsy

Custom family portrait from etsy seller, Peradesign via Etsy

I stinking LOVE this idea.  You send your favorite picture and this shop (peradesign) sends you a digital file of a hand drawn version of your family--pets, too!  I might have to order this for us, just because.

Framed Prints

Good vibes only digital download gift for mother's day from TypoHouse via Etsy.

Good vibes only digital download gift for mother's day from TypoHouse via Etsy.

Short on time for Mother's Day?  Purchase a digital download and have it printed locally the same day (Office Depot, etc).  Throw it in a nice frame (think: IKEA or Target) and...donesky.  Or, if all else fails: GIFT CARDS.  To her favorite store (OTHER THAN TARGET...see below). 

4. Gifts from Denver Shops and Boutiques

Harper Made Jewelry

I love supporting small local businesses and Etsy makes that easy!  Harper Made designs "polished bohemium" pieces that look hipster and modern all at once.  I'm loving these diamond shaped mini-pendants:

"Small Druzy Diamond Necklace" by Harper Made via Etsy

"Small Druzy Diamond Necklace" by Harper Made via Etsy

Sure, most moms love a good personalized necklace or bracelet with their children's names stamped into them, but sometimes they just want a piece of jewelry for fun! 

Lady Jones Denver

Spring arrivals from Lady Jones in Denver, CO.  (via: Lady Jones)

Spring arrivals from Lady Jones in Denver, CO.  (via: Lady Jones)

I haven't made my way into Lady Jones yet, but I follow them on Instagram and drool over their photos on the regular.  Pamper the mom in your life with a gift card so she can shop without the stress.

Inspyre Boutique (FIVE Denver locations!)

Another fun local Denver boutique is Inspyre--fashion, accessories, and gifts, all for under-$100!  I definitely plan to check them out.  They have five locations around Denver and you can also order via their website online.

Look at this fun "Lasso Dress"..under $100! via Inspyre Boutique

Look at this fun "Lasso Dress"..under $100! via Inspyre Boutique

4.  Mother's Day Activities in Denver

When my kids were younger, getting AWAY from them for the day was always the way I wanted to spend Mother's Day.  But now that they're older and in school for most of the day, I don't have that burning need to get a break.  So we generally hang out together and do something on Mother's Day.  Denver has awesome museums and things to do by yourself, or with your kids (big or small!). 

Denver Art Museum

I've only walked around the outside of this cool looking museum, but I know I'm missing out.  This might be where we end up going this year!  Maybe we'll pick up some take-out and eat in Civic Center Park which is right across the street from the art museum.  The Abstract Expressionism exhibit caught my eye, but there are many other options to take in while you're there.

BONUS: Kids get free general admission (18 and under)!!

Denver Botanic Gardens

As the name suggests, the botanic gardens connects visitors with the plants/flowers from the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond.  But they also have art exhibitions, as well!  They have two locations (Denver and Littleton--who knew?  You, probably.  I'm still a Denver Newb!!) and each has a special place for children.  This is another one I need to add to our list of things to do in Denver!

Alamo Draft House

If the mom in your life is anything like me, she'll want to kick back and relax.  Watching a movie while being dined on sounds amazing and that's exactly how it feels at the Alamo Draft House.  Plus, right now they are showing Beauty and the Beast, so the whole family can go!  I've never been to the local Littleton location, but we saw a movie at the Alamo Draft House in Austin a few years ago and I still think about how fun it was!

Breaking News!  They are opening another location in the Sloans Lake neighborhood in mid-May :)

5.  FLOWERS!

I'm not big on fresh flowers as a gift (I'll take the cash equivalent, pleaseandthankyou LOL), but I know it's a nice gesture and appreciated by so many mothers out there!  Denver has a lot of options, but here are a couple to get you started!

Bouquets

via Bouquets

via Bouquets

Located on 15th street, they have a gorgeous selection at every price point!

Lehrer's Flowers

Lehrer's Flowers boasts Colorado's largest flower selection and they've won awards for their flower arrangements.  They also deliver anywhere in the world!  Make sure to call early to arrange a beautiful one-of-a-kind bouquet for the mom in your life! 

The Ruffly Rose

via The Ruffly Rose IG

via The Ruffly Rose IG

I couldn't do a round up of flower delivery in Denver without mentioning this Yelp top-rated Denver florist, The Ruffly Rose!  They have amazing reviews on Yelp and were voted "Best Flowers" on Denver's A*List for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014!  They create a bouquet unique to you in or out of a vase and offer delivery.

So that wraps up some ideas for what to get mom for Mother's day in Denver this year!  I'll have a hard time deciding what we'll be doing.  I know it will involve food, and it might involve downtown Denver (probably the Denver Art Museum!).  I'll let you know if we do anything crazy!

Cheers :)

-Kristiina