Mother figures of the world deserve the best for the work they've put into putting up with us.
But what if you don't have a wad of cash to wave at the best florists, sommeliers and chocolatiers? And what if you just remembered — just now, as you're reading this — that Mother's Day is this Sunday?
Don't worry. We have a list of ideas that can get you started.
Take a hike: Does getting your mother 14 flowers for $40 feel a bit steep? How about you get her a whole garden for a day? Take her to the Idaho Botanical Gardens, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road. Admission is only $7 per adult and you can have a nice conversation while smelling the roses. She. Will. Love. That.
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If you have less than $14 to spare, take her on a wildflower walk or a scenic hike. This is Idaho, son. Take the woman who was around for your first step on a nature hike to Table Rock or Camel's Back Park, where you can jump on a Foothills trail.
Gift local: Dragonfly, at 414 W. Main St., has piles of jewelry that is both creative and affordable. The Record Exchange, at 1105 W. Idaho St., also has an awesome gift shop packed with reasonably priced novelties for the mum who likes a good laugh.
If you want to get a traditional bouquet, Boise At Its Best Flowers has a Designer’s Choice deal, where you name your price range and a florist makes an arrangement to fit your budget. “We take pride in that we can do something pretty for any price range,” said owner Georgia White.
Saturday is a great day to seek out something from one of the Treasure Valley's public markets. In Boise you can get gifts at the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street (from Main to State streets) or the Boise Farmers Market at 1080 W. Front St. In Eagle you can hit up the Eagle Saturday Market at Heritage Park, 185 E. State St. (It even has a Mother’s Day raffle.) The Nampa Farmers Market is at Lloyd Square, 1350 Front St.
Strike the right note: If she's musical, send her a playlist. You can create a shareable list on Spotify or 8tracks. For the MTV moms of the world, go back to YouTube and pull together a music video list. It won't cost you a thing, but it'll show you care and you know her jams.
Make her something: Ok, you can't knit Mom a sweater before Sunday unless you’ve got yarn-twirling flair that would impress in the wool-Olympics (an Olympics I sincerely wish existed). But there are plenty of crafts and treats you can make in a couple of hours after work.
If you've exhausted Pinterest and you aren't the craftiest, pick up a picture frame from a craft store or the Idaho Youth Ranch, give it some paint and stick in a photo of you and your mom. It's an adult version of a macaroni picture, and that was effective, right?
If she has a sweet tooth bake her some cookies. Seriously, shortbread cookies only take flour, sugar and butter. Want to get more creative? We have some recipes here.
Brunch it out: We have a list of places you can take Mom here. Or you can take brunch to her: Pick up some baked goods from Country Donut, 10358 W. Overland Road, or bagels from Blue Sky Bagels, 407 W. Main St.
If you’ve got eggs-and-bacon skills, offer to make her brunch yourself.
When in doubt: Give Mom a call. Ask how her day’s been, and check what she’d like to do for the holiday.