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Last-Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts & Activities


At Philly PR Girl, there’s nothing we love more than women supporting women – except perhaps late morning mimosas. Not only is Mother’s Day the perfect excuse for boozy brunch, but it’s an opportunity to shower the influential females in our lives with gratitude and affection.

Unfortunately, one day out of the year is definitely not be enough time for us to truly express our gratefulness. So whether you’re celebrating your mom, aunt, grandmother or another maternal figure dear to you, this year’s plans had better be grand! If you’re in need of some last-minute inspiration for gifts or ways to spend the day, we have a couple of ideas for you.

For the Fashionable Mama:

Moms who have good taste know the value of designer apparel. Helmed by Designer and Creative Director Amy Devan, Naveda Couture* is a premiere luxury womenswear brand local to Philadelphia that has been showcased at New York Fashion Week and recognized nationally. The aesthetic of her apparel is described as “bohemian-meets-couture” – sound like someone you know? Amy is offering a super generous 20-40% Mother’s Day sale on the select items below from May 4th through the 10th. No promo code needed!

  • Beaded Cover – Lightweight cover/jacket with hand-beaded detail at sleeves in peek-a-boo design. Worn open with a soft, fluid drape. Made of 100% silk.
  • Drop-waist Dress – This drop-waist dress is an ode to flapper-dress days with its low, gathered waistline elongating the torso. Layer or wear alone, the styling options are endless.
  • Kaftan Dress – Luxurious, exotic and flirty, this kaftan-dress is comfortable and glamorous. Hand-beaded detail at front waistline. So chic! Fully lined.
  • Embellished Tent Dress – This georgette dress screams “Spring Goddess.” The feminine drape is perfect with gladiators (flats or heels) or opt for fancier footwear for a more elegant affair. Hand-embellished, tarnished gold detail mirrors jewelry, so no need for additional accessories. Hi-lo trapeze silhouette. Fully lined.
  • Embellished Tee – More than just a basic Tee, this top is hand-beaded and the perfect match for denim, layered under a blazer, or even atop a contrasting print maxi and killer gladiators for that rocker-meets-glam look. Stretch jersey material allows for extreme comfort.
  • Open Back Camisole – Open-back detail is sensual and feminine. Worn tucked in or loose, layered with a blazer and trousers, takes this top from day to night. Perfectly paired with Naveda Tapered Tuxedo Pant or even leather skinnies for edge.

To give her the full glamorous experience, treat your mama to a $65 Mommy & Me BLO/OUT at one of BLO/OUT* Blow Dry Bar’s Philadelphia locations. Typically, these promos are for moms and daughters ages 12 and under – but on Mother’s Day, there is no age limit!

For the Globetrotter:

Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day that she’ll absolutely never forget! Chloe Johnston* offers signature half-day and extended excursions through Paris (yes, PARIS), tailor-made to give you the most chicly unique experience – and she’s offering a special getaway for mothers and daughters! Guests will stay at an exclusive hotel or apartment and learn to shop, cook, and pair wine like a Parisian with guided shopping tours, spa treatments, specialty dinners, and more. Sounds like heaven, right? Mais oui!

For the Busy Bee:

For those who live to work, it can be tough to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! Fortunately, your loved one can still get an awesome tan with special treatments from The Bronzed Bee. Ashley’s spray tan services are the best you’ll find in all of Philadelphia! Treat your mom to the Queen Bee Spray Tan – totally organic and cruelty/paraben-free – for a shade that’s somewhere between honey-kissed or deep and dark. And assuming she’s super short on time, with the Busy Bee Spray Tan, she can be shower-ready in just an hour! A membership to The Bronzed Bee makes for a great gift for Mother’s Day, offering $99 for 3 Queen Bee Airbrush Tans a month or $139 for 3 Queen Bee or Busy Bee Airbrush Tans a month!

Allow your mama to treat herself with an afternoon or evening of pampering, courtesy of Hand and Stone Logan Square*. Their location in Fairmount is offering $10 off of spa gift cards, or $20 off of spa gift packages. If it’s her first time visiting, Hand and Stone offers a generous introductory price of $49.95 for a 50-minute facial or Swedish massage. If she’s serious about getting rid of those stressors, that gift card can go towards a special 3-Month Membership Gift, which includes one massage or facial each month, 10% off all retail products, and membership pricing for just $199. What better way to share your appreciation than with the gift that promotes good health and self care? Call 267-455-0009 or stop by in person on or before May 10th to purchase your gift!

For the Fan Girl:

Treat your loved one to dinner and a show in Center City! The Penn’s Landing Playhouse is currently celebrating Mother’s Day with Respect, a Musical Journey of Women. Based on the book “RESPECT: Women & Popular Music” by Dorothy Marcic (another great gift idea!), this show delves into the story of women’s independence as told through Top 40 music. It’s currently running through May 31st, and tickets are $45-65.

Another great option is Kinky Boots, playing at the Forrest Theatre now through Sunday, May 10th. There are two performances on Mother’s Day, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. This is the first national tour of this Broadway smash hit, and you definitely won’t want to miss it! Check out our review of the show, or buy your tickets from the Kimmel Center here.

Are you doing anything special for Mother’s Day? Share your plans in the comments!

*Clients of Philly PR Girl