Local businesses, best for Mother's Day shopping

Los Baños, one-stop for gifts and dining

May 1, 2009 

Mother's Day is about showing our mothers how much they mean to us; how much we appreciate them and how much their day-to-day support, unconditional love and encouragement truly matters.

As for how to show this appreciation, the gifts vary as wide as the recipients.

However, it's safe to say most mothers, at any age, will love anything their child decides to present her with this year.

Mother's Day will be on May 10 this year.

According to www.dayformothers.com, the history of Mother's Day goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods.

"The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ," the Web site stated.

Later on, a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother's Day, the Web site stated.

For those looking to save money and extend their gratitude back to the third grade, home-made gifts can sometimes show the most love.

Wal-Mart, K-Mart and other big box stores can house odds and ends perfect to combine and embellish to any mother's taste.

More specialty stores in downtown Los Baños, featuring one-of-a-kind gifts and flower arrangements include Simply Unique Floral and Gift store and Los Baños Flower Shop are great places to begin.

One of the best ways to help a mother celebrate her day is giving her some alone time. While she loves the day-to-day life she leads, a day at the spa or some time in a bubble bath with a new book is also a way to show how she's appreciated.

Boyfriends and husbands can help facilitate that experience for her.

And for the significant others looking to share their appreciation, Pearson's Jewelers and Pereira Jewelers are perfect for a pair of diamond earrings or pearl jewelry.

There are many restuarants in town that will be a great place to take mom on her special day.

Each Mother's Day is different for every mother. Some enjoy a day full of family-oriented activities, while others would prefer a day set aside just for her. Some want to be honored with a night out with other mothers; a home-cooked meal could do the trick for others, as well.

A child knows his/her mother best and however a person decides to honor and celebrate this day will be another special memory for each and every mother.

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