Ways to treat your mother to something special this year By Helaina Hovitz Brunch at Betel: Moms Eat Free (http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/gift-guide-eggs_OTDT.jpg) 51 Grove Street, 212-352-0460, Betelnyc.com With unique smells, textures, and flavors, the Asian infused spin on traditional American brunch fare will satisfy mom's cravings for sweet, salty, sour, and spicy! Best bets are the Bircher Muesli, served chilled with yogurt, green apple, dates, almonds & roasted coconut ($10), Thai Pomela salad with grilled shrimp, lemongrass, peanut, lime leaf, and coconut milk ($15), Foon's Thai omelet, a thin egg crepe made with chicken, onion, and soy sauce ($13), and the jackfruit pancakes served with jackfruit syrup & a jackfruit compote ($12). Portions are fairly modest, but mom can fill up on $15, all-you-can drink mimosas (two hour limit). Ashley Duncan Jewelry Online Only: www.ashleyduncan.com, email@example.com Heart Bracelet: $85, Black and White (Heart) Necklace: $95, Dot Ring: $65 Designed with mom in mind, downtown resident Ashley Duncan's designs are "happy, with a pop of color." Between diaper changes, cooking, and nap schedules, it's easy to throw on one of these rings to match just about anything, from jeans to a little black dress. Duncan's clients love mixing and matching bracelets in different colors from the "heart" line and stacking dot rings and bangles together. Plus, a double-sided heart necklace goes with twice as many outfits. All are 18K gold plated & enamel. Wines from Pasanella and Son Vinters 115 South Street, 212-233-8383, www.pasanellaandson.com La Troussepinete Rouge: $23.99; Venturini Baldini Lambrusco: $14.99; Parigot Cremant De Bourgogne NV: $24.99 The Sandy-surviving Seaport store is offering 20% if you bring Mom in with you on Mother's Day! Try La Troussepinete Rouge, their favorite red aperitif, Venturini Baldini Lambrusco, the perfect compliment to most meals, and Parigot Cremant De Bourgogne NV, an elegant but inexpensive bubbly rose. You won't have to worry about returns, and mom can get a little tipsy after she tries all three. Jacques Torres Chocolate 350 Hudson Street, 212-414-246, www.mrchocolate.com Chocolate Wedge Sandal: $44; Mom Plaque: $14; Purse: $32 Ditch the same old overpriced truffles and get mom something special, delectable, and personal. World-renowned chef Jacques Torres (she'll know who he is, trust us) has created, with the help of artist Carter Jones, a chocolate heel, wedge sandal, handbag, and "mom" plaque. If you want to get really cute, get mom chocolate covered Cheerios ($6) or Cornflakes ($6) from the baby! If you have your heart set on a traditional box of chocolates, you can pick out your own assortment in-store or order a box of 12 for $19.50, which includes caramels, nutty pralines, simple ganaches, exotic tea and spice infusions, fruit and wine blends, and a "mystery" flavor. Massage, Facial, and Eyebrow Shaping at Spring Thyme Spa Exchange Place, 8th Floor, 212-385-4975, www.springthymeny.com Mother's Day Special: $155, (regularly $269). The busy mom who doesn't have time to go to three different salons can be pampered and beautified in one afternoon, locally! She can choose which she prefers, a 60 minute massage (aromatherapy or deep tissue), plus a facial (aromatherapy or deep pore cleansing), and she'll also gets an eyebrow shaping. The massage therapists here know their stuff-if she walks in with any tension or tightness, she's leaving it all on the table behind her. If she appreciates a good bargain, go ahead and tell her you saved over $100. Crème Delicious: Henna Inspired Cakes, Cookies and Macarons(http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/gift-guide-macarons_OTDT.jpg) Online orders: www.creme-delicious.com Four Cakes: $100 (min of four is required); Twelve Cookies: $40; Twelve Macaroons: $48) Intricate works of art, the only downside is that mom might want to preserve it on the mantel instead of eat it-which would be a shame, because they're delicious. The downtown (Walker and Lafayette) delicacy "boutique" specializes in hand decorated and personalized cakes, cookies and French macarons, inspired by the ancient body art. specify who to deliver it to and when-they can also leave it with a doorman)!
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