It’s time to celebrate the most important person in our lives: Mom. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there’s no pressure when it comes to gifts, right? I mean, c’mon, what do you get the woman who literally gave you life? A card certainly isn’t enough, and flowers just seem sort of impersonal. Fortunately, Philadelphia has plenty of shops and spas with fabulous gift options for you to show your mama just how much she means to you.

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Spa Terme Di Aroma
32 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 829-9769

Known throughout town (as well as the country) for having the best facials, massages and skin services (and it has the awards and accolades to prove it!), Spa Terme di Aroma is an ideal choice for Mom this Mother’s Day. Let’s face it, no one deserves a day of pampering more than she does. Present her with a relaxing aromatherapy massage — the spa’s signature massage — a traditional Swedish massage combined with pure essential oils. Or treat her to a Plaisir Des Sens Stone Facial, which translates to “pleasure of the senses.” It’s an aromatic facial that blends sensory, chakra, volcanic stone, aqua jade and color gem therapies. If you really can’t decide on how to properly pamper Mom, go for a Terme gift certificate and let her choose for herself.

Scarlett Alley
241 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7898

Old City’s award-winning Scarlett Alley has a plethora of ideal gift options for Mother’s Day. Just walk into this charming shop and you’re sure to get a million ideas before you even pass the front desk. However, a particularly thoughtful item for Mom has to be its Trois Petits Points Paris gold enamel lockets. They come in a variety of beautiful colors like pearl blue, pineapple, shell and emerald, so you’re sure to find one in your mom’s favorite color. However, the fact that it’s a locket means that you can put a photo of yourself inside to make it that much more special for her on her big day.

Hope Chest
1937 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9169

Maybe the mom you’re shopping for is your wife, and maybe this is her very first Mother’s Day celebration. In that case, she may be feeling…well…not as sexy as she did pre-baby. So there’s nothing like a little frilly lingerie to help bring her sexy back. With two locations — one in Center City and another on the Main Line — Hope Chest has a range of sweet to sexy lingerie, bras and panties, as well as comfy yet stylish pajamas by popular lines like Cosabella, Hanky Panky, P.J. Salvage and more. Think of it as a gift for both of you.

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Jonathan Adler
33 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-1999

Jonathan Adler has fun, colorful and interesting items for the entire home, but it’s the super cool and trendy picture frames that Mom will appreciate most this Mother’s Day. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colors, so you’ll be certain to find the perfect one to suit your mom’s home décor style. Now, all you’ll need to do is find the perfect family photo to put in it!

Joan Shepp
1616 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2666

If your mother is a fashionista — and price is no object to you — head on over to Joan Shepp in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square area. This place is loaded with fabulous designer clothing, shoes and jewelry. However, most moms will agree that a new handbag, purse or clutch is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or any time of the year, and Joan Shepp has tons. Look for amazing bags by world-renowned designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, Jil Sander, Chloe, Givenchy and so many more.

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