By presidential decree in 1914, the second Sunday every May is an official holiday celebrating mothers and their unique contribution to our lives. As part of celebrating Mother’s Day, many people search for just the right gift for that special lady in their lives.  So what’s a Minnesotan to do when planning the perfect celebration? Check out of this list of five great gift ideas to consider this year and get her something unique this year.

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Pamper Her
Juut SalonSpa
Downtown Minneapolis
651 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Mon to Fri—9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat—8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sometimes it’s nice to say “thanks” to our mothers by encouraging them to take care of themselves, especially when so often they take care of everyone else first.  Book her an appointment at Juut SalonSpa (an official Aveda salon and spa) for a soothing massage, pampered pedicure or invigorating body treatment. With seven locations around the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, this salon is perfect no matter where mom lives. Not sure of her schedule? Pick-up a gift certificate that will allow her to book an appointment at her own convenience. The key to this idea is giving the gift of indulgence, so splurge a little and get one for yourself to make a mother-daughter day of it. After all, the only thing better than a spa day is enjoying it with loved ones.

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Take Her To A Show
State Theatre Box Office (Tickets for the Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres)
805 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-7007Hours: Mon to Fri—10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat—12 p.m to 3 p.m.

New Century Theatre Box Office (Tickets for the New Century Theatre only)
615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 455-9501

Hours: Mon to Fri—11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is your mom a theatre buff? Minnesota has a world-renowned theatre scene and nobody puts on a show quite like the theaters of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Including the State, Orpheum, Pantages, and New Century Theatres, the Trust puts on a wide range of shows every year and offers the perfect opportunity to take your mom out on the town. The 2012—2013 Broadway season is expected to be the Trust’s best, so choose a show you think she’ll most enjoy and be sure to get an extra ticket so she can take you, a friend or a partner.

Lake Calhoun

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Take Her Out On Lake Calhoun
Wheel Fun Rentals
3000 Calhoun Parkway East
Minneapolis MN 55408
(612) 823-5765
www.wheelfunrentals.comHours: May 14 to Memorial Weekend: Sat and Sun—11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Weekend to Labor Day: Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., September to October 23: Sat and Sun—11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One of the best things about Minnesota is its lakes, if your mom is a lover of the great outdoors, there’s no better way to spend some fun family time than to rent a canoe or paddle-boat and soak up a little sun on a day at Lake Calhoun. Located in Minneapolis and part of the Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of a beautiful day in Minnesota.  Rent a canoe for $16 per hour or paddleboat for $20 per hour and put in some quality bonding time.

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Brighten Her Day With Blooms
6010 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 861-7311
www.bachmans.comHours: Mon to Fri—9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat—9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun—10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Giving the gift of a gorgeous bouquet on Mother’s Day is a traditional choice for a reason—a great big bunch of beautiful flowers can really brighten a day. For the perfect blooms, Bachman’s is the name in flowers in Minnesota and offers a great selection on unique arrangements as well as other, non-traditional options. A potted plant can keep offering cheer for many more months, or even years, to come.  Or, if your mother is a gardener, pick something out that she can plant in her garden. A gift that will continue to grow and show—you can’t go wrong with a flower.

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The Family That Brunches Together…
The Bad Waitress
2 E. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 872-7575
www.thebadwaitress.comHours: Mon to Fri—7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat—7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun—8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brunch is an easy and fun way to turn a regular old weekend day into something special. Lingering over coffee and some really great food can be a wonderful way to treat your mother this year.  Whether you’re headed to some place near and dear to your heart or some place new for an adventure, be sure to call ahead and check on any Mother’s Day specials or if you can create a reservation.  Need a suggestion? The Bad Waitress in Minneapolis specializes in organic brunch options and features a funky and fun vibe. On nice days, outdoor seating is also available.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at