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Valley Girl’s Ultimate Mom’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up and we hate to break it to you but posting a throwback pic of mom to social media with a “best mom ever” caption just isn’t going to cut it. Lucky for you, we’ve got a round up of unique goodies guaranteed to make her feel like the special lady she is and solidify your spot as mom’s favorite child or snag that ‘Husband of the Year’ Award.

Flowers and wine may sound cliché however it’s anything but with Cactus Flower Florists. The local florist pairs stunning arrangements with Arizona based wines and other fun trinkets. Our favorite is the “Pamper Mom” set for $99 which includes a small blooming plant, bottle of Dos Cabezas Rose wine, Pinch Me therapy dough, scented candle and four coasters with kitschy little sayings. With an option for same day delivery (in the Phoenix Metro area only) this one is great for forgetful or last minute shoppers. Place an order at www.cactusflower.com.

Does mom prefer to spend a Saturday on the greens working on her backswing? Then give her the gift of golf with Troon’s new gift card. Available in any denomination, the Troon Gift Card is flexible and redeemable at stunning Troon® locations such as Troon North, The Phoenician, Indian Wells, Kapalua and more. Visit www.troon.com/giftcards to purchase.

Help mom step up her food photography game with a Photography Essentials class at the super swanky Mountain Shadows Resort. Budding photogs will learn how to compose a shot and work with light and shadow from photographer and blogger extraordinaire Joanie Simon. Simon provides practical tips for shooting and editing that anyone can use, whether on a camera or a phone. The session culminates with cocktails and appetizers in The Living Room’s lively atmosphere. The next class takes place Saturday, May 19 from 2pm-5pm. Tickets are $50 a person and must be purchased online at www.mountainshadows.com.

Being a mom is hard and busy work, which usually means little time left for things like makeup. Give mom some glam at The Sparkle Bar, Old Town Scottsdale’s award-winning makeup studio. Book a duo ‘Camera Ready’ session for just $60 a piece and both you and mom will receive a complimentary eye treatment while spending some quality time together. The Sparkle Bar also offers gift cards so you can help her slay all year round. Book a session at www.thesparklebar.com.

Give mom the RNR she deserves at Hotel Valley Ho VH Spa with rose-themed specials, including a 90-minute Moroccan Rose Aromatherapy Massage for $155, 60-minute Rose Quartz Facial for $95, and a 60-minute Sandalwood Rose Pedicure for $55. From May 7-13, each treatment also comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Prefer to lounge poolside under the palms? Book a special cabana rate for the day at $199, reduced from $349. Reservations are available at 480.376.2600 and www.HotelValleyHo.com.

Let mom work on her fitness distraction-free by treating her to a stadium cycling session at Flywheel Sports at Scottsdale Quarter. Book a class on Saturday, May 12 of Mother’s Day Weekend and enjoy a complimentary tutorial on how to style hair on the go from Rebecca, stylist at Jo’ Paris Salon in the Quarter. Rebecca will be demonstrating how to get fab locks with Oribe Dry Shampoo and giving riders 20% off their first service with her at Jo’ Paris. First time riders can fly for free with the code FLY-Scottsdale, reserve a seat at www.flywheelsports.com.

If a Mother’s Day matinee is more mom’s speed, treat her to a luxury movie experience at the newly updated iPic. The Scottsdale theatre just underwent a complete redesign and reseating featuring premium pods and chaise lounges with plush pillows, cozy blankets and state-of-the-art acoustics. What’s more, iPic has an all-new gourmet menu from three-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard, plus a farm-to-glass beverage menu by Executive Bartender/Corporate Sommelier Adam Seger. The most fun part of the experience has to be iPic’s new push-button Ninja Servers where waitstaff deliver snacks and sips with hardly any detection. Check movie times and reserve seats at www.ipic.com.

Take mom out to the ballgame on Sunday, May 13 at Chase Field for the Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals game and she’ll take home a black faux leather D-backs tote! The park will also offer a pink-themed Churro Dog, available exclusively on Mother’s Day, which features a white-iced Long John doughnut, pink sugar churro, vanilla frozen yogurt, strawberry topping, whipped cream and pink pearl candy. Mom can also chow down on Bacon Berry French Toast and sip on $5 mimosas available at liquor portables throughout the ballpark. Snag tickets at www.mlb.com/dbacks.

Is mom a total daredevil? Bring out her inner Evel Knievel at Lake Pleasant’s brand new H2-Whoa! Hydro-Platforms. Mom can catapult herself off the Guinness World Record’s “Tallest Floating Water Slide” with a 32’ high platform, 80’ long slides with three slides to choose from including 2’, 4’, 6’ ramps. Or let her bounce off the 33’ long, 12’ wide and 10’ high Blob Jump. Pricing runs $25 – $27 per hour or $75 for a day pass. For more info visit www.h2-whoa.com.

If mom insists she doesn’t need anything, why not donate to charity on her behalf? Give her a fun night of food, fashion and fundraising at the Pearce Family Foundation’s annual Runway of Hope at F.A.B.R.I.C Tempe on Friday, May 11. Phoenix Fashion Week Stylist of the Year winner, Ashley Paige, will be putting on a killer runway show while guests nosh on True Food Kitchen treats. All proceeds raised will benefit Pearce Family Foundation families who have a child suffering from a chronic or life threatening illness by taking care of home bills and other needs. Purchase a VIP ticket and mom will go home with a special swag bag from Kendra Scott jewelry and you’ll go home a hero. Secure tickets here.

Don’t forget, the greatest gift you can give mom is love, so make sure to love on her extra for Mother’s Day and stay tuned for our Dad’s Day Gift Guide in June.

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