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Mother’s Day is the time to celebrate those special individuals who make us all who we are. But for new moms, it comes with even bigger expectations. After all, for many of them, it’s their first Mother’s Day—the one that will set the stage for all the years to come.
That’s why a meaningful and personal gift is so important. You want your gift to say, "Here’s some much-needed stress relief," "You’re doing a great job, Mom" or even, "I see you." We’ve rounded up a few local items that should give the new mom in your life a dash of calm, a sprinkle of style and a whole lot of joy for the holiday.
The Parisian Blowout, Blow La La Local
1275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-388-7183
You’d be surprised how relaxing it is to have someone run their fingers through your hair and give you a fancy hairdo for the day. That’s exactly why people come into Sarasota’s blow dry bar, Blow La La — for that little extra oomph before an event or just a Monday. Your new mom will love having a few minutes in the chair to practice self-care and think about no one else but herself. We suggest "The Parisian" for a glamorous and versatile look.
Cam Mini Dress, Modern Soul Boutique Local
$6959 S. Boulevard of the Presidents, Sarasota, 941-260-5744
We love this dress, the Cam Mini Dress from St. Armands’ Modern Soul Boutique, and we're pretty sure new mom in your life will love it, too. The floral-print mini-but-not-too-mini dress is flowy and loose for hot days walking to the beach or an unexpected lunch meeting. The comfort of this dress will make it easy for your new mom to get out the door and create an outfit in a pinch.
FarmHouse Fresh Blackberry Wine Lip Polish and Guac Star Soothing Avocado Hydration Mask, Lasting Looks of Sarasota Local
3300 S Tamiami Trail, #6, Sarasota, (941) 539-7990
Sometimes all your new mom wants is a simple pick-me-up, something to get her up and excited in the morning and put a little refresh in her skincare routine. Enter FarmHouse Fresh, a brand that emphasizes natural ingredients and is sold locally at Mary McAndrews’ Lasting Looks of Sarasota. We recommend the Blackberry Wine Lip Polish ($15) and the Guac Star Soothing Avocado Hydration Mask ($26) — both are inexpensive ways to help your new mom breathe a sigh of relief with moisturized and hydrated skin and exfoliated lips.
Sarasota Clutch, Sarasota Art Museum Local
$1481001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 309-4346
Maybe your new mom is ready for her first big night out on the town. She’ll need a clutch to go with her stunning outfit, and what better way to ring in any celebration than with a purse bearing the name of her favorite city? These hand-beaded clutches sold exclusively at the Sarasota Art Museum Shop ($148) will make your new mom stand out. They come in pink, lime green, navy and red, though we personally love the latter.
Tisserand Assorted Pure Organic Essential Oils, Elysian Fields Local
1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006
There’s a reason aromatherapy has the word therapy in the name — so much stress and pain can be taken away from the single sniff of a calming scent like lavender or eucalyptus. Sometimes you just wish you could bottle those scents and save them for a rainy day, and you can. Your new mom will love a set of essential oils ($22 each) from Sarasota outpost Elysian Fields. Try orange for feelings of joy, patchouli for peace of mind and Siberian fir for decluttering thoughts—all qualities your new mom will certainly appreciate.
Enlighten Me Classic Candle Local
316 Central Avenue, Sarasota, (941) 787-0898
If you’re sensing a common theme of serenity and relaxation with our gift ideas, then you’re correct. We think the ultimate gift your new mom wants is just a few minutes to breathe and enjoy herself. But maybe you don’t want to give her just a few minutes — maybe you want her to have 50 hours? That’s why we love Bia Candle Co.’s Enlighten Me candle ($32), with notes of orange, pomegranate, cedar wood and pine, boasts a 50-hour burn. Better yet, Bia Candle Co. is a Sarasota-based company that makes its candles locally.
Calm Tea Gift Box Local
140 University Town Center Drive, Store #141, Sarasota, (941) 271-9469
If it’s something edible—or at least drinkable—that your new mom is seeking, then we know she’ll love some of the best local tea around from Tampa-based TeBella Tea Company, which has a Sarasota location at The Mall at University Town Center. We love all of their teas but think the Calm Gift Box ($29.95) sounds particularly alluring. Tins of Earl Gray Lavender tea, Moroccan Mint, Limoncello Rooibos and six orange blossom honey sticks make up this box—the nightcap to a very long day will certainly soothe your new mom to sleep.