Mother’s Day is a time in which spring is in bloom and everyone pays respect to the moms who know some of our naughtiest deeds, but adore us anyway. Forgo the expected “World’s Greatest Mom” t-shirts and mugs, and instead, indulge her with some memorable experiences and items that are sure to show your appreciation for her.

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Personalized Photography Session
Velvet Burnout Studios
3311 Elm St. Loft 302
Dallas, TX  75226
(214) 799-0113

Hours: By appointment only

With the massive use of social media sites, it’s important for mom to have some great looking photos. Something casual for Facebook and more formal for LinkedIn is usually the way to go, and it’s important for the photos to reflect the real her/ This is where the skills of cinematographer / photographer Michael Owens will come into the mix. Owens works with a number of the big advertising agencies and has a clientele list ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies, so he really understands how to make people look their best. For a rate of $350, you can treat mom to an individualized 2-hour session with up to three wardrobe changes and 12 finished and re-touched photos in electronic format.

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Herb Scissors
Northaven Gardens

7700 Northaven Road
Dallas, TX  75230
(214) 363-5316

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In what has to be placed under the title “novel gadget,” come the Herb Scissors. An ideal gift for any gardening or cooking fan, this hand little gadget makes mincing basil for pesto or mint and honeydew melon sage for fruit salads a breeze.  Housed in an eye-catching garden green color, these scissors sport a group of five blades, which ensures your fresh herbs are properly and quickly snipped for additions to salads, entrees, soups and desserts. The blades are 18/8 stainless steel, which will provide years of service with proper care and hand washing.

Photo Credit: Colcerex Trading Company via Facebook

Memory Art Tiles
Colcerex Trading

Cathering Colcer
(773) 870-5311

Hours: By appointment/ via email

For a unique gift, give mom these delightful photo art tiles. Memory Art Tiles are produced by area artist Catherine Colcer. How does it work? Clients provide copies of photos or children’s art work and Colcer turns them into works of art that are preserved on glass tiles. These tiles are fantastic conversation pieces when placed out on a cocktail table as coasters, utilized as part of a mosaic art table, tile backsplash, or as a sweet reminder on a desk at work.

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate
inside Avoca Coffee
Fort Worth, TX  76104
(682) 233-0957

Hours: Mon to Sat – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun  – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is your mom a choc-o-holic? Then we’ve got just the thing. The amazing chocolatiers at Dude, Sweet Chocolate have won heaps of praise for their sweet and savory indulgences at their Bishop Arts District location. They are now making it easy for the west side of DFW to satisfy their chocolate cravings by making their bon-bons, spreads, barks and more available at Avoca Coffee. Samples are available to help with the decision making process as the perfect assortment is put together for mom.

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Calais Winery

3000 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX  75226
(214) 453-2548

Hours: Fri to Sat  – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., All other hours by appointment

If mom’s idea of sheer indulgence is savoring a delicious glass of wine, then it’s time to head to the Deep Ellum part of town for a visit to Calais Winery. This little gem of a shop is owned by Benjamin Calais, who takes immense pride in being involved in every step of the process, from the harvesting to the bottling of his wine. Calais offers an amazing dessert wine, Cuvee des Marrons, that is excellent when paired with chocolates.

Related: Best Wine Bars In Dallas

Raine Devries is a 5th generation Dallasite and is well acquainted with the best that the city has to offer. She resides in the Downtown / Deep Ellum area and enjoys being so close to the Arts District, live music venues, and great restaurants. She has a passion for international travel, indie/foreign films, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
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