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The four-course Mother’s Day dinner from Restaurant Olivia. Photo courtesy of Restaurant Olivia
Eat and Drink

13 Delicious Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

These sweets, feasts, and other goodies will ensure all the matriarchs in your life feel extra special this year.

Moms are famous (and famously underappreciated) for their homemade cookies and lovingly packed school lunches. This Mother’s Day, we suggest turning the tables; read on for a range of tasty suggestions for celebrating all of the mother figures in your life.

Sweet-Tooth Approved

Chocolates from Colorado Cocoa Pod. Photo courtesy of Liane Pensack Rinehart

Colorado Cocoa Pod Bonbons

Colorado Cocoa Pod chocolatier and owner Liane Pensack-Rinehart spends up to three days perfecting each batch of her artisan chocolates. And not only is each bonbon painted by hand, the exterior aesthetic provides a discreet hint at the luscious flavors waiting inside. The For Mom Bonbon Box (available in six-, 12-, and 24-piece packages) comes with red hearts filled with vanilla and dark chocolate ganache as well as gold bonbons stuffed with crunchy hazelnut praline. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ovarian cancer research organizations in honor of Pensack-Rinehart’s mother, who passed away from the disease last year. Available at Denver’s Horseshoe Market on Saturday, May 8 or online; six-piece box for $18, 12-piece box for $35, and 24-piece box for $68

The Flour Shop Cookies

Craft cookie couriers Jennie and Sara not only make their cookies with love—they deliver them, too, if Mama lives in the Denver metro area (just give them 24-hour notice). The Flour Shop menu features the obligatory classic chocolate chip, while other flavors offer a spin on traditional fare like the Nutella-stuffed snickerdoodle and the red velvet cheesecake cookie. Our top choice: the lovely lemon lavender. No worries if Mom has a gluten allergy. The brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip, double peanut butter, and chai spice snickerdoodle all have a gluten-free option. Order online; the baked-to-order cookies range from $18 to $30 per dozen

Flick of the Whisk Cakes

Bryonna Williams, baker and owner of Flick of the Whisk, honed her craft by watching her mom in the kitchen. Today, she brings us cakes, cupcakes, and cookies that are equal parts work of art and decadent dessert. Not sure what to choose? Mom is sure to love the flower and cupcake package, which includes a bouquet from Lisa Carr at the Flower Shack along with four or six cupcakes. Or, opt for a Mini Mom Cake that includes three small vanilla cakes with vanilla buttercream filling. Order online; six-inch cakes start at $70, standard cupcakes start at $42 per dozen, flower and cupcake package starts at $54, and Mini Mom Cakes are $30

Berkeley Donuts

Start Mother’s Day with something sweet from Berkeley Donuts. Located inside the pizzeria and craft beer bar, Hops & Pie, Berkeley Donuts offers a wide range of flavors from old fashioned cake and honey-glazed sourdough to the sea salt caramel with black Hawaiian salt on chocolate cake. Vegan and gluten-free options are available, too. Call 24 hours in advance to skip the line. Order online or call 303-477-7000 for pickup (3920 Tennyson St.); doughnuts are about $2.50 each (Tip: Use their Sunday special for $5 off a dozen)

Sweet Cooie’s Ice Cream & Confectionary Treats

Named after owner Paul Tamburello’s intrepid mother who moved to Colorado alone back in 1947 (when that just wasn’t done), Sweet Cooie’s features a variety of ice cream yummies and hand-rolled truffles. This Mother’s Day, it’s offering a selection of truffles made by Toute Douceur Candy featuring fair-trade chocolate and all-natural ingredients. Moms also get 50 percent off ice cream scoops. Available in person (3506 12th Ave.); truffles are $2 and ice cream is $3.99 per scoop

Lemon lavender cookies from the Flour Shop. Photo courtesy of the Flour Shop

Takeout Spreads

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen

If flying Mom to the Big Apple for fresh bagels and lox isn’t in your Mother’s Day budget, Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen offers an easier (and more affordable) alternative. The restaurant will offer a special brunch package that includes six bagels, plain and flavored cream cheese, a half pound of house-cured Scottish smoked salmon or gravlax, the obligatory veggie accoutrements (tomatoes, onions, and capers), and four assorted rugelach. Order online by 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, for pickup at the Five Points (725 E. 26th Ave.) and Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas St., Aurora) locations; $60

The prime rib from Urban Farmer. Photo courtesy of Urban Farmer

Urban Farmer

Want to gift the joy of a delicious meal but aren’t quite ready for dine-in eating? Don’t fret: Urban Farmer has a happy medium … or medium rare if you opt for the prime rib with a porcini mushroom rub with whipped potatoes and sautéed broccolini sides. Other to-go package options include the whole roasted leg of lamb and the Marketplace with mini English muffins, house-made jam, a small-format cheese/charcuterie plate, and more. Order online for pickup (1659 Wazee St.); $205 for the whole roasted leg of lamb (serves four to six), $230 for the prime rib (serves four to six), and $60 for the Marketplace (serves two)

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Treat Mom to taste of the sea with the help of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. The eatery’s cook-at-home packages include options such as lobster rolls, crab cakes, lamb burgers, and a Prince Edward Island mussel hot pot—all of which pair perfectly with a mimosa kit featuring fresh juice from Wonder Press and a bottle of sparkling wine. Add a flower basket from the Fresh Herb Company; a selection of ready-to-eat brunch items (think: spring vegetable quiche and egg, bacon, and sausage strata) is also available. Order online for pickup at Jax’s LoDo (1539 17th St.), Boulder (928 Pearl St.), and Glendale (650 S. Colorado Blvd.) locations; cook-at-home kits (serves two) start at $18, brunch items (serves four) start at $25, mimosa kits start at $40, flower baskets are $26

Restaurant Olivia

Wash Park’s Restaurant Olivia will help you “Set the Table for Mom” with a four-course takeout dinner. The menu begins with truffle-spiced nuts and proceeds to a chopped salad with Champagne-compressed apples, pistachio, and parmesan vinaigrette before diving into the main course: a savory, handmade pie with braised chicken and roasted heirloom vegetables. The meal culminates with strawberry white chocolate blondies. But that’s not all. The package also includes a selection of candles (made by Restaurant Olivia co-owner Heather Morrison), a flower centerpiece from Pickletown Flower Co., and a one-liter bottle of Italian rosé. Order online; $195 (serves four to five)

Something More

Table Mountain Farm, Rocky Mountain SereniTEA, and Muddy Mint Gift Box

Seeking luxury in a box? Look no further. This collection from women-owned, Colorado-based artisans includes a trio of products specially crafted to soothe, relax, and delight. Inside the hand-wrapped gift box, Mom will find vanilla lavender goat milk caramel sauce from Table Mountain Farm, an Earl Gray/jasmine tea blend dubbed Buckingham Palace from Rocky Mountain SereniTEA, and calming lavender goat milk soap from Muddy Mint. Ooh-la-lavender. Order online; $32

Table Mountain Farm, Rocky Mountain SereniTEA, and Muddy Mint gift box

Cocktail Caravan Community Supported Cocktail Share

Moms who love theirs CSAa (community supported agriculture) will surely appreciate a CSC, a community supported cocktail share. Brought to us by the Boulder-based mixologists at Cocktail Caravan, each option includes one 15-ounce bottle of fresh-pressed cocktail mixer delivered to your door each week. The mixes, which make five cocktails (or mocktails), are made with produce sourced from local farms, so they vary weekly depending on the harvest. Online; $80 for the Mini Season, starting June 2 and ending June 30 or $144 for 9-week Summer Session starting June 9

Craft Spirits Coloring Book and Beer

Help Mom Zen out for a good cause with the RadCraft Industry Relief Coloring Book from local craft beverage experts like Durango’s Ska Brewing Co.  and Denver’s Laws Whiskey and Woods Boss Brewing Company, among others. All proceeds from the coloring book go to the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign, which is committed to helping independent restaurants survive COVID and beyond. We suggest pairing the art with a crowler of suds from a local woman-owned brewery such as Lady Justice Brewing Co., Holidaily Brewing Co., or Novel Strand Brewing Company. Download the coloring book on Issuu; $5.50 for the book, crowler prices vary

A drink made with a mix from Cocktail Squad. Photo by Crystal Sagan

Ozo Coffee Gift Bundle

If the matriarch in your life is a coffee snob, er, connoisseur, then Ozo Coffee Company has you covered. The Boulder-based coffee roaster’s gift bundle sports a 12-ounce bag of its newly released Creek Stomper Blend (enjoy notes of nut, caramel, and milk chocolate in this everyday sipper), along with a Seahorse Chocolate sampler, and an OZO Coffee reusable tote. Available at all Ozo locations and online starting April 28; $30

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