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Members of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble rehearse Depouille (Bare), choreographed by Winifred Harris. Photo by Martha Wirth

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts in Denver

Whether mom enjoys experiences or pampering, jewelry or chocolate, 5280 rounded up a gift from a Colorado purveyor that they are sure to love—almost as much as they love you.

Your mom isn’t just any mom, which is why she deserves a Mother’s Day present as unique as she is. She also brought you into this world—so you better show up with something special this Sunday.

Relax. We’ve got you covered with a diverse collection of Colorado-based presents that will meet her particular interests. No need to thank us (though, as any mother will tell you, it’s good manners to send a card).

If Mom wants an experience…

What better way to honor your mom than by basking in the achievements of one of Denver’s most accomplished women? On Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m., the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance company will put an exclamation point on its 50th anniversary season with ComePassion: A Celebration of Dance and Film at the CPRD Theatre in Denver. The event will be live streamed, but also feature a limited number of in-person tickets, which must be purchased in advance. All attendees will be treated to five performances—three live, in-person pieces, including the world premiere of Depouille (Bare), as well as two films, one of which, Black Angels, is choreographed by Robert Sher-Macherndl, founder of the Boulder-based Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. In-person tickets are $45, live-streamed tickets are $20 per person or $35 for a household.

If Mom wants jewelry she can feel good about…

Denver’s Brilliant Earth sells jewelry that is both elegant and conscience. Its diamonds are Beyond Conflict Free, most of its precious metals come from recycled sources, and its packaging is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. So whether your mom wants the Sunflower London Blue Topaz pendant or simple Whisper Diamond Bangle, the only bad feeling her new treasures will engender among her friends is envy.

If Mom wants to be pampered…

Take her to Cherry Creek North, where many businesses are having sales and discounts through Mother’s Day weekend. Facial Aesthetics is offering a $99 special for mom’s facial, jeweler Kendra Scott will host a free outdoor workout session and craft class, Moore For Life is cutting the price of its two-hour make-up lesson from $300 to $150, in case she wants to emerge from the past year looking like she’s spent the pandemic in the Bahamas, and Sinless Sun Spray Tanning Studio is knocking 20 percent of its full-body spray tans.

If Mom wants to, uh, relax…

PHYX Sparkling Water from Aurora-based Spherex is the perfect fix (get it?) for busy moms with only an hour or so of time available to kiss the sky. The THC-infused beverage begins to work within 10 minutes and the effects subside within the hour—just in time to pick the kids up from soccer practice. If mom has no desire to revisit the 1960s, yet still needs relief from sore joints and muscles, try Le Remedie Body Butter, which contains both CBD and THC, but doesn’t have any psychoactive effects.

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Photo courtesy of the Source Hotel

If Mom wants to get away (but not that far away)…

For $40 more than a standard rate, the Source Hotel in RiNo will upgrade mom to a suite anytime during the month of May. She’ll be able to melt away all the stress her children have heaped on her during the past year in a Japanese soaking tub, and the bottle of Prosecco, chocolates, and bath bomb she gets at check-in will help her relax, too.

If Mom wants to glam up…

The Denver Art Museum’s shop currently stocks a whole host of chic presents based on its Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Veronique and Gregory Peck exhibit, which is open through July 18. Our recommendation? Match the book 50 Ways To Wear A Scarf with an actual silk scarf so mom can master “the Audrey,” “the Top Down,” and “the Easy Breezy.” Plus, DAM members get 25 percent off and free shipping on orders more than $50 during the entire month of May.

If Mom wants to treat her sweet tooth…

Deiter’s Chocolates’ Mother’s Day Collections have become a tradition unto themselves. This year, the University neighborhood shop’s gift box includes truffles, a four-piece bag of cherry pastels, and “M.O.M.” spelled out in chocolate lettering—which seems like more than enough for your selfless, altruistic mother to share with her beloved, grateful children.

If Mom wants the pleasure of your company…

Stir Cooking School in the Highland neighborhood is hosting a virtual Mother’s Day dinner for four on Sunday. Participants will pick up their ingredient kits from Stir on Sunday between noon and 3 p.m. Each will contain fixings for individual vegetable tarts, fettuccini primavera, triple chocolate dried cherry croissant bread pudding, and strawberry basil martinis. The virtual class ($125) will run from 4-5:30 p.m.

If Mom wants to be active this summer…

Whether she’s into yoga or hiking fourteeners, mom will appreciate ICONI’s durable leggings (you’ll be a fan of the $45 price tag). If you can convince her that you really haven’t forgotten, maybe wait a week for the Greenwood Village’s release of its new Persistence Collection, whose energetic colors resist fading and whose fabric stretches as much as she needs it to.

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