Best Places for Mother’s Day Gifts in Washington, D.C.

April 29, 2014 8:00 AM

Moms are truly special, and on Mother’s Day, you want to reward them with a token of your appreciation. This Mother’s Day, don’t scramble for gift ideas. Here’s an update on a few to get you started.

Capitol Florist
409 3rd St. S.W., Suite 106A
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 488-7700

This family owned and operated florist offers beautiful floral arrangements, gourmet gift baskets, fruit trays and even fun “junk food buckets.” Its baskets come in creative choices of flowers, chocolates, fruits or combinations of all three. Moms will savor the Chocolate Lover’s Basket which is loaded with chocolate bars, cookies and candies, or enjoy a beautiful arrangement of their favorite fresh-cut flower. All of Capitol Florist’s bouquets and gift baskets are arranged by hand and locally delivered by professional florists.

Aura Spa
1612 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6620

Give mom a chance to unwind with a day of pampering at the spa. Aura Spa is an ideal retreat for relaxing therapeutic massages and clinical and organic facials. Or mom may be in the mood for a body wrap or scrub like the Detox Body Cocktail, Marine Therapy Pedi Scrub or the Body Polish & Hydration treatment—all rejuvenating and invigorating. You can “share your Aura” by requesting a gift card. To do so, complete a short online form and the spa will contact you within 24 hours to help you customize the spa experience for the gift card recipient.

Related: Best Spa Packages And Gift Certificates In Washington, DC

Mount Vernon Cruise
Alexandria City Marina
Cameron St. and Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-0580

Imagine a tranquil cruise along the Potomac River with the sun glistening atop the water’s smooth surface as a ship glides toward beautiful Mount Vernon. Your favorite mom sure might want to go along for the ride—and she can, if you book her a seat aboard the Miss Christin. Passengers will enjoy a narrated tour where they will see the historic military Fort Washington, then head toward the Mount Vernon waterfront, estate and grounds. There they will enjoy a four-hour, leisurely self-guided tour of the estate where they can see Washington’s tomb, a Pioneer farm as well as a museum and education center.

Ananda – Fragrance Oil Store
807 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 238-0071

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance for that difficult-to-shop-for mom, this just might be the ideal store for you. Ananda is a family-owned fragrance oil store that offers more than 800 unique scents along with incense and massage oils, burning oils, body lotions and washes. It even has an assortment of hand and bar soaps, Shea butters, hand creams and sanitizers. If you can slather it, dab it and smell it, there’s a good chance that Ananda’s got it. But best of all, patrons can create their own unique fragrances, soaps, body washes and lotions. So stop trying to figure out what mom would like and treat her to a fun excursion to design a fragrance just for her that she’s guaranteed to love. And if mom wants to experiment a little more with fragrances, or maybe even turn it into a hobby, Ananda offers fragrance starter kits so she can dip and dabble to her heart’s content.

Related: Best Places To Buy Skincare Products In The DC Area

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Visit his website at

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