You can always make Mother’s Day special with last minute plans, gifts

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

If you’re a good kid, you’ve already planned to celebrate that special someone who has loved and cared for you since the day you entered the world.

If you’re still confused, don’t panic. Here are some ideas to make sure mom feels pampered and loved, while looking like she’s thought about it a lot.

We won’t tell your mother.


No reservations are necessary for Mother’s Day lunch at The Frick’s Cafe in Point Breeze.

Dine at a fancy cafe

Brunch is a tried-and-true way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but have you thought about booking?

Otherwise, there’s always a great option to treat mom to an elegant meal in a chic setting. Café du Frick is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, no reservations required.

Located on the grounds of The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze, the restaurant offers light fare such as cheese and charcuterie boards, soup, salad, quiche, sandwiches and flatbreads.

Or make mom feel like a golden-age grande dame with the $17 afternoon tea: finger sandwiches, scone with clotted cream and jam, sweets, and choice of loose tea .

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Moms can watch cheetahs at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where Mother’s Day admission is free when accompanied by a child.

See what’s happening at the zoo

“You act like an animal!

Some of us heard these words from our mothers when we were young and rowdy – but mom loved us despite our failings in good behavior.

For the animal-loving mom, consider a Sunday excursion to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Mothers of all generations enjoy free general admission to the Highland Park Animal Complex on Sundays when accompanied by a child.

Situated on 77 acres, the zoo is home to more than 8,000 animals representing 600 species, many of which are threatened or endangered. From the Amur tiger to Grant’s zebra, you’ll find them among the zoo’s seven distinct habitats.

Moms can entertain younger children in the Kid’s Kingdom, with interactive features like a petting zoo and playground.

The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; doors close at 4 p.m. Admission is $19.95, $16.95 for ages 60 and up, $15.95 for ages 2-13; tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance gate.

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Walk down the memory lane

Mothers are very attentive when we talk about our own lives – school, work, relationships, struggles, hopes and dreams.

How often do we ask Mom about these things?

One way to get to know her better is to use a memorabilia collection service like Storyworth.

Via the online platform, you ask mom a question every week, which she answers by e-mail. After a year, her stories are bound in a keepsake book. Photos can be included.

The questions cover topics ranging from the sweet, like “What are your fondest childhood memories?” – to bittersweet, like “Do you have any regrets in life?” You can edit common questions or even create your own.

A standard $99 subscription includes one year of story prompts for one storyteller and unlimited recipients, plus a hardcover book with a black-and-white interior and a color cover. You can order additional books starting at $39 each.

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A coffee-drinking mom might love a special mug for Mother’s Day.

Come with a souvenir

A mother says, “Don’t buy me anything. I already have too many things. Another mom loves adding more keepsakes to her shelves.

To delight your collector mom, note her special pieces and head to a local gift shop.

Nora Fleming minis are always popular with shoppers, not just for Mother’s Day but for all special occasions, at RSVP Gifts and More at Westmoreland Mall, sales associate Kristina Morrison said.

The tiny hand-painted ceramic figurines are designed to decorate tableware and come in a plethora of flora, fauna, special occasion and special interest themes.

“We sell a lot of that,” Morrison said.

Gifts such as mugs and teacups, wine glasses, jewelry, picture frames, tea towels, home decor, recipe cards and journals, candles, and items with themes and messages specific to Mother’s Day are also popular.

If a shopper isn’t sure what to buy, Morrison said, she’ll ask about her mother in order to suggest a gift specific to her interests.

“Yesterday I had a young man who was looking around and looking around, picking up this and that, then putting it back down. He had been here a long time,” she said. by getting a bracelet with a cute saying about mom on it.”

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Chocolate is a tried and true Mother’s Day gift.

Buy flowers and vouchers

What mom doesn’t love to open the door and find her child standing there with a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy?

Western Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of great candy makers. Sarris sweets are available at many outlets. If you’re near Pittsburgh’s Strip District, make a quick stop at Mon Aimee Chocolat for its collection of fine chocolates, or Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop for its crazy assortment of retro candies.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries at McFeely’s Gourmet Chocolate in Greensburg and Irwin are a popular Mother’s Day item, sales associate Patty Schmadel said.

We also love the cupcake tray, with the sweets arranged in the shape of a bouquet, with an icing stem.

When asked for suggestions, Schmadel said she directs shoppers to dark chocolate raspberry truffles: “They’re fabulous.”

Even if it’s getting late to arrange flower delivery, you can still walk into a florist and buy a bouquet of cut flowers. That’s what Mary Grace, owner of Robb’s Floral Shop in Latrobe, recommends.

“A lot of women love daisies,” she said, along with the traditional carnations and roses.

Many supermarkets and some big box stores also sell cut flowers. At worst, on the way to mom’s house, buy a bunch of them from someone selling plastic buckets in a gas station parking lot.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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