Three Mother’s Day gifts that are better than brunch

Something about celebrating Mother’s Day with a family brunch rubs me the wrong way. I can listen to my kids whine while I cut up their pancakes the other 364 days of the year. Here are some gifts that say “We love you”without testing your sanity. It’s a little early, but you can start hinting (or flat out demanding!) now:

1 A Spa Mama option at Spa Space

Try the Rose Petal Spa Day Package, which includes full-body grapeseed scrub, rose oil aromatherapy massage, rejuvenating facial, Rose Petal manicure and pedicure. 4 1/2 hours; $350. (

2 Specialty wine boutique Que Syrah

This Lakeview boutique makes beautiful, personalized gift baskets with handpicked wines and accessories based on personal preference with choices for any budget. (

3 Benefit Cosmetics

A makeup application gift certificate is the perfect gift. Moms can update their look at a variety of Chicago area locations with a makeover that comes with $50 worth of product of their choice. $50. (

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