She made you chicken soup when you were sick, she folded your laundry when you brought it home from college and she nursed broken bones back to health. Mothers everywhere deserve a round of applause for all of the hard work and time that they put into raising their children. Show your mother just how much you appreciate her efforts by picking out the perfect gift for her. Mother’s Day is soon approaching, and luckily, you will be prepared with this guide to thoughtful gifts for mom.

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The Avid Reader

617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 758-4040 Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If your mother enjoys picking up a good book in her free time, the Avid Reader is the perfect place to find some reading material for her. The store carries a wide selection of literature, but has a much more personal feel than bigger commercial retailers. The store is well-organized and the staff is very helpful. If they do not have a particular book you want in stock, they will gladly order it for you. You can even purchase eBooks through The Avid Reader’s website in case mom likes to read from a tablet.

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Clothes and Accessories
The Wardrobe
206 E St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530)756-1128 Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If mom is a clothing aficionado, the Wardrobe is the place to find her a unique present to add to her collection. Here you can find jackets and dresses with detailed designs and ornamentation that are perfect for fashionable moms. The Wardrobe has an eclectic-vintage feel, so if your mother is willing to rock a bold piece of apparel, you are sure to find it here. You can find popular brands like Eileen Fisher, or you can scour the racks for less popular labels that will be sure to make mom feel like the shining lady she is. The store also carries affordable jewelry and accessories for sons and daughters on a tight budget.

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John Natsoulas Center for the Arts 

521 1st St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530)756-3938 Hours: Wed to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is the perfect place to find something for an artistic mother. You can either take her to visit the gallery or you can go on your own and purchase a piece that you think reflects her own creativity. Both are great options, and since this is the largest gallery in Davis, you will have plenty of wonderful canvases and sculptures to browse through. You can find a listing of upcoming events, so you can pick the exhibition you want to attend. The gallery is attached to a small coffee shop called the Gallery Café, where you can stop for a tasty cappuccino before diving into the vast collections of art.

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Crème de la Crème
222 D Street, #6B
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 758-0851Hours: Tues to Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Crème de la Crème is a quaint shop that boasts a variety of household goods and decorations for the mother who loves to adorn her house with delicate trinkets and take soothing bubble baths to unwind. Owner Christie Zamora is the sweetest lady you’ll meet, and will probably remind you of your own mother. She is eager to help, is enthusiastic about the items she sells, and can give you helpful recommendations to cater to your own mother’s personality. There are often featured gift baskets when you walk into the store, which can guide you to a nice mix of items if you are unsure of what to pick for your mother.

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Blue Sky Day Spa
4250 H St., Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 455-6200

Hours: Tues – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: 90 minute combo massage for $135If mom is hard at work on the weekdays, treat her to a relaxing massage or facial on Mother’s Day. Blue Sky Day Spa provides an award-winning space to indulge. Opt to pamper mom with the 55-minute Swedish Massage for $75, which soothes tense muscles and increases circulation throughout the body. If you are willing to splurge, the 90-minute Combo Massage for $135 is a peaceful experience that will surround mom with soothing aromas and loosen any tension with warm stones and varying massage techniques. Gift certificates are available in person or online.

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Caitlin Gaustad is a freelance writer and a fourth year student pursuing a Managerial Economics major and Spanish minor at the University of California, Davis. You can usually find her with the latest copy of a fashion magazine, which she reads cover-to-cover, admiring the styling and design of each layout. Caitlin is excited to bring you coverage of Davis fashion and trends. Her work can be found at