Spoil your mom on Mother’s Day with these fun and useful gifts.
BATH JUNKIE. The last time we ventured into West End MarketPlace was during the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl party in ’93. We missed our curfew, got grounded, and had our Swatch phone taken away. But now we have a reason to return: Bath Junkie. Personalize any of the lotions, massage oils, salt scrubs, and bubble baths with your favorite fragrance from the selection of 180 scents. Think unusual combinations like green apple and pear or more mainstream fragrances like almond. Another special treat is the liquid tapioca powder—it glides on smooth and cool and dries to a satiny finish. Mon-Sat, noon-8 p.m.; Sun, noon-6 p.m. 1701 N. Market St., Ste. 160. 469-227-7373. Multiple locations. www.bathjunkie.com. BODUM. When we discovered this new spot on Knox Street, we were downright giddy. The Dallas outpost of the family-owned Danish business is only the fourth store in the United States. For the mom who needs her caffeine fix, browse the oodles of shelves filled with all things coffee and tea. Create a potpourri of flavors with green moon palace, lemon squeeze, and piña colada teas, or pick up a French-press coffee set in one of four sizes. Still stumped? Bodum also sells desk accessories, kitchen utensils, and shower curtains. Or just take Mom with you—the coffee and tea bar is the perfect spot to sit and sip before, after, or during your shopping excursion. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, noon-6 p.m. 3103 Knox St. 214-522-0800. www.bodum.com.
GOURMET A GO-GO. We know you love Mom’s cooking, but we are almost positive that after 20-plus years, she’s a little tired of cooking for you. So why not give her some time off from the front burner by calling Gourmet A Go-Go? You can order an entire week’s worth of dinners from the delectable selection of groovy casseroles (chicken curry with rice, shepherd’s pie, spaghetti with meatballs), psychedelic soups (Cuban black bean, smoked mussel and salmon chowder, Tuscan white bean), and every kind of side dish you’ve ever imagined (creamed spinach, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, jalapeño cheddar cornbread dressing). Does Mom have a sweet tooth? No problem. Throw in an order of strawberries-and-cream or espresso-tiramisu cupcakes. Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, noon-5 p.m. 5219-B Lovers Ln. 214-357-0400. www.gourmetagogostore.com.
JUAREZ IMPORTS. Nothing pleases Mother more than an inviting outdoor area. Who doesn’t love to be surrounded by lovely plants and beautiful flowers? To make the most of her patio and porch, pick up a few Talavera pots from the huge selection at Juarez Imports. Not only do they carry plant pots (a lot of which look Italian in design), but they also offer decorative tiles, hand-painted sinks, and serving dishes. The tiles are perfect to place on the risers of a staircase or to use in a mosaic. Tue-Fri, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. International Market Place @ Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl St. 214-939-2517. www.dallasfarmersmarket.org.
JUNKADOODLE. Pull up to this great little shop on West Lovers Lane and you’ll hear Lyle Lovett crooning through the open windows. Once inside, give the fluffy, striped kitty lying on a chaise lounge a little pat on the head and say hello to the woman behind the counter glancing up from her newspaper. Junkadoodle’s casual Austin ambience comes from the people who run the place and the wonderful mishmash of flea market and estate sale finds. We stumbled upon a vintage Gucci suitcase, replete with green and red striped binding around the edges and buckle closures. We also like the mounted old movie posters (think Liz Taylor in Butterfield 8) and old botanical prints that would look fab hanging over Mom’s vanity area or in her office. The most unusual find? Taxidermied chickens. Wacky, but cool. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m. 4402 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-5755.