Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Guide
Mother's Day & Father's Day Gift Guide
By Hayley Jo Murphy

Although it’s ideal to show appreciation for Mom and Dad all the time, it is nice to set aside a day to share the love. Nest has compiled a gift guide for Mother’s and Father’s Day to help.

Mother’s Day

The rewarding, yet exhausting, job of being a mom often comes with the issue of being over-worked, with little time for oneself. This may be the reason that when asked, many mothers’ top choice for a Mother’s Day gift is a spa day. Bend has a number of great choices including Spa W’s (125 NW Wall St.) Cat Nap package, which includes a steam, herbal linen wrap, and sixty-minute massage ($155).

Flowers may feel a tad cliché, but they are still a classy gift. For a unique arrangement, go to Wild Flowers of Oregon (920 NW Bond St. Suite 103), where the florists work to create custom arrangements ($30-$45). Or, to mix up the usual bouquet, consider giving a plant that won’t wilt away, such as a succulent ($3.95-$9.95).

Lastly, just because you are shopping for Mom, don’t rule out tech gadgets, such as the new iPhone or tablet. From downloading books and snapping that great shot of the kids, the modern day mom is well-versed in the technological revolution. Connecting Point (514 NW Franklin) offers a nice variety.

Mother's Day & Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day

It seems a common complaint that men are difficult to shop for, and fathers seem to be no exception. But, studies show that dads really aren’t that hard to please and most want simple things for Fathers’ Day, like spending some quality time with the family. Make a day of it with an adventure, such as renting a double kayak ($50 for two hours) from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6) or rock-climbing at Bend Rock Gym (1182 SE Centennial Ct.).

If giving a wrapped gift is more your style, consider sprucing up Dad’s wardrobe with a trip to Revolvr Menswear (945 NW Wall St. Suite 100), where they have a large selection of stylish clothes, from socks and button-ups to jeans, ($12-$100). Men’s apparel sales outpaced women’s last year-which shows that men want what’s new, whether it’s the latest gadget or fashion accessory.

Speaking of new things, enhance dad’s outdoor gear cache-inspire him to get out and explore the Cascades with the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 mtn GLO tent from REI (380 SW Powerhouse Dr.). It has built-in LED lighting and is light-weight for backpacking ($449.95).


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