Make mom feel special

Loomis offers plenty of unique gifts for Mother's Day
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Want to make mom feel special on Mother’s Day? Gifts from the heart are always the best, but giving her a little slice of Loomis in the form of a gift or gift certificate from a local shop or an outing in town can be good, too. Linda Smolich, of Loomis, said some of her favorite Mother’s Day gifts were made by her children when they were younger. “I have a framed poem my daughter wrote when she was in first grade and my son made a heart-shaped quilt that I keep on my night stand,” Smolich said. Her daughter, Liana, is now 15 and her son, Andrew, is 13, both beyond the age of handcrafted mom gifts. “I’ve saved all of the handmade gifts from my three girls,” said Loomis resident Julia Berry, who will spend this Mother’s Day watching her 16-year-old daughter take her first skydiving jump. Last year, her daughter Emma, 14, fixed her breakfast; daughter Liza, 16, fixed her lunch; and daughter Gracie, 12, fixed her dinner. “One year I got a note. It was for a day of relaxation and an uninterrupted bath with candles,” said Loomis mom Samantha Walsh. Walsh said it was the most memorable Mother’s Day gift she’s received from her family. Nowadays, her two children Hunter, 9, and Natalie, 12, might get her a gift certificate to Rejuvenate Day Spa. Not only does the spa promise uninterrupted relaxation, they also pamper moms with facials, massages, foot treatments, waxings and body buffs and wraps. Spa owner Kaera Anzalone said they even offer nutritional and beauty products. Instead of a bouquet, gardening moms might prefer live plants, blooming roses or baby trees available at The Flower Farm Nursery, Bakers Nursery or High-Hand Nursery. The plants will provide outdoor beauty for years to come. Those hoping to get mom a one-of-a-kind to decorate the house can look at Foothill Feed and Gift, Valerie’s Gallery, Main Drug Store or High-Hand Gallery. Outdoorsy moms will appreciate something sporty from the varied selection of outdoor gear at Black Bear Outdoors. Equestrian moms will love any horse-related items from Christensen’s Saddlery. For a taste of Loomis, the kids might visit Blue Goose Produce and put together a gift basket of locally grown and organic goodies including fresh fruit, cheese, meat, nuts, honey, and gourmet sauces, salsas and snack foods. The Berry family might consider taking Julia for a Mother’s Day brunch (reservations recommended) at the New Horseshoe Bar Grill, High-Hand Conservatory, Ugly Mug Café or Café Zorro before she has to hold her breath watching her daughter’s skydive.