Tailor your Mother's Day gift to your mom

May 8, 2013 

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s a great time to celebrate everything you love about your mom.

But if you want to do something more than a card and flowers, or are in search of an idea to spoil her some more later in the year, try one of these gifts of experience that she’ll never forget.

I’ve organized them in the most scientific method that I could think of: by popular television shows. Simply find your mom’s favorite show, and try the activity.

“SURVIVOR”

This mom loves excitement and adventure. She’s competitive. She’s fearless.

She might not be a fan of wearing the same clothes for weeks at a time, but she’ll try exotic food -- especially if you’re paying for it.

Try an afternoon of ziplining at Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Dr. E. (off State Route 161), Eatonville. The 723-acre wildlife park offers four zipline courses; prices range from $19.95-$59.95 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 360-832-6117 or go to www.nwtrek.org. After the adventure, top the day off with a yak burger at Wild Berry Restaurant, 37718 State Route 706, Ashford. Wild Berry Restaurant offers a variety of American and traditional Nepalese dishes. Call ahead for hours: 360-569-2277.

"DANCING WITH THE STARS"

This mom loves to boogie. Remember that time she chaperoned your prom and danced with the history teacher? Yeah, that was embarrassing.

Invite mom to grab her dancing shoes and take line, country and swing dance classes with The Evergreen Country Dancers of Olympia from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Olympia Elks Lodge, 1818 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Cost is $4. For more information, call 360-352-8933 or go to www.evergreencountrydancers.com.

"DOWNTON ABBEY"

This mom is a hopeless romantic. She loves history. She raised you with excellent table manners and has a fancy hat collection (or wishes she did).

Take mom on a shopping spree to Tea Lady, 420 Steele St. SE, Olympia, which offers about 1,000 teas and herbal infusions from around the world. For more information, call 360-786-0350 or go to www.tea-lady.com.

Or if you think she would prefer a sit-down lunch or afternoon tea, visit the Hawthorn Tea Room, 2208 N. 30th St., Suite 101, Tacoma. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 253-238-9021 or go to www.thehawthorntearoom.com.

Top the day off with a self-guided tour of the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park, 316 South G St., Tacoma. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 253-591-5330 or go to www.metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory.

"LAW & ORDER"

This mom is a great detective. When you were growing up, she knew all about your shenanigans before you did. She asked a lot of questions, threatened to administer random drug tests, and kept you and your best friends safe and out of jail.

Buy this mom tickets for the Chehalis-Centralia’s Murder Mystery train. The trip includes a four-course meal, train tickets and an evening of whodunnit drama as you find yourself in the middle of an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

Fares are $53 for adults and $25 for ages 10 and younger. The train departs from 1101 SW Sylvenus St., Chehalis. The first mystery train is slated for June 29. (There are other excursions, including a Mother’s Day brunch train, scheduled before that.) For more information, call 360-748-9593 or go to steamtrainride.com.

“CAKE BOSS” or “CUPCAKE WARS”

This mom likes color, style and taste – as in tasty. And she’s very creative.

Take her to your favorite neighborhood cupcake shop for a snack and some inspiration, and then head down to a Jo-Ann fabric and craft store and sign her up for a Wilton cake decorating class.

Yes, of course, your mom will love decorating cakes for you – I mean, for her class.

To find a store near you, go to www.joann.com and click on store events.

“CURB APPEAL”

This mom loves gardens, and she is a do-it-yourself fanatic. The clerks at the big-box home improvement store recognize her because she’s in there every weekend. Take this mom on the Designing Divas Garden Tour and Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Plantasia Gardens, 3938 88th Ave. SW, Olympia, and Dandelion Gardens, 5415 Peninsula Drive SE, Olympia.

She’ll have a chance to pick out plants, containers and garden art. And the tours are free; however, pet food donations will be accepted for Concern for Animals. For more information, go to www.concernforanimals.org.

Staff writer Lisa Pemberton is one busy mama with three young children. Contact her at 360-754-5433 or lpemberton@theolympian.com.

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