Mothers Day Gift Guide, Plus Special Events in Queens

Mother’s Day is May 13th and Queens offers plenty of awesome ways to celebrate the mother in your life. Check out our ultimate Mothers Day guide!

Unique Gift Ideas

Instead of the usual sweater, bag, or gift card, try finding something more personal at one of our local small businesses. You can’t go wrong at any of the following stores: moms of all ages love to relax, look pretty and smell good.

Little Soap Shop in Astoria gets rave reviews for its unique selection of all natural handmade bar soaps, lip balms, and other bath products.

Where: 22-07B 36th Street, Astoria. (718) 704-4408.

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Soleil in Forest Hills carries an eclectic assortment of interesting home décor, furniture, clothing, soaps and jewelry. Stock changes constantly so there is always something new to discover here.

Where: 71-43 Austin Street, Forest Hills. (718) 520-8419.

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Inner Peace in Jackson Heights also carries a wide variety of gifts, like candles, picture frames, home décor, and jewelry. They also have very cute baby clothes and toys.

Where: 79-24 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights. (718) 457-6970.

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Raising Astoria has great gifts for new or expectant moms, like mommy and baby lotions and maternity clothes.

Where: 26-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria. (718) 440-9444.

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The Astoria Market is holding a Pre-Mother’s Day shopping event on April 29th at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. You can scope out unique gifts from local artisans from 12PM-6PM.

Where: 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria.

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A gift certificate for spa treatment is always a great idea. Some local favorites are:

Ascend Day Spa in Kew Gardens

Anasa Day Spa in Astoria

Spa Castle in Whitestone

Butterfly Garden Spa in Great Neck

Pure Spa in Woodside

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Mother’s Day Events

The Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale at Sunnyside Gardens Park:

Come purchase a locally grown plant or two and enjoy all this fabulous park has to offer.

When: Saturday May 11th, Plant sale begins at 10:00AM.

Where: 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside. (718) 672-1555.

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FREE Mini Portrait Sessions by Kristi Drago – Price Photography

Raising Astoria and Kristi Drago-Price Photography are gifting FREE mini portrait sessions of your little one for Mother’s Day. Sessions will be 15 minutes long from 3-6pm on Saturday, May 12th taking place at a pop up studio in front of Raising Astoria. Patrons who participate in a mini portrait session and purchase an item from the store will receive a 5% off coupon code towards prints. Any mini session participant that books an on location full portrait session by Sept. 2012 will receive 10% off. Mother’s Day mini sessions can be scheduled via the contact button at kdragoprice.zenfolio.com.

When: Saturday May 12th

Where: 26-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria. (718) 440-9444.

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Mother’s Day Fun at Queens Botanical Garden

Enjoy a quiet stroll through our 39 bucolic acres, and from 1 to 4pm, kids can make a special treat for mom at our Children’s Activity Table from 1pm – 4pm. Free with garden admission.

When: Sunday, May 13

Where: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing

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The New York Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

Join other families at the NYBG from 12PM-5PM for picnic lunches (available from a variety of food trucks- yum!), sample treats from participating vendors, and enjoy activities like badminton, croquet, painting, card-making, and a photo booth. Garden admission and tickets required. More information about tickets and directions can be found here.

When: Saturday May 11th- Sunday May 12th

Where: 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458

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Center Stage Hosts Alter View at Sky View Center

Head down to the Sky View Center to listen to some contemporary jazz, then moms and kids can both paint what they hear with Center Stage art instructors.

When: May 13, 2pm – 4pm

Where: 40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing


Create your Own Event

Several Queens restaurants are advertising special Mother’s Day menus and hours. Check out:

Uvarara in Middle Village

Danny Brown’s Wine Bar and Kitchen in Forest Hills

Austin Ale House in Kew Gardens

Bourbon Street in Bayside

Alobar in Long Island City

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If you’re not into the sit down meal idea, try to create your own Mother’s Day picnic. Pick up some delicious breads, meats, cheeses, sandwiches and sweet treats from the following local shops and markets and head to Gantry Park, Astoria Park, Cunningham Park or Forest Park for a relaxing afternoon.

Little Oven in Long Island City for macaroons and other pastries.

Canelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights for sandwiches, quiches and pastries.

Il Bambino in Astoria for breads, cheeses and meats and paninis.

Press 195 in Bayside for sandwiches and paninis.

Cheese of the World on Austin Street in Forest Hills for- you guessed it- cheese, meats and breads.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket on 77th Street and 34th Avenue for cheese, breads, fruit, baked goods, and maybe even a bottle of wine.

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With so many options available right here in Queens, it’s easy to create a unique Mother’s Day experience.

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By: Allison Casal-Dunn