Show Appreciation, Love for Mom    

While Mother’s Day always seems to creep up on us, there’s still time to come up with some great ways to honor and treat your mom on her special day, Sunday, May 9. No matter what your budget, find gifts, meals,  and relaxation options in Rancho Mirage. Let this guide you.

Mother’s Day bazaar

Celebrate mom at The River during the Mother’s Day Bazaar event, Saturday, May 8 (6 – 8:30 p.m.) located near the Amphitheatre. Shop for gifts from local vendors around the Coachella Valley. Enter the free Mother’s Day raffle; prizes are announced throughout the event. Enjoy live music and take a picture at the photo station with your mom. Masks and social distancing are required  for everyone’s safety. 71800 Highway 111, (760)-341-2711.

Petal power

You can never go wrong when you “say it with flowers.” Rancho Mirage Florist can put together a bouquet of your choosing from a wide selection of cut flowers. Looking for something different? Check out the contemporary arrangements or Mother’s Day creations. Orders must be placed by May 6. 70053 CA-111,  (760) 324-9984.

Ahhhhh! spa treatments

With all the stress mom has endured over the last year, she deserves some pampering. Give her the gift of health and well-being with these spa offerings:

Agape Salon & Spa: Book an appointment for a cut (or cut and color) and mom will get the full Aveda Ritual special that includes shampoo, relaxing neck, scalp and hand massages, a hot towel treatment, and aromatherapy with Aveda Cooling Oils (with peppermint, menthol and chamomile). 69930 CA-111, Suite 101, (760) 321-1023.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage:  Give the gift of a Date Scrub that will uplift the senses, gently exfoliate and detoxify the skin, and a Coconut Facial that provides antioxidants to improve elasticity and radiance. 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., (760) 321-8282.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa: Currently open with limited hours Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., schedule an appointment to treat your mom to a mani/pedi or specialty massage. Consider the Signature Las Palmas Cactus Healing Massage that includes warmed Nopal cactus pads placed on the body to provide detoxing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The Deep Canyon Therapeutic Massage targets deeper layers of muscle tissue and releases tightened muscles, making them more pliable, while reducing stress, pain, and tension.  41000 Bob Hope Dr., (760) 862-4518.

Mother’s Day meals

Last year was a challenging time for Rancho Mirage restaurants, but they  are now open with dine-in options available for this special day. Give mom a break from cooking and enjoy a meal together safely.

Wally’s Desert Turtle: Choose from a wide brunch selection that includes eggs Benedict, quiche Lorraine, Scottish salmon, Hercules Ranch filet of beef, slow braised short ribs, halibut and more. All meals include an appetizer, mimosa, and dessert choice. Reservations are required. $50-70. Children under 12 are half price. 71775 Highway 111, (760) 568-9321.

Si Bon Belgian Bistro:  Dining is now available indoors as well as on the patio for Mother’s Day Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m., May 9). Choose an appetizer: shrimp cocktail, Maine lobster bisque or Paté Du Chef Garni. Entrée selections include pan fried filet of sole, stuffed crepes, shrimp and scallop omelet with spinach, eggs Benedict, and more. All meals include a choice of dessert and champagne, mimosa or orange juice. $38 per person/$18 kids 12 and under. Note: Regular menus are not available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  40101 Monterey Ave. Suite E5, (760) 837-0011.

Waters Café: Indulge in a three-course Mother’s Day Special (11 a.m. – 10 p.m., May 9). Choose from creamy wild mushroom soup or warm baby beets with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts to start. The main course is lemon roasted chicken or seared filet medallions. And top it off with dessert of Baileys trifle. $42/person. In Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., (888) 999-1995

O’Caines Irish Pub: Order fish ‘n’ chips, Scotch egg, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, British bangers, or anything else from the extensive menu. Moms get a complimentary glass of champagne, cupcake and long stem rose. Come 1 – 4 p.m., and hear live music by a violinist. Reservations not required, but recommended. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m, May 9. 36101 Bob Hope Dr., (760) 202-3311. 

Sweeten the deal

Whether you want to celebrate with a unique specialty cake or treat mom to afternoon tea with English shortbread cookies, Pastry Swan Bakery is the place to find sugary sensations. Be sure to place special orders in advance. 70-225 CA-111,  (760) 202-1213.

Brandini Toffee has a wide assortment of sweet indulgences handcrafted with simple ingredients. It’s all the stuff that makes moms say “mmmm.” Pick up candies, popcorn or toffee ice cream. Order online and all purchases of $120 or more can be shipped for free. 42250 Bob Hope Dr., (760) 200-1598.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory satisfies any sweet tooth with truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel apples, chocolate dipped strawberries and more. Or let your mom make her own selection when you give her a fully loaded gift card. All are also  available for pick-up or delivery through GrubHub or DoorDash. 71 CA-111 A142, (760) 346-2929

Ben & Jerry’s serves up a special Mother’s Day Berry Sweet Sundae with layers of euphoric strawberry ice cream, strawberry topping, creamy whipped cream, pink sprinkles, and a fresh chocolate dipped strawberry. All moms also receive a free long stem Belgium chocolate rose while supplies last on May 9. 71800 Highway 111 Suite A124, (760) 779-1823.