A Taste of France
French Pastry Basket, Delivered
Wake up on Mother’s Day morning to a wicker basket on your doorstep filled with 20 baked-that-morning, French breads and pastries! Marion Bonte, of Marion B., A Taste of France, runs a cottage bakery business out of her certified home kitchen, and since moving to Newton has been baking and delivering her homemade French pastries to households throughout the city. For Mother’s Day she has a basket filled with 3 mini-baguettes; 3 brioche buns; 3 crêpes; 3 madeleines; 3 dark chocolate dipped madeleines; and 5 cannelés—all for $79, with free delivery. If you want to send the basket as a gift, Marion will add your message to it. Marion currently delivers to these Newton zip codes: 02459, 02461, 02467, 02464, 02468, and 02132 in West Roxbury. Orders must be placed by midnight, Tues May 9th.
Procrastinators: Sorry, too late. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But contact Marion for other purchase and delivery opportunities.
Better Life Food
Pansy Cookies & Value Family Meals
Pansy shortbread cookies, and new flower-shaped Lemon-Ginger Linzer Cookies (mmmmm) are a perfect Mother's Day treat, and they're scratch-made by Nonantum caterer, Better Life Food. But why stop there? Better Life Food has savory prepared meals, giving families a break from cooking, while not breaking the bank. Stock the freezer with frozen entrees (chicken pot pies, lasagnas, stews, and more) to give mom (or yourself) luxurious nights off from dinner duty. Order cookies and meals online and pick up Mon-Fri from 11-4 at their Nonantum Kitchen. You can always give them a call, too, you may find them there before 11 or after 4 too!
Procrastinators: Sorry, too late. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But you can order value-priced home-cooked meals & desserts for all of the busy days after Mother's Day!
A Low Impact Exercise High
Cardio High is the only HIIT studio we know of in Newton. HIIT is short for “High Intensity Interval Training,” sounding way scarier than it is. A HIIT class incorporates several rounds of short high-intensity cardio bursts followed by brief periods of rest. A recent New York Times article named HIIT the form of exercise with the “greatest bang for the buck,” boosting one’s overall fitness and increasing calorie burn rate. Located in Auburndale, Cardio High specializes in low impact HIIT, taking the stress off knees and other joints. The studio offers personal heart rate monitors to easily track one’s level of exertion, calories burned, and fitness progress over time. Try a class for free—there may even be openings on Mother’s Day weekend—it’s a great gift for yourself, and a sure way to kick off the weekend on a high note.
Take time for yourself with a class on Sat or Sun morning. First class is free! Procrastinators: Purchase classes online!
Dots & Stripes
Organized, At Last
For busy moms, one of the best gifts is time—time to spend with family, friends, or even (gasp)…alone. Emily St. Martin of Dots & Stripes Organizing is ready to roll up her sleeves to bring order to cluttered and chaotic closets, rooms, offices, or entire homes. What does this mean for Mom? More time to focus on the things she wants to do! A professional organizer, Emily offers a free consult to listen to your needs and create a game plan. Her organizational assistance is a perfect self-care gift for Mother's Day. It's just the reminder we need to take a step back and bring in someone like Emily to make our lives a little easier and days run a little smoother.
Procrastinators: Schedule free consultation online!
Newton's Jewelry Destination
After 50+ years in business, Folklorica is still Newton's go-to boutique for jewelry lovers, fashionistas, and anyone interested in brightening up their homes with can't-find-it-anywhere-else-home accents. That’s largely because owner Don Gross has a keen eye for standout jewelry and accessories that appeal to sophisticated shoppers, and he offers them at reasonable prices. With on-trend fashions and classic pieces from around the corner, and across the globe, Folklorica is a shopping destination for the greater Boston community, and perfect for finding just the right gifts for Mother’s Day.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-6 & Sun 12-4
Hetty Friedman Designs
Handwoven Shawls & Scarves
For those drawn to hand-woven goods, Newton is home to one of the contemporary masters of the art, Hetty Friedman. While you may have seen her hand-woven shawls and scarves in boutiques, museum shops, and local art events, Hetty also sells her pieces from her online shop, and, by appointment, out of her home studio in Newton Centre. Each piece is its own work of art—some with hand-dyed fibers and specialty yarns providing added interest and texture. Working with primarily bamboo and rayon, Hetty’s scarves and shawls are buttery soft and a pleasure to wear. Colors and weight shift with seasons, with lots of options for year round coverups and accessory pieces. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Hetty is offering 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING with code “ALLOVER10” and you can arrange for easy pick up in Newton, too!
Procrastinators: Order online and then contact Hetty directly to pick up Sat or Sun. Pick up times: 8 am - 2 pm Sat or Sun morning. After ordering, call/text: 617-512-5344 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lotus & Lettuce
Grown-in-Newton Floral Bouquets
We love this new hyper-local, sustainable florist who has captured lots of attention in the Garden City, and has great, local flowers for Mother’s Day. Susie Margolin, an Auburndale resident, grows her gorgeous flowers from seed (in Newton) and then arranges her home-grown bouquets in vintage vases and vessels. Susie and her just-harvested blooms holds frequent pop-ups on Saturday mornings at Bettina’s Bakery in Newton Upper Falls. She also has flower subscriptions to keep your home filled with flowers from spring through fall. Mother’s Day orders for custom bouquets in vintage vases must be placed by May 5. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Lotus & Lettuce bouquets—with or without a vintage vase—from 8 am-12 pm on Saturday, May 13th at Bettina’s. And if you act really quickly you can scoop up one of Susie’s last available flower subscriptions for mom before they’re gone. For more information, email Susie: email@example.com or message her on instagram.
Procrastinators: Head to Bettina's Bakery first thing Sat morning for bouquets: 8 am - 12 but get there early before Susie sells out!
Welcoming Barre Classes
Local moms who want to do something for themselves this Mother’s Day may want to look into Motion Study, a Barre studio in Newton Highlands, which also offers vinyasa and cardio classes. Owned and operated by two long-time Barre instructors, Denise Crowe and Julie Chrzan, classes are challenging, yet manageable, and offer a welcome respite from everyday stresses. Designed for students of all levels, Motion Study teachers offer each student hands-on adjustment, integrating personal training into every session. Also, compared to other exercise studios in Newton, Motion Study’s classes are very reasonably priced, with a live-stream option as well. New guests can purchase a 3-pack of studio classes for $60, try different classes, and get a sense of what it feels like to be part of the Motion Study community.
Chill out on Sunday morning at a Motion Study class. They'll be raffling off a 5 pack of classes at both the 9:15 am and 10:30 am Barre classes! Procrastinators: purchase classes online!
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Edible Gifts for Mother's Day
Nothing Bundt Cakes are easy, fun, cost-effective, and most importantly, delicious. And they’re ideal for Mother’s Day—a large cake or tray of bundtinis will feed a crowd, and smaller-sized bundtlets are sweet little gifts for all the moms on your list. You can have them all dressed up for the holiday, too, with colorful toppers. Cakes are always perfectly moist, in a variety of sizes and flavors, drizzled with their signature, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting. Offering lots of flavor options like lemon, carrot, red velvet, and white chocolate raspberry—and that’s just for starters. All cakes are Kosher Dairy Certified. Open 7 days/week. 170 Needham Street, Newton, with easy and ample parking.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-6 & Sun9-3
Made-in-Newton Artisan Candles & Soaps
Looking for a locally made gift for Mother’s Day? And Soaps has really cute (and calorie-free) cupcake-shaped soaps, scented with lavender essential oil. Newton Artisan, Meiera Stern, also has Mother’s Day Gift Baskets containing a luscious lavender soap brownie, lavender candle, lavender & honey lotion, soap bag, and a heart bathbomb with bubble bath frosting! Order online with easy pickup in West Newton. Quick-shipping offered too, if you’re mom isn’t local.
Procrastinators: Order online for Sunday pick up or Saturday pick up in Jamaica Plain. See And Stop site for more info.
Bettina’s Bakery in Newton Upper Falls has created the quintessential, sunny Mother’s Day cake. This lemon cake has a lemon curd filling, frosted with a lemon buttercream, and decorated with daisies. Place orders no later than Wednesday for easy pickup on Saturday. If you're quick and lucky, there will be a few available on Saturday morning but they'll go fast. Oh, and while you’re there, you can peruse and purchase flower bouquets from Lotus & Lettuce, a hyper-local Newton flower farmer and florist who grows her flowers from seed in Auburndale!
Procrastinators: Head there first thing Saturday morning to see if you can snag one of the last cakes! Open Sat. 7-3
Cork & Board
Gift Baskets & A Wine Tasting
The Cork and Board, a specialty food, fine wine, and gift shop in Newton Centre, has a host of great options for Mother’s Day. There are gift baskets for foodies filled with local products; ones designed to pamper and soothe; and the option to customize your own basket with wine, treats, and extra special items that mom wouldn’t buy for herself. At The Cork & Board you’ll find top specialty foods from local makers—so whether you pick up Somerville Chocolate's White Chocolate, or Habanero Hot Sauce from Portsmouth's Spicy Shark, your purchases support small food businesses throughout New England. You can also purchase tickets to the store’s special Mother’s Day wine and dessert tasting on May 17th, to extend the holiday into the week. After all, shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day?
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-9 & Sun 12-6
Edible Gardens by Sully
Perennial Herb Planter, Delivered
Local longtime organic farmer, Amy Sullivan—“Sully” of Edible Gardens by Sully, is offering a perennial herb planter for Mother’s Day, with herbs that come back year after year without the need to replant. The Italian terra cotta pots are planted with with cold-hardy thyme, chives, and oregano, in the highest quality organic potting mix. Plant markers and a pretty bow complete this gift, which includes free doorstep delivery to Newton. Fresh herbs are great to have on hand for home cooks, and are perfect for patios or decks. The price is $45 and quantities are limited.
Procrastinators: Sorry, too late. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But Sully will have more edible garden offers throughout the spring and summer!
Sustainable Gifts for Mom
Fulfilled Goods, Newton's new, low waste store, has lots of sustainable gifts for Mother's Day at a range of price points. From cozy throws with a perfect weight to locally made wooden ware and little gifts items like lip balms and candles. And just for Mother's Day, they're bringing back their make your own bath salt bar. Open this week through Friday. Closed on May 13 & 14.
Procrastinators: Sorry, too late. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But Fulfilled Goods will be open next week!
Just Next Door
Cards Galore & Gifts for Mom
Brick and mortar gift shops are a rarity these days, so thank goodness Newton is home to Just Next Door. Located in Auburndale, Just Next Door is stocked with gifts for all occasions—from birthdays, to anniversaries, hostess gifts, or “I just need a little retail therapy pick-me-up” present. For Mother's Day, it’s one of Newton's prime shopping destinations, with racks and racks of cards, and lots of sweet gifts, like ornamental garden stakes, scented candles, sun hats, chocolates, and Newton-themed goods. While Just Next Door is a good first stop to pick up Mother’s Day cards, chances are you’ll walk out the door with all of your Mother’s Day shopping in the bag!
Procrastinators: Open Sat 9:30-5 & Sun 11-4
Local Honey, Tea, & Sweet Treats
Lynne of Lynne's Vintique curates local food, antique-y vintage finds and unusual handmade goods, like wooden hand-carved animals. She’s Newton's only go-to source for truly local raw honey, and for Mother's Day she has jars in a variety of sizes. Those in the know in Newton also flock to her store in the Echo Bridge Antique Mall for Boston's Dean's Beans Coffee (at bargain prices), as well as a huge assortment of organic teas. This Mother’s Day Lynne has Scamp’s toffees from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, too in $15 boxes and $10 bags. Stop by the mall to pick up these sweet gifts for mom!
Procrastinators: Open Sat & Sun 11:30 -3:30
Newton Medical Aesthetics
Best Face Forward Specials
Consider it a Mother’s Day gift to yourself…If you’re thinking of perking up your look for the warmer months, Newton’s newest luxury med spa, Newton Medical Aesthetics, has two limited time super specials which you’ll want to book right away:—“Kisses for Spring” and “Bank Your Botox.” Book a lip filler appointment and receive a discount of $100 as part of the Kisses for Spring Promotion. You can Bank Your Botox by purchasing 100 units of Botox and getting a discount of $200, or buying 200 units for a $500 discount. Both offers expire June 15th.
Procrastinators: Purchase a gift card online!
Pon de Joy
A Bouquet of Mochi Donuts
Why settle for a bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day when you can get mom a sweet bouquet of colorful mochi donuts from Newton Centre’s newest destination bakery, Pon De Joy? This bakery has quickly become the city’s go-to spot for mochi donuts in creative flavors like Cherry Blossom, Lavender Milk Tea, and Black Sesame. Haven’t had a mochi donut yet? They’re a fusion between Japanese mochi and American donuts. Not too sweet, with a bouncy texture and about half the calories of a traditional donut. Pon de Joy packages its donuts in signature designer boxes, too, so there’s no need for gift wrap. Order online to reserve your box for easy pick up, or stop in Mother’s Day weekend and grab a boba tea, too! Address: 212 Sumner Street, Newton Centre. Hours: 10-9 Fri & Sat. 10-8 Sun-Thurs.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-9 & Sun 10-8
Award-Winning Local Chocolates
Newton is home to some remarkable small businesses that fly under the local radar but have loyal followings and won awards far beyond the city limits. One of these is Beth's Chocolate in Newton Highlands, owned and operated by Newton resident and International award-winning Master Chocolatier, Beth Kirsch.
For Mother’s Day, Beth’s Chocolate is stocked with lots of chocolatey options, but our heart is set on the Mother’s Day Bundle which includes a 15 piece box of assorted bonbons, a chocolate crunch bar (made with organic puffed quinoa), and a chocolate heart lollipop. And, even though Beth uses the finest quality French Valrhona chocolate in her designs, she’s very conscious of keeping her chocolates affordable. The Mother’s Day Bundle is value-priced at $50.
Chocolates can be ordered online and picked up in Newton Highlands. The Mother's Day shipping date has passed.
Procrastinators: Order online for Saturday pick up. Order quickly!
Blondie Salon & Spa
Free Gifts with Gift Card Purchase
Have you been to Blondie Salon in Newton Centre yet? If not, you may just want to head over because it’s not only one of the area’s highest rated salons, it’s also pulling out all of the stops this Mother’s Day. Purchase a gift card and receive a free gift—and the gifts just keep getting better the more you spend:
Buy a $100 gift card and you walk away with a Dermalogica Mini Skin Kit.
Spend $175 and you get an 8 oz. container of FarmHouse Fresh Velvet Sunday Shea Butter and the Dermalogica kit.
And when you purchase a $250 gift card you add the Kerastase Diffuser to your FarmHouse Fresh and Dermalogica gifts.
Gift cards can be used towards future purchases of either services or products from Blondie’s Salon or Spa. Buy the cards for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift for someone else, and decide whether you want to keep the freebies or gift them. Blondie is located at 9 Beacon Place—next door to Tatte, and its entrance is in the Pelham Street municipal lot.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 9-5 & Sun 9-3
Derby Farm Flowers
Flowers; Home & Garden Gifts
Newton Centre’s Derby Farm Flowers is a must-visit home and garden shopping destination for Mother’s Day, where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list. Stepping inside is like entering a secret garden, filled with fresh flowers, houseplants, and all of the just-the-right touches for patios and homes. From its bespoke floral arrangements, to home accents, tableware, kitchen items, planters, seed packets, outdoor lights, and home accents, it seems like Derby Farm was created with Mother’s Day in mind. It’s also the only local shop that carries the exquisite French Fermob collection of patio furniture, adding casual elegance to outdoor settings. Located at 1280 Centre Street, across from Thistle & Leek, and in the same complex as Christine’s Day Spa and Rosenfeld’s Bagels.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-5
Fitness, Italian Style
Those trying to reach their fitness goals but frustrated with traditional approaches, may want to buy themselves a Mother’s Day gift at Figurella, and experience its new approach to achieving a healthy body. Figurella isn't quite an exercise studio. It's definitely not a spa. And we wouldn't call it a traditional weight loss center, either. More like a woman's body design center, Figurella's clients are toned, healthy, and achieving their personal body goals. With roots in Italy, Figurella's pristine studio, located on Union Street in Newton Centre, uses a science-based approach to eliminate fat, including diet, exercise, and restoration. Interested? There's a starter package for $99 with a private consultation and 3 sessions, with personalized workouts with a trainer, detox baths, and nutrition tips.
Procrastinators: Purchase a Welcome Kit online!
One Stop Mother's Day
Greentail Table in Nonantum is a Best of Boston Winner for Best Entertaining Essentials and a destination resource for modern tableware and gifts for pretty much any occasion. The shop has so many great gifts for moms that it even has a Mother's Day gift guide for picking out just the right gift for the mothers in your life. Whether she's a nature lover, home chef, loves to entertain, or just deserves some products for a bit of pampering, Greentail Table's got it! Shop online or in-store. And if your mom isn't local, they offer fast shipping too!
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-5. Can always shop online with easy Sat pick up
For moms looking for a little break from, well, being moms, the new Kink Pilates studio is a welcoming, soul-cleansing space, where you can take time for yourself, focus on your breathing, and get in great shape. While not technically in Newton, Kink is right down the road in next-door Waltham. It’s a reformer Pilates studio, using traditional machines that provide targeted workouts. Classes are small and personalized, and whether (like us) you’re brand new to Pilates, or a seasoned pro, Kink’s no judgment studio helps you set and reach your fitness goals, in jaw-dropping, Architectural Digest-worthy surroundings. And for those who prefer a private experience, there are individual reformer rooms for one-on-one lessons. Kink has two promotions which are perfect for Mother’s Day: new clients can purchase 3 group classes for $79 or an $85 intro private session.
Sorry, weekend classes are now full. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Procrastinators: purchase sessions online!
What's in Lisa's Bag?
For lovers of everything Italian, this Mother’s Day, Market-Tiamo in Newton Centre has a gift which is on the top of our want list. To make your Mother’s Day shopping easier, Newton mom, home cook, and devoted Market-Tiamo shopper, Lisa DeVito, has hand-picked her fave Market-Tiamo products which she would ❤️ to receive on Mother’s Day. Package them up in a red logo’d Market-Tiamo shopping bag, and voila, your shopping is done. Here are Lisa’s picks—head to ALL Over Newton’s Instagram or Facebook page to see photos, and remember to tell them that Lisa sent you!
🇮🇹Lambrusco Sparkling red wine
🇮🇹Gurrieri Extra Virgin Olive Oil
🇮🇹Matilde Balsamic Vinegar
🇮🇹Sale Marino Coarse Sea Salt
🇮🇹Marilungo Pagliae Fieno Pasta
🇮🇹Mutti Pasta Sauce
🇮🇹Mulino Bianco Galletti Cookies
🇮🇹D’Amore Scamorza Bianca Cheese
🇮🇹Tiamo’s House-made Pesto Sauce
🇮🇹Tiamo’s House-made Focaccia
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-8 & Sun 10-4
Nina Rachele Decor
For moms who prefer vintage and antique finds, Nina Rachele Decor in Newton Upper Falls has antiques, objets d’art, collectibles, and some fun, kitschy items perfect for gift-giving. While the shop is stocked with larger home furnishings, there are plenty of smaller items like vintage barware, glassware, jewelry, pots and planters for Mother’s Day gifts at a range of price-points. Located in the Echo Bridge Mall, shopping at Nina Rachele Decor is always fun, and with new items added every week, there’s always something to explore.
Procrastinators: Open Sat 12-5
No bakery does French macarons better than Woops, and for Mother’s Day they’re perfect for gifts and dessert. Woops macarons come in a rainbow of vivid colors, each one hinting at its unique flavor. Purple and gold honey lavender; pink strawberry lemonade; sunny yellow lemon meringue; and soft green pistachio macarons are just some of the options available. Oh, and French macarons are naturally gluten-free, and low in calories. Purchases from Woops are thoughtfully gift-wrapped in their distinctive boxes worthy of a Mother's Day presentation. Select mom’s favorites, or pick up a tasting box of different flavors for the full Woops experience. Purchase online and pick up at the Union Street bakeshop in Newton Centre or shop in-person!
Procrastinators: Open Sat 10-7 & Sun 12-7