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Have a great idea for that perfect Mother’s Day gift and don’t have time to search for it? Let 27 Facets Jewelry Concierge do the job for you. Their representatives cover Miami, New York, and places in between. 27 Facets is a personal jewelry shopping service that caters to busy professionals who are short on time but long on ideas for treasures for their special loved ones. So with Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to give them a call. You tell them what you want, they provide a variety of options for your selection, and once made, they wrap it up and deliver the gift. It’s Shopping 101, simple and totally stress free! For more info go to 27facets.com or email atinfo@27facets.com.

A Musical Tribute to Moms

Of course your mom says it’s the thought that counts, but after giving a picture frame year after year, it’s time for a change. For the trendy mom, stop into Henri Bendel to pick up an eye-popping bangle from its new collection starting at $68 or the Love Henri Pendant Necklace for $158. Forget that old PJ set. Give ma a silk charmeuse nightgown for $98 from Intimacy, the bra fitting specialists. Or spoil mom this year with the gift of self-indulgence with Lush’s collection of handmade cosmetics, like the “Sugar Mama Gift” for $17.95 or the “Mum Gift” for $39.95 full of bath goodies. Every mother deserves some fantastic shoes like these Micheal Kors Berkely embossed snake t-straps for $150 in orange or natural. Take your mother for a delicious brunch at any of Aventura Mall’s delectable dining options, like The Grill on the Alley, Ocean Prime or Cheesecake Factory. For those who can’t figure out what to get mom, get her the Aventura Mall gift card. With 280 stores, a dozen casual and fine dining options, posh spas, and a 24-screen movie theatre, Aventura Mall is certain to please everyone’s mom on her special day. For additional mall information and hours, visit AventuraMall.com or call 305-935-1110.

Sumptuous Seafood Brunch

The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Mary Brickell Village will feature a sumptuous, seafood brunch for Mother’s Day with a la carte menu items including: Oceanaire Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Benedict (Poached Eggs and Toasted English Muffins with Hollandaise Sauce), Seafood Scramble (Scrambled Eggs with Crab, Shrimp, Smoked Salmon, Potatoes, Onions and Peppers), Classic French Toast with Maple Syrup, and Steak & Eggs ALA Oceanaire Miami (12 oz. Churrasco Steak, Blue Crab Scrambled Eggs & Criollo Sauce). Other specialty items prepared by Executive Chef Sean Bernal include: Broiled Shrimp Scampi, “Seafood Parihuela” – Peruvian Fisherman’s Stew, Chesapeake Bay Style Lumpmeat Crab Cakes, and a Fisherman’s Platter. Mother’s Day Sunday brunch/lunch hours are from noon to 5 p.m. and dinner is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Oceanaire Seafood Room is located at 900 South Miami Avenue, Suite 111 in Mary Brickell Village, Miami. Reservations are recommended: 305-372-8862 (305-372-TUNA).

Aventura Mall Makes Mother’s Day Shopping a Delight

For an unforgettable gift Mom is sure to love, check out Aventura Mall’s gift guide that includes a stylish selection from their 280 stores. A gift that is sure to please is a Mother’s Day Pendant 2008 from Tous, priced to fit any budget. It comes in sterling silver, 18kt gold and 18kt gold w/diamonds versions, priced from $106-$1,279. Lush offers fresh, handmade cosmetics — The Mum Gift, at $47.95, is a collection of six heavenly treats including the Comforter bubble bar and the
relaxing Sakura bath bomb — perfect for every Mom. Or how about something for the beach? Lilly Pulitzer has Cabana Striped canvas beach totes with leather trim ($125) or Lilly’s Gotta New Bag, ($158) an updated PVC beach tote with rope handles and snap-out wristlet. And for the yogi-mommy, an exercise outfit from Lululemon always comes in handy. The Reverse Groove Pant ($92), trendy reversible trousers with a smooth flattering waistband bootcut leg, paired with the four-way stretch Power Y Tank ($44) is the perfect ensemble for any workout.Aventura Mall  hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. 305-935-1110.

Italian Radiance

Blumarine is the closest you can get your mom to St. Barts without actually gassing up the jet. The US Flagship Store for this ultra exclusive Italian line that defines cool, sexy elegance recently opened at the Village of Merrick Park. Dresses from $1,100. Bags from $1,200. Swimsuits from $695. Sun Glasses From $250. The Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables. Call 305-447-1025 to set up a shopping appointment.

A Big Drink of Water

As little as $5 can be meaningful to help fund water projects in India, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa. Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed with charity:water, a nonprofit organization that builds fresh water wells in developing nations for $5,000. Saks customers can give the gift of water by purchasing a charity:water bracelet for $5 or a $20 e-card, or, for those feeling flush, contribute $5000 and build an entire well in honor of Mom. Give a bracelet to your Mother and every mother that you know! Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour. 305-865-1100.

O Sole Mio

Here’s a timely deal. Tuccia di Capri is offering a fifteen percent discount on all of their handmade sandals just in time for Mother’s Day. Bring Mom in to select her color and style and have Tuccia di Capri’s in-store cobblers custom fit the sandal to her foot. Using only the finest Italian leather, sandal styles are named for the famous femmes who inspired and wore them, including Sophia Loren and Jackie O. Catering to fashion-savvy Moms, Tuccia promises to make your visit a memorable and fun shopping experience – complimentary bellinis too! Sandals are also available for the youngest of trendsetters, and gift certificates are available for future shopping trips.  Tuccia di Capri  is located at 1630 Pennsylvania Avenue. 305-534-5865.

A Gem of an Idea

Treat your favorite lady to these gracefully designed 18K rose gold earrings featuring South Sea chocolate pearls and diamonds, available from Jackie Abraham Jewelers. Visit their temporary “new” location where you’ll find jewelry ranging from $300 to over $150,000, both new and carefully selected estate pieces. Jackie and his wife, Johana, are building their dream-come-true store on Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands, just across the street from their current location. In anticipation of an early summer move to the new store, Abraham is cleaning out the vaults, offering 50 percent off and more from current inventory items. There’s a great mix of contemporary, popular-priced fashion jewelry and pre-owned heirloom treasures. Jackie’s passion is estate jewelry, and he is always interested in buying unique pieces. For Mother’s Day take advantage of this “moving sale” and select a beautiful piece of jewelry at an incredible price.Jackie Abraham Jewelers is located at 1160 Kane Concourse. 305-868-4336.

Blue Denim

For the absolutely greatest selection of jeans to fit your Mom, check out Forever in Blue Jeans. There are styles for every age and body type, high-rise, low-rise, boot cut, straight leg and more. Styles from David Kahn, James and Salt are perfect for everyday. And there are plenty of stylish and fun lines like Hudson, William Raft and Anlo, plus trendy sailor pants and tops that are casual or dressy. Give Mom the gift of style this Mother’s Day from Forever in Blue Jeans. Forever in Blue Jeansis located at 8851 SW 132nd Street in Miami. 305-235-1212.

Seeing is Believing

Worn by famous mothers from The Duchess of York to Jennifer Lopez, nothing says “I love you Mom” like a pair of super chic Edward Beiner sunglasses. Beiner has nine Florida stores including locations at the Village of Merrick Park, Mary Brickell Village, Coco Walk and South Miami where he carries his own line plus everything from Tom Ford to Chanel and Cartier. Styles begin at $380. 305-666-8731.

Global Gifting

Here’s the ultimate “do-gooder” gift for Mother’s Day. INDABAWorld offers beautiful and unique handcrafted items that will make you proud to give and prouder still of how your purchase helps people around the world. This colorful Glass Mirage Ring, created by Chilean artisans working with the Comparte Cooperation, is available for just $29. These wonderful crafts are distributed via fair trade organizations so each time you buy, you are contributing to the economic growth of a small village and that village’s artisans. If that’s not enough, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase also helps South African orphans. Mention SocialMiami and receive a courtesy discount of 10 percent!

A “Dynamo” of a Gift

Give Mom the gift that keeps on giving. Popular Membership at the Wolfsonian-FIU entitles her to an array of invitations to exciting exhibits and receptions, discounts on museum shop purchases, subscriptions to newsletters, a new member tour of the facility and lots more throughout the year. But that’s not all… add lunch for two – entrées, freshly brewed iced-tea, and home-made brownies or cookies – at the Dynamo Café, located right inside The Wolfsonian. The cost for the package is $65 (tax and tip for lunch not included), and lunch can be enjoyed at any time. Contact Thea Smolinski about this special Mother’s Day offer at 305-535-2631. The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Breakfast in Bed

Entrée Vous, a new gourmet food kitchen, introduces its “Bond & Bake” program for kids to prepare a yummy breakfast Frittata with hash browns to serve Mom on her special day. Book a session (children need an adult companion) in the kitchen for the young chef to assemble the two gourmet entrees. There’s even a set up where kids can design their own Mother’s Day card to go along with the breakfast. Then on Sunday morning, just pop everything in the oven, put it on a tray, add a pretty flower and serve to Mom. There’s enough for the whole family to enjoy, and best of all, Mom’s kitchen stays clean and neat! Prep sessions are available on May 3, 8, 9 and 10. Visit online and use the promo code MomsDay to get this special 2-for-1 offer. Entrée Vous is located at 13758 Kendall Drive. 305-752-5171.

To a “Tee”

Give Mom a gift that will fit her and her lifestyle to a tee!  Brilliant Tees make tees and tanks with the softest combinations of organic cotton. Select a tee that lets Mom show her support and “wear her favorite cause,” whether it’s breast cancer, the environment, veterans or educational causes. And best of all, Brilliant Tees donates to all these charities so your gift becomes that much more meaningful! The company is trying to Bring Peace Back so that everyone has a chance at a better life. There are great tote bags and tees for men and children too!

Food and Fashion Al Fresco

Treat Mom for an exquisite afternoon at The Tides South Beach on its famed ocean terrace. La Marea’s Chef Pietro Rota has planned a decadent seaside brunch, beginning with bellinis and mimosas, and featuring made-to-order organic omelets, fresh salads and smoked salmon. Each Mom will receive a gift bag with a $150 certificate to Rene Ruiz Couture and the chance to win the “grand appreciation package” that includes a 2-night stay at The Tides and a $1,500 Rene Ruiz gift certificate. Brunch is $75 per person, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..  The Tides South Beach is located at 1220 Ocean Drive. Call 305-604-5070 for brunch reservations.

Drama for your Mama

Honor Mom with a year’s worth of star treatment! Buy her a membership to the Adrienne Arsht Center… she’ll enjoy pre-sale offers for Broadway hits, concerts and more; discounts on select shows; invites to VIP events, cast parties and open rehearsals; personalized Colonnade Stones; VIP parking; and pre-performance dining. Gift Memberships are available online or by calling 786-468-2250. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.

Sole Salvation

Are Mom’s Jimmy Choos making her want to switch to flats? Consider giving her the iSqueez Calf and Foot Massager from Brookstone. This snazzy foot massager is equipped with a strong kneading action and pressure nodes that stimulate the pressure points and help relieve aches and pains. It simultaneously massages feet, ankles and calves and helps relieve tension and improve circulation. Plus it just feels good! There are three kneading massage programs and three vibration modes for the massage that’s just right for her. Use it seated or lying down. It comes with a detachable fabric food cover for easy cleaning – $399, available at a Brookstone store near you or online..

“Sheroes”

We all know that Moms are heroic, so sign yours up as a bonafide hero and make her a part of the International Kids Fund’s Circle of Heroes. This is a support group that assists IKF, a philanthropic program of Jackson Memorial Foundation, in providing medical care to children from around the world who suffer from life-threatening illnesses that cannot be treated in their home countries. Joining the Circle of Heroes is not a large financial commitment and is an enormous benefit to sick children. It takes a pledge of $1,200 a year for five years; that’s just $100 a month; or $25 a week. Since its inception in 2002, IKF has made certain that their children receive the best medical care possible at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier teaching hospitals. To learn more about IKF and The Circle of Heroes visitinternationalkidsfund.org  or call 305-585-5888.

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