Brunch is just about everyone’s favorite meal in LA. And while we wouldn’t be surprised if more restaurant reservations are made for Mother’s Day brunch than any other meal, on any day of the year, we think she deserves a little extra. That’s why we’re going beyond the traditional late-morning meal and exploring ways to celebrate mom that are sweet, meaningful, and loaded with fun (gift ideas included). Scroll through to discover the perfect gifts post-brunch — since Mother’s Day is all day long afterall.

photo: Jeni’s Ice Cream

Sweet Treat

Before mom sops up the last bit of hollandaise sauce on that decadent plate of eggs benedict, let her know you’re going for a scoop (or two or three) of ice cream at one of four Jeni’s outposts around the city. Trust us; she’ll be inclined to put down the fork and save room for dessert. At Jeni’s the whole family screams for ice cream flavors that are out of this world.

And while artisanal ice cream shops are everywhere these days, but what sets Jeni’s apart is their commitment to quality ingredients and unexpected flavors. We’re talking Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium jam and Riesling Poached Pear sorbet, kind of flavors.

We hear there’s going to be a Chardonnay-inspired ice cream exclusively crafted with mom in mind.

Before you leave the shop, surprise her with a subscription to the pint of the month club ($230), and let the deliciousness continue year round. 

Location: Los Feliz, Venice, Larchmont and Calabasas

photo: Maggie Louise Confections

Power Picnic

Rather than hit a restaurant, grab the cooler, load it up with on-the-go goodies and head to Will Rogers State Park. Set up a marvelous picnic and spoil mom rotten! While the kiddos run wild, mom can indulge in her a new tablet featuring all of her favorite books, magazines, and TV shows.

Or gift mom a new pair of kicks and she can break them in with the whole family on a hike to revel in the outstanding views of the city. Don’t forget to stop by the horse stables to admire those exquisite creatures!

Before you pack it all in, present mama with a Mother’s Day cake and Maggie Louise chocolate ($16 for box shown) — this stuff is (almost) too gorgeous to eat!


photo: Janelle Connor

Workout Wonders

Take brunch to new heights at The Rooftop by JG and nosh on lighter fare (no worries, the kid’s menu offers traditional lunch items). This kid-friendly place is worth it for the views alone, and when everyone is ready to come back down to earth, send your grounded mama on her way to try a sizzling workout at BoxUnion. She will fall head over heels for this swanky studio. Each forty-five-minute class combines elements of shadowboxing, cardio, plyometrics and heavy bag training for an electrifying and heart-pounding workout.

Classes here deliver on every level; it’s a mind-body experience that leaves you drenched and fully recharged. Though they rent and sell gloves, we found a pair of super cute ones perfect for newbies. Slip them in mom’s stylish new gym bagand throw in this skin refresher kit; she’ll leave the studio glowing inside and out.


photo: Caffee Luxxe

Morning Makeover

et Mom spend the morning hitting snooze while the family heads to the closest Caffe Luxxe to grab her favorite cup of coffee or tea. At the Montana St. and Palisades (opening soon) locations, Westsiders will find a florist on site that day, plus greeting cards and other small Mother’s Day gifts. Pick up scrumptious baked goods courtesy of Milo and Olive and bring it all home to mama — there’s nothing quite like a warm chocolate croissant served in a comfy cozy bed.

Once mom has savored her last bite, offer her this sublime crystal-infused water bottle. For moms who like to “Om” at home; light a divinely scented Ashley North candle, download the Priv beauty and wellness app and let her create the perfect relaxing afternoon for herself. With on-demand services like pedicures, massages and yoga/pilates, this home-based gift will be the best she’s ever received!


What are you doing to celebrate Mom? Let us know in the comments below!

—Janelle Connor


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