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Mad about momma

Caramie SchnellVail, CO Colorado
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Gah! You have four days to figure out what to get mom for her big day. Mother’s Day is Sunday, but don’t panic – there’s still time to find a gift that will make her beam. Whether you want to spend $20 or $200, here are some of our favorite mom-centric presents:

For the flower fancierFlowers from Petals of Provence in Edwards (926-4233)If Petals of Provence has a mantra, it’s personalize every bouquet. The Edwards flower shop started taking orders for Mother’s Day bouquets a few weeks ago, said owner Gail Cordova. Arrangements featuring pink and green tennis-ball-sized peony tulips have been very popular, Cordova said. Flower arrangements start at around $50.

For the music maestroTake mom to a Bravo (827-5700 or performance in Vail or Beaver Creek this summer. Between June 24 through Aug. 2 the festival will host three resident orchestras -the Rochester Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.One particularly mom-worthy show will take place July 18 when legendary American folk singer Judy Collins performs with the Rochester Philharmonic and Eileen Ivers at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets for the performance range from $23 – $59. If you really want to score points, pack a gourmet picnic dinner or order sushi-to-go from Nozawa in West Vail to take to the show.For the party parentCopper Party Tub on Stand, $129 at Pier 1 Imports, Avon (748-3173)Perfect for summer BBQ parties, this tub will keep mom’s favorite beverage cold. The antiqued metal tub and stand is powder-coated to make it rust-resistant and water repellant. For the nature lover”Planet Earth” five-disc DVD set, $53.99 at or $54.99 at Costco in Gypsum (328-7611)”Planet Earth” is an 11-part BBC series narrated by Sigourney Weaver. The BBC’s tenacious high-def camera crews caught footage of the world’s natural wonders – from Siberia’s nearly extinct Amur Leopards to a bioluminescent “vampire squid” deep below the ocean’s surface. Be forewarned though – if mom is particularly sensitive you might skip this gift – without sugar-coating it, animals get eaten by predators, so it’s not always pretty pictures of happy hippos.For the brunch-goerThe Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch (343-1133 for reservations) offers a Mother’s Day Brunch that will make any epicurean nearly swoon with anticipation. Highlights from the menu include rosemary baked leg of lamb with black truffle and mint sauce; roasted Australian sea bass with crawfish and lobster sauce; baked Belgian waffles with fresh cream and fruit compotes; Fisherman’s style lobster and truffle pot pie and a full dessert buffet. The brunch goes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $55 for adults and $26 for children (age 5 and under complimentary).

For the fashionistaJewelry set from Valleygirl Boutique in Avon (748-5008)Valleygirl Boutique, located in The Annex in Avon, opened in March. Sandy Helt, the shop owner, makes all of the jewelry by hand. This bracelet and necklace set – featuring a coin shaped freshwater pearl and individual sterling silver beads – sells for $95. The bracelet is $58. “This set gets a lot of attention,” Helt said. “It’s a very classic piece.” For the outdoor enthusiastCustomized Nike running shoes ( about building a custom shoe for your mom? With NikeiD ( you can do just that – for $110 you choose the air cushion system and colors (for the outside, the liner, the Swoosh symbol, the laces, even the midsole rim). You can get mom shoes to match her iPod nano or choose a color like “Bright Ceramic” or “AtomRed.” “Tag your design” is the last step, and this is where you can engrave the shoe with something cheesy but sweet, like “MomRocks.”For the spa seekerOne-hour massage at Simply Massage in Avon (748-1600)Most of the time Simply Massage has appointments available with little notice, which means mom can use her gift certificate here at nearly anytime. Though the space lacks some of the frills of larger spas, the technicians are skilled – which is priority number one to moms in need of a good rubdown and some relaxation. Better still, the price – $60 for an hour massage – won’t break the bank. Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or

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