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Shopping for Mom

Shop Girl's favorite (local) Mother’s Day gifts


Orchid Dynasty
  • Orchid Dynasty

I’ve compiled some of my favorite Mother’s Day items to help you with gift ideas for the special mom in your life. Trust me, with the right swag, your mom will forget everything you’ve put her though, no matter what your age.

Orchid Dynasty (959 E. 900 South, 801-583-4754, is my go-to flower shop, and you will be thrilled with what as little as $25 will buy, such as mini-orchids staged in a beautiful pot, succulents, air plants and bouquets arranged by owner Shelly Huynh’s ikebana style of flower arrangement. Ikebana is a centuries-old Japanese craft, to which Shelly adds a modern interpretation. Compared to traditional flower arrangements, orchids last forever (six to eight weeks). Let your love continue to shine with an orchid.

The Children's Hour
  • The Children's Hour

Don’t be confused by the store’s name: The Children’s Hour (898 S. 900 East, 801-359-4150, is not just for kids. This 31-year-old locally owned boutique is filled with women’s clothing from brands like Free People, BB Dakota, Eileen Fisher and Maison Scotch, designer shoes, accessories, jewelry and books. The Orla Kiely laminated-fabric travel pouch is more like a purse, with funky retro patterns and removable shoulder straps—and it’s wipeable. They start at $87.

Hip & Humble
  • Hip & Humble

Spring is here, and picnics and outdoor concerts are in Mom’s future. I, for one, I am always spilling wine, even when I’m sober, so these acrylic wine sippie cups really piqued my interest. Why not take one for you and your mom when you’re walking the dog? Cups $9.95. Picnic Stix, one bottle and 2 glass holders $18.95. Hip & Humble (1043 E. 900 South, 801-467-3130,

Alice Lane Home Collection
  • Alice Lane Home Collection

Alice Lane Home Collection (602 E. 500 South, 801-359-4906, in Trolley Square has a beautiful selection of coffee-table books, with many published by sophisticated Assouline. Art, style, fashion and interior design are explored in titles like Gucci, Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler, The Iconic Interior and Gypset Traveler (I’m yearning for this book).

Lafco House & Home Candles from New York burn for 90 hours and come in gorgeous hand-blown glass. Scents like duchess peony, champagne, daffodil and moonglow apricot, $60.50.

You need a Mother’s Day card to go with your purchase—but not just any card. You need a card that is so pretty, it should be framed. Tabula Rasa (801-575-5043) in Trolley Square is not only a stationery store, but a classic European emporium with a little of everything from pictures frames, pens, books and body products. I couldn’t help but admire the 100-percent silk scarves with hand-rolled edges in recognizable prints from Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso for $68. Mom will thank you.

Tabula Rasa
  • Tabula Rasa

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