Every person ever born -- past, present and for the foreseeable future -- has a mother. Every mother has a mother. So important are they that a day is set aside every year to honor and spoil them. And the menu of gift types extends beyond dinners, brunches and flowers. Although technically called Mother's Day (singular), it should really be referred to as "Mothers' Day" as a celebration to all who have given life -- or love -- to a child of any age.
Since we cannot, by budget or time, honor every mother, we act on the singular. This year, the day arrives earlier than usual, so get your plans in order. If you want to outdo your siblings in gift-giving, then consider one of these unique products and events.
A day at the spa
To prepare mom for her day, or night, of reverence maybe consider a trip to a local spa? A Smoother You in Dracut is a local beauty salon that provides several beautifying and age-defying skin treatments and procedures.
Owner Maureen Robidoux has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Her products, and her motto -- "Chase a decade" -- can apply to your mom as well. From laser hair removal to Botox and body-shaping, Robidoux's salon, at 1794 Bridge St., is one of the area's pre-eminent skin-treatment facilities to help moms (and anyone else) look younger.
The procedures are outpatient, by appointment, and quite quick and painless. If cosmetic peels don't appeal, then maybe some take-home skin-care products are more her liking.
Many procedures start about $300, and Robidoux insists that the results are far more valuable.
A trip to a winery
So now mom, in her rejuvenated flesh and up-stepped confidence, is ready for the town. Because she tolerated your whining, let her do some wining by visiting a local vineyard. She gave you the bottle -- now give her one., Nashoba Valley Winery, at 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton, is the state's only licensed manufacturer of wine, beer and spirits. It is also a dining establishment, process-touring experience, sampling room and shopping center for specialized locally crafted beverages.
Featured there is an annual Mother's Day brunch, which is quite popular and this year will host local musician Elizabeth Lorrey. Unfortunately, this year's event is sold out of the 60 tickets, but there are still plenty of reasons to bolt to Bolton.
There are regularly scheduled picnic lunches and mimosa mornings throughout the spring and summer, for which gift certificates are always available -- likewise for tours of the brewery and adjoining fruit orchards at the 52-acre expansive farm located just minutes from Interstate 495 yet tucked away on a quiet hillside.
"The grounds alone are worth the visit," says Carl Persson, an employee at Nashoba Valley Winery. "There's nothing else like this in the state.
The winery will open on Mother's Day, after the brunch, to tour groups and picnics. Reservations are recommended for these events, which include wine tastings along the way. Those gift certificates can also be used toward the purchase of one of the made-in-house beverages.
A laugh-out-loud 'Cry It Out'
To help her reminisce with laughter over the early days of motherhood, a good dose of comedic theater could be the answer. "Cry It Out" is the Merrimack Repertory Theater's featured spring performance, running from April 24 through May 19.
Detailing, through conversations between new mothers, the challenges and charms of child-raising, the acclaimed play was written by Molly Smith Metzger, creator of "Orange is the New Black" and "Shameless.
"There is no mother who will not be able to relate to the story and to this play," MRT's David Henderson says.
The MRT, on East Merrimack Street in Lowell, has a limited seating capacity so Henderson suggests ordering tickets early for the limited engagement.
A mug with your mug
Mom may also need a new ensemble to wear. Customized garments and apparel are available at Northeast Monogramming (or monogrammy, if you're inclined to pun about these things). There, you can customize a family logo and have it, or a photograph, emblazoned onto T-shirts, lunch boxes, handbags, jigsaw puzzles or a plethora of other items.
The busy shop at 297 Hamilton St., Leominster, can put your face on any number of items -- your mug on mom's mug, for instance, or her favorite pet on her oven mitts. The turnover rate for T-shirts and common garments is less than 10 days in most cases, so your image can be on mom's wine-carry bag in time for Mother's Day. She can use it when she visits the vineyard in Bolton.
Known mostly for outfitting local schools and teams, Northeast Monogramming also does copious business in the individuals market. Their hi-tech graphics equipment allows for an image to be forwarded via internet, then transferred onto cotton jerseys, quilt squares or mouse pads, usually within a day or two, directly to the garment from the computer.
"We can do it quickly," owner Matt Olivari says. "We recommend a 10-day lead time, though, because of the volume."
A night of painting (and, yes, more wine)
If mom is more the hands-on type, or wants to be, then maybe a "paint night" is an activity she'll enjoy -- with or without you. At Nashua's Graffiti Paintbar, guests enjoy the dual pleasures of pints and paints. You can hold a cold beer in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.
"We think of Mother's Day as more of a weekend celebration," proprietor Linda Lagana says. "So we offer classes and specials also on Saturdays."
In fact, Lagana's studio at 143 Main St., in the center, is open every day for classes and projects on wood signs, painting, and small manufacturing projects.
Also available for group outings and parties, Graffiti Paintbar is the perfect place for mother and child to interact socially in a productivity-based, casual environment. Since the studio is open nearly every day, a gift certificate may be the best option.
Mom can visit the well-lit, easel-ly accessible studio at her free time, to make custom signs for her yard or living room walls. With a bar at the back, the shop has wide-open work tables for groups to assemble, decorate and adorn their projects.
Clients choose the graphics they'd like to adhere to their signs, which they construct and hand-paint, and Lagana prints stencils and decals. The projects generally take about three hours, and reservations are required. Instructors help guide the crafters through every step of the system.
If painting is more her thing, they do that, too. Group paint nights, or days, are constantly ongoing in freestyle and guided sessions.
Now, mom can create her own refrigerator artwork.
A serenade of movie music
If mom likes movies, and the music that goes with them, perhaps an early Mother's Day gift is in order to make you her favorite. "Lexington Symphony's Music from the Movies: John Williams Music" will surely delight film fans. The annual event, which highlights the extensive catalog of Hollywood's legendary composer, will be at Isaac Harris Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, this Saturday, May 4.
When the brother or sister arrives next Sunday with flowers or chocolate or a puppy in hand, mom will have already been treated to this adventure that you shared secretly with her because, you know, mum's the word. You can finally beat your older brother or sister at something.
Of course, mom does not expect that she be treated to all of the wonderful events occurring throughout the area this month. She'd probably be exhausted and would have been happy with a Crayola drawing for the refrigerator door. But Mother's Day is not just for homebound homages anymore. There is plenty to do for her, and with her, outside the house.