A Procrastinator's Guide to Mother's Day

Have you shopped for Mom yet?

It is Mother's Day this Sunday. For many, this is not a problem. But some of you just broke out into a cold sweat because they realized that they still don't have a gift for Mom yet.

Not to worry. Several stores, spas, and restaurants in the area are ready to help you get a gift that your mother will never realize was bought at the last minute.

Does your mother knit or crochet? The Katonah Yarn Shop at 120 Bedford Road in Katonah might be her idea of fiber paradise. The store stocks lots of yarn and all the tools and items that a knitter or crocheter would want.

Right now, they have a great stock of lightweight yarns perfect for summer knitting, said Jane Lee Leggio, one of the owners. Yarns made with new fibers from corn and soy are wonderful for summer, she said. "We also have sugar cane yarn, which is like silk and it is hand-painted. It's very beautiful."

Katonah Yarn Shop also can teach your mom how to knit or crochet, and has regular workshops that demonstrate advanced techniques. "We also have absolutely fabulous gift cards that always come wrapped with a little treat," said Leggio.

The Gift Garage has to be a good place to find a gift, right? The shop, at 29 Katonah Avenue in Katonah, stocks a little bit of everything, said Wendy Wood, store manager. "We have hand towels that say 'Home is where your Mom is," she said. The Gift Garage also has lovely boxes in which Mom can keep keepsakes, lotions and candles that have matching scents, and little pots so that she can grow her own lavender. Right now, owner Jennifer Chernus is stocking a lot of gifts that any Mom would enjoy receiving, Wood said. "And we always have gift certificates."

You might try finding gifts for Mom at a coffee store, a sweet shop or a place that sells vintage furniture, but Noka at 25 Katonah Avenue in Katonah does all three. "We have great jewelry and scarves. All are super affordable and we wrap for Mother's Day, said Jennifer Cook, Noka's owner.

Noka is bringing in special cupcakes from Flour and Sun in Pleasantville for Mother's Day. "They are wonderful and they have a big following here," said Cook. A box of six assorted cupcakes comes with flavors like strawberry and pink champagne, she said.

Cafe of Love, 38 East Main Street in Mount Kisco, is offering its new Spring Menu on Sunday. The restaurant serves farmhouse French-American cuisine.

Richard Scott Salon and Day Spa at 15-17 South Moger Avenue in Mount Kisco has several Mother's Day specials. You can pamper your mom by buying a gift certificate for a facial and manicure or a whole day of beauty that includes a facial, manicure, pedicure, massage, and blow dry. "We do it every year We just change it up a little bit," Carmela Carfagno, salon manager. Mothers will also get a mimosa after their spa treatments on Mother's Day, she said.

Thinking of taking Mom out for some food that she doesn't have to cook? John Crabtree of Crabtree's Kittle House said that their Sunday brunch is pretty much booked up for Mother's Day. "But we still have spaces for dinner, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m." 

But Crabtree  noted that the restaurant also offers take out. "People are calling in and taking dinner home or just dessert. People don't think about take out, but it is becoming more popular," he said. Kittle House also offers gift certificates in any denomination, he added. The Kittle House if at 11 Kittle Road in Chappaqua.


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