Shopgirl: Mother's Day gift ideas that she can enjoy, wear and eat



The Southern obsession with monograms isn’t just because we like the look of letters on our bags, towels and glasses. Monograms are a way to show family pride, and what better gift on Mother’s Day than a cute monogrammed bag in time for beach season? is a Web-based business run by Renee Williamson, a real Augusta mama to four girls. Her site carries an unbelievable selection of items, from iPad cases to pajamas. My favorites are the Queen Bea Designs bags, ranging from sturdy straw totes to a neat felt clutch. The straw bags come in several sizes and too many color and monogram options to list. The line starts at $68.



For the mom whose hobby is working out, a gift certificate for a few meetings with a personal trainer or nutritionist is a creative way to give her something she’ll use every day. Even if she’s a regular at marathons, there’s always something to learn.

Trainers To Go is a mobile personal training company, bringing equipment and a trainer wherever you want as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m. They offer meal planning, boot camps and a variety of specializations. Call at (706) 623-7707 for prices and more details.

Don’t even think about giving this if there’s a chance it might be interpre­ted as a not-so-subtle hint that she needs the workout.



Sometimes the best gift is quality time. Casa Blanca Cafe is holding a special Mother’s Day brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and its beautiful patio area could be a great place to catch up with just your mom or the entire family. Brunch is $12.95 and reservations are strongly suggested, so call (706) 504-3431. On Mother’s Day, Bill Karp will sing jazz.

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center is having a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes pork osso buco, an omelet station, creole salmon and a children’s buffet. The Marriott also suggests reservations. Call (706) 823-6521. Children younger than 6 eat free, adults are $34, seniors 65 or older are $29 and children 6 to 12 are $17.



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