Time’s up: Last-minute gifts for mom

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A mother’s love is said to be unconditional, but it can still be strained by a forgetful son or daughter. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, so if you haven’t yet fulfilled your filial duty, you don’t have much time. Luckily, there are still plenty of options for local, last-minute gifts, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best:


Sure, a floral arrangment may seem obvious, but what mother has ever been immune to the charms of a fresh, hand-delivered bouquet? One choice is Henry’s Florist, a Bay Ridge staple for over 75 years. Henry’s offers special Mother’s Day bouquets, like “Mom’s Treasure,” an arrangement of chrysanthemums, alstroemeria, and a few roses in a glass vase or the “FTD Spring Garden Bouquet” featuring gerbera daisies delivered in practical pink pitcher. Each are just $49.99. You can also add balloons or a box of chocolates to your order for an additional charge.

An $8 delivery fee is added for Brooklyn. Henry’s usually ensures same-day delivery, if you place your order before 2 pm, but recommends placing your order a day ahead for Mother’s Day.

Henry’s Florist is at 8103 Fifth Ave. at 81st Street in Bay Ridge, and is open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 9 am to 4 pm on Sundays. For more information, call (718) 238-3838 or visit

Spa gift certificate

A day of pampering and rest probably sounds just about perfect to anyone living in the borough, and Mom will definitely find it at D’mai Urban Spa in Park Slope. Services range from manicures ($30), to hour-long massages ($115), to full spa packages (starting at $220). Go to their Web site now to design a personalized gift certificate to print out or e-mail straight to Mom.

D’mai Urban Spa is located at 157 Fifth Ave., between Lincoln and St. Johns places, in Park Slope. Open Mondays, from 11 am to 9 pm, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 am to 7:30 pm, and weekends, from 10 am to 7 pm. For more information, call (718) 398-2100 or visit


Give Mom a reason to explore nature’s bounty this summer, with a membership to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A Brooklyn Botanic Garden membership costs $40 and includes free access to the park and discounts on classes, trips and tours, as well as a 10 percent discount at the Garden Gift Shop and Terrace Cafe.

Upcoming members-only events include “Rose Night,” a wine and cheese reception, on June 4, and “Sunset Picnics” throughout the summer. Plus, starting May 28, the BBG will be open to members for two extra hours on Wednesdays.

Or, if Mom prefers the performing arts, a gift membership to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will get her the inside scoop on cutting-edge theater and film.

The “Friends of BAM” membership ($75) will give her discounts on mainstage performances for a year, while the “BAM Cinema Club membership,” at $60, includes discounted or free tickets to first-run films as well as access to advance ticket sales for the Sundance Institute film series (May 29 to June 8).

Another alternative is “BAM cash,” available in $20 increments and good for tickets to performances or films.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (900 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights) is open 8 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. The park is closed on Mondays.

From May 28 to Sept. 3, the garden will be open until 8 pm on Wednesdays for members only. For more information, call (718) 623-7200 or visit

The Brooklyn Academy of Music box offices are located at 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene. You can buy a membership outside the cinema box office Friday through Sunday, from 5 pm to 10 pm, or by calling (718) 636-4194. To order BAM cash, call ticket services at (718) 636-4100, or go to the theater box office Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. For more information, visit

Breakfast in bed

Serve Mom breakfast in bed — without getting out from under the sheets yourself. Almondine Bakery will deliver a full breakfast to any address in the DUMBO area from 10 am to noon on Sunday, May 11. All breakfasts are made for two, and come with a selection of bakery items and coffee or tea, and range in price from $16 to $31. Order by 11:30 pm Saturday to have it delivered on Sunday.

Almondine Bakery (85 Water St. at Main Street in DUMBO) is open from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays. For more information, call (718) 797-5026 or visit

Updated 5:06 pm, July 9, 2018
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