PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. -- Mother's Day will be here before you know it and with it, that age-old question: What's the best thing to buy?
Here, a few local "beyond the big box store" solutions from area mom and pops.
Gary's Wine & Marketplace, Wayne: Sign Mom up for Gary's Wine Club and have her experience wines from all over the world. The store can also put together a nice gift basket. Spring is here and rosés are in bloom! Shop Mom : 1308 NJ-23,(973) 633-3900, www.garyswine.com/ .
Glenwild Gardens, Bloomingdale: Gardeners will enjoy the large variety of garden containers, plants, home accessories and work by local artists. Shop Mom: 104 Glenwild Ave., (973) 838-0174, www.glenwildgardens.com/ .
Paradiso Day Spa , Ringwood: Treat mom to a stress-free experience where she can indulge in a host of treatments, from facials to a massage. As a Mother's Day special, services are 10 percent off from now through May 31. Shop Mom: 1141 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, (973) 728-2300, www.paradisodayspanj.com/ .
The Cherry Hat, Little Falls : Owner Rita Cupano puts a lot of thought and love into the items she carries. For Mother's Day, expect vintage china, handcrafted jewelry, unique art pieces, and touching cards. Shop Mom: 238 Paterson Ave.,(973) 256-0333, www.thecherryhat.com/ .
The Chocolate Box, Hawthorne: Mom got a sweet tooth? You'll find everything from chocolate covered strawberries to pretzels, truffles and more at this chocolate delight of a shop. Shop Mom: 190 Warburton Ave., (973) 949-4546, www.thechocolateboxnj.com/ .