Mother’s Day Shopping & Dining Guide

April 22, 2021


Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9. While current times may make your usual celebrations a bit more challenging, Tenleytown Main Street businesses are here to help. We’ve put together a guide to gifts, experiences, and celebratory meals that you and mom can enjoy this Mother’s Day.



Balloons, Cards, & Plants

Balloon Zoom creates gorgeous balloon sculpture, bouquets, and bespoke balloons perfect for Mother’s Day – or any day! Their no-contact balloons are a safe way to send love to mom, and Balloon Zoom will even arrange to pick up the balloons and supports when she’s done enjoying them. As always, there is no charge for delivery in Tenleytown.

One can never go wrong with a card on Mother’s Day. From funny to heartfelt, you can find just the right sentiment at locally-owned businesses like The UPS Store and Tenleytown Ace Hardware in their card sections. Ace also has a selection of Made in DC products that would make perfect gifts.

If flowers are more your mom’s love language, Ace Hardware also has a selection of potted orchids and decorative house plants that will bring joy for many weeks to come, with a unique selection of sizes, colors, and varieties. Stop by in-person to see their selections.


Unique Gifts

For art and home décor loving moms, Tenleytown’s galleries and framing studios offer a wide selection of artwork for purchase. You can also bring a special photograph or sentimental memento for a custom, framed gift. Or create your own Mother’s Day masterpiece with Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies‘ extensive selection of art and crafting materials.

For those mothers who love their fur babies almost as much as their kids, PetMAC has treats, pet toys, accessories, grooming products, pet beds and climbing trees, and even doggy apparel.

Or maybe your mom loves exploring DC streets and trails by bike. City Bikes has all the accessories or bicycle gear she might want. You can browse online from the comfort of your home before you purchase.


Classes & Experiences

For the mom who likes to learn something new, our businesses offer a terrific selection of online classes, and a few have returned to small in-person groups or private training experiences.  Gift mom yoga, Pilates, meditation, dance, or another fitness experience from one of Tenleytown’s many studios. Or maybe she’s been wanting to learn a new instrument. Middle C Music has you covered there, and they have great musical gifts to pick out in-store or have delivered directly to mom.


Pampering & Self Care

Treat mom to a massage, a facial, a mani/pedi, or an appointment to refresh her ‘do at one of Tenleytown’s local salons. Our salons and spas follow strict safety protocols, resulting in fewer customers at a time for a safe experience for mom. Now that’s what we call pampering!


Mother’s Day Dining & Libations

Did you know that Tenleytown has 35+ restaurants, ranging from casual to full-service? With many cuisines – from French to Italian to Indian – and at many price points, it’s easy to find a perfect option to celebrate mom. Order for carry-out or have it delivered, and don’t forget to include a nice bottle of wine or batched cocktail. Find delivery options here and a complete list of Tenleytown restaurants here.

Celebrate mom with a special bottle of champagne, red, white, or rosé! The wine shops of Tenleytown can expertly suggest the best beverage to enjoy on its own or to compliment your Mother’s Day meal. Looking for something a bit less traditional? Surfside has a large selection of hand-crafted, specialty cocktails for takeout or delivery!

  • Surfside, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue
  • Tenley Liquor, 4525 Wisconsin Avenue
  • Tenley Market, 4326 Wisconsin Avenue

Why not start the day by taking mom out for a specialty craft-brewed coffee, iced latte or spicy chai from local shops Confetti Café, Bourbon Coffee, or Coffee Nature. It’s the perfect outing for the whole family! For those who like a little less caffeine in their treats, all three shops also offer an array of freshly baked sweets and snacks. Confetti Café will even create custom cookies for the occasion; place your order here.


Tenley Bucks Community Gift Card

Still not sure what to get mom this Mother’s Day? Why not give her the gift of everything! Tenley Bucks are accepted at more than 20 local businesses. This way, mom can decide if she’d like to treat herself to some pampering at a local spa, dinner and drinks on the town (or at home), or even shop for new artwork.

  • Find a list of businesses that accept Tenley Bucks here
  • Purchase a Tenley Bucks gift card for mom (and yourself!) here


Have a favorite Tenleytown shop or restaurant for Mother’s Day that we missed? Know of a great special offer just for mom? Let us know at