Gift Guide: Presents for moms, dads and grads

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You thought it was spring? Nope. Re-check your Google calendar. It’s gift-giving season! From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day to graduation, it’s time to crinkle the tissue paper around these 13 local gift ideas selected by Utah Valley Magazine editors.

‘Iris’ You a Happy Mother’s Day

When it comes to weeding out cheap filler flowers, Foxglove has the bloom with a view. This Provo florist creates high-end arrangements and delivers throughout Utah County. If you want to take a risk, create your own floral design for your loved one with the signature arrangement option. Or choose from 11 pre-designed arrangements. Foxglove has hit the mother lode of gift ideas.

Treat Your Smart Cookies to a Smart Cookie

If your graduate already has five copies of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” then grab sugar, milk chocolate toffee or snickerdoodle cookies from the Smart Cookie Company in American Fork. Also available as ice cream sandwiches, these cookies are the reason editor Jeanette Bennett has a “before” pic on page 50.)

Soaper Duper Gift

From hair, body, face, soap, bath and shower products, Soaplicity in Pleasant Grove scrubs together a variety of products to pamper mom and grandma. Soaplicity lathers up special sets, bubble bombs and bath truffles, as well as shaving products for Father’s Day.

Sew What?

Whether your child is about to enter the workforce, attend college or serve an LDS mission, graduates need to dress the part. Buying a new suit from Mr. Mac in Orem or American Fork, or selecting a skirt from Bella Ella Boutique (American Fork, Orem, Spanish Fork) or Soel Boutique (Shops at Riverwoods, Provo) may just be what your soon-to-be graduate needs on a hanger.

Makeup Class

The world’s purplest line of makeup is getting pretty at the Point of the Mountain. Younique is known for its high-end products sold by more than 1 million presenters worldwide. Dubbed the fastest-growing company two years in a row by BusinessQ Magazine, the makeup and skin care products are oh-so-giftable.

A Girl’s Best Friend

Duke’s Jewelers in Springville was established in 1948, but don’t let the old age fool you. Duke’s has fashion forward gifting options including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches.

Socket Science

Everyone has feet, which means every graduate, mother, father and friend wears socks. All About Socks in American Fork has numerous colors, styles and design combinations for every toe — even the one that went to market.

From Student to Elder and Sister

If someone you know has grown a foot or two and been called to serve, gift them a commemorative coin of the mission presented in a velvet case or a wooden display. Orem-based Mormon Brands has designed a unique coin and pin for every LDS mission in the world.

Pockets. Enough Said.

Women’s clothing rarely has pockets — let alone ones deep enough to fit life’s essentials. Utahn Terry Stewart invented the soft stretch cotton Cari Cami to invisibly and securely carry essentials including a cellphone, credit card, passport and keys. The undershirts, which come with spaghetti straps, as a cap-sleeve, or as a medical option/insulin pump design, are available in white, black and cream. Pick these pockets for Mother’s Day!

Gift of Sole

If the shoe fits, only buy it if it’s high quality and fits like a foot glove. Taft (started in Utah Valley) sells high quality boots and shoes, handmade in Europe. Started by a dad, made for a dad. No dad joke.

Tie Goes To The Father

If you do the mall crawl before Father’s Day, you may only have to stroll as far as Tie One On to the find the colors and designs your man likes around his neck. From sock ties to designer silk, try at least two on at Tie One On.

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Arrest the Wrist

This gold (or silver) Alex and Ani bracelet with a bangle of a graduation cap jangles with celebration. Select charms to commemorate the personality and accomplishments of the tassle-wearing graduate in your life. Available at Dillard’s in Provo Towne Centre Mall.

Start with the Basics

Life is bulky, but your graduate’s wallet doesn’t have to be. Despite its slim and tiny size, the BASIC wallet (invented in Utah Valley) can hold up to 15 cards, carry cash, coins and a key.

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McKenzie Stauffer

Kenzie is an intern for Bennett Communications. She graduated from Utah Valley University in December 2017. If you're looking for Kenzie, you'll most likely find her burning food in the kitchen, or listening to Chris Browns latest album.

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