It’s almost Mother’s Day! Still haven’t found that perfect gift for May 9? The Spring Branch District’s businesses and nonprofits have got you covered, no matter your mom’s interests or personality.

Is she an animal lover?

Since 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center has been committed to providing quality emergency care and rehabilitation for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. Located in the Spring Branch District, the center is always in need of support, so why not give your mom a gift that gives back?

Check out the center’s merchandise selection from t-shirts to tote bags to mugs and more by clicking here.

Also on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, shop at Kendra Scott online (https://www.kendrascott.com) using the code GIVEBACK1HIF at check out and TWRC earns 20 percent back.

Can’t wait for shipping? Visit in-store on Saturday, May 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Kendra Scott Cypress Boardwalk to meet “Ambassador Animals” Iris the Screech Owl and Pugsley the Virginia Opossum and support TWRC Wildlife Center.

You can even symbolically adopt an Ambassador Animal for your mom and help feed and care for that animal for one entire year. With each adoption, you will receive a 5×7 animal photo, an adoption certificate, an animal biography, and a TWRC sticker. Check it out here:

https://www.twrcwildlifecenter.org/adopt-an-animal/

If you think your mom is wanting an actual pet to love at home, maybe check with her first and then check out Adventures in Birds, 7414 Westview. Serving bird lovers since 1980, the Spring Branch District business sells birds, cages, food, toys and everything your mom could possibly need to care for birds.

All of their parrots are hand-fed, and many of the birds are bred on site. Check out their newest arrivals here: http://www.adventuresinbirdsinc.com

Is she an art lover?

Newspring’s Visual Arts programs support academic achievement and career opportunities for area students ages 8 through college.

Check out their stunning mini butterflies, which are 10”W x 6”D x 10”H, packed in a beautiful box and priced at $250. It’s a lovely piece of art to display at home or at the office.

Looking for something at a lower price point? Newspring offers beautiful notecards that cost $12 for 10 cards and 10 envelopes. Blank inside, each design was created by a student artist through the NewSpring Visual Arts Program, and is the perfect all-occasion card or a piece of art your mom can frame.

Order here: https://newspringcenter.org/shop/

Does she love a monogram on just about everything? 

Aspire Accessories is a program of Social Motion Skills, Inc. a nonprofit in the Spring Branch District. Their products are created, embellished, packaged and shipped by artisans with autism and similar special needs, and they have made it easy on shoppers this year by offering a Mother’s Day Collection.

From handmade jewelry to candles to acrylic trays/pictures frames and leather skillet holders, complete with monogram, you might find gifts for Mother’s Day, your mom’s birthday and Christmas — all in one place.

Check out the collection: https://aspireaccessories.com/collections/mothers-day

Is she a fashionista?

MAM Resale is a thrift store benefiting the mission of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) to help families meet their basic needs and learn skills to build better lives. Your purchases and donations can make a big difference in so many lives.

Daily arrivals of clothing, home furnishings, electronics, home goods and more, both pre-owned and new, mean the inventory is always changing. Recently, their website featured a Michael Kors Metallic Python Bag and — new with tags! — a Kate Spade New York Ellie Large Flap Backpack.

MAM Resale offers more than 14,000 square feet of resale shopping paradise at 1625 Blalock Road, but you can also shop from home: https://mam-resale.myshopify.com.

Is she a foodie?

There is no shortage of delicious food in the Spring Branch District, including a huge selection of international experiences. Mother’s Day is a great excuse to try something new or return to an old favorite. Check out our Eat Local page for some ideas: https://sbmd.org/eat-local/

Is she super hip?

Mom needs a new pair of kicks!

Founded in 2011, Eight One is a Houston-based purveyor of lifestyle and fashion forward footwear, apparel and accessories. They specialize in rare and collectible footwear.

Shop in-person at 7670 Katy Fwy #40 (Marq’E Centre) or online: https://www.eightone.shop

Does she love a cold beer on the weekend? 

The Spring Branch District’s 4J Brewing, 1348 Cedar Post Lane, is a women-owned and family-operated craft brewery with a great mom story.

The name 4J comes from the four “J” siblings – Jessica, Jackie, Joanna, and Jennifer. The youngest, referred to as “#4,” started home brewing with dad years ago, living by the motto “makin’ some and drinkin’ some.” The beer was always a hit at family events, so one day, “#4” and mom decided to steal dad’s hobby and shape it into a business.

They are not open on Sundays but you can take mom for a beer the day before Mother’s Day. Or, stop in and get some beers to-go for her to enjoy on the actual day.

Check out what they have on tap: https://www.4jbrewingcompany.com

Is she a major coffee drinker? 

We have several amazing coffee shops in the Spring Branch District, including Slowpokes, 8147B Long Point Rd., and the recently opened Cambrian Coffee, 9461 Hammerly Blvd., just to name a couple.

You can also pick up some coffee for mom to make at home.

Located on the southwestern edge of the Spring Branch Management District, HortiProcess imports and processes coffee and fruits grown in the central and southwestern regions of Colombia.

Order online and pick up: https://hortiprocess.com

Is she an avid reader? 

Treat mom to some great reading and support a local business with a great history (and great history books, among many great books). Check out Becker’s Books, 7405 Westview, for that perfect gift for your mom.

The shelves at Becker’s Books lend themselves to hours and hours of perusing but you can also search their catalog: http://www.texasbooks.net/catalog/

Don’t know what to get? Gift certificates are available by texting or calling: 832-566-5230.

Do you make her want to run away with the circus? 

We’ve got something for that.

Cirque La Vie is a small circus troupe offering shows for events, festivals and special occasions. They also offer Circus Classes, including Aerial Arts, Flexibility, Ground Acrobatics and more at their Spring Branch District facility at 1905 Johanna Dr., Ste B1.

Cirque La Vie has a boutique and sells shoes and leggings and other apparel online: https://www.cirquelavie.net//shop.

So, even if she doesn’t run away, she can dress like a true circus artist and maybe spend a little time flying through the air like one.

— by Dorothy Puch Lillig