Atlanta's Mara Davis offers Mother's Day gift ideas — besides brunch

Atlanta media maven and WABE contributor Mara Davis and her son Charlie. (Courtesy of Mara Davis)

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and in case you are still scrambling to find something special, WABE culture contributor Mara Davis brought us a list of gifts and experiences you can buy that are not brunch related.

In this interview, “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes speaks with Mara Davis about alternative Mother’s Day gift ideas. 

“I know there are a lot of great restaurants in town that are doing it up for brunch this weekend, and I wish you peace and love, but I am giving you all of the alternative brunch ideas,” Davis said.


Stevie Nicks Concert, May 22 State Farm Arena.

Sting Concert, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Sept. 15.

Criminal Records – posters, albums, comics and the most fun. 

Reading & CookingTwo new Atlanta cookbooks:

Cristy’s Kitchen: More Than 130 Scrumptious and Nourishing Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, or Processed Sugars” By Cristina Kisner

In 2019, after a bankruptcy left her family with nothing, Cristy Kisner; her husband, Sebastian; and their five daughters moved from Peru to Roswell, Georgia, to give them a better future and to fulfill Cristy’s dream of opening a healthy café in the United States.

When the COVID-19 lockdown came, they never closed their doors, working sixteen-hour days for a year. In March 2021, Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York, became a regular customer and fell in love with the food at the café and Cristy’s incredible story. He wrote about Cristy and sponsored a fundraiser, and her moving story went viral, allowing the family to stay afloat and continue to live their American dream.

“Vegetable Revelations: Inspiration for Produce-Forward Cooking” by Steven Satterfield

Discover innovative, adaptable, and delicious ways to serve a wide range of vegetables with this inspired cookbook featuring over 150 recipes from Steven Satterfield, the James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and author of Root to Leaf.

Support your local bookstores to purchase them:

Virginia Highland Books 

FoxTale Bookshop

Atlanta Vintage Books (specializing in banned books), 

Little Shop Of Stories 

For Keeps Bookstore

OR how about an Audible subscription?

Flower lessons: 

Le Jardin Francais on the westside does floral design & terrarium workshops.

Adaptation floral design in Inman Park does classes for 6-8 people.  

And honestly, you can’t go wrong with flowers. Make sure you order in advance. 

Spa treatment:

Aviary – two locations, Inman Park and Summerhill.

Wine & Cheese:

Charcuterie Chick, the Atlanta-based concept that both sells its signature boards locally and hosts workshops nationwide, is gearing up to open a Sandy Springs outpost in the next couple of months at 275 Carpenter Dr. NE, according to the Charcuterie Chick, herself, Alex Plavin.

Capella Cheese