Memorable Gifts for Moms and Grads

It’s fitting that May brings college graduation alongside Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10th). For many graduates, moms and grandmothers are the champions who support them from the first time they ride a school bus to the last exam they take—and through all of life’s tribulations outside the classroom, too. For a mother, watching her child walk across the stage and accept his degree is one of life’s most precious moments. As the student celebrates the completion of many years of hard work, so, too, does his mom.

Mayfaire can help you celebrate the graduates in your life as well as pay thanks to mom and Nana. From personalized gifts courtesy of Lauren & Elizabeth to practical presents from hhgregg, you can #MakeItMayfaire and find the perfect item for your loved one. Here are a few of our favorite ways to show you care (tip, to see the gift ideas in greater detail, click on the photo to enlarge it):

Sweet Sayings & Trinkets

Edward’s Hallmark offers a wide array of Vera Bradley totes, from the classic Vera paisley to new styles that range from natural textures to brightly colored leathers with cute cutouts. Francesca’s has a slew of clutches and purses to choose from, too. Bonus: Each store carries plenty to fill mom’s goodie bag with!

Edward's Hallmark

Edward’s Hallmark

Vera Bradley Hipster bag, Petal Paisley, $60
 Blue ceramic candle holder, $7.95 with any purchase (regularly $12.95)
Vera Bradley Agenda, May 2015-December 2016, $25
Vera Bradley Gel Pens, Summer 2015 style, $8
“Mama Love is Nothing to Mess With” coffee mug, $14.95
“Sooner or Later We All Quote Our Mothers” plaque, $11.99
Willow Tree “Guardian” sculpture, “Love and Protect Thee Forever”, $31.50
Woodwick Sweet Pea candle, crackles as it burns, $9.95
Vera Bradley heart earrings, 14k gold-filled hooks, $24

Hallmark - grandma large group

Edward’s Hallmark

Vera Bradley Mandy bag, Marakesh, $70
Vera Bradley yellow accordion wallet, $48
Nana/Grandma coffee mug, microwave and dishwasher safe, $9.95 each
Crabtree and Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy, Nantucket Briar scent, $20
Vera Bradley Ball Point Pen, Marakesh, $19



“Home is Where Your Mom Is” tea towel, $10
“Why a Daughter Needs a Mom: Little Ways to Say I Love You” coupon book by Gregory E. Lang, $5.99
“Why a Son Needs a Mom” by Gregory E. Lang, $5.99
“Home is Where My Mom Is” candle; scented with gardenia flowers, greenery, fruit and sweet cream; $10
“Good Moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids” spoon rest, $16
“A Hug from Mom Lasts Forever” glass tray, $18

Personalized Presents

Remember before you went to summer camp, Mom wrote your initials on the tags of all of your clothes? Well, monograms are a timeless (and grown-up!) way to personalize just about anything. In Mayfaire Town Center, we have Lauren & Elizabeth, a local small business that offers all sorts of items and styles for personalization—perfect for grads and mothers alike! Embroidery on in-store purchases ranges from $8-15.

Lauren & Elizabeth

Lauren & Elizabeth

Bright graphic bookbag, $32.99 (Also see the Owen & Fred duffel bag in-store for guys! $99)
Burlap bags, “Congratulations Grad!” and “Thanks for All You Do!” (removable), with additional tag for embroidery, $17.99 each
Beach towels, $29.99
Rustic wooden frames, vary in size, $28.99-51.99; add hand-painted details such as monogram or name, $10-20
Candles, $17.99-26.99; add vinyl monogram, $8-10

Lauren & Elizabeth burlap bag and NC frame; both can be personalized!

Lauren & Elizabeth burlap bag and NC frame; both can be personalized!

Photographic Memories

One of the joys of motherhood, though bittersweet, is watching your babies grow up right before your eyes. You blink and they’re in middle school; wake up and they’re headed to prom. Likewise, graduates have a great big world before them just waiting for the capture. Cameras and photo albums, then, make great gifts for both moms and grads, so they can treasure the memories they create for a lifetime.

H.H. Gregg


16.3 MP Smart Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi for instant social sharing, 21x Long Zoom, 3″ LCD Hybrid Touchscreen, $229.99 everyday low (SRP $259.99)

hhgregg also offers a wide variety of camera cases, as well as storage cards from 8 to 32 GB, to complete your gift.

Edward's Hallmark

Edward’s Hallmark

Congrats 2015 gift bag, $3.99
Picture and tassel frame, $29.95
Reusable autograph tote, “Sometimes the Journey is the Best Part”, $5.99
Book, “Stop! Put Your Pencils Down: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving After Graduation”, $12.95
Slim photograph albums in various colors and styles, $9.95 each

Did you know you can also have photos taken at a professional studio in Mayfaire? Take graduation photos or pictures for mom at Portrait Innovations. The studio is offering 10% off all purchases for graduates and rising seniors with coupon. Plus, their Mother’s Day special can’t be beat! Get 43 portraits for only $14.99 plus a free 11 oz. portrait mug with coupon; expires Sunday, May 10th. Call (910) 256-8197 to schedule an appointment.

Accessories with Style and Quality

REEDS Jewelers has been family owned in Wilmington, NC, since 1946. For mom and grad jewelry, head to Mayfaire for big-star quality with hometown service. Watches will keep graduates on track with their new schedules, while there are plenty of heartfelt bracelets and necklaces with mom in mind.

REEDS Jewelers

REEDS Jewelers, men’s styles

  •  William Henry Mokume Leather bracelet, limited edition, finely braided with bead and bolt-action clasp crafted from hand-forged mokume gane (the ancient forging technique once used to decorate the hilts of samurai swords), stainless-steel fittings, inset citrine; $350
  • Dinosaur bone arrow pendant on chain, limited edition, sterling silver, interwoven with exotic and unique forged metals derived from the ancient arts of sword-making; $290.
  • Lancet “Yurman Wave” limited edition knife by David Yurman and William Henry. Sterling silver scales on titanium frame, “wave” Damascus blade with ZDP-189 core and stainless steel fittings, sapphires; $1,850
    All William Henry products come with a certificate of authenticity.
  • TAGHeuer men’s Aqua Racer Caliber 16, 43mm, automatic, water resistant to 300mm (1,000 feet), chronograph, sapphire crystal, surgical grade stainless steel, all TAGHeuer watches are Swiss movements; $3,200
  • Citizen men’s Eco-Drive (energy capacitor on inside), lasts up to 30 years, five year warranty on movement, brown leather strap, 40mm, Japanese movement; $235
REEDS Jewelers, women's styles

REEDS Jewelers, women’s styles

Marc Jacobs fashion watch, rose tone, quartz; $225
Michael Kors fashion watch, gold tone with thin tortoiseshell band, $145
Coordinates collection, brass and silver plated, Wrightsville Beach coordinates in-stock although specific coordinates can be ordered (allow about four weeks); necklace, $135; bracelet, $155; ring style also available (not pictured), $85

REEDS Jewelers, Dogeared collection for moms

REEDS Jewelers, Dogeared collection for moms

Dogeared sterling silver and gold-plated necklaces with sweet sayings for mom, $50-100

REEDS Jewelers, limited edition Pandora for mom

REEDS Jewelers, 2015 Pandora for Mother’s Day

Pandora Bouquet of Love set: reads “First my mother, Forever my friend”; comes with bracelet, two Shimmering Rose clips, “Mother & Friend” charm, and jewelry box; $195
Pandora Mother’s Rose charm, reads “First my mother, Forever my friend”; $65

A Day at the Spa


Massage Envy

Nothing quite compares to a session of relaxation for moms and busy students alike. In Mayfaire, Massage Envy and Glo MedSpa know just how to ease the stress away and help guests indulge in skin care. Now is the perfect time to give the gift of spa treatment with spring specials under way!

Now through May 9th at Massage Envy, receive a free one-hour session, including facial or massage, with any $150 Massage Envy purchase.

At Glo MedSpa, purchase an Elastiderm eye cream and receive a Hydrate or Hydrate Luxe moisturizer in a complimentary Obagi cosmetics bag. Or book a relaxing Anti-gravity Facial with Venus Freeze for $150 and receive a $25 gift card to use toward any product purchase. Valid through May 31st, 2015.

Also in Mayfaire, Bath and Body Works carries at-home face, body and hair care. Stop by the store to check out the True Blue Spa line, mood-soothing aromatherapy products, and more.

Did you know that we also offers gift cards that work across the entire shopping center*, even at restaurants and spas? In values from $10 to $500, Mayfaire gift cards allow your loved one to #MakeItMayfaire in their own special way! Mayfaire gift cards can be purchased at the Mayfaire Management Office conveniently located at 6835 Conservation Way between Barnes & Noble and ULTA, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more details or to buy gift cards online**, visit

*Mayfaire gift cards cannot be redeemed at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Regal Cinemas, or Time Warner Cable.
**A total of $2.50 fee (processing, shipping & handling) will be added to the price of each card purchased online.


story and photos by Bethany Turner