by Kym Byrnes
With spring comes warmer weather, longer days and the opportunity to make mom and dad feel appreciated and loved with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Making the moms and dads in your life feel special won’t be hard to do in Hanover, with shops offering a large variety of everything that is hip, eclectic, unique and in some cases, customizable. Here are a few ideas to get the brain in gear, but this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s available to thrill moms and dads in the Hanover area.
Mother’s Day Gifts:
Help mom blow off some steam and get creative with a class at the Hanover Area Arts Guild and Gallery located at 32 Carlisle St. Sign her up for a class, or better yet, take one with her. Spring classes include drawing with charcoal, clay creations and weaving. Visit www.hanoverareaarts.com for more information.
Give the gift of a memory by framing a special photo, and choose a photo mom is in because too often she’s the one taking the picture! Once you have the perfect photo chosen, get it custom framed at Martin’s Gallery at 929 Baltimore Street.
You know you can’t go wrong with jewelry. Design a custom piece of jewelry or select a ready made piece for mom at Diamonds and Designs in downtown Hanover located at 9 Carlisle Street.
Spoil her taste buds with something sweet from Aunt Bees Candies at The Hanover Market House. Check out their large variety of homemade chocolates, domestic and imported licorice, seasonal favorites and more. Just be sure to get HER favorites, not yours!
When all else fails, you know you’re guaranteed a smile with a good bottle of wine. Marburg Estate Winery offers a mouth-watering selection of wines, from the sweet white Pride of Hanover to the semi-dry cherry/pomegranate flavored Super Freak Red. Learn more and get event information at www.marburgwine.com.
Father’s Day Gifts:
Help dad get into shape and have fun while doing it with a bike from Simplicity Cycles at 455 Carlisle St. in Hanover. Make it a rugged mountain bike, a comfortable hybrid bike or a road bike. If he already has a bike, think about getting some cool gear to make this year’s riding even better.
Men have taste buds too. Delight him with locally made, guaranteed fresh jerky. Moses Family Jerky, located at the Hanover Market House, 210 East Chestnut St., offers jerky covered in a secret family recipe. Get a variety pack with flavors including Old Bay, Spicy Bacon and Teriyaki.
Help dad get that grill going this season with seasoning blends from Abithat’s Gourmet at 17 Carlisle St. in Hanover. He’ll feel like a rock star when everyone drools over his delicious dishes cooked with these delicious rubs and blends including Honey Chipotle Rub, Greek Blend, Gulf Coast Blend and Moroccan Blend. Visit www.abithats.com to learn more.
You usually can’t go wrong with good beer. And Hanover has plenty of it. Gift certificates are great, but better yet, go along or set up a night out with friends for him. Try some of the brews at Something Wicked Brewing Company (34 Broadway), Aldus Brewing (555 Centennial Ave.) or Miscreation Brewing Company (6 Center Square) for a start.
Spoil him with a trip to the barber. Diversified Cuts at 16 Baltimore St., Hanover, wants to make his head and face feel good, and look really good. He’ll enjoy a hot razor shave in a relaxing atmosphere and can get crafty with the style of his cut from one of the hip barbers on staff.