ALO Mother's Day 2024
In the heart of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the bond between mother and child is revered with a depth of sentiment that transcends language and culture. Across countless dialects and tongues, the word for mother evokes a sense of tenderness and devotion that is universal: Mom, Mama, Mother. Just as we hold dear the term “Motherland” to signify our homeland, so too do we hold our mothers in the highest regard, as symbols of loyalty, cherish, and unconditional love.

Growing up in this region, Mother’s Day wasn’t just another holiday; it was a cherished occasion that often rivaled the excitement of Christmas. I can still vividly recall the months leading up to Mother’s Day, spent crafting heartfelt poems and acrostics that spelled out our moms’ names with love and adoration. In Armenia, where I hail from, the celebration of mothers and women extends beyond a single day—it’s an entire month of recognition, from March 8th to April 7th, dedicated to honoring their invaluable contributions and unwavering love.

While the Middle East often makes headlines for its geopolitical landscape, one aspect that remains steadfast and unyielding is the profound value placed on family. Despite the tumultuous times and ever-changing dynamics, the commitment to family bonds and the enduring love for one another stand as pillars of strength and resilience.

As Mother’s Day approaches, the desire for meaningful gifts becomes even more compelling. We’re not just searching for any old present; we’re on a mission to find something that truly speaks to our mom’s heart. Yet, in our quest for the perfect gift, we’re reminded that nothing material can truly repay all that our mothers do for us. Their love and sacrifices go beyond what any gift could ever express.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let’s honor not only the remarkable women who have shaped our lives but also the timeless traditions and values that bind us together as families and communities. From the aromatic brews of traditional teas to the luxurious indulgences that express our deepest appreciation, let’s make this Mother’s Day a tribute to the enduring love and devotion that knows no bounds.

The Ultimate Tea Experience

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Tea. With its magical quality, it transcends borders and unites people from all walks of life. Whether it’s called “té” in Spanish, “thé” in French, “茶” in Chinese, “чай” in Russian, “شاي” in Arabic, or “Թեյ” in Armenian, the word evokes a sense of comfort and warmth that resonates universally. In every corner of the world, tea is more than just a beverage—it’s a ritual, a tradition, and a shared experience.

As we approach Mother’s Day, let’s reflect on the women who have shaped our lives, whose love and guidance have been as comforting as a steaming cup of tea on a chilly morning. Whether your mother is a connoisseur of black teas, enjoys the delicate flavors of green teas, indulges in the rare and exquisite white teas, delights in the nuanced taste of oolong teas, or prefers the soothing qualities of herbal infusions, there’s a tea for every taste and preference.

Tea, with its intricate flavors and soothing qualities, is a cherished tradition at Afternoon Tea, the luxurious leaves of Tea Forte offer unique at-home tea experiences that reflect their cultural surroundings. Our favorite is the Mariposa Collection, which inspires the beauty and possibilities of new beginnings with exquisite tea blends that capture the enchanting essence of botanical bliss. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will support The New York Botanical Garden’s groundbreaking work in conservation, horticulture, plant research, and education.

Tea Forté carries its own mystical aura to honor the special women in your life. Shop their Mother’s Day specials with their Mariposa Advent with 12 days of tea or their Tea Chest Jubilee with 40 pyramid infusers. Check Website

Escape the Stress


The Ritz-Carlton has 108 luxury hotels and resorts in 30 countries and territories with 29,158 rooms and while it’s easy to “elevator speech” them as a spa retreat, I am here to tell you they are so much more. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served at many Ritz-Carlton locations across the world, each heavily influenced by tea culture from their respective corners of the globe. Here are some highlights…

  • The Ritz Gourmet Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain was designed to mimic a Parisian salon de thé. Each afternoon, imported leaf teas from China, Sri Lanka and South America are displayed on a tisane trolley, freshly cut in front of guests and served in silver pots.
  • Tea was first used medicinally, and became the de facto national beverage during, the Tang dynasty, an era known as the “golden age of tea.” Tin Lung Heen’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers guests a choice of 20 premium teas that can be paired alongside Chef Paul Lau’s Michelin two-starred dishes. “Chinese tea will leave the body and mind refreshed and energized,” says Chef Lau.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bali includes traditional sweets such as lapis legit — a multilayer butter treat redolent with warm spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and clove — that’s best paired with the sweet, malty flavor of local Goalpara black tea. The floral, green notes of Teh Cap Botol tea, meanwhile, best complement bites of wajik, a diamond-shaped cake made with sticky rice, coconut milk and palm sugar. Yummy!
  • Perhaps the apex of tea rituals would be the chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, which requires administrators to train for years before they can make and serve tea in the most perfect, polite and gracious manner. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto are able to enjoy the benefits of tea in a more relaxed manner, starting with the cup of local Japanese tea served during check-in, and continuing through seasonal tea-brewing classes.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

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A picture frame may seem like a simple gift, but it holds the power to transform a photograph into a cherished keepsake. Every time your mother looks at a framed picture, she’s transported back to that moment in time, reliving the memories and emotions captured within the frame. A Swarovski jeweled frame adds an extra touch of elegance and luxury, turning a beloved photograph into a work of art. When you give her this stunning L’OBJET platinum and Swarovski crystal garland picture frame, you’re letting her brag book come to life. Available at Bergdorf Goodman, $165.

Life is the flower for which love is the honey…

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Flowering plants are more than just gifts; they’re symbols of growth, beauty, and the enduring power of nature. Watching a plant bloom and thrive is a deeply rewarding experience, and it’s a reminder of the love and care that goes into nurturing something beautiful. When you give a flowering plant, you’re giving her the opportunity to cultivate her own little garden oasis, filling her home with color, fragrance, and life. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, bringing joy and beauty into her life with each new bloom.

The Love of Her Highlight

A salon day isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good from the inside out. Aveda treatments are designed to nourish not only the body but also the mind and spirit, using natural ingredients and holistic techniques to promote overall well-being.

Pamper mom with luxurious hair treatments, soothing massages, and rejuvenating facials at an Aveda upscale salon. Aveda offers plant-powered formulas for hair, scalp and body and in honor of Mother’s Day you will receive a complimentary bundle with a $100+ purchase. It’s a chance for her to unwind, relax, and reconnect with herself, leaving her feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on the world with renewed confidence and energy. Shop the specials.

Paper Treasures

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In today’s digital age, a handwritten card is a rare and precious gift, a tangible expression of love and thoughtfulness in a world of instant communication. Handcrafted cards are more than just pieces of paper; they’re works of art, beautifully designed and customizable with heartfelt sentiments and memories shared. By adding a personal touch to your Mother’s Day gift with a handcrafted card, you’re creating a keepsake that your mother will treasure for years to come, a reminder of the love and appreciation you hold for her in your heart. Try Michael’s to jumpstart your crafting session.

High Tea

Versace Butterfly from Neimann Marcus

Tea is not just a beverage; it is a form of self-expression and an opportunity to discover moments of joy and tranquility. It’s an opportunity to pause, savor the moment, and indulge in a little luxury. The Butterfly Garden Modern Tea Set from Versace is the perfect pairing to elevate your indulgence. An enchanting decor depicts colorful florals and cheerful butterflies in variations with new shapes and pastel colors. Shades of turquoise, red and gold adorn the coup plates, as well as small teapot and cups. In addition to bowls in various sizes, each reminiscent of French gardens conveying a spring-like lightness to the design. Imagine your mom pouring herself a cup of her favorite brew and stepping into her own personal wellness space with every sip. Available at Neiman Marcus, $1600.