Mother's Day is this Sunday (but you knew that, right?). Instead of making a last-minute trip to Walgreens on the morning of, frantically scouring the isles for a card, a light up rose and maybe one of those As Seen on TV items, why not get your mom something a little more personal, and better yet, local?
Here are five of our favorite local boutiques (and gift ideas) for Mother's Day shopping:
Check out MADE Boutique for local artisan goodies such as bike part wine stoppers ($25) for merlot drinking mamas, "fork off" tea towels ($18) for comic relief in the kitchen, and an assortment of solar powered tea lights ($10) to add natural flair in the backyard.
Hand-thrown ceramics are also a popular pick for mothers at MADE. Ceramic planters from Annette Weaver (featured $97.50) and Andrew King ($48) can be easily customized for Mom by inserting your own arrangement of flowers or herbs.
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Recently opened Revera is great place to purchase locally formulated aromatherapy for Mom. Handmade and highly crafted, Revera carries everything from herbal face masks ($35), to rhatany "heel all" foot cream ($28), to mini milk bath baths ($5).
And if you're looking for a classic Mother's Day gift, they produce their own original perfumes ($65 for 50ml, $120 for 100ml) as well as custom-designed fragrances ($150 for 50ml), which should be ordered at least a day in advance. Bottles can even be engraved on location for a more personal touch.
Frances is a hotspot for trendy Mother's Day items such as colorful Orla Kiley purses ($200-$235), delicate Morse code necklaces ($45), and birthstone necklaces ($40 and up) that you can customize to symbolize the birth months of you and all your siblings (who will hopefully pitch in). They also have a couple Mother's Day themed books and handmade cards.
Frances Studio may be a "Pop up" shop but it's got Mom written all over it. Their spring/summer inventory features a lot of kitchen-themed goodies such as retro-inspired tablecloths ($45), fun and fruity tea towels ($10), old-school salt and pepper shakers ($20), French Bull serving ware ($15), The Caravan Cookbook ($23.95), and a sweet recipe keeper ($35).
The uptown shop also have a prevalence of garden style knickknacks, perfect for assembling into a green thumb gift basket for Mom. Consider throwing in items like the Gardner's Notebook ($14.95), watermelon soap ($12), varieties of Garden in a Bag ($10), and farmer's market stationary ($18).
Bunky Boutique has a bit of everything for Mom including an assortment of sweet yet funky cloth clutches ($36), Fiat Luxe felt soaps ($16), and recycled leather bracelets from Lesa Wallace ($35) who donates $5 of every purchase to CASA for Children (a non-profit that trains volunteer advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children) -- simply put, it's a good gift for a good cause.
Bunky also carries necklaces from Against the Grain, including the very trendy sideways cross ($45) and the more holiday specific "Mom" ($45). And for the fashionable mothers who feel too young for mom jeans and too old for anything with writing on the butt, take a look at their featured summer dress from Flying Tomato ($72). It, along with everything else, pairs perfectly with their literary chic, Pride and Prejudice tote ($24).