Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that creeps up on you. As the weather warms up and the sun shines bright in the sky, it’s all too easy to get caught up with plans for backyard picnics and home cooking and, inevitably, forget about mom’s big day. When you eventually remember a few days before the occasion, you’re stuck with a mad dash online to find something, anything to show Mom you care. Instead of falling back on flowers and an e-card, get your act together ahead of schedule and treat her to a present that she will ooh and aah over for years to come. With the help of Etsy and these local Hudson Valley artisans, the golden gift for mother dearest is only a click away.
Top Pick: Honeycomb Candle
This candle is a mom-approved pick for oh so many reasons. Not only is it molded into a fun honeycomb block, but it also ships locally out of Beacon. It’s a treat to have at home, thanks to its light honey scent and 25-hour burn time. Be warned — Mom may want you to pre-order next year’s Mother’s Day candle once she gives this one a go.
Top Pick: Mamacita Mug
For the mama who loves to serve a side of sass, this marvelous mug is just the thing. Available in either 11 or 15 oz sizes, it comes in high gloss and premium white finishes. It’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe, too, which means mom will love it when she needs to reheat her coffee for the millionth time.
Top Pick: 1969 Keep America Beautiful Stamp Earrings
These funky chic earrings, made from a 1969 American stamp, feature an image of a picturesque highway with blooming flowers alongside it. While they’re not the standard bauble, mom will love the vintage spirit behind them. P.S. The stamp dates back to the same year that Woodstock went down, which means these beauties are ideal for any mom who attended the peace and love fest.
Top Pick: First Mother’s Day Card
Are there any first-time mothers in your midst? Show them some love with this illustrated greeting card. The pretty swan graphic looks like a page straight out of a children’s storybook. Inscribe a sentimental note into it for a keepsake she will cherish for years.
Location: Red Hook
Top Pick: “A.L. Stickle” Painting
Anyone who’s ever spent a day in Rhinebeck has likely walked past the A.L. Stickle storefront. Just as the shop itself charms with its hodgepodge of knickknacks, so too does this handmade painting. The artist has more prints featuring local haunts like Holy Cow and Red Hook Public Library in Red Hook, making it easy to order an image tailored to mom’s tastes.
Top Pick: MIA Stacked Bracelets
If mom loves to pile on accessories, wrap her up one of these meaningful bracelets. The mixed metal bangle is decorated with stamped charms emblazoned with words like “healed,” “loved,” and “strong.” Not only are the sentiments sweet, but the bracelet itself is stylish, too.
Top Pick: Monarch Butterfly Tea Cup and Saucer
For the mama who finds bliss in a cup of tea, this handcrafted cup is just the thing. Sized for about 14 oz, it’s pretty enough to make any morning cuppa feel all the more special. Pair it with mom’s favorite box of Harney & Sons tea to guarantee favorite child status.
Top Pick: Natural Foaming Hand Soap
Does mom love to keep it natural at home? Then she’ll be over the moon for this set of sweet-smelling hand soaps. Not only is the gift practical (hey, everyone needs soap), but it’s also a treat, thanks to scents like lemongrass and lavender sage in the mix. Plus, with a base of olive, coconut, and castor oils, the soaps are eco-chic and gentle enough for daily use.
Top Pick: Victorian Rose Lotion
Is mom’s fragrance collection the stuff of legend? Keep the sweet smells going with a lovely lotion from T&J Handcrafted Soap. The Troy-based brand uses natural ingredients like beeswax, which seals moisture, and avocado oil, which nourishes the skin. As for the scent, Victorian rose is a little romantic and perfectly floral.
Top Pick: Mother’s Day Card
Give mom the next step up from a store-bought card by scribbling a thoughtful message into this Art Deco card. Although this particular card is ideal for the holiday, Wishbone sells a number of sassier options as well. Even if you stick with this one for mom, do a quick browse through the brand’s Etsy shop for future funny notes to friends and family.