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 hikes and Hudson Valley day trips 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 to pick up something, anything to show Mom you care. Instead of falling back on flowers and a grocery store 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: Mama Bear Shirt
For the mama who’s always there for her cubs, this sweet shirt is just the thing. Super soft and classically comfortable, the unisex cotton shirt is available in sizes ranging from extra-small to extra-large. Multiple colors are available, but the gray one pictured above looks just as chic when paired with cutoff shorts as it does with an elegant black skirt.
Top Pick: Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman Stamp Necklace
This funky chic necklace, made from a 1974 American stamp, features the Hudson Valley’s very own Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane from the famed Sleepy Hollow legend. While it’s not the standard bauble, mom will love the local connection and antique bronze finish.
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 has 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: Blood Orange and Ginger Lotion
Skip the spa gift card and treat mom to this organic body lotion. Avocado and coconut oils moisturize the skin without leaving a greasy residue, while the combination of blood orange and ginger acts as a welcome pick-me-up during the day. She’ll love the way the chic glass bottle looks on her bathroom shelf as well.
Top Pick: Heart of Gold Sprinkler
Does mom love to show off her green thumb? Then she’ll be over the moon for these handcrafted copper sprinklers. To solidify your status as the favorite child, get her the “Heart of Gold” sprinkler, which features a floating copper heart in the center. Mom will appreciate the practical function and the added beauty it offers to her garden.
Top Pick: Handmade Lilac Soap
Is mom’s fragrance collection the stuff of legend? Keep the sweet smells going with a handcrafted soap from TandJSoaps. The Troy-based brand uses vegan, cold-processed ingredients to concoct long-lasting bars in scents like lavender, coconut lime, and black raspberry vanilla. If you’re not sure which scent to pick, mild lilac is subtle and just floral enough for both bath and kitchen use.
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.