Mother’s Day is fast approaching and, if you think it’s going to be too challenging to treat that mom in your life to a thoughtful gift while we’re all stuck at home, rethink that idea! We New Yorkers are an intrepid bunch and there are bakers, sock makers and board-game creators in our town that are continuing to make sure we have unique and special gifts to send. Read on for some Mother’s Day gift from NYC businesses we’re sure will appeal to that mom in your life.
For the Mom Who Likes to Eat Well
Need a last-minute, but still amazing Mother's Day gift? NYC restaurants are serving some special dishes for the day. Fornino in Greenpoint is making pies for pickup and delivery, including heart-shaped pizzas. (Awwwww!) Use the code WINE50 at checkout for 50 percent off all wines by the bottle. Order any time order any time from 5 - 9 p.m. on Mother's Day at fornino.com.
849 Manhattan Ave.
If the mom in your life is more of a surf and turf person, splurge on the Mother's Day special from the Brooklyn Chop House. (Which, by the way, is in downtown Manhattan.) The dinner is for two and includes two salt and pepper lobster tails, two filet mignons and a bottle of Moet Chandon for $199. Visit brooklynchophouse.com, Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, Caviar or Seamless on Mother's Day from 4 - 10 p.m. to order.
150 Nassau St.
For the Mom Whose Tootsies Always Need Warming
Socks don’t have to be a ho-hum Mother’s Day gift, especially when you send her a three pack of Brooklyn-based Conscious Step Socks, each of which is paired with a non-profit partner like Best Friends Animal Society or Keep a Breast. “My mother always reminded me that giving back is an essential component of inner peace and a sense of purpose in our lives,” says Prashant Mehta, the founder of the company, which creates ethically manufactured socks made with organic cotton and non-toxic dyes. “While many challenges can feel bigger than us or out of our control, a guided sense of compassion is always the first step towards positive change.”
Order by: May 6th; gift boxes are priced around $39.95
For a Ready-to-Go Gift Bundle
The truth is, you could pick any number of items from the Brooklyn-based Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store website and make mom happy. (Lots of cool stuff for every kind of mom there.) But to make things extra easy, Annie's has assembled several gift bundles for a stress-free and satisfying gifting experience. Options include bath bomb/mug/hand lotion combos, gardener gift collections, lots of dreamy self-care products and great cards to top it all off. These are wrapped and ready to go—make it easy on everyone this year!
Order by May 3.
For the Mom Who's a Java Junkie
We love us a local roaster and Partners Coffee is no exception with its beans roasted right in Brooklyn. And, with her favorite café on pause, just think of the smile on a mom’s face when she smells the aroma of those beans being ground and brewed. “These days, it’s more important than ever to focus on the small things that bring joy,” says Allie Caran, director of coffee education at Partners Coffee. Consider buying by the bag or creating a customizable Roaster's Choice Subscription (she’ll receive one bag per month for a three-month period) which includes a new single-origin or coffee blend selected by the Partners team.
Order by 5/1; Subscriptions are $42 for three months
Note!: While we’re talking about coffee—consider ordering from NY Loves Coffee, a non-profit that enables your family to purchase anywhere from two to 200 cups of coffee from local New York coffee shops to be delivered to healthcare workers on the front lines at New York City hospitals. Make this gift in mom’s name and she will smile at the thought of how much your kids are giving back! Or, go to the site to purchase limited-edition coffee kits from such local faves as Bean&Bean and Birch with proceeds going to the Barista Relief Fund, benefitting baristas who are out of work and may not have benefits.
For the Old School Gamer
On the Upper East Side, two sisters have created Bundle, a personalized board game filled with a family’s traditions and memories. All you do is fill out a few questions (like ‘name four memories you have from your family vacation’ or ‘what is one way that James has been a great big brother to Stella’) when you order this game and voila—a personalized board game that’s perfect for our stay at home days. “Now, more than ever, families are looking to connect in a fun and meaningful way,” says Cassie Collier, who co-founder of Bundle. “This custom board game gets the family together to celebrate mom, reminisce and laugh about those inside jokes that only your family would understand.”
Order by: May 1st; $125 (plus shipping);
For the Brooklyn Mom
Now’s the best time to support our cool boutiques and the team at Woods Grove in Cobble Hill, a rustic-modern store, are ready to send moms some of the coolest gifts in town. Our favorite: The Love from Brooklyn care package, a themed gift that includes a tote bag, Mother’s Day card and scented candle. “This year is the perfect year to treat mom extra special,” says Robby Schnall, co-owner. “Maybe it’s because you can’t get to see her due to travel and safety restrictions or because you truly appreciate all she did and does to keep the family safe and happy, especially during these difficult times. Mom is a super hero!”
Order by: April 30th for shipped orders; May 7th for neighborhood orders; $65; $7.95 delivery/free delivery in the neighborhood
For the Mom who Lives in (Organic) Leggings
Let’s face it: Getting dressed for work is on big-time hold right now so a gift of plant-based leggings—made without any polyester—will go over big with that mom in your life. “I created Reprise because I was looking for super-soft leggings, made without any plastic,” says Mary Bemis, founder of the West Village-based company. Best of all, Reprise items are manufactured at women-owned factory partners in the Bronx and New Jersey.
Order by May 6th; $125 (free shipping with door-to-door (safe and protected) last-minute deliveries available)
For the Mom Whose First Post-PAUSE Stop Will Be the Spa
While that favorite mom in your life can’t hop on the LIRR to Montauk and check right into Gurney’s, why not bring the spa to her? Available via mail-order: Salt scrubs, body wash, body butter and a signature candle ($58). “Guests love our signature scent, which features hints of soft rose, ylang ylang, white musk and jasmine,” says Greer Brody, Gurney’s director of brand and partnerships. “Our products will help mom feel like she’s enjoying a spa day at one of our waterfront resorts.”
Order by: April 30th; Salt Scrub ($30); Candle ($58)
For an Experience in the Kitchen With the Kids
For a fun (and affordable!) experience, with the bonus of some fresh-baked goods when it's over, sign up for Taste Buds Kitchen's Mother's Day cooking classes. Kids ages three to eight can make scones with a caregiver at 9 a.m. on Mother's Day for $20, and kids ages six and up can tackle cinnamon rolls with the family at 11 a.m. for $25.
For the Mom Who Can’t Wait to Get Back to Work
This stay-at-home order is taxing for all of us but for those moms who cannot wait to get back to work, why not order her a spiffy new Re:store Tote, made entirely of re spun plastic water bottles otherwise destined for the landfill. We also love that this bag is made by Solo New York, a third-generation family owned and operated New York business. “This has been a tough time for everyone and, as a New York company with employees living in and around the city, we’re so proud to see how people have rallied to support each other,” says Serkan Anders, Solo’s vice president of marketing. “It's good for us to focus on the things that provide some peace of mind and making our moms happy on Mother’s Day—while supporting NYC residents and businesses—is a perfect example of this.”
Order by: 4/29; $54.99
For the Mom Who Needs a Nap (AKA, All of Them)
Speaking for moms everywhere, "Weighted Aromatherapy Sleep Mask" is sounding really good right about now. Filled with flaxseed and lavender buds, this mask from The Raspberry Room is backed with satin and comes in a variety of fun and pretty patterns. (The Raspberry Room also sells face masks, but is having trouble keeping them in stock, for obvious reasons. Still, keep an eye out for the pizza face mask, our favorite!)
For the Mom Who Loves a Custom Bouquet — And a Class
Getting flowers is great, but for the true bloom enthusiast, creating your own custom arrangement under the tutelage of a cool pro is next level. (Or, you could make it for her!) Lower East Side flower shop Flower Girl is hosting a virtual flower arranging glass with Flower Girl founder Denise Porcaro. The class includes fragrant Spring blossoms, mixed greenery, a mercury glass vase, and clippers, packaged in a Flower Girl tote and with some additional swag.
Purchase by May 5 using this link in time for Mother's Day delivery. (You'll get a Zoom link to join the class.)
Sunday, May 10, 2pm. Cost: $250. (Too rich for your blood? How about a lovely floral smudge stick?)
For the Mom Who Loves Cheese
Murray’s Cheese, that perennial Greenwich Village fave, is shipping all kids of tasty treats right now. The cheese emporium’s Greatest Hits Collection ($100), featuring four all-star cheeses (brie, cheddar, manchego and gruyere) along with pairings like preserves and crackers will make staying in a delectable experience. Better yet, pair this basket with one ticket to Murray’s Mother’s Day virtual cheese class.
Order by: ASAP; Collection, $95; Cheese Class, $100-$110
For the Pragmatic Mom
Known more for its natural "deodor-mint," Scully's was in the process of developing a sanitizer safe to use on hands and electronics when, well, the current circumstances fast-tracked the project. Made with triple-filtered alcohol from New York Grains (70% v/v), organic mint and sage oils and fresh organic cucumber, the Brooklyn-based company's Hand Sanity also promises to be less-drying than other hand sanitizers.
$21 for 9 ounces.
For the Class Act Mom
Marcie Pantzer has always been an avid letter writer and stationery collector and with her Dear Annabelle line of luxe notecards, that awesome mom in your life will be sending notes in style. “Receiving an actual letter that you can hold and save and re-read, is so uncommon today,” Pantzer says. “I think that handwriting is so soulful— you can see really someone’s style in their handwriting. Even if it’s messy or imperfect, it says something about the person.”
Order by 4/27; $80
For the Mom Who's Been Missing Her Bagels & Lox
These days it’s the little things that can transport a day from blah to wow. One of those things: Bagels, cream cheese and smoked fish and this entire NYC favorite will arrive fresh and ready for Mother’s Day brunch, courtesy of the Zucker’s team. Best of all there’s enough for the whole family and you know mom is going to want to share the love with this $89 package that feeds six!
Order ASAP: $89
For the Mom Who Likes to Dig in the Dirt
Mom missing the community garden? Order up a GIY ("garden it yourself") gift from New Jersey-based Rising Up Gardens. Choose from variety of "themes" from classic kitchen herbs to allergy and stress relief to fixins for cocktails. Kits come with everything you need to get growing: containers, soil, plants or seedlings and even recipes from @HobokenFoodie.
For the Expectant or New Mom
We just profiled a few photographers who will capture your milestone moment, virtually! Give mom a maternity shoot, a newborn photo session, or maybe just a portrait with the family!
Click here for the full story on how it's done!
feature photo: Blue Ribbon General Store