Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Massachusetts Small Businesses

May 2, 2017

mothers day gift ideasMother’s Day is less than two weeks away! Have you started shopping yet? If you want our advice, your best bet is to skip the mall, and shop local.

Local businesses create gifts and experiences that are truly unique. They also take the time to learn about individual customer’s wants and needs, so even the most indecisive shopper can walk away feeling confident.

Lucky for you, we started compiling some Mom’s Day ideas months ago… Our gift list features small businesses from around Massachusetts that always deliver quality products and services. So give mom a big hug from us and something unexpected from you. Happy shopping!

All-Natural Bath and Body Products

If you haven’t visited Plum Island yet, you’re missing out on one of Massachusetts’ most idyllic seaside towns. You’re also missing the Plum Island Soap Company (PISC), and its amazing line of soaps for hands, feet, face…even for pets! All of PISC’s products are made using high-quality ingredients and pure essential oils. Eco-conscious moms will be thrilled to unwrap a basket of these bath, body, and skincare items. And yes, you can order online!

Fresh Flowers

Okay, you could argue that flowers are a pretty cookie-cutter Mother’s Day gift idea… Except when you visit a skilled, local florist—like Judy’s Village Flowers in Foxboro, or Stapleton Floral Design in Boston. Need some help recreating that decorative wreath she pinned on her Pinterest board? Looking for the flowers she carried in her bridal bouquet? These nearby experts can get it done (with a reasonable amount of advance notice!).

A Flowering Tree or Shrub

Is your mom a super practical lady with a knack for gardening? Then skip the fresh-cut blooms, and get her a gift that will last for years! Patrick Lyons Greenhouses has been in Foxboro for three generations. It’s the perfect place to find blooming trees, shrubs, and plants. Not only will mom appreciate the burst of color in the yard, she’ll love the sentimental value of a gift that grows alongside her kids and grandkids.

A Day Off from Cooking

Don’t let anybody tell you, “gift cards are boring.” On Mother’s Day, nothing could be farther from the truth—especially if the alternative is dad and the kids attempting to deliver breakfast in bed. There are too many delicious, local eateries you haven’t tried yet. So instead of burning the French toast at home, get her a killer breakfast sandwich from Mansfield Deli, a girls’ lunch at Fresh Catch (Mansfield or Attleboro), and a hearty family meal at Cousin’s Pizzeria. Because sometimes, a day away from the dishwasher is even better than diamonds.

Sweet Treats

Even if mom is watching her waistline, she cannot argue with a few choice pastries or a dozen decadent cupcakes this May. For a local, hidden gem that will not disappoint, try The Pastry Box in Plainville. The always friendly, accommodating team at The Pastry Box will help you find the perfect dessert—something that justifies breaking one’s diet.

A Backyard Oasis

If you really owe mom something big this year, give her a gorgeous backyard escape—a place to read her magazines, host her book club, or do absolutely nothing. Our friends at PA Narsasian Landscaping are experts in stone patios, retaining walls, and other hardscapes (maybe a romantic fire pit?) to liven up your yard. Quick word of advice, though? You might want to get mom’s buy-in before surprising her with a project of this size…

Got any local business recommendations we should add to this list? Send them our way! We’re always happy to highlight Massachusetts SMBs!