Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that creeps up on you. Unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah, Mother’s Day often gets forgotten until a day or two before the big to-do. Only then does the abrupt realization that you forgot to get a gift send you into a panic 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 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 is 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: Lavender Bud Hand and Body Soap
For those moms who always smell sweet, this natural hand and body soap is sure to be a hit. The soft lavender scent is light and inoffensive, making it perfect for use at the sink or in the bath. Show how caring you are by letting mom know that the long-lasting bar is free of synthetic dyes and perfumes.
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 that tailors to mom’s tastes.
Top Pick: Morse Code Cuff Bracelet
Make a statement — literally — on Mother’s Day with this aluminum cuff bracelet. You can personalize it with a word of your choice on the inside and a Morse code message on the outside. If you want to make it really meaningful, present the trinket to mom at Poughkeepsie’s Locust Grove, the home of Morse code developer Samuel Morse. It may be a little nerdy, but she’ll love the sentiment behind it.
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: 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.