Women do it all, and that’s never been truer than during the pandemic, as mothers, grandmothers, aunties, and maternal figures of all kinds have risen to the challenge of juggling parenting, working, and navigating at-home learning.
You may not be able to take the woman in your life for brunch or send her away for a relaxing weekend, but we implore you to do this instead: First, for the love of God, let her sleep late; or, if she’s an early riser, let her do her thing (reading, knitting, Peloton, whatever), sans interruption.
Then, surprise her with a gift card to her favorite local spa, store, or restaurant, to be redeemed when pandemic restrictions ease up (which will help our local businesses, to boot).
And finally, add on one of the locally made gifts here, which do what moms do best: support those around them, beautifully, creatively, and as best they can.
(Psst: Mother’s Day is May 10, you slacker!)
Decorate her walls with Art for Moms, by Moms
Every Mother’s Day, the People’s Paper Co-op sells stunning works of art to raise money to free women who are being held on bail in Philly jails. For this year’s collection, formerly incarcerated women collaborated with artists from around the country to create posters, prints, t-shirts, and more during a time when the need to release our women is more urgent than ever.
Check out the #FreeOurMamas poster series here, and help free mothers and caregivers so that they can rightfully celebrate the day with the families who cherish them. From $75.
Accessorize her Zoom
Elkins Park-based Dissent Pins continues to create smart, chic pins, earrings, and accessories for good; their newest collection benefits essential workers, and includes sleek, cheeky handwashing and social distancing pins as well as lovely painted posters and thank-you notes. From $14.95.
With rainbows having become the unofficial sign of joy during the pandemic, Marlton-based Billig Jewelers created this Rainbow For Hope bracelet, to give or wear as a symbol of brighter days ahead. $5 from the sale of each bracelet will go to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund. $25.
Indulge her cravings
Fittingly called a “Joy Box,” this build-your-own package from Triple Bottom Brewing, Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Lil’ Pop Shop, Câphé Roasters, Third Wheel Cheese, and Mycopolitan Mushroom Company will let you mix and match all of mom’s favorite local indulgences. Prices vary.
Thirsty Dice Game Cafe recently got permits to include beer and wine in their “comfort crates,” and they’re offering a special kit for make-at-home brunch for mom to help you whip up brioche French toast, homemade strawberry-cherry compote, and Godshall’s breakfast turkey sausage. Optionally you can add bottles of De Perriere Brut in a mimosa kit, and round it all out with the great family game Dixit. From $22.
Cool collabs are tres 2020, and this year you can get mom a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift set from Remark Glass, Vault & Vine and Franklin & Whitman, available for local delivery to the Philly area and nearby suburbs. It will include a bouquet of local fresh flowers, a face mask, and a hand-blown drinking glass or bud vase. $100 plus delivery.
Go classic with flowers
The Bouquet Shop has been a Bryn Mawr institution for 50 years, and this year new owner Tracie Daly and her manager/floral designer Steve Walker are seeing to it that for any bouquet you order in May, one will be donated to a healthcare worker of your choosing or theirs. Their one-of-a-kind arrangements start at $50, plus tax and delivery (there’s no delivery charge for the healthcare worker’s arrangement). Call the store at 610-525-2422 or place your order online here.
Add some new tees into her stay-at-home wardrobe
True Hand Philadelphia Tattoo and Design shop created these soft tees, emblazoned with the phrase “Leave Philly Alone, and $10 from the sale of each will go directly to the small business of your choice. PS: You can also support True Hand’s artists by making a donation in the amount of your choosing to download free tattoo art coloring pages—mom can fantasize about the tattoos she’d have gotten in another life while coloring her stress away. $25.
Or buy this Philly ReClaim tee, and $10 from its purchase will go to supporting the organization through the pandemic, and beyond. $24.99.
Help her stay positive about the football season with Fanatics’ “Stronger Together” Eagles gear, whose proceeds go to supporting the United Way’s Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. From $19.99.
Support this sweet effort for the sweetest woman of all.
To help business stay afloat during the pandemic, Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery have launched a GoFundMe with irresistible rewards: A $100 donation will get mom a Franklin Fountain T-Shirt; $500 will land you a private chocolate tasting and tour for up to 14 people; $1,000 will get you a sundae named after you for a year; $5,000 gets you one year of free ice cream cones; and $10,000 gets you a lifetime pass for root beer floats.