These days, Mother’s Day may look different to everyone, and so we are here to celebrate all the mothers and mother figures out there who are holding it down in 2022. Whether it’s the new mom who is learning the ropes of caring for her tiny human, a mother-in-law that has stepped in and filled a void, or the plant mom who is cautiously calculating how to help her bulb bloom, we want to give thanks to all those who have taken on a maternal role this year.
To that end, we’ve crafted a comprehensive Mother’s Day gift guide of 25 ideas from local businesses (that are all owned or co-owned by women) that will hopefully have picks for everyone on your shopping list. And while you’re at it, snag something for yourself—you deserve it.
THE NEW MOM
Between caring for a newborn and adjusting to their family’s new addition, sometimes the last thing on a new mom’s mind is cooking. So, why not gift her a delicious meal from Send a Friend Lasagna? This Mother’s Day, Send a Friend Lasagna is partnering with Blooms By Wildwood to offer a unique package, complete with a lasagna and a whimsical floral arrangement. Lasagna flavors include cheese and sauce, meat and cheese, vegetable, gorgonzola, or Jeanne’s, and gluten free can be made upon request.
Send a Friend Lasagna Mother’s Day Package, $57-$74 at sendafriendlasagna.com. Available for local delivery to Indianapolis and surrounding cities on May 7-8 for the first 40 customers.
The few minutes that a new mom can spend soaking in a bathtub are precious, so to make her tub time even more special, gift her this orange and chamomile bath tea from Lisa Abner’s CentriTerra Natural Bath & Body Products. To use, just place the tea bag in a warm bath during filling and squeeze the bag periodically to release the blend of sea salts, orange, and green tea into the water. Best of all: There’s no messy clean-up.
Orange & Chamomile Bath Tea, $5 at centriterra.com.
BluePeppermint Boutique’s “Mama” keychain will not only help a new mom remember her keys (mom brain is real), but it serves as a sweet reminder of her newest and hard-earned title.
Animal Print Genuine Leather Keychain, $16 at bluepeppermintboutique.com.
Starting the day off with a good cup of coffee sets the mood for the rest of the day, so give the new mom on the block a mug that stands out.
Gold Handled Mug, $20 at shopstateofgrace.com.
For a unique and subtle version of birth-related jewelry, consider this birth flower necklace from Sloane Swayze’s Sloane Jewelry Design. Available in twelve birth month flowers, the necklace comes in sterling silver or 14K Gold filled.
Birth Flower Necklace, $49-$59 at sloanejewelrydesign.com.
THE FOODIE MOM
After a long day, Mama might just need a drink. Ash & Elm Cider Co. is offering a quarterly subscription to its Cider of the Month Club. Subscribers get four unique ciders sent to them each quarter for an entire year. Flavors range from Peaches & Cream to Margarita, Tea & Lemonade, and more—and each release comes with a fun gift and exclusive discounts.
Ash & Elm Cider of the Month Club, $55 for in-store pickup and $65 for shipping at ashandelmcider.com.
All-local gift baskets by Goose the Market support Indiana food artisans and make a beautiful (and tasty) option that’s simple to order for pick up, local delivery, or nationwide shipping. Everything’s included so your lucky recipient is ready to indulge, and you can choose from five different collections ideal for any size or budget. Optional add-ons—like paired wines, chocolate chip shortbread cookies, wooden charcuterie boards, and more—are also available to customize your gift.
Goose the Market Gift Baskets, $70-$149.95 at goosegiftshop.com.
For the mom with a sweet tooth, Cretia’s Cakes, owned by LaCretia Allen, offers an iced butter cookie set that’s almost too cute to eat.
M-o-m with Flower Custom Cookies, $20 at cretiascakes.com.
One thing your mom is sure to have never received before is a “Glam-Berry” from NaTasha Pepper’s Tweety’s Sweeties. Each glamorous box of 12 contains delicious strawberries covered in chocolate (either white, milk, or dark) and sprinkled with edible glitter.
Glam-Berries, $45 per dozen at tweetyssweeties.com.
Spell out your love for your mom with this elegant charcuterie board from Be the Boutique. Created by hand, it’s the perfect piece to use for fruit and veggie trays, or even as a wooden pizza board.
White LOVE Charcuterie Board, $160 at betheboutique.com.
THE SENTIMENTAL MOM
The gift of custom fragrance is the perfect present for the special woman in your life—and she’ll be sure to think of you every time she lights her one-of-a-kind candle. Stop in and select an empty candle vessel at Penn & Beech Candle Co., and they’ll wrap it up with a gift card loaded for the exact amount of the full candle-pouring experience. To really impress, we recommend making a reservation to pour and redeem the gift card on Mother’s Day weekend—but don’t wait, reservations fill up quickly.
Pour-Your-Own Candle Experience, $22-$50 at pennandbeech.com.
For a fun twist on the traditional Mother’s Day floral bouquet, consider this “Mariposa Teacup Arrangement” from Gillespie Florists. Each keepsake teacup is filled with flowers like lavender daisies, green button mums, pink mini carnations, alstroemeria, and yellow solidago, and delivery is available in the Indy area and surrounding communities.
Mariposa Teapot Floral Arrangement, $35.95 at gillespieflorists.com.
HopeAnchor & Crew has their “2022 Mom Stack” of chic bracelets in stock just in time for Mother’s Day. Sizing ranges from XS-L, and the company even allows customers to swap out the word “Mom” for something else, like “Mama,” “Nana,” or “Grandma,” should you be so inclined.
“The 2022 Mom Stack” Bracelet Set, $65 at hopeanchorandcrew.com.
There are probably hundreds of memories that you’ve made with the mom in your life, so go ahead and choose one of your favorite photos and present it to her in this personalized frame from FirePoint Creations.
Mom’s Day Wooden Picture Frame, $23.99 at firepointcreations.com.
Make mom a gift from the heart at Pottery By You, a pottery studio in Indianapolis. Whether you opt to create a plate with your child’s handprints on it in-studio or take home one of their “Glazed To-Go-Go” options that you can paint at home and return to the shop to be fired, your mom is sure to display your artwork for years to come.
Pottery By You Pottery Making, $15 and up at potterybyyou.com.
THE MOM THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY FOR
Stephanie Grabow is a stylist and certified personal color analyst who strives to help busy women discover the beautiful colors living inside of them. She helps women understand the best color palette for their body’s unique undertones, value, and intensity. Most of all, she helps clients find the fun in getting dressed and putting on makeup again, and how to communicate through colors. At each appointment, clients receive a personalized color fan (an $85 value) and a new feeling of confidence. Grabow also offers special mother-daughter and girls day out appointments.
Personal Color Analysis, starting at $295 at stephaniegrabowstyle.com.
Have a mom who can take a joke? Decorate Indy has the perfect tea towel that’s sure to spark some ~interesting~ conversations. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!
“Mom, I’m Sorry” Tea Towel, $16.95 at decorateindy.com.
Treat your mom (or yourself, who are we kidding?) to a healing, pampering, and transformational session at Project Gorgeous in Broad Ripple. Marianne and Stephanie are passionate estheticians specializing in customized organic skincare delivered with a technological twist. For Mother’s Day, when you purchase a gift card of $100 or more, you’ll also receive a travel-size best-selling product, samples, and chocolates (total value $35). You can also purchase an Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator and a Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Body Lotion for $93 and receive a travel-size Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum, samples, and chocolates (total value $35).
Session with Stephanie of Project Gorgeous, prices start at $75, projectgorgeous.com to book.
Give your favorite lady a much-needed break from mom life at the Salt Lounge – Fishers. This organic treatment uses salt to soothe and rejuvenate the body … and did we mention that it doubles as an hour of uninterrupted peace and quiet?
The Salt Lounge – Fishers Experience, starting at $30 at sharpersurgery.com.
Spoil the mom in your life with a night away at Robin D. Staten-Lanier’s brand-new Tiny Urban Escapes, an elegant four-suite boutique hotel within the near westside, immediately west of White River, made from shipping containers. Your mom can spend the day napping, reading, and relaxing in the bathroom’s luxurious soaking tub. Book now for stays starting this summer.
Tiny Urban Escapes Stay, starting at $219/night at tinyurbanescapes.com.
THE MOM THAT TALKS TO HER PLANTS
Give mom the gift of a well-nourished plant! Joyful Dirt Houseplant Food helps your plants thrive and is easy enough to use on every watering. It’s as easy as shaking on the soil and then watering in, or mixing in the watering can before watering. Then just sit back and watch your plant babies thrive. Find it at Martha Latta’s Stomping Ground in Indy, or on her website.
Joyful Dirt Houseplant Food, $15.95 at stompinggroundindy.com.
Every plant mom needs a plant-themed dish towel set, right? Lisa Bennett’s Black Sheep Gift Shop sells this towel duo that’s practically a necessity.
Plant Dish Towel Set, $14.50 at Black Sheep Gifts, blacksheepgiftshop.com for store location and info.
Choosing a planter is almost as important as choosing your new plant baby itself. A Question of Eagles makes it easy for you with their “Horizon Planters,” which are homemade in their Indianapolis studio. Only the best for your plants!
Horizon Planters, $90 at aquestionofeagles.com.
Maintaining your plants’ moisture needs is crucial to being a plant parent. The Forest Flower sells this chic plant mister that’s sure to remind you to water those babies.
Brass & Glass Mister, $32 at theforestflower.com.
Give mom the gift of bloom with this “Garden in a Bag” from Snakeroot Botanicals. Once they’ve blossomed, these dwarf zinnias stay around from spring through autumn, serving as a gentle reminder of the beauty around us. Each bag includes organic seed, OMRI listed soil, and coconut husks for drainage.
Garden in a Bag – Mom, $10.49 at snakerootbotanicals.com.
Samantha Kupiainen is a regular Indy Maven contributor who will most definitely be shopping under the “mom that’s impossible to buy for” tab. Just don’t tell her mother she said that, please.
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