Mother’s Day Gift Guide—All for Under $50

Make mom (or yourself) very happy with these fantastic ideas from local, women-owned companies.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and since going out to brunch isn’t really an option right now, these thoughtful gifts from local, women-owned businesses are a great way to show appreciation for your momma—or, frankly, yourself.

This shirt pretty much sums it up, right? Pre-order it until May 2nd at NolanJames.net, the website for Melissa Bernero’s beloved Cicero-area boutique. Bonus: Take 10% off your entire purchase with coupon code INDYMAVEN10.

Best mom ever tee, $29, Nolanjames.net

Kelsey Gibbs of Ever Grace Designs handcrafts these freestanding wooden hexagonal frames in Indianapolis—and they’re available in three sizes and several finishes. For a surefire winner, wrap one up with a photo of you and your mom together.

Mini wood hexagon photo display stand, $13-$20, Evergracedesigns.etsy.com

What’s better than a thoughtful card for mom? A whole book of things you love about her. Just add your answers to the 30 fill-in prompts and you’ll create a personalized, meaningful gift she’ll treasure. Order this gem—and throw in that aforementioned greeting card for bonus points—from Homespun: Modern Handmade, Amanda Mauer Taflinger’s boutique on Mass Ave. 

Love about mom fill-in journal, $14, Homespunindy.com

There’s never been a better time for some at-home pampering, so you’re sure to score a home run with Spruce + Bee’s Mother’s Day gift set of bath and body goodies. Handmade by owner Britt Sanders in her Nora workshop, for $39 you’ll get the brand’s Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub, Calming Salve, Clay + Charcoal Mud Mask, Wildflower Tub Tea and a lip balm. You can also add a free handwritten note, and get free shipping with coupon code CARE.

Mother’s Day collection, $39, Spruceandbee.com

Light up your mom’s day with a statement candle from Unplug Soy Candles, founded by Fortville native Jennifer Sturgill. Choose from scents like prosecco fizz, hazelnut coffee and coconut milk, all made with natural fragrance oils. 

Candle, $30, Unplugsoycandles.com

Searching for something sweet and unique? Try an array of petit fours from Alison Keefer’s The Gallery Pastry Shop in Broad Ripple. Their $30 Mother’s Day assortment consists of two each of their scrumptious almond cookies, mini cheesecakes, mini opera cakes and lemon meringue tartlets. 

Mother’s Day petit four assortment, $30, Gallerypastryshop.com

Simple yet impactful, this necklace from Ella Mae’s Boutique, Abby McKinney’s Brownsburg shop, is so spot-on and affordable you might as well pick one up for yourself, too.

Mom and daughter necklace, $18, Ellamaes.com

If you go the floral route this Mother’s Day, consider this gorgeous arrangement from Rusted Window, Stacy Molander’s flower market and lifestyle boutique located within the Indiana Design Center in Carmel. The desk-sized design will include a mix of lilies, mini hydrangeas, alstroemeria, roses and stock—but each creation will be unique and full of charm, just like the shop itself. 

Sweet blooms’ arrangement, $48, Rustedwindow.com

Get the kiddos involved in the fun with this at-home craft kit from The Little Village Playroom, Amy Sample’s indoor activity and event center in Carmel. With enough materials and instructions to make a photo frame, some paper flowers, a keepsake box, an ‘It’s all about my mom’ poster, and a pop-up greeting card, you’ll be able to check off your gift list and keep your children entertained in the process.

Mother’s Day gift kit, $20, Thelittlevillageplayroom.com

Impress a tea aficionado with a five-pack sampler from Jessica Messmer’s Cup & Kettle Tea Co. in Bloomington, featuring flavors like strawberry champagne, lemon honeybush, and chamomile lavender.

5 pack tea sampler, $13, Cupandkettletea.com

Give your matriarch this glazed stoneware mug that says, “Mom, ever grateful for your grace,” and every time she sips, she’ll get a little reminder of your appreciation. Order it from Silver in the City, Kristin Kohn’s inimitable downtown boutique. 

Mom ever grateful mug, $15, Silverinthecity.com

Handmade by Broad Ripple native Kaitlan Vosler, this concrete mini bud vase will look equally stunning with a single bloom or a few sprigs of dried lavender. 

Mini vase, $20, Creamandconcrete.com

Chocolate connoisseurs will savor this 20-piece Mother’s Day assortment from The Best Chocolate in Town, a company recently acquired by Carrie Abbott of Newfangled Confections and Frittle fame. (You can read all about her plans.) To sweeten the deal, Abbott is throwing in free shipping with coupon code MOMMA and a gratis 4-ounce bag of peanut butter crunch if you purchase online. The cherry on top: You don’t need to prove you’re buying it for your mom to get the deal, so stock up for yourself, too.

Mother’s Day package, $39.95, Newfangledconfections.com

Jewelry designer and Indy native Sloane Swayze put her chic spin on the classic birthstone ring with these sterling silver, crystal-adorned stackers. Opt for one and choose your mother’s birth month, or splurge on a few to represent everyone in the family. 

Birthstone rings, $32 each, Sloanejewelrydesign.com

Popcorn is the perfect accompaniment to binge watching—something plenty of us are doing right now—and if the salty snack is your mom’s fave, she’ll adore this tin from Just Pop In!, the brainchild of twin sisters Mandy Selke and Carly Swift. Available in flavors like sharp cheddar, bloody Mary and spicy ginger curry, now’s the time to buy: You can currently take 20% off your online order (discount automatically applied in cart). 

½ gallon Mother’s Day tin, $18-$40 depending on flavor, Justpopinpopcorn.com

Crafty mommas will get a kick out of this do-it-yourself lavender rosewater kit from Indy resident Victoria Davis, owner of Make It Classy. But if you don’t think your mom would dig the DIY aspect, you could always make it yourself and present her with the finished product so she can enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

‘Romantic Rosie’ DIY lavender rosewater kit, $32.99, Makeitclassydiy.com

Has your mom been indulging in a little wine o’clock lately? Treat her to a bottle of vino from She Spot, a female, veteran-owned winery and tasting room by vintner Carmen Murry-Randolph, located on North Franklin Road in Indianapolis. Murry-Randolph crafts a number of must-try wines, like this Bartlett pear-tinged variety with the perfect amount of sweetness. 

Pear wine, $15, text or call (317) 656-0797 to place an order

Indiana Design Center, Just Pop In!, Newfangled Confections, and Silver in the City are Indy Maven partners. 

Stephanie Groves is a freelance writer in Indianapolis who realized a few years ago that her mom really was right about pretty much everything.


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