Mother’s Day is only weeks away, which means it’s time to start thinking of ways to ensure the special women in our lives feel appreciated on that sunny day in May.
I always have big plans for creative endeavors and every year end up ordering generic flowers the Friday before Mother’s Day. Major daughter fail. This year isn’t looking to be much different, so I’ve decided to enlist the help of other creative people in the process of bestowing upon my lovely mom (and mother in law!) special tokens of my daughterly affection.
Want to do the same but need some inspiration? You’re in luck! I’ve gathered a few of my favorite items from some of the best handmade sellers online. Their wares are beautiful, practical and meaningful and are perfect gifts for any woman – mother, grandmother, friend or sister – for any occasion.
(And hey, nothing says you can’t conveniently share this list online and tag the gift-givers in your own life!)
Check out my favorites and choose a few gifts for the women who make your world a better place!
/1/ Better Life Bags These fashionable bags are handmade in a variety of sizes, styles, and custom fabrics by first-generation immigrants in Detroit, many of whom can’t leave their homes due to religious and cultural expectations. Additionally, the founder of Better Life Bags donates 10% of the shop’s proceeds to international women entrepreneurs through Kiva.org!
/2/ Threads by The Shine Project Wear this bow-tie bracelet alone as a delicate accessory, or group a few different styles together for a colorful statement! These fashionable wristlets are crafted by at-risk youth as part of a scholarship program, helping them save for college.
/3/ Jane Austen Mug by Brookish Can you name the Jane Austen character who exclaims, “How shall I bear so much happiness!” If not, maybe your mother can! Either way, this mug is sure to contain a smidge of nostalgia and magic.
/4/ Hand-crocheted Ivory Shrug by ReflectionsByds I’ve been swooning over this feminine hand-crocheted shrug for ages. It would be perfect for cool spring evenings or over a dress for a summer wedding, wouldn’t it?
/5/ Coral Stud Earrings by Little Hawthorne Stud earrings go with everything! I’ve been wearing a gold pair of Little Hawthorne’s studs every other day for a month. Excessive? Probably. But I love them!
/6/ Love You Forever, Like You For Always by Anna Tovar What mother hasn’t cried over the classic children’s book about the mama who rocks her sleeping boy back and forth, back and forth? Anna Tovar captured the words of her song in this hand drawn piece of artwork.
/7/ Soy Jar Candles by Besem Natural Scents These soy candles are the combined effort of a homeschooling family in Texas. Each candle smells simply delightful and burns for weeks, even with highly frequent use.
/8/ Mama Necklace by Lisa Leonard “Hand holder, dream soother, love giver.” Oh my heart. Lisa Leonard’s Mother’s Day Collection features beautiful hand-stamped jewelry pieces in gold and silver for the mothers, grandmothers and other special women in your life.
/9/ Infinity Scarf by The Pleated Poppy Infinity scarves are “in” for everyone! This sunny, lightweight version from The Pleated Poppy is perfect for spring and summer.
/10/ “It’s Awesome Time” Tee by The Printed Palette I might be guilty of over-wearing this shirt recently. (Between this and the gold earrings, you’d think I have a problem.) The Printed Palette’s clothing is incredibly soft and their screen printed designs are stylish with a bit of spunk!
Don’t forget – some handmade and small biz items have to actually be made before they can be shipped, so check availability and order (or start dropping hints) soon!