Celebrate the moms and mother figures in your life while supporting local, primarily female-owned businesses throughout the North Shore and Chicago. From classic chocolate and flowers to spa days and wine sets, this local gift guide has 10 great gifts to show appreciation for the moms in your life.
Kohler Chocolates Lincoln Park
Kohler Original Recipe Chocolate Spring Collection, $12.99-59.99
Tell your mom how sweet she is with this decadent chocolate collection. She’ll enjoy a variety of spring flavors such as Pink Lemonade, Key Lime, Orange Dream, and Watermelon. You can choose from a 4-piece, 9-piece, or 32-piece collection. Plus, if you purchase $50 or more before May 8, you’ll receive a free 4-piece box of their new wine-inspired chocolates, Pinot Noir Hearts!
Maze Home Winnetka
If your mom enjoys spending her free time with puzzles and games, consider gifting her this beautifully crafted backgammon set. The chic chocolate vegan leather case gives this game the touch of sophistication it deserves and makes it easy for your mom to transport to her next game night.
Saville Flowers Evanston
Effortless Elegance, $100
Spoil the moms in your life with an elegant flower bouquet from Saville Flowers. Give her something extra special by adding a truffle assortment or Voluspa candle to your order. This flower arrangement is an excellent option for a last-minute surprise with same-day delivery on orders placed before 1 p.m. CT.
Personal Shopping Experience, Varies
For the fashion-forward mom, schedule a personal shopping appointment at Wilmette’s beloved women’s apparel boutique, Hubba-Hubba. A personal shopping assistant will find the best pieces to fit your mom’s lifestyle, including sweaters, denim, joggers, and accessories.
Customized Relaxation Massage, $105–$155
Give your mom the spa day she deserves with a customized relaxation massage at Egea Spa. This personalized experience starts with a luxurious footbath before a 60-minute or 90-minute full-body massage with light or medium pressure. She’ll leave feeling stress-free and ready to tackle anything!
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Northbrook
Chablis is some of the most sought-after Chardonnays, making it the perfect gift for a wine-loving mom. You can get the bottle of wine in Knightbridge’s custom gift wrap, and they’ll include a personalized message letting the mom in your life know how much she’s appreciated.
Payton Rose Northbrook
Every woman can use a statement blazer, and this Liverpool white and black blazer from Payton Rose is the perfect mix of bold and classic. The flattering cut is ideal for any body type, and your mom can dress it up or down to fit any occasion.
Bath Soak Bundle, $50
Encourage the mom in your life to take some time for self-care with this bath bundle from Hazel. This bundle includes a Musee Therapy bath soak, a Musee Therapy bath balm, and a reusable flute. Choose from the pink and rose gold bundle or the blue, green, and granite color pallette.
Dana Rebecca Near North (Chicago)
You can never go wrong with fine jewelry. This dainty diamond necklace brings a bit of shimmer to any outfit and makes the perfect layering piece. Purchase it in 14-karat white, yellow, and rose gold, with a lobster clasp and adjustable cable chain.
Alice & Wonder Lakeview
Tough Mom Mug, $20
We all know a mom’s work is never done, so a strong cup of coffee from a cute mug is often in order. This ceramic bistro mug holds 15 oz of your mom’s favorite morning brew and is dishwasher safe. Also, 10% of proceeds from the purchase of the mug is donated to Every Mother Counts, a charity helping women worldwide with pregnancy and childbirth complications.
How to Help:
There are a number of impactful organizations helping moms in need in our communities. New Moms, a 2017 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Award winner, provides unconditional and meaningful support to young moms who “want to find a safe place to live, get a quality job, and give their children a brighter future — even if they have no idea of where to start.” Nearly 70 percent of these young moms are victims of sexual or domestic abuse, and many are homeless. Your donation to New Moms could make a huge different in the life of a young mother and her children.
The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation is another deserving nonprofit that helps support young mothers during breast cancer treatment. Women undergoing medical treatment for breast cancer need three types of support: informational, emotional and practical, according to the Susan G. Komen organization, the largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the U.S. While the informational support typically comes from medical providers, and the emotional support from family and friends, it’s the practical help that can often cause stress and anxiety for patients. This is where the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation steps in to help. Donate to support their meaningful work.
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Jessica Braun Gervais is a Chicago-based freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and fitness. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College and has written content for various health and wellness institutions. Jessica Braun’s passion for wellness comes from her life as an elite athlete competing in Muay Thai kickboxing competitions across the country. In addition to sharing her expertise through writing, Jessica Braun also works as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. When she’s not writing or training, Jessica Braun enjoys reading historical fiction novels, discovering new coffee shops, and cuddling with her cattle dog, Brady.