Sarah and her mom, Tammy
Sarah and her mom, Tammy

Shop Local: Last Minute Gifts for Mother’s Day

For many of us, Mother’s Day comes out of nowhere. And then we’re left to try to get creative … past the normal card and flowers. Oftentimes that leads to Amazon > add to cart.

But, what if you could just as quickly shop at a small business instead? And get kudos from mom. This year I talked to about a dozen moms to hear what they really wanted for Mother’s Day this year. 

Cue: my list of female-owned local places to support for Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts as seen on Talk Pittsburgh.

1. love, Pittsburgh – Strip District, Mt. Washington, Downtown

One of my absolute favorite shops in the city, love, Pittsburgh features more than 120 local artists and makers. It’s a hub for all things beautiful. They recently opened a new location called love, just last week. Here are three great ideas of what you can snag.

  • Self Care Set from Lovett SundriesPeppermint Rosemary Hand Cream, Shampoo Bar, Lip Tint and more. All products are made with the cutest recyclable packaging. One mom said “I want the stuff they ask me for!” – and this is a great option.
  • A Flora Frame from Moss and Fern Co – This company sources all of their botanicals from around their homes in the South Hills, and then preserves them naturally into art. “Flowers are great, but they don’t last”. Well … this solves that problem and provides a memory for much longer.
  • Breakfast in Bed Trio “I want a breakfast or brunch I don’t have to plan, make or clean up from for once!”– Cue this breakfast in bed trio of Best Ever Granola, Maple Street Jam (a mother/daughter team) and Black Forge Coffee. 
2. Flora Facial Bar – Wexford

The tough part about a facial, is that sometimes you want to do it with your mom. At Flora, they over signature service rooms – OR – their facial bar where you and mom can experience things together. 

  • Snag a gift certificate for you and mom to do a facial bar treatment together vs. separate treatment rooms – or for mom to be able to get away and enjoy a relaxing afternoon herself.
  • Products so mom can take care of herself, and giving her the time for self care each morning or evening – if you have little ones, your kids can even do a spa day at home with the products you purchase.
  • Monthly Subscription – For just $69/month, get mom a subscription to show you want her to be intentional all year with time for herself.
3. Soergel Orchards and Garden Center – Wexford

"Something special to us - we love to sit outside and stargaze or enjoy the backyard so I told my son we should get a wind chime to enjoy outside."

I personally love Soergel’s, and it just so happens to be owned by a mom and her kids! Kirstin inspired this one — a great experience that you can do with your kiddos and have a memory of all season long.

  • Get flowers ahead of time, or go shopping together – then plant them together as a family.
  • Wrap up a wind chime, stepping stone or other item for your outdoor space. Then mom can remember the day any time she is sitting outside!
  • Pick up some baked goods – Soergel’s has a huge selection including, vegan, GF and nut free all from local bakers!
4. Kards Unlimited – Shadyside

If you haven’t been to Kards Unlimited yet, this is a place I could spend hours in just exploring. It’s the perfect budget friendly option too! Pick up a card that is perfect for your mama, some gift wrap and a game to enjoy together. They have everything from Scrabble to Yoga Dice.

“I just want special time together I don’t need to plan.” 

5. Experiences Together
  • P’Vino, Shadyside – Go in for a tasting with mom and then grab her favorite bottle of vintage wine or craft brew.
  • The Cheese Queen, Allentown – Enroll in Charcuterie Academy or make sure mom always has a new cheese to try with Megan’s Charcuterie Subscription delivered straight to her door.
  • Sempre Permanent Jewelry – Think of it as a special modern day friendship bracelet with mom! Snag sterling silver, gold filled or 14K gold. 
6. Cleaning Maid Beautiful

There is nothing better than a deep cleaning for mom! Cleaning Maid Beautiful uses eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products. 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you at least learned about one new female-owned local business, whether you shop for Mother’s Day or another special occasion. Remember: there is nothing wrong with treating yourself, too! 

Want to take mom for brunch? Don’t miss that list over on my Instagram.



Loves wine, whiskey and pretending to be a sophisticated foodie. Also really loves Pittsburgh.