8 Local & Creative Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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Mother’s Day is around the corner! Show your appreciation for the superwoman in your lives with a thoughtful and creative gift this year. We have curated a list of local items and experiences that will leave your special lady feeling extra loved. Read on to find the perfect gift idea.

Get that hardworking woman a massage!

Loyly Sauna has two Portland locations to choose from. The larger Northeast facility features two cedar saunas, a cold shower cooling room, and therapeutic massage and holistic skincare services. The Southeast location is slightly smaller and features a cedar sauna, steam room, showers, locker rooms, along with their signature therapeutic massages and holistic skincare services. Purchase your special mama a gift card for a massage and sauna experience and we guarantee she’ll be feeling like a million bucks! The whole family will be feeling her afterglow.

2713 SE 21st Ave

3525 NE M.L.K. Blvd

Online: loyly.net

Make her dinner.

Browse through this list of easy to make delicious meals that you and the family can have prepared for mama bear. If there’s not enough time perhaps it’s best to give her the gift of a week of already prepared meals though Stella’s Kitchen. They have family sized options that feed two adults and 1-3 children. Stella’s Kitchen offers fresh, sustainable, and local foods that are both healthy and delicious.

Online: stellaskitchenco.com

Is it time for a new do?

Treat your lady or baby mama to a new do! Try something different and book an appointment with Leah Jentas at The Phix Hair Studio in SE Portland. She’s talented, delightful, and will make you feel like the most beautiful women in town.

5823 SE Powell Boulevard
Online: thephixhairstudio.com

Give the gift of flowers.

Adorn the mother in your life with the healing gifts of the flora fauna. Rachel Marudas of Essence of the Mother has a very special gift of flower creation. She is a life coach, profound healer, intuitive counselor, workshop facilitator, and flower lady. She believes that each flower holds a unique imprint of medicine that can assist with our path of healing, revealing, transformation, self-love, and emotional freedom. You can order a custom bouquet, a flower installation in your home, flower essences, or gift your special mom with a private session with Rachel.

Online: essenceofthemother.life

When in doubt, there’s chocolate.

Grab a box of the classic truffle collection at Moonstruck Chocolate or a bottle of premium drinking chocolate from Cacao. If she’s a huge chocolate fan you may want to consider getting her both! If you’re searching for a nutty chocolate try the Hazelnut Collection at Alma. It comes with a double sea salt hazelnut crunch bar, 2 hazelnut cherry toffees, and 3 hazelnut praline filled hedgehogs. Yum.

Online: moonstruckchocolate.com

Online: cacaodrinkchocolate.com

Online: almachocolate.com

Say “I Love You” with a plant.

Gifting a living plant is a long lasting present that will forever remind your loved one of your thoughtful gesture. Pop by one of Portland Nursery’s two locations and find the perfect house plant. Pick from aloes or bonsai to cacti and succulents.

Online: portlandnursery.com

Write her a handwritten note.

Stop by Tender Loving Empire or Powell’s Bookstore for a locally made card. Take some time out of your day to write out a long list of all the reasons you appreciate and love the mom in your life. It would probably be okay to pick up some flowers and chocolate as well! 

Online: tenderlovingempire.com

Online: powells.com

photo: Elissa Cirignotta

Show your appreciation all day.

Sure chocolates, flowers, and cards are wonderful but if you’re looking for a truly creative way to express your gratitude, let her sleep in, bring her coffee in bed, change all the diapers, give her time alone, and do all the chores! Take a peek at this list of carefully curated for moms by moms for more creative gift ideas. 

photo: Cory Weaver/Portland Opera

Show mom and your local opera some hometown love.

Portland Opera's new season includes Verdi's Rigoletto (May 6, 10 & 12 ) as well as upcoming performances of Faust and La Cenerentola (Cinderella). While these performances are a bit long for the littles, give mom a pair of tickets and let her take her bestie (and put on some fancy clothes). This year the Opera is allowing drinks inside the theater, too! Tickets start at just $35. Learn more at portlandopera.org


How do you show love to the moms in your life? Tell us in the comments below.

—Elissa Cirignotta


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