Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 13), which means another holiday where you have to ask your mom what she wants only for her to tell you “Oh nothing, I don’t need anything.”
We all know that’s not exactly true.
No one can tell you what the perfect Mother’s Day gift is, but it's definitely not another keychain or “world’s best mom” coffee mug. While those were cute when you were 8, it’s time to step up your gift-giving game. Luckily for you, Williamsburg is full of locally owned boutiques and antique stores perfect for finding your mom a great gift without going broke.
So skip the predictable and use this list to find your mom a gift she’ll actually use.
1. Shower Burst
One thing a lot of moms lack is time. A bath bomb may be a sweet idea, but she may struggle to find a chance to use it. Instead, get her a shower burst. Like a bath bomb, a shower burst releases essential oils to create a soothing bathing experience. In scents like “stress buster” and “hangover,” you’re sure to find the right one to help the mother in your life get the pick-me-up she needs.
You can pick up one of these at Quirks Handcrafted Goods & Unique Gifts on 423 Prince George St., for $5.95. Quirks is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.
2. Custom spoon rest with matching spoon
No matter what day it is, my mother always makes herself a cup of coffee with extra cream. Her kitchen counter always has a used coffee spoon resting for her next cup. If your mother is like mine, this spoon and matching spoon rest are the perfect gift. She can make her coffee every morning with a sweet reminder of how much you care.
This can be purchased at Colonial Folk Art Studios and Gallery at 110 Bacon Ave. for $15. The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
3. Paint pottery
Sometimes the best gift is time spent together. At Colonial Folk Art Studios and Gallery you can paint a anything from a dog bowl to an ornament. For $24 a person, you and your mother can get creative together and paint something truly unique.
The fee covers the bisqueware, glaze and kiln use. Colonial Folk Art Studios and Gallery is at 110 Bacon Ave. and is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
4. Vintage earrings
Marilyn may have said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but there’s nothing wrong with a beautiful piece of costume jewelry. A pair of vintage cameo clip earrings are just as stunning as any ruby, and a lot less likely to break the bank.
This set of earrings is $25. You can find these and other pieces of vintage jewelry at Everything Vintage Co., 312 Lightfoot Road, by Williamsburg Antiques Mall. They are open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
5. A card
If your mom is out of town, one thoughtful gift is a greeting card designed by local artist Georg Dionysius Ehret. Give her a sense of the Spring beauty of Williamsburg with a card decorated with local foliage.
Cards designed by Georg Dionysius Ehret can be purchased at the Bruton Parish Gift Shop on 331 W. Duke of Gloucester St. The gift shop is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
6. Silverware jewelry
Local artists Emily Dill creates unique pieces of jewelry out of silver-plated tableware. Dill creates rings, earrings any number of other jewelry and gift items out of these found objects.
Dill’s creations can be purchased at the Bruton Parish Gift Shop, with rings costing $22. The gift shop is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
7. Fur Children coasters
Any fur mom with tell you that she is a real mom, too. Get her a set of coasters featuring her child’s breed from the Nautical Dog, $12.95 for a pack of 4.
Nautical Dog LLC is at 5104 Main St. in New Town. The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
8. Handcrafted candle
While scented candles are a dime a dozen, these teacup candles from Bee Happy are truly unique. Made inside a vintage teacup, the candles are scented with buds of lavender.
You can buy this Bee Happy teacup candle for $8 at the Williamsburg Antique Mall at 500 Lightfoot Road. The mall is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
9. Vintage home decor
Sometimes things are better said in gifts. Instead of telling your mom her lamp from the 80s is a tacky eyesore, give her a new one. This teacup lamp is a fun mixture of Art Nouveau stained glass imagery and Victorian style.
This lamp can be purchased at the Williamsburg Antiques Mall on 500 Lightfoot Road for $29.95. The mall is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
10. A good read
After a long day sometimes the best thing is to cuddle up with a good book. Mermaid Books has a large selection of old favorites and classics as well as some contemporary finds.
Most books are half off the sticker price or have the price written inside the cover. Mermaid Books is at 421 Prince George St. under Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream. The book store is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.