New York City shines on Mother’s Day. Every woman deserves to be honored this May, and NYC abounds with fabulous shops full of wonderful everythings just perfect for moms, grandmoms or aunties. And don’t forget those moms-to-be. Who are the moms in your life? We’ve picked the venues bound to have just the right thing for the special women you love. Choose her gift with care, but remember, what she wants most of all is to be remembered on Mother’s Day.
586 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10036
If you have traveled the world looking for interesting silver and gemstones special enough to grace home and body, you wouldn’t be able to top the selection of unique jewelry and home furnishings found at Evenee. Bracelets, bangletes and rings feature semi-precious stones and filigreed details for around $100. Shoppers will find Opulent Nanzhu silver tea sets and tableware, all handcrafted in China by Bai artisans. The pieces at this shop are both elegant and affordable.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop
15 W. 49th St.
New York, NY 10020
Prepare to be inspired. Much of the merchandise available at the Met Shop are reproductions of the magnificent artwork, jewelry and sculpture found throughout the Museum itself. From Tiffany lapis jewelry reminiscent of the early 1900s to Asian-inspired watches and glassware, the Met’s curators have created a dazzling array of enchanting gifts for under $175. Bird lovers will thrill to the avian jewelry pin collection at $45 each. And if you’re an ex-pat from the other 49, you can send a little piece of New York home. The Met ships anywhere.
Lumiere Gifts & Accessories
238 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
To walk into this lovely Brooklyn shop is to be surrounded by an explosion of color. Whimsically-designed fine leather items and hand-crafted, crystal jewelry in yellow, plum and red compete for your attention with artfully-designed water bottles and patterned scarves in a riot of spring’s hottest hues. Fashionista moms of all stripes will love the orange, owl-inspired hobo wallet at $28. If Mother ‘s Day includes a champage toast for two, go for the delicately hand-painted, dragonfly glasses at $29.95 per set.
terre d’ Oc
55 W. 49th St.
New York, NY 10112
Fragrantly-scented organic tea in fashionable tins, opulently-hued organic make-up and skin care products, and soothing fragrances for home and body are sold in this friendly French shop. Room sprays at $14 come in a variety of evocative scents, such as Siesta Under the Trees, Nature After the Rain and the memory-evoking Childhood Secrets. Conveniently located in midtown, the American outpost for terre d’Oc features romantic gifts, simply perfect for the mom who loves the pure and natural life.
item New York
444 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
What woman doesn’t love jewelry? If the mom in your life is craving something shiny, this Soho boutique should be your first stop. At item you will find ethereally-designed, delicate jewelry, some of which is exclusive to the shop. Designers from all over the world are featured at item, so the selection is evocative of many moods and feelings. Cleanly-designed, stud-flower earrnings in gold with rubies or emeralds may be the prettiest pair you will find this season at under $100. Necklaces feature gem stones or drape in gently-geometric strands. Every item at item simply says, I love you.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.