Mother’s Day is almost upon us and you need to find the perfect gift to show mom just how much you love her. Where to begin? New York has so many specialty shops featuring fancy-smelling and expensive soaps, fashionable clothing, accessories, flowers, chocolates, and more. To make your life easier, here’s a list of the top five gift shops to find that perfect item to give to mom. Whether she likes perfume or a writing paper, this list will give you what you need.
39 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
If mom likes to write hand-written notes, stop by Greenwich Letterpress, which has a lovely curated shop of goodies plus letterpress stationery. A company that has been featured in major magazines for the creativity and design of their paper, Greenwich Letterpress is a place that combines great quality with great price. Personalize your stationery for a more intimate touch. The shop also sells calendars, journals, wrapping paper, business cards, invitations, and more.
NYBG Shop in the Garden
2900 Souther Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458
If you can’t take mom to the New York Botanical Gardens, the very least you can do is to find her some gifts from their shop. Nearly anything she needs to care for her plants can be found here including pots, seeds, gloves, tools, misters, moss, and much more. Books on orchid care, botanical art, garden design, and on the NYBG itself are also in the shop. You can find more exotic items like terrariums, flower-shaped jewelry, or aromatic soaps. This shop is a great place to find some things your mother wouldn’t normally find herself.
80 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
For the chocolate lover, Kee’s makes some of the best artisanal bites in town. Using fresh ingredients from around the world, Kee’s infuses their chocolate bars, bonbons and macaroons with unique, even daring flavors. You’ll still find the traditional cherry cordials, hazelnut pralines, and champagne ganache. But you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with hibiscus chocolate bars, elderflower ganache, yuzu white chocolate ganache, pineapple and papaya macaroons, or shiso macaroons.
BELLOCQ Tea Atelier
104 West St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Getting their start in London, this tea atelier is all about relaxing and rejuvenating with a cup of the finest tea. At their Brooklyn location, you’ll get the chance to try exotic teas and bring home the one you think best fits your mother’s refined taste. Different teas you can choose from include Earl Grey, Afghani Chai, Hindu Holiday, Gypsy Caravan, Mulberry Leaf Tea, and Chamomile, but there are close to 100 different teas that are offered. Ingredients range from hibiscus to yerba mate, organic mint, lemongrass to rose petals, and come from various regions around the world. Gifts like tea strainers, tea cups, and sugar bowls are also offered in the shop.
59 W. 49th St.
New York, NY 10112
This shop gets rave reviews from women all around the world who use these distinctly herbal African products for personal care. Artisan soaps, home fragrance items, essential oils, perfumes, skin and hair products are offered here. Items are made from natural ingredients like African honey, Egyptian jasmine, Moroccan rose, Kalahari melon, and Kenyan myrrh. Mom will feel like she’s luxuriating in a spa with any one of these products.
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