Last Minute Local Austin Gifts for Mother’s Day
Because Austin moms are as unique as the city itself I did my best to give you a list that satisfies a host of personalities and tastes. This list has but one goal, apart from giving you a starting point for finding the perfect mother’s day gift, to support our local businesses who offer us options that stand up to the occasion this Mother’s Day!
Of course, in the age of quarantine, our options are a bit more limited than usual so I’ve included some items to ‘pay it forward’ for mom while giving back to our local businesses, as well as an option to accompany that will allow you to reward her for her awesomeness in real-time. We get so excited about local Austin gifts!
Local Austin Gifts that make her feel beautiful
Self-care package from a local salon or spa: Call your mom’s stylist and customize a kit (EXTRA BONUS POINTS) or do some research and get her a gift card with some spa supplies as an “advance” on her post-Corona in-person spa experience.
Tide her over to her next nail salon appointment with ATX Nails by Color Street these nail color sheets were a huge hit at last fall’s mother’s night out for their easy application and an assortment of colors, patterns, and nail art options. I swear by them, even when nail salons are open they’re nice to have around for a fool-proof, no-need-to-dry polish change. For busy mamas, these are a beauty-on-the-quick must-have.
Create her next treasure: The South Lamar treasure trove, Bead it!, has a wide array of baubles for making custom jewelry creations. The store is offering pre-selected bead packs that make for a great mommy and me afternoon activity at home or coordinate a crafting party and gift her something one of a kind. You can shop their kits online and pick them up or have them shipped.
Give her Austin-made baubles or bling: Fate brought jewelry maker Jahnavi Jasmine to Austin where a fortuitous day of selling her boho-inspired creations on the sidewalk led to a full-fledged brick and mortar business – Mana Culture. One of the first artisans that I personally fell in love with after my husband gifted me a had carved pair of earrings from her back in 2010. Mana Culture’s Earth-conscious boho vibe is quintessential Austin.
Kendra Scott is also a local legend who does quite a lot to give back to our community. Shopping her spring line it is hard to go wrong. Parker’s Place is another great local jewelry maker with lots of unique, Austin flair.
Wine and dine her with local business in-mind
Wine for her glass and wine classes for a cause: As a level 2 sommelier myself, I had to include this one. Spearheaded by the founder of Wonder Women in Wine and Bufalina Pizza’s resident sommelier, Rania Zyatt, the Bufalina Wine Club membership has several options for every palate or budget, contact her by email for details. Score extra points if you pick up some of their homemade pizza dough to make at home to go with the first wine collection.
I had to also include a little wine education for a cause, upgrade her wine club with a gift certificate to join a wine class with The Stay at home Somm Project, and help out displaced hospitality professionals from around the city. The virtual tip jar donations accepted for each class benefit the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas service industry relief fund.
Something sweet, literally: Bake her something, or prepare a decadent breakfast in bed and include a notecard with your donation to Feeding Texas in her honor you could also include a few giftly gift certificates to her favorite Austin eateries (curbside or for use when we can once again dine in). Giftly makes searching for several places at once.
If you’re shopping for a mama who happens to be an ex-pat, you can always send her treats via Goldbelly where Austin restaurants Terry Black’s, Lick Ice Cream, and Tiny Pies are available for shipping nationwide. Vise versa, if your Austin-mom is aching for a treat from her former home Goldbelly makes those comfort food items accessible.
Delysia Chocolatier has a few options for mom that are a way to indulge her in the best possible way. On Saturday, May 9th they are hosting a chocolate truffle and wine pairing in partnership with Slate Mill Wine Collective’s resident sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Jen Beckmann. Chocolates and wine-duo are sold separately, but tickets for the virtual tasting are included with a purchase of either item. Delysia also has a chocolate gift that keeps on giving with the INDULGE: Personal Chocolate Experience which ships once a month.
Tend to the home bar: Get a specialty spirit from a craft distiller. A short drive through the hill country to one of our surrounding distilleries and you can most likely pick up a curbside bottle and some hand sanitizer. Many of the areas craft distillers are being hit especially hard with regulatory constraints inhibiting business as usual for them. Some distilleries like Still Austin Whiskey Company are located right here inside our city limits. Others like Desert Door and Treaty Oak are a short drive into Dripping Springs.
Local restaurants are offering Dulce Vida Tequila to-go drink kits: Maudie’s, Chuy’s, El Arroyo, Curra’s, Torchy’s. Dulce Vida Tequila is a proud partner of Austin Mom’s and mamas will get to enjoy tasty drinks at our next Mom’s Night Out event!
Not up for driving to the source? Find something special at a local bottle shop like The Austin Shaker or The Austin Wine Merchant. If the bar is set and mom’s got her cocktail game on lock, then take the guesswork out of it and gift her a cocktail kit from Sourced Cocktails instead. The Sourced Mother’s Day Package includes enough to supply her with 12 craft cocktails!
Go boating for brunch: Take mom out on the boat for a brunch on Lake Austin. Ski Shores Cafe will have dock-side takeaway brunch available on Mother’s Day including Bloody Mary’s featuring Dripping Springs Vodka or Bloody Maria kits featuring Dulce Vida Tequila.
Local Austin Gift ideas for earthy mamas
Relaxation station: If you have never experienced a holistic spa treatment, it is hands down the most relaxing treatment of any I have ever had. I first experienced it on vacation in Guatemala and the “east-west” treatment made a believer out of me. Your mom can consult with the team and have an integrated massage treatment with traditional Chinese medicine incorporated such as acupuncture, fire cupping, or infrared sauna and herbs. Contact Zoi’s and Danielle Martinez Acupuncture team for gift card options.
A quick visit to Whole Foods or Wheatsville Co-op for some all-natural spa goodies like bath bombs, bath salts, and essential oils would make this gift certificate even better! Get her some items to pamper at home to tide her over…
I’ve been a fan of Austin Natural Soaps since I first stepped foot in Wheatsville Co-op. A sampling of their all-natural self-care products is a great gift for an earth-conscious mom. Take Heart Body Shop is also a great source for spa goodies. This East-Austin gem is curated by shop owner Nina Gordon and offers a collection of thoughtfully made self-care products, many of them crafted locally.
Yoga class passes and new accessories: Wild Heart Yoga, is offering 4-5 online classes a day where members have Unlimited Yoga via online classes and 15-20 minute free guided meditations, chanting & mantra and sound bath classes are also on the schedule. Black Swan Yoga is offering BSY.TV for $2 a month for the next 3 months with the code BSYAUSTIN.
Get her some fun new athleisure wear from Outdoor Voices, an Austin-based startup that’s since expanded across the US. They’re offering 20% off and a collection just for Mother’s Day. If she has plenty of athleisure wear you can always upgrade her mat, meditation pillows, towels, or book collection. Whole Earth Provision Company has a wide selection of gifts to enhance any yoga practice from beginner to expert level.
If she has a green thumb: A membership to Gardenio is great even if your mom just wishes she had a green thumb because the app takes the guesswork out of gardening and the containers make it versatile enough for renters.
Plant Party is another fun gift for plant lovers from an Austin-based company. These terrariums make great gifts and the kits make great activities for passing some time and getting creative.
Local Austin Gifts for the home
Keep in touch: Choose a letter-writing kit from a local artist for keeping in touch the old fashioned way. I fell in love with Debbie Carroll’s art years ago. Her style captures the essence of Texas Hill Country and lucky for us, she makes a selection of prints into stationery. They’re perfect for sending out ‘thinking of you’ messages. Debbie’s work can also be found at Blue Genie Art Bazaar which is a solid place to find an artisanal, one of a kind gift for any occasion including prints and stationery from a number of local artisans.
Austin also has so many specialty stationery shops with one of a kind items that defy expectations. Local stationery shop Erin Condren has a sticker club subscription – I don’t know about you but I’ve never grown out of getting excited by stickers and stationery!
For the chef or baker: If she spends hours on end standing over a countertop, GelPro rugs are awesome and they’re offering a discount for Mother’s Day! These rugs provide next level ergonomic support for your back and were invented in Austin.
For moms whose coffee is sacred: A coffee subscription from Merit Coffee Company means mom won’t need to leave home for amazing coffee. Merit was founded in San Antonio with a vision for ethical sourcing and a palate for quality. Having this subscription delivered is truly farm-to-cup coffee.
Many other local coffee houses are now offering their beans, gift cards, and some offer subscriptions now. Check out places like Mozart’s, Radio, Cherrywood, Trianon Coffee etc. If a subscription is too much of a commitment then build a sampler of beans from Austin’s best coffee shops in a build your own gift basket.