Six Picks for Mother’s Day Gift Shopping

Mother’s Day is May 13. Even if your mom claims to want only a card to celebrate the day, you know she’s secretly thrilled with an unexpected gift. If you want to give her something special this year—rather than default to flowers—match up her style with one of these metro shops.


Isles Studio wares

For the Curiosities Collector: Isles Studio. This Uptown shop is packed with fantastical finds, gathered by proprietor Jeff Bengtson from around the country and the world. You’ll find unique gifts in this magical place: jewelry, taxidermy (all died of natural causes), fossils, corals, crystals, artwork in various media, pillows, throws, books, candles, and more.


For the Gardener Extraordinaire: Tangletown Gardens. This South Minneapolis garden center sells pots, gifts, home and garden accessories, and, of course, a wonderful assortment plants. If you want an out-of-the-ordinary gift for a gardener, Tangletown is the place to find it.


For the Organic Minimalist: Foundry Home Goods. The ultimate destination for lovers of simple, useful and beautiful objects for the home. From exquisite bath brushes to chambray bath towels to beeswax hand and body balm, all the Foundry’s offerings are sustainably and lovingly made. Special attraction: Chocolate labs and fresh flower bouquets on Friday and Saturday.


For the Lover of Fine Linens: Highcroft Fine Linens & Home. This Wayzata shop offers an extensive collection of luxurious European and American-made linens, and a well-curated selection of home décor, accessories, loungewear, gifts, and stationery. A shop full of indulgent surprises in the bustling lakefront town.


For the Embracer of Boho: LoveGood & Co. is a good bet. The tiny St. Paul shop stocks a variety of bohemian-style, vintage, and handmade wares. Its eclectic mix includes handmade note cards, vintage glassware, woven baskets, handcrafted throw pillows and dish towels, pottery, and brass tabletop décor—all thoughtful gifts for the right mom.


For the Conscientious Consumer: Ten Thousand Villages is a store with a mission: It sells fair-trade goods, crafted with local materials by local artisans from around the world. If you (and your mom) like to support your global village, shop for jewelry, home goods, and more online or at the St. Paul location. Mother’s Day sale on scarves and jewelry: Buy one, get one 50 percent off.


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