• The Ultimate {Shop Local} Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide to Hoboken and Jersey City

    If Mother’s Day gift ideas have you stumped this year — fear not — that’s what we’re here for. We’ve compiled the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide to shopping locally, so that you can surprise mom with something absolutely perfecto this time around. If you have no clue where to start, we’re breaking it all down to make your lives ten times easier: from jewelry, to flowers, to gift boxes {and the places to find them} + more — there’s something for every Hoboken or Jersey City mama this Mother’s Day.

    First Things First — Flowers: Soho Flower and Garden {Hoboken}

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    With Soho Flower and Garden making its debut on May 6th, you don’t have to look much further for quality flowers. Check out the brand new store at 264 1st St., Hoboken, for a cute floral arrangement {or even a new indoor plant to spruce up any living space} that mom will absolutely love. 

    Happy Box Store’s “Mom Box” {Hoboken + Online} 

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    If you think sending flowers is a bit overrated, send mom an unconventional gift that she’ll love: the Mom Box from the Happy Box Store! What’s a “Mom Box,” you ask? It’s the coolest mix of gifts, ever. The kit includes a scented candle, face mask, glitter bag, calming teas, a super cute mug, candy, and a blank card for you to fill out. Trendy moms will love this one {plus, free shipping on your order!}.

    Tickets to a Day of Wellness in Hoboken: The Hoboken Wellness Crawl {Hoboken}

    Not able to see mom for the day on Sunday {or want to plan a fun girls’ day out together for another day} Hoboken Girl-style? Join us for our first ever Hoboken Wellness Crawl on June 4, 2017 from 11AM-4PM throughout the city of Hoboken. You and mom will spend the day traveling to 30+ health- and wellness-focused businesses in Hoboken — including 2 wellness hubs filled with vendors uptown and downtown — and enjoying free samples of healthy food and drink, massages, health consults, free workouts, and otheir fun {including giveaways at each stop}. Tickets are $20 and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Click here to purchase your tickets!

    Chakra Reading + Energy Healing: Modern Sage {Jersey City}

    For some fun alternative therapies and energy healing, treat mom to a session at Modern Sage in Jersey City. Beyond chakra readings and in-house meditation sessions, there are a variety of crystals and other holistic goods that will have mom feeling zen in no time. Mention “Hoboken Girl” for $20 off a chakra reading and energy healing session {click here for more info}.

    Wear & Away’s “Little Tan Dress” and Other Spray Tan Accessories

    For an eco-friendly gift for mom’s pampering days, the “Little Tan Dress” by Wear & Away, a recyclable clothing company {yep, that’s a thing – and it’s too cool}. The Little Tan Dress {which is actually available in colors like Ocean Blue, Pinkberry, + more!} is THE ensemble to wear to a spray tan appointment, hair appointment {because we all know hair dye gets all over everything}, facials, etc. And they’re super affordable {under $20} + machine washable. Check them out here if this sounds like a gift for mom would totally eat up {bonus points for free shipping on orders over $40}. W&A has also added a few new items including a sheet saver {for overnight spray tan situations} and draw string pants for colder spray tan weather.

    Read more: 3 Products You Need for a Flawless Spray Tan

    Tickets to Growing in Jersey City’s Pampering Day {Jersey City}

    We all know being a mom comes with stress {and lots of it}, so why not treat Mom to a day of pampering? On May 21st from 1-4 PM, Growing in Jersey City is hosting a pampering day, where mom can get a full spa experience. You’ll be able to try out everything from hand facials and massages to candles and oil therapy {purchase tickets for $45 here} — sounds like the ideal mother-daughter day, if you ask us. 

    Fine {Dainty} Jewelry: The Golden Carrot {Hoboken}

    The Golden Carrot, a local jewelry store, has gems that mom can coordinate with any outfit, any time {including her Mother’s Day brunch attire}. Swing by to check out their absolutely gorgeous accessories {rings, earrings, + customizable necklaces = the ideal gift idea}. Plus, they’re celebrating two years with a sweet deal: score 20% off from now until May 14th {just in time for gift shopping – wink wink}.

    Fine Jewelry: Love Locked & Love Liesel {Jersey City}

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    If you want to get mom a really nice gift this year {as she deserves}, Love Liesel’s Love Locked fine jewelry in Jersey City has absolutely beautiful jewels to pick from. Whether you want to surprise her with a new pair of studded earrings to wear every day, stackable rings, diamond wedding bands, or even matching cuffed bracelets, Love Locked/Love Liesel is your go-to for quality accessories. There’s also the option to get her some artisan bath products and sage — because we all need to cleanse our interior spaces.

    Custom Baked Goods: Baking Mama {Hoboken}

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    Who doesn’t love to be surprised with freshly baked goodies — especially custom? Baking Mama is a great place to pick out goodies to bring home for Mother’s Day: whether your mom is a sucker for macarons, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, or a custom cake – she’s guaranteed to love a sweet surprise from Baking Mama. Plus, let’s be real: everything’s better with sprinkles and 5% off – when you mention our #HobokenGirlDeals Directory {found here}.

    Natural and Locally-Made Bath + Body Products: Bloomsbury Square {Jersey City}

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    It’s never a bad idea to indulge in a new face wash, moisturizing balm, soap stick, or other products that rejuvenate your skin — this Mother’s Day, treat mom to just that. Bloomsbury Square’s bath + body products will have her feeling so fresh + so clean, without spending an insane amount of $$$ on a spa day. Made locally in Jersey City, these natural beauty products will let mom know you’re totally

    Organic, Locally-Made Soap: Taproot Organics {Jersey City}

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    If mom’s a fan of organic products, you might want to opt for Taproot Organic’s organic bar soap as an alternative to regular bath + body products that you’d buy elsewhere. Not only are their products affordable, but they’re also plant-based and come in a wide variety of pretty colors + scents. Choose from all-organic bar soaps, bug repellents, insomnia serums, and even shampoo bars {+ so much more}.

    Clothing + Accessories: Alba Boutique {Hoboken}

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    Mom will love Alba Boutique’s sunnies, beachy totes, flip flops + clothes. Hook her up with a stylish summer wardrobe this Mother’s Day because, well, she’s not a regular mom – she’s a cool mom. 

    Cute Cards + Other Gifts: Hudson Paperie {Hoboken}

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    Hudson Paperie on Washington Street has a ton of gifts and trinkets for mom: an adorable spot if you’re thinking of making a small basket of gifts including a thoughtful card. Whether it be a cute mug, candle, new summer decor, or sentimental note — you’ll find everything you need in this one-stop-shop. Plus, mention “Hoboken Girl” and get a discount — click here for more info.

    Accessories and Locally-Made Products: Kanibal & Co. {Jersey City}

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    It’s May, so it’s totally acceptable to own floral… well, everything — which means mom should, too. Stop by Kanibal & Co. in Jersey City to check out their clothing + accessories that mom will adore this Mother’s Day.

    Comfort for Mama-to-Be: MommySteps Maternity Insoles

    Want to surprise a mommy-to-be this Mother’s Day with something practical and comfortable? We’ve got an idea: MommySteps Maternity Insoles are the perfect shoe inserts to prevent pregnancy pains + foot growth during pregnancy. The soles are super-supportive for your arch + heels {with a 60-day comfort-fit guarantee, if they don’t work out}, but we can guarantee you’ll be getting a huge thank-you for this one.

    Sentimental But Meaningful Gift: Daddy’s Little Dress Shirts {Hoboken}

    Photo: Holly Young Photography

    When owner and Hoboken resident came across the idea of making dresses out of her husband’s old dress shirts, she knew she had stumbled on to something that every mother and father would want. Daddy’s Little Dress Shirts is a local company that creates chic ensembles for little ones with much sentimental value — handmade in Hoboken, no detail is ever missed.

    *Additional Mother’s Day Activities*

    Mother’s Day Painting at ArteVino Studio Hoboken

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    If you’re looking for a fun way to spend the day with mom, ArteVino Studio in Hoboken has two options for painting + sipping on Mother’s Day. From 11 AM-1:30 PM, spend the afternoon creating beautiful mountains in bloom while you sip your favorite vino + spend quality time with your mama. And, if you already have brunch plans, head over to the studio from 3 – 5:30 PM for another painting sesh — you’ll create a mother + baby giraffe {PS: use code 35OFF for 35% off your purchase – tix here}.

    Mother’s Day Class at Carlo’s Bakery {Jersey City}

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    Show off your baking skills {or acquire them, if you’re no Martha Stewart} at Carlo’s Bakery in Jersey City. On Mother’s Day, you can create a Mother’s Day Cake {either with mom, or bring it home for Mom} during their two-hour class from 9 to 11 AM, where they’ll teach you a variety of techniques and decorating tips. It’s the sweetest pre-brunch activity for you and your mom, and boom: dessert for later is already taken care of. {PSA: reserve your spot asap — there are only 15 seats left}.

    Midnight Brunch at Midnight Market Jersey City

    Take brunch to a whole new level with Midnight Market Jersey City’s Midnight Brunch. Bring mom out on Friday, May 12th, for an evening of insta-worthy bites by 20 Hudson County food vendors {at $5 or less}, $5 drinks at the bar, and music from 6:30 PM – midnight. You can buy tix for you and your mom here, or pay $5 at the door {the event is cash-only}.

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    If you’ve decided to play it safe with a more traditional Sunday AM brunch, these spots in Hoboken are equipped with Mother’s Day specials: The Brass Rail {2-courses + pastry basket}, Amanda’s Restaurant {brunch + dinner}, The Madison Bar + Grill {reservations recommended}, Del Frisco’s Grille, + more!

    How are you planning to spend Mother’s Day? Let us know!

    See More: Downtown Hoboken’s Getting a Sephora {…This is Not a Drill}


    Written by:

    Krista is a 20-something Jersey Girl who lives in oversized sweaters and oversized sunglasses. Although she currently resides in North Jersey, she was born and raised in South Jersey and will always choose a hoagie over a sub and a pork roll over Taylor ham in the endless debates. She believes wholeheartedly in Sunday dinners, retail therapy, and stellar Instagram captions. When she’s not writing, shopping, or pretending to be a better skier than she actually is, she can be found winding down with a glass of Riesling in one hand and a good book or magazine in the other.


    4 comments

    • Dear Krista,

      Wow! Thank you so much… you featured and mentioned so many great small businesses here. Love the photo of my Jersey City greeting card… both Hudson Paperie and Love, Liesel carry my work (@justjennyslove)- I am so touched that was the photo you used!
      AND
      also, thank you for mentioning @midnightmarketjc… My husband and I also have a food business over at The Harborside Atrium in Jersey City (The Belgian Plate by Waffle It & Co.) and have been part of the Midnight Market events since day ONE… They are so much fun- the food, music, people! Just a great time- even as a vendor!
      We, as small business owners, appreciate this so very much! Will be sure to share this article on all of our social medias as well!

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