10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in Rhode Island
Whether you're crafty or hope to pick something up quick, we have an idea that'll make Mom smile.
There’s no wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day (unless, ahem, you forget). The big day is this Sunday, May 9, and there’s still plenty of time to prepare with gift ideas for mom, both homemade and store bought. Thankfully, sweetness comes in many forms — from kid-made art projects and a full-fledged brunch with mimosas to Death by Chocolate cake and pampering body products. See below for our favorite ideas for mom for Mother’s Day.
Build-a-Bouquet Paper Art Project
Tiny Farmhouse by Amy McCoy has created some free printables for kids (and adults!) to build a paper bouquet at home. Download the design, print it out and have kids color the flowers and fillers, then cut them out and paste it all together to make a colorful paper bouquet. McCoy also has eco-friendly home goods and paper products including kitchen linens, market totes and art prints for sale on her site.
Gather some thick cardstock or construction paper and paper plates to use for paint. Choose a color for paint and pour enough paint onto the paper plate to have your child dip both hands into it. Lay the cardstock down, cover the child’s palms in paint, guide the child’s hands into a butterfly shape (both thumbs pressed together) and firmly place their hands palms side down onto the paper to make a butterfly print. Once the design dries, you can use a black sharpie marker to draw eyes, legs and antennae and have the child paint other designs onto the wings.
Florists including Jephry Floral Studio in Providence, the Water’s Edge Flowers in Newport, Petals Gift Shop and Florist in Warwick and Flowers by Bert and Peg in North Kingstown (among many others) are offering curbside pickup and limited delivery for Mother’s Day.
Whether mom craves a very special baked good (Gregg’s Death by Chocolate cake, anyone?), mom-themed chocolates (Sweenor’s in South Kingstown) or a bangin’ cheese platter (Edgewood Cheese Shop in Cranston), tons of local makers have goodies available.
Call ahead for gift boxes at Nava in Providence, the Farmaesthetics flagship in Newportand Rhody Craft in Providence and for Mother’s Day gift packages chock-full of locally made or small-batch spa goods and fun surprises.
Bubbly Brunch at Home
Cook up a fabulous brunch including brioche french toast, bacon and leek quiche and cinnamon buns, or pick up the goods from a local restaurant for takeout. Don’t forget a bottle of Champagne or prosecco for mom’s favorite mimosas.
Gather some mason jars and DIY your own body scrubs. Measure and place a half-cup of coconut oil in a small bowl and combine with a half-cup of white sugar. Mix it up and add ten drops off an essential oil. We like lavender! Screw on the top of the mason jar and add a colorful bow. Here are some more homemade scrub ideas that incorporate other ingredients like oatmeal, olive oil, honey and more.
Purchase a large clay pot for a plant and have your child paint it with acrylic paints. Pick out a beautiful blooming plant from a farm store and transfer it to the dried painted pot with extra potting soil. If you’re feeling super crafty, have your child add hand prints to the pot.
Support local business owners while showing mom you care. Pick up a gift card to her favorite restaurant, boutique, salon or venue.
Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous version posted in 2020.