Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Supporting Small Business

Small Business Mother's Day Gift Guide 2020

Mother’s Day is definitely going to look different than what I had originally planned for this year. Anel had told me to book a massage and then go out with girlfriends for brunch. Instead, I’ll probably take a hot bubble bath and walk around the block with a Podcast for my “me” time. But at this point, that sounds pretty great!

In lieu of a gift this year, I asked Anel to donate money in Amalia’s name to New Reach, a local organization that works with homeless families to get them into homes and on their feet. It’s an organization that needs as many resources as they can get right now.

I encourage you to do the same for a mom in your life. Even if it’s only $10 or $20, it’s a beautiful gesture and all the small amounts really do add up.

In addition to a donation, it’s nice to get a little something to feel appreciated as a mom. And this year, moms deserve appreciation more than ever, am I right? You can appreciate your wife, sister, mother, friend, grandmother, or any mother in your life while also supporting a small business.

Here are a few of my favorite small businesses to support this Mother’s Day… and every day:

Dudley Stephens: You probably know by now that one of my good friends is the co-founder of Dudley Stephens, a fleece company created by two sisters here in Connecticut. Their fleece is made from recycled plastic bottles and right now they’re donating 10% of sales to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I live in my Cobble Hill (longer) and Park Slope (shorter) fleece turtlenecks. All of their outerwear is 20% off right now.

ASHA: I wear my ASHA zodiac pendant almost every day and now it’s 25% off (as is everything sitewide!). The ASHA studio is right next to Anel’s gym so I constantly walk by it and lust after everything in the shop. This mama charm would make a beautiful mother’s day gift.

ChappyWrap: Our family friends (a mother-daughter team) started this blanket company that makes the softest, best blankets in the entire world… Although I might be biased. While a lot of their product is on backorder due to COVID-related delays, a lot of it will be back in stock by early next week so add your name to the waitlist to get them in time for mother’s day. A few blankets that you can order today are this pretty neutral one and this one with a hydrangea pattern. They make great gifts that last for years!

Hat Attack: This Connecticut-based business has been family-run for decades. Cooper, the daughter of the founders, is a friend of mine. Our fun fact is that we were in hospital rooms next to each other when our daughters were born on the same day! You’ve probably seen their hats and bags on Shopbop and Revolve but shop their site directly for 20% off sitewide with code HOPE20. A portion of proceeds goes to Feeding America from all purchases made using this code. I love this tie-dye beach throw, this straw clutch, and their pretty Turkish towels.

Emily Ley: I’ve been using Emily’s Simplified Planner for years and only recently learned that she has a ton of other great office and organizing products like this weekly magnetic fridge planner (I also love the monthly version), a grocery list pad divided by section (I’ve been bringing paper lists instead of my phone lately), mom notes, and a cute little to-do list. A bundle of these would make a great gift! For any new moms, her baby book is beautiful and it’s the one we have for Amalia.

Lake Pajamas: I love their super soft PJs. They make an amazing gift! The shorts sets are great for summer and I like the pant/tee combo too. I lived in their maternity nightgowns when I was pregnant and postpartum with Amalia.

Society Social: I’ve known Roxy since our city days, and while she’s most famous for her colorful furniture, she sells a lot of great gifts on her site. Like this $8 mini planter (perfect for a desk or nightstand), a cheeky market tote, and the cane tumblers I’ve been eyeing myself.

My Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Guide

Emily Ley Blue & White Journal ($10)
Waiting on Martha Weekend Mug ($18)
ChappyWrap Blanket ($135)
Society Social Tote ($38)
Dudley Stephens Fleece ($158)
Brooklyn Candle Studio Candle ($24)
ASHA Mama Charm ($150)
Hat Attack Beach Throw ($45)
SALT Purse Strap ($128)
The Blue Bee Ginger Jar ($39)
Lisi Lerch Earrings ($88)
Society Social Cane Tumbler ($11)

What are some other great gifts from small businesses that I should be sharing for Mother’s Day?


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  1. Morgan said:

    I love this roundup and thank you for only mentioning small businesses– especially during this time.

    4.28.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Of course! So glad you liked it…

      4.29.20 · Reply
  2. I LOVE all of these suggestions, but most especially the part of donating in someone’s name. Twice a year (Christmas and on their birthday) I make a donation in my niece’s and nephew’s name to a charity in their hometown and hope, when they are older, to take them to the place and show them the good work the organization is doing.

    I run a nonprofit in Fairfield County and did not know about New Reach so thank you for that lead- I’m going to reach out and offer some support. AND I also didn’t know about the other Emily Ley products- I definitely NEED some of these beautiful items! <3

    4.28.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Always a thoughtful gift. My mom does this for us every Christmas too!

      4.29.20 · Reply