All right, guys. We’ve got five full days until Mother’s Day. And let’s face it, most of us will procrastinate until the bitterest of bitter ends. This means a) No time for shipping! b) No time to waste on all-day shopping ventures. (Yep, this rules out monogramming, too. Sorry, mom.)
Lucky for you, this isn’t our first time at the rodeo. We’ve been aimless mall wanderers, plucking through leftover crap, convincing ourselves that, Yes! Mom totally wants a Vera Bradley bag from Hallmark! It’s not a fun place to be. To save you from that stress—and to save your mom from getting a Vera Bradley bag from Hallmark—here’s your shortlist of the best, must-visit-first stores for Mom. Chances are if you can’t find anything here, well, maybe your mom might actually just really want your love. (But still buy her a nice card, ‘kay?)
5 Best Stores for Mother's Day Gifts
Marcy Weinstein's Lambertville linen and apothecary boutique is like stepping straight into Provence. While you might feel weird buying Mom a set of sheets, we suggest any one of the candles, ridiculously cozy throws, laundry sprays and sachets, or glass vessels (maybe filled with some gorgeous greens?)—all of which make day-to-day life a bit more glamorous. 18 North Union Street, Lambertville.
Dana Bank's tiny Walnut Street boutique has a stellar, well-edited assortment of jewelry including delicate, diamond pieces by Jennifer Meyer, gorgeous customizable Heather B. Moore baubles, and Jennifer Zeuner picks. And Bank is terrific at helping you decide what mom will like best. (Just trust us on this one.) 1616 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Valley Forge Flowers
Valley Forge Flowers is the garden-and-gift mecca of the Main Line. This nearly 8,000-square-foot emporium has every gift item you can imagine, along with (naturally) an abundance of flowers, which, when in the capable hands of the experts here, won't even feel like a last-ditch effort. 503 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne.
The green-thumbed sister of Anthropologie, Terrain is pretty much a Pinterest board come to life. But it's not all (gorgeous) gardening tools and plants; you can also find terrific kitchen goods, home decor and fabulous bath and body products. Can't decide? Take mom here for a lunch date in the greenhouse-like café and make a shopping day of it. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills.
Mettlers American Mercantile
While at first glance this store might seem male-focused, there are actually great finds for women here, including jewelry, bags, and sophisticated basics mom will adore. 2129 Chestnut Street, Center City.