ORANGE Picks: Best Places to Shop for Mother’s Day

The city of Austin is practically overflowing with boutiques and locally owned markets. Of course, there is nothing wrong with flowers and hugs, but if you are looking for something original, you are in the right city. With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, the ATX staff has you covered with adorable shops that are well-deserving of your mom’s love.

East Austin Succulents Hannah McMorris

Photo courtesy of Tess Cagle

Photo courtesy of Tess Cagle

801 Tillery Street, 78702

Tiny, multicolored plants that take little care to maintain have been all the rage in recent months. Whether or not your mom has a green thumb, succulents and cacti are comforting to see and make for a refreshing presence in the house. If you are looking for something a little more care-intensive, East Austin Succulents also carries large plants. Additionally, they create custom arrangements and sell decorative pots.

The Beauty Store  Cierra Smith

Photo courtesy of the Beauty Store

Photo courtesy of the Beauty Store

4001 N. Lamar, Ste. 590 78756

This store is a combination hair salon, spa and gift shop thats lets you combine multiple Mother’s Day staples into one trip. Salon employees do a fantastic job at styling hair and giving massages. Plus, the Beauty Store not only sells  hair products and cosmetics, but also boasts a large selection of Austin themed gifts. For my mom’s birthday, I bought a cup decorated with popular Austin landmarks, and a mini emergency kit that includes handy items like a bobby pin, hair tie, tampon and more all in a tiny bag to fit in her purse. Other store items range from scented candles, to jewelry and throw pillows. There’s bound to be something that makes for a lovely Mother’s Day gift.

Book People Sydni Fowler

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Photo courtesy of austintexas.gov

603 N. Lamar Blvd. 78703

Book People is the largest independently owned bookstore in Texas, but they don’t just sell books. They also carry funky clothes, cute stationery, gag gifts and lots of delicious-smelling candles and incense. The staff of Book People puts together a list of books for every holiday, and the list they came up with for Mother’s Day is perfect. They have such a wide variety of genres that you are sure to find something your mom will love, even if it’s not on their staff list.

Mother’s Day Bazaar  Jenan Taha

Photo courtesy of Austin360

Photo courtesy of Austin360

Hancock Recreation Center; 811 E 41st Street

Homemade gifts are every mom’s favorite, but for those of us who aren’t crafty, the Mother’s Day Bazaar is the perfect place to find unique handmade items your mom will love. This Saturday, from noon to 4:30 p.m., Hancock Recreation Center will host the Bazaar, which will include over 25 artists selling handcrafted jewelry, scarves, pottery, paintings and more.  The event has free entry and is open to the public, and there will be food and drinks on sale as well.  Find a one-of-a-kind gift for the most important woman in your life while beholding some beautiful works of art by local vendors.  

ATown  Tess Cagle

Photo courtesy of Austin Chronicle

Photo courtesy of Austin Chronicle

5502 Burnet Rd. Austin, Texas 78756

There’s nothing better than using your mom as an excuse to go shopping– except using your mom as an excuse to go shopping at a boutique where they give you complimentary wine and cookies. Everything you’ve ever dreamed of from a store (i.e. free sweets and booze) comes true at ATown. The other great part about the boutique is that all your favorite Austin artists are showcased at the store, including street vendors like Flowers on the Fly succulents. So not only are you drinking while shopping, you’re also supporting local entrepreneurs.

Tesoros Trading Company  Jacqueline Ramos

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Photo courtesy of roadtrippers.com

1500 S Congress Ave. Austin, Texas 78704

Tesoros Trading Company is the perfect gift shop if your mom is a lover of cultures. At Tesoros, you can find traditional arts and crafts from every corner of the world. From Bangladesh and Madagascar to El Salvador and Italy–  they have you covered. Additionally, Tesoros is a fair trade business, meaning they don’t exploit the artisans that make their crafts and pay them fairly for their work. Some of their most popular items include coin purses from Guatemala and bracelets from Colombia. There are so many unique pieces of art at Tesoros, you’re bound to find something your mom will love.

Renaissance Market  Anna Maria Ward

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Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel

23rd Street and Guadalupe

Guadalupe’s Renaissance Market is precisely what its name suggests– A classic outdoor collection of artisan booths, open every day of the week when the sun is out. This compilation of shops located in the plaza on Guadalupe and 23rd St. is the perfect place to frequent when looking for a Mother’s Day gift. There is no true schedule for the endlessly changing selection of vendors. One day, you might stumble across a jewelry tent, dozens of paintings, and an array of handmade bags; the next day, a jack-of-all trades might pitch their tent in the plaza alone. Going to the Renaissance Market is always an adventure - support your local artists and find a lovely trinket for the #1 woman in your life.

Adelante  Rebecca Sostek

Photo courtesy of Adelante

Photo courtesy of Adelante

1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

Adelante is a local clothing boutique in Austin with a large variety of styles, so it is the perfect place to shop with your mom and find something for the both of you. The store sells art pieces, decorative accent pieces, jewelry and handbags in addition to clothing options and shoes. The boutique itself is owned by a woman and her mother, so this mother-daughter business will be sure to have plenty of cute gift options this week.