Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back

Celebrating Mom While Supporting Local

Sesame Letterpress Stationary

I’m all about supporting our local NYC artisans and businesses no matter the circumstance but it’s especially important we do so right now. The COVID pandemic has brought uncertainty and heartache for many on a personal level and for so many more professionally.

This Mother’s Day, I’m going to encourage everyone to do what my mom has always done her best to instill in me: “do the right thing.” It’s a simple statement and the consequent actions were sometimes harder to follow through on than others but this one seems like a no-brainer. As I celebrate the woman who put the meals on my table, I’m going to do my part in helping my fellow New Yorkers continue to do that for their families. A small purchase right now can go a long way.

So, join me in buying a Mother’s Day gift that will mean something to so many more other than mom – trust me, it’ll make her proud and that’s a gift in itself. I’ve put together this list to get you started!


Breakfast in Bed by Zabar’s, $209
Zabar’s has been a family-owned store on 80th & Broadway for more than 80 years. As the business grew so did the storefront and now they’ve expanded online to ship their gourmet goods nationwide.

The Mom’s Breakfast in Bed Gift Set includes 1/2lb. Zabar’s Nova, six plain bagels, plain cream cheese, a Zabar’s chocolate babka, Zabar’s Women of Valor coffee, a Ghiradelli Dark Raspberry Chocolate Bar, and Erica’s raspberry apricot rugelach.



Noun New York Covid Relief Tote, $25
I know what you might be thinking, does mom really need another bag? Probably not but make an exception for this one. A portion of the proceeds will go to COVID relief efforts in NYC.



Murray’s Cheese Virtual Pairing Class, $110
This is even better than a virtual happy hour. Murray’s will send you everything you’ll need and most classes include four different 1/4lb. cheeses and four different accoutrement, allowing up to four people to participate in the cheese tasting.



New York Times Crosswords Puzzles from the Tenement Museum
Two summers ago my mom came up for a visit and we went to the Tenement Museum. I actually picked up this pack of New York Times crossword puzzles for my grandma and gave it to her for Christmas that year!



Aloft Candle Co. Handmade 12oz. Soy Candle, $20
If we’re going to be stuck in our homes for a little while longer, they might as well smell good.



The Jam Stand Raspberry Jalapeño 2-Pack, $16
This born in Brooklyn berry spread is good on everything from parm crisps to pancakes.



Sesame Letterpress Stationary, Various Pricing
Sure, phone calls are nice but what’s even better? A handwritten note in the mail. Now more than ever we should be reaching out to those we love, might as well do it in style.



Estrella Organic Newborn Toy Rattles:Taxi, Metro Card, Hot Dog & Pretzel, $66
This pick is for the new mom or mom-to-be! The set of four organic cotton rattles are machine washable, adorable, and oh so New York.



A Night at Nitehawk Cinema,Choose Your Amount
This is for when we can finally be out in public again.