18 Local Gift Ideas for Mother's Day
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By Chana Lynn

Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you're scrambling for the perfect gift idea (and we all know your mom deserves the best), we partnered with Chana Lynn of @Raleighwhatsup to bring you a roundup of the best local places to scoop up last minute gifts.

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Shop Sleek Design at Port of Raleigh
$$, Port of Raleigh, Raleigh

Port of Raleigh is like the perfect museum store. It’s got a big city feel in a small cozy space. Here you will find beautifully designed modern, clean and functional items for your contemporary home. Pick up useful items with great design aspects such as a clock for your wall, a trash can for your office or a beautiful teapot with matching cups. This is perfect stop to find clean, modern design options for everyday items. Bonus, the owners are knowledgeable and friendly!

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Dig Into Gifts Galore at The Local Squirrel
$$, The Local Squirrel, Raleigh

This fantastic shop in Cameron Village is next to Moon & Lola. The Local Squirrel features hand-crafted, locally made items from Raleigh and around the state. The Local Squirrel focuses mainly on home accessories and gift items, but also features an assortment of jewelry and paintings as well. I especially love the raw cotton handmade wreaths made right here by an NC native. The Local Squirrel also features rotating local artist paintings that are stunning and make the perfect accent to any dining or living room.

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Shop Vintage Gems at Union Camp Collective
$, Union Camp Collective, Raleigh

This fun vintage furniture store is tucked away on (the up and coming side of) N. West Street. Charlotte, the owner, is super passionate about vintage collections and hosts an eclectic mix of items from light fixtures, rugs and home accessories, plus an extensive vintage furniture collection. My favorite thing about UCC is the tallest collection of National Geographic magazines I’ve ever seen!

There’s also a fabulous event and creative space for budding artists. She hosts pop-up dinners and other fun affairs like throwback movie nights. Stop by, pick up something unique and catch the cool vibe happening at Union Camp Collective.

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Shop Vintage Chic at Retro Modern
$$, Retro Modern Furnishings, Raleigh

Tucked away on the bottom floor of the HUE apartment building, this shop has classic mid-century pieces that will give your living space an added pop. Beyond featuring furniture and accessories, they also carry several unique items made by local artisans such as stunning textiles and light fixtures. Not everything in their collection is in the showroom, so be sure to browse through the iPad on the front desk to see the rest of the collection they have stored in the warehouse. You do not want to miss out on that perfect modernist dream table or chair you’ve been searching for!

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Shop for a Unique Gift at Deco
$, Deco Raleigh, Raleigh

Deco is your go-to spot for all things Raleigh. The shop is an active supporter of Raleigh’s downtown community and a great place to find something handcrafted and symbolic of our city. If you have out-of-town guests visiting, Deco is the place to take them find the perfect Raleigh souvenir!

Great art prints and pillows can help bring a little Raleigh flavor into any home! I personally love local artist Autumn Cobeland’s painting of the Triangle Greenway System and she (and Deco) give a percentage of the sales back to the TGS and City of Raleigh Parks & Rec. Shop local Raleigh!

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Shop Vintage Cool at Holder Goods & Craft
-, Holder Goods & Crafts, Raleigh

Some of the nicest people you will meet, this gem of a place hosts unique items unlike anything else you will find in Raleigh. The owners have curated a worldly collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from around NC and the globe. The carefully selected collection is mostly vintage and antique items that have proven to stand the test of time. Every single item in Holder Goods is for sale and the collection is always changing. Be on the look out for the fabulous offering of great coffee table books! Local artists also rotate through, featuring works on display and for sale. Look out for scheduled events or exhibitions by local artists during First Friday. Be sure to stop by next door neighbor Boulted Bread for a delicious afternoon snack.

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Edge of Urge sells women's clothes and shoes, but you'll also find awesome presents with a sense of humor, pretty jewelry and funky accessories.

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Wander up the stairs at NOFO at the Pig and you'll find yourself in a home accessories haven. Wine drinker or bath taker? You'll be in awe of all the goodies there are to choose from.

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Stitch is the retail store from Holly Aiken, local Raleigh handbag designer. She makes a range of products from large totes to wallets to key chains.

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Get an NC Necklace at Moon & Lola
-, Moon and Lola, Raleigh

This locally owned and operated specialty jewelry store has locations in DTR and Cameron Village. Stop by for sweet accessories and personalized jewels.

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If your mom is an avid runner or spends her free time at the gym, nothing says "I love you" like quality workout gear. Runologie is locally owned and stocks a curated selection of quality running shoes, clothing and equipment.

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If you are a wanderer or free spirit and love bohemian style, you'll feel at home at Gypsy Jule. As soon as you enter the store, you feel a relaxed almost hippy-like rustic vibe with a wide variety of items for the home as well as clothing and jewelry collections.

I especially love the cowhide rugs that are painted to look like zebra skins—they make the perfect accent rug for under a coffee table. The owner also stocks some fabulous vintage trunks and chairs and I am dying to get a longhorn skull to hang on my own wall!"

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Find Unique Goods at Form & Function
$$, Form & Function, Raleigh

This Raleigh store located in the heart of Five Points is an extension of their interior design services. With an ever-changing mix of vintage furniture and other made in America gifts, they have plenty of upcycled, unique and eclectic gifts and accessories for mom!

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Shop Flowers & Curated Goods at Wylde
$$, Wylde Flowers, Raleigh

Wylde Flowers is a flower shop in DTR. What started as a floral arrangement biz now includes a brick-and-mortar storefront with fresh blooms and beautiful gifts!

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Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
$$, Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh

Brewery Bhavana is more than just a beautiful beer, it's also a flower shop and book store. Find a thoughtful read for mom and grab her a bouquet while you're at it.

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Shop Chocolate Confections at Videri
$, Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh

Who wouldn't want artisan chocolates as a gift? Go wild picking out confections from the case or let one of the expert staff members do it for you. If your mom has a sweet tooth, she'll be pleased either way!

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Shop Till You Drop at The Handmade Market
Free, Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
Sat May 13, 12:00p

The Handmade Market is rounding up dozens of local artists and vendors for an indoor and outdoor Saturday market! Find jewelry, home goods, stationery, bath products and more!

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Party at YaySummerShop's Grand Opening
Free, Summer Shop, Raleigh
Sat May 13, 11:00a

Zartiques and Raleigh Makers Market are teaming up for Summer Shop, a seasonal pop up featuring a mix of mid-century design, boho decor and unique maker goods. Come party for the Grand Opening!

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Chana Lynn My name is Chana Lynn. I have spent the past 16 years living in Raleigh with my husband and two teenage daughters. I am a Web Design + Social Media Consultant and work with several local businesses. I have watched Raleigh evolve at an amazing speed to become a very hip, trendy, fun and delicious city to live in. I started RaleighWhatsUp to help people in Raleigh and surrounding areas, know where to shop, eat, drink, listen + explore locally. I love supporting small businesses in Raleigh (they are generally the nicest people you'll meet!). If I'm not traveling, you will usually find me somewhere nearby, spending time at my favorite spots or checking out what's new!
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