Fun gift ideas for Mother’s Day

brooke.cain@newsobserver.comMay 7, 2014 

Show mom some love with a gift that suits her personality. We’ve tracked down some unique items she may enjoy. But hurry – you only have a few shopping days left!

Saddle up!

When Mom is tooling around town on her bike, she’ll look super hip and stylish carrying her stuff in this Holly Aiken bike pannier. It’s made in North Carolina, constructed of vinyl with black webbing trim, and fits on most rear bike racks. Plus, it unhooks easily to sling over her shoulder when she’s ready to park the bike and take a break. (Bonus: All Holly Aiken bags are 20 percent off and get free shipping through May 11.) $185 at Stitch (20 E. Hargett St., Raleigh) or at (Bike courtesy of Oak City Cycling Project;

She’s fixin’ to

Ask any Southern mom when she’s going to do something, and this House of Swank tee can answer for her. $24. House of Swank shirts are available in Raleigh at DECO Raleigh (19 W. Hargett St.) and Great Outdoor Provision Co. (2017 Cameron St.), and in Apex at Apex Outfitters (225 N. Salem St.). Also at

As unique as she is

“Letter” know how much you love her with these scripted plates, an exclusive at Anthropologie. All 26 designs (by calligrapher Diva Pyari) were inspired by vintage flashcards from antique shops around the world. The stoneware canape plates are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Anthropologie has stores at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham and at North Hills in Raleigh. $4.95 each at

Punk chicken in the kitchen

Not that kitchen work is all up to Mom (especially on Mother’s Day!), but these Wynsum Work handmade “Punk Chicken from Raleigh” dish towels will put a smile on anyone’s face. Made by Joelle Collins of Raleigh, who specializes in handmade items. “Punk Chicken from Raleigh” is also available on tees and onesies. $12. In Raleigh at DECO Raleigh (19 W. Hargett St.) and The Urban Chicken (8825 Westgate Park Drive). Also at

She conquers mountains

This pendant, available on a leather cord or gold-plated chain, is perfect for the strong mother who not only conquers mountains, but teaches her kids to do the same. Made by local jeweler Christina Nicole, who offers expedited shipping in time for Mother’s Day. $85 at or at Gather boutique in Cary (111 W. Chatham St.;

A trip to Paris (sort of)

So you can’t afford to fly Mom to Paris, but you can still give her a taste of the City of Lights each time she reaches for her cellphone. These hard plastic cases by Rifle Paper Co. fit the iPhone 5 and also come in London and NYC themes. $34-$36. Rifle Paper Co. products are sold at several places in the Triangle, including Salutations and Ox & Rabbit in Durham; Bloom Global in Chapel Hill; PaperBuzz and DECO in Raleigh. Also at

A record gift

Mom can turn the clock back with this classic Cruiser Portable Turntable by Crosley, boasting three speeds, RCA audio outputs and a headphone jack. Comes in blue, pink, green, orange and turquoise. $79.99 at

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