Gifts for Mom: Local picks that will set her apart from the crowd

These elegant Santorini necklaces, $45, from Raleigh’s Zass Designs are made from rescued architectural glass tile samples. They can be purchased at the Zass store in Raleigh.
These elegant Santorini necklaces, $45, from Raleigh’s Zass Designs are made from rescued architectural glass tile samples. They can be purchased at the Zass store in Raleigh.

Have you let Mother’s Day slip up on you? The big day is Sunday, and if you still haven’t yet figured out what you’re getting Mom, we’ve rounded up a few cool ideas that will make that sweet giver of life stand out in a crowd. Bonus: All these gifts support local creators and merchants! It’s enough to make a mother proud.

Carolyn Leona pig apron

Not that a mom’s place is in the kitchen – we’re far more progressive than that. But if your mom does enjoy cooking, we think she’d look spiffy in this Carolyn Leona pig apron while doing it. Liz Goldberg founded Carolyn Leona in 2014 (the company is named after her two grandmothers) and all her items are handcrafted in Raleigh. In addition to the aprons, Carolyn Leona offers high quality napkins and towels. You can find the aprons locally at Raleigh’s Zest Cafe & Home Art ( and at the Carolyn Leona website, $29.

Oak City Collective ‘gears tee’

We’re of the mind that you can’t have too many cool tees, and we’re betting your mom feels the same. Oak City Collective is one of our favorite local T-shirt designers, and this “gears tee,” which depicts an outline of the state made up of bicycle gears, would look great on your sporty mom. You can find these in Raleigh at DECO Raleigh (, Ornamentea ( and in Cary at Made ( You can also get them through the Oak City Collective website, $24.50.

Fillaree Every Body Butter

Durham-based Fillaree creates and produces healthy soaps and cleaners with an eye toward reducing waste. That’s why when you buy their products – like the Every Body Butter – you can return the jar and get it refilled for a discounted price. The 4-ounce jar costs $12. The first refill is $8 and after that, $6. It has only three ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic shea butter and grapeseed oil. You can buy it in Raleigh at Ramble Supply Co. (; and in Durham at Pine State Flowers (, Family Garden, The Makery (, South Durham Farmers Market (, Lotus Leaf Gifts ( and Hunt Street Art Market ( More at

Zass Santorini necklace

Another local company focused on creativity and respect for the planet is Raleigh’s Zass Designs, which specializes in distinctive jewelry made from up-cycled materials. Run by mother-daughter team Zulay and Steph Smith, Zass may be best known for their BrewCuff bracelets, but they’re about more than that. Like this elegant Santorini necklace ($45), made from rescued architectural glass tile samples. They are available on a 16-inch or 18-inch gold-fill or sterling silver chain and can be purchased at the Zass store in Raleigh (14 Glenwood Ave. No. 27). Details on store hours at

Esse Quam Videri scarf

If you’re buying for a brand new mom, this all-season nursing cover-up from Anna Nickles’ Durham-based company Esse Quam Videri is lightweight and stylish. It also doubles as a scarf, so it’s actually a great gift for any mom. We particularly like the chambray style ($50), which is perfect for spring. You can buy them in Raleigh at Ramble Supply Company ( and Edge of Urge ( or at

Moko & Co. bags

Founded by two sisters, Megan Granger and Kristy Lankford, and their mother, Laurie Orr, Charlotte-based Moko & Co. bags and pouches are made from original textile designs, screen-printed by Granger, who now runs the company, and sewn in her Charlotte studio. They’re available in several styles with a variety of striking patterns – including one with the North Carolina state outline. You can pick them up in Raleigh at Edge of Urge ( The “carry-it” bags range from $15-$58 (clutches and handbags are more). More at