Skip the online retailers and support local businesses in Illinois this Mother's Day.
The pandemic has been tough on family-owned, small local businesses. According to a recent report from Facebook and the Small Business Roundtable, in February, 22% of U.S. small businesses were closed. And women and minority-owned businesses have taken an even harder hit.
It's no wonder that local business has suffered when people have been quarantining at home while doing much of their shopping from online retailers. Retailers are open again, but businesses are still struggling with reduced capacity limits in Illinois and Chicago.
Mother's Day makes the perfect opportunity to support your local businesses while giving your mom a unique gift to show her how special she is. After all, many moms deserve a little extra this year as many have been working from home while helping kids with online school.
Here are five gift ideas you can find locally around the Chicago suburbs to show your mom (or aunt, grandma, or any special lady) how much they mean to you.
1. Hanging basket of flowers
Keller's Farmstand, Oswego and Naperville
Instead of flowers that she'll have to throw away in a week, get her a plant that will last the season. Keller's Farmstand has been closed for the season, but its opening day is April 29th. Stop by the Naperville or Oswego locations for gorgeous arrangements of hanging flower baskets or mixed planters for your mother's day gift.
Keller's is a family-owned farm that has been in the area for generations. Stop by for fresh produce and garden plants in the summer. In the fall you can enjoy activities like apple picking, hayrack rides, and their amazing homemade apple cider donuts.
You can browse their greenhouse or buy online and pick up curbside from their Oswego location.
2. Chocolate gift baskets
Le Chocolate du Bouchard, Naperville
Surprise her with a gift basket filled with gourmet chocolate treats from Le Chocolate du Bouchard. This chocolate shop has been in downtown Naperville since 2008. The bistro offers indoor dining, gift baskets, pastries, cakes, an espresso bar, wine and chocolate pairings, and French entrees like Croque Monsieur.
For a custom gift basket, they recommend giving them a call at 630-369-0902 for a consultation.
3. Tea gift basket
The Tea Tree Shop, Plainfield and Batavia
If your mom loves tea, the Tea Tree Shop has over 75 varieties of loose leaf tea to choose from. Not only is the Tea Tree Shop a local business, but they support local as well. Each item in the store comes from a local or small business or a small farm.
For $35 they have a tea gift basket that includes a crackle mug, locally made honey, and a small tea tin. They have more to offer than just tea. Other gift baskets contain olives oils, a variety of balsamic vinegar, fresh spices, and essential oils.
4. Lavender gift set
Evelyn Jane Company, Downers Grove and Elmhurst
For a relaxing treat, get your mom a lavender gift set from Evelyn Jane Company. For $35, the set contains an all-natural, lavender vegan soap, a bath soak, and a pretty ceramic dish.
Evelyn Jane began in Downers Grove in 2013 and offers artisan-made gifts along with carefully curated items from around the world. There is a lot to discover in this delightful store including, jewelry, bath products, stationery, seasonal items. And now, with the opening of the online shop, customers can shop in person or online.
5. Succulent garden
Flowers for Dreams, Chicago (delivers across the Midwest)
For $55, you can have an assortment of succulents, including jade and cacti, in a birch and ceramic pot delivered to your mother's door. And you can feel good about your gift because the company donates 25% of net profits to charities around the Midwest.
They also have a wide variety of fresh flowers and plants to choose from. And for Mother's Day weekend only, you can get a postcard pairing with your plant or flowers. Just upload your image to have it delivered for $15 extra with your gift in a weathered wood frame. Check their delivery map to see if they deliver to your area.