Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The ’Burghy Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Just say no to fruit baskets and Amazon gift cards.



 

“It’s the thought that counts.”

So how much thought are you putting into your Mother’s Day gifts this year? Are you thinking about hockey as you lazily grab a set of mixing spoons from Target that you’ll pair with a lazy generic “#1 Mom” card? Are you thinking about work as you arrange for a fruit basket to arrive on her doorstep two days after Mother’s Day?

Why not think about Mom’s sacrifices as you put some real thought into her gift this time? Show her she’s more than a gift card to you. Show her the value of the gift SHE IS TO YOU by shopping this year’s Mother’s Day ’Burghy Gift Guide. Most items are made right here in Pittsburgh by local crafters and vendors. Others are Pittsburgh-themed. All of them will show her you cared enough to forego the usual nail-salon gift certificate.
 

Mario Lemieux Foundation/Rachel’s Cure by Design bracelet benefiting Austin’s Playroom Project ($66)
“Healing Power of Playrooms” is the name for this black-and-white beaded bracelet with silver charms, including a special “hand-and-glove” Mario Lemieux Foundation charm. Sales of this limited-edition, locally made bracelet benefit the foundation’s Austin’s Playroom Project, which puts playrooms in hospitals around the country, including our Pittsburgh hospitals and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Quantities are limited, so be sure to snag one quickly; it’s perfect for the mom who appreciates a gift that gives back.

(P.S. Hi, Mario. Will you marry me? Circle yes or no.)

 

P is for Pierogi bib apron by Garbella ($28)
Every mom has that one dish they make better than anyone else’s mom. “My mother makes better city chicken than yours!” “Nah-uh!” “Yah-huh!” This is what started that whole “my-mother-punched-your-mother-right-in-the-nose” rhyme, by the way. Whether the mom in your life makes the best pierogies, chocolate chip cookies or spaghetti sauce, this P is for Pierogi apron is the perfect gift to show off a little ’Burgh pride in her kitchen. Garbella Design screenprints them right here in Pittsburgh. If you’re in Lawrenceville, you can pick one up at WildCard on Butler Street.

(P.S. MY mom makes the best city chicken. If you’ve got a problem with that, I’ll meet you at the clothesline.)

 

Pittsburgh Winery wine ($21-$50 per bottle)
A bottle or two from the Pittsburgh Winery will delight the wine-loving mother (is there any other kind?). These wines are crafted here from premium Chilean and California wine grapes and are available online or at the winery’s headquarters — 2815 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. Baby boomers and empty-nesting moms will love to open a bottle for their friends over dinner, while younger moms like me (that felt good to type) might enjoy a glass after the kids finally are in bed after hours of stall tactics, lost-toy tears, resistant bathing, sibling shouting matches and a house that looks like Toys "R" Us had a rager in it. Sometimes wine is a mom’s co-pilot.

 

Steel Town Girls Don’t Stop tote by John the Craftist ($12)
A tote bag is a perfect standalone gift — or the best reusable gift bag. Why stuff your thoughtful gift in a store-bought gift bag when you can put it in this equally thoughtful cotton tote bag from Pittsburgh’s John the Craftist? Young moms and moms (like me) who are young at heart will find many uses for this bag that proudly proclaims their Steel Town Girl status. Extra Steel Town Girl points if you use a Sharpie to add “FOR TUNNELS” at the bottom. Pair it or any of the gifts on this list with this John the Craftist card, which also can be found in the Etsy shop or at a number of local stores, such as WildCard, KoolKat Designs or Boutique 208
 

JennyNDesign Versatile Hip Bag ($52)
This most definitely is not your grandma’s fanny pack — but it could be your mother’s or even yours. A versatile little hand-sewn bag created locally at the JennyNDesign studio, this bag can be worn over the shoulder, across the chest, on the hip or even converted to a casual clutch. It’s available in three fabrics; I’m partial to this nautical stripe. It’s absolutely perfect for the warm summer months of travel, amusement parks and memory-making. Stuff it with a few gift cards to Mom’s favorite shops, and watch her eyes light up.

Note: Some are ready to ship. For some custom orders, please allow two weeks for delivery.

 

Italian marble Pittsburgh coasters from Studio Vertu ($48, set of four)
This awesome set of marble coasters was not made in Pittsburgh, but I had to add it to the list on account of my covetousness for them. Snag these for the ’Burgh-loving (and water-ring-hating) mom in your life. What a charming way to display her love for the city while protecting her precious furniture. Just look at those little inclines. Look at ’em!

 

You and Me Puzzle necklaces by Audra Azoury ($50 each)
Audra Azoury is one of Pittsburgh’s most well-known jewelry designers. In fact, you can find her work in the gift shops of many of our area museums, including The Warhol, where you’ll find a Warhol Bridge pendant that’s not sold elsewhere. This Mother’s Day, snag one of these new stainless steel “You and Me” puzzle sets made here in Pittsburgh. Mom gets one chain and pendant; plus there’s a corresponding set for daughter. Choose from hearts, butterflies, guitars or unicorns. Moms with more than one daughter would appreciate this “M.O.M.” morse-code pendant.

 

Etched Melted Glass Cheese Tray by Mitchell Glassworks in Mt. Lebanon ($30)
If your mom is the hostess with the most-est, she’ll love a cheese tray made from a melted glass bottle from Mt. Lebanon’s Mitchell Glassworks. I’m partial to this Pittsburgh bridge tray, but check out the entire Etsy shop to find the one suitable for your Mom. The shop has everything from hoity-toity merlot bottles, perfect for serving a fancy Crottin de Chavignol, to the melted version of Stone Pale Ale . . . perfect for beer cheese, n’at.

 

Pittsburgh Vintage Map Plastic or Rubber iPhone case ($19)
I decided on a wedding dress in less than 20 minutes, but ask me to decide on the perfect cover for my iPhone and I will crumble under the weight of that hefty decision. Style over protection? Happy owls? Angry pigeons? Yellow? Orange? Simple black? WHO CAN CHOOSE?! However, this iPhone case featuring a vintage Pittsburgh map makes for an easy decision. Your mom is sure to be the only one at the bus stop, church event or girls night out who pulls this cover out of her purse. At only $19, maybe you can tuck it in the JennyNDesigns hip bag as a bonus gift. Choose plastic or the easier-to-grip rubber version.

 

Mama’s Helper Mini Gift Bag from Una Biologicals ($15)
Moms love to pamper others, but they generally don’t take the time to pamper themselves. Change that with this gift bag full of goodies from local company Una Biologicals. My sister from Virginia snagged a tube of the company’s chapstick during her last visit and then raved for days about how long it lasted and how soft it made her lips. She’s a fan. You can make your mom a fan, too. Buy various Una items — from teas, lotions, soaps and personal-care items online or at WildCard, Boutique 208 and lots of other shops and salons around the region. Build your own gift set for Mom, or start her off with this perfect Mama’s Helper Mini Bag featuring Wound Wonder, travel-size Bruise Balm, travel-size all natural Rosemary Hand Soap and Pure Peppermint Lip Balm. All Una products are organic; none contain artificial scents. Best of all: They’re made here in Pittsburgh.


Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

PM on KD: Sean Collier Guest Hosts for the Day

PM associate editor Sean Collier appeared on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live as a guest host to fill in for Heather Abraham. He shared some details about our latest special edition: City Guide.

Book a Band for a Different Kind of Wedding Sound

For many couples, family and tradition means everything. Having a band that helps reflect those can be a great way to pay tribute to your heritage, while getting your guests on the dance floor.

Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 4 Recent Dishes I Loved

PM Dining Critic Hal B. Klein says corned beef inside an import business, Sichuan smashed eggplants, smoked chicken wings and a cornbread dessert have his attention.

How to Celebrate the Moon Landing Anniversary in Pittsburgh

To celebrate Apollo 11’s golden anniversary, several local events are set to take place, from film screenings to new exhibits and more.

5 Pittsburgh Vintage Homes Stores You'll Want to Explore

PM Editoral Intern Ellie Pesetsky shares some of her favorite up-cycled furniture and home decor stores in and around Pittsburgh.

Eleven Couples to be Married after Love at First Bite

Wedding bells will be chiming for multiple couples this weekend … and it’s taking place at Primanti Bros. in the Strip District.

Pop Culture Pop Up Bars Are Here to Stay

Nintendo-themed Level Up is in Market Square for another week, but if you miss it, you can catch the Pokémon-themed bar coming this fall.

How Scary is the New Steel Curtain Coaster at Kennywood?

The ride claims records for the world’s tallest looping coaster and tallest inversion; it also has more inversions than any coaster in North America. We rode it this morning. Here's what we have to say.

The 400-Word Review: Point Blank

Netflix's action thriller is forgettable, but serves well as a quick throwback.

Pittsburgh Marks the First Stop of the New Whiskey Rebellion Trail

Think the story of American whiskey begins in Kentucky? Think again.

Pirates’ Possibilities Include Contention in Surprising Season’s Second Half

It hasn’t gone according to the original script, but the Pirates have found a way to stay relevant — and may yet be capable of finishing what they started.

The 400-Word Review: Stuber

There are laughs in the new buddy comedy, but they're dragged down by bad decisions.

Cornbread, A New Soul Food Restaurant, Opens in an Unexpected Location

Adenah Bayoh and Elzadie “Zadie” Smith bring their fast-casual concept to the West Mifflin Walmart.

The Park After Dark

Kennywood’s “Night Rider” tickets may be the best bet for many visitors.

The Best Tips for Finding a Wedding Photographer

There’s no need to stress about finding the best photographer thanks to these helpful tips from local professionals.