Thanks, Mom: The Gift Guide for Creative Moms

Want to be Mom’s favorite kid this year? Each of these gifts come from an artisan we’ve profiled in our Classic Stories series – so not only will you be ready with the perfect token of appreciation for Mother’s Day, but you’ll also be well-prepped to impress your mother with the story behind each of these pieces, too. You’re welcome.

1. Recreation Center ceramics by Josephine Heilpern

Dot Mug by Recreation Center, handcrafted by Josephine Heilpern. | Classic Specs Logan sunglasses in Whiskey Crystal.
Dot Mug by Recreation Center, handcrafted by Josephine Heilpern. | Classic Specs Prescott sunglasses in Whiskey Crystal.

Trust us: you can’t go wrong with a set of hand-crafted ceramics. Josephine’s pieces have a particularly quirky, personal touch to them – a rubberized handle and Memphis Group-inspired patterns – plus, Mom’ll think about you every time she drinks her morning cup of coffee. Aww.

Read the Story – Classic Stories: Josephine Heilpern, Recreation Center


2. Bushwick Kitchen’s Spicy Honey by Casey Elsass

Classic Specs Dakota Sunglasses in Brandy Tortoise. | Threes Knees Spicy Trio by Bushwick Kitchen.
Classic Specs Dakota Sunglasses in Brandy Tortoise. | Threes Knees Spicy Trio by Bushwick Kitchen.

This is for the mother who has three different types of paprika in her spice cabinet. (Is there even a real difference between Hungarian Sweet paprika and Spanish paprika, Mom?!) For the shameless foodie in your life, we recommend Casey Elsass’ trademark Spicy Honey – the perfect addition to tea, toast, and even (as Casey recommended to us) pizza.

Read the Story – Classic Stories: Casey Elsass, Bushwick Kitchen


3. Bulbet by Light + Ladder, Farrah Sit

Bulbet, Porcelain Bud Vase by Light + Ladder. | Classic Specs Rosalind Sunglasses in Tropical Storm.
Bulbet, Porcelain Bud Vase by Light + Ladder. | Classic Specs Rosalind Sunglasses in Tropical Storm.

Flowers are cool, but maybe not cool enough to send to your mom for the fifth year in a row. But if you’re really set on sending your mom another bouquet, we think she might like something fancy to put said flowers in – like this bud vase from our friend Farrah Sit’s design studio, Light + Ladder.

Read the Story – Classic Stories: Farrah Sit, Designer


4. Owney’s NYC Rum by BRIDGET FIRTLE OF The Noble Experiment

Classic Specs Beaumont sunglasses in Crystal. | Owney's NYC Rum by The Noble Experiment Distillery.
Classic Specs Beaumont Sunglasses in Crystal. | Owney’s NYC Rum by The Noble Experiment Distillery.

For the mom who can still handle herself better than you can at bottomless brunch, we recommend Bridget’s handcrafted rum, made right in our home turf in Williamsburg. She’ll commend you for your good taste – and you’ll have daiquiris for days.

Read the Story – Classic Stories: Bridget Firtle, Founder of The Noble Experiment


5. “One Year of Indigo Making” Bandana by BUAISOU

"One Year of Indigo Making" Bandana by BUAISOU. | Classic Specs Logan Sunglasses in Slate Blue.
“One Year of Indigo Making” Bandana by BUAISOU. | Classic Specs Logan Sunglasses in Slate Blue.

Remember when Mom used to do arts and crafts with you? Now you can return the favor. If you’re based in New York City, you and Mom can head into Brooklyn to meet the indigo dye collective BUAISOU, who lets anyone try their hands at the centuries-old Japanese indigo dying technique in their weekly workshops. And we’re talking real, old-school indigo – BUAISOU spends a year growing and fermenting it in their farm in Tokushima, Japan before bringing it back to their studio in Brooklyn. If you’re not nearby, you can always snag one of their hand-dyed garments on their online store.

Read the Story – Classic Stories: BUAISOU


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