Time is of the essence as Mother’s Day is right around the corner. What do you do when you can’t shop the way you typically would? You turn to online shopping, and we’re glad to direct your attention to some of our favorite artisans and retailers in Virginia's Blue Ridge for wonderful Mother’s Day gifts.
Browse through by type of gift to see which option best matches mom’s taste…
Coffee & Tea – Roasters Next Door, Two Roosters, White Oak Tea Tavern
Roasters Next Door has a nice selection of roasted coffee from Africa, Ethiopia, Central America, and South America. Shop by mom’s roast preference (light, medium, dark), etc. or buy something fun like the Neighborly Blend with its lovely flavors of chocolate, caramel, and fruit! Add to that a campfire mug and you have a nice gift. Find something else to add to your order to reach $30 and shipping is free. Order online >
Two Roosters is a small-batch coffee roaster and kettle corn company that is donating 20% of sales to the local food bank or another charity. Choose from their whole bean or ground Arabica coffee and then add a nice treat of kettle corn. Order online >
White Oak Tea Tavern in Salem is a family owned and operated tea house that specializes in offering loose leaf teas that are blended and packaged in-house with a variety of fruits and herbs. Select from an assortment of green, white and black, and tisanes to put together a tea package for mom. Order online >
Gift Baskets - Chocolatepaper
You can’t go wrong with a nice gift basket for mom. Stocked with tasty snacks and pretty things, Chocolatepaper is a favorite gift shop in Roanoke, and now they have their gift baskets available for purchase through their website.
The large Chocolate Basket is loaded with cookies, popcorn, a wide variety of chocolate bars from all over the world, chocolate-covered cherries, and more. The Virginia Hospitality Basket includes Virginia made and inspired tastiness like chocolate from Virginia Chocolate Company. As you might expect, the Roanoke Basket is representative of Roanoke, including chocolate modeled after our very own Roanoke Star. Shop baskets >
Pampering – Salt Foot Sanctuary
Salt Foot Sanctuary is part of The Spa & Adventure Center at Hotel Roanoke. Normally you could send mom right in for pampering, but that’s not to be right this moment. The next best thing? Send her a Stay at Home Pamper Pack of a Foot Soak Jar, Foot & Body Powder, and a voucher for a future foot soak and massage. Order online >
Some moms head off for winery tastings and tours over Mother’s Day weekend, but those moms will have to make-do with direct-to-her wine from an award-winning Virginia winery this year.
- Peaks of Otter Winery - bottles
- Chateau Morrisette – sampler packs, bottles, cases, apparel, gift cards
- AmRhein Wine Cellars – bottles, apparel, gifts
- Virginia Mountain Vineyards - bottles
Craft Spirits – Blacksnake Meadery, Twin Creeks Distillery
Try a different craft beverage than beer or wine this year. Perhaps what mom could really appreciate is a stiff drink, especially if she’s working from home or doing the remote learning thing with her kids. *sigh* Same.
For the honey-loving mom (also same), consider a bottle or two of mead from Blacksnake Meadery’s shop, The Hive. The Red Queen (careful to not call her that) is a blend of Sweet Virginia semi-sweet mead with Red Rooster Coffee blends and it is said to pair deliciously with dark chocolate. Divine. If mom really does appreciate a nice craft beer, consider a Hoppy Bee Brew or a Ginger Bee Brew for a nice mix of new and familiar. Order online >
Twin Creeks Distillery ships within Virginia and can whip up a nice package for mom to include 100 proof Copper Corn, Sweet Mash Rye, a few fun locally-made treasures, and even hand sanitizer. Order online >
Outdoor Gear – RunAbout Sports, Downshift Bikes & Brews, Walkabout Outfitters
Solitude in the great outdoors is a sweet reprieve for the maxed-out mom. It’s her saving grace, the way she clears her head and also where great new ideas flash upon her. Suit her up for her favorite adventure by shopping with some of our best outfitters.
You can get a book from just about anywhere, but we have some in particular that you might want to ship mom’s way.
- Truevine by Beth Macy – a true story of two brothers who were kidnapped and their mother's quest to find them
- Wish You Well by David Baldacci – two young children go to live on their grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains as a community seeks to protect its way of life
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard – a Pulitzer Prize winning work about the author's exploration of nature in the Roanoke Valley
Cookware – Heart & Spade Forge
Before you gasp that we’d even include cookware on such a sweet list of Mother’s Day gifts, you need to click over and look at these artisan pieces by Heart & Spade Forge. Each is handcrafted with meticulous care and would be a prized piece in any kitchen. Plus, each order will trigger a $25 donation to another local business or charity to help spread the love. Shipping is free. Shop online >
Roanoke Apparel – Press Press Merch
If mom lives locally or simply loves Roanoke, she may appreciate a custom tee or tank from the special Roanoke Made line by Press Press Merch, a local printing company. A fun variety of prints are available, including many that benefit other local businesses in the region. Order online >
Jewelry – Lucky Buttons Jewelry
If mom’s a banker, accountant, or otherwise works with and/or loves money, you need to see Lucky Buttons Jewelry. Buttons, rings, earrings, and bracelets give new life to old coins, and in unusual ways. Shop online >
Home Reno & DIY – Black Dog Salvage
For the mom who is a Jane of all trades, check out Black Dog Salvage for reclaimed architectural pieces, wood, windows, fixtures, and more. They even have their own line of paint. If she would rather not power through such projects but has an appreciative eye for them, consider their selection of completed projects that may be well at home in her home. Shop online >
For the Future – Downtown Roanoke, Harvester Performance Center, Twin River Outfitters
Help mom look to the future by giving her a gift card for shopping or an experience. We could all use such a gift.
- The Downtown Roanoke Gift Card from Downtown Roanoke, Inc. can be used at 50+ participating retailers, restaurants, or museums in Downtown Roanoke.
- The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount is a fantastic, intimate venue for concerts. Check their calendar for upcoming shows and rescheduled shows. If you see an artist she loves, go ahead and buy tickets. If you’re unsure, they also offer a gift card that she can redeem for the event of her choice.
- As the weather warms, the river calls. While Twin River Outfitters has found ways to still help people get on the water, they also offer gift cards toward future experiences.
We hope your mom feels as special as we know she is this Mother’s Day. Send her some love and give her our best!