Shop local for Mother’s Day with these 4 Ann Arbor gift ideas

Not sure what to get the person you call Mom? Try these ideas.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In case you’ve lost track of time due to the ongoing pandemic, next Sunday is Mother’s Day.

It’s been a rough year-and-a-half for moms. Between juggling jobs, childcare, virtual school and trying to create some sense of normalcy, moms have been working overtime. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to not only say “thank you” but to show how much you appreciate everything mom has done for you this year.

If you’re not sure what to get the person you call mom, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 4 ideas to get you started:


Even if you aren’t a five-star chef, you can still make mom a really good meal. Grab some supplies from The Market at Mani Osteria to whip up a restaurant-quality meal.

If you’re not a fan of doing dishes (or worried about burning something) stop by Sava’s to pick up a family meal for six or grab brunch to-go from First Bite or Northside Grill.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen and Zingerman’s Roadhouse are both offering Mother’s Day brunch and dinner options so you can serve mom breakfast in bed or take credit for the perfect Sunday dinner.


From navigating working from home to helping with virtual school, moms have had to deal with A LOT. Pamper mom with a spa day from Lily Grace or Jessica’s Apothecary, or get her some handmade soap from vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

Sweeten her day with a box of bonbons from Bon Bon Bon or matching macarons from Le Bon Macaron.

If mom is 420-friendly, Cloud Cannabis dispensary is offering adult-use and medical chocolate and flower bundles from May 7-9 to help moms destress.

Read: Detroit’s Bon Bon Bon opens new Ann Arbor location


From moms in need of a few margaritas to moms who say bad words, Ann Arbor and Saline shop Rock Paper Scissors has gift boxes for moms of all types. Check out their Mother’s Day gifts here.

If mom is more interested in fancy food, fulfill her foodie needs with the Rise and Shine gift box from Cherry Republic or a customizable pastry box from Zingerman’s.


If all else fails, go for a classic Mother’s Day gift: Flowers. Pick up arrangements and bouquets from Ann Arbor florists, including Lily’s Garden and Norton’s Flowers & Gifts. Pre-order Mother’s Day flowers from University Flower Shop or get mom some wearable flower art from Ann Arbor artist Susan McLeary.

If mom has a green thumb, pick up seeds, bulbs, pots and soil from Downtown Home & Garden.

Read: This Ann Arbor artist will transform you into a beautiful garden!

If you still aren’t sure what to get, go for a gift card. Ann Arbor area restaurants, bookstores, clothing stores, gift shops and more offer gift cards or certificates in various amounts so that you can give a gift to even the pickiest person.

About the Author:

Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.