Mother’s Day, Delivered: 10 Lovely (and Local) Ideas

Give mom a gorgeous bouquet from local florist Fleurs DC.

Since no one is sure what day of the week it is, a friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10, a week from tomorrow. As we are all (painfully) aware, moms have it especially tough this year. Mother’s Day won’t be quite the same, but it can still be special. To that end, here are 10 ideas for treating superhero moms while supporting awesome Capitol Hill businesses. The list includes the classics–flowers, candy and brunch–and then some.

1. Flowers

Give beauty and brightness with a bouquet from Fleurs DC featuring American-grown garden roses and local farm flowers. The local florist is offering special Mother’s Day preorder pricing until Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. (these preorder arrangements are more than half sold out, so you’ll want to act fast on this one). Contact-free delivery is free within DC and the Beltway on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Shop Fleurs DC.

2. Candy

Capital Candy Jar has Mother’s Day chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered Oreos, giant peanut butter cups, chocolate caramel clouds and many other treats she will love. The store is offering curbside pickup at its Capitol Hill location as well as USPS Priority Mail shipping. Shop Capital Candy Jar.

Pictured at right: Mother’s Day Chocolate-Covered Oreo 3-Pack.

3. Brunch (or Lunch or Dinner)

Yes, mom wants meals delivered on Mother’s Day. Check out the following lists to find her local faves:

4. Wine

Wine is what is making it all work, right? Get mom a special bottle at DCanter, a local and woman-owned business that offers delivery, shipping and curbside pickup. DCanter is happy to advise if you’re not sure what to get. Shop DCanter.

5. Custom Portrait

Erin Thompson Studio

Erin Thompson, a local artist, does beautiful portraits of mama moments based on your treasured photographs. You can’t get a portrait completed by Mother’s Day on this short notice, but you can ask your favorite mom to select a photo for this purpose, and get in touch with Erin to take care of the rest. Check out Erin Thompson Studio.

6. New Books

For the book-loving mama:

Solid State Books has a online shop that is almost as fun to browse as a real shop, organized by themes and staff favorites. The store offers home delivery. Shop Solid State.

East City Book Shop offers pickup at Mr. Henry’s (or you can arrange home delivery with a Mr. Henry’s food order). Shop East City Book Shop.

7. Old Books

Capitol Hill Books, the used book store, is offering a very popular mystery Grab Bag of books. You choose your budget and authors/genres, and the staff will send you a picture of a proposed stack of books. Or you can go with a “blind stack” for the full mystery effect. Books will be shipped for free for orders $50 and higher. Shop Capitol Hill Books.

8. Camping Dreams

Eventually, we will be able to go camping. In the meantime, you can give her the gift of planning and anticipation. Capitol Hill Outfitters is offering a 19 percent off sale on prepaid orders for rental gear and trip planning services. Book a trip and rental gear for the late spring, summer or fall. If your trip date becomes unavailable due to stay-at-home orders, you can transfer your credit. Check out Capitol Hill Outfitters.

9. Kitchen Fun

Is she making sourdough? Stress baking? Hill’s Kitchen has you covered (including a new shipment of loaf pans). Email Leah at or call the store for guidance. The store is offering pickup at Mr. Henry’s and limited deliveries. Check out Hill’s Kitchen.

10. Puzzle or Game

Many of my mom friends love to do puzzles to relax, and so it caught my attention when Labyrinth Game Shop tweeted this week that it had received a load of new jigsaw puzzles. Labyrinth offers more Mother’s Day ideas on its blog. Pick up a kids’ game too–keep those rugrats occupied! Labyrinth offers limited local delivery, pickup at Mr. Henry’s and shipping. Shop Labyrinth.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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