Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts

So, you’re still searching, or just started looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Don’t worry. Downtown Ithaca’s has got you covered.  Our unique shopping boutiques, dining establishments, and service providers offer something your mother is sure to appreciate.

Here are a few last-minute items to consider for your mother this year.

A Greeting Card or specialty item from Amuse Modern Cottage Industry or Mockingbird Paperie

Amuse sells an assortment of greeting cards ranging from funny to sentimental to 31961544_1042146972601482_5844708538550583296_nreligious and to secular.  Amuse is located in Press Bay Alley and will be open Friday (today) and Saturday from 11am-6pm and on Sunday, Mother’s Day, from 11am-4pm.

Mockingbird Paperie also offers a fantastic selection of Mother’s Day greeting cards and an incredible variety of specialty gifts.

A beautiful flower boutique from Bool’s Flower Shop

For decades, Bool’s has wowed mothers and mothers-to-be with their stunning freshly picked and31138088_10156221075382410_4703895161953057903_n prepared floral arrangements. This long-standing florist shop also sells greeting cards, chocolates, and local gifts too!
Bools will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Handcrafted apparel or wearable art from Handwork ~ Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative, Ithacamade, 15 STEPS, and American Crafts by Robbie Dein

Handwork is stocked on botanical textiles and wearable art from co-op artist Esther Yaloz of Planetarium Design. Esther’s silk scarves, tea towels, lunar calendars, purses and more are part of our Fiber Sale, 15% off this Thursday through Sunday. Many masterfully handcrafted items are also on sale as part of the shop’s Mother’s Day Weekend Sale.

Ithacamade, located in the Dewitt Mall, carries a grand selection of locally made jewelry, pottery, women’s accessories, and more.

At 15 STEPS, Shop handcrafted jewelry, scarves, handbags, pottery, leather journals, locally made, gift certificates, chocolates, new arrivals, and more!  To shop 15 STEPS online, visit

Just in time for Mother’s Day, American Crafts has stocked new styles from perennial32150819_1861776090552340_1687600591716483072_o

gallery favorite; Holly Yashi.  Come to the shop to check out Yashi’s beautiful collection along with collections produced by other highly skilled artisans.

A Cellar d’Or Wine and Cider Shop Club Membership

Does your mom enjoy sipping on glasses of wine?  Well, then, we have the perfect gift idea for her.
Cellar d’Or  has a WIne Club curated by The Cork Report. It not only includes the best wines of Finger Lakes and other New York State regions, but it also often includes wines from lesser known American Viticultural Areas from top producers throughout the US that are NOT from California, Oregon, or Washington. Check out the link to learn more about Cellar d’Or’s clubs and sign up.–cider-clubs1.html

Take your mom to brunch

Hotel Ithaca, Simeon’s American Bistro, Ithaca Marriott on The Commons and Coltivare are all offering special Mother’s Day brunch menus.

Sunday, May 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reservations are encouraged but not required. Call Coltivare for reservations at 607-882-2333 or book online at

Ithaca Marriott on The Commons
Sunday, May 13
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more info., click here.

Simeon’s American Bistro ~ Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 11 – May 13
Simeons will be offering brunch & dinner specials, including a delicious rosé wine & peach sangria!
Every Mom that visits Simeon’s during Mother’s Day Weekend will receive homemade macaroons & a $20 gift card that she may use on her next visit to Simeon’s!
Make your reservations today at

Hotel Ithaca
Sunday, May 13
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For pricing and menu, click here.

Treat her to a painting class at Wine & Design

Wine & Design is hosting a special Mother’s Day Open Studio on May 13 at 1 p.m. 6c939455-d0ba-42ff-a542-67b2c0a406f8
Grab your mom and come paint whichever flower arrangement you’d like! Please reserve and pay for your seat below. Let us know your choice in the comments section. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and choose your seat. Please bring your own drinks and food. We will supply cups and a corkscrew. Email with any questions or call 607-742-5496.
To register, visit

Give her the Norabloom experience

Norabloom Botanicals offers a holistic, clean, non~toxic approach to beauty, health, and wellness.  Their manicures, pedicures, facials, and other spa treatments are the perfect gift to help your mother relax and pamper herself.  Learn more about Norabloom’s offerings at

Downtown Ithaca Gift Card

For that hard to shop for mother, purchase a Downtown Ithaca Gift Card.  They’re valid at more than 100 downtown Ithaca shops and restaurants and are available for denominations up to $500.  You can purchase them today from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Office located at 171 E. State Street (Center Ithaca). The office is open until 5 p.m.  You can also order them online at

For additional information about shopping, dining, and specialty services in downtown Ithaca, visit