Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Downtown Ithaca

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And, while these unusual times are certainly changing our traditional plans to celebrate with mom, that doesn’t mean you have to forget about the holiday entirely. In fact, there are plenty of simple gestures and small gifts you can send to your mother to show your love and appreciation for her from a distance. 

Here are a few gift ideas to consider gifting to the special caregiver in your life on Mother’s Day:

bring color flowers arrangement

Floral arrangement from Bools Flower Shop

 A bouquet of flowers from Bool’s

It is lovely to receive flowers at any time during the year, but especially now for Mother’s Day. Instantly brighten your mom’s home with a fresh and vibrant bouquet from a local reliable institution, Bool’s Flower Shop. This local floral shop is providing contactless deliveries and curbside pickups. Call them from 9:00 am -1:00 pm Monday-Saturday, so that you can place an order. Call 607-272-8410.


Takeout or gift cards from your mom’s favorite downtown restaurants

Whether or not the mom in your life likes to cook, it is sometimes fun to change it up with some take out from her favorite local restaurant! You can find a listing of many takeout and delivery options available at  Gift cards for dining are also a nice gift, too, since they can be used at a later time. 

Self-care products and treatments

Perhaps your mom could use some self-care during this time in isolation? It is easy to help her feel good about herself with the help of trusted downtown favorites like Norabloom, The Bloomwell, Adrina Dietra, Home Green Home, Alta Spa, and Bramble offer some fantastic skincare and other beauty products that will make your mother feel fabulous. Shopping online for your convenience is offered at all these establishments and most have special collections perfect for Mother’s Day available!

Handcrafted apparel or wearable art 

Your mom will love receiving one-of-kind gifts such as fashionable jewelry, handcrafted pottery and ceramics, stylish silk scarves and handbags, and more from 15 STEPS, Handwork, Sunny Days, One World Market, Ithacamade and American Crafts by Robbie Dein.  You can shop at these stores online and to shop at Ithacamade, email for personal virtual shopping.  Oh, and there’s a special shopping offer at 15 STEPS, American Crafts, Sunny Days, and Ithacamade, too! Spend over $25.00 online or over the phone at any of those shops and you’ll receive a complimentary $5 Downtown Ithaca Gift Card along with your purchase! 

Treat her to her favorite beverages

Does your mom enjoy sipping on glasses of wine, ciders, or craft brews? Or, if she doesn’t drink alcohol, how about fresh cups of coffee?  Well, then, we have a couple of perfect gift ideas for her available at Cellar d’Or, Lucky Hare Brewing Company, Press Cafe, Alley Cat Cafe, and Nothing Nowhere.

Cellar d’Or offers truly artisanal wines & ciders, from off-the-beaten-path regions and producers that you will never see in other large, nationally advertised monthly clubs.  Each selection comes with a well-written, extremely educational write-up on the wine or cider.  Any wine or cider in the club is one that they would drink themselves and are proud to have not only in its shop but potentially in your glass.  For more information, visit–cider-clubs1.html  

Lucky Hare Brewing Company sells a grand selection of locally crafted brews and they will deliver them to homes in the Ithaca, Watkins Glen, and Corning areas or you can pick up your order at Press Bay. Mom can try their gold-winning Falcon Punch or their award-winning London Gentleman / ESB or check out its other brews at  To have your order delivered, simply call (610) 613-8424 or email 

Press Cafe is selling a variety of Luminous coffee beans and offering delivery and Alley Cat Cafe is selling e-gift cards and providing pick up service from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, while Nothing Nowhere is selling Touchy Coffee Roasters coffee beans and colorful mugs with the artistic secret society logo on them. To order from Nothing Nowhere, simply message them on their Instagram or email

A gift card to her favorite boutique

Help your mom dress in eye-catching wears for her next Zoom or Facetime chat by purchasing gift cards to Breathe, Petrune, and Vintage Industry. At these shops, mom is sure to find stunning classic and modern outfits that will make her the most fashionable among her family and friends. And each of these locations is able to offer personal virtual shopping opportunities.  Call or email any of them to set up a time to see what they offer if you would like to personally pick out a gift!

Movie night with mom (or the whole family)

We all know how much fun it is to grab the fam and head to the movies. Well, Cinamapolis is now bringing it’s indie films direct to your home.  You (or your mom) can pick from a selection of the latest films available for streaming. You can find the selection of films at  If you don’t see any films on the list that will strike your mom’s fancy, then buy her a Cinemapolis membership that she can use to choose a movie when the theater reopens. 


A Downtown Ithaca Gift Card

Can’t decide what gift to get mom? The Downtown Ithaca Gift Card is a great choice for those who are hard to shop for because is redeemable at more than 100 shops and restaurants in the downtown community. You can purchase a gift card from $11 – $500 so it’s an affordable gift no matter what your budget!  Shop for downtown’s gift card at

For more ideas on where to shop for Mother’s Day visit There you will find a listing of stores offering online shopping and selling gift cards.