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A Very Milwaukee Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The holiday hasn’t been canceled – it’s just going to be a little different this year.


Mother’s Day is on May 10. And while you may not be able to see your mom in person this weekend, you can still send her something to show that you’re thinking of her. 

Each of the products in the below list comes from a local store and can be picked up curbside or delivered straight to your mom’s door. 

Mother’s Day Arrangement

Milwaukee Flower Company | $125

Consider this the mother of all floral arrangements. It features brightly colored blooms sourced from American growers, and it comes in a pretty, low-profile vase.

Gift Cards

The Bartolotta Restaurant Group | $10 and up

If you love taking your mom to brunch for Mother’s Day each year, you don’t have to give that tradition up. Just send her one of these gift cards – redeemable at every restaurant in the Bartolotta Restaurant Group except Harbor House – and tell her that you’ll go with her as soon as it’s safe to gather in public again. 

UPAF Smart Card

The United Performing Arts Fund | $100

If you and your mom used to love attending shows together, get her one of these cards. She’ll be able to use it to scoop up BOGO tickets from the 14 member groups (like the Milwaukee Ballet Company, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) supported by UPAF. 

Janelle Gramling Pot with Plant

The Waxwing | $50

The Waxwing may be closed, but its owner is still offering curbside pickup to customers, and free shipping to anyone who spends at least $50. Consider that reason enough to buy this hardy Schefflera plant, which comes in a marbled ceramic pot handmade by Milwaukee artist Janelle Gramling. 


Orange and Blue Co. | $92

We love just about everything in the eclectic Riverwest boutique Orange and Blue Co. But we’re especially fond of this handmade rope bag by the brand APPRVL, and have a feeling your mom will like it too. It’s lightweight and machine washable!

Camp Kinnikinnick Candle

Big White Yeti | $12-18

Gift your mom a candle that will remind her of summer nights spent in her favorite neighborhood. This one by local company Big White Yeti is soy-based and has notes of pine and incense. 

Milwaukee Mule Cocktail Kit

Great Lakes Distillery | $40-$80

Keep your mom in high spirits with a gift of local spirits. Great Lakes Distillery offers many cocktail kits available for pickup through its website – we’re fans of its Milwaukee Mule kit, which you can purchase with or without copper mugs.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.