6 Local Products for Mother’s Day Gifts

Celebrate Mom with gifts from these Minnesota makers

Mother’s Day is May 8. Our moms were doing handmade before we knew what to call it. Celebrate the one you call mom with gifts from Minnesota makers.

Quill & Cue



Think how lovely the world would be if we all sent greeting cards instead of emojis. Alyssa Toft knows the power of a handwritten note. Her company, Quill & Cue, is built on the power of written correspondence. With the motto, “be their joy,” a monthly card subscription gives you everything you need to make someone’s day through the mail. Each card is chosen from independent letterpress studios that Toft adores.
Greeting card subscription $9.50 monthly; quillandcue.com

LES Bags



LES Bags are handmade by Laurie Sorenson, a Minneapolis-based maker with over a decade of experience in making bags, totes, purses, and jewelry. After her two sons moved out of the house, she began creating her signature Merino Wool felt bags. She experimented with different styles, designs, and unique touches to create a bag that was beautiful to look at and hardworking enough to stand up to daily wear and tear.
Merino Wool Felt Tote $175.00; les-bags.com


Alora diffuser



Alora Ambiance was inspired by an Italian reed diffuser from Lake Como. Simple in its design, these reed diffusers introduce a consistent, long-lasting scent and are safer than a candle or incense. From celebrity clients to prestigious retailers, Alora Ambiance has mastered the fine art of blending fragrances to transform spaces and transport to exotic shores, hidden forests, and open fields. Today, Therese Gibbons heads the company she founded with her sister and offers the signature diffuser and candles that remind you of the power of scent in home décor. Diffusers start at $93.00; aloraambiance.com

Realia by Jen bangle bracelet



Jen Scheffler has always had a love for fashion and photography. Her world travels have cultivated her ability to find beauty wherever she goes and to appreciate a variety of art forms. Realia launched in 2008. As an artist, Scheffler style is ever-evolving and her creations vary greatly from classic simplicity to an eclectic mix of fine metals and found objects. Her “be inspired” collection reminds us to find our own voice. Breathe Bangle Bracelet $28; realiabyjen.com

Essence One Shower Steamers



Lauren VanScoy has a mission to help others restore a healthy life using natural products. Beginning at step one and utilizing products in their highly-concentrated and natural form, VanScoy strives to create blends that help slow down our busy and stressful lives. This in turn results in the cleansing, restarting, and recharging of our bodies and ultimately contributes to a long and healthy life. Shower Steamers $14; essenceonelife.com


Thrifty Sewing Mahjong Pouch



Designer Nancy Miller captures those days gone by with her pouches and pillows of iconic Minnesota places, people, and memories. Once Miller finds the images, her magic begins; each piece is printed and handsewn and uses upcycled zippers to keep with the vintage feel. In addition to the nostalgic wink, she also stitches up custom and personalized works from birth announcements to pet photos. Personalized Mahjongg Pouch $25; thriftysewing.etsy.com

Jerrod Sumner is Minnesota Monthly’s aesthetic editor. His work covers all things local in the maker community. He is sought after for his understanding and promotion of the modern, American-made maker movement, and is a contributor on FOX 9 Good Day, sharing stories and goods. Follow him on Instagram @mrjerrodscott.