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This blog post was going to go live in a couple more weeks when it was a little closer to Mother’s Day. But with everything going on, I wanted to prompt people to support small businesses now. These are all local to the Central Valley in CA, but many can be ordered from online and shipped to most places. I’m working hard to support small businesses during this crazy time, and I encourage you to do the same!

Whether it’s mother’s day, a birthday or just because she’s the best, sometimes finding the perfect gift for mom or the woman you want to celebrate is hard to do. That’s why I always turn to the local businesses near me. From custom jewelry to flower arrangements and nights on the town, there are so many amazing ways to say I love, appreciate and want to celebrate you! Shopping local makes any gift unique and it helps support local business, which I am all about. Let me know which shop is your favorite!


If you are looking for cute mom themed graphic tees/sweatshirts or just female minded tees/sweatshirts in general, this is your spot! Is there really anything better than a good graphic tee? Arguably no because it’s comfy and you look cute, truly a win-win scenario.

Make Pie

Oh, the beautiful and unique jewelry you will find! Everything is hand-crafted and there is something for everyone here. She offers so many ways to customize the jewelry by printing names, initials, favorite states, favorite quotes, etc. One of my favorite jewelry shops for sure.

Art by Elowyn

Custom watercolor is a really cool way to go with your gift. It’s a little non-traditional but that’s what makes it so sentimental and heartfelt. I love her flower designs, she does custom wedding bouquet paintings which are beautiful! And she does little watercolor stickers which are so fun and cute to put on a laptop.

Madison Thomson Photography

Come take photos with me! Photos and memories of your family and kids are really one of the best gifts you can give. Book one of my minis or do a full family session. Either way, you’re never going to regret having beautiful and quality photos to share.

Happy House

This shop is owned by a local mama who does all the hard work for you and finds the most beautifully curated pieces for your home and family. It’s a one-stop wonder and a perfect place to find something perfect for your person.

Madeline Stitches

As a girl who loves a clever and cute cross stitch, I am in love with everything you could get here. Say yes please to a custom mommy and me/family cross stitch! So personal and so fun!

LuvLondon Scrubs

Nothing says I love and appreciate you like yummy homemade sugar scrubs and some alone time to enjoy them. The scrubs are all-natural and they smell incredible. You can never go wrong with some pampered alone time. Trust me.

Dorothy Mae & Dominga

Again, a little alone time for some self-care is always a good gift idea and you can quote me on that. This shop has incredible homemade organic skincare products at affordable prices. So for the mama that loves a good skincare routine or wants to have one, this is the place for her.

Flora Flower Cart

Flowers are always a good idea! But seriously, steer clear of the dyed daisies, you can easily do better than that. I mean look at these flowers. You can get one bouquet or you can gift a monthly subscription. How fun would that be! Flora Flower Cart now offers shipping throughout California, a huge bonus!

Scribble and Script  

Sometimes the best gifts are not items at all but getting to go out and try something new. Scribble and Script offer calligraphy classes, which are so fun! Give her a night to go out with some friends! It’s guaranteeing a good time and it might spark a new hobby.

Jade Magnolia

Another great experience is date night at a Cheese Board Workshop with Jade Magnolia. This is just such a good time and a bonus skill that comes in handy for all the parties to come. Great time to talk and taste and spend some quality time together.

There are so many incredible gifts to give and things to do in the Central Valley California. And the beautiful thing is that so many of these shops are available online so you can support local business from wherever you are! Comment below which one you love best and maybe we’ll do a little giveaway! Have you supported any of these businesses before? Which one is your favorite?

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