Shopping tips for Mother’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13, buy your Mom something local — Photo by Sean O'Connor

Mother’s Day is here, this Sunday, May 13, and hopefully you have gotten your mother something special to say thank you for all she does.

If you have left it ’til the last minute, due to either anxiety for getting the right token or plain procrastination, don’t fret: here are a few suggestions to help you out. Keep in mind that our mothers are unique and special, which means we should choose something with the similar characteristics to honor her.

Earth and garden-loving mothers will appreciate anything from one of our many amazing garden centers on the Island. A couple of the many options available to you are unusual perennials and annuals from Eden Market & Garden Center on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Middletown Nursery & Garden Center in West Tisbury, on the other hand, is willing to help you not only choose the right plants and flowers for an amazing planter, but they will also help you to pot the planter right there.

If your mother is a trendsetter, Midnight Farm, located in the heart of downtown Vineyard Haven, has received new spring arrivals. Choose something phenomenal for mom from their selections of clothing, shoes, accessories, or jewelry, and combine it with a unique candle or a special piece from their housewares section that will make her think of you each time she lays her eyes on it. If you can’t decide, a gift certificate will give her not only the pleasure of a coveted gift, but enjoyment in perusing their many selections for her home, body, and spirit.

An additional option could be a personalized gift basket that you helped design from Rouge Luxe Apothecary on Kennebec Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Here, you can choose her favorite scents in soap, lotion, or perfumes as well as make-up and skin care from specialty lines like BLISS, Purity, Kiehl’s, or Kate Somerville, to name a few. Whatever you choose will be placed in their opulent, signature black box adorned with a black satin ribbon.

A slightly early gift for mom to help her get ready for the Mother’s Day weekend could be a visit to Seniel’s Circuit Style Salon’s second annual Say No to the Mom Cut. Conveniently located on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, all moms receive 20 percent off all services and 25 percent off all products on Friday, May 11.

For the mom that loves to be active outdoors, think about keeping her outdoors with a new or gently used kayak from Wind’s Up on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. Lucky for you they are currently hosting a kayak sale, and you could add in a new outfit for mom to paddle in at 50 percent off.

Another option may perhaps give both of you the opportunity to support a much-needed nonprofit while giving mom a day of enjoyment on the greens. You may register her to participate in the 13th annual Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank VNA Golf Classic that is being held Friday, June 22, at the Vineyard Golf Club. By registering mom online at or by phone at 508-696-0785, you will not only donate her $200 entrance fee (an early bird rate if purchased by Mother’s Day) to the Vineyard Nursing Association, but you will give her the opportunity to participate in one of the Island’s most enjoyable summer events that includes breakfast, awards, and lunch following play.

If you just can’t find a specific gift, choose a gift certificate from one of our Island’s amazing stores, but be sure to attach it to a fun, whimsical token gift that has meaning for the two of you or perhaps to a favorite treat from Vineyard Sweets MV that are made by Anne Bennet, who can be reached at 508-274-3860.

Whatever your Mother’s Day gift idea is, please try to keep it local — to support your community and hers.